Mozaffar Khazee, a dual U.S.-Iranian [I prefer Iranian-U.S.] citizen worked as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney, a U.S. defense contractor. The FBI report says that U.S. companies are being “relentlessly targeted,” for our sensitive material, which begs the question, why in the hell are we hiring these people to work in these sensitive areas? Muslims –– they’re smart, right? Obama has told us how smart they are, how critical they are to civilization! So smart that we hire a Muslim man for an engineering position, over a non-Muslim engineer –– but do we take the opportunity to help a family not a threat to this country? No., we do not. He is sentenced to eight years in prison, then likely, we’ll send him back to Iran. Aren’t you just sick of news like this? I am.
Prosecutors said that a search of Khazaee’s computer storage devices revealed letters and application documents to technical universities in Iran. In those materials, he said that, as “lead engineer” in various projects with U.S. defense contractors, he had learned “key technique[s] that could be transferred to our own industry and universities. . . .
The arrest followed the discovery of thousands of pages of sensitive information in boxes that Khazaee tried to ship from his old apartment in Connecticut to his family in Iran. The files included printed-out presentations, schematics and other documents, some related to the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the F-22 Raptor program.” Source: Harvard Courant
The family (his family) he tried to ship documents to, begged for a pardon for his “mistake.”
So far, I haven’t found where he received his Ph.D – in Iran, the country he referred to as “my country,” or in ours, the U.S., which continually makes the mistake of trusting people we have little reason to trust with “sensitive” information, or even information not so “sensitive.”
He said he wanted to “move to Iran,” that he was “looking for an opportunity to work in Iran, and that he was interested in “transferring my skill and knowledge to my nation.”
Khazaee had also exchanged e-mails containing information about the programs with Iranian contacts, according to court papers. He said the e-mails were part of a job application.
I never sold anything to anybody,” Khazaee, 61, told the court, standing hunched over and reading from notes. “Had I known that making a Powerpoint presentation to an Iranian university in my attempt to get a job was breaking the law, I never would have taken the documents at all. Source: Jihad Watch
Snippets from the FBI, October 23, 2015: Khazaee lived in Manchester, Connecticut. Sentenced to 97 months in prison and ordered to pay $50,000.
“Mozaffar Khazaee exploited his privileged access to national security assets to steal highly sensitive military technology with the intent of providing it to Iran,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Violations of the Arms Export Control Act, particularly those involving attempts to transfer sensitive defense technology to a foreign power, are among the most significant national security threats we face, and we will continue to leverage the criminal justice system to prevent, confront, and disrupt them.”
Mozaffar Khazaee betrayed his defense contractor employers and the national security interests of the United States by stealing and attempting to send to Iran voluminous documents containing highly sensitive U.S. defense technology,” said U.S. Attorney Daly. . . . at different times between 2001 and 2013, Khazaee, a dual citizen of Iran and the United States with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, was employed by three separate defense contractors. . . .
In or about November 2013, while residing in Connecticut, Khazaee attempted to send a large shipping container to Iran. The shipment included, in numerous boxes and on computer media, thousands of highly sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, test results, technical drawings and data and other proprietary material relating to U.S. military jet engines, including those relating to the U.S. Air Force’s F35 JSF program and the F-22 Raptor. The materials in the interdicted shipment had been stolen from U.S. defense contractors where Khazaee had worked and many documents were prominently labeled with strict export control warnings. Khazaee did not apply for nor did he obtain any license to export any of the documents and the export or attempted export of such material to Iran is illegal.
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