And then there were nine…

To your list of world’s most dangerous jobs, you might want to add: Iranian nuclear scientist. The New York Times is reporting that two Iranian nuclear scientists were targetted for assassination, by persons unknown, today Monday, Nov. 29 and one of them, Majid Shahriari was killed when a car bomb that had been attached to his moving vehicle was remotely detonated. Shahriari’s wife was wounded as was the wife of the second scientist Fereydoon Abbasi, whose car was also targetted. Abbasi survived.

This, apparently,  is not the first time an Iranian suclear scientist has been assasinated, according to the Times. In 2007 Ardeshir Hosseinpour was killed. In that case, the method was poisoned gas (According to Wikipedia the method was radiocative poisoning, with the defense publication Stratfor assigning blame to the Israeli Mossad). 

The assassination attempts come in the wake of the discover of the stuxnet computer worm, a sophisticated computer virus that appears to have been aimed at disrupting Iranian nuclear centrifuges. It also comes in the wake of the Wikileaks release of thousands of diplomatic cables betwee the U.S. and its allies. In several of these cables Saudi officials express grave concerns over the development of the Iranian nuclear program, with King Abdullah begging American officials to “cut off the head of the snake” before Iran could develop its nuclear weapons capability.

(An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the Iranian scientist who was assassinated.)


Iran’s a sane and reasonable country… right? Right?

Makes me glad my dad turned down a chance to go “home” to South Korea offered by a friend acting on behalf of the Park regime for a “special” project in the late 70s. The CIA and the Japanese didn’t take the discovery very well and some people involved disappeared.

This hit seems too crude to be the work of the Mossad.

Clarification for the post: Salehi wasn’t killed, he was quoted as vowing revenge. He’s the nuclear chief of Iran. The dead scientist is named Majid Shahriari.

@Dodgerblue: Agree, they usually have more finesse. I’d put my money on an inside job set-up by the Iranians themselves.

@SanFranLefty: Must be some deeply weird politics if Iranians are killing their own nuclear scientists.


Whoops! Thanks I’ll go in and change that as soon as I can get a picture of Shahriari.

@Dodgerblue: I don’t know, makes some fucked up sense to me, given how whackadoodle Aneedadinnerjacket is. Take the crappiest scientist, set him up, then use it as a pretense to crank the tension with Israel and the US up to 11. The bombs were attached to the cars by guys on motorcycles in broad daylight on a busy street in Tehran. The police goons in Iran are on motorcycles, and also pulling that move seems pretty over-the-top and reckless for Mossad agents as too much could have potentially gone wrong.

Things were fucked up out in the desert and the Bosses from Back Home hadda do somethin’.

/ saw “Casino” on tv last night


That’s a little too “9/11 Truth” for me. I don’t think Iran really needs to do something like this for internal agitation. We know Mossad does this sort of thing. We know the Israeli government wants to stop the nuke program. We know that no military intervention short of a full scale invasion will likely derail the program. Seems logical to me that Mossad would have been involved, probably with some help from the Saudis and other Middle Eastern nations.

@Serolf Divad: Yeah, but motorbikes with stick-on bombs in broad daylight? That’s more like Mexican narco-terrorist style.


I’m sure Mossad sub-contracted to a local radical group of some sort. I doubt their own agents can get that far inside Iran.

@Serolf Divad: Re subcontractors – good point. But I’m with Dodger, it all sounded a little amateur hour in how it was executed, not the Mossad’s style when they’re carrying these things out.

So the nuke factory is named Bushehr. Is it pronounced busher, meaning one who bushes, like w? Did the folks in or near San Francisco ever suceed in naming the sewage treatment plant after w? I heard a while back that some municipality there ’bouts was trying to do that. Please advise.

@SanFranLefty: Crazy Ahmed’s Car Bombs – c’mon down! You want shrapnel? We’ve got shrapnel! Free hand grenades with every purchase!

@jwmcsame: Your Ess Eff correspondent here, the campaign measure to rename the sewage treatment plant after Shrub failed in 2008. No word yet if it’s going to be revived. Right now the hot new local ballot initiative campaign is to outlaw circumcision in San Francisco. They’re gathering signatures now.

Legal Eagle & Teh Gheyz TJ: 9th Circuit announces the panel hearing the Prop. 8 appeal. Talk about Boies and Olsen lucking out.

The Ninth Circuit Court on Monday released the names of the three Circuit judges who will hear next Monday the constitutional case over California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The senior judge on the panel will be Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt, a former Los Angeles lawyer who is known widely as perhaps the most liberal judge on the federal courts. Another judge with a reputation mainly as a liberal, Michael Daly Hawkins, is on the panel; he is a former Arizona lawyer and prosecutor. The third member of the panel will be N. Randy Smith, a former Idaho lawyer and state judge.

The case is scheduled for a two-hour hearing beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern time) on Dec. 6.

@SanFranLefty: OMG. Too bad Harry Pregerson isn’t on the panel too.

@SanFranLefty: What better blog than this to hold a contest the the most/worst slogans for this campaign? “Free Willy” comes immediately to mind.

@Dodgerblue: Free Willie is currently the campaign being waged to keep the Red Headed Stranger out of jail for his latest pot bust. The Chronic had an article the other day where they interviewed some moshels about the proposed ban. They didn’t seem too worried.

w/r/t 9th circuit — I would have liked to have seen Kozinski as the third.

@Dodgerblue: There’s always the old gag, No Blood for Mohel.


Naming a sewage plant after W would be a terrible insult to the sewage plant – after all, the plant smells bad but produces a final product that is actually clean.

@SanFranLefty: You have two stories going in your post. Are you writing about the U.S. Marshals (Moshels) arresting Willie… or the S.F. Mohels who cut willie?

@texrednface: Sorry, I’m a bad 1/8th Jew raised in Texas who was raised by atheists… Mohel, moshel… I meant Mohel. Will go fix and find the linque.

@Serolf Divad: @Dodgerblue: @SanFranLefty:
i wouldn’t put any means beyond what the Mossad would do, but hiring sub contractors? that seems out of character for such a secretive organization. i’d bet on them infiltrating, though mexican cartel motorcycles sure ain’t their usual MO. who knows. i do have a sense they must be involved somehow. the blood lust for iran is HUGE over there.
and rightly so.

Clarification: the wikicables weren’t between overseas missions and foreign governments, they were internal cables about those foreign gubmints.

Beyond that I am actually not allowed to comment, but I do have a few things to say about circumcision….

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