The Crescent Report

October 30, 2007

Anti-Terrorism on Trial: Why the Government Loses Funding Cases

Filed under: American-Politics — Tags: , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 9:12 pm


By David Cole

Wednesday, October 24, 2007; Page A19

Nearly six years ago, the U.S. government shut down the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, froze its assets and made it a crime for anyone to engage in transactions with it. The administration claimed that the foundation, the largest Muslim charity in the United States, was financing terrorism.

The government never publicly produced evidence to support that charge. Under an executive order that President Bush issued shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, the government did not have to. It closed the charity without a hearing or trial or even a statement of reasons. When the foundation sued, a federal court in the District of Columbia refused to consider any evidence that the foundation submitted in its defense, relied on secret evidence that the government presented behind closed doors and rejected the foundation’s assertion that taking its property on the basis of evidence that the charity had no opportunity to see or rebut was a violation of due process.

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1 Comment »

  1. I am a white Southern Baptist woman from Texas and I am a proud American and a friend of Israel. However, I am ashamed that they tried and railroad these good Muslim men who were only trying to help the poor and needy in their home country. May God bless you all.

    Comment by Nancy — October 30, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

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