Traitor Muslim Engineers
Man who sent details on U.S. jets to Iran sentenced to eight years
BY RICHARD WEIZEL
Fri Oct 23, 2015
A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen apologized on Friday for exporting
sensitive information about U.S. military jets to his native Iran,
saying he was simply applying for a job, before a judge sentenced him
to eight years and one month in prison.
Mozaffar Khazaee, who had worked as an engineer at U.S. defense
contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested in January 2014 as he
tried to leave the country with sensitive material about the engines
for the U.S. Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor
aircraft in his luggage.
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
U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant said she was unimpressed with his
assertions about e-mails relating to his previous employer, a unit of
diversified manufacturer United Technologies Corp.. The company had
laid him off in 2013.
"He not only minimizes his criminal conduct but genuinely fails to
understand the significance of his actions, and that is especially
troubling," Bryant said.
The sentence she imposed, which included three years' supervised release, was less than the 10 years prosecutors had sought.
The U.S. Arms Export Control Act limits the export of information related to weapons systems.
Federal prosecutors contended that Khazaee's description of that
exchange was inaccurate, saying he had e-mailed information on the jets
well before being laid off and that he had told a contact in Iran in an
e-mail the information he sent was "very controlled ... I am taking [a]
His 85-year-old mother, who spells her name Molok Khazaye, had asked in a letter to the court for leniency for her son.
"I have no protector other than (my son) and am depend on him
financially and emotionally strongly so," the defendant's mother wrote.
"I kindly request you to grant him a pardon due to his mistake."
Khazaee's brother and sister had also asked for his release.
Before his time at Pratt & Whitney, which makes jet engines,
Khazaee worked at major manufacturers including General Electric Co.,
according to court papers.