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Obama Waives Bush Law Banning Child Soldiers

Published February 5, 2013, filed under GOVERNMENT

Here’s a headline we’ll guarantee you simply won’t find in the mainstream media –

On October 3, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law “Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008,” a law that made it a federal crime to recruit or use soldiers under the age of 15. The law also gave the United States authority to “prosecute, deport or deny entry to individuals who have knowingly recruited children as soldiers.”

The bipartisan law, which was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress, drew the applause of several international human rights organizations:

“The US is saying to the world that using child soldiers is a serious crime and that it will take action,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate for Human Rights Watch. “Military commanders who use children can no longer come to the United States without the risk of ending up in jail.”

Over the weekend, while most Americans were too busy spending time with their children and keeping up with the latest sporting events to worry about executive orders, President Obama removed the teeth from this law; effectively making it void in the nations most guilty.  The result - thousands of children throughout the Middle East and Africa may be drafted into foreign militaries, with the full blessings of the United States.

Sunday afternoon, President Obama signed a Presidential memorandum, stating the following:
“I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA [Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008] with respect to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen…  and the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of U.S. origin defense articles; and I hereby waive such provisions accordingly.”

Section 404(a) deals with exporting arms to countries that allow child-soldiers.

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama did two very frightening things:

1. He authorized the United States to sell military weaponry to the nations of Libya, South Sudan, Yemen and Congo.

At a time with such unrest in the world, there is now a very significant chance that American weaponry will soon be delivered to a Yemen and Libyan port.

2. President Obama has undone much of the progress made in the fight against child-soldiers won over the past decade.  Jesse Eaves, a senior policy advisor for child protection at World Vision stated the following:
“At a time when Congress is locked in one of the most difficult budget battles I’ve ever seen, it is shameful that a portion of federal funding continues to help support governments who are abusing children. At its core, this is a missed opportunity to show leadership on this issue and protect thousands of vulnerable children around the world,” adding, “Frankly, we expected more from our nation’s leaders.”

Unfortunately, as originally stated, this is a headline that you simply will not see ran across the screen of MSNBC.

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50 Responses. Have your say.

  1. ABHA MOHANTY says:

    ARE CHILDREN SPECIAL ONLY IN STATES OF U.S…..????

  2. Tina says:

    since when have children been “special” in the u.s? Children, menatlly hansicapped and the elderly always get the bum deal……they cant vote, they have no voice….every tiny thing they have has been fought for by someone else…..

  3. Abbie says:

    Presidential Statements have no legal affect. http://www.loc.gov/law/help/statements.php

  4. The law is enforced by what branch of government? The Legislative? No. The Judicial? No. It is enforced by the Executive Branch. Remind me again who is the head of that branch. If you say anything other than President Obama, you are ignorant. When Obama decides how, when, and even IF to enforce a law, which he considers his choice, that means that we do not have a nation of Laws at all. It is a nation of Whims! For instance, if a police officer stops a black man who is speeding and gives him a ticket, that’s what we expect, but if he then lets a white man speed without stopping him and ticketing him, that is NOT what we expect. He is supposed to enforce All Laws Equally! We have this silly little idea of Equality Under The Law. When the President announces a change in Policy, as in How, Where, When, or even IF to enforce a law, that policy change will effectively change the law. Not Legislatively, just effectively, as in How that law is applied and effects our lives! So, correct, his decision did not change the law as written. His decision to Waive the law, and NOT Enforce It effectively renders the law moot. If that is the right word for that. Whatever. Either something is a Law, and therefore applies to all equally, OR it is Not a Law and is merely a suggestion. Is that what legislation boils down to? Mere suggestions for the President to consider, and enforce or not on his own discretion?

  5. Joe says:

    This is a biased article. The countries in question are related to the war on Al Qaeda. The administration believes it can better achieve the goals by working closing with these countries rather than ostracizing them by a blanket denial of foreign aid. In addition, the law specifically grants the president the right to waive the act:

    (1) WAIVER- The President may waive the application to a country of the prohibition in subsection (a) if the President determines that such waiver is in the interest of the United States.
    (2) PUBLICATION AND NOTIFICATION- The President shall publish each waiver granted under paragraph (1) in the Federal Register and shall notify the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives of each such waiver, including the justification for the waiver, in accordance with the regular notification procedures of such Committees.

