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US Court Throws Out Case Against Saleh Kamel ~ Judge Richard Conway Casey dismissing......
arabnews.com ^ | 18 December 2006 | Barbara Ferguson, Arab News

Posted on 12/19/2006 10:37:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach


Monday, 18, December, 2006 (28, Dhul Qa`dah, 1427)


 
US Court Throws Out Case Against Saleh Kamel
Barbara Ferguson, Arab News

 


Saleh Kamel
 

WASHINGTON, 18 December 2006 — A significant decision by a New York judge last Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Investment Bank.

The accusations alleged they had been involved in support of the Al-Qaeda group suspected of backing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Khaled Al-Nahdi, assistant to CEO of Dallah Albaraka Group, said in a statement on Friday that Judge Richard Conway Casey, of the Federal Court of South New York, had dismissed the case raised by a number of insurance companies on Dec. 14, 2006, against Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Investment & Development Company. Abdul Qader Hashim, a legal adviser of Dallah Albaraka, and also in charge of the case stated that Judge Richard Casey had dismissed a similar case earlier (Burnet vs. Albaraka Inv. & Dev. Co.) raised by the families of the victims in the same incident against Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Investment & Development Company.

“This is a huge decision,” Martin McMahon, the litigation counsel for Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Bank, told Arab News in a brief phone interview yesterday. “This is very important because it was the cornerstone of their lawsuits. What’s important to also note is that it is only written about Sheikh Saleh and Albaraka.

“This vindicates Sheikh Saleh’s position that he has nothing to do with financing international terrorism, and that he thoroughly rejects that concept of international terrorism.”

McMahon said that in January 2005, when Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Bank were dismissed in the Burnet case, he contacted the lawyers representing other law cases of 9/11 lawsuits and asked them if they would dismiss their cases. McMahon said they rejected his request.

McMahon said this week’s decision “has worked out in our favor because there’s a definitive opinion, six pages, dismissing both Saleh Kamel and the bank. It sends a negative message to the other 9/11 lawyers that if you’re a bank, or someone like Saleh Kamel who’s an investor in a bank, this broad decision seems to suggest that the judge is going to be dismissing the remaining bank defendants and remaining investors.

“It’s really a very strong message to the attorneys from the judge that they should look carefully as to who the remaining defendants are and should take effective steps to dismiss many of the remaining defendants.”

McMahon said the dismissal of Saleh Kamel from the “Golden Chain” charges are also very significant.

“All these allegations including the ‘Golden Chain’ myth were dismissed on the grounds that the bank and Saleh Kamel do not constitute, nor take any responsibility of any unconventional banking transactions. Moreover, holding of shares in bounds is not a violation of law,” a lawyer said on background.

The “Golden Chain” terminology dates back to March 2002, when authorities in Bosnia and Sarajevo raided the offices of the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) suspecting it was funding Al-Qaeda. The raid uncovered a handwritten list containing the names of 20 wealthy donors allegedly thought to be sympathetic to Al-Qaeda. The list, referred to as “The Golden Chain,” allegedly contained the names of both donors and recipients.

McMahon said last week’s court decision knocks down the “Golden Chain” myth. “This is the fifth or sixth court that has rejected the ‘Golden Chain’ concept. In the opinion, Judge Casey cited the fact that the plaintiffs relied upon the ‘Golden Chain’ as a document to support their claims.”

“What’s nice about it is that the ‘Golden Chain’ was one of the cornerstones of the plaintiffs’ lawsuits, and now it is being thrown out by Judge Casey — after two courts in England threw the document out — and this is the second or third time that Judge Casey is throwing out the lawsuit.”

“Saleh Kamel is elated about this decision,” said McMahon. But now he wants to know: ‘Where do I go to get my name and reputation back?’ Because of these spurious allegations his reputation in the international banking community has been severely damaged.”



TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; abdullahkamel; albaraka; alqaeda; arnaout; baraka; batterjee; benevolence; bif; enaamarnaout; goldenchain; inaamarnout; kamel; martinmcmahon; martymcmahon; mcmahon; salehabdullahkamel; salehkamel
Hat tip to the Counterrorism Blog:

Another Terrorism Case Is Dismissed Against Saleh Kamel
and His Dallah Al Baraka Investment Group
By Victor Comras

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The Arab News is touting a decision by US District Court (SDNY) Judge Richard Conway Casey dismissing a series of consolidated insurance company lawsuits against Saleh Kamel and his Dallah Al Barakat Group (not to be confused with the Al Barakaat group of companies designated by OFAC as a terrorism financing institution). This follows on Judge Casey's dismissal last year of lawsuits against Saleh Kamel and Al Barakat brought by the families of the 9/11 victims. At that time Judge Casey found no basis for holding Kamel or his investment company liable despite allegations that he had invested in, and was otherwise associated with banks and other financial institutions that had channeled funds to the terrorists. Kamel was one of the names prominently listed in the so-called Golden Chain, which purported to be a list of potential al Qaeda financiers. Judge Casey reportedly issued a five page memorandum explaining his ruling and that ruling will be linked here when it becomes available.

It will be interesting to compare the rationale for Judge Casey's latest ruling with the rulings in the recent Nat-west and Credit Lyonnais cases, and the decision in the Boim Case -- all of which maintained that banks and other financial institutions that knowingly provided financial services for the the benefit of terrorist organizations may be held liable. Some 16 different lawsuits have been filed against Kamel, but his attorney, Martin McMahon believes this ruling will lead to all of them ultimately being dismissed against his client.


1 posted on 12/19/2006 10:37:28 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Are they going to use the Wookie defense?


2 posted on 12/19/2006 10:40:12 AM PST by wastedyears ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: All
Link to Golden Chain....:

Les documents originaux de la GOLDEN CHAIN

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GOLDEN CHAIN LIST ANALYSIS & PROFILES

CONTEXT

The Golden Chain list (or list of wealthy Saudi sponsors) was presented by the US government as Exhibit 5 in the Department of Justice "Government's Evidentiary Proffer Supporting the Admissibility of Coconspirator Statements" in the case of USA v. Arnaout (USDC, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division) filed on January 29, 2003. The list was also mentioned in the Indictment of Enaam Arnaout on October 9, 2002 (02 CR 892). According to the US government, the document is "a list of people referred to within Al Qaida as the "Golden Chain", wealthy donors to mujahideen efforts".

Originally, the document was seized by the Bosnian police during searches in the offices of Benevolence International Foundation in Sarajevo on March 2002. The list was part of a computer file labeled "Tareekh Osama", or "Osama History", containing scanned images of several documents. The computer files seized in Bosnia were delivered to the US Embassy soon after the raids. Our team was granted access to these documents following an order of the Supreme Court of Bosnia Herzegovina issued on March 6, 2003.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Al-Qaida list of top 20 Saudi financial sponsors include 6 bankers and 12 businessmen, among which 2 former ministers. Only two on the list have not been yet identified with certainty.

According to our estimates, their cumulative corporate net worth totals more than $85 billion US, or 42% of the Saudi annual GNP and equivalent to the annual GNP of Venezuela.

These prominent businessmen and bankers own or control 16 companies ranking among the top 100 Saudi companies.

The complete list of Saudi donors and Al-Qaida recipients (25 names) include 8 individuals already named in the complaint. We should note that the most virulent Saudi statements against the lawsuit were issued by those listed in the "Golden Chain", especially Saleh Abdullah Kamel.

Among the most notable findings, we should highlight the following

-Confirmation that the Bin Laden family has been a major contributor to Usama, despite its statements denying such support
-Involvement of bankers representing the three largest Saudi banks (National Commercial Bank, Riyad Bank, Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp)
-Involvement of former oil ministers Sheikh Yamani and Taher
-Involvement of most of them in charity organizations as founders or board members

AL QAIDA DONORS

SULEIMAN AL-RASHID

Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

ABDEL QADER BAKRI (ABDULKADER [AL] BAKRI)

CEO, Bakri Group of Cos
CEO, Al Bakri International Power Co. Ltd (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Al-Bakri Shipping Group (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Alkhomasia Shipping and Maintenance Company Ltd (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Red Sea Marine Services (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO, Diners Club International (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Bakri Group formed in April 2002 a JV with the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) to operate in Middle-East countries, including Yemen. MISC leased super tanker MT Limburg when it was attacked on October 6, 2002, coming from Ra's Tannura (Saudi Arabia).

