Obama, Kerry pat selves on backs after freeing Iranian national security risks


Obama and Iran's Supreme Leader (Ayatollah) are up to their necks in dishonesty over nuclear weapons and terrorism, say critics.
Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah) are up to their necks in dishonesty over nuclear weapons and terrorism, say critics.

President Barack Obama traded seven Iranians charged with violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran as part of a historic prisoner agreement with Iran that freed four Americans Saturday. The Iranians were imprisoned or were indicted and awaiting adjudication in United States federal court. The U.S. government also dismissed charges against 14 other Iranians. all outside the United States, with the Obama administration claiming extradition requests would not have met with success.

President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry have been playing their cards close to the vest about the trade, preferring to pat one another on the back regarding the return of the four American prisoners as well as the release of 10 U.S. Navy personnel abducted by the Iranian military. They both have also claimed the Iranians being traded for the American prisoners are not terrorists but were arrested and convicted for violation of U.S. sanctions against the rogue nation of Iran.



However, a closer examination of these Iranians being returned to the Islamist republic reveals that they stole classified military and industrial information and gave it to the Iranian government. Also, in some cases the theft of documents and items were intended to assist Iran’s scientists in their development of nuclear weapons.

Despite President Obama’s and Secretary John Kerry’s enthusiasm in pushing a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran—an agreement a majority of lawmakers and Americans oppose — the Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami. boasted to the government-funded Fars News Agency that his military has created advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. 

Gen. Salami claimed that the UAVs, commonly called “drones,” are capable flying 3,000 kilometers—or 1,864 miles—to conduct stealth reconnaissance or to take part in combat missions, according to the Iranian news media. It’s also believed that the Iranians got help from Iranian Americans working for U.S. military contractors in developing their drones.

For example, one of those being traded is Nader Modanlo who became a legal citizen and was well-known in his field of mechanical engineering. However, while working for private companies, NASA and the Pentagon he assisted the Iranian military in launching its first orbiting satellite. Modanlo admitted in court that he was internationally recognized for his expertise in strategic policy  affecting the space-based telecommunications industry.

Another Iranian who held dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship, Bahram Mechanic, was indicted in 2014 for illegally sending Iran more than $50 million in U.S. classified technological plans. He helped the Iranian Ministry of Defense, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the Iranian Centrifuge Technology Company, according to the FBI and Justice Department.

“The technology Mechanic sold to Iran is used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles. Between July 2010 and 2015, Mechanic’s network allegedly obtained 28 million parts valued at about $24 million worth and shipped them to Iran through Taiwan and Turkey. Among the parts shipped were microelectronics and digital signal processors,” according to the indictment.




Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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