By REZA KAHLILI
December 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran is essential to confronting the Islamic regime and its activities of pursuing the nuclear bomb, expanding its missile program, and its collaboration with terrorist entities worldwide.
It is time to show the radicals ruling Iran that America is serious about preventing the Jihadists in Tehran from obtaining the bomb and that it will support the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy.
Sanctioning the regime's Central Bank will weaken the hardliners and their surrogates who depend on the oil dollars and can become an effective tool for positive change in Iran.
The most recent edition of, Foreign Policy reported on high-level congressional negotiations that will determine the parameters of new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).
FP's Josh Rogin disclosed that the administration is pressing key Democrats on the defense bill conference committee to get their colleagues to water down the strong sanctions language that passed the Senate on a 100-0 vote.
Even though senior officials like Secretary of State Clinton have paid lip service to the need for truly 'crippling' sanctions, the administration is now pushing for sanctions that are less severe and take effect more slowly.
The Democrats carrying the administration's agenda in the conference committee are Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) ? who voted for the sanctions language that is now being targeted ? and House Armed Services Committee ranking Democrat member Adam Smith (D-WA).
The Senate-passed sanctions measure was crafted on a bipartisan basis by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Since neither of these Senators is a member of the conference committee, Americans concerned that sanctions on Iran will be weakened are being asked to contact the members who are reportedly doing the administration's bidding and urge that the Kirk-Menendez language be adopted without alteration.
For more details, read the full report here, Foreign Policy, Inside the conference negotiations on Iran sanctions.
Senator Carl Levin
Congressman Adam Smith
Because members of Congress are more responsive to constituents, you may wish to alert friends and family members who live in Michigan or in Washington state's Ninth Congressional District (which includes parts of King, Pierce andThurston Counties) and ask them to weigh in as well.
Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
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