Rand Paul Calls for Investigation of Foreign Aid Fraud

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Rand Paul Calls for Investigation of Foreign Aid Fraud

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) calls for investigation and reporting of all instances of abuse of foreign aid.

Stories of bags of cash being dropped off by the CIA on the desks of foreign regimes seems to have reached the ears of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Last Friday, April 26, Sen. Paul sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that the State Department begin policing fraud in the foreign aid dollars doled out to foreign governments and that any findings be reported to the American people.

In a statement announcing the letter and its purpose, Paul points out that in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, Kerry committed himself to investigating every report of “waste and abuse” of American aid sent overseas.

Senator Paul wants Kerry to push that promise a little further, proposing that all evidence of fraud be presented to the public. Then, armed with this knowledge, citizens can decide if their best interests are being served by donating millions to prop up scores of regimes around the globe.

The facts are irrefutable.

Several former Afghan government officials report the regular appearance and disappearance of sacks full of CIA “ghost money” in and out of the offices of President Hamid Karzai. As The New American has reported:

Americans are well aware of their monthly bills. But what they probably didn’t know — until now — is that every month they are also, via taxes, contributing to a slush fund for Afghan president Hamid Karzai. That, in a nutshell, is the story the New York Times broke on April 28.

“For more than a decade,” reported the Times, “wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

“We called it ‘ghost money,’” Khalil Roman, Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, told the paper. “It came in secret, and it left in secret.”

According to current and former Afghan and American officials, most speaking on condition of anonymity, U.S. taxpayers have thus far forked over “tens of millions of dollars” to Karzai’s office, where his National Security Council disburses the cash with no American oversight whatsoever, said the Times.

While this very recent account is unsettling and infuriating, such stories are nothing new when it comes to the history of savvy foreign governments taking advantage of U.S. foreign aid largesse.

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