Document where two US NGOs are investigated for alleged terrorist financing USAID and World Vision United States.
Non-profit humanitarian agency World Vision United States improperly transacted with the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) in 2014 with approval from the Obama administration, sending government funds to an organization that had been sanctioned over its ties to terrorism, according to a new report.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) recently released a report detailing the findings of an investigation his staff began in February 2019 into the relationship between World Vision and ISRA.
The probe found that World Vision was not aware that ISRA had been sanctioned by the U.S. since 2004 after funneling roughly $5 million to Maktab al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al-Qaeda controlled by Osama Bid Laden.
However, that ignorance was born from insufficient vetting practices, the report said.
“World Vision works to help people in need across the world, and that work is admirable,” Grassley said in a statement. “Though it may not have known that ISRA was on the sanctions list or that it was listed because of its affiliation with terrorism, it should have. Ignorance can’t suffice as an excuse. World Vision’s changes in vetting practices are a good first step, and I look forward to its continued progress.”
The investigation was sparked by a July 2018 National Review article in which Sam Westrop, the director of the Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch, detailed MEF’s findings that the Obama administration had approved a “$200,000 grant of taxpayer money to ISRA.”
Government officials specifically authorized the release of “at least $115,000” of this grant even after learning that it was a designated terror organization, Westrop wrote.
According to the Senate report, World Vision submitted a grant application to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to carry out its Blue Nile Recovery Program on January 21, 2014. The proposed program sought to provide food security, sanitation equipment, and health services to areas hard-hit by conflict in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.
USAID awarded World Vision a $723,405 grant for the program. The next month, ISRA agreed to provide humanitarian services to parts of the Blue Nile Region for World Vision, according to the report. The two organizations had also collaborated on several projects in 2013 and 2014.
World Vision only discovered ISRA was sanctioned after the Evangelical humanitarian non-profit discussed partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on a separate humanitarian project in Sudan. In performing a routine vetting of World Vision and its partners, IOM discovered ISRA’s sanctioned status and reached out to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Compliance Team to confirm.
After receiving confirmation from OFAC, IOM rejected World Vision’s offer to collaborate, the report says.
World Vision’s legal department was notified of ISRA’s potential status as a sanctioned entity in September 2014 and immediately halted all payments to the organization while it investigated.
The non-profit sent a letter to OFAC on November 19, 2014, asking for clarification regarding ISRA’s status, and requesting that, in the event that ISRA was sanctioned, it be awarded a temporary license to finish out the organizations’ existing contract.
Regarding Venezuela, USAID indirectly sponsors terrorist acts
USAID is known as the mega “humanitarian” agency of the CIA, I can name a couple of cases that you have surely heard:
And I can even give you evidence where the USAID money ends up in Venezuela:
“On Guaidó trip to the USA, they squared a plan to put a ticket to organized crime mafias and put them in function of a destabilization plan in the main cities of the country,” denounced President Maduro.
Hours before, the Governor of Zulia reported having fully identified the leaders of gangs that operate with hit men, attacks on political leaders and merchants’s extortion .
“It is the frontal combat of the State against the parapolitical mafias,” said Prieto.
The day of Caracas area Fajardo’s confrontation where the FAES foiled a kidnapping, AT THE SAME TIME (around 4:50 pm), an armed assault was also perpetrated in Makro La Yaguara, Caracas.
Then, media opposed to Maduro, coordinated his story.
- Where do you think the money comes from for trips around the world fighting the reeeeeeeegimen?
- Where do you think the money comes from to support Venezuela’s self-exiles?
- Where do you think the money comes from to coups and mercenaries?
It is to be remembered that the US allocated funds to the ex self-proclaimed Venezuelan president, Juan Guaidó, and the ex National Assembly (AN) under the guise of “humanitarian aid.”
According to a report on the official website of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), since 2017 this body has paid 467 million dollars to opponents of Venezuela under the pretext of “ humanitarian assistance ”.
The document states that after an agreement signed in October 2019, USAID has committed $ 128 million to “help” the opposition leader Guaidó and also to the ex National Assembly with the objective of the supposed “development of plans to recover the economy and implement social services during a transition to democracy ”.
In the text, published in December, the US agency reveals allocating money for “compensation, travel costs and other expenses for some technical advisers of the ex National Assembly and the interim administration of Guaidó through assistance funds.”
Elsewhere in the document it reads that the United States is supporting response efforts in 16 countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Likewise, the report notes that USAID in Venezuela doesn’t provide funds directly to elected members of the ex AN and officials of the Guaidó Administration, although it alleges that funds were awarded competitively to private organizations through contracts, donations or agreements of cooperation, matter fact its net