The other side of the “swap”

Politico now has the other side of the Obama hostage release “swap”:

“As part of a prisoner swap with Iran, President Barack Obama granted clemency to seven men of Iranian origin either facing criminal charges in U.S. courts or already serving time in U.S. prison, an American official confirmed Saturday.”

The article continues:

“While an official confirmed Obama issued seven grants of clemency in the deal with the Iranians, spokespeople at the Justice Department and the White House did not immediately release the names of those spared in the U.S. legal system.

However, Iran’s Fars news agency released seven names, which correspond with U.S. court records on pending or recent cases.

Obama appeared to have granted rare, pre-trial pardons to three men awaiting trial in Houston for violating U.S. export laws by shipping high-tech equipment to Iran: Bahram Mechanic and Tooraj Faridi of Houston and Khosrow Afghahi of Los Angeles.

On Saturday, prosecutors moved to drop charges against Matin Sadeghi, a fugitive in the same case who was being sought in a wanted poster available on the FBI website. A court filing said the move was undertaken “based on significant foreign policy interests of the United States.””

And in typical Obama administration obfuscation the 7 turns into more:

“A U.S. official confirmed charges were dropped in cases involving 14 individuals. The moves will allow those individuals to travel more freely outside Iran.

“The United States also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful,” the official said.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/01/iran-deal-obama-grants-clemency-to-seven-217879#ixzz3xSqKckwo

 

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9 responses to “The other side of the “swap”

  1. Robert

    I have become so angry and frustrated by all the Obama subterfuge and lying treachery that I can’t even write about it. Maybe that is the idea behind it all…flood the zone until nobody pays attention any more. One thing I do know -Barack Obama is a traitor. Our military takes an oath to defend the Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic. Obama and his people and their apologists represent domestic threats. If active duty military in sufficient numbers and high enough rank don’t put country over career soon, we are finished as America. Only they can do it. If it takes civil war…so be it. I have had some experience there.

  2. JK

    @ Kinnison … et al

    But not the post itself … the comments

    http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2016/01/adrift.html

    • Robert

      Those comments are what I am talking about…somebody(s) active duty must start talking as soon as they can reach land and have opportunity to talk freely and securely. Active duty must act, especially the senior ranks.

  3. Well, the media focused on the “happy” administration narrative with the “Peace in our Time” meme. Kerry, with media complicity, gloried in doing his smug, self-righteous self-promotion bit to get Nobel peace prize notice…… When reality smacks them in the face, it will be a b****…. Wonder what kind of deal these kidnappers in Iraq will demand – the blind Sheikh perhaps or maybe the rest of the GITMO detainees.

  4. JK

    “Wonder what kind of deal these kidnappers in Iraq will demand … ?”

    Well LB … the search for the kidnapped is as I understand focused on the area of Sadr City. That word “Sadr” – ring any bells?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqtada_al-Sadr

    (Somehow I rather doubt it’ll be the GITMO guys – they being almost to a man, Wahabbi and/or Salafi Sunnis – these “Iraqi” kidnappers are interested in.)

    • You can be sure that with Kerry on his “Peace in our Time” diplomatic victory march, whatever they ask for, it shall be granted, then denied by Kerry, et al.

      Iran sure pegged this administration as spineless dupes.

  5. Robert

    …and now we are hearing that the Obama Junta is considering demoting retired general Petraeus one rank long after his retirement? They mean to keep him silent. By this they also sent a shot across the bow of the Navy and the fleet commander in Bahrain as well as the sailors with knowledge of the Persian Gulf two step. Something has to give.

  6. Robert, This looks like a game of chicken.

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