Material Support

IRS Rejects Complaint Against Doctors Without Borders for its Medical Work in Gaza

In late August 2018 the Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC), which is spearheading legal tactics aimed at NPOs working in Palestine, announced via facebook that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rejected its effort to revoke the charitable, tax-exempt status of Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF - Medecins Sans Frontiers). The IRS does not publish its decisions in such cases, but TZAC’s complaint, minus the appendices, is available in a 2016 news story from War News Information

2019-06-19T12:55:33-04:00October 24th, 2018|Material Support, News|

If it Ain’t Broke …..

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The spokesman for the “let’s-shut-down-U.S.-charities-because-they’re-conduits-for-terror-finance” school of thought has been pushing this outdated and discredited narrative in Washington, D.C. over the past year or more. He seems to believe that the Obama administration’s enforcement policy was negligent in its duty to “bust terrorist charities” (his words, not ours), that U.S. nonprofits have been given a free pass over

2019-06-20T09:04:03-04:00August 14th, 2017|Blog, Counter-terrorist Financing, Material Support, Node|

UK Study Addresses Conflict between Humanitarian, Counterterrorism Goals

A new study from Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute in the UK finds that humanitarian objectives are often stymied by counterterrorism laws designed to prevent assistance or funds going to non-state armed groups. Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The UK Regulatory Environment asserts that to resolve this conflict, the UK government needs to adopt a clear, unified approach to reconciling its humanitarian and counterterrorism priorities. The report

Article Highlights Impact of Counterterrorism Laws on Humanitarian Aid

A new article in The Guardian highlights the negative impact of counterterrorism laws on the delivery of humanitarian aid, particularly in acute crises such as those unfolding in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Listed terrorist groups operate in three of the four countries. The article notes that although laws in the UK and U.S. are not currently being used to prosecute well-meaning humanitarian organizations, the laws have a "chilling impact"

2019-06-19T09:20:20-04:00April 27th, 2017|Material Support|

DOJ Guidance on Online Activities to Counter Violent Extremism

In an undated document, the Department of Justice released a two-page guidance on permissible forms of communication with members of listed terrorist groups that are intended to turn them away from violance. The guidance document notes that "The Government's position on this is issue clear: the material support statutes do not prohibit legitimate, independent efforts to counter violent extremism." It notes that the "Department of Justice has never prosecuted an individual or group for a

2019-06-19T13:08:02-04:00February 24th, 2017|Material Support, Node, Resource|

Congress Just Expanded Material Support Penalties. What Were They Thinking?

It’s as if the material support statute didn’t have enough problems already. Now, thanks to recently enacted amendments to the USA Freedom Act, the maximum sentence for material support for terrorism has increased from 15 to 20 years. What was Congress thinking when it expanded this penalty? In a blog posted May 29, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asserts that this provision “deserves more attention.” And it does. This ever-widening net that is

2019-06-19T12:37:14-04:00June 4th, 2015|Blog, Material Support|

Report Uncovers Over-Hyped Material Support of Terrorism Prosecutions by U.S.

Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms released the May 2014 report, “Inventing Terrorism” a study illustrating the abusive and overall ineffective nature of anti-terrorism laws to protect America from terrorist attacks.  The study states that fewer than six percent of cases that the Department of Justice (DOJ) have listed as “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions,” involved real terrorist threats.  The remaining 94 percent of cases are preemptive prosecutions or cases

2019-06-20T05:56:36-04:00July 3rd, 2014|Abstracts, Material Support|

UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact of Counterterror Laws on Charities in Syria

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos warned that some charities operating in Syria are "extremely fearful" that they will run afoul of counterterrorism laws while providing aid. According to a BBC Radio 4 interview with Amos, charities providing services in areas controlled by ISIS, which was recently designated as a terrorist group by the British government, worry they could be prosecuted for any engagement with ISIS, even when it is for the

2019-06-19T13:09:05-04:00June 2nd, 2014|Material Support, Resource|

U.S. Law Limits Options for Nonviolent End to Nigerian Girls Nightmare

See my blog in the Huffington Post U.S. Law Limits Options for Nonviolent End to Nigerian Girls Nightmare posted May 16, 2014.  Here is the conclusion: The Obama administration and Congress should make it clear that dialog is needed to free the girls of Chibok. It should actively discourage all parties from using the tragedy of the schoolgirls as a wedge for larger, long term military presence in Nigeria. And it should

2019-06-19T12:38:42-04:00May 19th, 2014|Material Support, Node|

The Overbroad and Imbalanced Approach to Prohibiting Material Support of Terrorism

The recent decision by the U.S. to remove certain “terrorism bars” on individuals seeking refugee status highlights the incredibly broad—and sometimes ridiculous—way that the government has defined support for terrorism. The Feb. 5 rule change from the Departments of State and Homeland security exempts those who have given “limited” material support to armed groups defined as “terrorists” under immigration statutes. While the change is a welcome one that many advocacy groups have

2019-06-19T12:40:43-04:00February 13th, 2014|Blog, Material Support|
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