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house Bill H.R. 5931

Do Cash Payments to Iran for "Ransom" Need to be Stopped?

Argument in favor

The U.S. government shouldn’t be giving cash to Iran as ransom for hostages while it continues to launder money and finance terrorism, and Congress needs to act to ensure that it doesn’t.

Loraki's Opinion
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10/01/2016
YES! Money to Iran is, in effect, supporting Islamic supremacy and Islamic terrorism! I strongly object to taxpayers' money going to any nation that hates us and supports terrorists. That includes countries like Saudi Arabia, who pretends to be our ally, but who doesn't act like a TRUE friend. They, too, are Islamic supremacists! I'm tired of their paying for mosques to be built here in America! They know Shariah law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, but they don't care! They are subsidizing civilization jihad, which amounts to stabbing us in the back. The money Obama sent to Iran was a huge money laundering scheme! Like Countable member Edward recommended: "If a payment is owed to Iran deliver it with a B-52 an pack it in the bomb bay along with a *MOAB, So they understand just what they have coming." *GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast A US large-yield thermobaric bomb The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_Massive_Ordnance_Air_Blast Cruz: White House Orchestrated Money Laundering Operation for Iran • Obama admin: Iran forced U.S. to pay out in cash By Adam Kredo, September 8, 2016 2:00 pm The Obama administration orchestrated a “money laundering operation” on Iran’s behalf, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tx.) told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday following testimony by top U.S. officials who disclosed that the Islamic Republic forced the United States to pay $1.7 billion in cash prior to the release of several American hostages. Senior Obama administration officials, under the threat of a subpoena, were forced to appear on Capitol Hill early Thursday to face questions about the circumstances behind a $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran that has been widely viewed as a ransom. Under questioning from lawmakers, officials from the State, Treasury, and Justice Departments said Iran insisted the money be paid out in cash by the United States prior to the release of several U.S. hostages. “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. Cruz, a leading critic of the administration’s diplomacy with Tehran, expressed outrage at this admission, telling the Free Beaconthat the Obama administration is guilty of laundering U.S. funds for Iran. “This testimony only confirms what reasonable people had already concluded about the Obama administration’s cash transaction with the Islamic Republic of Iran: This was a ransom paid to a rogue regime determined to spend it on terrorist attacks on America and our allies,” Cruz said. “The mullahs wanted cash so it would be immediately accessible and untraceable, and the administration agreed because they didn’t want there to be proof the Iranians were using it for terrorism. It was, essentially, a money laundering operation,” Cruz added. Top administration officials said Iran would not provide a guarantee that the money would not be spent on terrorism operations. The cash was delivered to Iranian officials in Europe and then brought back to Tehran, officials said. After converting the U.S. funds into European bank notes and cash, the money was given to an “official from the Central Bank of Iran for transfer to Tehran,” according to Ahern, who explained that “the funds were under U.S. government control until their disbursement.” The remaining $1.3 billion was withdrawn from a U.S. taxpayer fund operated by the Treasury Department and sent to Europe. Once there, the money was converted into foreign currency and transferred to a representative of Iran’s central bank on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. The administration officials only agreed to testify before Congress after being threatened with a subpoena. Lawmakers on the House’s Financial Services Committee disclosed that the administration has so far failed to produce key documents pertaining to the cash payment. When asked if Iran was forced to provide “guarantees the money would not be used for terrorism,” a top State Department official said it was not. “I’m not aware of any guarantees,” stated Christopher Backemeyer, a deputy assistant secretary for Iranian affairs at the State Department. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/cruz-white-house-orchestrated-money-laundering-operation-iran/
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operaman's Opinion
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10/02/2016
Need you even ask! But only fools like Obama would try it again. I recommend placing bars around WH to keep the felon inside. Can't even lie without screwing up. Isn't it ironic that the US has laws concerning ransoms. Time for an inditement.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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10/02/2016
The handling of this affair is just another confirmation that we have incompetent people running this country. I do not buy that the timing of events was coincidental.
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Argument opposed

The $400 million wasn’t a ransom payment, the executive branch needed to settle an old arms deal with Iran as part of the nuclear agreement and the timing was purely coincidental.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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10/04/2016
Can congress be any more stupid? This was not US money. No ransom was paid. Iranian money returned to Iran. That's all this is. You're permitting the GOP to make a mountain over a non-issue, just like voting fraud. Nothing to see, folks.
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John's Opinion
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10/09/2016
The US is not paying cash to Iran for ransom. That's just a silly Right Wing Extremist meme. Let Congress, once it actually gets back to work, direct its attention to a real issue and quit playing partisan games.
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Randall's Opinion
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10/07/2016
The US did not, repeat, DID NOT pay a ransom. This is court ordered money owed to Iran from years ago. The Republicans are trying to make Orange Juice with Lemons. This is not necessary.
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      senate Committees
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  • The house Passed September 23rd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 254 Yea / 163 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 6th, 2016