    All of which has been done according to the letter and intent of the law.

  6. Three years in a row the Prez has signed such a waiver. As nothing to do with Al Qaeda, has everything to do with convenience and economic reward to American interests.

  7. Jim says:

    Nothing would suprise me with that fool. It is no suprise to me that all our industry is leaving as this is obviously a nation of fools to elect such a fool president

  8. Megan says:

    Legislature or Al Qaeda isn’t really the issue – the issue (in my opinion) is that weapons are being put in the hands of CHILDREN who have had everything stripped from their lives and these weapons are coming from the US now as well – legally thanks to this change!!!

  9. Homer says:

    By al qaeda I presume you mean the CIA assets that are used as the excuse to illegally invade nation states for their oil and gold

  10. isaac says:

    Follow the money! It is more likely that millions of dollars of weaponry may now be sold for profits to the companies and shareholders. I heard someone speak before obabma got elected the first time that he would make bush seem like a choir boy and be able to do things that bush could only dream of………well, i think that has been shown quite clearly

  11. It was signed in September 2012, not this past weekend. If you can’t get a simple detail like that correct, it’s only right to question what else you get wrong in so many of the biased articles you write.

  12. Tamara Dippel says:

    Wait, you’re saying it’s OK to traumatize children by forcing them to be soldiers if it’s to fight a terrorist group your country is opposed to? I think YOU are biased here. It doesn’t matter if it’s to fight Al Qaeda or anyone else, children were to be protected from the trauma of being soldiers as they are too young mentally to handle it and is scars them far more than an adult. In your war on terror, you are advocating traumatizing children, that’s what this amounts too! The laws were meant to protect them, how can you make the world better by tearing down laws meant to stop harm to fight those who cause harm? You become the monster you set out to fight when you allow monstrous acts.

    Also, Obama was HELPING Al Qaeda in Syria! Sending aid and weapons to them! Look it up, this is hypocritical and monstrous what he’s done! He demands to fight Al Qaeda and then helps them because they are useful in another country? Wake up, man! Stop letting laws be stripped which protects people and tell your government off for it’s harmful and hypocritical ways!

  13. Karen G. says:

    Does this mean that we now have the right to send drones to those countries to blast schools because the children are “possibly” being used as soldiers to fight against the US interests?

  14. Karen G. says:

    Possible solution: The One Peoples Public Trust 1776. or OPPT1776. Google it.

  15. terry the censor says:

    > Here’s a headline we’ll guarantee you simply won’t find in the mainstream media –
    > this is a headline that you simply will not see ran across the screen of MSNBC.

    Idiots constantly claim the MSM protects Obama, ignoring the evidence. Here’s some MSM reporting on the Obama waiver (he’s done it three years in a row, which the article doesn’t mention).

    Obama Waives Child Soldier Ban in Yemen and Congo
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/obama-waives-child-soldier-ban-yemen-congo/story?id=14663930

    Rumor: Obama waives sanctions on countries using child soldiers
    http://news.msn.com/rumors/rumor-obama-waives-sanctions-on-countries-using-child-soldiers

    4 Nations With Child Soldiers Keep U.S. Aid
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/world/africa/29soldiers.html?_r=0

    Obama waiver allows U.S. aid to 4 countries using child soldiers
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/27/AR2010102707157.html

    Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/01/obama_waives_sanctions_on_countries_that_use_child_soldiers

    Obama neglects child soldiers
    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/187197-obama-neglects-child-soldiers-

    US record on child soldiers mixed
    http://www.salon.com/2012/10/01/us_record_on_child_soldiers_mixed/

    And, finally, MSNBC!

    Obama, START Treaty & Child Soldiers – MSNBC w/ Cenk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMTNuZUyQs4

  16. August Dammler says:

    Good. Who gives a fokk if African kids fight and die over in jungle-bungle land? I sure as hell don’t. Kill ‘em all.

