What do these two guys have in common with the center picture? On the left we have Masoud Bajestani and to the right, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Believe it or not, the man on the left Mr. Masoud Bajestani was just recently fired, (although not admittedly) by the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority). Does anyone recognize Mr. Bajestani? I didn't either, as a matter of fact I didn't even know that the TVA would actually hire, and put in control of Tennessee's Nuclear Power Plants, a man that hold dual citizenship, Iranian and American. It appears that Mr. Bajestani told a few lies regarding his finances, and sent some substantial dough to relatives in Iran, by substantial I mean close to a million dollars U.S. He was allowed to withdraw $1.5 million dollars from his deferred compensation account in 2007 by claiming a financial hardship, which by the way didn't exist. Mr. Bajestani also fired a TVA employee for blowing the whistle on safety concerns he found and reported them to the TVA, only to be brushed aside. The employee then voiced his concerns to the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). After some investigation, the NRC found the employee to be correct. The employee was a lead startup engineer on the first Watts Bar reactor project. He was fired on July 5, 1994 by Bajestani. Bajestani claimed the employee was fired because he had been absent from work, and was no longer needed, and that the employee had used unauthorized overtime. The Department of Labor found otherwise.
What I find disturbing is, how did Masoud Bajestani get hired for the extremely sensitive position as Head of the $2.5 billion dollar nuclear building project at TVA's Watts Bar plant in the first place. What perhaps, should be even more disturbing, is who, I mean what idiot, or group of idiots in the TVA would actually place an Iranian citizen in that position. My question for the TVA is, haven't any of you ever heard of Iran, or Ahmadinejad, or Muslim Brotherhood, or terrorist, or insurgent? Was it Mr. Bajestani's name that threw all of you off? Was there something there that made you think that Iran is, oh... I don't know, a suburb in New Jersey? Suffice to say, there appear to be more than a few unanswered questions. I'm going to drop a few names, perhaps the next time there is a rate hike in Tennessee's and surrounding states who obtain power from the TVA, the energy consumers will at least know who to call or write.
Tom Kilgore, President and CEO of TVA
Ashok S. Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President of Nuclear Generation and Developement
Kenneth Breeden, Executive Vice President of Customer Relations
Steve Byone, Vice President Controller
Preston D. Swafford, Chief Nuclear Officer & Executive Vice President of Nuclear Generation
At the risk of putting myself out on a limb, I would say that at least 4 out of these five had something to do with putting an Iranian citizen in control of Tennessee's nuclear facilities. I am hoping that someone has been keeping track of this man's email, phone conversations and money transfers for the past several years. What do you want to bet, no one has any idea what this man has been doing with the sensitive nuclear information he has been privy to all these years, or how much of it he has passed along to his President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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