Black People Politics : U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

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    U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

    Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom
    August 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

    Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

    The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
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    “With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.​

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    http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-sent-cash-to-iran-as-americans-were-freed-1470181874


    The $1.7 billion financial settlement ended a 35-year legal saga that centered on a purchase of U.S. arms by Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, that were never delivered because of the Iranian revolution in 1979.

    The White House described the settlement as a victory for taxpayers, arguing that the U.S. was likely to lose in arbitration under way in The Hague, Netherlands, and could have been held liable for billions more if the process had dragged on.​

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    http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-payment-of-1-7-billion-to-iran-raises-questions-of-ransom-1453421778



    Wonder why it took 35 years to offer this "settlement" with Iran?
    Because it would be a victory for taxpayers?

    Almost like they had to smuggle it onto the plane.




    Clinton Foundation Took Money From Iran-Linked Donor
    April 22, 2015

    Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk, the largest individual donor to the Clinton Foundation, may have violated U.S. sanctions against Iran while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, Newsweek reports.

    Pinchuk declined to talk to Newsweek for the story, but now says it is incorrect and potentially libelous, Fox News Channel reported Wednesday.

    Newsweek reports that it has seen documents that Pinchuk's Interpipe Group, based in Cyprus, shipped goods to Iran in 2011 and 2012 despite the U.S. embargo. The shipments included "railway parts and products commonly used in the oil and gas sectors," according to Newsweek.​

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    http://www.newsmax.com/US/clinton-foundation-ukrainian-donor/2015/04/22/id/640210/



     
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    Who woke Wolf Blitzer up?



    Blitz got some tone in his voice about this one.
    Straight up interrogation
     
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    Basij Commander: US Bought Freedom of Spies by Releasing $1.7 bln of Iran's Frozen Assets
    January 20, 2016

    The US agreed to repay Iran a $400 million debt and $1.3 billion in interest dating to the Islamic revolution.

    "The annulment of sanctions against Iran's Bank Sepah and reclaiming of $1.7mln of Iran's frozen assets after 36 years showed that the US doesn’t understand anything but the language of force," Naqdi said, addressing Basij forces in Tehran on Wednesday.

    "This money was returned for the freedom of the US spy and it was not related to the (nuclear) negotiations," he added.

    4 Iranian-American nationals who were held for various charges in Iran were freed under a prisoners swap deal on Saturday after the implementation of the nuclear deal clinched between Tehran and the world powers in July. A fifth inmate was also released separately.​

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    Yadda yadda yadda... so what's all the fuss about, right?

    Terrorist ransoms: should governments pay up or stick to their principles?
    August 22. 2014

    All major western countries signed a 2013 G8 commitment not to pay ransom to terrorist groups – an accord reinforced by a UN security council resolution along the same lines in January this year. However, only the US and UK have stuck to that commitment, while other European states – including France, Italy, Spain and Germany – have found ways of channelling money to militant groups in exchange for their citizens.

    Those ransoms – frequently delivered in the form of cash-filled suitcases handed over in the desert – have had unintended but inevitable consequences. More nationals from those countries have been targeted for kidnap as they represent a guaranteed return, while the intervention of major European states willing to pay millions of euros has inflated the price for other captives, putting the cost beyond the reach of families or employers trying to negotiate privately.​

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    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/22/terrorist-ransom-government-pay-james-foley


    Should this even be a story?
    Probably more investigations to add to the others coming.
     
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    Reagan Agrees to Return to Iran Frozen Assets Worth $454 Million
    May 13, 1987

    WASHINGTON — President Reagan agreed Tuesday to return $454 million in previously frozen assets to Iran, effectively ending six years of negotiations over Iranian money impounded at the time Iran seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

    State Department spokesman Charles Redman said the funds will probably be transferred sometime today under an arbitration ruling handed down last week by the special U.S.-Iran claims tribunal in The Hague.

    Redman said that $66 million will be retained to cover outstanding claims against the Iranian government.

    The action completes the distribution of $3.66 billion in Iranian funds that were frozen after the embassy was seized on Nov. 4, 1979.​

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    Somewhat confused, as it seemed this was already settled in 1987

    If this is correct, and the claim is that the money was only for an unsettled arms purchase in 1979 (that inflated from $400 million to 1.7 billion due to interest; sounds more like a loan), then why not just give them the arms now instead of the money (sarcasm)?

    Paying interest on a loan to a government proclaimed state sponsor of terrorism...
    :oops:
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    IRAN

    Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, Iran continued its terrorist-related activity in 2014, including support for Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, Lebanese Hizballah, and various groups in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. This year, Iran increased its assistance to Iraqi Shia militias, one of which is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), in response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) incursion into Iraq, and has continued to support other militia groups in the region. Iran also attempted to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza. While its main effort focused on supporting goals in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iran and its proxies also continued subtle efforts at growing influence elsewhere including in Africa, Asia, and, to a lesser extent, Latin America. Iran used the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to implement foreign policy goals, provide cover for intelligence operations, and create instability in the Middle East. The IRGC-QF is the regime’s primary mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorists abroad.​

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    http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2014/239410.htm

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    Remarks of Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen before the Center for a New American Security on "Confronting New Threats in Terrorist Financing"

    March 4, 2014

    Excerpt:

    While improved international counter-terrorism cooperation and steadily improving implementation of financial transparency standards have forced terrorist groups to alter their funds transfer patterns and diversify their revenue sources, some of the traditional fundraising and transfer practices persist and still require our attention.


    First, it should come as no surprise to anyone that states continue to fund terrorism.


    Iran remains the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism, planning terrorist attacks, providing lethal aid, and delivering hundreds of millions of dollars per year in support to extremist groups across the globe. Hizballah, for example, has received significant monetary payments from Iran to fund the group’s activities in support of the brutal Asad regime. And during the past several years, Iranian weapons shipments, reportedly destined for Shia militants in Bahrain and Huthi rebels in Yemen, have been interdicted by local authorities.


    It is worth noting that while we continue our negotiations with the Iranians concerning their nuclear program, we will not let up one iota in our efforts to disrupt Iran’s support for terrorism. Just a few weeks ago, we announced designations of several entities and individuals tied to Iranian terrorist activity, including a number of Qods Force officers operating in Afghanistan.


    In fact, the success of our unprecedented Iranian sanctions regime – including sanctions on Iranian financial institutions and Iran’s ability to sell its oil – has had the collateral benefit of squeezing Tehran’s ability to fund terrorist groups such as Hizballah. So as we continue to vigorously enforce our nuclear-related sanctions over the next six months, we expect the financial screws on Iran to tighten even more.​


    Source:
    https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2308.aspx

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    State Department report finds Iran is top state sponsor of terror
    June 2, 2016

    The State Department on Thursday released its annual report on global terrorist activity, listing Iran as the top state sponsor of terrorism and labeling ISIS "the greatest threat globally."

    The report also includes statistics on terrorist activity worldwide, and said 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries occurred in 2015.

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    On Iran, the report said that country "remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world."

    The report also said that Iran was continuing to provide arms and cash to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia terrorist groups, including Kata'ib Hizballah (KH). Both groups are designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations in the report.​

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    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/state-department-report-terrorism

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    How is this not financially supporting a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" (their own words)?



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