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  • Charity Interpal Cleared in UK, Banned in US | Charity & Security Network
    partners in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Jordan and Lebanon It also recognized the importance of charities that conduct aid related activities in high risk areas of the world and acknowledged the dangers they face As a result of the inquiry Interpal made changes to their Trustees and partner organizations in the Middle East The entire analysis of the Inquiry can be found here The inquiries into Interpal were triggered by allegations stemming from the U S Department of Treasury s designation of it as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization in August of 2003 In all three investigations the Commission had asked the U S for a legal or evidential basis for the designation but the U S government has declined to do so each time The U S designation caused Lloyds TSB and the Co operative Financial Services two of London s most prominent banks to withdraw and refuse banking services to Interpal Both financial institutions told Interpal that the U S designation was the motivating factor behind their decisions The account closure generated a series of petitions and protests i n the UK On Jan 17 2009 over sixty nonviolent protesters gathered in front of a Lloyd s branch office in Bristol England A Bristol area activist Jeremy Clarke applauded the protestors efforts and said Interpal is amongst only a handful of charities able and daring to work in such a politically sensitive area Eventually the Islamic Bank of Britain helped secure an alternative banking service and the charity s operations have been able to continue 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 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent

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  • Free Speech Questions Linger After Judge Dismisses Most Charges Against Charity Leaders | Charity & Security Network
    the world but also said the group supported violent jihad However the defendants were not charged with material support of terrorism and the judge said no evidence of use of charities to promote terrorism was produced during trial despite the extremely broad claims made by prosecutors The evidence of the alleged support was limited to statements in the group s newsletter Failure to disclose the newsletter articles was one basis of Mubayyid s conviction for filing a false tax statement in 2000 which was upheld The prosecution s theory that publication of such articles is a crime unless reported to the IRS raises fundamental free speech issues Harvey Silvergate attorney for Muntasser told the Worcester Telegram There has never been a prosecution under this theory absolutely every not most every application for tax exempt status would potentially be the basis of a criminal charge Invariably you have to omit a huge amount of information or else have a 16 000 page application In addition the right to hold and advocate unpopular points of view is clearly protected The 1969 U S Supreme Court ruling in Brandenburg v Ohio said Speech can only be curtailed when it is intended to and has the effect of causing imminent lawless conduct Mere abstract advocacy of violence however objectionable may not be barred Muntasser s conviction for making a false statement about a visit to Afghanistan was also upheld The prosecution also argued that the defendants failed to report that Care International was an outgrowth of the Al Kifah Refugee Center which media reports linked to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center The basis of the argument appears to be Muntasser s past relationship to Al Kifah which he left after 1993 At trial the defense argued that Al Kifah was separate

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  • Convictions Based on Publications Raise New Questions for Nonprofits | Charity & Security Network
    and that it concealed the fact that it was an outgrowth of another nonprofit Al Kifah whose Brooklyn branch had been linked by the media to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 The defense argued that the Boston branch of Al Kifah was separate and that the defendants started Care to break away from the New York group Although the prosecutors spoke broadly that Care used its funds to support jihad the only evidence they presented related to publications including their newsletter Al Hussam which was also the name of Al Kifah s newsletter According to a Nov 28 2007 Worcester Telegram article prosecutors read lengthy articles from the newsletter to the jury while the judge frequently warned them that the defendants had the right to hold and publish their views The convictions were for the technical crime of not informing the IRS that the group would publish such articles However in an FBI press release after the conviction prosecutors made statements that indicate their motivation in bringing the case was to discourage such publications U S Attorney Michael J Sullivan said Today s convictions should be a warning to organizations or persons who intend to fund their support of any militant organization or goal including mujahideen and jihad by abusing our nation s tax laws that they will be proactively investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law The Worcester Telegram reported that on Jan 18 Judge F Dennis Saylor who presided over the trial disputed the government s claim that the case was about terrorism saying there was no evidence of terrorism presented in the trial During the trial Judge Saylor banned references to terrorism and repeatedly reminded the jurors that the case was about tax fraud The judge later heard arguments on whether to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Convictions_Based_Publications_Raise_New_Questions_Nonprofits (2016-02-16)
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  • Update: Commission Says Targeted Charity Clean | Charity & Security Network
    thousands of direct debits and standing orders many of them anonymous so we cannot get back to those people to let them know Bradford West MP Marsha Singh expressed concern by the upcoming account closure by Barclays From my knowledge of the UWT it operates under the auspices of the Charity Commission and does good and necessary work around the world said Singh A spokesman for the UK Charity Commission told a Bradford area newspaper that UWT is not being investigated in any way and there is no suggestion that the charity has any connection to terrorism Mohammed Ahmed UWT Director of Operations said in a statement We are deeply concerned with Barclays Bank s decision to close our accounts without any justification This decision will not only affect the great work carried out by UWT but will affect millions of people who rely on UWT This decision sets a dangerous precedent of disrupting British charities without any substantiation 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Update_Commission_Charity_Clean (2016-02-16)
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  • Charities Respond to Treasury's Overbroad Allegations of Terrorist Ties | Charity & Security Network
    Treasury has never provided information that proves a considerable portion of charitable funds are diverted to terrorist organizations In fact its own data shows that overall charities only account for 8 75 percent of the individuals companies and organizations on Treasury s Specially Designated Nationals SDN list There are 43 charities on that list and only six of these are based in the United States making U S charities 1 25 percent of the designations This hardly justifies Treasury s broad claims about the role of charities in supporting terrorism according to the charities that sent the letter Anti Terrorism Measures Taken by the Charitable Sector Have Been Treated Dismissively The letter argues that Treasury does not respect the positive role charities play in the world saying Daily more than 1 million 501 c 3 organizations provide charitable services within their communities and throughout the world Many of these activities act as a counter balance to terrorist influences It also notes several steps the nonprofit sector has taken to guard against diversion of funds to terrorism including the 2005 publication of Principles of International Charity Unfortunately Treasury still relies heavily upon its own guidelines and has ignored the sector s requests that they be withdrawn Watch Lists Are Riddled With Errors Treasury s over reliance on inaccurate watch lists such as the SDN list raises major concerns about the TIGTA recommendation that the Internal Revenue Service IRS use the even larger Terrorist Screening Center TSC watch list Referencing yet another inaccurate watch list is not the most effective use of resources according to the charity letter Moreover grantmakers have spent thousands of dollars checking the SDN list with little benefit for doing so The letter was signed by the following organizations American Civil Liberties Union Fellowship of Reconciliation Fund for

