Justice Department Objected To Obama's $400 Million Iran "Ransom Payment"

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Just when the Obama administration thought that Hillary and Trump had distracted the media enough from the farcical $400 million 'payment' to Iran that 'coincided' with the delivery of four hostages, The Wall Street Journal reports senior Justice Department officials raised objections to the Iran cash handover- warning it "would look like a ransom payment."

As a reminder, The Hill reported that, President Obama chastised the press for their coverage of the payment, noting that the deal with Iran was announced months ago as part of a larger diplomatic settlement.

"This wasn’t some nefarious deal," Obama said.


“It’s been interesting to watch this story surface,” the president said. “Some of you may recall, we announced these payments in January. Many months ago. There wasn’t a secret, we announced them to all of you.”


"What we have is the manufacturing of outrage on a story that we disclosed in January,” he added later.


"The notion that we would somehow start now in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other families whose loved ones are being held hostage and say to them, ‘we don’t pay ransom,’ defies logic," Obama said.

Defies logic indeed - because having slammed the press for suggesting this was a "ransom payment," we discover that is exactly what The Justice Department warned...

In his remarks, the president didn’t mention the objections raised by his own appointees within the Justice Department, where, according to people familiar with the discussions, many officials raised alarms that the timing of the cash payment would look like ransom. (via WSJ)

The head of the national security division at the Justice Department was among the agency’s senior officials who objected to paying Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in cash at the same time that Tehran was releasing American prisoners, according to people familiar with the discussions.


John Carlin, a Senate-confirmed administration appointee, raised concerns when the State Department notified Justice officials of its plan to deliver to Iran a planeful of cash, saying it would be viewed as a ransom payment, these people said. A number of other high-ranking Justice officials voiced similar concerns as the negotiations proceeded, they said.


The U.S. paid Iran $400 million in cash on Jan. 17 as part of a larger $1.7 billion settlement of a failed 1979 arms deal between the U.S. and Iran that was announced that day. Also on that day, Iran released four detained Americans in exchange for the U.S.’s releasing from prison—or dropping charges against—Iranians charged with violating sanctions laws. U.S. officials have said the swap was agreed upon in separate talks.


The objection of senior Justice Department officials was that Iranian officials were likely to view the $400 million payment as ransom, thereby undercutting a longstanding U.S. policy that the government doesn’t pay ransom for American hostages, these people said. The policy is based on a concern that paying ransom could encourage more Americans to become targets for hostage-takers.

Of course the official line now from the Justice Department is that the agency “fully supported the ultimate outcome of the administration’s resolution of several issues with Iran," including the settlement of the long-running arms case, “as well as the return of U.S. citizens detained in Iran."

The Wall Street Journal notes that the department has declined to discuss interagency deliberations.

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As a reminder, the four hostages that were allegedly exchanged for the $400 million ransom are the following.

L to R: Matt Trevithick (Photo Credit Robin Wright) Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian
(Photo Credit AP), Saeed Abedini (News 4).

And last week, one of the US Iranian hostage shown above, Saeed Abidini, spoke to FOX Business and explained that the Iranian regime would not let his plane leave Tehran until the ransom plane arrived, Gateway Pundit reports.

They waited on the tarmac for hours.

Saeed Abidini: I just remember the night at the airport sitting for hours and hours there and I asked police— why you not letting us go — And he told me we are waiting for another plane and if that plane take off we gonna let you go.


Trish Regan: You slept there at the airport?


Abidini: Yes, for a night. They told us you going to be there for 20 minutes but it took hours and hours. And I ask them why you don’t let us go, because the — was there, pilot was there, everyone was there to leave the country. And he said we are waiting for another plane so if that plane doesn’t come we never let us go.

As far as we are aware there has still been no official confirmation of the timing of the arrival of the payments and the departure of the hostages... and maybe, just maybe, reporters were not so crazy to 'think' that this was indeed a hostage ransom.

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Theta_Burn's picture

You don't say.

Objected via fax?

And the consequence is?

WordSmith2013's picture


There is so much more to this ransom than anyone knows!




Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed ‘High Level’ of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment
HopefulCynical's picture

...and the Shitshow slides merrily along...

macholatte's picture

Phone rings ....

