Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Madness of the Obama Administration: Sharing law enforcement information with an outlaw regime

A counterproductive agreement
The Office of the Spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State issued a statement that "On January 16, the United States and Cuba signed a bilateral Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding to deepen law enforcement cooperation and information sharing." Let that sink in for a moment. The United States is sharing law enforcement information with an outlaw regime that in the span of the past four years has been exposed: smuggling tons of heavy weapons to North Korea and Colombia in violation of international sanctions; acquiring a U.S. hellfire missile then refusing to return it to the U.S. for over a year; linked to drug smuggling in Venezuela and a shipment of cocaine intercepted at the Panama Canal;  and was only taken off the list of state terror sponsors in 2015 because of the Obama Administration's normalization drive.
Cocaine shipment on Cuban ship camouflaged among tanks of molasses 
Despite all this the Obama Administration has agreed that "under this memorandum, the United States and Cuba will continue the Law Enforcement Dialogue process, which includes technical exchanges on specific law enforcement issues of mutual concern such as counternarcotics, money laundering, fraud and human smuggling, and counterterrorism."
Sadly, human trafficking experts have called out the Obama Administration and the State Department for watering down its human trafficking report for political reasons in order to give Cuba a better score than it actually warrants.
To say that sharing law enforcement information is counterproductive at best is an understatement. January 20th can't come fast enough.

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