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'Libel tourism' and the war on terror
Boston Globe ^ | November 7, 2006 | Samuel A. Abady and Harvey Silverglate

Posted on 11/10/2006 10:32:11 AM PST by Lorianne

AN IMPORTANT question will be argued tomorrow before the federal Court of Appeals in Manhattan: should American journalists who write about controversial issues be subjected to legal intimidation from abroad? More precisely, will American courts halt the growing practice of "libel tourism" whereby wealthy foreigners sue American writers and publishers in England, despite little chance of enforcing the judgment in this country?

Rachel Ehrenfeld, an adviser to the Defense Department and director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy , pioneered investigation into the financial roots of terrorism, first in her 1990 book "Narcoterrorism" and, most recently, in "Funding Evil -- How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It."

She argued, controversially, that dollars from drug traffickers, corrupt state leaders, and wealthy Arab financiers, especially Saudis, fund terrorism.

One target of Ehrenfeld's work is Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz, former owner of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia and former chief operating officer of the scandal-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International. In 1992, he paid $225 million after his indictment in New York for his role in the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

In "Funding Evil," Ehrenfeld reported that bin Mahfouz deposited "tens of millions of dollars in London and New York directly into terrorist accounts" and transferred some $74 million to the International Islamic Relief Organization and the Muwafaq Foundation run by Yasin al-Qadi, a US-designated terrorist.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: yasinalqadi
No other nation [than the U.S.A.] goes as far to protect speech. Indeed, outside the United States, truth is often not a defense to allegations of defamation. The Sullivan standard is not accepted in Britain, Canada, Australia, or any of the 41 member states of the Council of Europe.
1 posted on 11/10/2006 10:32:11 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

I take it the ACLU is rushing to defend her 1st Amendment rights...(crickets)


2 posted on 11/10/2006 10:47:02 AM PST by Edgerunner (If you don't want our soldiers to fight, then you will have to fight.)
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To: Edgerunner

The Jihad against investigative journalists? They may be rushing their plan a bit.


3 posted on 11/12/2006 4:36:46 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: Lorianne

"Bin Mahfouz has sued or threatened suit in England 33 times against those who linked him to terrorism. He runs a website boasting of his victories. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post all have settled with him. "


4 posted on 11/12/2006 4:39:13 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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