Rising liberal star Tulsi Gabbard is calling out the United States government for funding terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, and trying to put a stop to it.
The Democratic congresswoman took to Twitter on Saturday, tweeting, “If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail.”
If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Why does our gov get a free pass on this?
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) December 10, 2016
Gabbard presented the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” to Congress last Thursday and made this bold statement on the House floor:
The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.The CIA has long been supporting a group called Fursan al Haqq, providing them with salaries, weapons, and support, including surface to air missiles. This group is cooperating with and fighting alongside an al-Qaeda affiliated group trying to overthrow the Syrian government. The Levant Front is another so-called moderate umbrella group of Syrian opposition fighters. Over the past year, the United States has been working with Turkey to give this group intelligence support and other forms of military assistance. This group has joined forces with al-Qaeda’s offshoot group in Syria.
This madness must end. We must stop arming terrorists. The Government must end this hypocrisy and abide by the same laws that apply to its’ citizens.
The bill would put a stop to federal agencies supporting terrorist groups directly or by funneling money into countries or states that do.
Rep. Thomas Massie is co-sponsoring the bill with Gabbard and said, the bill “would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”
Peter Welch, Barbara Lee, and Trump ally Dana Rohrabacher are also co-sponsoring the bill along with Gabbard and Massie.
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