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johnaa
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US officials busted for support & finacial ties toTERRORIST ORGANIZATION

 

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/16/10710422-ex-us-officials-investigated-over-speeche...

http://www.salon.com/2012/03/12/washingtons_high_powered_terrorist_supporters/singleton/

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/16

xxexcerpt) A Treasury Department investigation has been initiated against nearly two dozen former high-ranking US officials, many who continue to hold elite positions of power in media and policy circles or private industry, for their active support and financial ties to an Iranian dissident group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (or MEK), that is listed by the State Department as a ‘terror organization’.
 

   Those under investigation represent a bipartisan group including former Democratic governors Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Howard Dean of Vermont; former Republican Homeland Security Advisor to George W. Bush, Fran Townsend*, Bush’s Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, and former UN ambassador John Bolton; former Republican Mayor of New York, Rudolph Guiliani; and ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton, among others. . .

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johnaa
Advisor

Re: US officials busted for support & finacial ties toTERRORIST ORGANIZATION

  This is especially interesting because the US supreme Court ruled against the 1st admindment in 2010-----" Holder v. Humanitarian Law. In that case, the Court upheld the Obama DOJ’s very broad interpretation of the statute that criminalizes the providing of “material support” to groups formally designated by the State Department as Terrorist organizations. The five-judge conservative bloc (along with Justice Stevens) held that pure political speech could be permissibly criminalized as “material support for Terrorism” consistent with the First Amendment if the “advocacy [is] performed in coordination with, or at the direction of, a foreign terrorist organization” (emphasis added). In other words, pure political advocacy in support of a designated Terrorist group could be prosecuted as a felony — punishable with 15 years in prison — if the advocacy is coordinated with that group."

 

snip--Law Professor David Cole, who represented the plaintiffs, explained, this was literally “the first time ever” that “the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment permits the criminalization of pure speech advocating lawful, nonviolent activity.” Thus, “the court rule[d] that speech advocating only lawful, nonviolent activity can be made a crime, and that any coordination with a blacklisted group can land a citizen in prison for 15 years.”

bruce MN
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Re: US officials busted for support & finacial ties toTERRORIST ORGANIZATION

Reading some on this it almost appears that there would be something said for not commenting on it. Classic tangled web. Irony in finding Howard Dean and John Bolton in the same kettle of soup? Can't help but mention that the Democrats who seem to be implicated are of the DLC, "New Democrat" variety that came out of the Clinton era. Maybe ol' Rahm knew when to get out of town. I can't imagine that the the Sec of State's comments aren't being highly anticipated.