The worst deal ever inked continues to surprise even the worst critics, leaving many to wonder – what were we thinking?
Former President Barack Obama deceived the American people regarding the prisoner swap that was part of the 2016 deal with Iran, and released fugitives who were considered major national security threats, according to a major investigative report by Politico.
“Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal,” reports Josh Meyer of Politico.
The seven men released on that day as a “humanitarian” gesture were deeply tied to Iran’s nuclear arms efforts, and one was responsible for procuring improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which killed American soldiers in Iraq.
“They didn’t just dismiss a bunch of innocent business guys,” a former federal law enforcement supervisor who was centrally involved in the hunt for Iranian arms traffickers and nuclear smugglers told Politico. “And then they didn’t give a full story of it.”
Politico noted that federal prosecutors and agents were shocked and furious when they learned of the release; many of them had reportedly spent years, others decades, “working to penetrate the global proliferation networks that allowed Iranian arms traders both to obtain crucial materials for Tehran’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs and, in some cases, to provide dangerous materials to other countries.”
Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.
Politico also noted that “in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives.”
Those fugitives had allegedly sought to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian airline that authorities believe supported Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
Another, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was reportedly charged with conspiring to buy thousands of U.S.-made assault rifles and illegally import them into Iran.
Amin Ravan was charged with smuggling U.S. military antennas to Hong Kong and Singapore for use in Iran. According to Politico, he was also responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. “U.S. authorities also believe he was part of a procurement network providing Iran with high-tech components for an especially deadly type of IED used by Shiite militias to kill hundreds of American troops in Iraq,” Politico wrote.
The report also found that Obama’s Iran deal destroyed counter-proliferation efforts that ultimately made Iran’s path to nuclear arms easier.
Additionally, Breitbart News has published new findings indicating that the Iranian regime is violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA (the formal name for the nuclear deal).
Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), presented satellite imagery and intelligence on Friday in Washington, said to be provided by informants working covertly inside the Iranian military. The intelligence indicates Iran has not only continued their efforts to develop nuclear arms, but expand those efforts.
Jafarzadeh noted that NCRI’s satellite imagery was focused on the Parchin military base. Parchin (as well as other facilities) were deemed “off-limits” to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These locations are the same sites where the Iranian regime had previously developed its nuclear program.
How Iran was able to designate these specific locations as “off-limits” to inspectors has been a major point of concern since the signing of the deal.
“We are talking about an extensive covert operation by the Iranian regime,” Jafarzadeh said. “Our information shows that their activities have been continuing in full gear despite the JCPOA.”
Donald Trump, as both a candidate and president, has called the JCPOA the worst deal in history. It looks like he has been right all along.