U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Iran will threaten Americans both directly and via proxy attacks and that Tehran remains committed to developing networks inside the U.S., according to the intelligence community’s 2022 Annual Threat Assessment.
According to another report marked sensitive but unclassified, U.S. taxpayers are paying more than $2 million a month to protect Pompeo and Hook. The projected costs include vehicle and travel costs as well as salary and pay for the agents working for the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The document was first reported by The Associated Press.
The hefty security entourage that continues to travel with Pompeo, a potential Republican presidential candidate, has garnered attention during his public appearances including at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. The size of the detail rivals one that is typical for a current cabinet member.
Since coming to power, the Iranian regime, especially during the Iran-Iraq war, which lasted for 8 years, has executed opponents belonging to political parties and organizations, led by the Mujahideen Khalq Organization, in addition to a mass massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, and thousands of political activists of nationalities were executed. Other than the persecuted Persians, from the Ahwazi Arabs, the Kurds and the Baluchis.
It is noteworthy that the US Assistant Secretary of State for Terrorism and Financial Information Affairs, Adam Szubin, confirmed that the sanctions imposed against Iran due to its support for terrorism and its interventions in Syria, support for the Assad regime and support for the Houthis in Yemen, as well as sanctions related to Tehran’s violations of human rights, will continue despite Signing of the nuclear deal.
The US State Department’s 2015 International Terrorism Report, classified Iran as ‘the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world’, due to ‘Tehran’s interventions and support for violence and terrorism in Syria and Iraq’ and ‘destabilization of security and stability in the Middle East.’ Through the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and its “involvement in the violence carried out by the opposition in Bahrain,” as well as its “support for extremist groups such as the Lebanese Hezbollah.”