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JINSA applauds Supreme Court decision on preventing aid to terrorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – The Jewish Institute for National Security  Affairs (JINSA) applauds the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the law that prohibits Americans from providing “material support” to groups designated by the State Department as “foreign terrorist organizations.”

The case, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP), was decided in a 6-3
decision on Monday. JINSA had participated in an amicus brief in  cooperation with the Washington Legal Foundation. Also signing onto the  brief were four retired flag officers and two other organizations, the  National Defense Committee and the Allied Educational Foundation.

The court agreed with the brief and upheld the existing law, which has  its roots in the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of  1996 (AEDPA) and is further expressed in the USA Patriot Act. The  decision was a victory for the signers of the amicus and the American  people. The case, which challenged the constitutionality of the  aforementioned federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material  support” to a group that has been designated as a “foreign terrorist
organization” by the State Department, was brought by the Humanitarian
Law Project and several of its individual supporters.

JINSA Executive Director Tom Neumann said, “The current ban on providing
aid to designated terrorist groups is a cornerstone of U.S. efforts to  defeat terrorist groups and a force for changing the policies of those  states that harbor and support them. The HLP contention that aid to  terrorist organizations could be designated for humanitarian or  political purposes is specious since all moneys are fungible.” The court rejected that argument as well as the argument that the right to support
terrorist is a first amendment right.

The Court’s decision reaffirms the illegality of the HLP’s stated  efforts to provide aid to the PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) and the  LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), both designated by the State  Department as foreign terrorist entities.

Neumann noted that groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah are also denied
financial support from the United States by the law. “Had the Court  struck down the law, undeniably America would be less safe. We are  gratified that the Supreme Court of the United States recognized the  imperative need to safeguard American lives.”

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Preceding provided by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs

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