ACLU to challenge “material support” to foreign terrorists law

A whose side are you on alert. Recall that the ACLU already won the right to accept money from and send money to individuals on terror watch lists.

The Carter Center, Human Rights Watch and other terror-friendlies want the legal right to provide material support to terrorist groups under the guise of “free speech” to “explain to perpetrators of human rights abuses their obligations under international law and persuade them to cease their rights-violating practices.” And the ACLU is more than happy to fight for that right:

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Carter Center, Human Rights Watch and several other human rights and humanitarian organizations in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of a law that makes it a crime to provide “material support or resources” to any organization that the Secretary of State has designated a “foreign terrorist organization” (FTO). The organizations that joined the brief are internationally recognized for their efforts to promote peace, further human rights and alleviate human suffering around the world. According to the brief, those efforts are imperiled by the vague language of the material support law, which arguably reaches even speech and advocacy whose only purpose is to deter future terrorist activity.

The ACLU filed the brief on behalf of the Carter Center, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Grassroots International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University, Operation USA and the Peace Appeal Foundation.

In addition to Shapiro and Goodman, attorneys on the brief are Jameel Jaffer and Larry Schwartztol of the ACLU National Security Project.

The ACLU’s brief is available online at: www.aclu.org/national-security/amicus-brief-carter-center-and-other-humanitarian-groups-support-humanitarian-law-

Read the press release at Internationally-Renowned Humanitarian Groups Support Challenge To Unconstitutional “Material Support” Law.

4 Responses

  1. This is par for the course for the ACLU…protect the criminals at all costs, kind of thinking.

  2. The ACLU is giving us a very good reason to oppose them here. Putting people in prison for aiding and abetting terrorists is not a violation of civil liberties. You might even argue that the people giving Material support to foreign terrorist are committing treason, if said terrorists are actively trying to destroy the United States. Now Treason is such an important issue that it is the only crime specifically outlined in the American Constitution.

  3. But isn’t this what Obama said he was going to fight in his Cairo speech? Something about allowing the zakat if memory serves? Shouldn’t come as a surprise.

  4. Magic Puzzle Box,

    I don’t remember him saying anything about the Zakat, and I think someone else in the Anti Jihad movement would have pointed it out, if he had.

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