January 2, 2013, - 1:15 pm

Mystery: Who Were the “Americans” on the Private Plane Aided By Iran?

By Debbie Schlussel

Just before the new year, we learned that, in mid-December, a private “commercial” U.S. plane made an “emergency landing” in Iran, where the plane and its “American” passengers were helped out by Iran and then sent on their merry way to one of the Arab Gulf states. Who was on that plane and what were they doing?

It’s not every day that Iran lets Americans who “accidentally” end up in Iran go free. Usually, those Americans–even if they hate America (and Israel), themselves, as was the case with the American “hikers”–are accused of being spies for the “evil American Satan” and the “Zionist Empire” and are locked up for a long time, while they are used as a political football. Amir Hekmati, a Shi’ite Muslim from Michigan who served in the U.S. Marines, for example, still rots in Iran, where he is accused of being a CIA spy because he went to visit his grandmother, and that’s despite the fact that he was serving the purposes of the Shi’ites against Sunnis when he served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

So what’s going on here? Who were these “Americans”? And what were they really doing in Iran? I’m not buying this story. My theory: these were Shi’ite Muslims from the U.S. who went to the Gulf states to do some of Iran’s bidding. That’s how it works, and we know that the Arab gulf, especially the United Arab Emirates, is a key shipping point for nuclear material and components headed to Iran. Or could it be a that Barack Obama secretly sent a team of CIA agents or diplomats to negotiate with Iran on this plane? We’ll never know. I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but the “facts” of the story, as they are presented in the news media and Iranian media, don’t wash. Iran doesn’t let people like this go . . . unless they are doing the bidding of ayatollahs. My BS meter went gangbusters when I read this story.

A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported.


The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station.

Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of repairs.

It was not clear why the announcement of the plane’s landing was not made earlier.

Iran is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, which requires members to come to the aid of civilian aircraft when requested. . . .

A separate report by state TV said the Falcon-900 plane had one passenger and two crew members and was flying to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates when it encountered mechanical difficulties.

It said a French team from Abu Dhabi repaired the plane at Ahvaz airport.

Every day some 500 foreign airplanes pass through Iranian airspace, including 30 American aircraft.

Smells fishy.

What’s your take?

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My guess is that the mystery passenger is a messenger and the stop in Iran was planned. Otherwise, he would be somebody’s boytoy in some Iranian prison.

Where were you for New Years Debrolina? Its not like you to just vanish without a word.

Barnie Rubble on January 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

“Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

– From the classic scene in Casablanca,made in 1942″

Verminous scum are what we fight.

Occam's Tool on January 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

You know, every time I see that face of Acmehandjob, I think to myself, what piece of jewelry is missing from his forehead? Something leaden and fast moving would fit there very well.

Occam's Tool on January 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    He looks like Yakov Smirnoff in that picture! Doesn’t matter who it was or even if there were really any Americans on that plane because nothing happened! I’m sure they’re not the only Americans flying in and out of Iran on a daily basis!

    Kershaw on January 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Who knows what’s really going on here? Nothing good I’m sure.
If the purpose was diplomatic then it’s also puzzling because you wouldn’t think they’d need a personal meeting to sell out US interests. Very odd. Wish there were still some journalists left who actually bothered trying to get to the bottom of things like this then we might have some chance of finding out who exactly was on that plane.

Frankz on January 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Related. Things are not always what they seem. Check this out:

http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/862487–khadr-s-canadian-ex-husband-and-new-wife-missing-in-afghanistan

Barnie Rubble on January 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

OT but telling and interesting. Sean Vannity’s ratingd have dropped a staggering 50% since he made the flip-flop on immigration after Romney’s presidential bid loss. Shows you what a no-principled dufas Vannity really is. Its all show with him.

Barnie Rubble on January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Never cared much for Hannity/Vanity myself. Just a histrionic TV hack hawking the latest dumbed-down Red State Uber Alles talking points. Debbie’s articles on his corrupt handling of “Freedom Concerts” for our troops have been right on the money, but regrettably have had few takers in major media or the U.S. Justice Department.

    Seek on January 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hannity brought us Obama. Remember his “Stop Hillary” campaign in ’08?

    B: Right on. Remember his “Stop Obama Express”? Didn’t work too well, but he doesn’t care. He’s laughing at conservatives all the way to the bank. Suckers. DS

    Barb on January 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well no sh!t… Hannity like anyone else on tv is first and foremost an entertainer! Him and his “crew” are a the face and a big driving force of the Republican Party, and are ready to back anything or anyone lacking common sense. I have to admit that the “Faux” news network puts on a great show and there’s good reason why they get top notch ratings! I find guys like Chris Christie and Peter King to be a breath of fresh air within the GOP because they have common sense and that translates to having a heart with the common American! It’s sad how polarized we’ve become and that it takes a tragedy like Super storm Sandy for real leaders to step up.