Justice Dude: Hey, Dude!
State Dude: Yo, Dude!
Justice Dude: Hey man. Like, a , you know that 400 mil you guys are planning to pay Iran to get the hostages released.
State Dude: Yea.
Justice Dude: Well, like, you know that might not look too good.
State Dude: Yea. We know. Somebody asked Barry about it.
Justice Dude: Yea. What’d he say.
State Dude: Fuck Off!
Justice Dude: Cool.
State Dude: Later
Justice Dude: Later

Theta_Burn's picture

Kind of reminds me of when Barrack was on TV during the 1rst dept ceiling breech, saying  "America can afford her bills, thats why we need to raise the debt ceiling to ensure payment of those bills"

This is old, inconsequential, who the fuck cares at this point news..

Now trumps Tax returns, that has douchbag America riveted..

Never has there been a bigger failure... or liar in politics than Barry?

mofreedom's picture

I missed the parades, the president taking credit, for the return of these hostages.

Obama doesn't give a rip about these fellas, does he? Or does he care more about giving Iran my hard earned money to kill Jews and me with?

Sanctions gone, they got alot mo money coming in than before.

Or is this just more pissing acid in our eyes because he has that chip on his shoulder for western civ?

What was the point of the $400 MM. This I must know.

myne's picture

Honestly, who gives a fuck anymore? It's all printed on demand. It's not like it cost anything.

Mr Pink's picture

If it looks like a ransom payment and quacks like a ransom payment.....

booboo's picture

umm, yea, if you are being detained against your will until a demand is met you are a "hostage" and if the object of the demand is money it is called a "ransom"

I yearn for the day this Somali War Lord gets his payback in spades.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Why would Justice object to anything Obama does? What's changed all of a sudden?

Doom Porn Star's picture

SOme of the ose DoJ faces look pretty long -and rather dark.

'Reparations' to foreign muzzies and not to domestic darkies might be the problem..

Miss Expectations's picture

Here's Putin with Kerry in March.  The prisoner/ransom swap happened on January 16th.

What do you think Putin is referring to?  He knows.  He knew before we did.


ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

objections will be raised, like the Titanic  :/

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) ali-ali-al-qomfri Aug 12, 2016 4:29 PM

"I see your objection and a raise you a middle finger"

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Aug 12, 2016 4:27 PM

HAHAHAHA, I love how they pretend our government has checks and balances.  Justice Department objects and the shit still happens.  Trump has exposed our 1 Party system, how long until people figure out we don't have a democratic government we have Overlords that implement their plans through a figurehead government

Inthemix96's picture

Well now here Justice Departmental Twats,

I object to the daft cunt sitting in the big seat, that you fucks worship.  I just also happen to disapprove of the fucker blowing people to fuck in 'Brownistan' as well, never mind gun running the fuck owt of Mexico, doing away with habeus corpus,  and most of all, advancing the privilege of that cackling cunt to the throne after you, you sick fuck.

You think Mixy is going to be heard by the Just-Us Depart-mental fucks?

Neither did I


Doom Porn Star's picture

Good to see you positing Inthemix.

The One from Vron sends his regards...

Cunts indeed.

blindman's picture

the idea of "america" as a federal government over
a collection of states on a continent stolen from aboriginal
natives and other occupying european empire claims is
ridiculous on face value, but, so we go with the adherence to
ridiculous narratives as the basis for serious political conversation
and contemplation.
there are weapon systems manufactured globally. it seems
they are in production and can destroy all life on earth.
i don't know if that is true or not but i have a question.
if it is true who would employ such a thing or phase of technological

Aubiekong's picture

Don't worry, Iran promised to give 40 million back to the Clinton foundation as a thank you....

blindman's picture

the "money" is a joke and disappears as soon as you need it.
the people who were released, i don't know them. were they spies
or regular people, other fools? the fed prints the money, it goes to iran,
who cares. they give it to banksters who promote drone attacks on
wedding parties and organic farmers. people are destroyed, their cultures, and somehow life appears to go on. the bloom doom.

blindman's picture

facades go unsightly before structures fail.
it is an indicator, the failing facade....

gregga777's picture

PLOTUS (Pathological Liar Of The United States) and fake Constitutional scholar Barack Hussein Obama lied to the American People? I'm shocked, I tell you, I'm positively shocked!

I'm shocked that any sentient being could possibly still not know that Obama is a pathological liar. Obama lies every times his lips are moving reading the speeches written by his puppet masters from the TelePrompTer.

blindman's picture

these people in the pictures all look like spies to me.
don't forget, i am blind.

Dr.Evil's picture

I just want to know where the money came from?

HopefulCynic's picture

Probably from teh Sianloa Cartel, it was on it's way to HSBC HQ. 

css1971's picture

would look like a ransom payment.


Didn't the Iranians call it a ransom payment?

bada boom's picture

They should of delivered a pallet of tighty whities.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

How much of the $400 M went to Putin, the Ayatollah and the Clinton Foundation?

