Shhhh . . . . It's a Secret
- Democrats and Republicans in Congress lock arms and secretly voted to send U.S. weapons to the Syrian rebels to overthrow the government.
- This goes right along with our secret FISA courts issuing secret warrants so the secret military run NSA can secretly spy on every American.
- The Republic is dead. Hail Caesar!
(Reuters News) - Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to so-called "moderate" Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials.
The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets.
The deliveries do not include weapons such as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, known as MANPADs, which could shoot down military or civilian aircraft, the officials said.
The weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30, two officials said.
The apparently steady weapons flow contrasts with the situation last summer, when lethal U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels dried up for a time due to congressional reservations.
Congress approved funding for weapons deliveries to the Syrian rebels in classified sections of defense appropriations legislation, two sources familiar with the matter said. It was not clear when the funding was approved, but unclassified defense funding passed Congress in late December.
A White House spokeswoman had no comment. Other U.S. agencies did not respond to requests for comment.