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  • ‘We have your daughter’: A virtual kidnapping and a mother’s five hours of hell [scam alert]

    10/03/2016 12:58:59 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2016 | Petula Dvorak
    Wendy Mueller was standing at the copper sink in her gorgeous, historic Leesburg, Va., home last Wednesday afternoon when the knife she was holding slipped and cut her thumb. Then the phone rang. It wasn’t a number she recognized, but distracted by the bleeding thumb, she answered it. Mom always answers the phone. She heard screaming. It sounded exactly like her 23-year-old daughter’s voice, begging for help. Then an unfamiliar voice announced, “We have your daughter.”
  • Cuba upholds jailed American's 15-year sentence

    08/05/2011 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/5/2011 | PETER ORSI
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's highest court upheld a U.S. government subcontractor's 15-year prison sentence for crimes against the state on Friday, ending the legal side of a case that has chilled already-icy relations between Washington and Havana. The ruling means 62-year-old Alan Gross, a Maryland native who has been behind bars for more than a year and a half, has no further judicial recourse to appeal his sentence. It leaves him, his family and U.S. officials hoping instead for a release on humanitarian grounds. Gross, who has been behind bars since his arrest in December 2009, was found guilty in...
  • Cuba and the United States : Honeymoon cancelled

    03/13/2010 12:39:11 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 578+ views
    The Economist ^ | Mar 4th 2010
    A familiar mistrust descends. hopes that Mr Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, would end a 50-year freeze in relations between their countries have proved wildly premature. Mr Obama began with some gestures. The latest round of talks took place in late February. They were overshadowed by familiar rows. The American officials demanded the release of Alan Gross, who was working under contract to USAID and was arrested in Havana in December. His family says he was helping Jewish groups in Cuba ... Four days after the talks Orlando Zapata, an imprisoned dissident, died in custody in a Havana...
  • Billions going to Iran

    09/09/2016 5:40:11 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 20 replies
    Open to see why
  • Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

    09/08/2016 3:28:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 67 replies ^ | Adam Kredo
    Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress by an expert on last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Between January 2014 and July 2015, when the Obama administration was hammering out the final details of the nuclear accord, Iran was paid $700 million every month from funds that had previously been frozen by U.S. sanctions. A total of $11.9 billion was ultimately paid to Iran, but the details surrounding these payments remain shrouded in mystery, according to Mark Dubowitz,...
  • WSJ: Entire $1.7 billion ransom paid to Iran in cash

    09/07/2016 7:06:05 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 7, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that members of Congress were briefed by the Obama administration on how the rest of the $1.7 billion ransom payment to Iran was accomplished. The transfer took place in late January with $400 million in cash being flown from Geneva to Tehran, after which, several Americans held in Iranian prisons were released. Yesterday, after months of demands from Congress for information on how the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred to Iran, the administration came clean and admitted the entire amount was paid in cash.
  • US payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash

    09/06/2016 11:11:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2016 10:38 PM EDT | Richard Lardner
    The Obama administration acknowledged late Tuesday that its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely in cash, using non-U.S. currency, as Republican critics of the transaction continued to denounce the payments. Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement the cash payments were necessary because of the “effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions,” which isolated Iran from the international finance system. The $1.7 billion was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the U.S. and Iran. An initial $400 million of euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currency was delivered on pallets Jan....
  • Congress Moves to Block Obama Admin’s ‘Ransom Payments’ to Iran

    09/05/2016 9:08:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/6/16 | Adam Kredo
    Congress is set to consider new legislation that would block the Obama administration from awarding Iran billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars in what many describe as a ransom payment, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will introduce on Tuesday new legislation that would prohibit the Obama administration from moving forward with all payments to Iran, according to the bill, which would also force Iran to return billions of dollars in U.S. funds that have already been delivered to Tehran by the White House. Rubio’s bill—a version of which...
  • State Department Warns Americans to Avoid Traveling [semi-satire]

    08/30/2016 9:21:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | John Semmens
    The State Department issued a warning to US citizens advising them to avoid foreign travel for the "foreseeable future." The warning was sparked by what the Department characterized as "an unfortunate misunderstanding of a recent multi-million dollar payment to Iran." "We thought we were paying off an amount due Iran from the cancellation of the Shah's 1979 purchase of jet fighters," explained Payton Moore, Undersecretary for Islamic Relations. "The government of Iran thought we were paying ransom for four Americans they were holding prisoner until a plane delivering the $400 million in cash arrived in their country. Now the Iranian...
  • President Obama Said Pallet of Cash to Iran Because “Wire Transfers Not Available”

