What do the “Stop Arming Terrorists Acts (SATA)” H.R. 608 and S. 532 do?
SATA prohibits U.S. government funds – your tax dollars – from being used to support al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL), and other others individuals, groups and government that collaborate with them.
SATA would ensure that tax funds provided to the CIA or other federal government agencies are not used to support al-Qaeda (in Syria, formerly called Jabhat al-Nusra, later rebranded as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) or ISIS (also called the Islamic State, ISIL, Daesh), or other terrorist groups working with them, such as Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam, and Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki. It would also prohibit the Federal government from funding assistance to countries that are directly or indirectly supporting terrorist groups.
Is it really necessary to legislate against arming and otherwise supporting terrorists?
Unfortunately, yes. Washington has been supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham, and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, non-lethal weapons, intelligence and propaganda support in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.
For example, according to a New York Times report, “The C.I.A., Arab Governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters … expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.” Among the recipients of this “cataract of weaponry” were the militant groups, Soquor al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham, both of which are known collaborators of al-Qaeda. Rebel commanders confirmed to the NYT that “there are fake Free Syrian Army brigades … and when they get the weapons they sell them in trade”. (“Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid from C.I.A”, New York Times, March 24, 2013.)
While still Vice President, Joe Biden acknowledged that Sunni regional allies of the United States – such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – had “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and … thousands of weapons into … al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the word.” The then-Vice President further acknowledged that the United States was not able to support “moderate” forces because there was “no moderate middle” among the Syria rebels. (Joe Biden, Q & A, Harvard University Graduation Speech, October 2, 2014.)
The No Arms For Terrorists campaign believes this must stop.
Why is it important to end American support for terrorists?
The consequences of American support for jihad terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been devastating for the civilians of those countries. Large swathes of those countries have been taken over by jihad terrorists, killing, maiming, displacing, religiously cleansing, and destroying social pluralism in the process. Christians and other non-Muslims, moderate Muslims, free thinkers and liberated women are especially at risk in areas controlled by jihad terrorists. In March 2916, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry determined that Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims were victims of genocide in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, jihadists have been empowered throughout the world, and now pose greater security risks to the United States than ever before. We must learn from history. Al-Qaeda and the modern violent jihad terror movement emerged as a global force after having been empowered by U.S. government support in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
What is the No Arms For Terrorists campaign?
Wouldn’t enacting SATA tie the president’s hands?
There are certain lines that the government must not cross. Arming and otherwise supporting terrorist individuals, cells, militias and states should be one of them. The United States is strong enough and ingenious enough to defend its vital interests without resorting to the use of terrorists as proxies.
Is this a legitimate role of Congress?
Congress can and must use its power of the purse under the U.S. Constitution to rein in Executive actions that are contrary to American interests, values, and the law.
What is the Trump administration’s view on SATA?
The Trump administration has not taken a public position on SATA, nor has it indicated that it has suspended the outgoing administration’s overt and covert programs of support that empowered jihad terrorism. We are working to achieve positive action as a matter of urgency.
Is the No Arms For Terrorists campaign independent?
Yes. We operate as a genuine independent Non-Governmental Organization, without funding from or institutional links to any government.