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  • Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments

    10/28/2016 9:01:22 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 32 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 28, 2016 | Adam Credo
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered. In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General...
  • Obama Admin Hiding Secret Hostage Docs Signed With Iranian Intel Officials

    10/06/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies
    Wash. Free Bacon ^ | 10/6/16 | Adam Kredo
    Key documents relating to the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Iran, including a $1.7 billion cash payment, are being stored at a highly secure site on Capitol Hill, preventing the public and many in Congress from accessing them, according to multiple sources who described the situation to the Washington Free Beacon. The documents are not technically classified but are being kept in a “secure reading space” where the majority of congressional officials cannot access them. Those cleared are forced to relinquish their cellular devices and are barred from taking notes, undermining the ability of staffers to brief their lawmakers on...
  • U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks [same day Tehran released..]

    09/29/2016 5:26:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Sept. 29, 2016 8:02 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted...
  • Obama administration backed lifting sanctions on Iranian banks as part of hostage ransom

    09/30/2016 10:27:00 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The Wall Street Journal has a shocking report that adds fuel to the fire over the $1.7 billion in cash paid to the Iranians to get the hostages released. On the same day the cash payment arrived in Tehran, the U.S. secretly agreed to back a U.N. effort to lift sanctions on two Iranian banks accused of assisting Iran's ballistic missile program.
  • 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...
  • Chairman Royce on Reports That Obama Secretly Sent $400M to Iran: ‘It Keeps Getting Worse’

    08/03/2016 9:03:43 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 55 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 03, 2016 | By Patrick Goodenough – Republicans lashed out Tuesday at the Obama administration over a news report claiming it airlifted $400 million in foreign currency to Tehran on the same day the regime released five imprisoned Americans. On that day in January, the U.S. agreed to settle a 37-year-old Iranian legal claim worth $400 million, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest. The two developments also coincided with the “implementation day” for the nuclear deal struck between Tehran, the U.S. and five other nations. The administration has long denied that the $1.7 billion settlement was related to the prisoner releases, or that it...
  • Iran hostage crisis: Victims 'to be compensated' 36 years later

    12/24/2015 2:48:40 PM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/2/4/2015
    The US victims of the Iran hostage crisis are to receive compensation 36 years after their ordeal, reports say. Each of the 53 hostages or their estates will receive up to $4.4m (ÂŁ3m), according to a US spending bill passed last Friday. The victims of other state-sponsored terror attacks such as the US embassy bombings in East Africa in 1988 will also be eligible. The hostage-taking lasted 444 days and led the US to break off ties with Iran. The decision to award compensation follows a controversial deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme. "Those negotiations resulted...
  • that marxist muslim homosexual posed with Iranian hostage takers!!!

    12/09/2015 1:55:13 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 27 replies thqt picture was taken in Paris when Obama was there letting ISIL take over the world
  • Trump pledges to free American hostages in Iran BEFORE talking office

    09/09/2015 12:21:01 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Donald Trump lambasted the Obama administration's agreement with Iran at a rally against the deal held on the west lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday. Trump promised to bring home the four Americans held hostage in Iran BEFORE becoming the next president of the United States.
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories: Iranian hostages; IRS innocent; Gun Store bans Muslims

    07/24/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1) Kerry: We’re “Hopeful” Our Citizens in Iran Will be Freed By Daniel Doherty Commentary by John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer “That’s a politician’s answer. Secretary of State John Kerry cannot guarantee that the three Americans that we know about languishing in Iran’s prison system will be released and returned safely to their families. He can only say that he’s “hopeful” Iran will, in a gesture of good faith, set them free. ‘There was not a meeting that took place – not one meeting that took place, believe me that’s not an exaggeration – where we did not raise...

    07/22/2015 2:45:14 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | July 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The rally is scheduled for Thursday, 12 to 1 in Lafayette Park. Speakers include Senator Ted Cruz, Gary Bauer and Faith McDonnell. It's sponsored by CWA, Concerned Women for America. If you're in the D.C. area, maybe you'll find the time to stop by and show your support for the Americans abandoned by Obama to his new Iranian buddies. Here are some of their storiesSaeed Abedini The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini sent a letter to her husband on the day of their 11th wedding anniversary, describing the "excruciating pain" she's in without him while he's being held...
  • Obama calls for release of Americans held in Iran, after nuke deal omitted them

