Holy Land Foundation Case Goes to Supreme Court
Post-9/11 charity to unwanted recipients was criminalized.
by Stephen Lendman
Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Injustice triumphed. So did hate and fear. Innocent Muslims became fair game. Guilt by accusation became policy.
Many innocent men and women were bogusly charged with terrorism or conspiracy to commit it. They languish unjustly in gulag hell.
They became Washington's enemy of choice. All Muslims have reason to fear being in America at the wrong time.
Ignored is that Islam teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism. Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.
In today's hate-filled climate, you'd never know it. Praying to the wrong God became criminalized.
Numerous injustice examples explain US ruthlessness. Among many egregious cases, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) charity is notable.
Several earlier articles discussed it. It remains a monument of injustice. Charitable giving to the wrong recipients became criminalized. Feeding the wrong hungry children was called lawless. More on that below.
On October 11, Press TV headlined "Muslim charity case goes to Supreme Court," saying:
Bush administration scoundrels considered HLF its "flagship terror-financing case"." On December 4, 2001, HLF was bogusly declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Its assets were frozen.
Five HLF principles were wrongfully charged, convicted and imprisoned. In late October, the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear their appeal. It won't be easy convincing hardline justices to do the right thing.
Hope springs eternal. Maybe even right-wing ideologues won't tolerate injustice this egregious. Fundamental constitutional principles are at stake. So is right v. wrong.
On January 25, 1995, Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12947: Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process.
The same year Hamas was bogusly declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It remains one today. Any individual or group charged with providing material support (true or false) becomes targeted for prosecution.