    08/25/2016 9:02:39 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 25, 2016 | Sundance
    Truncated title. Full title: President Obama Said Pallet of Cash to Iran Because “Wire Transfers Not Available” – Records Indicate Wire Transfers Two Days Later When the discussion of possible ransom payments to Iran surfaced, everyone was wondering why the U.S. State Department sent pallets of assorted cash currency, totaling $400 million to Iran on January 17th 2016. The same day the hostages were released. On August 4th President Obama held a press conference to discuss the controversy and denied it was a “ransom payment” (see video). Specifically, to answer the question of “why cash“, President Obama said:
  • Obama provides Iran with $1.3 billion, but where did the money go?

    08/24/2016 11:50:17 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 25, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Why the Obama administration is refusing to say where the funds ended up.It appears that when it comes to its dealings with the Islamic Republic, the Obama administration’s miscues are boundless. The latest fiasco involves the recent transfer of $1.3 billion in taxpayer money to Iran’s mullahs. Both the White House and the State Department are shamefully unable or unwilling to provide the public with any pertinent information concerning the transfer. At a State Department briefing, spokesman Mark Toner remained opaque and evasive about the transaction and said that he did not know who in Iran received the money. Nor...
  • State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

    08/22/2016 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/22/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of American a priority. The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages. The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted increasing concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority. The travel warning is mean...
  • The State Department Carnival Shell Game

    08/19/2016 10:25:25 PM PDT · by pboyington · 3 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Around and around they go at the State Department…where the truth is, nobody knows… This week the Obama Administration and the State Department had to admit that our payment of $400 million dollars in unmarked Swiss Francs strangely coincided with the release of four Americans held hostage by the Iranians. To put out a media firestorm with more smoke and embers than a Southern California wildfire, the State Department rolled out their affable, squirrely spokesman, recently retired Rear Admiral John Kirby. Kirby is the Mister Rogers of the Beltway, who is sorely lacking in one trait that Mister Rogers emanated;...
  • State Department: Okay Fine, We Basically Paid a Ransom for Those Iranian Hostages

    08/19/2016 4:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | August 18, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Remember the Obama administration's preposterous spin on Iran's release of four American hostages on the exact same day that an unmarked cargo plane loaded with US-arranged cash landed in Tehran? That money wasn't a ransom, they insisted, and how dare you suggest otherwise? There was no quid pro quo, we were imperiously informed, and any allegation to the contrary was right-wing conspiratorial garbage, fomented by domestic "crazies" who make "common cause" with Iran's anti-American zealots.  "No linkage." The biggest problem with this insulting tale -- setting aside all of the hilariously obvious circumstantial evidence -- was that the Iranians were openly boasting about the...
  • State Dept.: $400M to Iran was contingent on US prisoners’ release

    08/18/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by unixfox · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08-18-2016 | Daniel Halper
    Looks like the Obama administration LIED AGAIN!

    08/18/2016 1:18:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 8-18-2016 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners. Spokesman John Kirby says negotiations over the United States' returning Iranian money from a decades-old account was conducted separately from the prisoner talks. But he says the U.S. withheld delivery of the cash as leverage until the U.S. citizens had left Iran. Both events occurred Jan. 17. Kirby spoke after The Wall Street Journal reported that the departures of the crisscrossing planes were linked.
  • Obama Lied: New Details Confirm $400 Million Given To Iran Was Indeed "Hostage Ransom"

    08/18/2016 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Aug 17, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    For the self-described "most transparent administration ever" it appears keeping the lies straight is becoming harder and harder. Having slammed the press, Donald Trump, and anyone who dare mention the "lack of logic" in paying a $400 million ransom for 4 Iran hostages, WSJ reports that Treasury officials have confirmed that Obama lied and in fact, the tightly scripted exchange of cash was specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran. Trump was right again. As a reminder, The Hill reported that, President Obama chastised the press for their coverage of the payment, noting that the...
  • U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners [An Iranian cargo plane left Geneva with $400 million..]

