Former President Obama is being criticized for allowing Hezbollah – a terrorist organization linked to Iran – to continue its international crime efforts including money laundering and illegal drug sales because of the Iran nuclear deal.
Arrests of key Hezbollah players were blocked and the entire investigation ended after Obama negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran.
The investigative effort called Project Cassandra started in 2008 and was led by Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Daily Mail reports:
The Obama administration has been accused of sabotaging an operation to stop Hezbollah smuggling drugs into the US so that the nuclear deal with Iran could proceed.
In a stunning exposé by Politico, the former President’s Justice Department is said to have facilitated the Lebanese terror group’s trafficking and money laundering operations by blocking the arrest of key Hezbollah figures.
The Daily Mail concludes:
DEA agents claim the Obama administration stopped them arresting key figures linked to Hezbollah as an agreement on the Iran nuclear deal approached – and scrapped Project Cassandra entirely once the terms were agreed in 2015.
Politico’s exclusive story provides background on the issue:
But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.
It’s absolutely outrageous Obama did not stop terrorists from obtaining huge sums of money from U.S. illegal drug sales.