Rohrabacher Calls For Withdrawal Of Financial Support for Nicaragua If Pro-Terrorist Candidate Wins

Oct 27, 2006
Press Release

Washington, Oct 27, 2006 -

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., chairman of the International Relations Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, today wrote to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to call for the U.S. government "to prepare in accordance with U.S. law, contingency plans to block any further money remittances from being sent to Nicaragua in the event that the FSLN enters government."

“If Daniel Ortega, who has already declared himself as an enemy of the United States, takes back control of Nicaragua, you can expect the U.S. government to respond accordingly. We will not permit a hostile, anti-American government to reap the same economic benefits as those who support the United States.”

“My priority is the protection of the American people and a Daniel Ortega win will pose a potential threat to the national security of the United States. Alliances with the likes of Hugo Chavez, Castro and Ahmadinejad, all declared enemies of the U.S., is a cause for grave concern.”
 

Text of letter:

The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Secretary
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528-0001

 

Dear Secretary Chertoff:

My office has been observing with concern unfolding events in Nicaragua that could pose a threat to U.S. national security.

Under the unprecedented election rules in Nicaragua, a presidential candidate rejected at the polls by 65% of actual voters can be declared the winner. As a result, the election of a pro-terrorist government is a contingency for which we must be prepared.

When FSLN leader Daniel Ortega – now a presidential candidate – previously governed Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan denounced his regime as “one of the world’s principal refuges for international terrorists” and a “partner of Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Cuba in a campaign of international terror.” Nicaraguan passports were issued to international terrorists to facilitate their movement across borders. In 1993 it was reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere that one of the terrorist suspects arrested by the FBI for the first World Trade Center bombing carried five authentic, but fraudulent, Nicaraguan passports, apparently issued by officials in the country.

The FSLN, a pro-terrorist party with longstanding ties to designated terrorist groups, is today strongly backed by the anti-American regimes of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. Terror acts backed by the FSLN have targeted and killed American citizens, including four United States Marines. Daniel Ortega is the FSLN presidential candidate in the elections scheduled for November 5th, 2006.

A return to power by Daniel Ortega and the FSLN would mean the U.S. government would have no reliable counterpart to satisfy legitimate national security concerns, especially those regarding the threat posed by pro-terrorist groups and the possible funding of those groups – and that means a radical termination of the conditions that have permitted the unregulated movement of an estimated 2.5 billion dollars over the last five years in remittances from the U.S. to Nicaragua.

I am writing to call upon your department, in conjunction with Treasury Department, to prepare in accordance with U.S. law, contingency plans to block any further money remittances from being sent to Nicaragua in the event that the FSLN enters government.

I am attaching a statement that speaks to this subject in greater detail and which reflects the point of view of important elements of the national security community as well as Members of Congress committed to protecting the United States from terrorism.

Sincerely,

Dana Rohrabacher

Member of Congress