United Against Nuclear Iran
The United Against Nuclear Iran is a deep state organization outside democratic control, created to sabotage, with fair means or foul, any chance of a rapprochement with Iran.
The objectives talk openly of 'utilize media outreach' (ie propaganda) to persuade 'our' elected leaders and the population in Western countries:
- Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran's role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
- Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear-armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
- Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
- Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
- Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
- Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
One of the main activities of UANI is maintaining the economic blockade of Iran. The website contains a list of 'business risks', like 'reputational risks, 'kidnap and arrest risk', 'hacking & cybersecurity risk' (by Iran, naturally), 'sanctions risks' etc , in the style of 'wouldn't it be to bad if this happened to you?'
It is also interested in cancelling sales of civilian airlines to Iran, and to stop foreign automobile companies making cars in Iran, 'accounting for 10% of GDP', this hypocritically 'while striving not to punish the Iranian people'. Since the US trade with Iran is negligible, this means that in reality 90% of the business losses is from European and Japanese companies.
State Secrets Lawsuit
In 2014, the United States Department of Justice intervened in a private lawsuit filed against UANI and requested its dismissal on the ground that the continued litigation of the case would jeopardize US national security. In July 2013, Greek shipping magnate Victor Restis brought a defamation lawsuit against UANI for claiming that his companies were "front men for the illicit activities of the Iranian regime." In September of the following year, the United States Government (which was not party to the case) filed a motion asserting its right to intervene in the proceedings and requesting that Restis's complaint be dismissed because "continued litigation would risk disclosure" of sensitive matters pertaining to national security. The US government's motion was granted by a federal judge in 2015, marking a rare expansion of the state secrets privilege into private civil litigation in which the government was not a party.
Institute for Strategic Dialogue
In May 2012, UANI formed a transatlantic partnership to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank. August Hanning, former president of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) of Germany, is senior advisor to the initiative.