Rep Tulsi Gabbard introduces the “Stop Arming Terrorists Law”

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Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is being vetted for a job in Donald Trump’s cabinet. In the meantime, she has introduced a bill in the House that’s been turning heads. It’s called the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act.”

When she introduced the law, she said this,

“Under U.S. law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups. If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the U.S. government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”

The hope of the sponsors is that this bill, like the Boland Amendment of the Iran-Contra situation, will put an end to the arming of factions that are counterproductive.

You can read the whole case for this bill at Gabbard’s government webpage. The bill is designed for

  • Making it illegal for any U.S. Federal government funds to be used to provide assistance covered in this bill to terrorists. The assistance covered includes weapons, munitions, weapons platforms, intelligence, logistics, training, and cash.
  • Making it illegal for the U.S. government to provide assistance covered in the bill to any nation that has given or continues to give such assistance to terrorists.
  • Requiring the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to determine the individual and groups that should be considered terrorists, for the purposes of this bill, by determining: (a) the individuals and groups that are associated with, affiliated with, adherents to or cooperating with al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, or ISIS; (b) the countries that are providing assistance covered in this bill to those individuals or groups.
  • Requiring the DNI to review and update the list of countries and groups to which assistance is prohibited every six months, in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, as well as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Requiring the DNI to brief Congress on the determinations.

Moderates? 

The fantasy world of the US Government says that they are just arming “moderate” rebel forces. In a Wikileaks email release from August of 2014, Hillary told John Podesta:

“At the same time we should return to plans to provide the FSA, or some group of moderate forces, with equipment that will  allow them to deal with a weakened ISIL, and stepped up operations against the Syrian regime. This entire effort should be done with a low profile, avoiding the massive traditional military operations that are at best temporary solutions. While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”

Clinton was well aware that we were funding countries that were funding ISIS. She said that our funding of rebel terror groups should be “done on a low profile.” She knew full well that Al-Qaeda was ‘working with us’ in the region.

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Gabbard’s bill is designed to put a halt to all that. Of course, Russia has been claiming that we were funding terrorists all along. But we wouldn’t want to get the Russian conspiracy all worked up yet again.

 

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