Washington DC - Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the "Transparent Actions over Covert Tactics in Iran Act of 2008," or "TACT in Iran Act," last week along with six Democratic co-sponsors. The bill, referred to the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, seeks the prohibition of the use of federal funds for clandestine operations aimed at regime change in Iran, carried out by the CIA and the Department of Defense.
Arguing that "security...is not enhanced when the United States acts in a manner that leads other nations to distrust its public pronouncements, question its motives, and view its actions with suspicion," the bill emphasizes that using covert means to overthrow the Iranian government is "antithetical to democratic values and respect for the rule of law."
In late January 2007, Lee introduced House Resolution 770, also referred to as the "Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation Act" which similarly to the "Tact in Iran Act" sought the prohibition of the use of federal funds for "covert action for the purpose of causing regime change in Iran or to carry out any military action against Iran in the absence of an imminent threat." While H.R. 770 urged an end to alleged Iranian support for terrorism and the implementation of enforceable safeguards on its nuclear facilities, the bill maintained that these should be no pre-conditions for diplomacy with Tehran.
Judging by H.R. 770's failure to gain broad support, it is unlikely that Lee's renewed attempt to establish an atmosphere conducive to dialogue will succeed before Congress adjourns Friday.
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