Did Obama Violate an Executive Order?

Back in 2007 we captured two very dangerous men, Qayis Khazali and his brother, Layith Khazali.  These two were part of an Iranian backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.

Yes, they were very dangerous men and should have remained in prison at the very least, but preferably executed. But instead we released them. We released them in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore.

I understand wanting the release of a western hostage but when did we get into the business of prisoner exchange?

The US military has maintained that the release of members and leaders of the League of the Righteous is related to a reconciliation agreement between the terror group and the Iraqi government, but some US military officers disagree.

“The official line is the release of Qazali is about reconciliation, but in reality this was a prisoner swap,” a military intelligence official said. Longwar Journal

And most importantly, why was it done since it’s very apparent that it violated an executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan. And this wasn’t even an isolated incident.

As of mid-October, the US had released more than 100 members of the League of the Righteous. The US has also released several senior Qods Force officers, including Mahmud Farhadi, the leader of the Zafr Command, one of three units subordinate to the Qods Force’s Ramazan Corps. Farhadi was among five Iranians turned over to the Iraqi government and then subsequently turned over to the Iranians in July

This is in clear violation of Reagan’s executive order:

On January 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued National Security Decision Directive Number 207, which prohibits negotiations with terrorist organizations regarding the release of hostages. The Directive sets forth in unequivocal terms the United States’ “firm opposition to terrorism in all its forms” and makes clear the government’s “conviction that to accede to terrorist demands places more American citizens at risk. This no-concessions policy is the best way of protecting the greatest number of people and ensuring their safety.” The Directive continues to say: “The [United States government] will pay no ransoms, nor permit releases of prisoners or agree to other conditions that could serve to encourage additional terrorism. We will make no changes in our policy because of terrorist threats or acts.” This policy is further articulated in Department of State Publication 10217, which makes clear the United States “will not support the freeing of prisoners from incarceration in response to terrorist demands.” Weekly Standard

In July Senators Jeff Sessions and John Kyl sent a letter  to Obama stating that the prisoner exchanges violated the executive order and as of this posting, Obama has not responded to the questions asked.

And sadly this has been going on under the cloak of darkness or the MSM has been ignoring the violations of the man. Well, this year we’re going to make sure everyone knows every move that this Marxist president is doing in order to destroy our national security. That is OUR PROMISE to conservatives.


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