Thursday, April 23, 2009

US wants Iran hostage suit tossed out

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit against Iran filed by Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 30 years ago.

The request comes in a $6.6 billion class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. Fifty-two American diplomats and military officials were held captive for more than a year at the end of Jimmy Carter's presidency by a group of Islamist students who supported the Iranian revolution.

The hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981, just minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the new president.

In court papers filed Tuesday night without any announcement, the Justice Department argued that the agreement to release the hostages, known as the Algiers Accords, precluded lawsuits against Iran.

So let me see if I've got this straight, The left in consort with the Obama administration want laywers and other officials who allowed waterboarding (arguably not torture) prosecuted but wish Iranian terrorists who kidnapped and brutally tortured innocent Americans shielded from all consequence. Have I got that right?

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