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    Antiwar.com Action Alert Iran War Resolution May Be Passed Next Week Introduced less than a month ago, Resolution 362, also known as the Iran War Resolution,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2008
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      Antiwar.com Action Alert
      Iran War Resolution May Be Passed Next Week


      Introduced less than a month ago, Resolution 362, also known as the
      Iran War Resolution, could be passed by the House as early as next
      week.

      The bill is the chief legislative priority of AIPAC. On its Web site,
      AIPAC endorses the resolutions as a way to ''Stop Iran's Nuclear
      Program" and tells readers to lobby Congress to pass the bill. In the
      Senate, a sister resolution, Resolution 580, has gained co-sponsors
      with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana
      Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. It has since gained 19 co-sponsors.

      The bill's key section "demands that the president initiate an
      international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the
      economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably
      suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting
      the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing
      stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships,
      planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting
      the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in
      negotiating the suspension of Iran's nuclear program."

      "Imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles,
      ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran" can be
      read to mean that the president should initiate a naval blockade of
      Iran. A unilateral naval blockade without UN sanction is an act of
      war.

      Resolution 362 has already gained 170 co-sponsors, or nearly 40
      percent of the House. It has been referred to the Foreign Affairs
      Committee, which has 49 members, 24 of whom, including the ranking
      Republican, are co-sponsors. The Iran Nuclear Watch Web site
      writes, "According to the House leadership, this resolution is going
      to 'pass like a hot knife through butter' before the end of June on
      what is called suspension - meaning no amendments can be introduced
      during the 20-minute maximum debate. It also means it is assumed the
      bill will pass by a 2/3 majority and is non-controversial."

      Our national legislators deem it non-controversial to recommend to a
      president known for his recklessness and bad judgment that he
      consider engaging in an act of war against Iran. Those of you who
      consider this issue controversial can go to the Just Foreign Policy
      Web site and tell your representative to oppose this resolution.

      http://capwiz.com/justforeignpolicy/issues/alert/?alertid=11518951


      For more information about this action item, media requests,
      donations or other information, please contact Angela Keaton at 310-
      729-3760 or akeaton @ antiwar.com.

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      H. Con. Res. 362: Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the
      threat posed to international peace, stability in...
      Bill Status
      Introduced: May 22, 2008
      Sponsor: Rep. Gary Ackerman [D-NY]
      Status: Introduced
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      Text of Legislation
      HCON 362 IH


      110th CONGRESS

      2d Session

      H. CON. RES. 362
      Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to
      international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital
      national security interests of the United States by Iran's pursuit of
      nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes.


      IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


      May 22, 2008

      Mr. ACKERMAN (for himself and Mr. PENCE) submitted the following
      concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign
      Affairs


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      CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
      Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to
      international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital
      national security interests of the United States by Iran's pursuit of
      nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes.

      Whereas Iran is a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of
      Nuclear Weapons (NPT), has foresworn the acquisition of nuclear
      weapons by ratification of the NPT, and is legally bound to declare
      and place all its nuclear activity under constant monitoring by the
      International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);

      Whereas for nearly 20 years, in clear contravention of its explicit
      obligations under the NPT, Iran operated a covert nuclear program
      until it was revealed by an Iranian opposition group in 2002;

      Whereas the IAEA has confirmed such illicit covert nuclear activities
      as the importation of uranium hexafluoride, construction of a uranium
      enrichment facility, experimentation with plutonium, importation of
      centrifuge technology, construction of centrifuges, and importation
      of designs to convert highly enriched uranium gas into metal and
      shape it into the core of a nuclear weapon;

      Whereas Iran continues to expand the number of centrifuges at its
      enrichment facility, as made evident by its announced intention to
      begin installation of 6,000 advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium,
      in defiance of binding United Nations Security Council resolutions
      demanding Iran suspend enrichment activities;

      Whereas the November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate reported
      that Iran was secretly working on the design and manufacture of a
      nuclear warhead until at least 2003, but that Iran could have enough
      highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon as soon as late 2009;

      Whereas an Iranian nuclear weapons capability would pose a grave
      threat to international peace and security by fundamentally altering
      and destabilizing the strategic balance in the Middle East, and
      severely undermining the global nonproliferation regime;

      Whereas Iran's overt sponsorship of several terrorist groups,
      including Hamas and Hezbollah, and its close ties to Syria raise the
      possibility that Iran would share its nuclear materials and
      technology with others;

