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While President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opposed placing Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram on the State Department’s official list of foreign terrorist organizations until after Clinton left the administration, the Obama administration on Thursday jumped into action announcing it has cut all financial aid to Uganda, will enforce visa restrictions on Ugandans, and canceled a regional military exercise due to the government's law against homosexuality.

"When dealing with the killing of Christians and non-Muslims by jihadists in countries throughout the world, we get nothing but empty rhetoric from this administration. But when a nation decides to exercise its sovereign authority to pass laws we find morally repellent, the full force of American action is directed on the target nation," said political strategist Michael Baker.

President Obama's White House minions have said that the measures were intended to "reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

The Obama administration noted that while most African nations consider homosexuality an illegal act, Uganda's new law targets gay and lesbian Ugandans for draconian prison sentences with lifetime sentences for "aggravated homosexuality" which includes homosexual sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.

"Some of the law is arguably appropriate such as sex with a minor -- whether heterosexual or homosexual -- being a serious offense and knowingly having the HIV virus and without the knowledge of a partner engaging in unprotected sex, but the sentences do sound harsh -- cruel and unusual punishment," said a former sex crimes unit detective, Laura Kinsley.

What President Obama and his administration found unconscionable was how the new law criminalizes lesbianism and makes it a crime for anyone to assist individuals in hiding their homosexual acts.

Recently, the United States stopped paying for a Ugandan police training program after learning that police officers raided a program at a Ugandan university campus for medical treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases. The people being served by the U.S.-funded program were allegedly detained and abused while being detained by police officers.

The Obama administration also canceled a U.S.-sponsored military exercise in Uganda a country which has been attacked on several occasions by Islamist terror groups.

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