    08/17/2016 3:04:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners An Iranian cargo plane left Geneva with $400 million in cash after a flight with Americans aboard took off from Tehran in January By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Aug. 17, 2016 5:27 p.m. ET 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...
  • DOJ: Hey, Iran Is Going To View This $400 Million Cash Payment As A Ransom

    08/15/2016 10:46:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The $400 million cash payment to the Iranians that coincided with the release of four detained Americans in January was met with objections by the Department of Justice. Why? Well, because it'll look like a ransom payment (via WSJ): John Carlin, a Senate-confirmed administration appointee, raised concerns when the State Department notified Justice officials of its plan to deliver to Iran a planeful of cash, saying it would be viewed as a ransom payment, these people said. A number of other high-ranking Justice officials voiced similar concerns as the negotiations proceeded, they said. The U.S. paid Iran $400 million in cash on...
  • Wasserman Schultz Can’t Guarantee Iran Nuclear Deal Money Won’t Go to Terror Attacks

    08/15/2016 5:18:34 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS Miami’s “Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she couldn’t guarantee the money the Obama administration gave to Iran as part of the nuclear deal wouldn’t go to financing terror attacks. DeFede asked, “Can you guarantee that none of that money will end up financing Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban in sticks against Israel?”
  • Iran ‘Ransom’: Feds Claim $1.7 Billion Paid in Full — But Won’t Explain How

    08/11/2016 3:19:50 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Questions continue to linger about the Obama administration’s decision to deliver $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown to Iran aboard an unmarked jetliner the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody. The State and Treasury Departments both told Breitbart News that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the $400 million was an initial payment in January. However, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred to Iran the remaining $1.3 billion.
  • Impeach Obama For Smuggling Cash To Iran

    08/11/2016 3:34:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies ^ | August 11, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Islamic Republic of Iran was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984. That move came several years after Iran had seized American hostages while demanding $24 billion in cash and gold to be paid into a Muslim bank for their release. The total, according to Secretary of State Muskie, came out to $480 million per hostage.
  • Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed ‘High Level’ of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment

    08/09/2016 12:49:52 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    Law Newz ^ | August 9th, 2016 | Phil Houston and Don Tennant
    Phil Houston is CEO of QVerity, a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report. As the debate rages over whether the payment of $400 million to Iran was a ransom to secure the release of four Americans being held prisoner by Iranian authorities, our analysis of the behavior exhibited by President Barack Obama in explaining the payment suggests that it was almost certainly a...
  • As Obama Pays Ransom, Iran Jails More Americans

    08/09/2016 4:52:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 9, 2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    As Obama Pays Ransom, Iran Jails More Americans Why the Mullahs are taking more Americans as hostages. August 9, 2016 Dr. Majid Rafizadeh    Iran is quietly arresting American citizens and taking them as hostages in order to utilize them as pawns for extracting economic concessions or receiving political and financial gains. President Obama and his administration have played a crucial role in encouraging Iran to conduct such nefarious actions. In the most egregious example, a recent report revealed that, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff who were briefed, “The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million...
  • Erik Prince: Hillary Clinton ‘Very Likely Caused’ Iranian Nuclear Scientist’s Death

    08/08/2016 11:35:53 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 8, 2016 | John Hayward
    Retired Navy SEAL and former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince addressed the controversy surrounding President Obama’s secret $400 million payment to Iran on Monday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon. “For the administration to deny that it was a ransom payment is a complete lie,” said Prince, adding
  • President Obama Violated the Law with His Ransom Payment to Iran

    08/08/2016 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/16 | Andrew C. McCarthy Read more at:
    The president hoped to camouflage what he knew to be against the law in his dealings with Iran.   Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime? Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship the mullahs piles of cash, worth $400 million and converted into foreign denominations, reportedly in an unmarked cargo plane. The hotly debated question was whether the payment, which the administration attributes to a 37-year-old arms deal, was actually a ransom paid for the release of American hostages...
  • Tom Cotton: Hillary Clinton’s Email Sealed the Fate Of An Iranian Scientist (VIDEO)