      Whereas Iran continues to develop ballistic missile technology and is
      pursuing the capability to field intercontinental ballistic missiles,
      a delivery system suited almost exclusively to nuclear weapons
      payloads;

      Whereas Iranian leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of
      Israel, a major non-North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally, and a
      member of the United Nations;

      Whereas the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom,
      and Germany have offered, and continue to offer, to negotiate a
      significant package of economic, diplomatic, and security incentives
      if Iran complies with the United Nations Security Council's
      resolutions demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment;

      Whereas Iran has consistently refused such offers;

      Whereas as a result of Iran's failure to comply with the mandates of
      the United Nations Security Council, taken under Chapter VII of the
      United Nations' Charter, the international community has imposed
      limited sanctions over the past 2 years that have begun to have an
      impact on the Iranian economy;

      Whereas Iran's rapid development of its nuclear capabilities is
      outpacing the slow ratcheting up of economic and diplomatic sanctions;

      Whereas Iran has used its banking system, including the Central Bank
      of Iran, to support its proliferation efforts and its assistance to
      terrorist groups, leading the Department of Treasury to designate 4
      large Iranian banks proliferators and supporters of terrorism;

      Whereas Iran's support for Hezbollah has enabled that group to wage
      war against the Government and people of Lebanon, leading to its
      political domination of that country;

      Whereas Iran's support for Hamas has enabled it to illegally seize
      control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority, and to continuously
      bombard Israeli civilians with rockets and mortars;

      Whereas Iran continues to provide training, weapons, and financial
      assistance to Shi'a militants inside of Iraq and antigovernment
      warlords in Afghanistan;

      Whereas those Shi'a militant groups and Afghan warlords use Iranian
      training, weapons, and financing to attack American and allied forces
      trying to support the legitimate Governments of Iraq and Afghanistan;

      Whereas Iran is further destabilizing the Middle East by underwriting
      a massive rearmament campaign by Syria;

      Whereas through these efforts, Iran seeks to establish regional
      hegemony, threatens longstanding friends and allies of the United
      States in the Middle East, and endangers vital American national
      security interests; and

      Whereas nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an
      authorization of the use of force against Iran: Now, therefore, be it

      Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
      That Congress--

      (1) declares that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons
      capability, through all appropriate economic, political, and
      diplomatic means, is vital to the national security interests of the
      United States and must be dealt with urgently;

      (2) urges the President, in the strongest of terms, to immediately
      use his existing authority to impose sanctions on--

      (A) the Central Bank of Iran and any other Iranian bank engaged in
      proliferation activities or the support of terrorist groups;

      (B) international banks which continue to conduct financial
      transactions with proscribed Iranian banks;

      (C) energy companies that have invested $20,000,000 or more in the
      Iranian petroleum or natural gas sector in any given year since the
      enactment of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996; and

      (D) all companies which continue to do business with Iran's Islamic
      Revolutionary Guard Corps;

      (3) demands that the President initiate an international effort to
      immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and
      diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear
      enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran
      of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection
      requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and
      cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international
      movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the
      suspension of Iran's nuclear program; and

      (4) urges the President to lead a sustained, serious, and forceful
      effort at regional diplomacy to support the legitimate governments in
      the region against Iranian efforts to destabilize them, to reassure
      our friends and allies that the United States supports them in their
      resistance to Iranian efforts at hegemony, and to make clear to the
      Government of Iran that the United States will protect America's
      vital national security interests in the Middle East.

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      AIPAC'S SINISTER AND TREASONOUS ACTION ALERT
      http://aipac.org/694.asp#12667


      You can affect Israel's future and promote America's interests in the
      Middle East by urging your Members of Congress to support these
      important initiatives.


      Support Security Aid for Israel
      The administration has requested $2.55 billion in security assistance
      for Israel as part of the fiscal year 2009 budget. The aid request
      reflects the first year of a 10-year plan to gradually increase U.S.
      security assistance to the Jewish state in order to meet increasing
      threats. American security assistance is essential in helping Israel
      face a potential nuclear-armed Iran, daily rocket attacks from Gaza
      and a rearmed Hizballah. Please urge members of Congress to support
      this vital aid to Israel and the overall fiscal year 2009 foreign aid
      bill.



