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  • Activist Turned Informant Leads to Two Arrested | Charity & Security Network
    information leading to the arrest of McKay and Crowder and planned on testifying at their trial scheduled to start January 26 Neither the FBI nor the U S Attorney s Office in Minnesota has commented on Darby s announcement or activities A group of Austin Activists the Austin Informant Working Group AIWG has reviewed over 70 pages of FBI documents regarding alleged actions at the RNC According to the documents Darby worked as an FBI informant from as early as February of 2007 almost a year prior to meeting either McKay or Crowder AIWG believes that Darby was not seeking to prevent violence but rather sought out people he could manipulate and entrap Gabby Hicks an activist who was with Darby in St Paul during the convention remembers Darby as a seasoned activist had a lot of sway over Crowder and McKay making them susceptible to his often militant rhetoric Others remember Darby s discord and aggression from anti war campaigns in 2003 and protests against Halliburton Having been an activist in the Austin area for years many are surprised and angered by Darby s actions He s betrayed the trust of the community said Lisa Fithian a social justice activist A friend of Darby s Scott Crow said It s heartbreaking and shocking It s shaken me to my core that somebody this close to me had been informing on me and others While not all of Darby s actions are fully known he has admitted to monitoring and gathering information on people engaged in lawful activities Will Potter a free lance journalist located in Washington D C said The wider net cast by Darby in his information gathering shows that he was part of an FBI campaign to suppress political dissent and activism Darby s behavior contributes to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/activist_informant_arrested (2016-02-16)
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  • Head of Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Under Bush Remains at Treasury, For Now | Charity & Security Network
    Financing Guidelines in favor of more constructive strategies for protecting charitable programs from supporting terrorism Instead in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on April 1 2008 Levey said Treasury has active engagement with the charitable sector without disclosing criticisms of Treasury s process in shutting down of charities and freezing assets indefinitely Levey also said Treasury s engagement with the nonprofit sector is particularly important because we want humanitarian assistance to reach those who are truly in need through channels safe from terrorist exploitation without mentioning the department s refusal to release frozen charitable funds to reputable nonprofits so that the dollars can reach those in need Treasury has enormous and unilateral powers to shut down charities and freeze their assets if there is a suspicion of terrorist support Under Levey s leadership OTFI has refused all requests to establish procedures for millions of dollars in frozen charitable assets to be used for charitable purposes OTFI shut down one charity in 2006 pending an investigation but has taken no further action Such denials of due process and fundamental fairness have had a chilling impact on U S philanthropy Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Head_Financial_Intelligence_Remains_Treasury (2016-02-16)
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  • House passes Bill Creating Right to Contest Placement on Watch Lists | Charity & Security Network
    Administration TSA or any office or component of the Department Previously persons included on government watch lists have had little or no recourse for clearing their names or being removed from the list The bill defines a terrorist watchlist or database as any used by the Transportation Security Administration or any office or component of the Department of Homeland Security or specified in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 6 in effect as of the date of the enactment of this section This includes more than public lists of designated terrorists or their supporters reaching to no fly lists and databases used by law enforcement to collect information on lawful protesters The bill requires the new DHS to create an Office of Appeals and Redress which must create a timely and fair process within 30 days of enactment for individuals denied boarding rights on an airplane or other rights or benefits It also requires the DHS to create a Comprehensive Cleared List that will identify people who have been removed from the list If the individual agrees this information can be shared with other federal agencies state local and tribal governments and airlines A report to Congress detailing implementation and compliance would be required 240 days after enactment In a Feb 4 press release from the ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Timothy Sparapani said Representative Clarke s bill is significant in that it provides the individual with a means of seeking redress through appeal and those erroneously caught up in the web of watch lists will be well served However the burden of proving one s innocence remains with the victim and not on those compiling the lists With the terror watch lists exceeding a million names advocates are calling for creating a smarter system based on selecting individuals with credible evidence suggesting

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/19 (2016-02-16)
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  • Future Unclear for Pakistani Charity's Services after UN Listing as Terror Supporter | Charity & Security Network
    told the press that the charity s offices 94 schools two libraries and six websites were targeted for closure by the government The government has also ordered banks to freeze assets of the charity As one of the main providers of relief aid in the Kashmir region JuD had been delivering humanitarian and medical services to thousands without food water and shelter after the October 2008 earthquake devastated the region People are suffering because of the ban on Jamaat ud Dawa Abdul Basir mayor of a town devastated by the quake told Agence France Presse Thousands of quake victims were being fed at the Jamaat relief camp twice a day and now it is closed he added Responding to reporters questions on Jan 31 about the status of JuD medical facilities Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif said charity schools and hospitals will not be closed down as these are rendering humanitarian services to the destitute The charity had planned on building 600 new homes in the area damaged by the quake but has suspended the construction The work was half finished it is totally stopped now and people are shivering in the extreme cold Basir said The head of JuD Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was reported to be under house arrest He has denied the charity s involvement in the attacks In response Saeed s arrest a spokesman for JuD has said they are preparing an appeal in the Lahore High Court against the detention of Saeed and that JuD has no has no relations with al Qaeda or the Taliban This is not the first time JuD has been accused of ties terrorist organizations In 2001 former Prime Minister Perez Musharraf banned the JuD after the attacks on the Indian Parliament The charity challenged the ban in the High Court

