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  • Jury Convicts Muslim Charity of Terrorism Charges | Charity & Security Network
    that the charity engaged in legitimate humanitarian aid for community welfare programs and Palestinian orphans HLF sent millions of dollars through a series of Palestinian charities known as zakat committees which were never designated as terrorist organizations The defendants are likely to appeal the case According to the New York Times prosecutor Barry Jonas told jurors in closing arguments last week that they should not be deceived by the foundation s cover of humanitarian work describing the charities it financed as terrorist recruitment centers that were part of a womb to the tomb cycle The government closed the HLF in December 2001 and seized its assets The first trial ended in a mistrial on most charges in October 2007 Particularly nonprofits that carry out humanitarian work overseas have been anticipating a verdict and what this may mean for their work See the Dallas Morning News for an extensive news archive on the case Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Jury_Convicts_Muslim_Charity (2016-02-16)
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  • More Information Released on the Surveillance on Nonviolent Activists in MD | Charity & Security Network
    s e mail list A review by The Washington Post of those and other files given in recent days to many of the 53 Maryland activists who were wrongly labeled as terrorists in state and federal databases shows an intelligence operation eager to collect information on the protest plans of a broad swath of nonviolent groups from 2005 to at least early 2007 Those groups included not only death penalty and Iraq war protesters who were spied on by undercover troopers in a 2005 06 surveillance operation exposed in July but also those who opposed abortion the manufacture of cluster munitions globalization and the government s expansion of biodefense research at Fort Detrick The individuals are listed under headings for terrorism with such labels as anti war protestors threats environmental extremists and anarchists although there is no explanation why any of the groups or individuals would be considered terror threats or extremist groups Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/More_Information_Released_Surveillance_Nonviolent_Activists_MD (2016-02-16)
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  • News | Charity & Security Network
    shut down U S charities accused of supporting terrorism the U S Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed an action in federal court on Nov Read more about Asset Forfeiture Case Filed Against Alavi Foundation Grantees Not Accused Report Constitution Project Calls for Reform of Material Support Laws Date November 24 2009 The Constitution Project s Liberty and Security Committee released a report on Nov 17 2009 calling for reform of U S laws barring material support of terrorism proposing eight changes to remedy serious First Fourth and Fifth Amendment concerns created by existing federal law The bipartisan committee of experts scholars and former government officials said the law should protect pure speech furthering lawful ends and due process rights of U S Read more about Report Constitution Project Calls for Reform of Material Support Laws Initial Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Humanitarian Law Project Case Date November 25 2009 On Nov 16 2009 opening briefs were filed by several parties in the Supreme Court case of Holder v Humanitarian Law Project HLP In the first ever challenge to a provision of the Patriot Act at the Supreme Court the case contests the constitutionality of the law that makes it criminal to provide certain material support including peaceful mediation for groups designated as a terrorist by the U S government Read more about Initial Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Humanitarian Law Project Case State Department Leaders Promote Human Rights as an Antidote to Violence Date December 15 2009 In two speeches marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Daniel Benjamin State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism acknowledged the role of poverty and injustice in leading people to violence They said the Obama administration will have a wide focus in addressing these issues To be successful this focus will need to address counterproductive rules for charities and charitable giving Read more about State Department Leaders Promote Human Rights as an Antidote to Violence EFF Forces Release of Documents Revealing Intelligence Gathering on Peaceful Advocacy Date December 28 2009 Documents released by the Department of Justice on Dec 16 2009 show homeland security officials have been improperly collecting intelligence on American citizens and groups since 2007 The 162 pages of intelligence oversight reporting were obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF after filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in July 2009 According to EFF the report describes intelligence gathering activities that the agencies have reason to believe may be unlawful Read more about EFF Forces Release of Documents Revealing Intelligence Gathering on Peaceful Advocacy Vote on Expiring Patriot Act Provisions is Delayed 60 Days Date December 29 2009 Proponents on both sides of the Patriot Act reauthorization battle will have to wait until 2010 for a resolution On Dec Read more about Vote on Expiring Patriot Act Provisions is Delayed 60 Days House Hearing Explores Protecting Speech While Preventing Violent Extremism Date December 30 2009 Coming on the steps of

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/content_type/news?tid=All&page=9 (2016-02-16)
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  • Another Example of Dissent Being Equated With Terrorism | Charity & Security Network
    ACLU and political activists are outraged at these deeply disturbing assertions On June 10 2009 the ACLU filed a letter of complaint with the DoD about the question They asked the DoD to take immediate steps to remedy the situation both by correcting the materials before they are used further and by sending out corrective materials to all DoD employees who received the erroneous training Days later DoD removed the question from the exam In recent years several agencies in the federal government and state and local law enforcement agencies have identified protestors as risks in their threat assessments From released fusion center reports to local police training manuals anti war protesters veterans anti death penalty groups and Ron Paul supporters are some of the groups and individuals who are compared to violent extremists by the U S government It s part of a pattern of equating dissent and protest with terrorism said Ann Brick an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union which obtained a copy of the question after a Defense Department employee who was taking the test printed the screen on his or her computer terminal Ben Friedman a research fellow at the Cato Institute said the U S government has a long history of infringing upon citizens civil liberties in the name of domestic security It s the kind of thing that happens when you have large security bureaucracies which is why they need to be kept in check Friedman said These things tend to occur in times of panic like after Sept 11 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies

