Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee Kept in the Dark on Obama Iran Cash Deal | Aug 2016

Senate Intel Chair on Obama’s Pallets of Cash to Iran: ‘It Keeps Getting Worse’

– Breitbart

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“It alarms me as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that something of this magnitude was not briefed to me–not only prior to the exchange, but since the exchange,” the senator said.

 

“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 Alexander Hamilton in a duel July 11, 1804 at dueling grounds in Weehawken, New Jersey.

“Now, we learn that the administration sent pallets of cash to the Iranians, a designated state sponsor of terrorism,” he said. “This decision from day one was a bad one for the American people and it keeps getting worse.”

In addition to Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Burr said he blames former first lady Hillary R. Clinton for her role in the Iran deal as Obama’s first secretary of state. “This has been and will continue to be a bad deal for the United States. The administration, including President Obama and Secretary Clinton, is responsible for leading America into a deal that will arm Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism.”

“It alarms me as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that something of this magnitude was not briefed to me–not only prior to the exchange, but since the exchange,” the senator said.

Instead of hearing from the White House, as would be expected, Burr said he found about it in the paper. “Only through, in this case, The Wall Street Journal did the American people know the truth about what was committed by the American government to the Iranian government.”

The WSJ reported Tuesday: “Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland.” The paper also reported that the shipment of cash coincided with Iran’s release of four of its America hostages.

The president, speaking at the White House Cabinet Room, gave a lengthy statement about the resolution of the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and its nuclear program and the return of the hostages from their “lonely cells,” but he did not spell out how pallets of cash sweetened the deal.”

…Read more @ Breitbart.com

 

Obama Pays 400 Million Ransom for Iranian Hostages in Cash | Aug 2016

Obama Sent Laundered Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed and Got Caught

– Wall Street Journal

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Did Obama Pay Cash for Hostages to Iranian kidnappers?

“WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

The $400 million was paid in foreign currency because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law. Sanctions also complicate Tehran’s access to global banks.

“Sometimes the Iranians want cash because it’s so hard for them to access things in the international financial system,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on the January cash delivery. “They know it can take months just to figure out how to wire money from one place to another.”

The Obama administration has refused to disclose how it paid any of the $1.7 billion, despite congressional queries, outside of saying that it wasn’t paid in dollars. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the cash would be used by Iran to fund regional allies, including the Assad regime in Syria and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization.”

….Continue reading more @ Wall Street Journal

 

 

OBAMA SPENDS 7 MINUTES DODGING ON WHETHER IRAN WILL USE $400 MILLION TO FUND TERRORISM

– NTK Network

“What is your response to critics….that this was a ransom payment…..a payment that was held up for almost four decades was suddenly sent at the exact same time that the American prisoners were released…..and can you assure to the American people that the none of that money went to support terrorism?”

“Ok, the uh……uh, it’s……it’s…it’s been interesting to watch this story surface…”

– CJ gave Pres Obama exactly 89 seconds to answer a pretty straight forward question. He failed. We didn’t need much more.

However, the follow up question should have been, had the president not evaded and dodged:

Did the White House lawyers advise or caution of the risk that this money might fall into the hands of international terrorists since Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism?”

If not, did you pose this question and if not, why not?/CJ

…More @ ntknetwork.com

 

 

 

Guiliani On Obama’s Ransom Payment to Iran for Hostages

– Youtube | Fox Business

“I’d call that money laudering….I’d call that trading with the enemy…”     – Rudy Giuliani

 

U.S. Has Taught Iran a Lesson: Hostage-Taking Pays

– Bloomberg

If Americans were detained, cash was exchanged, and Americans were released, that looks like a ransom payment, right? Using the razor of Occam.

Those are the facts as reported in extraordinary detail by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday: The U.S. arranged for the delivery of $400 million worth of cash just as Iran released four U.S. citizens.

Senior Obama administration officials insist this was not a ransom payment. They point out that different teams of experts negotiated the cash payment and the prisoner release. The cash payment was part of a larger $1.7 billion settlement over an arms sale from 1979. The prisoner release was part of a deal that released Iranians from U.S. jails. Hence the White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that the payment was not a ransom.

There is a reason government officials stick to this convoluted story. U.S. policy for decades has prohibited official ransom payments. As President Barack Obama himself said a little over a year ago in remarks clarifying U.S. policy on hostage-taking: “I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages.”

And yet, when it comes to Iran at least, ransom payments are standard operating procedure. It goes back to the Reagan administration. In the early 1980s, Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy in Lebanon, had taken several Americans hostage. In 1984, the Reagan administration began what it had hoped was an opening to Iranian moderates (sound familiar?). Eventually, that secret diplomacy turned into a deal to exchange anti-tank missiles from Israel for the release of hostages in Lebanon. The profits from the arms sale later went to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, but that’s another story.

