State Recommends FARC Remains Designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Monday, April 13, 2015
This morning's Federal Register contains the State Department's decision to keep Colombia's FARC designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

As such -- as a matter of fact and law -- Cuba must also remain designated as a state-sponsor of terrorism, as it clearly continues to provide sanctuary to members of the FARC and there's reason to believe last month was caught smuggling war materiel for the FARC.

From The Federal Register:

In the Matter of the Review of the Designation of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia also known as FARC; also known as Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia as a Foreign Terrorist Organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended

Based upon a review of the Administrative Record assembled in these matter pursuant to Section 219(a)(4)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1189(a)(4)(C)) (‘‘INA’’), and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, I conclude that the circumstances that were the basis for the 2008 decision to maintain the designation of the aforementioned organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designation and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designation.

Therefore, I hereby determine that the designation of the aforementioned organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, pursuant to Section 219 of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1189), shall be maintained.

John Kerry
March 30, 2015