The Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard both agree on one thing.The two agree that tax money spent in proxy wars should be used to help the American people. The two have teamed up to stop the CIA from arming terrorists.The Stop Arming Terrorists Act (S. 532) has been introduced by Senator Paul. The Act prohibits American taxpayers’ money from being used to directly or indirectly support armed militants
The armed militants are often allied with or working under the command of Al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or other terrorist groups.The Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard proposed a similar companion bill, H.R. 608, in January.
Both bills want to prevent the U.S. government from aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the Middle East under black operations like the CIA spending over $1 billion a year arming Syrian rebels.The records have shown proof that the U.S. government has been funding the terror groups.
The Panama Papers revealed that the CIA was using offshore Panama accounts to fund gun running – code named Operation Goldfinger.A report by Reuters back in 2012 showed that the FSA’s command was dominated by Islamic extremists.
Many of the weapons that Washington was sending to Syria were ending up in the hands of Jihadists.Both Paul and Gabbard say that the tax dollars should be spent on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and our communities than funding proxy wars.This will prevent the U.S. from repeating the same mistakes it made when it armed the Mujahideen under Operation Cyclone which was a former CIA operation to arm Jihadi fighters against the Soviets in 1979-1989.
It is illegal for any private citizen to fund a terrorist organization under 18 U.S.C. 2339A and 2339B. it is a time we hold our government to the same standard and stop it from arming terrorists.
Here’s some more information about S. 532, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act from Senator Paul’s press release.It makes it illegal for any U.S. federal government funds to be used to provide assistance covered in the bill, including weapons, munitions, weapons platforms, intelligence, logistics, training, and cash, to terrorists.
It also Prohibits the U.S. government from providing such assistance covered in the bill to any nation that has given or continues to give such support to terrorists.
The bill also instructs the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to determine the individuals and groups that should be considered terrorists.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) should also identify the individuals and groups that are associated with, affiliated with, adherents to, or cooperate with al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, or ISIS.
It also requires that the DNI work with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Armed Services Committee, and Select Committee on Intelligence to review and update the list of prohibited countries and groups every six months.