      Email Congress:
      Email your Representative
      Email your Senators
      Related Materials:
      Boost in U.S. Aid to Israel Vital Amid Increasing Threats (PDF, 430k)


      Stop Iran's Nuclear Program
      Members of the House and Senate have introduced resolutions (H. Con.
      Res. 362 and S. Res. 580) calling on the administration to focus on
      the urgency of the Iranian nuclear threat and to impose tougher
      sanctions on Tehran. The resolutions, introduced in the House by
      Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Mike Pence (R-IN) and in the Senate by
      Sens. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and John Thune (R-SD), urge the president to
      sanction Iran's Central Bank and other international banks and energy
      companies investing in the country. They also demand that the United
      States lead an international effort to increase pressure on Iran by
      curtailing Iran's ability to import refined petroleum products.
      Please urge your representatives to cosponsor this critical
      resolution.


      Legislative Details:
      Bill Summary: House (PDF, 49K) | Senate (PDF, 49K)
      Text of Resolutions: House (PDF, 55K) | Senate (PDF, 35K)
      Cosponsors: House | Senate
      Email Congress:
      Email your Representative
      Email your Senators
      Related Materials:
      U.S. Must Do More to Prevent Nuclear-Armed Iran (PDF, 1027k)
      FAQ: The Iranian Threat (PDF, 99k)


      Support Israel's Quest for Peace
      More than half of the House and three-quarters of the Senate sent
      letters to President Bush reinforcing the key principles America
      should stand by as it works to help Israel achieve peace. The letters
      reiterate Israel's right to self-defense, call on the U.S. to stand
      strongly with Israel at the U.N. and urge the president to press the
      Arab states to do more to support Israeli-Palestinian talks. The
      House letter, sent on June 27 and signed by 268 members of the House,
      was authored by Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Howard
      Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). The Senate letter, sent
      on June 24 and signed by 77 members of the Senate, including Sen.
      John McCain (R-AZ), was authored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and
      Susan Collins (R-ME), and was reinforced by an additional message by
      Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Please thank your members of Congress if
      they signed the Senate and/or House versions.

      Legislative Details:
      Text of Letters: House (PDF, 3874K) | Senate (PDF, 216K)
      Signatories: House (PDF, 20K) | Senate (PDF, 13K)
      Email Congress:
      Email your Representative
      Email your Senators
      Related Materials:
      Israel Defending Its Citizens Amid Constant Terror (PDF, 988k)


      Support Sanctions Against Iran
      With Iran continuing to defy the international community's demands to
      suspend its nuclear activities, the House has passed and Senate is
      considering comprehensive legislation aimed at increasing economic
      and political pressure on Iran to persuade Tehran to end its nuclear
      program. The legislation -- introduced in the House by Reps. Tom
      Lantos (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and in the Senate by
      Sens. Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) -- strengthens U.S.
      tools to cut off funds to Iran's nuclear program and prohibits U.S.
      nuclear cooperation with those aiding Iran's atomic efforts. The bill
      passed the House on Sept. 25 by a vote of 397-16. Please thank
      members of the House who voted for the bill and urge senators to
      cosponsor it.

      Legislative Details:
      Bill Summary: House (PDF, 41K) | Senate (PDF, 42K)
      Text of Legislation: House (PDF, 117K) | Senate (PDF, 78K)
      Vote or Cosponsors: House | Senate
      Email Congress:
      Email your Representative
      Email your Senators
      Related Materials:
      FAQ: The Importance of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act (PDF, 58k)
      FAQ: The Iranian Threat (PDF, 95k)
      Implementing Tough Sanctions Key to Countering Iran (PDF, 119k)
      U.S., International Sanctions Having Impact on Iran (PDF, 81k)


      Support Divestment from Iran
      As Iran continues to make rapid advancements in its illicit nuclear
      weapons program, the House has passed the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act
      of 2007 by a vote of 408-6. The bill authorizes state and local
      governments to divest from companies investing in Iran's petroleum
      and natural gas sector and protects fund managers who divest from
      such companies from potential lawsuits. The legislation was
      introduced in the House by Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Christopher
      Shays (R-CT) while Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sam Brownback (R-KS)
      introduced the bill in the Senate. Please thank your member of the
      House for voting for the bill and urge your senators to cosponsor the
      bill.

      Legislative Details:
      Bill Summary: House (PDF, 38K) | Senate (PDF, 38K)
      Text of Legislation: House (PDF, 68K) | Senate (PDF, 55K)
      Vote or Cosponsors: House | Senate
      Email Congress:
      Email your Representative
      Email your Senators
      Related Materials:
      Divestment: An Important Tool in Preventing Nuclear Iran (PDF, 67k)
      Iran's Support for Terrorism (PDF, 223k)

      Take Action

      Support Security Aid for Israel
      Stop Iran's Nuclear Program
      Support Israel's Quest for Peace
      Support Sanctions Against Iran
      Support Divestment from Iran

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