Few days after US President Barack Obama decided to lift restrictions on arms supplies to militants in Syria, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington has introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act to protect US taxpayers’ dollars from being spent on supporting and arming terrorist groups in the Middle East and worldwide.
Introduced to the House on Thursday by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, the legislature aims to put an end to the widely-reported US practice of indirectly sponsoring terrorism. In particular, the act seeks to make it illegal for any US government agency to assist extremist groups directly or indirectly in any way shape or form, be it through the sale of weapons, field training, or intelligence assistance.
Furthermore, the act, which is being supported by the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the US Peace Council, wants to make it illegal for Washington to provide assistance to any third nation that sponsors terrorists.
The submitters of the legislation argue that any nations or individuals cooperating with Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front), or Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), should be barred from US funding.
On the technical side, the legislature calls on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to compile a list of specific individuals, nation states and terrorist groups which would fall within the terms of the act.
“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to Al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the US 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,” Gabbard said.
Gabbard introduces the bill:
Ms. Gabbard also appeared at CNN to answer the questions on her alignment with President-elect Donald Trump (because CNN believes anybody who calls to stop arming terrorists is a Donald Trump supporter or a Putin agent) and to slam the US policy of regime change and support of terrorists in Syria.
Few quotes from the interview:
Jake Tapper: Are you really suggesting that US govt is funding these terrorist groups?
Tulsi Gabbard: Ah, I’m not only suggesting it. This is… this is the reality that we’re living in.
Jake Tapper: Not directly though?
Tulsi Gabbard: Most Americans… if… if you or I were to provide money, uh weapons, or support or whatever, to a group like Alqaeda or IsIs, we would immediately be thrown in jail! However, the US government has been providing money, weapons, intel assistance and other types of support, through the CIA, directly to these groups that are working with and are affilated with al-Qaeda and ISIS!
Jake Tapper: So, you’re saying that the CIA is giving monies to groups in Syria, and those groups are ‘working with’ al-Nusra and ISIS?
Tulsi Gabbard: There are… there’ve been numerous reports, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets, who have declared that these ‘rebel groups’ have formed these battlefield alliances with Al-Qaeda… that essentially is Al-Qaeda… groups in charge of every single ‘rebel group’ on the ground, fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.
Meanwhile, Wikileaks released a email of Jake Sullivan (was Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden) to Hillary Clinton that clearly shows that Washington clearly supported al-Qaeda in Syria for a long time.