    08/08/2016 7:18:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | August 7, 2016 | streiff
    Tom Cotton: Hillary Clinton’s Email Sealed the Fate Of An Iranian Scientist (VIDEO) Posted at 3:38 pm on August 7, 2016 by streiff Back in 2009, an Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, defected to the United States. What ensued was a complicated story that resulted in Amiri claiming he'd been abducted by the CIA, tortured, released, and finally repatriated to Iran. His heroic welcome from the Great Satan in 2010 was followed by his arrest for treason. Today the Iranians announced they had executed him. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton was on Face the Nation and the subject came up.
  • 400 Million Dollars of Shame

    08/06/2016 3:25:24 PM PDT · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 6, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Four-hundred million dollars worth of unmarked Swiss Francs arrive on a charter plane in the dead of night on January 17, 2016 at Iran’s Mehrabad Airport. After the money is unloaded, counted and processed, Iran releases, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a convert from Islam who was serving an eight-year prison term for “crimes against national security”; Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, both convicted of espionage and in the latter case at one stage sentenced to death; researcher Matthew Trevithick; and an Iranian-American named as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. Can it get any more sinister? All you needed...
  • Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law

    08/06/2016 6:35:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 98 replies
    National Review ^ | August 6, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    " By his own account, President Obama engaged in the complex cash transfer in order to end-run sanctions that prohibit the U.S. from having “a banking relationship with Iran.” The point of the sanctions is not to prevent banking with Iran; it is to prevent Iran from getting value from or through our financial system — the banking prohibition is a corollary. And the point of sanctions, if you happen to be the president of the United States sworn to execute the laws faithfully, is to follow them — not pat yourself on the back for keeping them in place...
  • Alan Dershowitz on $400M Payment to Iran: 'We Shouldn't Be Doing That'

    08/06/2016 11:01:44 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 5 | Todd Beamon
    Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday that President Barack Obama had "absolutely" no way of justifying the $400 million cash payment to Tehran in return for four American hostages — especially since a video surfaced this week in Iranian media showing an unmarked plane and a pallet of cash. "The fact that it was done secretly," the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "The fact that we allowed Iran to now, essentially, extort us by asking to have it done in secret and then announcing it in public — putting the United States in...
  • Someone Want To Ask WP "Reporter" Jason Rezaian To Clear Up The Hostage Money Plane Question?

    08/06/2016 8:09:50 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 14 replies
    Jason Rezaian's Twitter feed ^ | August 6, 2016 | The Media Dogs That Don't Bark
    You know, a Washington Post "reporter" named Jason Rezaian was one of the hostages that the $400 million ransom paid for. Wonder why Jason hasn't set the record straight about whether the plane was held for the ransom money, or not - or is he under orders from the DNC and the White House to keep his mouth shut? Someone should axe Jason about this on his Twitter feed:
  • When a Ransom Is Not a Ransom

    08/06/2016 9:24:30 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 19 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, August 6, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On January 17, 2016 the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million worth of Euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currencies to Iran around (or AT) the same time four American prisoners were released by the Islamic republic. On the surface it appears to be a ransom payment, but the Obama administration insists that was not the case. The timing was just a coincidence; the fact being that seven Iranians held by the United States were actually exchanged for the Americans. Cover Story Officials were quick to deny any payment for hostages, insisting the $400 million was a down payment on...
  • Dem Rep. Meeks: ‘I Doubt’ Iran Hostages Held Till Money Arrived

    08/06/2016 7:43:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Got to give Gregory Meeks credit. The Dem congressman managed to keep a straight face on MSNBC this morning while telling a string of whoppers about the Iran hostage deal. Among Meeks’ laugh lines: 1. the Obama administration did not pay ransom for the release of American hostages held in Iran; 2. the way the deal was handled shows the “efficiency” of the Obama administration; 3. the goal was to “save the American people hundreds of millions of dollars;” 4. “No. I doubt” and “am not going to say” that the hostages were not released until a plane carrying money...
  • Salon: The Iran Deal Is A Disaster–And Obama Is To Blame

    08/06/2016 5:54:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | August 5, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Is this really Salon? The uber-progressive, race-baiting rag that has long been source material for conservatives to get a great laugh over the absurd lengths they go to paint American and the Right as racist, misogynistic, and sexist. Because Carrie Sheffield writes that a) the Iran nuclear deal is a disaster; b) Obama is to blame; and c) the $400 million ransom is proving Republican misgivings to be true: The State Department officially denied any explicit link between the $400 million payment and the release of prisoners, that this happened entirely coincidentally, not as a tit-for-tat. But itÂ’s baffling why...
  • Was Trump right? Iran video may show US cash payment