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/charities_respond_to_allegations (2016-02-16)
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  • Wrong Way: Another Treasury Myth about U.S. Charities Busted | Charity & Security Network
    The U S is the largest single source of remittances to developing countries around the world The State Department says at least 60 billion is sent to Latin American countries each year http blogs state gov index php site entry bridge power remittances As much as 31 60 billion in U S funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors poor planning and payoffs to warlords and insurgents according to an independent panel investigating U S wartime spending estimates http www wartimecontracting gov Top 20 countries receiving USAID grant money for FY2010 1 Afghanistan 2 755 671 228 6 Kenya 500 427 374 2 Pakistan 1 351 634 685 7 Sudan 462 877 610 3 Haiti 701 379 625 8 Jordan 363 375 929 4 Israel 596 529 460 9 Ethiopia 350 258 089 5 West Bank Gaza 387 120 025 10 Georgia 339 465 998 11 South Africa 347 449 184 16 Iraq 220 524 820 12 Egypt 320 115 027 17 Indonesia 262 002 937 13 Nigeria 295 792 542 18 Congo 163 325 098 14 Tanzania 312 689 352 19 Mozambique 234 429 203 15 Uganda 269 467 038 20 Liberia 229 133 134 http www usaid gov policy budget money An estimated 16 million Americans engage in online gambling wagering more than 6 billion in 2008 on offshore websites These sites are out of the reach of U S law enforcement and are not taxed by the U S government http articles philly com 2011 10 16 business 30286401 1 online games online gambling internet gambling KPMG estimates the amount of money illicitly raised through drug sales in the U S being sent to Mexico is at about 25 billion This is from

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/657 (2016-02-16)
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  • State’s 2012 Terror Report | Charity & Security Network
    to Terrorism located at the University of Maryland 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/State%E2%80%99s_2012_Terror_Report%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Dialog Among Stakeholders Key to Successful Counterterrorism Framework | Charity & Security Network
    the importance of building relationships between stakeholders including nonprofits and governments and makes recommendations for means of exercising oversight and investigation abuse It notes that opportunities for ongoing dialog are an important component of future successful engagement in this area The key findings in the report are that There is a strong demand for ongoing dialog among stakeholders and that the active participation of the nonprofit sector is essential to help build relationships of trust and confidence in emerging regulatory frameworks These should also include banks and financial institutions because of their impact on nonprofit operations Collect and disseminate best practices globally T here is a consensus on the key elements of an effective response including the need for a risk based approach that identifies and mitigates the risk of terrorism financing proportionality outreach to the sector and engagement on a whole of government basis across relevant government agencies The need for capacity building in both government and the nonprofit sector is significant See also Need for Protection from Repressive Laws and Over Regulation 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

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