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The Feds Say This 36-Story Building in Manhattan Was Secretly Owned by Iran
Atlantic Wire ^
| Dashiell Bennett
Posted on 09/18/2013 6:37:32 PM PDT by Baynative
The Justice Department has seized a New York City office tower after claiming it was secretly owned by the Iranian government, who was using it to launder their money. One Wednesday, the DOJ received a summary judgement from a U.S. District Court, ruling that building's owners were actually a front for the Iranian government, placing them in violation of economic sanctions that prevent them doing business in the United States. Now the U.S. government says the building could be sold to compensate victims of "Iranian-sponsored terrorism."
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has made a name for himself by going after Wall Street crooks, said the ruling "paves the way for the largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture," using American sanctions against Iran as the tool. The ruling allows the DOJ to seize bank accounts and other property belonging to the building's owner and use those assets to pay back victims who have standing judgments against the Iranian government because their loved ones died in terror attacks linked to Tehran.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlanticwire.com ...
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 36; building; iran; secret
The owners were also accused of money laundering offenses, including giving their rental income to Bank Melli, which takes its orders from the leaders in Tehran. The judge's ruling states that the building's owner was not simply unaware of the connection, but was actively "providing services to assist Iran by shielding and concealing Iranian assets." The ruling avoids a trial, but can still be appealed.
posted on 09/18/2013 6:37:32 PM PDT
If there is one appointment 0bama made that I concur with (even though he was on is way up..and a Democrat), it is Preet Bharara. I am a huge fan of this man. He and his team and cross agency cooperative efforts have brought some big time crooks and worldwide schemes to an end. He’d even have my vote for Attorney General. Listen to some of his speeches sometime. He is all business and I believe an honest and ethical man.
posted on 09/18/2013 6:43:57 PM PDT
(It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
posted on 09/18/2013 6:44:13 PM PDT
(2A can't survive dem majorities)
Obama must have made a terrible mistake, then ;)
posted on 09/18/2013 7:07:09 PM PDT
(12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
The exception to the rule.
posted on 09/18/2013 7:19:46 PM PDT
(Evil must be punished.)
Obama, pick up the white courtesy phone. Saudi Arabia has some more info for you.
posted on 09/18/2013 8:00:49 PM PDT
Not as bad as the White House being owned by the Saudis...
posted on 09/18/2013 8:01:15 PM PDT
("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
Let’s see who makes a buy offer;that might tell you a lot.
I suspect the Bluth family is somehow behind this
posted on 09/19/2013 2:54:25 AM PDT
by Revelation 911
(if "meat is murder" what is abortion?)
I guess the owners of the new muzzie Park 51 mosque next to ground zero don’t want the competition for money laundering and supporting terrorism.
posted on 09/19/2013 3:11:27 AM PDT
by Sirius Lee
(All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
The address is 650 5th Avenue
Only a couple of blocks from Rockefeller Center and the Radio City Music Hall.
The even have their own website: 650 Fifth.
posted on 09/19/2013 4:46:35 AM PDT
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Now the U.S. government says the building could be sold to compensate victims of "Iranian-sponsored terrorism."
Which should include many of the soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since our government has spent most of the last 12 years ignoring Iran's direct involvement in the fighting in both those countries.
posted on 09/19/2013 6:11:41 AM PDT
(I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
The Justice Department has seized a New York City office tower after claiming it was secretly owned by the Iranian government, who was using it to launder their money.
Vladimir Putin will next claim that the US makes itself a target by being wealthy.
posted on 09/21/2013 7:39:14 PM PDT
(It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
....Preet Bharara. I am a huge fan of this man. He and his team and cross agency cooperative efforts have brought some big time crooks and worldwide schemes to an end. Hed even have my vote for Attorney General. Listen to some of his speeches sometime. He is all business and I believe an honest and ethical man.
Interesting - thanks for sharing.
posted on 09/22/2013 1:47:30 PM PDT
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