    08/05/2016 7:21:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Fox ^ | August 5, 2016
    Iran might have a video of America's $400 million cash payment to the regime after all -- even though Donald Trump backed off such claims early Friday amid intense criticism. An apparent Iranian TV documentary in February about the prisoner swap in fact shows pallets of cash, which the narrator indicates is the $400 million payment in question. The video was posted to YouTube this week, after new controversy erupted over the payout. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the payment, made in cash, coincided with the release of four Americans, fueling charges that the U.S. paid...
  • Syria's war: Swap offer for bodies of Russian air crew

    08/05/2016 6:42:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | Aug. 5, 2016
    Syria's war: Swap offer for bodies of Russian air crew Group says it has bodies of five people shot down in helicopter, demands release of prisoners in exchange for corpses. A group in Syria has reportedly demanded the release of prisoners held in Syrian and Lebanese jails in exchange for the bodies of five people who were shot down in a Russian military helicopter last week. The Russian helicopter was downed in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Sunday, killing all five people on board in the biggest officially acknowledged loss of life for Russian forces since they started operations in...

    08/04/2016 10:16:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 3, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Funding Iran directly funds terrorism because the Iranian regime is effectively a terror state. Back in the Senate, Obama fought against the classification of the Revolutionary Guard, a key Iranian political-military institution, as terrorists. He's remained consistent since then. 3. This is simply treason. Obama is aiding and abetting the murder of Americans. He's funding terrorism. He's funding Iran's wars in the region, which aside from Israel, include campaigns in Iraq and Syria that have dragged the United States in. The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January...
  • Obama Disputes Iran Ransom Claim [semi-satire]

    08/05/2016 4:16:01 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 August 2016 | John Semmens
    President Obama disputed claims that a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran was a payment for the release of four Americans held hostage by the regime. He dismissed the simultaneous arrival of the plane carrying the cash with the departure of the plane carrying the hostages as "coincidental." Brian Stelter of CNN cited this coincidence as "proof GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim to have seen a video of the exchange is delusional. I have it on good authority that the video of the so-called ransom payment doesn't exist." As it turns out, the "good authority" cited...
  • Here’s The Iranian Video Of “Hostages for Pallets of Money” CNN and Washington Post Claim…

    08/05/2016 10:37:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    ConservativeTreehouse ^ | August 5, 2016 | sundance
    Here’s The Iranian Video Of “Hostages for Pallets of Money” CNN and Washington Post Claim Doesn’t Exist… This is a great example of the current state, and competence, of American Journalism. Worse yet, this example shows the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, didn’t even know what’s going on, and Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine also joins the crew of the clueless. CNN and The Washington Post are both making an absurd attack Donald Trump story out of the most simple and easy to prove claim. Donald Trump said there was video (yes, that’s a screen grab of the video above),...
  • Iran cash payment: Did Tehran film transfer? (Looks like it)

    08/05/2016 8:51:23 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 5, 2016 | James Cook
    "I don't think you've heard this anywhere but here," began Mr Trump, before setting out his claim that the Iranian military had filmed the $400m being taken off an airplane and then released the tape to embarrass the United States. Immediately people began to wonder what he was talking about. No-one in the media could remember seeing or broadcasting such a tape, about which Mr Trump was remarkably specific. "They have a perfect tape...
  • Exclusive–Senate Intel Chair on Obama’s Pallets of Cash to Iran: ‘It Keeps Getting Worse’

    08/05/2016 8:18:29 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told Breitbart News Thursday the more he learns about the reality of President Barack Obama’s Iran deal the more shocked he becomes at its reckless disregard for the safety of Americans. “The Obama Administration and Secretaries Clinton and Kerry insisted that the Iranian deal was beneficial to the United States, and proceeded with the deal despite warnings from experts and the wishes of the American people,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.), who is a direct descendant of the family of Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson’s first vice-president and the man who shot...
  • The Audacity of Coincidence