BIN LADEN BROTHERS

Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)
Bakr Bin Laden

YOUSIF JAMEEL (YOUSSEF [YOUSEF] JAMEEL)

CEO, Abdul Lateef Jameel Group (donated SR8 million to support Saudi Red Crescent Society's relief work in Kosovo in 1999)
Former Board member, major shareholder, Global Natural Resources Inc. (Houston, Texas)

IBRAHIM AFANDI (IBRAHIM MUHAMMAD AFANDI)

Board member, Ibn Baz Foundation (President: Prince Salman, VP: Abdulaziz bin Fahd)
Board member, IIRO
Chairman, Al Afandi Establishment (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
CEO Al Afandi Germany (Frankenberg)
CEO, Sky Muzn Holding Co. BV (Netherlands)
CEO, Saudi Industrial Services Company (Sisco) with partners Xenel Industries and Dallah Al Baraka
Founder, Great Saudi Development & Investment Co. (GSDIC)
Founder, Arabian Company for Development and Investment Limited (ACDIL)
Chairman, National Committee of Saudi Contractors
Partner, African Company (Sudan), with Al Rajhi Bank and Dallah Al Baraka
Former General manager and shareholder of Al Amoudi Group
Owner, Gang Ranch (Canada), second largest ranch in North America
Owner, Skylight Corp, Georgia, USA
Owner, BSA Investments (complaint from LTV Steel Company, Inc)
US address: 6914 Los Verdes Dr Apt 6, Rch Palos Vrd, CA 90275

SALEH KAMEL (SALEH ABDULLAH KAMEL)

Born in 1941, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
CEO, Dallah Al Baraka (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) - 3rd largest Saudi company
Chairman Arab Radio & Television (ART)
Founding member and shareholder, Al Shamal Islamic Bank (Khartoum, Sudan)
Partner, Tamlik Company Ltd (with Mohamed Binladen Co., Saleh Bin Laden)
Shareholder, Jordan Islamic Bank
Vice Chairman Bank Al Jazira
Founder, Iqraa International Foundation

AL-RAJHI (SULEIMAN ABDULAZIZ AL RAJHI)

Board member, IIRO
Board member, Ibn Baz Foundation
CEO, Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Company (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - 9th largest Saudi company, 4th largest Saudi commercial bank

AL-JUMAIH (MOHAMMAD BIN ABDULLAH AL-JOMAIH)


Board member IIRO
Board member, Ibn Baz Foundation
Member of the Committee for collection of donations for supporting the Intifada (Chairman Prince Salman
Chairman First Islamic Investment Bank
+300 companies
Al Birr donor
Bosnia donor

AL-SHARBATLY (ABDULRAHMAN HASSAN [ABBAS] SHARBATLY)

Founder and board member, Riyad Bank (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - 7th largest Saudi company and 2nd largest Saudi commercial bank (Abdulrahman A. Al-Amoudi, Senior Executive Vice President)
Offices in Houston, Texas (Riyad Bank Houston Agency, 700 Louisiana, suite 4770, Houston, Texas 77002, USA)
Board member, Beirut Ryad Bank SAL (with Prince Khaled bin Turki and Abdullah Taha Bakhsh)
Board member, Saudi Arabian Refinery Company (Chairman Prince Khaled bin Turki, directors include Kaaki (bin Mahfouz) and Al Rajhi)
Shareholder, Middle East Capital Group (shareholders include Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, Henry Sarkissian -President Saudi Binladin Group International-, Sami Baarma -National Commercial Bank-)
CEO, Saudi Arabian Marketing Agencies and Company Ltd (Shareholder : Salem Mohammad Bin Laden) Ferrari, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen dealer
Shareholder, Egyptian Gulf Bank
Shareholder, Golden Pyramids Plaza Co
Shareholder, Savola Snack Food Co. Ltd (with Saleh bin Mahfouz and Abdullah Taha Bakhsh)

MOHAMED YOUSEF AL-NAGHI

Al Naghi Brothers Co (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

BIN MAHFOODH (KHALID BIN MAHFOUZ)

Former COO, BCCI
Former CEO, National Commercial Bank, 1st Saudi commercial bank
Founder, Muwafaq Foundation
Founder, International Development Foundation

ABDEL QADER FAQEEH (ADEL FAQIH)

Board member, Ibn Baz Foundation
Chairman, Bank Al Jazira
Chairman, Savola Group (Sharbatly), merged with Azizia Panda (Walid bin Talal) - 13th largest Saudi company
Chairman, Makkah Construction & Development Company

SALAH AL-DIN ABDEL JAWAD (SALAHUDDIN ABDULJAWAD)

