By Redaction AHORA / firstname.lastname@example.org / Wednesday, 03 August 2011 11:19
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and the U.S. State Department settled their dispute over the 20 millions in funds for subversive programs in Cuba.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who had placed a hold on the money, said Tuesday that the department provided answers about oversight of the program and he had stopped blocking the funds, AP reported.
Established in 1996, the alleged aid program has come under question amid reports of grantees misusing money and little U.S. scrutiny.
Leahy, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, has not been the only lawmaker to challenge the program. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., had blocked the distribution of the $20 million on April 1, arguing this type of programs have cost 150 million dollars to American taxpayers and requested the Government Accountability Office(GAO) to do further research "on the legal base and the effectiveness of these operations.
While the economic crisis is sentencing hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens to poverty, Washington continues channeling tens of millions of dollars into plans of interference whose ineffectiveness is well known.
The USAID programs aimed at Cuba and comprising "investments" in anti-government groups and intelligence have ineffectively cost $150 million from the 90s.
According to Kerry himself, U.S. funds were utilized to artificially mobilize protest in Cuba through deeply penetrated dissident groups, to the point that American money is in fact helping to "finance" Cuban state security bodies.
Criticizing USAID’s activities, Kerry condemned the use of coded communications, secret codes and pseudonyms, all characteristic of intelligence operations, ordering an investigation into widespread fraud within the program.
Kerry has stated that there is no evidence that the programs are helping the Cuban people, and that they would seem to have done little more than to provoke the Cuban government into arresting a U.S. government employee. / RHC
JG: The $20 million in USAID money is another huge welfare check for the Miami gusanos.