    08/05/2016 7:13:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-5-2016 | MOTUS
    The man who assured us that “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” and “there was not even a smidgen of corruption” involved in the IRS scandal now tells us that the $400 million pallet of cash delivered to Tehran on the same day the hostages were released was merely a coincidence. Even though the hostages waited at the airport all night for the plane carrying the non-ransom to arrive.  Because “we do not pay ransom for hostages.” “Abedini said he and the others waited a full night in the airport. According to police, they were waiting...
  • When is a Ransom Not a Ransom? When it's Inconvenient to Call it That

    08/05/2016 6:54:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 8/5/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    The White House concedes that it all looks very bad. But it insists this was in no way a ransom payment; the trout got in the milk for perfectly normal reasons. You see, the Iranians were suing for funds deposited with the Pentagon in 1979 for a weapons purchase that was later blocked when the ayatollahs deposed the Shah. The $400 million wasn't a ransom; it was simply the first installment of a $1.7 billion dollar settlement of that dispute. "We would not, we have not, we will not pay ransom to secure the release of U.S. citizens," top White...
  • Iranian Video Of “Hostages for Pallets of Money” CNN and Washington Post Claim Doesn’t Exist

    08/05/2016 6:22:58 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Shortened title. Full title: Here’s The Iranian Video Of “Hostages for Pallets of Money” CNN and Washington Post Claim Doesn’t Exist This is a great example of the current state, and competence, of American Journalism. Worse yet, this example shows the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, didn’t even know what’s going on, and Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine also joins the crew of the clueless. CNN and The Washington Post are both making an absurd attack Donald Trump story out of the most simple and easy to prove claim.
  • Iran just learned the asking price for an American hostage

    08/05/2016 6:00:00 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 5, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    We just learned that Obama gave Iran $400 million to ransom four Americans. The Democrats and their media went ballistic in accusing Ronald Reagan of trading arms for hostages and wanted to impeach him. With Obama, the mainstream media yawned and returned to attack Trump on the Khan story. Aside from setting a precedent that we will pay at least $100 million for a kidnapped American, which will endanger more Americans, Iran now has another $400 million to fund terrorism, in addition to the $150 billion Obama gave Iran as part of the nuclear deal. There is no question that...
  • Freed Iranian Hostage: Iranians Told Me They Were Waiting For Another Plane To Arrive

    08/05/2016 5:41:21 AM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Truncated title. Full title: Freed Iranian Hostage: Iranians Told Me They Were Waiting For Another Plane To Arrive Before Letting Us Go On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan,” Saeed Abedini, one of the four hostages released from Iran back in January, stated that on the night he was freed, his captors told him they were waiting on another plane to arrive before letting him go. Abedini said, “I just remember the night that we’d been in a[n] airport, just take hours and hours there. And I asked one of the…police that was...
  • Trump Admits Mistake on Ransom Plane Video

    08/05/2016 4:05:55 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 37 replies
    Donald Trump Twitter Feed ^ | August 5, 2016 | Donald Trump
    The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!
  • Here’s The Iranian Video Of “Hostages for Pallets of Money” CNN and WaPo Claim Doesn’t Exist…

    08/05/2016 3:26:22 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 35 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | August 5, 2016 | sundance
    This is a great example of the current state, and competence, of American Journalism. Worse yet, this example shows the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, didn’t even know what’s going on, and Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine also joins the crew of the clueless. CNN and The Washington Post are both making an absurd attack Donald Trump story out of the most simple and easy to prove claim.
  • OBAMA LIED: US Iranian Hostage Abedini Says Iran Held Plane on Tarmac Until Ransom Plane Arrived

    08/04/2016 6:26:08 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/04/2016 | Jim Hoft
    On January 17, 2016, a cargo plane with $400 million in foreign currencies was secretly sent to Iran. This was the same day the Iranian regime released four American hostages held in Tehran.
  • Paying Ransom to Terrorists is Subject to Prosecution (in 2014)

    08/04/2016 8:20:31 AM PDT · by PhillyPhreeper · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9/12/2014 | PhillyPhreeper
    Diane Foley, the mother of journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS on August 19, told ABC News that government officials threatened the Foleys to stop them from paying a ransom to free their son. The threats reportedly came from a prominent military officer on the White House’s National Security Council, who warned them that paying a ransom to ISIS would support terrorism. “Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son,” she said. James Foley’s brother,...