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Parliamentary Committee Takes Initial Steps in Sanctioning U.S. Officials

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 24 (ICANA) – The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has approved the generalities of a bill which calls for imposition of sanctions on 26 U.S. officials who have been involved in human rights violations, MP Kazem Jalali announced on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:21:16 PM
Parliamentary Committee Takes Initial Steps in Sanctioning U.S. Officials

“All U.S. unilateral policies are scandalous, but some U.S. officials have played a more effective role in violating human rights, perpetrating crimes against humanity, and drug trafficking, so this plan envisages punishing these people,” Jalali, the committee spokesman, told reporters.

“In the next session of the committee the details of the plan will be approved, and then the complete list of the sanctioned U.S. officials will be published,” he added.

The senior lawmaker only identified five U.S. officials who have been involved in human rights violation: Donald Henry Rumsfeld, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Thomas J. Pickard, the former acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Jeffrey Harbeson, the commandant of Joint Task Force Guantanamo; Geoffrey D. Miller, the former commandant of the U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay; and William C. Rogers III, former officer in the United States Navy, most notable as the captain of USS Vincennes, which shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 passengers and crew members, including 66 children.

The Mehr News Agency also reported that Tommy Ray Franks, a retired general in the United States Army, Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator to Iraq charged with overseeing the country’s reconstruction after the 2003 invasion, and Richard Perle, an American political advisor and lobbyist who worked on the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 1987 to 2004 are on the list of sanctioned officials.

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