And how much of the Clinton Foundation money was earmarked for the Obama Foundation?

HopefulCynic's picture

I need to buy more popcorn, things just keep getting more interesting, I can't imagine what it will be like a week before elections. I will probably host some barbecues, anyone in Puerto Escondido?

Burticus's picture

Enough with the flocking ransom distraction/diversion!

Where's the appropriation or Act of CONgress authorizing a payment of 400 million FeRNworth of foreign bank notes to a foreign gubbermint?!

I guess a usurper don't need no stinkin' CONgress anyway.

blindman's picture

bushobamaclinton crime family needs this next potus
to ignore the crimes committed over the last 30 years
or bust, they could all go to jail without the desired abortion
of justice from the coming potus, administration and executive
signing statements. the usa is reduced to this today, a central
planning crime hub for criminal assholes of global ponzi money.
complete gangsters and fraud artists preaching like satanic
god figures encouraging worshipers to lick their feet. it is
a system , man.

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Aug 12, 2016 5:17 PM

As usual, they're only sorry because they got caught.

blindman's picture

classic criminogenic role playing.
see bill black, control fraud.

sudzee's picture

So let me guess. The missing 1.3billion found its way to the Clinton Foundation For The Betterment of Despots. 

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Aug 12, 2016 5:27 PM

$400M to Iran for ransom.


$4M payment made back to Obama personally from Iran for making such a payment.


Gone in 100 days, so who the fuck cares, right Barry???  Go save some of your own in Chicago ya fucking UNCLE TOM!!!

Slomotrainwreck's picture

officials raised objections to the Iran cash handover- warning it "would look like a ransom payment."

Almost like raising objections to cops for confiscating money by warning it "would look like thieft".

Secede Or Die's picture

When did congress appropriate this cash? If they did not, why has no one arrested Obama for theft? He does not have a blank check to spend money on whatever he pleases.

bkboy's picture

It wasn't appropriated by Congress.  But it wasn't US tax dollars, either.  It was part of Iran's money paid in 1979 for a weapons order that was cancelled when we broke diplomatic relations with Iran after the religious groups there overthrew our puppet dictator for their own brand of theocratic dictatorship.  

The mistake here wasn't releasing Iran its own money, but in agreeing to their demand that it be paid in cash prior to the hostages being released.  It was obviously going to be used by Iran to show the world that the U.S. does pay ransome, something that was done by Reagan when he traded arms from the Contras for Iranian-held U.S. hostages.

Which is why Congress won't do anything.  Republicans don't want to revisit Saint Ronnie's mistake and Dems want to move on, too.  Just another strong piece of evidence that there is no substantive difference between the two parties, only surface differences that they exaggerate every time they run for office.

newworldorder's picture

No one has any desire to do what is right in Congress. They could if they wanted to subpoena each of the Sr Level JD personnel, declare the subpoena as closed deliberations and get at the truth.

Ryan wont do it because it does not suit his agenda.

JailBanksters's picture

Big Deal

I object to Central Banks giving free money to their Banker Buddies, but it still happens.

There's a whole pile of things I object to, but they still happen, and I, Everyone can't do anything about them especially when they start at the top.

Aussiekiwi's picture

Hostages released on the same day as the $400 million payment is just a coincidence, only conspiracy nuts would think differently, after all organizing the release of the hostages a week before the payment or holding the payment until a week after the hostages were released so conspiracy nuts would not connect the dots would mean changing the paper work etc, that would mean at least a couple of phone calls and 30 minutes of paperwork, so that couldn't happen.

Unfortunately due to this unfortunate and unavoidable coincidence many people will end up being kidnapped for ransom and many killed as a result, but that's bureaucracy for you, perhaps we could drop millions of pamphlets over the middle east informing would be kidnappers that the $400 million dollars in cash was not a ransom payment so there is no point in kidnapping foreigners, much the same as European countries have published behavior altering pamphlets to educate  Islamic people that NO means NO and that rape and sexual assault is frowned upon.

Davidduke2000's picture

Of course the crooks at the DOJ  objected to the $400 million, they wanted the $1.7 billion to be paid in cold cash so they can fill their pockets with the money that fell off the crates and the pallets. 

south40_dreams's picture

Thats barely one week of the fed's market propping.  "what difference does it make?"

Skiprrrdog's picture

Justice Department Objected To Obama's $400 Million Iran "Ransom Payment"

Why is that? Did the porch monkey forget to make a tribute payment to Loretta Tarmac?