CEO, General Machinery Agencies (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) Agent for General Motors, Wacker Corp, Mannesmann, Renault (RVI), Opel
Board member, United Gulf Industries Corp, Manama, Bahrain (with Khalil Bin Laden)
Partner, Savola Snack Food Co. Ltd (with Saleh Bin Mahfouz, Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, Prince Mishail Bin Abdullah Bin Turki, Abdulrahman Sharbatly)
Founder of several scholarship funds (Berkeley, Oxford -including the Salahuddin Abduljawad Fellowship in Islamic Art History) through Barakat Trust (UK) and Barakat Foundation (USA) with Xenel Industries Ltd and Khalid Alireza

AHMAD TURKI YAMANI (AHMED ZAKI YAMANI)

Born in 1930, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Son of former Saudi Chief Justice
Former Saudi minister of petroleum and mineral resources
Former director, ARAMCO
Founder, Investcorp (Board members include Abdullah Taha Bakhsh)

ABDEL HADI TAHER (ABDUL HADI TAHER)

CEO, Taher Group of Companies, 52nd largest Saudi company
Owner, Marketing General Trading Corp (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Shareholder, Arab Company for Hotels & Contracting Ltd (with Ahmed Zaki Yamani)
Former Minister of State
Former Governor of the Saudi state oil company Petromin, under responsibility of Ahmed Zaki Yamani
Former director, Saudi European Bank (Paris), held 25% of the bank shares along with Ahmed Zaki Yamani

MOHAMMED OMAR

???

AL KUWAIT

???

AHMAD AL HARBI

CEO, Ahmad Al Harbi Group
(L'Houssaine Kherchtou testified on February 21, 2001, during the trial of suspected al-Qaida militants in connection with the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998, that he was welcomed at Miram Shah guest house in Pakistan before joining Al-Qaida by "Abu Ahmed al Harbi").

AL ISSAEI (MOHAMMED AL-ISSAI)

Board member, Saudi Research & Marketing Company (with Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, Saleh Abdullah Kamel, Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Mahfouz, Dallah Albaraka Group) - 20th largest Saudi company
CEO, Al Issai Trade Company (Daimler-Chrysler representative)
Deputy Chairman, Arab Cement Company (shareholders include Binladin Group, Bin Mahfouz, Al Rajhi - Chairman: Turki Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud)

HAMAD AL HUSAINI (HAMAD AL HUSSAINI)

CEO, Akel Trading Company
CEO, Akel Agricultural Investment Company LLC
CEO, Al Hussaini and Company
Board member of Al Waqf Al Islami Foundation (Netherlands)
Brother of Abdullah Osman Abdulrahman Al Hussaini, General Director of Al Waqf Al Islami Foundation, owner of Al Furqan Mosque in Netherlands (linked to MWL, Mounir El Motassadeq and Marwan El Shehhi
Family member include Walid Al Hussaini, representative of Abdullah Al Turki (former minister of Islamic Affairs, Secretary General of MWL, linked to Mohammad Zouaydi -Spanish procedure-)

AL-QAIDA RECIPIENTS

Major recipients appear to be Usama Bin laden and Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee. They receive donations from 13 donors.

USAMA (USAMA BIN LADEN)

Receives donations from the most prominent in the list: Bin Laden Brothers, Al Rajhi, Sharbatly, Al Naghi, Bin Mahfouz, Adel Faqih, Al Kuwait

WAIL (WAEL HAMZA JULAIDAN)

Former Secretary General of the Muslim World League and Rabita Trust in Pakistan, designated by the United States Treasury as SGDT
Receives donations from Suleiman Al Rashid, Abdulkader Bakri, Salahuddin Abduljawad, Abdul Tahi Taher

BATERJI (ADEL ABDUL JALIL BATTERJEE)

Chairman Al Shamal Islamic Bank (Khartoum, Sudan)
Founder, Al-Birr Society, Benevolence International Foundation
Former Secretary General, World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)
Receives donations from Yousef Jameel, Ibrahim Afandi, Saleh Abdullah Kamel, Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Jomaih, Ahmed Zaki Yamani and Mohammed Omar

ABU MAZIN ( ??? MAZIN M. BAHARETH)

Son of Mohammed Saleh Bahareth (brother of Usama Bin Laden father's wife and tutor of the Bin Laden family after patriarch Mohammad Bin Laden's death in 1968)
CEO, Bahareth Organization (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Shareholder, Triple B Trading GmbH (Germany) - with Hassan Bahfzallah and Shahir A. I. Batterjee, Secretary: Abdul-Martin Tatari
Receives donations from Hamad Al Hussaini

SALEM TAHER

Receives donations from Ahmad Al Harbi and Mohammed Al Issai


©2003 L'investigateur - tous droits réservés

3 posted on 12/19/2006 10:42:11 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Dog; Coop; Cap Huff; ...
Let me highlight this........

