US official David Asher who spent decades dismantling terrorist financial networks declared that the Obama administration “systematically disbanded” law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks.
According to Asher who served as an adviser to Gen. John Allen at the Defense and State Departments, this was out of concern that the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, reported The Washington Free Beacon.
Asher told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday that “top officials across several key law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Obama administration ‘systematically disbanded’ law enforcement activities targeting the terrorism financing operations of Iran, Hezbollah, and Venezuela in the lead-up to and during the nuclear negotiations with Tehran,” posted the site.
Asher explained that Iran’s “Action Network” include groups and governments involved in shaping secret elements of Iran’s foreign policy. It involves acts of terrorism, illicit finance, weapons and narcotics trafficking, and nuclear procurement and proliferation.
Critics this week also are questioning why the administration never publicly disclosed an Iranian cyber-attack on the State Department in late September of 2015 that sent shockwaves through the department and private-contractor community.
Former UN weapons inspector David Albright who now runs the Institute for Science International Security, also testified to the same panel that the Obama administration also delayed US law enforcement efforts against Iran’s terrorist network out of “misplaced” fear of disturbing the nuclear deal with Iran.