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Future_Unclear_Pakistani_Charity_UN_Terror (2016-02-16)
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  • US Designation Causes British Bank Discontinuing Services to UK Approved Charity | Charity & Security Network
    AbuZayd the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East UNRWA Members of the English Parliament were in attendance to hear AbuZayd say that she was happy to be working with Interpal and praise their critical donations to UNRWA Trustees of the charity and representatives from the British Treasury met in late December 2008 to discuss the refusal of Lloyds TSB to reopen the account Lord Myners the financial services secretary for the Treasury and the charity s Trustees were unable to change Interpal s status A spokesman for the charity said All levels of the government know about the situation but still nothing is being done However a breakthrough did occur that may improve the charity s ability to remain active The Islamic Bank of Britain found an alternative method for transferring funds overseas for Interpal that does not require the services of Lloyds Early reports indicate that the new system is operational and aid is slowly trickling back into the region Interpal s website reports We would like to reassure our donors that our aid is being delivered to our areas of operation thanks to our local partners The backlash to the account closure has been severe Lloyds has faced a series of petitions and protests in response to its actions On Jan 17 over sixty nonviolent protesters gathered in front of a Lloyd s branch office in Bristol England They held signs repeated slogans and laid boxes of blood soaked dolls on the steps on the bank The dolls represented the people who died while being denied aid caused by the bank s actions Jeremy Clarke of Bristol s Stop the War Coalition applauded the protestors efforts Clarke said Interpal is amongst only a handful of charities able

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/US_Designation_British_Bank_Discontinuing_UK_Charity%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Foreign Legal Challenges to "Terrorist" Designation Prove Successful | Charity & Security Network
    sent to children living in the West Bank and Gaza The Swedish Court discredited much of the evidence the prosecution presented as having very low value being based on newspaper articles television reports book excerpts and websites The Court also expressed that the terrorist designations by Israel of groups the al Aqsa Spannmal had sent money to held no importance The charges led to over 150 000 worth of donations collected by the group frozen by the United States and Britain According to SR International the acquittal should begin the process of freeing up the money This would be an unprecedented release of frozen funds in similar cases The lawyer for al Yousef said Now the work of sending money to children can continue In the U S a Saudi businessman filed a lawsuit on Jan 20 2009 in Washington D C district court seeking to have his name removed from a U S government watch list of al Qaida financiers al Qadi denies any involvement in financing any terrorist organization The lawsuit was filed after several unsuccessful attempts to have this issue resolved with the U S government al Qadi said during a phone interview with the AP We discovered that the government had no intention to remove my name from the list Designated as a terrorist on Oct 12 2001 under President Bush s Executive Order 13224 al Qadi has had several countries and the U N freeze his assets and money He has been presenting his case successfully in courts across Europe and in Sept 2008 he won an appeal in front of the Court of Justice the EU s highest court Al Qadi is very optimistic about winning his lawsuit in Washington The reason for my optimism is that we have won every case we have

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Foreign_Legal_Challenges_Designation_Successful (2016-02-16)
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  • Key Treasury Department Positions Remain Vacant; Holdovers Might Not Be Long-term Appointees | Charity & Security Network
    we noted that the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the Bush administration Stuart Levey was retained by Treasury officials While this raises concerns about the potential for developing sensible counter terrorism finance policies it might not be a long lasting situation The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration s efforts to avoid hiring persons related to the banks receiving bailout funds has slowed down the appointment process at the Department of Treasury With many positions remaining to be filled several holdovers from the Bush administration were retained but the length of their service remains undetermined 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 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 Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Key_Treasury_Positions_Vacant_Holdovers_Appointees%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Rising Attacks on Aid Workers Linked to Perception of Close Ties to Governments | Charity & Security Network
    to national security However the mechanism is the problem To achieve this the agency wants to require applicants to submit detailed personal information on key individuals to be shared with the intelligence agencies Their rule currently under review by the Obama administration says Information provided to USAID by applicants will be transmitted to USAID employees who will check that information against one or more databases maintained by the intelligence community If adopted PVS will eliminate the buffer between the government and NGOs that is paramount to any group providing goods and services autonomously The Charity and Security Network has published an Issue Brief that analyzes the problems with PVS and calls on USAID to consider alternatives Unless the Obama administration takes further action the rule will go into effect on April 3 Recent Incidents of Aid Workers Killed or Kidnapped Impact Long term Aid Delivery The killing or kidnapping of aid workers has become almost become routine in certain parts of the world Employees of NGOs from the United States Europe and across Africa are increasingly becoming victims of violence between rival factions and governments who are unable or unwilling to provide adequate security for aid workers The U N has said that dozens of people involved in relief work were kidnapped and or killed in 2008 and large consignments of aid items were pillaged by insurgents and criminal groups The following incidents have occurred in first two months of 2009 On Jan 8 an Associated Press report described the murder of two U N World Food program workers in Somalia noting these actions follow the murder of 13 aid workers there in 2008 The article also said two aid workers for Medecins du Monde Doctors of the World who had been kidnapped in Ethiopia in September 2008 were released the day before the killing of the food aid worker On Jan 15 the New York Times reported that three Red Cross workers were abducted in the Philippines describing the action as the latest in a string The workers from Switzerland Italy and the Philippines were in Sulu an area where rebel groups including Abu Sayyaf are reported to be active Their mission was to inspect a jail near a location where they had worked on water and sanitation projects On Feb 2 John Solecki the head of the U N s High Commission for Refugees in Baluchistan province in Pakistan was kidnapped by the Baluchistan Liberation United Front According to a Feb 23 report from On Feb 23 the BBC reported that two Sudanese aid workers for Aide Medicale Internationale were attacked and killed in an ambush in South Dafur After two aid workers and an U N World Food Programme employee were killed in Somalia in the summer of 2008 the U N Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden said It is intolerable and incomprehensible that humanitarian workers striving to save lives and alleviate human suffering in one of the most difficult environments in the world are being

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Rising_Attacks_Aid%20Workers_Linked_Governments (2016-02-16)
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