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Topic - Hamdi Rifai
The Justice Department has charged a Syrian-born U.S. citizen with spying on Americans demonstrating against Syria's Assad regime and passing that information on to Syria intelligence officers to intimidate the protesters.
Syria's president threatened a regional war if the West intervenes in his country's uprising.
The State Department is investigating charges that Syrian diplomats are spying on Syrian anti-government demonstrators in Washington and other U.S. cities in order to intimidate their relatives in the restive Middle Eastern nation.
"As we see the regime imploding, so also is the opposition imploding," said Hamdi Rifai, chairman of the Council of United Syrian Americans.
"The opposition is not going be able to overthrow the government by force," he said. "This is not a repeat of Libya."