Hillary Clinton's record continues to be exposed to voters through online media sources. One major issue is the arms sales to countries that constantly and extensively abuse human rights -- countries whose governments are donors of the Clinton Foundation.
Mainstream media has been mostly silent on this and other hard-hitting Clinton issues. A large consortium of the mainstream media has donated to, or is owned by those who have donated to the Clinton Foundation, Bill, or Hillary Clinton, as reported by Politico, such as CNN, NBC, and The Washington Post Company.The Clinton issue about arms deals is so large that it actually involves three overarching facts that intertwine:
- The Hillary Clinton-led State Department approved the sale of nearly twice as many arms to other countries as the Department did during the same period in the George W. Bush presidency.
- The 20 countries who got the arms are donors of the Clinton foundation.
- Many of these countries are human rights abusers.
The arms sales totaled a staggering amount of money -- in the hundreds of billions of dollars.A year ago the International Business Times reported details on this issue.
"Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation... That figure... represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush's second term."Where there was an 80 percent increase in arms sales to all other countries during the same time period, there was an increase of 143 percent in extra sales to 16 countries who gave money to the Clinton foundation.
"The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration."While this was happening, did Hillary Clinton distract the American public with State Department reports that seemed to indicate that instead of working with these governments, she was being critical of them?
At the time of these arms deals, the American public heard the State Department openly criticizing some of these countries for corruption, restriction on civil liberties, and violence against political opponents.
However, what Americans did not hear about was that, behind the scenes, the Clinton Foundation was receiving money from these same countries that were being "complained" about by the Clinton-controlled State Department.
And also happening without widespread public knowledge, countries (and Clinton Foundation donors) like Algeria -- long known for its civil rights atrocities -- were getting State Department clearance to buy enormous amounts of American-made weapons.The Business Anti-Corruption Portal warns that companies operating in Algeria face a "high corruption risk" in nearly every category they research, such as the judicial system and public services. It also reported the following about Algeria.
"Bribery and facilitation payments are also common practice, despite being criminal offenses. Bribes and 'grease money' are mainly employed to overcome bureaucratic hurdles."Online media outlets have filled the mainstream media's gap of coverage on this issue.
The Huffington Post noted Clinton's "...fierce pursuit of a $29 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a country which Human Rights Watch criticizes for violently oppressing women..."
Despite global awareness of issues such as that "[Algerian] government officials engage in corruption with impunity," the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from this country, and others like it, and the Hillary Clinton-led State Department approved commercial arms sales to Algeria and others.The Human Rights Watch reports no change in Algeria's abuses.
"...2014 saw no overall improvement in human rights conditions in Algeria... Authorities curtailed free speech and the rights to freedom of association, assembly, and peaceful protest, and arrested and prosecuted political and trade union activists."Mainstream media has also been silent on the massive anti-Hillary Clinton campaign happening online, with many people citing the arms deals and other reasons that they are opposed to a Clinton presidency.Indeed, the entire Clinton Foundation may be committing charity fraud, as reported in a related Inquisitr story. While issues described as, "arms deals with Clinton Foundation donors who abuse human rights" are not quick and short, people are reading and researching about them online.
As more people turn to online media to learn the details about these and other Clinton issues, Hillary Clinton seems to be losing support.
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