Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Iranian Man Threatens To Blow Up Casino In Las Vegas ... Faces No Punishment

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Freedom of speech is limited in the US ... the first amendment offers no protection for threats. In fact, the US Supreme Court case of Brandenburg v. Ohio ruled that the US government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless it is directed to inciting and likely to incite imminent lawless action.

That ruling was a modification of the ruling in Schenck v. United States which established the "clear and present danger" standard. That standard was set in 1919, and removed constitutional protections of free speech for those who spoke out during war time. The ruling is as follows:

The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent. It is a question of proximity and degree. When a nation is at war, many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight, and that no Court could regard them as protected by any constitutional right.

See kids ... we have more freedom of speech now than ever before in our history.

This brings me to a case over the weekend here in Las Vegas.

We all know that we can't yell fire in a theater, or threaten the life of the President of the United States. Nor can we threaten to hijack an airplane, or a whole host of other things. So why would a man who threatens to blow up a major casino in Las Vegas be allowed to return to his native country with no punishment?

Review Journal:

The large man of Middle Eastern descent took a seat next to the buxom woman in the low-cut blouse. Between deals, he made sexual suggestions.

Three seats away, the woman's husband spoke up.

"She's married," he said.

This is actually pretty important to the case ... not just because this led to the guy going off, but because of his hypocritical comments. He is hitting on an American woman who is wearing a low-cut top, but when he gets shot down he goes all "Muslim" on everyone.

The dealer said to the new player, "You're going to have to curtail your dialogue."

"What did I do wrong?" the disgruntled player asked, according to one source. "Something I said? In my country, women should not be seen in public without a burqa or a veil."

The husband snarled, "Then why don't you go back to your (expletive) country?"

It should be noted that HIS country is supposed to be Canada. Yes, he's an Iranian who is a Canadian citizen. Last I checked ... Canada didn't require women to wear burqas. This goes to show that the radical Muslims are purposefully migrating to western countries in order to change our way of life. He's a citizen of Canada yet he sees Iran as HIS country.

The floor supervisor then ushered the man, identified as Reza Nazarinia, away from the table before a fight broke out between him and the woman's husband. It's when the supervisor attempted to remove Reza that he threatened to blow up the Mandalay Bay.

"You don't know who I am," he said, according to one source. "I'm from the Middle East. When I come back, I'm going to blow this place down."

So we have an Iranian who is upset that women don't have to wear a burka, and he threatened to blow up a major casino. I wonder if this falls into that category of "likely to incite imminent lawless action" that is forbidden under current US law.

The belligerence continued. So did the threats.

"When Nazarinia would lose a hand of blackjack, he would become violent and punch the gaming table," the Las Vegas police arrest report written by Detective Richard Umberger states. "Tell became fearful for herself and the other customers' safety. She asked Nazarinia to calm down and watch his language. He replied, 'Go (expletive) yourself.' Tell stated that Nazarinia then stated he could bring the entire hotel down. Tell states that Nazarinia indicated to her that he knew how to do it, too."

Now he's made multiple threats to blow up the Mandalay Bay, and that's also when security, Metro (police), and the FBI got involved.

Nazarinia was arrested on charges of making threats or conveying false information concerning an act of terrorism and making a bomb threat. He was booked on May 19 at the Clark County Detention Center. I am informed he later returned to Canada.

He returned to Canada? Why was a man who made multiple terrorist threats allowed to leave the US? What if he is who he says he is? Is that really a risk this country can afford to take given the recent terrorist plots we've uncovered? There was a murder (not terrorist related) recently in which a person was killed with a car bomb at one of our casino parking lots as well, and that is still on everyone's mind.

Remember Allen Lee? He's the student from Illinois who was given a creative writing assignment in which he eluded to a possible future shooting at his school. He was arrested, and faces two felony charges of disorderly conduct. At least Lee was just doing an assignment in which he was encouraged to exaggerate, and was told there was no censorship.

I contacted the journalist who wrote the story, John L. Smith, and asked what punishment this guy will face. He wrote back that he faces two state felony charges related to making terrorist threats and bomb threats. Mr. Smith also mentioned to me that he hasn't received any response from the feds and DA handling the case.

It seems to me that any terrorist threat uttered in the US should carry a federal charge as well as the state charges. That doesn't seem to be the case here. While I'm glad that there are some charges being considered (nothing is final) ... why was he allowed to return to Canada? I'm not saying he needs to be whisked off to Gitmo just yet, but it would be nice to know that the United States government would not allow people who make terrorist threats against us to go free ... especially if they are allowed to return to their native country where we may face extradition problems.

John L. Smith concludes his article with some thought provoking points.