    Kershaw on January 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Barnie, if that is true (a 50% loss of a brainless audience) then my heart is feeling like an alligator! At least some of his audience is more brainy than he is!

    The people who didn’t wanna expose that fraud Vannity are covering their bottom line (The Fraudkins and the Breibart torch carriers) because all one had to do to see that it was true was read the tax returns/report. The numbers don’t lie. It’s not that hard. Also, you had your Lumpenconservatariat who DIDN’T want to read the public reports. Just because they refused to read them doesn’t make it untrue.

    In 2013 if you still like Vannity you have a high threshold for boring, copy-cat talk radio. He doesn’t have an original thought in his boring body. His type of talk radio is the type I just can’t stand. I didn’t initially want to think so at first but it’s a sad revelation to see so many so-called Conservatives as dumb as Libtards.

    Remember after the 2nd and 3rd debates when Mitt Zombie didn’t go hard after Obama-Putin on Benghazi and the mindless myna birds trilled how “brilliant” it was (and I pointed out it would ONLY be IF he won)? Those are same dopes loving Jihad Darrell Issa and Grover Norquist at this time.

    Skunky on January 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

interesting. this was posted today:
http://debka.com/article/22645/Hillary-Clinton-in-hospital-amid-speculation-of-plane-accident-in-Iran

BB: I don’t buy the Debka conspiracy theory, and you can only believe about 25% or less of what’s on that site, much of it regurgitated and ripped off from other conspiracy theory sites, including the Hillary story, which isn’t referring to the same plane accident, anyway. DS

Brooklyn Boy on January 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Well, the story is now hitting the news, and maybe that was intended all along. Perhaps the point of it is that the Iranians have shown themselves, in this instance, to be ‘responsible’ members of the international community, showing that they can adhere to international pacts, and cooperate with the US and other Arab countries.

This would help the Obama appeasers and their cohorts around the world ‘show’ that Iran is a good partner for peace and stability, and that perhaps they can be brought into the international community, rather than bombed. Mainly a staged propaganda device.

Is it coincidence that this occurred very shortly after Obama’s re-election?

Little Al on January 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Roger, Roger
Get me clearance, Clarence
Give me a vector, Victor

CornCoLeo on January 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

My guess is smuggling in sensitive material needed for atomic warheads.

DS_ROCKS! on January 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I don’t trust anything Obama does, particularly in relation to Iran and Israel.

Prior to the election, Obama made a grand show of tightening the oil embargo against Iran. Quietly, however, he made so many exceptions for countries to trade with Iran (China, India, most of Europe, etc.) so as to make the oil embargo and the rest of the embargo against Iran meaningless.

This man(?), nor the rest of the world, will do nothing to prevent Iran from getting the bomb and destroying Israel.Jon

Jonathan E. Grant on January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Your very last line. I don’t suppose you’d be prepared to make a wager on this? If you are, I suggest you wait until hell freezes over.

    Nir Leiu on January 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Jon Grant is right except he should have written TRYING to destroy Israel. It’s not going to happen although we are in for some major pain. Iran will probably get at least one nuke and manage to launch it at us. Don’t assume TA. They can take out lots of people there but there are strategic targets where they can destroy lots of people AND critical infrastructure that are probably higher priority because with those facilities destroyed, well… it won’t be fun here. Believe me, they have this figured out so I’m not saying anything they don’t already know.

      Just remember, we have an ETERNAL promise, so whether or not this is the final go round for our enemies, we will always be here.

      Italkit on January 3, 2013 at 2:07 am

C’mon guys. The answer is as plain as the nose on your face. They were dropping off spare parts for the drone that landed in Iran a few months back. The drone made a perfect landing – no damage of any kind. (A gift from obambi?) We never did get full answers to this event. It was probably time for the 3,000 mile tune-up which must be done in order to keep the warranty valid. Probably dropped off a few large bags of money also along with audiotapes of our demander in chief talking, 0n and on, about muslim holidays.

herbster on January 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    @herbster
    Good job reminding us all about that. “3,000 mile tune-up”, “keep warrant valid”. I’d laugh, but it would hurt too much.

    CornCoLeo on January 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

A Falcon 900 is NOT a “small American commercial plane” It is a private executive jet of French manufacture with a crew of 2 and capacity for 19 passengers. All the articles regarding this incident are major BS. I wonder if we will ever know the truth re this “emergency landing”.

PaulaMalka on January 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

My guess would be “american” Iranian Revolutionary Guard” moles doing Iranian business. Terrorism,training, resupplying and or dripping off centerfuges/uranium or other bomb making materiel.