Reagan didn’t get his story straight at first. In an address in November 1986 he acknowledged the arms sale, but insisted it was not part of a deal to free the hostages. By March 1987, Reagan came clean to the American people and acknowledged the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran.”

 

…Continue reading more @ Bloomberg

Hillary Declares War on the Middle Class | Aug 2016

Hillary: “We’re going to raise taxes on the Middle Class!”

– Youtube

Joined by a beaming left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, Hillary shouted how she would rewrite the tax laws and raise taxes on the Middle Class in the United Stwate. She received applause from those in attendance she shouted and called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.

….See more @ Youtube

– Lying again or freudian slip?/CJ

 

Obama: Hillary Clinton is Liar

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Saudi Arabia Facing Severe Liquidity Crisis as Oil Stays Low | Aug 2016

Saudi Economic Woes Leave Indian, Pakistani Workers Stranded

– Bloomberg

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“Nearly 16,000 Indian and Pakistani workers have been abandoned in camps in Saudi Arabia without food and water or visas to exit the kingdom after a slowing economy forced companies to cut jobs.

A total of 7,700 Indians and 8,000 Pakistanis have been stranded, according to tallies provided Tuesday by the foreign ministries in New Delhi and Islamabad. Many were employed by construction companies battered by the downturn in oil prices that began two years ago.

As prices plummeted from more than $100 a barrel in 2014 to below $30, the Saudi government cut spending and delayed payments to contractors, who have relied on public contracts for business growth. With Brent still a relatively low $42 a barrel, growth in the Arab world’s largest economy is forecast to slow to 1.5 percent this year, the lowest level since 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Building projects have fallen off dramatically along with the drop in oil revenue. Construction contracts shrank by about 50 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier, according to data published by Jeddah-based National Commercial Bank. The government didn’t award any contracts during the first quarter in 2016 or the fourth quarter of last year, the bank said.”

 

….Continue reading @ Bloomberg

 

 

Saudi Arabia Admits To A Full-Blown Liquidity Crisis: Will Pay Government Contractors With IOUs, Debt

– ZeroHedge

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“Previously we documented that as a result of the still low oil prices, largely a result of Saudi Arabian strategy to put high cost producers out of business and to remove excess supply, none other than Saudi Arabia has been substantially impacted, with the result being dramatic state budget, a sharp economic slowdown and  mass worker layoffs.

Just three weeks ago we reported that the biggest construction conglomerate in the middle east, the Saudi Binladin Group had announced it would layoff 50,000 workers ot a quarter of its workforce, slammed by the weak economy.

Now, Saudi Arabia has admitted that in addition to acute economic problems, which will manifest themselves most directly in a soaring Saudi debt load…

… Saudi Arabia can also add liquidity worries which just spilled out into the open, because Bloomberg reported moments ago, Saudi Arabia has told banks it is considering paying some outstanding bills to contractors with government-issued bonds, citing people with knowledge of matter say.

Contractors would be able to hold bond-like instruments until maturity.”

…Continue reading more @ ZeroHedge

 

Obama’s ‘Perpetual War’ Spreads to Libya Again | Aug 2016

U.S. launches ISIS airstrikes in Libya

– Washington Times

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“U.S. forces have begun a series of “precision airstrikes” against the Islamic State’s main branch in Libya, the Pentagon said Monday, signaling an expansion of American military action against the group, whose footprint has spread into North Africa over the past year.

The strikes, which have been anticipated for weeks, were conducted at the request of officials from Libya’s shaky U.N.-backed government, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

While no details were provided on the types of aircraft or missiles used, the statement said the strikes aimed to bolster forces aligned with the so-called Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

 The GNA forces have been struggling for weeks retake territory from the Islamic State — also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh — in the northern Libyan city of Sirte, along the Mediterranean coast.”

…Continue reading @ Washington Times

– Hillary Clinton owns this continuing failure in Libya. If the failures of Libya don’t reveal the potential catastrophe of a new Clinton presidency, nothing will.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama is escalating yet another war we cannot afford. Has Obama gone to the American people to propose this new escalation? As with most of his unpopular transformational agenda, the answer is a resounding no.