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  • Update: ACLU Drops Suit After TSA Changes Policies to Limit Unreasonable Searches | Charity & Security Network
    its lawsuit which it had filed on behalf of Steve Bierfeldt in June 2009 The new directives will not be released unless a Freedom Of Information Act request is submitted July 1 2009 article Political Activist Detained by TSA Officials for Carrying Money ACLU Files Suit Coming just weeks after a Missouri Fusion Center bulletin warned of rightwing extremists and militia members supporting certain political parties a political activist was detained by airport security after screeners spotted a metal box containing money On March 29 2009 Steve Bierfeldt was questioned for nearly a half hour by Transportation Security Administration TSA officials about the 4 700 he was carrying According to Bierfeldt the money was the proceeds raised from selling campaign merchandise at a regional conference The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano whose department includes the TSA Bierfeldt was stopped by TSA officials at the Lambert St Louis Missouri International Airport and detained in a small room Before he was questioned about the money Bierfeldt activated his cell phone which recorded the conversation between him and TSA officials The recording reveals at least one TSA official berating Bierfeldt and others questioning him about why he was carrying The ACLU alleges that Bierfeldt director of development for the Campaign for Liberty was subjected to harassing interrogation and unlawfully detained It also says that airport security officials should cease unreasonable searches and detentions that violate constitutional rights Larry Schwartztol a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project said Just as the Constitution prevents the police on the street from conducting freewheeling searches in the hopes of uncovering wrongdoing it protects travelers from the kind of treatment Mr Bierfeldt suffered Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism

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  • News | Charity & Security Network
    the United Nations UN terrorist watch list has made some governments reluctant to enforce sanctions against those listed Responding to these criticisms and at the urging of human rights advocates on Dec 17 2009 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1904 which sets out an improved process and creates greater transparency These improvements supported by the U S in the Security Council vote do not yet apply to the U S listing process Read more about UN Approves Reforms for Listing and Delisting on Terrorist List Extension of Patriot Act Provisions May Be Inserted in Jobs Bill Date February 12 2010 On Feb 11 2010 Senate Finance Committee leaders agreed on language to extend three Patriot Act provisions that had been set to expire at the end of the month Included in an unrelated jobs bill the language for extending all the provisions until Feb Read more about Extension of Patriot Act Provisions May Be Inserted in Jobs Bill UK Court Rules Asset Freeze Process Exceeds Government Authority Date February 11 2010 Read more about UK Court Rules Asset Freeze Process Exceeds Government Authority Summary of Treasury s May 2007 Senate Testimony on Charities and Islamic Extremism Date June 22 2007 On May 20 2007 the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on Violent Islamist Extremism Government Efforts to Defeat It Chip Poncy the Director of the Department of Treasury s Office of Strategic Policy for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes testified about counter terrorist financing strategy and explained outreach efforts to engage the Muslim and charitable communities Mr Read more about Summary of Treasury s May 2007 Senate Testimony on Charities and Islamic Extremism Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument To Decide if Parts of Patriot Act Violate First Amendment Date February 24 2010 Read

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  • Lengthy Vetting Process Holding Up Top USAID Appointment | Charity & Security Network
    Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/184 (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity's Fourth and Fifth Amendments Violated By Treasury’s Unchecked Investigative Powers | Charity & Security Network
    KindHearts denies any affiliation with terrorists Judge James Carr ruled that Treasury has effectively shut KindHearts down by freezing its assets which amounted to a seizure under the Fourth Amendment and was unreasonable because the government did not first obtain a warrant based on probable cause The Judge also found OFAC violated the Fifth Amendment s guarantee of due process because it violated KindHearts fundamental right to be told on what basis and for what reasons the government deprived it of all access to all its assets and shut down its operations Carr was critical of several Treasury actions He expressed that Treasury never properly informed KindHearts why its assets were frozen and called Treasury s refusal to allow the charity to pay legal fees with its own money as arbitrary and capricious The order also agreed with KindHearts argument that there is vagueness in the law that allows OFAC to seize assets and investigate any organization without any appeal process A lawyer for KindHearts Lynne Bernabei applauded the ruling The government has been taking action unilaterally and basically destroying these charities on the flimsiest of evidence We see this as the beginning of the effort to rein in executive authority she said Another lawyer for KindHearts Fritz Byers said Judge Carr s historic ruling makes clear that the government can t circumvent the Constitution which protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures and affords us the due process rights of notice and a chance to be heard even when the government invokes national security as an excuse Justice Department lawyers argued that Fourth Amendment protection did not apply to groups suspected of terrorism or supporting terrorists Rejecting that argument the ruling found nothing in our Fourth Amendment jurisprudence or constitutional tradition supports complete elimination of the probable cause prior

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