    07/21/2015 4:51:36 PM PDT · by dware · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.21.2015 | Fox News
    President Obama called Tuesday for the release of Americans held in Iran, individually naming them during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention -- a week after his diplomatic team helped strike a nuclear accord with Iran that did not secure the prisoners' freedom. The deal's failure to address the prisoners' status has fueled criticism of the Obama administration, though State Department officials have said they raised their imprisonment repeatedly. The president also scolded a reporter last week at a White House press conference for suggesting he was "content" to leave the prisoners out of the deal.
  • Secret is out: Loyal State Dept. Officials Reveal Obama's Scheme To Pass Bad Iran Nuc Deal

    07/19/2015 8:29:46 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 67 replies
    Informed people in DC | CPE
    Just returned from big “lawn party” here in DC. Not a hugely exclusive one, but loads of people, many upper level career Dept. of State types, retired general/flag rank military and agency types (now consultants,) foreign government officials and the usual Washington riff raff. Background: Many DOS do not like Obama/Kerry. Many military and agency retirees hate them. There is a certain “lets win for America” thought process, (to a much greater or much less extent,) that runs through all DOS/DOD/CIA/etc. Although there are huge differences in HOW they would achieve that “win,” there were very few people who ever...
  • Trump: Why didn’t Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?

    07/14/2015 3:05:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    When the guy’s right, he’s right, especially the bit about Obama dealing from desperation. When your only options are bombing Iran, doing nothing, and making a terrible deal that can be spun as successful, and you’ve already ruled out the first two, you’re going to give up whatever you need to in order to make the third option viable.You would think O might have insisted on making the prisoners part of the deal if only so that he’d have some tangible “win” to show Americans while Republicans and pro-Israel Democrats are screaming that he sold out the country. Bringing...
  • Iran’s Pick for UN Ambassador Banned from Entering US (But Doesn't Mean He'd Be Prevented to Enter)

    04/11/2014 2:01:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | Geoff Earle April 11, 2014
    The White House says the administration won’t grant a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, who had a role in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and is Iran’s pick to serve as its ambassador to the UN. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration has told Iran at multiple levels that Aboutalebi’s selection was “not viable.” The move effectively keeps Aboutalebi out of the country. But it still isn’t clear whether President Obama will sign legislation that would prevent Aboutalebi from coming here as a matter of law.
  • Obama prays for Americans held captive in North Korea and Iran

    02/06/2014 7:59:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies ^ | 2/6/14 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama offered a public prayer Thursday for two Americans held separately by North Korea and Iran, saying his administration will continue to fight for their release. Mr. Obama said at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington that the U.S. “will do everything in our power” to gain the release of Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary in prison in North Korea, and the Rev. Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho, who remains imprisoned in Iran SNIP The president prayed, “Let us never forget those who are persecuted today, among them Americans of faith. “
  • Stockholm Syndrome From Tehran

    09/25/2011 5:26:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 25, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad engineered the release last week of two American hikers serving eight-year prison terms on trumped-up espionage charges. He may have thought the release would make him seem more humane, but the $1 million bail-for-freedom deal makes Tehran look like Somali pirates, grabbing innocent tourists, holding them hostage and then releasing them for ransom. So why did released hiker Shane Bauer say the following upon his release? "Two years in prison is too long, and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America (emphasis added) and Iran." The...
  • Carter: 'Probably superior' to other ex-presidents

    05/22/2011 10:51:23 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 74 replies
    Carter: 'Probably superior' to other ex-presidents *** UPDATE 3:59 pm ET *** Former President Carter issued a written statement after his comments aired: "What I meant was, for 27 years the Carter Center has provided me with superior opportunities to do good." In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, former President Jimmy Carter, who has been a target of the right through the years, lauded his own post-presidency, telling Williams, "I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents." Carter, who is out with a new book defending his legacy, backed up...
  • Jimmy Carter Hasn’t Been Mincing Many Words Of Late

    09/22/2010 7:51:42 AM PDT · by edpc · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 Sept 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Since leaving the White House some 30 years ago, former President Jimmy Carter has, for the most part, steered clear of controversy. He's won a fair amount of attention for building houses with Habitat for Humanity, and for the occasional foray into post-presidential diplomacy. (He recently traveled to North Korea to secure the release of an imprisoned American.) And he drew some headlines for publishing a harshly critical book about Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. But on balance, Carter has maintained a relatively quiet life out of office.
  • The Second Coming of Jimmy Carter

    06/21/2010 3:43:15 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2010 | Dan Gainor
    It took Barack Obama less time to become Jimmy Carter than it took Carter. Sure, their presidencies have taken similar tracks – relative Washington newcomers amidst bad economies and talk of cities defaulting on debt. Even the election of Sen. Scott Brown to take over for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was similar to the GOP taking the seat held by the late Sen. Hubert Humphrey in 1978. That was just the opening act. Carter went down in history as man overwhelmed by the office he held. And Tuesday night, in front of the entire nation, Barack Obama sounded just...