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    Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

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    Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:18 pm

    Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.




    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, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


    In total, “Iran may have received as much as $33.6 billion in cash or in gold and other precious metals,” Dubowitz disclosed.


    New questions about these payments are emerging following confirmation from top Obama administration officials on Thursday that it was forced to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash prior to the release of several U.S. hostages earlier this year. The administration insisted that cash had to be used for this payment.


    Top administration officials were adamant that the cash payments were the best way to ensure that Iran got immediate access to this money due to its ongoing difficulty accessing international funds still sanctioned by the West.


    Lawmakers and others are now pressing the administration to disclose how a slew of other payments to Iran were made in the years leading up to the final nuclear accord.


    “In July, the Associated Press cited U.S. officials who estimated that Iran ‘brought home less than $20 billion.’ Were these funds repatriated to Tehran in cash or in gold and precious metals? Through the formal financial system? Or through some combination?” Dubowitz asked in his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee.


    “The administration should also clarify if the $20 billion dollars is inclusive of the $11.9 billion in [Joint Plan of Action] funds, or if the $20 billion was in addition to the $11.9 billion,” he said. “Either way, it is important to understand how funds were sent. The worst-case scenario here is that Iran may have received as much as $33.6 billion in cash or in gold and other precious metals.”


    At least some of this money was likely sent in cash and other assets, according to Dubowitz.


    The Obama administration was forced to disclose on Thursday that current sanctions and banking restrictions prohibited it from transferring funds to Iran via electronic methods.


    The cash payment of $1.7 billion earlier this year was the easiest way to ensure Iran got immediate access to the money, according to these officials.


    “Iran had to have it in cash,” Paul Ahern, assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence at the Treasury Department, told lawmakers. “Iran was very aware of the difficulties it would face in accessing and using the funds if they were in any other form than cash, even after the lifting of sanctions.”


    A cash delivery “was the most reliable way that they received the funds in a timely manner and it was the manner preferred by the relative foreign banks,” Ahren said.


    Given the situation, it is likely that the multiple past payments to Iran were conducted in a similar fashion, according to Dubowitz.


    “If the White House could only send cash to Iran from the start of the JPOA period through the Tribunal payment that could amount to a grant total of 33.6 billion,” he said. “Did any of this money go through the formal financial system? If so, the administration is not being truthful about the 1.7 billion. If many billions arrived in Iran on pallets [of cash] this would be a pretty astounding revelation.”


    Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and expert on rogue regimes, said that cash payments of this nature are “highly irregular.”


    “There’s no reason it needed to be paid now. After all, successive administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have delayed payments so as to avoid funding Iranian terrorism,” Rubin said. “Likewise, if the United States freezes accounts linked to al Qaeda or Hamas, releasing it and saying, ‘It’s their money anyway,’ would not be a tenable explanation. Cash payments are highly irregular.”


    The Iranians have been clear that they “perceived the payment to be a ransom” despite the administration’s protestations, Rubin explained.
    “Not only has the delivery of the millions of dollars been perceived as a ransom, provided as an incentive to seize more hostages …. but because the money was delivered in cash the payment bolstered the strength of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and augmented its ability to finance and conduct terrorism,” he said.


    So, they were paying the terrorists off just to negotiate a lousy deal that made them give up absolute squat.







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    Re: Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

    Post  JJRobinson on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:22 pm

    Where was/is congress when this happens...?
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    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:32 pm

    This has all been done behind their backs.


    They knew about the first hostage payment when the hostages were released. There was mention of it in a news conference. But the way it was talked about it didn't seem related. Only later did the connection get made.


    There was $1.3 billion around the same time. That only came to light recently. Congress has been asking about that one. That's the one that made the connection to the $400 million.


    The fact they were paying off terrorists to make a crummy deal is brand new.


    In the first case, the news was there, but totally minimized. What wasn't known then, even if the relationship to the hostages could be made, was that it was done with foreign money and released before the hostages were. That made it illegal on multiple counts. But, like I said, there wasn't any reason to make connections then.


    When the second payment was made, questions started. Barry tried to minimize it as much as he could, but money of that sort has to be accounted for. That's what made the original ransom money connection, and opened up the floodgate for what we now know about it being in foreign currency to avoid Treasury accountability. Which led to discovery that it was actually on the ground in Iran before they let the people go.


    This last is blatantly criminal. Even if they can make the case that it was money that already belonged to Iran that was being released, it had to be approved by Congress and accounted for by the Treasury. Plus it was done before any agreement, meaning a total freeze on Iran's assets that a previous Congress put in place was still in force. And now we know Emperor Hussein deliberately broke the law to enable an agreement with a country that is still the biggest exporter of terrorism. There's no way that agreement could have happened except through illegal deeds, and none of the rest ever would have followed.


    As for what they'll do, probably nothing. Boehner and McConnell gave up the power of the purse and impeachment as soon as they could. Boehner's gone, but Ryan doesn't seem to have the stomach to reverse anything. And he'd still have to get McConnell to agree to get either impeachment or appropriations passed to do anything about it. That's clearly out of the question.

















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    Post  JJRobinson on Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:09 am

    And they just keep on electing these thieves, they are just as guilty as obuma...It's amazing that obuma can steal that huge amount of money and get away with it.....And the 6 million or billion that Hitlary took off with...Amazing...
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