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Al-Qaida list of top 20 Saudi financial sponsors include 6 bankers and 12 businessmen, among which 2 former ministers. Only two on the list have not been yet identified with certainty.


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According to our estimates, their cumulative corporate net worth totals more than $85 billion US, or 42% of the Saudi annual GNP and equivalent to the annual GNP of Venezuela.

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These prominent businessmen and bankers own or control 16 companies ranking among the top 100 Saudi companies.

The complete list of Saudi donors and Al-Qaida recipients (25 names) include 8 individuals already named in the complaint. We should note that the most virulent Saudi statements against the lawsuit were issued by those listed in the "Golden Chain", especially Saleh Abdullah Kamel.

Among the most notable findings, we should highlight the following

-Confirmation that the Bin Laden family has been a major contributor to Usama, despite its statements denying such support
-Involvement of bankers representing the three largest Saudi banks (National Commercial Bank, Riyad Bank, Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp)
-Involvement of former oil ministers Sheikh Yamani and Taher
-Involvement of most of them in charity organizations as founders or board members

4 posted on 12/19/2006 10:46:35 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Casey, Richard Conway
Born 1933 in Ithaca, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 16, 1997, to a seat vacated by Charles S. Haight, Jr.; Confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 1997, and received commission on October 24, 1997.

Education:
College of the Holy Cross, B.S., 1955

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.B., 1958

Professional Career:
Legal investigator, District Attorney's Office, New York County, NY, 1958
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, 1959-1963
Counsel, Special Commission of the State of New York, 1963-1964
Private practice, New York City, 1964-1997

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Male

5 posted on 12/19/2006 10:48:56 AM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: All
From:

Wikipedia.... Richard C. Casey

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Directory > Reference > Wikipedia

Richard C. Casey
Judge Richard Conway Casey, with his guide dog.
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Judge Richard Conway Casey, with his guide dog.

Richard Conway Casey (b. 1933) is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 16, 1997 to a seat vacated by Charles S. Haight, Jr., confirmed by the Senate on October 21, and commissioned on October 24 of the same year. He gained national notoreity for his unusual personal circumstances — he is completely blind — and for his aggressive questioning during a 2004 trial considering the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Early life

Casey was born in Ithaca, New York in 1933. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1955, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1958.[1] At Georgetown, Casey was particularly influenced by prominent lawyer Edward Bennett Williams.[2]

After law school, Casey worked as a legal investigator for the New York County District Attorney's office before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1959-1963). From 1963 to 1964, he served as counsel for the Special Commission of the State of New York. From 1964 to his nomination in 1997, Casey worked in private practice with the New York City firm Brown & Wood. He also served in the United States Army (1958 and 1961-1962) and the National Guard of New York (1958-61).[3]

Blindness

In 1964, Casey was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. His condition deteriorated into total blindness in 1987. His blindness does not seem to have slowed his career or personal ambition. At his Senate confirmation hearing, he expressed confidence in his ability to effectively judge the credibiliy of witnesses despite his loss of sight. He uses a guide dog in court, and he is assisted by computers that read documents aloud.[2]

A Catholic, Casey initially struggled with his blindness and was inspired by a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1999, Casey travelled to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II and accept the Blessed Hyacinth Cormier, O.P., Medal for "outstanding leadership in the promotion of Gospel Values in the field of justice and ethics".[4]

NAF v. Ashcroft

Casey presided over one of the three constitutional challenges to the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, National Abortion Federation v. Ashcroft.[5] A coalition led by NAF argued that the statute was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court's 2000 decision in Stenberg v. Carhart because the Act explicitly excluded a "health exception". The Bush administration argued that the courts should defer to a congressional finding of fact that this particular abortion procedure is never medically necessary to protect the health of a mother.

Casey had granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of the Act on November 6, 2003, the day after it was signed into law. The trial began on March 29, 2004 and lasted 16 days.

