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Obama Administration sabotaged DEA investigation targeting Hezbollah cocaine smuggling network to save nuclear deal

December 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Obama Administration sabotaged DEA investigation targeting Hezbollah cocaine smuggling network to save nuclear deal

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A bombshell report is accusing the Obama administration of sabotaging a DEA-led investigation that focused on a worldwide drug smuggling operation targeting the Lebanon-base militant group Hezbollah, in an attempt to help ensure that former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was achieved.

The report written by Josh Meyer and published by Politico cited dozens of DEA agents who detailed how former Obama administration officials deliberately impeded an investigation into a Hezbollah drug trafficking and money laundering network, some of which occurred inside the United States.

An ambitious DEA taskforce program dubbed “Project Cassandra” sought to expose Hezbollah’s billion-dollar criminal enterprise. The U.S. State Department has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The operation began in 2008 after U.S. Drug Enforcement officials received sufficient intelligence indicating that Hezbollah had evolved from a militant political organization based in the Middle East into a full-fledged international crime syndicate, which investigators believed was earning over a billion dollars a year from illegal activities such as the trafficking of narcotics and weapons munitions.

The investigation used a combination of resources including informants, wiretaps, and undercover operations to identify Hezbollah’s criminal networks with the help of over 30 U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies.

Despite the extensive operation and litany of evidence, the report states that former senior Obama Administration officials thwarted the investigation at every pass, placing roadblocks between the DEA and Hezbollah, which subsequently allowed the group’s illicit criminality to continue.

President Barack Obama meeting with Isreali PM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a staunch opponent of the Iran Nuclear deal

The expose’ said the actions of the Obama White House helped the militant group emerge as a global security threat.

According to Politico, Justice and Treasury Dept officials stalled, delayed, and denied requests submitted by the heads of the DEA undercover investigation to proceed with criminal indictments and financial sanctions against Hezbollah operatives.

In several instances, White House officials not only hampered but flat out rejected several requests to pursue criminal charges from the DEA’s top secret Counter Intelligence headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia.

Senior Obama Administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed in the report that the decisions were made with the expressed intention of improving relations with Iran.

DEA agents involved with the investigation told Politico that Project Cassandra was part of an effort to bring the Hezbollah senior leadership “to their knees,” which included one of the world’s biggest international cocaine traffickers code-named “Ghost,” who is also responsible for supplying chemical weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used to bomb his own citizens.

Over the course of the investigation, DEA agents witnessed Hezbollah operatives smuggling regular shipments of cocaine from Latin America, to Europe and the United States, According to the report.

The investigation also implicated a Lebanese bank that helped launder billions of illicit proceeds.

Furthermore, the investigation uncovered significant evidence indicating Hezbollah insiders and supporters of the group within the Iranian government and military establishment, had direct involvement in illegal criminal activities.

Despite the mounting evidence, the Obama Administration still denied request after request to bring forth charges and launch operations to lure suspects to nations where they could arrest them.

“This was a policy decision; it was a systematic decision,” said David Asher, who helped establish Project Cassandra, told Politico.

Asher said the decision came from the very top of the Obama Administration.

“They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well resourced and supported, and it was done from the top down,” Asher states.

Moreover, Asher said administration officials further impeded the investigation as former President Obama neared the completion of the Nuclear Accord with the Iranian government.

Project Cassandra officials were eventually assigned to other investigations following the signing of the Nuclear Accord, which was implemented in January 2016.

The DEA wasn’t the only law enforcement agency interfered with by the White House.

The report also cites an unnamed top intel official who revealed that the Administration ordered the CIA to refrain from pressures it was applying against Hezbollah at the direct request of the Iranian government.

The intel official explained that the Obama administration agreed to it because “they really, really, really wanted the deal.”

“The agency had to make concessions that had never been made before, which is outrageous to anyone in the agency,” the official added.

The decision aggravated CIA officers in the field, who the official said were aware that Hezbollah “was still involved in terror-related activities and assassinations.”

However, agents said its no consequence that the logjam of task force investigations into Hezbollah due to the stonewalling from the Obama Administration has since picked back up under the Trump Administration.

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