FERESTADEH: Tom Selleck Cast as Manssor Arbabsiar in Upcoming Hollywood Film ;0)


FERESTADEH: Tom Selleck Cast as Manssor Arbabsiar in Upcoming Hollywood Film  ;0)
by Darius Kadivar

An upcoming Hollywood production is in the making based on the assassination attempt by IRI agent against a Saudi Ambassador.

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Manssor Arbabsiar : From used car salesman to alleged assassination ploter (cnn)

To a friend of more than 20 years, Manssor Arbabsiar was a man who liked to becalled "Jack" and didn't seem to have strong views on politics or religion.

To U.S. authorities, the 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen is a suspect in analleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

"It was shocking because it didn't seem like he would be the type of person to do something like that," said Mitchel Hamauei, who said he met Arbabsiar through mutual Iranian friends.

"He was a happy go lucky guy, always joked around," Hamauei said. "He had a really happy demeanor."

Hamauei,who runs a gyro and kebab restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the twowere close enough that he attended the graduation of Arbabsiar's son.

"I know his wife and his son. They're very down to earth people," Hamaueisaid.

The two kept in touch even after Arbabsiar moved to Austin about four or five years ago.

"I saw him about a year ago. He came by the store to eat a sandwich."

Arbabsiar was a used car salesman, Hamauei said. Their conversations would be about "life in general," he said. "Nothing religious. Nothing political."

"He would go out and party," Hamauei said. "As far as I know he never practiced religion."

Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are now accused of a conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, the FBI said Tuesday.

Arbabsiar was arrested in September. Shakuri remains at large, the bureau said.

The two were in a group that began planning this spring to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir, the FBI said.

Arbabsiar has had prior brushes with the law, but for minor infractions.

Public records show three arrests for Arbabsiar over the last 25 years.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for evading arrest in 1987, and he pleaded "no contest" to a lesser charge in 2004 after he was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Arbabsiar also received a speeding ticket in 2007 for going more than 10 mph over the limit.

A 2001 theft charge against Arbabsiar was dismissed, CNN affiliate KIII-TVreported.

In the allegations he now faces, Arbabsiar and an undercover informant discussed using explosives to kill the Saudi ambassador and possibly attacking a crowded restaurant, according to an FBI affidavit released Tuesday.

The informant named $1.5 million as his price, it said.

Arbabsiar allegedly sent $100,000 intended as a down payment, telling the informant his "cousin" had deep pockets, court documents said.

"This is out of character," Hamauei said. "Whether he would actually carry it out ? I don't believe so."

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Iranians never trust an Iranian car salesman

by bahmani on

We all know this! The assumption that the average Iranian used car salesman is honest or not self serving, or worse, not smart enough to try something like this is naive at best, cluelessly deluded at worst.

Proof? Try to buy a car from an Iranian used car salesman just once. Either you will get screwed in the price, or the engine will fall out of the car before you get home, or ideally both!

To read more bahmani posts visit: http://brucebahmani.blogspot.com/


Iranian Cheech and Chong!

by Faramarz on

With his pot smoking, Mexican connection and baldness, he looks perfect for a Cheech and Chong movie!

Esfand Aashena

Faramarz jaan he's becoming more & more an embarassment!

by Esfand Aashena on

I think his case is probably causing a lot of commotions and suspicions and laughs among the Iranian pot heads and parties!  Everything about him is so a typical except the terrorism part!

I can imagine being in a pot party (I don't smoke anymore ;-) in a pot circle (ala that 70s show :-) and ask friends from whom are they going to get the good Hawaiian or Semsimallian weed now that Arbab is no longer available!  Or put someone on the spot by saying he reminds us so much of that Arbab guy! 

Everything is sacred


More on Him

by Faramarz on

Today in Washington Post Dave Ignatius had a good piece about him and his contacts in Ghods. One thing that he touched on was the fact that Arbabsiar was into pot and drinking. The pot part explains how he got the word out on the street that he wants to talk business with some high level Mexican Cartel guys, which brought the informer and FBI and DEA into the picture.

The other interesting point by Ignatius was that his handler Gholam Shakuri was Ghods' agent that handled the Bahrain uprising activities. Arbabsiar visit to Iran back in May coincides with all of that. 


Thank You Esfand Jaan

by Faramarz on

Based on his latest picture that you posted above Gene Hackman (kachal baraazandeh) might be a better match than Tom Sellek!


This guy

by Cost-of-Progress on

looks like a typical kolaah makhmali frequenting Shokofeh Nou.
Naaze naffaset....




Esfand Aashena

Couple more Arbab pictures, one with the stab wound on his face.

by Esfand Aashena on

Doesn't say which year is this but you can see his stab wound in the picture.

Now in this one he seems to have lost his hair!  If he loses his hair in his new 2011 mug shot, that is going to be yet another big blow (bElow ;-) to the Iranian community! 

Everything is sacred

Esfand Aashena

Faramarz jaan, those are all Arbabsiar's old pictures.

by Esfand Aashena on

The picture on the right is from 1996, the one on the left is from 2001 and the one below is from 1993.  

His picture from 2011 is not released yet, hopefully a newer one will be released soon and we can check out his new hair style! Wonder if he has a hairpiece!  Will his 2011 mug shot have blow dried hair?! 

Here are all three pictures:




Everything is sacred


Good Idea DK Jaan

by Faramarz on

I can't get over the blow-dryer hair on Arbabsiar and the un-even mustache! It looks so 70's disco!

Put a white suit and a gold chain on him and he looks ready for Saturday Night Fever!


Good one, DK

by Rea on

Loved the videos. ;o))

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Re: Case is unravellling

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Based on comments on CNN people are skeptical. Here are my guesses about it:

  • The odd nature of this plot as mentioned in the CNN article.
  • Obama supporters are more liberal and anti-war. They do not want to go to another war. Selling it to them is hard.
  • Obama opponents do not believe anything his administration says. They are the most "pro" war Americans. But they will not support Obama on this.
  • Most Americans do not like Saudi and do not care about their Ambassador. If the target was someone popular it may be different.
  • Americans have war fatigue and do not want to spend more money on any war. Therefore prefer to believe this is a hoax. Because theey just don't want another war. 

The short of it is that people are sick of hearing about these. They want jobs and a balanced budget. True of false this is not ringing with the people. Meaning that Obama is going to be in trouble for reelection.

The real looser may be Obama. Because his natural supporters will get mad. I know a lot of left wingers who are already complaining about Obama. His right wing leanings and so on. But Republicans will never support him. Result is loss of support.

Meanwhile Romney is gaining momentum. If this goes as it is we may have President Romney. What worked to help Bush will not with Obama because of his backers. One is right wing the other left wing leaving him out.



by yolanda on

The case is unravelling, not very solid:



well, we will see!


Good sense of humor DK :-)

by Disenchanted on


       very apt!

Soosan Khanoom

Rajavi is good for this role !!!

by Soosan Khanoom on

After all that looks more like MEK mustache .... hmmm !!


I wonder if this guy was framed by someone?

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

The friend would know if he was religous or not.  To even suggest this guy worked with IRI seems weak.