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1) My Latest @EpochTimes

Hezbollah’s London Bomb-Making Plot, the Iran Nuclear Deal and Bruce Ohr
2) Terrorists linked to Iranian-backed Hezbollah were stockpiling bomb-making ingredients, including three tons of ammonium nitrate, in London in 2015 in what was described as a “secret British bomb factory.”
3) The discovery of the explosive cache back in 2015, and the subsequent decision to keep that information from the public, occurred during a period of intense public debate over the nuclear deal between the Obama administration and Iran.
4) On July 14, 2015, the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany reached an agreement with Iran broadly known as the Iran Nuclear deal.
5) Although July 14, 2015, is generally viewed as the deal’s effective date, the agreement would not actually be finalized until Jan. 21, 2016, when Obama signed Executive Order 13716 into effect.
6) Obama never submitted the Iran nuclear deal to Congress because he knew it had no chance of passing.

The Iranian parliament also never approved the actual deal nor did the Iranian president ever sign it.
7) The political shakiness of the Iran nuclear deal combined with ongoing scrutiny of its various flaws makes today’s news of the fall 2015 discovery of a huge cache of ammonium nitrate—a common ingredient in homemade bombs—particularly noteworthy.
8) “The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Met Police just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal.”

The discovery was considered so serious that both David Cameron and Theresa May were personally briefed on what had been found.
9) The Telegraph noted that yesterday’s disclosure of the 2015 explosive cache involved a three-month investigation “in which more than 30 current and former officials in Britain, America, and Cyprus were approached and court documents were obtained.”
10) This is not the first time there have been reports of efforts to keep information relating to Hezbollah and Iran from the public during what were crucial periods surrounding the Iran nuclear deal.
11) According to a December 2017 Politico report, the Obama administration may have derailed a “campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah” known as Project Cassandra.
12) Politico quoted Katherine Bauer, a former Treasury official in the Obama administration:

“Under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down, for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”
13) There is also a tie to the ongoing scandal known as Spygate.

On Dec. 7, 2017, DOJ official Bruce Ohr was demoted and stripped of Assoc. deputy AG title after it was learned that the FBI used Ohr as a conduit for unofficial information from former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.
14) A month later on Jan. 8, 2018, it was reported by Fox News that Ohr had been removed as the head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program.
15) While the Politico article makes no mention of the OCDETF or of Bruce Ohr, Fox News confirmed in January 2018 that Ohr, “as the head of OCDETF, was directly involved with Project Cassandra..."
16) Several days after the Politico article was published, Sessions announced on Dec. 22 that the allegations in the Politico report would be reviewed.

Two weeks later, in early January 2018, Ohr was removed as the head of the OCDETF.
17) Days after Ohr’s removal, Sessions announced the creation of the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT).

"HFNT will begin by assessing the evidence in existing investigations, including cases stemming from Project Cassandra."
18) On Oct. 15, 2018, Sessions broadened OCDETF’s mandate and singled out Hezbollah for additional focus.

To date, we still have no official answers from the review of Project Cassandra announced by Sessions.
19) The United States declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization in 1997, but the UK did not do so until February 2019, more than three years after the bomb-making plot was uncovered.
20) Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on June 9 that Iran has followed through on its threat to accelerate production of enriched uranium.

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