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No Tax Funds to Terrorist States

Saturday, 22 September 2001 12:00 AM

That reassuring word comes from both the State Department Office of Counter-terrorism and the office of Sen. Jesse Helms, the North Carolina Republican who has spent more than 28 years in the Senate battling what he has seen as irresponsible and unjustified foreign-aid measures. Helms announced recently he will not seek a sixth term when his current term expires in January 2003.

Many NewsMax.com readers, furious over the terrorist assault on America on Sept. 11, have been asking whether their tax money may has been going to assist Iran, Iraq, Libya, communist Cuba and North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

When advised of that, Joe Reap, spokesman for the Office of Counter-terrorism, told NewsMax.com:

"By statute, the very fact that those seven are listed by the State Department as states sponsoring terrorism means that any economic assistance is prohibited.

"Nor are any arms sales or exports allowed to be made from the United States to those countries."

But what about U.S. taxpayers' funds going to those "rogue" states through the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank?

No way, Reap said, because "the United States is obligated by law to vote 'no' on any such loans or financial assistance to terrorist-sponsoring states."

Lester Munson, the Republican press spokesman for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, of which Helms is the ranking GOP member, confirmed to NewsMax.com:

"No direct United States aid is going to any of those states that are listed as sponsors of terrorism."

"It is safe to say that there is no direct U.S. funding of those regimes.

"In addition, there is a whole body of federal law prohibiting Americans from having any financial dealings with them," added Munson.

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