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Obama Administration and Hezbollah Drug Running

Long but critical to read. Borders on treason and cost American lives in the US and abroad.

https://www.politico.com/interactive...investigation/

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In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.
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Project Cassandra members say administration officials also blocked or undermined their efforts to go after other top Hezbollah operatives including one nicknamed the ‘Ghost
The Ghost
One of the most mysterious alleged associates of Safieddine, secretly indicted by the U.S., linked to multi-ton U.S.-bound cocaine loads and weapons shipments to Middle East.,” allowing them to remain active despite being under sealed U.S. indictment for years. People familiar with his case say the Ghost has been one of the world’s biggest cocaine traffickers, including to the U.S., as well as a major supplier of conventional and chemical weapons for use by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his people.
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One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”
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As a result, the U.S. government lost insight into not only drug trafficking and other criminal activity worldwide, but also into Hezbollah’s illicit conspiracies with top officials in the Iranian, Syrian, Venezuelan and Russian governments — all the way up to presidents Nicolas Maduro, Assad and Putin, according to former task force members and other current and former U.S. officials.
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The derailment of Project Cassandra also has undermined U.S. efforts to determine how much cocaine from the various Hezbollah-affiliated networks is coming into the United States, especially from Venezuela, where dozens of top civilian and military officials have been under investigation for more than a decade. Recently, the Trump administration designated the country’s vice president, a close ally of Hezbollah and of Lebanese-Syrian descent, as a global narcotics kingpin.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah — in league with Iran — continues to undermine U.S. interests in Iraq, Syria and throughout wide swaths of Latin America and Africa, including providing weapons and training to anti-American Shiite militias. And Safieddine, the Ghost and other associates continue to play central roles in the trafficking of drugs and weapons, current and former U.S. officials believe.
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Joumaa Ayman Saied Joumaa
Accused drug kingpin and financier whose vast network allegedly smuggled tons of cocaine into the U.S. with Mexico’s Zetas cartel and laundered money.’s network rang alarm bells in Washington when agents discovered he was working with Mexico’s brutal Los Zetas cartel to move multi-ton loads of cocaine directly into the United States, and washing $200 million a month in criminal proceeds with the help of 300 or so used car dealerships. The network would funnel huge amounts of money to the dealerships to purchase used cars, which would then be shipped to Benin, on Africa’s west coast.
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As the task force investigators intensified their focus on Safieddine, they were contacted out of the blue by Asher
David Asher
Veteran U.S. illicit finance expert sent from Pentagon to Project Cassandra to attack the alleged Hezbollah criminal enterprise., the Defense Department official, who was at Special Operations Command tracking the money used to provide ragtag Iraqi Shiite militias with sophisticated weapons for use against U.S. troops, including the new and lethal IED known as the “Explosively Formed Penetrator.” The armor-piercing charges were so powerful that they were ripping M1 Abrams tanks in half.

“Nobody had seen weapons like these,” Asher told POLITICO. “They could blow the side off a building.”

Asher’s curiosity had been piqued by evidence linking the IED network to phone numbers intercepted in the Colombia investigation. Before long, he traced the unusual alliance to a number allegedly used by Safieddine in Iran.

“I had no clue who he was,” Asher recalled. “But this guy was sending money into Iraq, to kill American soldiers.”
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The Obama team “really, really, really wanted the deal,” the former officer said.

As a result, “We were making concessions that had never been made before, which is outrageous to anyone in the agency,” the former intelligence officer said, adding that the orders from Washington especially infuriated CIA officers in the field who knew that Hezbollah “was still doing assassinations and other terrorist activities.”

That allegation was contested vehemently by the former senior Obama national security official who played a role in the Iran nuclear negotiations. “That the Iranians would ask for a favor in this realm and that we would acquiesce is ludicrous,” he said.
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Oh my.
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The media will bury this story - wait for it ~

Trump drank how many diet cokes today !
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This is way worse than Fast and Furious. This resulted in drug violence in the US and Mexico. Arms were bought that were used to kill Americans, Israelis and other allies. Links between Iran and Russia/Syria/Venezuela and their funding of international terrorism were covered up and drugs were allowed to enter the country and be sold to our kids.

But, airline ticket transparency and net neutrality or we are all going to die.
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I missed this first time around. Collusion with the Russians? Obama let Putin's guy walk in order to not upset Iran. Unbelievable.

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(aka Fayyad). Ukraine-based arms merchant suspected of being a Hezbollah operative moving large amounts of weapons to Syria. , a suspected top Hezbollah operative whom agents believed reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a key supplier of weapons to Syria and Iraq, was arrested in Prague in the spring of 2014. But for the nearly two years Fayad was in custody, top Obama administration officials declined to apply serious pressure on the Czech government to extradite him to the United States, even as Putin was lobbying aggressively against it.

Fayad, who had been indicted in U.S. courts on charges of planning the murders of U.S. government employees, attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and attempting to acquire, transfer and use anti-aircraft missiles, was ultimately sent to Beirut. He is now believed by U.S. officials to be back in business, and helping to arm militants in Syria and elsewhere with Russian heavy weapons.
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The media will bury this story - wait for it ~

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Not only will the Democratic media bury this story deeper than a welldigger's arse, they will also try to seek out and punish the whistleblowers who broke the story. The track record is pretty clear on that.
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Not only will the Democratic media bury this story deeper than a welldigger's arse, they will also try to seek out and punish the whistleblowers who broke the story. The track record is pretty clear on that.
The expression is "colder than a welldigger's ass."

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The expression is "colder than a welldigger's ass."
I could care less.

I do like Tom Waits, though.
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Here ya go, Dan-O.

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I could care less.

I do like Tom Waits, though.
I could not care less. Or were you doing that on purpose?
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I could care less.

I do like Tom Waits, though.
It's couldn't care less.

Love Tom Waits. The welldigger's ass lyric is in that song.
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PDS, I will check out the link. I'm having trouble seeing straight from final grades. Free after commencement tonight.
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PDS, I will check out the link. I'm having trouble seeing straight from final grades. Free after commencement tonight.
Thanks. I just started my vacation a couple of hours ago. Going to celebrate my birthday this week, as well. One year closer to retiring to Guanajuato, si Dios quiere.
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Not only will the Democratic media bury this story deeper than a welldigger's arse, they will also try to seek out and punish the whistleblowers who broke the story. The track record is pretty clear on that.

Isn't Politico Democrat media?
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Isn't Politico Democrat media?
Tends to be middle-left but has never shied away from stories of importance.

They also broke the story of Hillary's campaign taking over the DNC and screwing Bernie.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/st...ks-2016-215774

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