We wrote about Obama’s use of financial aid a few times already.
- Exponential growth in financial aid to Kenya. [link]
- $3.3 Bn to fight global warming overseas, Global Climate Change Initiative. [link]
- $16-20M to fund Indonesians getting MS degrees. [link]
The reason we know about these programs is because they are public information. But Obama has made all information on Kenya’s foreign aid "internal use only".
From the WND:
Publicly available documents revealing the Obama administration’s unwieldy portfolio of Kenyan projects – which includes a formal plan to manipulate Kenyan and global media – have been removed from a federal contracting database, WND has discovered.
WND additionally broke the story on a USAID propaganda initiative to sway how “opinion leaders” – including those in the media – depict U.S. operations in Kenya. That “strategic plan” maps out how the federal government intends to take its cue from the public relations industry in order to “target specific journalists at key media outlets to be groomed to cover targeted issues over time.”
USAID Press Officer Matthew Johnson in an email:
“The solicitation was removed from FedBizOpps as it contained information that was for internal purposes only. As part of our standard procedure, the solicitation was removed to correct for this error.
“With regards to the communications document you referenced below and in your article, USAID is federally mandated as part of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act to inform people that our assistance is ‘American aid.’ USAID therefore develops communications strategies around the world to ensure that countries recognize the generosity of America’s assistance, which further supports the impact of our investments while strengthening our national security and economic diplomacy.”