During his eight years in office, President Obama acted with impunity, and almost achieved his goal of fundamentally changing America. Now that he has been out of office, bits and pieces of the nefarious activities he was involved in are coming to light. Specifically, how President Obama allowed the terrorist organization Hezbollah to carry out their criminal agenda so Obama could get his nuclear deal with Iran, which is now in pieces, with President Trump getting ready to decertify it.
During the years of the Obama Administration, there was a team of law enforcement officials going after Hezbollah for drug trafficking as well as their other organized crimes. Hezbollah plays a major role in transporting cocaine into the United States of America, and while President Obama was working out his crowning international achievement with Iran, he was aware of this fact.
The operation of stopping Hezbollah, code-named “Cassandra” was initiated in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA had discovered Hezbollah was not merely interested in destroying Israel and carrying out terrorist acts across the Middle East. Hezbollah had metastasized into a criminal syndicate involved in drugs and weapons smuggling, and it is estimated the terrorist organization earned about $1 billion annually from these activities.
Project “Cassandra” involved 30 U.S. and foreign security services and was based out of Chantilly, Virginia. DEA agents used various means to uncover Hezbollah’s criminal network. As reported by Josh Meyer from Politico, who is responsible for breaking this story, “They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by using tactics (among others) of buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa.
And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents believed they traced the conspiracy to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.” Then project “Cassandra” reached a precipice, and officials at the Justice and Treasury Departments’ hindered the DEA agents looking to bring these terrorists to justice. President Obama’s cohorts made sure Hezbollah was allowed to carry out their criminal activities despite the danger they posed to Israel and the United States of America.
Josh Meyer from Politico also uncovered that; “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.” Essentially what President Obama and CIA Director John Brennan were doing, consisted of an attempt to create Hezbollah into a puppet for U.S. clandestine operations, a partner of sorts, at least with certain elements of Hezbollah, while being fully aware of their criminal activity and being in a position to stop it.
At the beginning of the week, Rep. Robert Pittenger from North Carolina has called for the House Oversight Committee to investigate the actions of the Obama Administration as it pertains to Project “Cassandra”, and why they allowed a terrorist organization to continue with their criminal activity. In a statement to Fox News, Rep. Pittenger said, “These revelations are shocking and infuriating. While American soldiers were bravely fighting ISIS terrorists, with some paying the ultimate price, the Obama administration reportedly was protecting Hezbollah terrorists who were funding themselves by trafficking illegal drugs. No wonder President Obama couldn’t bring himself to call them “Radical Islamist Terrorists.”
Making these revelations even worse, after President Obama had concluded the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, all of the hard working agents assigned to Project “Cassandra” were transferred and never allowed to bring the criminals of Hezbollah to justice. President Obama’s infatuation with a terrorist organization allowed Hezbollah to grow into an organization that now coordinates with drug cartels in South America, posing an even bigger danger to the U.S.A. and our allies like Israel.
On this particular point, Rep. Pittenger said, “The growing nexus between terrorist organizations and Latin American drug cartels poses a grave threat to our national security, especially considering the porous state of our southern border. Last month, I hosted a forum in Buenos Aires for 220 Members of Parliament and government officials from 15 South American countries with government and private sector experts to address the critical challenge of intercepting drug-related funding of terrorism.”
Since the publication of these events by Politico and Fox News, the Trump Administration has not commented on whether they intend to direct the Justice Department to investigate, and the House Oversight committee has not made any official comment if they intend on initiating their own investigation.