Targeting Terrorists’ Money Networks

On Friday The Washington Free Beacon posted an article about efforts to track and block the movement of funds by terrorists.

The article reports:

The Trump administration needs to significantly rebuild and expand law enforcement agencies’ ability to target and take down terrorist financing networks after President Obama systematically disbanded the work in an attempt to ease relations with Iran for the nuclear deal, according to former senior U.S. officials with decades of experience in the field.

There was a mass exodus of top officials who spent years trying to bolster the U.S. government’s ability to target these terrorist networks’ illicit financing after the Obama administration dismantled their investigative units over the past several years, these experts say.

…”Our Department of Justice must rebuild, properly fund, and expand capabilities and investigations” against Hezbollah, and their friends and partners in leadership of the governments of Venezuela and North Korea, said David Asher, a former adviser to Gen. John Allen at Defense and State Departments who now sits on the board of advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.

If the U.S. can successfully “crush” a criminal organization’s financial network, it will significantly increase the chances of disrupting their illicit activities, said Derek Maltz, executive director of government relations at Pen-Link.

It is becoming obvious that President Obama ‘gave away the store’ in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. I suspect that as time goes on, we will see more concessions made to Iran that were a danger to America in addition to the money paid to release hostages held by Iran.

The article goes on to show links between drug running and money-laundering operations and terrorist organizations. Please follow the link above to read the entire article. Now is the time to cut off the funds from terrorist organizations.

I Don’t Think This Was The Way The Agreement Was Supposed To Work

Yesterday John Hinderaker at Power Line posted an article about a recent statement by Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

The article reports:

Behrouz Kamalvandi warned the US and other world powers that Tehran can return its nuclear program to conditions before the July deal much faster than estimated by them.

“Since the beginning, we have foreseen measures for return scenarios and if needed, we are ready to create conditions rapidly that will certainly surprise the other side,” Kamalvandi said on Thursday.

“If we decide to return to the past conditions for the other side’s non-compliance to the nuclear deal, naturally, we can have highly good conditions rapidly using advanced centrifuges,” he added.

Why in the world did we give them all that money if they obviously have no intentions of actually living up to their end of the bargain?