The story about four drunk American swimmers in Brazil causing $50 in damage to a bathroom and then lying about it was covered six times more than this story. We have a deceitful president and administration who ransomed Americans, circumventing Congress, and paid it in cash. The money was received by the terrorist military. The corrupt media didn’t see fit to cover this story except in a minimal way.
The $400 million in cash which was sent to Iran under cover of night on a secret flight was conditioned on releasing some of the hostages and the plane with the cash – a Revolutionary Guard plane – landed in sync with the plane of hostages leaving, according to the Wall Street Journal article on Wednesday.
The plane loaded with the cash was linked to Iran Air, an airline used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry materials.
It was Iran Air’s executives who arranged the flight.
We gave the money – cash – to the notorious and brutal Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the same military that has killed US soldiers on the field. They are every bit as vicious as ISIS and torture non-Sunnis in much the same ways.
From the article:
Executives from Iran’s flagship carrier, Iran Air, organized the round-trip flight from Tehran to Geneva where the cash—euros and Swiss francs and other currencies stacked on shipping pallets—was loaded onto the aircraft… The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Iran Air in 2011 for allegedly ferrying weapons and supplies for Tehran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps… Lawmakers are concerned the IRGC may have gained control of the cash once in Tehran. U.S. officials said they are not certain how Iran has used the $400 million that was returned.
The US administration has tried to use semantics to deflect and say it wasn’t a ransom. It depends on what the definition of “is” is. Obama likes to say a wire transfer is illegal but this isn’t?
He’s funding terrorists and telling the world of villains that if you kidnap Americans, we will give you a a great deal of money in ransom.
We now know that Obama and Kerry lied. The arrogance when they lie is stunning.
The president somehow lifted the sanctions on Iran Air to pay this ransom, undoubtedly on the insistence of the Mullahs and Ayatollah.
The Obama administration sanctioned Iran Air in 2011 because “IRGC officers occasionally take control over Iran Air flights carrying special IRGC-related cargo”.
If we did it, we’d be in prison for twenty years.
On January 16th, the administration used what the Associated Press calls a “technicality” in the Iran nuclear deal to drop the sanctions without changing its assessment that the airline is linked to the IRGC.
Therefore, in Obamaland, the president can drop sanctions on terrorists, give hundreds of millions to terrorists, while still calling them terrorists and not being impeached. It’s all in the word games.
People like to say that it was Iran’s money but it was Iran’s money before they became the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, in part thanks to President Jimmy Carter.
This past week, the traitorous president sent the other $1.3 billion to Iran and he won’t say how he did it, illegally ignoring Congress.
Dr. Gorka explained that the entire 9/11 operation only cost half a million dollars. We just gave Iran the funding for eight 9/11s.
“Sean, today the FBI charged a police officer in Washington with wiring money to what he thought was ISIS. In the Criminal Code that is called material support to terrorism. What the Obama regime did is $400 million worth of material support to terrorism. The president himself admitted in an interview in March of 2015, that Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism. Why are we giving them any money? We know that they will use part of that money for terrorist operation, and we know in the last 15 years that they sponsored and gave weapons to the militias in Iraq that killed U.S. service men and women. How is that not material support to a terrorist regime, Sean?”
The latest Wall Street Journal revelation by Jay Solomon and Carol E Lee can be read in full below in italics.
WASHINGTON — New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran, based on accounts from U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation.
U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17, the officials said. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash back from a Geneva airport that day, according to the accounts.
President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials have said the payment didn’t amount to ransom, because the money was owed by the U.S. to Iran as part of a longstanding dispute linked to a failed arms deal from the 1970s. U.S. officials have said that the prisoner release and cash transfer took place through two separate diplomatic channels.
But the handling of the payment and its connection to the release of the Americans have raised questions among lawmakers and administration critics.
The use of an Iranian cargo plane to move pallets filled with $400 million brings clarity to one of the mysteries surrounding the cash delivery to Iran first reported by The Wall Street Journal this month. Administration officials have refused to publicly disclose how and when the cash transfer authorized by Mr. Obama took place.
Executives from Iran’s flagship carrier, Iran Air, organized the round-trip flight from Tehran to Geneva where the cash—euros and Swiss francs and other currencies stacked on shipping pallets—was loaded onto the aircraft, these people said.
“Our top priority was getting the Americans home,” said a U.S. official.
Once the Americans were “wheels up” on the morning of Jan. 17, Iranian officials in Geneva were allowed to take custody of the $400 million in currency, according to officials briefed on the exchange.
The payment marked the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration announced it had reached with Tehran in January to resolve a decades-old legal dispute traced back to the final days of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. His government paid $400 million into a Pentagon trust fund in 1979 for military parts that were never delivered because of the Islamic revolution that toppled him.
Mr. Obama said on Aug. 4 that it was necessary to procure the cash for Iran because of economic sanctions on the country.
One other U.S. citizen freed in the January prisoner exchange was released separately.
Republican lawmakers have charged that the $400 million payment equated to a ransom paid by the White House to gain the release of the Americans.
Republican leaders said they are preparing to hold hearings on the $400 million transfer once Congress returns from its summer break in September. Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), chairman of a House investigative body, sent letters to the Justice and Treasury Departments, as well as the Federal Reserve, on Aug. 10 requesting all records related to the Iran exchange.
Mr. Duffy asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to identify all “persons within the Department authorizing or otherwise taking steps to carry out the payment.”
Senior Justice officials objected to the $400 million cash transfer due to fears it would be seen as a ransom payment, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Lawmakers have focused on the mechanics of the $400 million cash transfer to try to back their allegations that the delivery of the money was in exchange for the return of the jailed Americans.
One of the Americans released in January as part of the prisoner exchange, a Catholic pastor named Saeed Abedini, said he and other American prisoners were kept waiting at Mehrabad airport for more than 20 hours from Jan. 16 to the morning of Jan. 17. He said in an interview that he was told by a senior Iranian intelligence official at the time that their departure was contingent upon the movements of a second airplane.
Mr. Abedini said he was asked to testify next month before the House Foreign Relations Committee.
State Department officials have rebutted Mr. Abedini’s comments, saying the delay in his plane’s departure wasn’t related to a second plane or the payment of the $400 million. They said the delay was solely tied to U.S. efforts to locate the wife and mother of another imprisoned American, the Washington Post’s former Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, and ensuring they were allowed to board the Swiss plane as well.
The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Iran Air in 2011 for allegedly ferrying weapons and supplies for Tehran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Treasury said in its designation that “IRGC officers occasionally take control over Iran Air flights carrying special IRGC-related cargo.”
Lawmakers are concerned the IRGC may have gained control of the cash once in Tehran. U.S. officials said they are not certain how Iran has used the $400 million that was returned.
The Treasury Department lifted sanctions on Iran Air on Jan. 16—the day before the cash and prisoner transfers—as part of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S. and other global powers. The U.S. has maintained sanctions on a second Iranian air carrier, Mahan Air, for its alleged role in facilitating arms shipments for the IRGC.
Obama administration officials have confirmed that they have paid the remaining $1.3 billion to Iran as part of the settlement reached in January on the failed arms deal. This marked the interest accrued over the past 37 years on the original $400 million paid by Iran.
U.S. officials, however, have refused to disclose how the Obama administration made this additional payment. Lawmakers are seeking to determine whether this money was also paid in cash or if the Treasury Department was able to wire it electronically.
h/t Omri Ceren