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Politico: Obama Let Hezbollah Run Cocaine Into The US For Iran Deal And More
Hotair.com ^ | 12-18-17 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 12/18/2017 9:10:27 AM PST by DeweyCA

Did the current administration “collude” with Russia? So far no evidence at all has emerged to support that hypothesis, but Politico’s Josh Meyer digs deep into another curious set of circumstances in the Obama White House and its own operations with a foreign power. Perhaps the media will start asking whether the previous administration colluded with Iran to let terrorists and drug dealers go free in order to score one of the worst deals ever in international relations.

Before Barack Obama decided to pursue the nuclear deal with Iran, the DEA had a major operation called Project Cassandra. This operation had identified Hezbollah as a major supplier of cocaine to the US and other countries, along with its usual terrorist activities on behalf of its sponsors in Tehran. The DEA and FBI had built criminal cases against major players in Hezbollah’s drug and arms networks, succeeding in getting sealed indictments and finding witnesses for prosecution.

And then the Obama administration stepped in to drain it of all resources, just to protect its deal with Iran:

One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

As a result, some Hezbollah operatives were not pursued via arrests, indictments, or Treasury designations that would have blocked their access to U.S. financial markets, according to Bauer, a career Treasury official, who served briefly in its Office of Terrorist Financing as a senior policy adviser for Iran before leaving in late 2015. And other “Hezbollah facilitators” arrested in France, Colombia, Lithuania have not been extradited — or indicted — in the U.S., she wrote. …

Asher, for one, said Obama administration officials expressed concerns to him about alienating Tehran before, during and after the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. This was, he said, part of an effort to “defang, defund and undermine the investigations that were involving Iran and Hezbollah,” he said.

“The closer we got to the [Iran deal], the more these activities went away,” Asher said. “So much of the capability, whether it was special operations, whether it was law enforcement, whether it was [Treasury] designations — even the capacity, the personnel assigned to this mission — it was assiduously drained, almost to the last drop, by the end of the Obama administration.”

Cassandra turned out to be an ironic code name for the operation. In Greek mythology, Cassandra, the daughter of King Priam of Troy, was doomed to utter accurate prophecies that went unbelieved by all who heard them. This years-long effort to identify Hezbollah’s drug and arms operations and to find their financial resources ended up going the way of Cassandra’s prophecies, too — being utterly ignored despite their truth. (In fact, the project name derived specifically, if indirectly, from this myth.)

Not all of these cases involved international operations, either. The DEA and FBI found Hezbollah operations in the US, and yet the Department of Justice refused to prosecute the cases:

In Philadelphia, the FBI-led task force had spent two years bolstering its case claiming that Safieddine had overseen an effort to purchase 1,200 military-grade assault rifles bound for Lebanon, with the help of Kelly and the special narcoterrorism prosecutors in New York.

Now, they had two key eyewitnesses. One would identify Safieddine as the Hezbollah official sitting behind a smoked-glass barricade who approved the assault weapons deal. And an agent and prosecutor had flown to a remote Asian hotel and spent four days persuading another eyewitness to testify about Safieddine’s role in an even bigger weapons and drugs conspiracy, multiple former law enforcement officials confirmed to POLITICO.

Convinced they had a strong case, the New York prosecutors sent a formal prosecution request to senior Justice Department lawyers in Washington, as required in such high-profile cases. The Justice Department rejected it, and the FBI and DEA agents were never told why, those former officials said.

According to Meyer’s sources, Hezbollah has a lot of tentacles in the US, including in rental car companies on the legal side, and a booming cocaine smuggling and distribution business on the illegal side. It should have been easy to pursue those cases in US courts. And yet the Obama administration wanted nothing to do with cutting off Hezbollah’s economic underpinnings in the US, even while listing them as a terrorist organization.

All of this was in service to a deal that did nothing for American security but allowed Iran to pursue its hegemonic policies in the Middle East unfettered. Hezbollah has been Tehran’s proxy for decades, including among its many crimes the bombing of Marines in Lebanon during a peacekeeping mission. They are a key part of Iran’s strategy to link through Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean and to dominate the Sunni Arab states in the Arabian peninsula — and of course to threaten Israel.

That policy was bad enough. The politicization of the DoJ to allow terrorists to operate unfettered in the US is nothing short of unconscionable. We’ve allowed ourselves to get distracted by the Russia story long enough. It’s long past time for Congress to take a very hard look at the Iran deal and the Obama administration’s operations in support of it. Let’s not allow this to be yet another Cassandra moment.


