U.S. tech sanctions against Iran and Syria

Obama Administration target Islamic Revolution Guard Corps

BBC: US President Barack Obama has announced fresh sanctions against Iran, Syria and those who help them use technology to perpetrate human rights abuses. He announced the new sanctions against "digital guns for hire" in a speech at the US Holocaust Museum. On Monday, the US Treasury announced the specific targets of the sanctions, including Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, Syria's General Security Directorate and its chief Ali Mamluk, as well as the state-controlled mobile phone company, Syriatel >>>



The Problem with Obama

by masoudA on

Is that he is so shallow yet tranparant in his bullshits......on one hand he presses for Human Rights when it comes to dealing with Shiite Moslems - yet he bows down to the King of Sunni Moslems, the first Country to reject all 30 articles of human rights.... Obama is such a little boy, playing Old Men's game!!





it's a done deal bozo. get used to it and stop crying.

by mousa67 on

khameni can play with nukes to 20% only. a fraction of a pecent above that and we'll make him beg to be "saddamized". my nephew ariel -currently  surf boarding on straits of hormooz-and his F15 plus US 5th fleet are enforcing that deal as shia clregy can not be trusted.

the 100% undeniable right stuff belongs to civilised governments only. just forget it. iranian people desreve it. but not the islamic republic. never. period. 

and god bless the USA and its great president mr barak hossein obama.

Arash Kamangir

Obama is not serious and Israel knows that

by Arash Kamangir on

Obama and his election back in 2008 was a catasrophy for West and Israel. Israel knows that and thier hands are tied up a little. Obama will be in office another 8 month however If Israel feels the time has come that they have to attack Iran they will not hesitate a second.

Darius Kadivar

Cosmetic 'Toughness' is all Obama is capable of ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Loser !


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Hilltary Clinton would have made a better President given the International Responsibilities of a nation which claims to be the World's First Super Power !


Why so late?

by asadabad on

They were murdering Sunnis, Shias, Jews, Christians, and non-believers from day one.  It amazes me that this wasn't done years ago.  These cowardly dogs are terror masters and must be treated accordlingly...with no mercy!  


Mamoor joon, please clarify

by AMIR1973 on

Iran is not using any US technology unless it has been sent flying over its territory and being brought down!!

Do you mean Iran Air's American Boeing passenger airliners or the IRI's Russian flying coffins that keep crashing? Please clarify Mamoor joon, and I will pay you with one boshkeh of soybean meal (not the same as your boshkeh-yeh eshgh dar Hozeh-yeh Elmi-yeh Qom).


wear it out

by مآمور on

Mr Obama is just wearing the term sanction out!!

Iran is not using any US technology unless it has been sent flying over its territory and being brought down!!

I wear an Omega watch


No end to IRI regime

by Rastgoo on

Notice how he didn't say end to the Iran regime as well.  Before all the conspiracy theory enthusiasts get to work with their imaginative scenarios, I think it signals washington's readiness to deal with Iran on the nuclear issue.  This is one of IRI's demands: no more calls for the toppling of the regime.  We are getting further from war, thank god.


"Atrocities Prevention Board"!!!!!!!!!!

by vildemose on

 he United States is to impose sanctions against companies and officials of authoritarian regimes that facilitate or use new communications technologies, including cellphone and Internet monitoring, to violate human rights and stifle dissent, President Barack Obama announced today.

“These technologies should be in place to empower citizens, not to repress them,” he said, taking aim at “digital guns for hire” in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people,” Obama said, with respect to the conflict in Syria.

The prevention of atrocities and genocide is a “core national security interest” as well as a core American value. But, he added: “That does not mean that we intervene militarily every time there is an atrocity committed. We cannot and should not.”

The measures target not only the Syrian and Iranian regimes, but any companies that provide such regimes with high-tech equipment that is used to abuse human rights and suppress dissent.

An executive order signed Sunday “authorizes sanctions and visa bans against those who commit or facilitate grave human rights abuses via information technology … related to Syrian and Iranian regime brutality,” according to a White House statement.

“This novel sanctions tool allows us to sanction not just those oppressive governments, but the companies that enable them with technology they use for oppression and the ‘digital guns for hire’ who create or operate systems used to monitor, track, and target citizens for killing, torture, or other grave abuses,” the statement said.

Last year the Wall Street Journal reported that McAfee, a subsidiary of Intel, supplied content-filtering software to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

A new Atrocities Prevention Board – a high-level government panel comprising officials from State, Defense, Treasury, Justice and Homeland Security, and other government agencies – will act as a clearinghouse for intelligence, policy-making and pre-emptive initiatives to identify and respond rapidly to threats of atrocities, genocide or mass killing.

“Across government, alert channels will make sure that information about unfolding crises and dissenting opinions reach decision-makers, including me,” Obama said. The first-ever intelligence assessment on the risk of mass atrocities will “institutionalize the focus on this issue,” he said..."


A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

"digital guns for hire" ... uhm, where can we find some of them?

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on


 It's about time. A

by vildemose on

 It's about time.

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Soosan Khanoom

Fereydoon .. take it easy baba

by Soosan Khanoom on

Try some Beta Blockers ... or just chilax by the  Dead Sea ..

By the way, Do you know why the promised land is the only land in the middle east without OIL?  God must have had some sense of humor ... lol  


Airtight sanctions

by Fred on

Taking too long, start air/naval cargo inspection & go airtight sanctions NOW!