Canadian Steve on January 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I think DS is on to it…they were friends of the Iranian regime. Why else the friendly send off? Look under your kid’s Christmas rocking horse. There may be a pile of something smelly under that before the Iranian regime would be so polite and magnanimous.

Of course JEG is correct. Obama-Putin should not be trusted. It’s quite elementary but sometimes it’s hard to see things while one is in the throes of the action (and/or slow in-action) but since November 6th I hope y’all are buckled up for the fundamental changes happening to USA as we speak. Cloward & Piven are on the march and have little resistance. Think about it. It’s freaky but it is what it is.

I mentioned JEG’s post because the question that should go hand and hand with this column’s question is who and where the hell are the Benghazi survivors? That’s an important question to keep in one’s mind. Obama-Putin knows the answer to both but hell, he just ain’t talking. It’s good to be king!

The history of the world (as is the history of humans) a very bleak and dark journey. America was so very great it was sometimes easy to be inoculated from such horrors. But we have take a few steps back (willingly) to a very, very dark place.

As Ray Liotta said (as Henry Hill) in “Good Fellas”…’These are the bad times…’

Well, the very beginning at least for those who got attached and loved freedom and liberty.

Skunky on January 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Yeah, they might let people go, after keeping them locked up for a couple years and threatening to execute them as spies. That wasn’t just an ordinary US commercial aircraft.

RT on January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

What aircraft? What passengers? Why a report now? Why would anyone believe any (lack of) detail in a report released by Iran?

Visteo on January 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Maybe the plane was full of dumb-ass, America-hating snowboarders, of which Hannah Teter is the idiot queen.

Here is the beotch giving an interview to the Iranian government’s foreign subversive operation, NIAC:

http://www.niacouncil.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8389

Hannah, I dare you to get of the plane and immediately demand that the Iranian government free its political prisoners, stop its foreign terrorist operations, and scrap its nuclear program. Didn’t think so, witch.

adam on January 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

So true Skunky. I hope Vannity goes off the air. Years ago I heard him fill in for Rush on his radio show. Hannity was awesome back then. Now I realize it was all an act. Its about the cash he can make. His principles are expendable.

Barnie Rubble on January 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

This is suspicious because had this been an “ordinary” jet plane, the Iranians would either have shot it down, or have it forced down and the occupants been held for spyig for the CIA. Yes I agree with you Debbie, that there is more to this than what is being reported in the damn mainstream media. However with this current adminstration, do not hold your breath, when hell freezes over, etc. that anything will be looked at. Just of one of many things that makes me believe that this adminstration is corrupt as they are.

Mario on January 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Good observations. 3000 mile warranty, check. Not out of the question.

samurai on January 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

….well…likely NOT Michael Westen, Sam Axe, Fiona Glenanne, or Jesse Porter…… their ‘work’ is unrecorded…

Nick Fury on January 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

….and Payne Stewart’s jet never left CONUS…

Nick Fury on January 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

the russian media had a story saying it was a plane that actually crash landed and sHillary Clinton received a bump on the head in it.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january022013/clinton-plane-crash-tk.php

General P. Malaise on January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Never Believe Anything Until Officially Deniedâ„¢

jack on January 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

Wow, that is an expensive jet. For those with the big bucks fer sure. High level islamists, routine business. But we know their business. Not good for the rest of the world I guess.

Jake49 on January 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Obama probably sent Nuclear experts to help with that Leaking atomic plant. http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=298324

billie on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Obammama is up to more tricks

socialismisevil on January 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

For an oil rich country, it’s amazing how economically dependent the Emirates allows itself to be on Iran. Particularly given that their rulers ain’t exactly allies of Teheran.

As for Iran, they are simply on a PR exercise. Unlike the 1980s, they’ve learnt that bad publicity does them no good, while putting on a charade of good behavior is enough to hoodwink enough Leftists in the West – be it America, Europe or anywhere else. In one way, it’s good – it keeps the Sunnis, who’d otherwise be unchecked, on their toes.

The countries that the US – be it Bush or Obama – brands as its allies, are really very unstable. Iran is easily in a position to melt down the UAE economy, since most Iranian investments are in that country. Oman is friendly w/ Iran as well – so b/w the 3 of them, they could just choke the Gulf if they wanted to. A bit more of destabilization, and Iran could try getting Bahrein back into its ‘Arab Spring’ mode, where their majority Shia population can try to do what their Sunni counterparts are trying in Syria. Watch oil prices then go thru the roof.

The best solution to everything is to encourage Syria style civil wars in all the Muslim countries in the neighborhood – Bahrein, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Pakistan and so on. That will keep Iran’s hands full, while the Sunnis – like KSA, Kuwait, Emirates, et al won’t be able to spend their money on dawa, but would have to spend it on weapons in fighting the Shia/keeping themselves alive.

Infidel on January 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

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