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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

David Miliband wants millions more US taxpayer dollars from refugee resettlement gravy train so appears on CNN with Elmo. Miliband group, International Rescue Committee, is among 9 most successful leeches on US taxpayers in multi-million dollar refugee resettlement racket


Above image, IRC pres. David Miliband with George Soros, 2013 IRC Freedom Award winner. via Refugee Resettlement Watch.
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6/28/17, Miliband appears with Elmo on CNN:

""Popular "Sesame Street" character Elmo sympathized with refugee kids in an interview Monday with CNN, remarking that they are just like kids in America. 

Elmo was part of a panel including CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, Sherrie Westin from Sesame Workshop, and David Miliband from the International Rescue Committee."...

Miliband, CNN, 6/26/17













 
The segment was clearly designed to emotionally blackmail American children, to twist them into unthinking beings who will see President Trump as a monster who hates children."...

6/28/17, "New Low: CNN Uses Sesame Street's Elmo to Attack Trump's Travel Ban," John Nolte, Daily Wire


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Added: Miliband's group IRC is one of nine biggest winners of US taxpayer cash in the lucrative refugee resettlement racket.

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Added: Miliband refugee aid group in corruption probe in 2016:

May 11, 2016, "David Miliband's refugee aid group in corruption probe," UK Telegraph, Louisa Loveluck, Istanbul

"The United States is investigating an international aid group headed by David Miliband over allegations of corruption in projects intended to help Syrian civilians and refugees.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of three international groups to have had millions of pounds in funding withdrawn over alleged bid-rigging and bribery.

Mr Miliband, a former foreign secretary, was appointed president and chief executive of the organisation in 2013, following his exit from Westminster politics.

USAID's Office of the Inspector General confirmed on Friday that 14 entities and individuals had been suspended as part of a "complex investigation into cross-border aid programs".

This includes International Medical Corps, one of the largest providers of medical aid to Syrians, and GOAL, an Irish NGO. Allegations relate to the organisations systematically overpaying for goods in Turkey. A senior USAID official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said private Turkish companies had sold cut-rate blankets and other basic materials at vastly inflated prices and pocketed the difference.

The items are meant to ensure the survival of hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians, many of whom have been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"What became clear in the course of this investigation was this was a pretty sophisticated operation," the USAID official said.

The IRC, which has an annual budget of £350 million [$439 million US dollars], relies heavily on government funding from Britain and the United States.

An IRC spokesman told The Times: "We are fully engaged and working with USAID on this issue.” 

Two IRC staff members were dismissed in January (2016) after it was found that they had accepted money from suppliers in return for awarding them contracts.

The Telegraph understands that International Medical Corps has suspended one of its most senior officials working on the cross-border aid operation. GOAL has also replaced a locally staffed logistics team in Turkey and is currently barred from using its €6.2m [Euros] [$6.6 million US dollars] of US grant money to procure food and non-food items."...
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Added: Miliband's group IRC is one of nine biggest winners of US taxpayer cash in the lucrative refugee resettlement racket:

From Refugee Resettlement Watch

"These are the nine major US resettlement contractors and working under them (using your tax dollars) are hundreds of local subcontractors.

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Added: Supreme Court rewrites US refugee law:

6/28/17, "And so it begins—the battle of the bona fides." Refugee Resettlement Watch, Ann Corcoran

"The US Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to re-write Refugee law by creating a new requirement (even if it is just for a few months) that refugees may enter the country ABOVE TRUMP’S CEILING OF 50,000 ADMISSIONS by September 30th if they can show a “bona fide relationship” to someone already here or to an "entity" in the US. In Washington, DC, the scrambling to define those words—“bona fide relationship”—is underway!

The Refugee Act of 1980 has no provisions for going over the President’s CEILING except in an emergency and in such a case, the President (wishing to increase the ceiling) must “consult” with Congress. 

The Supremes have thus gone beyond their Constitutional role and are crafting a new requirement that effectively nullifies Trump’s 50,000 admissions ceiling and strips the President and Congress of their authority under the Refugee Act of 1980."...
 
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Added: 2016 Reuters article on Miliband group re Syria refugee fraud, US halts grants to several Miliband group vendors but USAID IG won't confirm or deny whether IRC is under investigation as reported elsewhere: 

May 11, 2016, "U.S. probes reports of fraud in obtaining aid for Syria," Reuters, by Ellen Wulfhorst 

"The activities of several vendors obtaining humanitarian aid for Syria for the International Rescue Committee have been halted amid an investigation by the U.S. government into reports of corruption, officials said on Wednesday. 

The global aid agency, headed by former British foreign secretary David Miliband, is not suspended from U.S. funding, said a spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

But the aid agency said it could not disclose whether the organization was under investigation as reported in some media.  USAID's Office of Inspector General said last week that it had unearthed corrupt practices involving a number of programs operating out of Turkey which provide humanitarian aid to Syria. 

"The investigation to date has identified a network of commercial vendors, NGO employees, and others who have colluded to engage in bid-rigging and multiple bribery and kickback schemes related to contracts to deliver humanitarian aid in Syria," it said in a statement.

In response, USAID has halted several aid activities in Turkey over suspicions of fraud and suspended some people and some vendors from getting U.S. funds, officials said. The agency refuted media reports that the IRC and another leading charity, the International Medical Corps, were among those getting USAID funding withdrawn. 

"IRC and IMC have not been suspended," said Sam Ostrander, a spokesman for USAID in Washington, D.C. 

But he said several humanitarian aid procurement activities have been halted while the system is repaired. 

A report in the Times of London said the IRC was under U.S. investigation. 

The Inspector General for USAID cannot confirm or deny whether a group is under investigation, a spokesman said. 

Not being suspended does not preclude an organization from being under investigation, however, the agencies said. 

A spokeswoman for the IRC in London told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: "We are working openly and collaboratively with USAID to investigate this issue." 

The Inspector General's office said several aid agencies have fired staff members due to misconduct it had uncovered."...

 

 


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