  17. Don De says:

    The unmitigated, absolute hypocrisy of Obama never ends. While he’s parading our school children that are supposedly traumatized victims of school shootings in front of the television camera to help him obliterate of our Second Amendment, he’s not only endorsing children soldiers, he’s also authorizing the sale of weapons to other nations that use their children as soldiers. He’s unapologetic and laser focused in his pursuit of power and the destruction our nation. He will lie, cheat and deceive to accomplish his goal. This is what the Liberal Democrats wanted in the White House. This is what they got. Now the rest of the world has to pay the penalty for voting him into power and generations of international children will now be conscripted into military service and they will have their lives forever destroyed by him.

    Don De

  18. TruthandFreedom says:

    Obama says we shouldn’t have guns to protect ourselves, yet we should put assault weapons int hands of children!! Anyone see a problem with this!! Hitler did this too when starting his nationalism program, and there it turned to kids turning on there parents as required by Hitlers Laws!!!

  19. Nancy Silva says:

    this is just his way of “legalizing” the funding and arming of the anti-government groups he needs to destabilize the government of whatever country that is scheduled for next resource plunder…..

  20. awareness2010 says:

    Thats really funny considering they are funding the supposed Al Qaeda people in the first place in those countries. Who do you think the “protesters” and rebels are? They are Al Qaeda imports funded by your beautiful government. LOL

  21. Bert G. says:

    Guess that’s one way to get around the child murders done by the monkey king with his drone fleet!

  22. muymalgal says:

    he did it so he can legally kill the children like the 8 year olds in yemen that he already does kill. if it’s male, between the ages of 8 and 70, then consider em fair game! sick sick sick

  23. Matt Greco says:

    Yes Joe, very astute observation, and don’t forget to take your guv’ment pills tonight!

  24. Dan says:

    Personally, I don’t know if the law was that effective in the first place. Yes it holds the people who are responsible for recruiting child soldiers IF they ever step foot on american soil.It also, from what I understand prohibits sale of arms and sending of aid to said groups or countries who do so. Obviously since it was only changed in relation to those specific countries there was some sort of reasoning behind it. Either they wanted more flexibility to do whatever it is they want to do in those countries militarily (which I assume it is at least in some of those countries as it probably is in many places around the world) or because they want to sell them arms. Or maybe we just needed a new market to open up to sell more drones to so we can talk about how the US needs even more drones in the air because everyone else has them.. (I do find it hilarious that we created drones, sold them to everyone and their mothers and then state we need more drones because everyone else has more drones now when we are the ones who fucking sold them to everyone else)

    The law, even in it’s original form without the exceptions currently in effect I don’t believe was really that effective except for making a statement. I could be mistaken, but think about it it’s a law that makes the group or individual responsible and liable if they ever step foot on american soil. How many people has this stopped exactly? One, two, Five? Even if it did they surely weren’t the only person in this group responsible for this, and they probably know better then to hop on a plane to get arrested in the US. So maybe what it’s really supposed to do is discourage countries who want to buy US arms from allowing such a thing to happen either by it’s own government or to stop groups who are doing those things within their respective countries. I could see that I guess, but if a country has armed groups outside of their own government running around recruiting large groups of children as soldiers for whatever reason. Don’t you think they would have put a stop to roaming small armies if they cared or were able to?

  25. Dan says:

    Is this a back door for Obama’s children’s brigades Americorp to carry weapons? Just wondering.

  26. tusense96761 says:

    Well, I guess not even in the U.S., we all know how Obama feels about infanticide. Obama could care less about children. In Islamic Countries Pedofilia is legal and they don’t consider it to be homosexual for little boys to be used as sex slaves. We all know that Obama is Muslim and his agenda for our grammar school children was in the disguise of ending bullying gay kids, Obama came up with an agenda to have our children be more accepting of gays ,Obama hires this pervert Kevin Jennings to work with U.S. Public Schools Nationwide. Jennings teaching methods might be cocerning to the parents of kidergarten’s because he has been known to teach children how sex acts are preformed. i Obama is busy building an army against the American people he must be recruiting from the Middle East or else this is just the first step in making our children soldiers in his war against American citizens.

  27. Inkling says:

    Little girls for babies, little boys for pleasure.

  28. The President is one of two choices both of which are handpicked by the C.I.A . Obama like all other Presidents only signs what he is told to and allowed to.