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The ineptitude and stupidity of the Obama administration is amazing. The more we see of what they actually did, the worse it gets. If the MSM had not been covering for them, they would have rightfully been seen as the worst administration in the history of the USA.
1 posted on 12/18/2017 9:10:28 AM PST by DeweyCA
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To: DeweyCA

... when they were not running guns, WMD,
slaves, terrorists, incurable diseases,
murder of witnesses, murder of judges,
treason for any quid pro quo, uranium, ...


2 posted on 12/18/2017 9:13:59 AM PST by Diogenesis ("When a crime is unpunished, the world is unbalanced.")
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To: DeweyCA

The crimes of the Kenyanesian Usurpation are myriad.

The founders were right to exclude the children of foreign nationals with the natural born citizen clause.

We were stupid for ignoring it.


3 posted on 12/18/2017 9:14:06 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: DeweyCA

How much blow did Barry and Mike get?


4 posted on 12/18/2017 9:15:13 AM PST by chris37 (Take a week off racist >;-)
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To: DeweyCA

No one should be charged with treason in the future if Obama is not frog-marched to a federal prison soon.


5 posted on 12/18/2017 9:17:47 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: DeweyCA

Conspiracy Indictment


6 posted on 12/18/2017 9:18:02 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ((((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")))))))
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To: DeweyCA

Totally different topic — but the wall on our southern border would decrease the amount of heroin coming into the US. That is clearly one reason some people do not want the wall.

Elements within our government are involved in drug trafficking. And, I would say, child prostitution.


7 posted on 12/18/2017 9:18:49 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: DeweyCA

If true, and why would we not believe this. If this is true:

This operation had identified Hezbollah as a major supplier of cocaine to the US and other countries, along with its usual terrorist activities on behalf of its sponsors in Tehran.

“And then the Obama administration stepped in to drain it of all resources, just to protect its deal with Iran:

One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

Then, Obama/DOJ thugs killed a lot of Americans with their turning off their heads in DOJ/FBI/? on the drug lords.


8 posted on 12/18/2017 9:19:56 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Build Kate's wall! Keep illegals and illegal murderers/criminals out of America! MAGA! SLAP ACT!!)
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Not all ignored it. The GOP allowed the MSM ridicule anyone who called Obongo out on this. He was not a natural born citizen and most people at least suspect it.


9 posted on 12/18/2017 9:20:24 AM PST by gibsonguy
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To: DeweyCA

Politicians are afraid cities will burn down if Hussein is touched.


10 posted on 12/18/2017 9:23:21 AM PST by Old Yeller (Auto-correct has become my worst enema.)
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To: txrefugee

Obama is untouchable because EVERYONE (Trump excepted) in the District of Corruption is complicit in the Kenyanesian Usurpation.


11 posted on 12/18/2017 9:24:01 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: DeweyCA

Holder/Lynch. True criminals


12 posted on 12/18/2017 9:24:43 AM PST by PGR88
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To: DeweyCA

[stupidity]

Sounds to me like Barack Hussein Obama should be in prison. For this and Fast and Furious at a minimum.


13 posted on 12/18/2017 9:26:48 AM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: DeweyCA

Amazing that this is coming from a left-leaning site like Politico.


14 posted on 12/18/2017 9:26:57 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: DeweyCA

Hopefully there will be enough evidence of wrong doing against him some day he will have to flee this Republic and never darken it’s doorstep again.


15 posted on 12/18/2017 9:27:02 AM PST by antidemoncrat
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To: txrefugee

Thank you


16 posted on 12/18/2017 9:27:19 AM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: DeweyCA

...all this *and* the Obama administration gave Iran a pallet of cash. A literal palette of cash.


17 posted on 12/18/2017 9:30:47 AM PST by Flick Lives (The FBI is a corrupt partisan organization.)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

“...Obama is untouchable because EVERYONE (Trump excepted) in the District of Corruption is complicit in the Kenyanesian Usurpation...”

Yes, and this same strategy is what Hitlery used and why she is not in an orange jumpsuit.


18 posted on 12/18/2017 9:31:10 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Flick Lives

“...A literal palette of cash....”

Obozo is a criminal. He stole from the American public, taking our freedoms, ravaged our Constitution, and our treasure, for his anti-American, pro-Islamo-fascist agenda. We watched it for EIGHT years.


19 posted on 12/18/2017 9:34:07 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: DeweyCA

Bttt.

5.56mm


20 posted on 12/18/2017 9:36:17 AM PST by M Kehoe
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