This did not have to happen this way for Libya or the United States./CJ

Paul Nehlen Calls Out Globalist Paul Ryan in House Race | Aug 2016

Paul Nehlen: People Are Tired of Paul Ryan’s Globalist, Soulless Agenda of Sending Our Jobs Overseas

– the Gatewaypundit.com

…More @ the GatewayPundit.com

 

 

9/11 Islamic Terror Link to LA Culver City Mosque | Aug 2016

De-Classified 28 Pages Suggest 9/11 Islamic Terror Link to LA Culver City Mosque

– Breitbart

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“The newly-declassified 28 pages of a congressional inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks has alleged possible connections to a Los Angeles, California mosque.

The report alleges that two of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with a Saudi diplomat who was an “imam” at the Muslim place of worship.

The findings, which are littered with redactions, suggest two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, may have been in contact with Shaykh Fahad al-Thumairy, an accredited diplomat at the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles, between 1996 and 2003. Al-Thumairy was described by the report as “one of the ‘imams’ at the King Fahad mosque located in Culver City, California.”

The King Fahad mosque, which is also referred to as the “Ibn Tamiyah Mosque,” was identified by the FBI as a site of “extremist-related activity both before and after September 11.” The report goes on to detail: “In an interview, an FBI agent said he believed that Saudi Government money was being laundered through the mosque,” and sent “to non-profit organizations overseas affiliated with Usama bin Laden.” It also notes that “the findings suggest Saudi Government officials in the United States may have ties to Usama bin Laden’s terrorist network.”

The mosque was built in 1998 from funding largely provided by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdulaziz, a member of the House of Saud.

The commission report “also found other indications that individuals connected to the Saudi Government have ties to terrorist networks … Several subjects of FBI investigations prior to September 11 had close connections to the mosque and are believed to have laundered money through this mosque.”

Today, the mosque’s website condemns terrorism in a video that plays automatically: “These difficulties are perpetrated by people who do evil in the name of good … These actions have no place in Islam.”

Raul Patel, a man who described himself as the director of King Fahad Mosque for the last four years, told Breitbart News via phone on Sunday that “Mr. Thumairy was paid for by Saudi confidants.” When asked about the terrorism-related money trail that led to the mosque, Patel said, “We are not associated with al Qaeda or any group.”

Al-Midhar and al-Hazmi, who arrived in California in January of 2000, were among the five hijackers who flew the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in September 11, killing all 64 people who were on board in addition 125 people who were on the ground.

The report goes on to say that another Saudi national who was also suspected of being a Saudi intelligence officer, Omar al-Bayoumi, had also helped two of the California hijackers, although the initial 9/11 Commission report had found him to be “an unlikely candidate for clandestine involvement” with radical Islamists. The report further details that “the FBI conducted a counterterrorism investigation on al-Bayoumi in 1998 and 1999, but closed the investigation at that point.”

The California link also extends to San Diego, where a man named Osama Bassnan — “an extremist and supporter of Usama bin Laden” — is believed to “have been in contact with al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi during their time in San Diego”. Furthermore, “The FBI also received reports from individuals in the Muslim community alleging that Bassnan might be a Saudi intelligence officer.”

Osama Bassnan reportedly “made a comment to an FBI source after the September 11 attacks suggesting that he did more for the hijackers than Omar al-Bayoumi did.” Al-Bayoumi was allegedly a Saudi intelligence officer and “FBI files suggest he provided substantial assistance to hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Ahazmi after they arrived in San Diego in February 2000.” The report adds: “According to FBI documents, Basnnan also knew Bin Laden’s family in Saudi Arabia and speaks on his mobile telephone with members of the family who are living in the United States.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

Saudi government funded extremism in U.S. mosques and charities: report

– Washington Times

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“Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim radicalism in mosques and charities at the time the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were gathering in the United States and making contacts with Saudi nationals, according to a declassified intelligence document.

To jihad watchers, the paper confirms their charges that the Saudi government and its wealthy citizens fund extremist teachings in America. To this day, the kingdom is pressing its harsh Wahhabi Sunni Islam on American Muslims as it seeks to spread Islam around the world, they say.

In the document, one Saudi who was receiving money from Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Riyadh’s ambassador to the U.S. at the time, made a startling statement to an FBI informant. The man, who had ties to some of the hijackers, told agents that it would do the U.S. no good to limit entry visas because a sufficient number of Muslims were already in the country to destroy it and create an Islamic state.

The disclosure was tucked in the “28 pages” — a long-secret chapter in a 2002 report by the House and Senate intelligence committees after an investigation in the immediate aftermath of the al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon. Of the 19 who hijacked four airliners, 15 were Saudis.

The report section, referred to as “Part 4,” deals mainly with one topic: suspected Saudi government support for the Sept. 11 plot. The George W. Bush administration insisted that the section remain classified. Under pressure, the Obama administration released the pages last week.”

….Continue reading @ WashingtonTimes