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Senator Rand Paul Introduces “Stop Arming Terrorists Act”

Last week, Senator  Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation that would end American tax dollars being used to directly or indirectly arm Islamic militants who are allied under a variey of s Islamic jihad terror groups.

S 532, dubbed the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” is a companion bill to HR 608, which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI) in January.  The bill prohibits the use of United States Government funds to provide assistance to Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh alSham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to countries supporting those organizations, and for other purposes, according to the summary.

“One of the unintended consequences of nation-building and open-ended intervention is American funds and weapons benefiting those who hate us,” said Dr. Paul. “This legislation will strengthen our foreign policy, enhance our national security, and safeguard our resources.”

“For years, the U.S. government has been supporting armed militant groups working directly with and often under the command of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government. Rather than spending trillions of dollars on regime change wars in the Middle East, we should be focused on defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, and using our resources to invest in rebuilding our communities here at home,” said Rep. Gabbard. “The fact that American taxpayer dollars are being used to strengthen the very terrorist groups we should be focused on defeating should alarm every Member of Congress and every American. We call on our colleagues and the Administration to join us in passing this legislation.”

This seems to be common sense legislation.  In fact, I would say that arming Islamic jihadists directly or indirectly, considering they are the sworn enemies of everything that is not Islamic, including the US and Christianity, is an act of treason.  I believe that so much, I made a case for holding Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, along with anyone who supported his dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, guilty of treason.

The Stop Arming Terrorists Act:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instructs the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to determine the individuals 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.
  • Anticipates changing conditions by requiring the DNI to 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.
  • Provides for accountability and transparency by requiring the DNI to brief Congress on its determinations.

Senator Paul, like his father, seems to have very simple solutions to what others claim are complex problems.  The Kentucky senator also introduced legislation to repeal main portions of Obamacare and introduced a bill in January to open up the free market concerning health insurance.

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