Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Obama's Dangerous, Secret Deal to Secure his Iran Agreement

Obama's Dangerous, Secret Deal to Secure his Iran Agreement

When it released seven men as part of a prisoner swap with Iran, the Obama Administration hid the fact that some were accused by Obama's own Justice Department of posing threats to national security, according to a report Monday.

The Obama administration a year ago released seven Iranians to the terrorist nation, some who were considered a threat to the national security of the United States by the former president's own Justice Department, Politico reported. As part of the Iran deal, the United States agreed to release some of its Iranian prisoners in exchange for some of Iran's American prisoners.

Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with USA -made microelectronics that can be used in surface-to-air cruise missiles, Politico reported. As part of the deal, USA officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.

Politico also claims it discovered criminal cases were dropped against 14 fugitives including one who was accused of acquiring thousands of parts for Iran with potential nuclear applications and sending them through China. These included sensors for centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the activity that led to sanctions on Iran. However, according to the Politico investigation, three of those men were deemed a "threat to national security by the President's own Justice Department".

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He said peace and stability in the region is for the benefit of all countries; "today the Taliban and ISIL are getting stronger in the region and we need to fight with them by the cooperation of all countries in the world and region". "And then they didn't give a full story of it". The move fits into a broader slowdown within the administration, before and during negotiations for the 2015 nuclear deal, of investigations and detentions of Iranians involved in illicit procurement efforts.

And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and global arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives. But the requests weren't approved and the targets vanished, depriving the USA of some of its best opportunities to gain insight into the workings of Tehran's nuclear, missile and military programs, the sources said.

"How much damage was done to the law enforcement side of this from us pulling back from these prosecutions?" "Without that kind of strategic insight, it leaves our analysts, but more importantly, our policy-makers just guessing at what Iran is up to and how to stop it". David Albright, of the Institute for Science and International Security, said to Politico.

Albright, a former weapons inspector who is regularly in contact with federal authorities, told Politico that he was informed of several cases where the State Department refused to approve memos allowing the Justice Department to lure suspects to locations where they could be arrested.

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