posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 11:34 AM
You remember all the hoopla about the pallet load of "laundered" cash showing up on pallets in Iran, sent by the U.S. administration, circumvented
through Switzerland and the Netherlands, then sent through intermediary European central banks. It was $400,000,000!
The total handed over to Iran altogether (that we know about) turned out to be $1.7 billion dollars after which receiving, Iran announced they were
going to expand their military and defense budget by almost that exact amount.
The reason Obama gave for sending the 400 million dollars in cash was that Iran, under sanctions, could not access the international banking system.
Obama said, “[T]he reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions and we do not have a banking
relationship with Iran that we couldn’t send them a check and we could not wire the money.”
Well, it turns out that on at least two occasions prior to this, money had been wired to Iran with no problem. Once in July of 2015, $848,000 was
wired to the Islamic republic for some settled claim over architectural drawings and fossils that are now housed in a Tehran museum.
Then again, last April, $9 million was wired to them for removal of 32 metric tons of heavy water which is used to produce plutonium. This wire was
made after partial sanctions were lifted in the implementation of the nuclear agreement.
So, the bullspit argument that we didn't have a way to get the $400,000,000 to them any way but cash is totally bogus!
Here's what Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma said:
“Oh, I don’t have any question that Iran wants the money in cash because they wanted it faster than what a wire transfer would be and it’s
fungible,” Lankford said. “They announced pretty quickly afterward that they were expanding their defense and their military budget by $1.7
billion dollars, an exact amount that we had just sent over to them. So I don’t think that was accidental.”
“But when you give cash, we can’t track,” he continued. “Did that go to Hezbollah? Did that go to the Russians? Did that go to the coup in
Yemen? There’s no way to be able to track that.”