As the United States implements robust sanctions against Iran around the globe, we must also take action within our own borders. The government should seize all of Iran’s properties in the United States and rent the space to liberal Iranian opposition groups. This would send a clear signal to Iran’s government and its citizens that America supports reformers who seek a democratic future in Iran.
Under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the president can respond to an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to America’s economy, foreign policy or national security. The act also allows him to confiscate the property of any entity he deems to be engaged in hostilities against the United States, and to use those assets to serve American interests. Iran clearly meets this test. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran and its terrorist agents have had a policy of attacking American interests around the globe.