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    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/printmail/229 (2016-02-16)
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  • House Committee Reins In Patriot Act Provisions; Calls Made for Hearing on Amending Material Support Statute
    while preserving critical surveillance powers and operations The significant changes to the Patriot Act include The government must have concrete facts showing that the information is connected to a terrorist or foreign agent before issuing a National Security Letter NSL to get it The lone wolf provision is allowed to sunset This never used provision allows surveillance of non US citizens not working on behalf of a foreign government Creates new reporting audit and oversight provisions that will ensure Congress will continue to get the information needed for real congressional oversight of the executive s surveillance operations The focus will now return to the Senate where the Senate Judiciary Committee s bill S 1692 5 will soon be on the floor and to the House Intelligence Committee which will soon be considering its own competing Patriot bill A more detailed analysis about the bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee is available at OMB Watch s House Judiciary Committee Approves Strong PATRIOT Act Reform 6 Humanitarian Aid Amendment A comprehensive account of the humanitarian aid amendment debate is available at Background Summary of House Judiciary Committee Discussion of Humanitarian Exemption to Material Support Prohibition 7 Rep Jackson Lee offered an amendment 8 that would have changed the criminal law prohibiting material support of terrorism to allow U S organizations to provide urgent humanitarian aid to people in need Understanding that the security and image of the U S can be improved by responding to human tragedies with humanitarian aid she called for changing the laws that prevent aid programs and services from reaching those who need it most She asked what sense does it make to bar these people the charitable sector Rep Tammy Baldwin D WI was also supportive of the themes raised by Jackson Lee s amendment

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/240 (2016-02-16)
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  • Court: Penalizing Humanitarian Aid is Unconstitutional
    any group designated a foreign terrorist organization as unconstitutional The decision reaffirmed that previous attempts to adjust the statute failed to do so The case originally filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights CCR on behalf of the Humanitarian Law Project had sought to address the overbroad scope of the material support standard accepted by the government to criminalize humanitarian efforts in hostile situations around the world Teaching human rights enforcement or providing humanitarian relief in war torn areas should never be the basis for criminal prosecutions said Kadidal The material support statute makes it a crime to provide money or goods training personnel expert advice or assistance and services to any organization designated a foreign terrorist organizations by the State Department Shayana Kadidal an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights said The new administration should change the law to make clear that only those who intend to further the illegal ends of an organization can be punished CCR also called on Congress to revise the definition of material support to exempt medical supplies and services and provision of basic necessities like food water and shelter to civilian refugees Congress needs to stop trying to fix this fundamentally flawed

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/121 (2016-02-16)
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  • Capacity Crowd Hears Experts Call for Reforms to Allow Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Aid
    security measures that restrict charitable and peacebuilding activities We would like U S law to be updated to respect charitable access in order to provide basic humanitarian aid to civilians and to protect free speech association and peacebuilding Guinane said Nathan Stock 8 Assistant Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center discussed how the restrictions on talking with deisgnated groups has limited the options among peacebuilders and diplomats from using their craft to reduce violence He said The restrictions constrain our ability to make effective foreign policy especially in the Middle East They make the job of our diplomats more difficult Joel R Charny 9 Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction said charitable groups like Save the Children and OperationUSA are unable to provide urgently needed food and other supplies to civilians living in places where a desiganted group operates because of the harmful laws He said It is impossible to reconcile international humanitarian law with the Holder decision and with specific counter terror measures He also said that in places like Somalia the laws hold up assitance to three million people who are on the verge of famine That is completely against the ethics and values of the U S nonproft community Emily Berman 10 Counsel for the Liberty National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice described how the law is being used to suppress Constitutional rights such as political speech and association Citing the investigation of 23 midwest peace and international solidarity activists 11 who believe they are being targeted because of their political beliefs Berman said There is a real risk that this decision will chill not just academic work and pure speech but political dissent within the United States The entire event with all speakers and a Q

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/600 (2016-02-16)
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  • Proposed Secretary of State Exemption from Material Support Ban for Peacebuilding Activities
    and personnel designed to reduce or eliminate the frequency and severity of violent conflict or to reduce its impact on noncombatants are exempt from the prohibition in 18 U S C 2339B so long as the advice training or personnel are intended and designed to further only lawful peaceful and nonviolent activities Such activities include Expert advice or assistance that facilitates dialogue and promotes opportunities for parties to armed conflict to discuss peaceful resolution of their differences and logistics necessary to support such dialogue Training including in person written and virtual presentations aimed at demonstrating the benefits of nonviolent methods of dispute resolution and providing the skills and information necessary to carry it out Expert advice assistance and dialogue aimed at increasing the human security of noncombatant civilians under international humanitarian law and logistics necessary to carry this out Sec State Authority for this Action TITLE 18 2 2339B Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations j Exception No person may be prosecuted under this section in connection with the term personnel training or expert advice or assistance if the provision of that material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization was approved by the Secretary

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/602 (2016-02-16)
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  • Sen. Leahy to DOJ: Issue Guidance to Protect Humanitarian Activities
    on legitimate humanitarian assistance in places like Somalia and undermines diplomacy and peace building efforts 3 around the world He asks the Attorney General to issue guidelines that remove the uncertainty over the scope of the material support law and establish a process by which humanitarian groups may seek exemptions We need greater clarity in the law so that in the future Government officials and reputable humanitarian relief agencies need

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/639 (2016-02-16)
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  • U.S. Announces New Policy to Allow Famine Aid in Somalia
    act in good faith to reach victims of the famine Read more 2 Sen Patrick Leahy s Aug 3 press release 3 regarding humanitarian relief in Somalia The current law is so broad as to be unworkable Aid workers trying to provide relief to starving Somalis fear they could be prosecuted if some of it were to end up in the hands of al Shabab The Secretary of State has

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/617 (2016-02-16)
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