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    YES! Money to Iran is, in effect, supporting Islamic supremacy and Islamic terrorism! I strongly object to taxpayers' money going to any nation that hates us and supports terrorists. That includes countries like Saudi Arabia, who pretends to be our ally, but who doesn't act like a TRUE friend. They, too, are Islamic supremacists! I'm tired of their paying for mosques to be built here in America! They know Shariah law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, but they don't care! They are subsidizing civilization jihad, which amounts to stabbing us in the back. The money Obama sent to Iran was a huge money laundering scheme! Like Countable member Edward recommended: "If a payment is owed to Iran deliver it with a B-52 an pack it in the bomb bay along with a *MOAB, So they understand just what they have coming." *GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast A US large-yield thermobaric bomb The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_Massive_Ordnance_Air_Blast Cruz: White House Orchestrated Money Laundering Operation for Iran • Obama admin: Iran forced U.S. to pay out in cash By Adam Kredo, September 8, 2016 2:00 pm The Obama administration orchestrated a “money laundering operation” on Iran’s behalf, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tx.) told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday following testimony by top U.S. officials who disclosed that the Islamic Republic forced the United States to pay $1.7 billion in cash prior to the release of several American hostages. Senior Obama administration officials, under the threat of a subpoena, were forced to appear on Capitol Hill early Thursday to face questions about the circumstances behind a $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran that has been widely viewed as a ransom. Under questioning from lawmakers, officials from the State, Treasury, and Justice Departments said Iran insisted the money be paid out in cash by the United States prior to the release of several U.S. hostages. “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. Cruz, a leading critic of the administration’s diplomacy with Tehran, expressed outrage at this admission, telling the Free Beaconthat the Obama administration is guilty of laundering U.S. funds for Iran. “This testimony only confirms what reasonable people had already concluded about the Obama administration’s cash transaction with the Islamic Republic of Iran: This was a ransom paid to a rogue regime determined to spend it on terrorist attacks on America and our allies,” Cruz said. “The mullahs wanted cash so it would be immediately accessible and untraceable, and the administration agreed because they didn’t want there to be proof the Iranians were using it for terrorism. It was, essentially, a money laundering operation,” Cruz added. Top administration officials said Iran would not provide a guarantee that the money would not be spent on terrorism operations. The cash was delivered to Iranian officials in Europe and then brought back to Tehran, officials said. After converting the U.S. funds into European bank notes and cash, the money was given to an “official from the Central Bank of Iran for transfer to Tehran,” according to Ahern, who explained that “the funds were under U.S. government control until their disbursement.” The remaining $1.3 billion was withdrawn from a U.S. taxpayer fund operated by the Treasury Department and sent to Europe. Once there, the money was converted into foreign currency and transferred to a representative of Iran’s central bank on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. The administration officials only agreed to testify before Congress after being threatened with a subpoena. Lawmakers on the House’s Financial Services Committee disclosed that the administration has so far failed to produce key documents pertaining to the cash payment. When asked if Iran was forced to provide “guarantees the money would not be used for terrorism,” a top State Department official said it was not. “I’m not aware of any guarantees,” stated Christopher Backemeyer, a deputy assistant secretary for Iranian affairs at the State Department. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/cruz-white-house-orchestrated-money-laundering-operation-iran/
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    Can congress be any more stupid? This was not US money. No ransom was paid. Iranian money returned to Iran. That's all this is. You're permitting the GOP to make a mountain over a non-issue, just like voting fraud. Nothing to see, folks.
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    The US is not paying cash to Iran for ransom. That's just a silly Right Wing Extremist meme. Let Congress, once it actually gets back to work, direct its attention to a real issue and quit playing partisan games.
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    The handling of this affair is just another confirmation that we have incompetent people running this country. I do not buy that the timing of events was coincidental.
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    Need you even ask! But only fools like Obama would try it again. I recommend placing bars around WH to keep the felon inside. Can't even lie without screwing up. Isn't it ironic that the US has laws concerning ransoms. Time for an inditement.
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    The US did not, repeat, DID NOT pay a ransom. This is court ordered money owed to Iran from years ago. The Republicans are trying to make Orange Juice with Lemons. This is not necessary.
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    First of all let's get one thing straight. The money given to Iran was money they had in us banks before it was frozen by the us. When the nuclear deal was concluded the us government simply gave it back. End of story
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    It's already illegal. How sad is the state of our govt when we need to make laws on top of laws to deal with this administration
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    There is a reason our country hasn't negotiated with terrorists (until our current administration). Paying off sponsors of terror only encourage more kidnappings and terror attacks.
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    Cash payments are an incentive to kidnap more U S citizens.
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    That money belonged to the Iranian government. The US froze their money in US banks and kept it until the nuclear deal was struck. There was no ransom paid for the navy men, they were kept in good health and returned as promised. Please anyone who supports this bill, do a little bit of research on the subject.
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    It wasn't ransom. It was Iran's money. We as a nation need to stop creating and maintaining enemies. The best way to make countries do what we want is to be friends with them.
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    We give billions of dollars to Israel knowing full well that they will use it while contravening international laws. Assuming for the sake of argument that the payment to Iran was not the payment of a legal obligation that it was, why should we hold Iran to a higher standard than we hold Israel?
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    Bribery, cronyism and abuse of Constitution need to end! This would allow us to prosecute, except under this FBI, those that are traitors to the Republic.
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    This question is kind of absurd the way it is written because it is written to assume that there even was a ransom payment! The payment and hostages were unrelated, except for the fact that they were both resolved around the same time and so became related negotiating instruments.
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    This question has to be rhetorical since the payment of ransom to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, is ludicrous.
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    Isn't it their money?
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    Honestly, they never should have been started. So, yes they should stop immediately. Any money that we give them is bringing them closer to a nuclear arsenal.
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    Stop giving money to dictators.
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    Duh. Makes the rest of us targets.
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