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Sen. Paul Issues Letter to Secretary Kerry Requesting Declassification of Foreign Aid Violations

April 30, 2013 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, April 26, Sen. Rand Paul issued a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that instances of waste, misuse and theft of U.S. foreign aid be investigated and then made public. During Secretary Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 18, he pledged to investigate any instances of waste and theft of foreign aid. Sen. Paul believes these instances of waste and abuse should be transparent for the American people to judge for themselves whether the benefits of our taxpayer-funded aid is worth the costs.
The Honorable John F. Kerry
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

April 26, 2013
Dear Secretary Kerry,
During your testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 18, 2013, you pledged to investigate any instances of waste, misuse, and downright theft of foreign aid that I brought to your attention. I am writing to highlight the fact that there are numerous recorded violations of abuse within our foreign aid programs- foreign military aid, specifically – that are already catalogued by your agency, but are unavailable to the American public because the State Department keeps these details classified. I am asking for you to declassify these details to ensure that the American people have all the information when it comes to how their tax dollars are spent overseas.
Section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) requires the President to report to Congress violations by foreign countries of the conditions of their aid; theft of funds or equipment or the misuse of defense articles would qualify in this regard. If a substantial violation is discovered, that country can be deemed ineligible for further US military aid – although, to my knowledge, this has never actually occurred, even when substantial violations by various countries are regularly and repeatedly uncovered. However, the details of all of these violations remain conveniently classified.
Of additional concern to me is the fact that the State Department has not had an Inspector General in over five years. As you know, the IG position is specifically designed to ferret out wasteful programs and instances of misused or stolen program funds. I understand that the House Committee on Foreign Affairs sent you a letter in February asking you to appoint an Inspector General …read more


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