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11 US Congressman behind Ratification of Tehran Sanctions (3)

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TEHRAN, May 4 (ICANA) – Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Research Center (MRC) disclosed the identities of the most influential Americans and research institutes that play critical roles in shaping U.S. sanction policies against Iran.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:12:47 PM
11 US Congressman behind Ratification of Tehran Sanctions (3)

These centers from which the anti-Iran ideas emanate include research institutes, the Israeli lobby, the corporate and Zionist mass media, Congresspersons and the architects of sanction stratagems in the congress and administration.

The background and earlier views of some of the hostile presidential advisors and officials in both the Bush and Obama Administrations were cited in the first and second parts of this report. The third part presents the views of the most prominent architects of the 111th  U.S. Congress who drafted and ratified the stringent sanctions against Iran.  

The composition of the primary draft of resolutions to impose additional sanctions against Iran, under the AIPAC influence over Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Christopher Dodd, is an example of different lobbies’ coordination and collaboration against Iran. 

Using ‘human rights’ issues as a tool, Congress lobbies have allocated a considerable amount of money in recent years to meddle in the internal affairs of Iran. In the US political system, there is a special coordination between different parts of the policy-making organs to influence Iran’s domestic political developments. 

John Sidney McCain III is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican nominee in the 2008 United States Presidential election. Senator McCain, a member of the Armed Services Committee at the 111 United States Congress, is one of the leading supporters of additional sanctions against Tehran. 

Joe Lieberman, a member of Armed Services Committee at the 111th and 112th United States Congress, had an important role in writing the draft of most of the sanctions against Tehran. 

John Cornyn, III, is the junior United States Senator from Texas, serving since 2003. He has tried very much to influence the Iranian-American community and pressure Iran by making false accusations against Tehran, referring to ‘human rights’ issues.

Cornyn is a member of the Republican Party. He was elected Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 111th U.S. Congress.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the U.S. Representative from Florida's 18th congressional district, serving since 1989. She is a member of the Republican Party. She has always engaged in spreading false propaganda against Iran, declaring that Tehran is close to acquiring nuclear weapons.  Ros-Lehtinen had a significant role in drafting the sanctions in the Congress. 

Ros-Lehtinen is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from Florida. She is chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, effective 2011.

Danny "Dan" Lee Burton is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 5th congressional district, and previously the 6th district, serving since 1983. He is a member of the Republican Party. Burton had an important role in drafting sanctions against Iran’s business market and sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Bradley J. "Brad" Sherman is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's 27th congressional district.

Blocking Revolutionary Guard Corps’ related companies and financial stocks is one of the most important parts of Sherman's policies to limit Iran. He was one of the advocates of sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and sanctions on Iran’s gasoline imports.

Rochelle "Shelley" Berkley is the U.S. Representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999. She was one of the opponents of the Iran-Turkey-Brazil Nuclear Agreement on fuel swap exchange. 

Berkley is a member of the Democratic Party and sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Painting a dark picture of Tehran’s nuclear activities as ‘dangerous’ in order to develop a negative perspective of Iran in the international community is the cornerstone of her theory for containing Tehran and its growing influence in the world.

Congressman Gary Ackerman is presently serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has always tried to tie the Iran Nuclear issue to the ‘human rights’ issue. He declared that the events surrounding the 2010 presidential election in Iran were a good fortune, giving the West a chance to knock down Tehran.

Ackerman represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, where the medium income of a majority of non-Hispanic white residents is $51,156.  On May 22, 2008, Ackerman submitted a controversial resolution, H. Con. Res. 362, which contained language suggesting a blockade of Iran’s ports, which many criticized as a near declaration of war against Iran. 

Mark Steven Kirk is an American Republican politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Illinois. He isCo-Chair of Iran Working Group in the US House of Representatives. He is a prominent Israeli lobbyist in the house. When asked where he stood on the U.S. giving humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Gaza, he opposed it saying it was not only a waste of money, but that the U.S. would become the second largest funder of Hamas, after Iran.

On November 2, 2010, Kirk won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Obama's term. In addition to winning a regular six year term beginning January 3, 2011, Kirk was sworn in on November 29, 2010. Prior to serving in the Senate, Kirk was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district from 2001 to 2010.

Anthony David Weiner is the U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district, serving since 1999. He is an advocate of trade sanctions against Tehran.

Weiner is a member of the Democratic Party. In the House, he is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Howard Lawrence Berman is the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district, serving since 2003. As the chairman of the 11th congress foreign affairs commission, he had an important role in co-sponsoring with Gary Ackerman, the controversial H. Con. Res. 362, calling for gasoline sanctions on Iran.

He is a member of the Democratic Party. He earlier served in the California State Assembly from 1973 to 1982, and as the U.S. Representative for California's 26th congressional district from 1983 to 2003.  (Raja News)

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