Since the last outrageous ransom, Iran has been collecting Iranian-Americans, putting them in prison to prepare for the next ransom by the U.S.. Last time, Iran received $400 million in cash per prisoner as well as $1.4 billion in cash that they say they are owed. It includes interest and does not compensate all their many victims, and he is, surprisingly or unsurprisingly, demanding his own spies back in exchange.
The State Department admitted in August that the release of the prisoners was contingent on the return of the prisoners.
They handed over $400 million in cash to Iran only after Tehran released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at a press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”
“That’s correct,” he replied.
The State Department has also admitted they don’t know how many Americans are being held in Iran.
Six weeks after the settlement payment was made, Iran took 80-year-old Baquer Namazi hostage. He is the father of imprisoned American businessman Siamak Namazi, who was taken hostage in October and wasn’t a part of the prisoner exchange negotiations.
Then, in July, Iranian-born American Robin Shahini was taken hostage while reportedly visiting his ailing mother in Iran.
We don’t know who else is being held, or at least that’s the line we are being fed.
The Wall Street Journal revealed in August, in an article titled, U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed, that Obama’s administration negotiated a $2 billion ransom payment to Iran.
The Iranian officials are now demanding the U.S. return $2 billion in Iranian funds that were frozen in New York in 2009.
On Wednesday, President Obama said he would veto Congressional legislation preventing him from sending ransom payments to Iran.
Obama has the cover – that for some reason works – of saying it’s their money anyway, However, there is no need to give the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism billions of dollars at this time — in cash — as he has done. Terrorists use cash to cover their tracks.
The statement reads in part:
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 5931, which is an ill-advised attempt to respond to a problem – so-called “ransom” payments to Iran – that does not exist, in a way that would undermine U.S. obligations and ultimately benefit Iran at the expense of the United States. The bill purports to raise concerns about the announcement in January that the United States brought home several unjustly detained Americans from Iran. As the Administration has repeatedly made clear, Iran released several detained Americans, and the United States provided relief to certain Iranian citizens charged with primarily sanctions-related offenses, several of whom are dual U.S.-Iranian nationals, in a one-time, reciprocal humanitarian gesture that brought our Americans home after 14 months of intensive negotiations. As the President has affirmed, the United States did not pay ransom to secure the return of our Americans from Iran.
No one believes this wasn’t a ransom but he uses the line as any tinpot dictator would even though it is a blatant lie.
The memo then calls the bill short-sighted and states, If the President were presented with H.R. 5931, he would veto the bill based on the same lie.
During the interview with Chuck Todd, Rouhani used Obama’s ruse, saying Iran has lived up to their commitments – we do know they are not and adding that this is Iran’s money, and they really want to return prisoners to the U.S. under yet another condition.
Iran not only wants the money outright, they want their own spies back in exchange for innocent Americans.
Rouhani said that we’re currently conducting conversations and various dialogues in order to return Iran’s money to Iran (without Iran’s victims being paid) and as it pertains to the imprisonment of Iranians or so-called persecuted Iranians in the U.S., and those being held in Iran, Rouhani says:
So we worked quite hard in order to have a concerted effort to free those from both sides… So there were these two issues that were being talked about simultaneously on parallel tracks. And perhaps these dialogues can be still conducted simultaneously on parallel tracks while we’re conducting those same conversations in order to free the sums of money that are still owed to us. In other words, these are the monies belonging to the Iranian nation, left in the United States for 38 years and must be returned to its rightful owner.
Remember when the White House spokesperson admitted he perpetrated a fraud on the American people with lies?
Additional Sources: Omri Ceren