Barack Obama took $1.7 billion in tax dollars and probably used it to ransom our 10 sailors held captive by Iran earlier this year. We don’t know for sure because Obama won’t say but he did pay it out to Iran a day after the sailors were released.
Congress is passing legislation that could force the Obama administration to disclose if it did.
The bill filed by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), follows a Washington Free Beacon report disclosing that the Obama administration has been suppressing potentially “shocking” details related to the January abduction of the sailors, who were held at gunpoint by Iranian soldiers and forced to apologize on camera.
The No Impunity for Iranian Aggression at Sea Act, would compel the Obama administration to detail whether it paid Iran a $1.7 billion settlement and it would level sanctions against Iran.
Obama has said the $1.7 billion payment had nothing to do with the hostage release.
The administration released the money to Iran just a day after it freed several U.S. citizens from prison and this was noted in the legislation.
The bill would further require the White House to determine if Iran’s treatment of the sailors—which included filming them crying—constitutes a violation of the Geneva Conventions or international laws governing innocent passage in international seas, according to the bill.
Iran violated these accords and if Obama admits it, they can be sanctioned for it..
Pompeo told the free beacon that “After the Iranians captured ten U.S. Navy sailors, President Obama mentioned these brave men and women only in passing in his last State of the Union address,”
Pompeo told the Free Beacon. “Since then, instead of investigating whether the Iranians violated the Geneva Convention and the right of innocent passage, the Obama administration has only offered apologies and then fired an American Naval officer.”
“There has been no criticism of the Iranians, no public explanation of why these Americans were forced on their knees, hands on their heads, or why they were forced to confess—nothing from President Obama that would send a signal that this is an unacceptable way to treat American sailors.”
Pompeo said that he and Cornyn are seeking to ensure there are “consequences on the Iranians responsible.”
“The Obama administration cannot just focus on its inherently flawed nuclear deal and hope inflammatory incidents like this blow over,” he said.” The implications for the safety of Americans and the U.S. military are too great.”
Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) disclosed to the Free Beacon earlier this month that classified details surrounding the incident are being withheld by the administration. It could be more than a year before this information becomes public, Forbes said.
In the meantime, Iran has plans underway to build a monument mocking the US sailors.
This is what the White House said in November, 2014. You can’t believe a word that comes out of this White House.