The junior senator from Kentucky demanded in an April 26 letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry that his department investigate, make public malfeasance, in America's foreign aid programs.
"I am writing to highlight the fact that there are numerous recorded violations of abuse within our foreign aid programs– foreign military aid, specifically – that are already catalogued by your agency, but are unavailable to the American public because the State Department keeps these details classified," wrote Sen. Randall H. Paul (R.-Ky.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a proto-candidate for the Republican's White House nomination in 2014.
The letter also points out that the position of State Department Inspector General has been vacant for five years and that President Barack Obama has not complied with congressiional reporting requirements spelled out in law.
Paul has a record of foreign aid skepticism, and made it a part of his Feb. 12 State of the Union response when he said: "Where would we cut spending? Well, we could start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America."
Sen. Randall H. Paul (R.-Ky.)
The senator then gave a specific example of Egypt, where protesters attacked the American embassy Sept. 11 and hauled down the national ensign in what was just the beginning of a day that would end with the death of our ambassador to Libya and three others in Benghazi. "The President could begin by stopping the F-16s and Abrams tanks being given to the radical Islamic government of Egypt."
"There is still something more insidious than wasted aid – and that is aid sent to countries that burn our flag, storm our embassies, target our diplomats, and chant 'Death to America' in the streets," he wrote. There is simply no compelling moral or political argument to continue to fund countries whose citizens feel the destruction of the United States is in their national interest."
The senator has said on numerous occasions that the American taxpayers cannot properly decide what to do about foreign aid if they are denied the facts.
In the letter, Paul recalls to Kerry his April 18 testimony to the Foreign Relations Committee, when he pledged to seek out waste, fraud and theft in the foreign aid programs.
An example of the president failure to report to Congress is in regards to Section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act, Paul said.
The act requires the President to report to Congress violations by foreign countries of the conditions of their aid; theft of funds or equipment or the misuse of defense articles would qualify in this regard, he said.
When the transgressions are significant, the reciepient nation should be flagged as ineligible for new military aid, he said.
"To my knowledge, this has never actually occurred, even when substantial violations by various countries are regularly and repeatedly uncovered," he said. "However, the details of all of these violations remain conveniently classified."