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House votes 397-21 for “Iran Freedom Support Act”

How is it possible that Bush is still getting away with promoting lies about Iran. How is he even still in office?
As if Iraq isn't a big enough mess, the House of Representatives has just voted to 'hold Iran accountable and support a transition to democracy'. Sound Familiar? Only this time Iran is a democracy. They just held an election where their president was actually elected by the people. How refreshing.

After everything that has been exposed...the lies, the profiteering, the long list of war crimes, 397 'Representatives' gave Bush the go ahead on attacking Iran. Only 21 Patriots voted Nay. Sad to say but these are the only people we can trust...

Baldwin, Blumenauer, Boyd, DeFazio, Duncan, Flake, Hostettler, Jones (NC)
Kucinich, Leach, McDermott, McGovern, McKinney, Oberstar, Obey, Olver

Paul, Rahall, Snyder, Stark, Taylor

The most disappointing aspect however is the fact that so many of our 'progressive' leaders in congress voted for this lie. John Conyers voted yay. Maxine Waters, Murtha, Bernie Sanders, Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee all voted for it. On the hill today the Progressive Caucus is hosting a hearing on Iraq...

Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee will host a hearing on the Iraq War next Thursday, April 27, 8:30-11 a.m., in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee just voted yay on giving the green light for war on Iran. I can assure them that the demands of the majority of Americans are not in accordance with their vote on Iran. We are supposed to believe that these representatives 'can get fooled again'? Are they merely posing as the opposition in order to stall for Bush?

At least we have a small vocal group speaking out...

Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, said the measure reminds him of a 1998 congressional resolution that called for regime change in Iraq, which he thinks was the first step to the "very unpopular, expensive" Iraq war.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, noted all lawmakers "hate this regime," but he favors "strong, smart, constructive, diplomatic efforts" - characteristics that he says are not present in the bill.
"I am very worried about where this all ends," he said.

"It is bad for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, but there are things that are worse," such as giving the country a reason to use one, said Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich said the Bush administration has "made a mess of international relations," with the war in Iraq. "Don't we have enough problems in Iraq to clean up before setting the stage for another conflict with Iran?" the Ohio Democrat asked.

How is it possible that Bush is still getting away with promoting lies about Iran. How is he even still in office?

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what is the "Iran Freedom Support Act" 27.Apr.2006 15:55

concerned citizen

H.R.282
Title: To hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.
Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] (introduced 1/6/2005) Cosponsors (360)
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2006 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 - 21 (Roll no. 105).
House Reports: 109-417
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SUMMARY AS OF:
1/6/2005--Introduced.

Iran Freedom Support Act - States that: (1) U.S. sanctions, controls, and regulations relating to weapons of mass destruction with respect to Iran shall remain in effect until the President certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that Iran has permanently and verifiably dismantled its weapons of mass destruction programs and has committed to combating such weapons' proliferation; and (2) such certification shall have no effect on other sanctions relating to Iranian support of international terrorism.

Amends the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 to: (1) eliminate mandatory sanction provisions respecting Libya; (2) impose mandatory sanctions on a person or entity that aids Iran acquire or develop weapons of mass destruction or destabilizing types and numbers of conventional weapons; (3) revise multilateral regime reporting requirements, including provisions respecting sanctions on individuals aiding Iranian petroleum development; (4) enlarge the scope of sanctionable entities; and (5) eliminate the sunset provision.
Authorizes the President to provide financial and political assistance to eligible foreign and domestic individuals and groups that support democracy in Iran and that are opposed to the Government of Iran.

Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should appoint a special assistant on Iranian matters; (2) contacts should be expanded with democratic Iranian opposition groups; and (3) the President should designate at least one such eligible group within 90 days of enactment of this Act.

Hold on just a sec 27.Apr.2006 16:25

tsalagi_red

"Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee just voted yay on giving the green light for war on Iran."

This is total hyperbole. They did no such thing, please read the bill again.

While I am troubled that many progressive friends voted for this bill, especially in light of Bush's chest thumping, it is NOT a vote for war.

In saner times, this vote would not have bothered me in the least. Please don't make it something it is not.

encouraging 27.Apr.2006 16:50

ne1

Wow, given what a hardon these guys have for "Iranian freedom" lately, who knows, maybe they'll even see fit in their infinite magnanimity to look into passing an "American freedom support act." At least they might think about repealing some of the "unfreedom" acts they've been so eager to subject us to lately.

Israel lobby 27.Apr.2006 17:28

mike

"Pro-Israel lobbyists on Capitol Hill are cajoling members of Congress to support the Iran Freedom Support Act, which would expand the existing American sanctions on companies that invest more than $20 annually in Iran's oil and gas sectors. The bill would tighten sanctions on companies that invest in Iran's energy industry in the hopes of blocking money that could be used to produce nuclear arms.

The bill also provides for assistance to pro-democracy forces within Iran, and funding for independent media broadcasts to the country. The House of Representatives' Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, and Howard Berman, a California Democrat, are sponsoring the proposed legislation. The sponsors of the Senate version are Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat."
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Iran is NOT a democracy 27.Apr.2006 21:37

Scotty B.

I don't support the US invading Iran ethier, but it's completely ridiculous to call Iran a democracy just because they recently had an election.

In the 2005 Iranian elections, nearly ALL "Reformist" candidates - candidates that favor more lax religious standards and more democratic freedoms in Iran, were disqualified from standing for office by the reigning religious Mullahs. The current President of Iran "won" his election AFTER the main Reformist candidate was barred from standing, and he won it against a much disliked-moderate who the religious mullahs let stand. And the current President of Iran is acting the exact way the Bush Administration wants him to, so I wouldn't be surprised if his entire election was engineered...

Just because America is moving towards becoming a facist, theorcratic state, doesn't mean that Iran isn't already one.

still holding out faith for 'progressive democrats'? 28.Apr.2006 06:34

steve

if it quacks.......... must be a duck right?

this bill, yet again, is just another example of the oligarchy doing business. It is no accident, our representatives are not 'cajoled', or 'tricked', they are very conscious members acting on the behalf of a tiny minority. Forming an independent party is essential if any progress is to be made. What does an independent party consist of?

An independent party is a labor party in the truest sense of the word. A party that represents working-class people. The Democrats have proven themselves hardened defenders of business; our party must do the oppositte.