That kind of talk, right in the heart of our tourism corridor, is arguably more egregious than shouting "fire" in a crowded theater and worse than joking at an airport about hijacking a commercial jet liner.

The investigative question is whether Reza Nazarinia has the contacts and capability to make good on his threat.

But threatening terrorism is a form of terrorism, and the jerk should pay a heavy price.

I couldn't agree more ... how about you?

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13 comments to "Iranian Man Threatens To Blow Up Casino In Las Vegas ... Faces No Punishment"

Casey said...
6:03 PM

I have reposted (word for word) the comments of an anti-American terrorist sympathizer who clearly lacks common sense, and has a problem processing information. I have edited out his language.

First off this is all f---ing bulls--t, you dumb americans over emphisize everything and it always turns out to be somone else fault let me tell you somthing reza nazarinia didnt do haf of anything that was claimed and if he did all this why didnt the fbi get involved or the cia i mean shoot this large middle eastern man making bomb threats is a serious accusation, threatining to blow up a public building with 1000's of guest? think about that to yourself before you make your dumb narrowminded comments you stupid, fat, ignorant stupid( i know i said it twice) americans. PS

America can suck my d--k, and then lick my ass, after i take a s--t. May the blood of your children rain in the streets may you all grow old and die long painful deaths and may your government lay in the big pile of s--t its created and watch the supremcy( or whats left of it) of america crumble.

Casey said...
6:19 PM

1) He did everything reported in the article, and is on camera doing it.

2) The FBI did get involved. It was mentioned several times in the article.

3) The CIA can't get involved ... it's against the law.

4) Unlike you terrorists (in training) we are not allowed to use deadly force without it being self-defense.

Now that you've made a complete fool of yourself by commenting on a story you didn't fully read, and then calling me ignorant, I hope you find the time to properly educate yourself. Your spelling is some of the worst I've seen in a while.

Anonymous said...
12:14 AM

Dear Mr. Smith,

I read your article on Reza Nazarinia and I have to say that I think your one sided commentary is unjust. More research on your part needs to be done before such comments are made.

I was not there and did not see the events unfold, neither were you

I think it would be safe to assume that the investigators in this case in their background checks saw that there was no threat to the general public of North America. As a journalist you report on the information provided. Given your talent to find the truth, if there was a blemish of any kind on his history, I positive that you would have included it in your article. Therefore, your comments are typical of a reporter sensationalizing a story to sell copies of a release or for self promotion in the community that reads it. It is a pity that you and other like you manipulate the media to your own end at the cost of others you do not know. This alarmist style only feeds the uneducated, hate towards those who are different, in appearance, culture and language. This happens everywhere in the world.

I know Reza and consider him a friend of mine, I have never heard him joking or otherwise display such behavior reported in your article. Reza would be the first to jump to the aid of this lady or yourself if it was a need to.

Yours sincerely

Casey said...
7:53 PM

I will say one more time: It does not matter that he is "your friend", or that you "don't believe" he would say such a thing.

You sound like a mother who claims their child could never do anything wrong.

Bottom line ... he's on tape! With numerous witnesses to boot.

I made it clear that he may not be a terrorist, but the government needs to make sure.

There was nothing in my writing that was inaccurate or misleading. Several news sources reported the same thing, and we heard the damn tape. Your friend did indeed make those threats.

Anonymous said...
10:00 PM

Dear Sir:

Its been a year since you claim "he's on tape" and there are "numerous witnesses". Do you know why Reza is walking free, earning an honest living and adding value to society? Becuase he has not been convicted, nor will he ever be convicted because he is innocent. I figure you owe him apology, don't you?

Sincerely,

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9:11 PM

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Anonymous said...
6:54 PM

To whom it may concern,

This is a cease and desist to your website. The following link is slander and must be removed before formal legal action is taken.

Link: http://needsofthemany.blogspot.com/2007/06/iranian-man-threatens-to-blow-up-casino.html

I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Regards,

Reza Nazarinia

Anonymous said...
7:52 PM

Does anyone know if he really did it?

Anonymous said...
7:55 PM

Yes he did it. I know him and he is capable of it. A word of caution; do not trust him!

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Anonymous said...
10:20 AM

For the record, the USA gladly has him back now. Nice hu?

Anonymous said...
11:51 AM

NOW WAY> He is welcome back in the USA??? WTF?

Anonymous said...
7:33 AM

I KNOW RIGHT. What is wrong with the world when you can do things like this, and walk away. he should ahve done 6 months in a Detroit prison. If he ended up in a US mainstream jail, he would have been killed I bet.

Anyway, he has to live with himself. That can't be easy.

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