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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Obama signs bill barring Iranian terrorist from US, says he won't enforce it

Somehow, the JPost missed the most important part of the story.

On Friday, President Hussein Obama signed into law a bill proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) that would prevent Iran from sending one of the former kidnappers at the US Embassy in Tehran to the US as ambassador to the United Nations. But Obama also announced that he would never enforce the law.

Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement.
"Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, "curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution." I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion."

Obama frequently criticized President George W. Bush for such signing statements during his 2008 campaign. “Congress's job is to pass legislation," he said, as The Daily Beast recalled. "The president can veto it or he can sign it.” 
“It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” Cruz said when he introduced the bill. 
The legislation was directed at Hamid Abutalebi, whom Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tapped as U.N. ambassador, because of his alleged role in the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, in which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi insists his role was limited to translation and negotiation. 
Iran has said it will not withdraw his name, and has asked the U.N. to investigate the U.S. visa denial.

Here's betting that Abutalebi will be admitted to the United States by the time the General Assembly rolls around at the end of September.

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At 11:55 PM, Blogger free` said...

Carl wrote; "Here's betting that Abutalebi will be admitted to the United States by the time the General Assembly rolls around at the end of September." ----------------- Carl, I'll go one step further by betting that this terrorist will be invited to all of the America hating colleges also.

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am very much afraid that you are correct about Abutalebi being in the US by the end of September. I pray for the safety of my country and Israel.


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