Inspired to Stop Terrorism, Congressman Continues to Fight Iran Deal
For decades United States is among the countries, which has massively suffered from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI’s) sponsorship of terrorism worldwide. It has all started in 1979 when Islamic regime ordered the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in which 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. Later in 1983 the suicide bombing of U.S. military barracks in Beirut executed by the Islamic Jihad Organization, an Iranian regime’s terror proxy, left 299 Americans dead. The Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 carried out by IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah resulted in death of 19 U.S. service men. 60% of all American combat casualties in Iraq and 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by IRI-made IEDs. More importantly the footprint of IRI’s terrorism in America has become more apparent when the U.S. District Court Rules Iran Behind 9/11 Attacks.
American soldiers bring hope and leave graves in every corner of the world; they take bullets to protect the national interests of the country. Their lives are shattered to keep democracy alive. To commander-in-chief they are like his family members and their deaths are implied as loss of family members to him. An effective commander-in-chief doesn’t negotiate and doesn’t deal with the terrorists who continuously murder his family members; he does exactly what must be done with the murderers, holding them accountable by arresting and putting them on trial. That is what a real commander-in-chief, who cares about the lost lives of his soldiers, does. [DID]
Rep. Patrick Meehan is not fond of giving up.
“I’d like to have [Obama] administration officials over telling us why they believe it’s in the best interests of the United States of America to return money to terrorists who may use it to create more victims,” Meehan, R-Pa., said of his legislation to force Iran to pay for acts of terror it sponsored.
The bill—called the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act and likely to go to a vote Wednesday—is a pointed response to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which narrowly cleared Congress.
Meehan’s legislation signals that Republicans aren’t done fighting back against the deal, even if they can’t stop it.
Leaders from the seven nations, including Iran, that reached the nuclear deal met Monday at the United Nations to discuss its finalization, outlining an early 2016 “implementation.”
At that meeting, the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani praised the agreement as the beginning of “a new chapter that has started in Iran’s relations with the world.”
As world leaders lauded the pact, Meehan introduced his bill in Washington.
In essence it demands that, before economic sanctions against Iran are lifted, the Islamic regime pay victims of state-sponsored terrorism about $43 billion owed as the result of more than 80 rulings by federal judges.
“We’re putting our victims to the side if we enable these dollars to be returned to Iran without any attachment to them,” Meehan said in a telephone interview with The Daily Signal.
Meehan said allowing Iran access to previously frozen accounts almost guarantees families of victims such as Chief Petty Officer Robert Stethem will never see millions of dollars already awarded to them by judges. Stethem was executed by Hezbollah terrorists in a 1985 hijacking that reportedly was funded by Iran.
Meehan dubs his effort Not One Cent.
For the Iran deal to move forward, the Pennsylvania Republican argues, Obama should have to waive the right of victims and their families to the funds awarded. Meehan said the president either should “certify to Congress that Iran is no longer engaged in acts of terror” or “state that it’s in the best interest [of] the United States of America” to waive the judgments.
Meehan, a former prosecutor who chaired a House cybersecurity panel, told The Daily Signal:
Look, these are Marines who died protecting our barracks, these are American citizens who were sitting in cafes in Israel, these are people who were hijacked in planes and murdered in cold blood after being tortured. It’s some small measure of accountability that [Iran] should be required to pay [these families] before the very money we now have some influence over is returned.
Meehan also argues that a precedent exists: In 2008, President George W. Bush refused to lift sanctions against Libya until victims of Libyan-funded terror, including the Lockerbie bombing, were awarded reparations.
“If it has been done in the past, why wasn’t it done this time?” Meehan said. “I think that’s a legitimate question to ask.”
Will he continue to fight the nuclear accord if his bill doesn’t pass? Meehan suggested other Republicans may step in:
There are other conversations going with state attorneys general who have their own sanction regimes in place that would be affected [by the deal]. So there could be other ways in which other issues similar to this will be raised if this deal moves forward.
Source: Daily Signal – International/News
September 29, 2015
Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act
This bill prohibits the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions against Iran under any provision of law, or refraining from applying sanctions pursuant to requirements under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) for any nuclear agreement with Iran, until the President has certified to Congress that Iran has paid each judgment:
- that was brought against it, or against it and any other country;
- for which Iran was not immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts under specified terrorism exceptions to immunity under the judicial code; and
- that was entered during the period March 4, 2000-May 22, 2015.