You Might Be A Terrorist


Cue Jeff Foxworthy. Georgetown University’s David Cole writes in the New York Times that under current United States law you might be prosecuted for providing direct or indirect material support to terrorists if you:

— Speak in support of an Iranian opposition group, as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge did in Paris last month. The Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK) opposition group is on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. The former U.S. officials asked to have them removed from the list.

— Work with the Humanitarian Law Project in trying to help the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey present human rights claims before the United Nations or help them initiate peace negotiations with the Turkish government.

— Meet with or advise Hezbollah, as President Jimmy Carter’s election monitoring team did during the 2009 Lebanese elections.

— Provide humanitarian aid to victims of war or natural disasters in a region where it might end up in the hands of any group labeled a “foreign terrorist organization.”

But if you are an American business secretly providing “humanitarian aid” in the form of hot sauce, “cigarettes, popcorn and chewing gum” to to states blockaded for supporting terrorism, the Treasury Department will grant you a special license for that.

Cole calls for reforming U.S. laws regarding support for terrorism where they infringe on First Amendment rights and threaten legitimate humanitarian aid while granting exemptions for corporate interests. He observes:

Under current law, it seems, the right to make profits is more sacrosanct than the right to petition for peace, and the need to placate American businesses more compelling than the need to provide food and shelter to earthquake victims and war refugees.

All people are created equal, but some corporate people are more equal than others.

Categories : International, Iran


  1. Diogenes says:

    “When it comes to war, Presidents Bush and Obama really aren’t so different…

    While Obama was perceived as the peace candidate, “the office of the presidency, once assumed, transforms the outlook of its holder.”

    To wit: Obama is essentially recycling Bush’s Iraq strategy for Afghanistan, and has expanded the targets in the fight against terror.

    He’s “adopted wholeheartedly what we might call the Bush doctrine’s political science” of preemptive strikes. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are “his wars now, nobody else’s.”

    –Stephen Carter, Newsweek


  2. Dixiegirlz says:

    During the cold war there was a commie under every rock…now there are terrorists under every rock. The more things change, the more they stay the same. C’est la vie.

  3. Tom Buckner says:

    The Venezuelan Foreign Minister called Luis Posada Carriles the The bin Laden of the Americas. He worked for the CIA and was celebrated as a hero by right-wing Cuban exiles in Miami. Trained at Fort Benning, where Latin officers learn torture and murder. Extradition to Venezuela for blowing up an airliner with 73 souls aboard refused, because, get this, the Venezuelans might torture him??!?!? Oh, Unistat, thy hypocrisy is vintage!

  4. D.Dial says:

    Wonder how many terrorists are being trained at Ft. Benning?