Lummis supports the bill to label the Taliban as a terrorist organization, Afghan government declares illegitimate

By Brendan LaChance on September 15, 2021

Wyoming U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis during a 2020 debate ahead of her election. (Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo – Wyoming’s US Senator Cynthia Lummis has joined colleagues in enacting legislation that would stamp the Taliban as a terrorist organization.

Lummis’ office said Wednesday that the bill would also designate the “illegitimate” Islamic emirate of Afghanistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Wikipedia notes that there is no universal agreement on the definition of terrorism. A definition of the State Department’s responsibilities defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-conflicting targets by subnational groups or secret agents.”

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Other senators who support the “law on the prevention of the recognition of terrorist states” include:

  • Late. Marco Rubio (Florida)
  • Dens. Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
  • Late. Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)
  • Dens. Dan Sullivan (Arkansas)
  • Late. Thom Tillis (North Carolina)

“The Taliban has a long history of human rights abuses and acts of terrorism,” Lummis said in a news release. “We must not aggravate the failure of the Biden administration in Afghanistan by legitimizing the Taliban government. We should call the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan what it is: a state sponsor of terror driven by a terrorist organization.”

The proposed legislation will impose sanctions on individuals who knowingly provide assistance to the Taliban. Lummis’ office says the bill will also require the U.S. State Department to submit a report within six months to determine “whether the Taliban should be designated as a significant foreign drug smuggler under the Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.”

The legislation will also aim to require the US government to ensure that taxpayers’ dollars do not go to terrorist organizations in Afghanistan.

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