  29. mike says:

    We the people HAVE only one recourse remaining. Yep, you know what it is.

  30. DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    So now Obama can swear up and down that his drones, his bombers his soldiers, his mercs, his terrorists are not murdering children…..he will swear that they are killing “soldiers” . What else did he do while everyone was looking at Sandy Hook?

  31. Mary Ann Altobell says:

    He has no heart nor no soul!!!He is cold as ice!!!

  32. Jay says:

    Dan, now you’ve got the right idea, except that it’s not just the back door. These kids will be smashing right through the front door and every other opening in public, in private and it will make no difference. It will come from angles folks never imagined. Even from the drones above with kids sitting at computers thousands of miles away. And you know what? America asked for it by name.

    As the prophet Isaiah said, “As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them. Oh my people, they that lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths.”

  33. Merlyn Votaw says:

    The main problem is the Ameriacn elected Obama just like hitler was elected.WE will be treated like Hitler treated his people if Congress don’t do something with him and do it now.May be to late already

  34. DCaruso says:

    Ahhh.. is this the same guy who wants to take away our guns?….then he wants to supply serious weapons to all these other countries??? Who aren’t even our allies or friends!

  35. Catherine says:

    Did you even read before making an irrelevant and non-factual statement? The US wanted to hold accountable scumbags that do this. If they come into the US they will be held accountable and be arrested for having done this. Obama on the other hand couldn’t give a rat’s arse about anyone but himself.

  36. Alan Trulock says:

    Good research. One can also go on the White House website and find many waivers that have been granted over the years.

  37. Kathy Barker says:

    The USA does not for itself follow the UN Optional Protocol on the Rights of the Child, as the military recruits minors in public high schools. They’ve been called on it by the UN- and do nothing.

  38. JohnnyAmerican says:

    The only true laws in the US, are those which are applied to the ‘little people’, only the commoners have the duty and obligation to comply to more and more laws every year and only the commoners are held to a higher and higher standard each year, a more strict application and interpretation of the laws are thrust upon those who are not financially or politically ‘connected’.
    If you happen to be financially or politically well connected, you are held to fewer laws and a lighter, less strict application and interpretation.
    If you are among the financial or political ‘Elite’ of this Nation, there are ZERO laws which apply to you beyond the appearance of equal justice under law.

    No, the US has become a rogue state, it’s government has become a criminal enterprise.

  39. Jim says:

    Federal laws are not applicable in foreign countries, so I fail to see the effectiveness of such a law anyway.

  40. hp says:

    Since we hitched our wagon to you know who.
    The world’s biggest oxymoron.
    That’s when.

  41. hp says:

    The effect, ultimately, the path of power Mao bragged about.

  42. hp says:

    And the biggest nontaxable of all; the poppies. What an insidious weapon.

  43. Ken Kuechler says:

    These comments prove the planet is overrun by insane people and Obama is only proving he has no regard for sanity. What is his motive for doing this? He once said “We might need a civilian militia.” Lenin said “Children are useful idiots.”I’m I being facetious and thinking Obama in some bizarre moment thought of a child militia. That is close to the Soviet Union where I was for 5 years. Nothing Obama did makes sense. I have said he is a selfcentered Marxist who would be dictator. NOTHING he has done proves otherwise. Everything he has done proves me correct.

  44. hp says:

    A decision right out of the Judeo-Christian handbook, ain’t it?

  45. James Owen says:

    Why is there a waiver provision in the law in the first place? Either we are against child soldiers or we are not……With a waiver provision in the law, it is obvious that it was nothing more than empty symbolism anyway……

  46. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    If writers have yet to conclude Obama was put in placed by those who knew a republican could never get away with what Obama the democrat can, they should find another line of work.

  47. Ed Ski says:

    OBAMA wants to confiscate your guns because they are dangerous to children, and then he wants to give them to children. Yeah- the guy is a real rocket scientist. Can you say hypocrite? Can you say Liar? i knew you could!

  48. Ed Ski says:

    Obama has killed more children than Adam Lanza- FACT!

  49. YESSSSIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. The Liberty Beacon™ Staff says:

    If you would look you would see we shared the article my friend … we did NOT write it !!!
    Notice the link at the bottom of the article … Hmmmm

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