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2 posted on 03/10/2006 11:46:27 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Try this.
Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act (Introduced in House)

HR 2466 IH


1st Session

H. R. 2466

To encourage democratic reform in Iran and to strengthen United States policy toward the current Government of Iran.


June 12, 2003
Mr. SHERMAN (for himself, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. SOUDER, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. WEINER, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. NADLER, Mr. DEUTSCH, and Mr. ENGEL) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To encourage democratic reform in Iran and to strengthen United States policy toward the current Government of Iran.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act'.


(1) The Government of Iran is currently seeking to develop nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and has an active and successful ballistic missile program.

(2) Recent revelations have shown that Iran is further along than previously believed in enriching uranium and developing nuclear weapons, and may only be months away from developing the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons.

(3) There is currently not a democratic government in Iran. Iran is an ideological dictatorship presided over by an unelected `Supreme Leader' with limitless veto power, an unelected Expediency Council, a Council of Guardians capable of eviscerating any reforms, and a President elected only after the Council disqualified 234 other candidates for being too liberal, reformist, or secular.

(4) The April 2003 Department of State report on terrorism indicates that Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2002.

(5) That report also states that Iran continues to provide funding, safehaven, training, and weapons to known terrorist groups, notably Hizballah, HAMAS, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

(6) Human rights have failed to improve in Iran under the pseudo-reformers. Torture, executions after unfair trials, and censorship of all media remain rampant throughout the country. Stoning and beheading are used as methods of punishment.

(7) While the Government of Iran remains overtly hostile to the United States, the people of Iran have demonstrated that they wish for improved relations with the United States.

(8) The people of Iran have demonstrated their desire for a democratically-elected, more secular government, committed to protecting the human rights of all of its citizens. The people of Iran have also demonstrated their desire to see such changes come about through an internationally-monitored referendum.


It is the policy of the United States to--

(1) support transparent, full democracy in Iran;

(2) support an internationally-monitored referendum in Iran by which the Iranian people can peacefully change the system of government in Iran;

(3) support the aspirations of the Iranian people to live in freedom; and

(4) help the Iranian people achieve a free press and build an open, democratic, and free society.

3 posted on 03/11/2006 12:34:26 AM PST by madconserv (Proud to be FReepin--Support Our Troops)
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