The DEA was actively working on an investigation known as Project Cassandra, which targeted Hezbollah operatives in the US that were acting as a crime syndicate. The terror organization trafficked drugs, weapons, and committed money laundering. The Obama administration began blocking their every move, and eventually they had to shut the project down.
“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision. They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.” David Asher Veteran U.S. illicit finance expert
In a comprehensive report, Politico revealed that Hezbollah was linked to a $436+ Million money laundering scheme which the DEA was investigating (read the document from 2011 here). “Project Cassandra” followed cocaine shipments, tracked money even to the hands of the “innermost circle of Hezbollah.” But as they got closer, the Obama administration began throwing roadblocks.
“But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.” Read more
In other words, the DEA investigation was a “competing agenda” as Politico put it. Hezbollah is backed by Iran. They have grown into a powerful terror organization, and it appears that the Obama administration helped them along. They have become a formidable army with rockets and missiles and “more heavy armaments” than most other nation states, according to the article. What’s the price of diplomacy? When it’s used to trade off terrorism and international crime in favor of a spurious deal, that price tag becomes extreme.
Building up a terror organization
John Brennan, Obama’s security chief told reporters back in 2010, that they were looking for ways to build up the “moderate elements” of Hezbollah (Reuters).
Let’s make this perfectly clear: you can’t “build up” any portion of a terror organization and expect it to suddenly become moderate. If the tree is diseased, it needs to be removed, not fertilized.
The agenda of the Obama administration to assist our enemies has been a deadly one. When arms dealers like Ali Fayed were indicted, for example, the Obama administration dragged their feet on getting him extradited and now he is reportedly back in business.
“…under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.” Katherine Bauer testimony to Congress Feb, 2017