Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fighting jihad by following the money

by Laina Farhat-Holzman from The Santa Cruz Sentinel

Almost immediately after the attack of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States began to "follow the money" - to see who was financing jihad and how it was being transmitted. This started a long process that is still ongoing, but it has encountered many roadblocks. One of these roadblocks is a Saudi billionaire, Khalid bin Mahfouz, who has either sued or threatened to sue 36 writers who have fingered him as a major financier of Islamist mayhem. He has taken them on in British courts because England has libel laws that favor individual rights over public rights ... This is an issue that ought to be protected by congressional reinforcement of the First Amendment with a new statute prohibiting enforcement of foreign libel judgments in the U.S., whenever American authors and publishers report responsibility on terror-related and other national security threats.

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