AIPAC to Congress: War! [8/2/12]
- Friends -
This seems a matter of some concern, so I am forwarding this message to
> From: "Alison Weir, CNI" <cnif@...>
> Subject: AIPAC to Congress: War!
> Date: August 2, 2012 6:54:49 AM CDT
> This is breaking news as I write—in fact, there has been no press
> coverage yet—but I wanted you to get a copy of an AIPAC memo to Congress
> right away (posted at the bottom of this message and on our website).
> The legislation they are demanding would establish a virtual state of
> war with Iran, even though Iran has no nuclear weapons program.
> The memo was leaked to us yesterday as it began circulating on Capitol
> Hill. One congressional insider told me:
> “The version that has now emerged from House-Senate negotiations
> includes the strongest set of sanctions ever enacted to isolate any
> country with which we were not in armed hostilities.”
> The Israel lobby has now edged its way from belligerent talk to openly
> manipulating American foreign policy toward Iran. Frankly, there’s no
> time to write Congress and ask them to resist AIPAC's pressure tactics.
> Instead, here’s what I’m asking you to do: please send the link we’ve
> established for AIPAC’s call for war as far and wide as you can. Then
> send it to the media with a note that simply says, “Is AIPAC pushing for
> war with Iran?” Include two links with your message: one to a CNI
> backgrounder on Israel-Iran and to an article by our Executive Director,
> Phil Giraldi (a former CIA Station Chief) entitled “What War with Iran
> Might Look Like.”
> Yes, many in the media are already part of the Israel lobby—but many are
> still interested in an honest story: powerful interests working behind
> the scences is still news. Contact the media using CNI’s link to the
> AIPAC memo and the link to Phil’s article. Exposing AIPAC’s hand early
> in the process just may make Congress take a wait-and-see position—it is
> an election year, so politicians tend to play safe.
> Alison Weir
> President, CNI
> July 31, 2012
> Vote Yes – The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act
> Dear Representative,
> We write in strong support of H.R. 1905, The Iran Threat Reduction and
> Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. The legislation, authored by
> Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard Berman, will be
> considered by the House on Wednesday. We strongly urge you to vote YES.
> In an effort to dissuade Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons
> capability, the House overwhelmingly passed in December the Iran Threat
> Reduction Act which tightened sanctions on Iran. The version that has
> now emerged from House-Senate negotiations includes the strongest set of
> sanctions ever enacted to isolate any country with which we were not in
> armed hostilities. H.R. 1905 incorporates legislative initiatives of
> many members from both the House and Senate and will:
> place virtually all of Iran’s energy, financial, and transportation
> sectors under U.S. sanction. Companies conducting business with Iran in
> these sectors face losing access to U.S. markets;
> impose sanctions designed to prevent Iran from repatriating any proceeds
> from its oil sales, thus depriving Iran of 80 percent of its hard
> currency earnings and half of the funds to support its national budget;
> impose tough new sanctions on the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC),
> the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and Iran’s Islamic
> Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC);
> target Iran’s use of barter transactions to bypass sanctions, the
> provision of insurance to Iran’s energy sector, and the provision of
> specialized financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran;
> click here to learn more about the legislation and how it will raise the
> pressure on Iran.
> In the past six months, the United States and our international partners
> have substantially increased the economic pressure on Iran and engaged
> in several rounds of talks with Tehran. Unfortunately, Iran has rebuffed
> the opportunity for serious negotiations while stepping up the pace of
> its nuclear program.
> America and our allies must unite in a tough response to Iran’s
> belligerent approach. We must continue to send a strong message to
> Tehran that it will face unremitting pressure until it complies with its
> international obligations and end its nuclear weapons quest.
> We strongly support The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act
> (H.R. 1905) and urge you to vote YES on Wednesday.
> Howard Kohr
> Executive Director Marvin Feuer
> Director, Policy &
> Government Affairs Brad Gordon
> Director, Policy &
> Government Affairs
> Council for the National Interest Foundation
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