Casey made headlines throughout the trial by his aggressive questioning. He repeatedly asked witnesses -- mostly doctors who perform abortions -- about the possibility that fetuses feel pain during abortion, and whether patients are truly informed of that possibility.[6] For example, the following is from an exchange during the redirect examination of Dr. Timothy Johnson:

THE COURT: When you describe the possibilities available to a woman do you describe in detail what the intact D&E or the partial birth abortion involves?
THE WITNESS: Since I don't do that procedure I wouldn't have described it.
THE COURT: Did you ever participate with another doctor describing it to a woman considering such an abortion?
THE WITNESS: Yes. And the description would be, I would think, descriptive of what was going to be, what was going to happen; the description.
THE COURT: Including sucking the brain out of the skull?
THE WITNESS: I don't think we would use those terms. I think we would probably use a term like 'decompression of the skull' or 'reducing the contents of the skull'.
THE COURT: Make it nice and palatable so that they wouldn't understand what it's all about?

—Exchange between Judge Richard Casey and Dr. Timothy Johnson, NAF v. Ashcroft trial transcript, pp. 514-515.

On August 26, 2004, Casey entered a judgment[5] declaring the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, in deference to Supreme Court precedent, but also condemning the procedure as "gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized". [7]

The Bush administration appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the judgment.[8]

A further appeal of a similar version of this case, Gonzales v. Carhart, is now pending before the Supreme Court.

Notes

  1. ^ Biography of Richard Conway Casey from the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b Judge in abortion trial overcomes personal obstacles in successful career from the Associated Press (April 11, 2004).
  3. ^ President Nominates Richard Conway Casey to the Federal Bench, original White House press release from the National Archives (July 16, 1997).
  4. ^ Casey '55 meets Holy Father and receives medal from Holy Cross Magazine (Fall 1999).
  5. ^ a b National Abortion Federation v. Ashcroft, 330 F. Supp. 2d 436 (S.D.N.Y. 2004), from FindLaw (August 26, 2004).
  6. ^ Judge Asks Doctor if Fetus Can Feel Pain, from the Associated Press (April 1, 2004).
  7. ^ Partial-Birth Abortion Law Rejected by Judge, from the Washington Post (August 27, 2004).
  8. ^ Courts turn aside abortion ban, from the Boston Globe (February 1, 2006).

6 posted on 12/19/2006 10:51:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I really, REALLY, don't know why I bother looking up who appointed these Judges anymore.

If it's detrimental to the USA in any manner, Klintoon or Jimmah put the mope on the bench.

Casey, Richard Conway
Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 16, 1997
And then we get asshats like Sandy baby saying Federal judges shouldn't be criticized.

Hell, criticism should be the least of their concerns. They should be impeached for sedition, then jailed.

7 posted on 12/19/2006 10:55:29 AM PST by Condor51 (Tagline Under Construction - Kindly Wear Your Hardhat)
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To: Condor51

I was just looking up Holy Cross...it's a Jesuit founded college in New England....


8 posted on 12/19/2006 11:01:33 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Condor51
Chasing this.....Benevolence International Foundation

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9 posted on 12/19/2006 11:05:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: wastedyears
Don't know....any wookies in this?

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The Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) was a nonprofit charitable trust that is suspected to have supported international terrorists worldwide. It was known as the Benevolence International Fund in Canada and Bosanska Idealna Futura in Bosnia.

The group claimed that it was "helping those afflicted by wars. BIF first provides short-term relief such as emergency food distribution, and then moves on to long term projects providing education and self-sufficiency to the children, widowed, refugees, injured and staff of vital governmental institutions."

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[edit] History

Benevolence International Corporation is said to have been started in 1988 by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa of Jeddah, the brother in law of Osama bin Laden. Back then, it was known as an "import-export" company. It is said that this group was a front for the Abu Sayyaf group.

Meanwhile, another group known as the Islamic Benevolence Committee was founded in both Jeddah and Peshawar, Pakistan by Sheikh Adil Abdul Batargy. The group was a "charity" that openly supported rebels fighting against the Soviet Union in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In 1992, the Benevolence International Corporation in the Philippines folded visible operations, while the Islamic Benevolence Committee was renamed to Benevolence International Foundation. The Filipino group would become a group set up to attack U.S. interests in the Philippines. Khalid Sheik Mohammed is said to have led the rest of the group.

The group was moved to the United States, with Enaam Arnaout as the director. The organization first set shop in Plantation, Florida. Arnaout married an American woman and obtained citizenship to the United States. In 1993, the organization's headquarters moved to Chicago, Illinois.

In late 1994, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa travelled to the United States to meet with Mohamed Loay Bayazid, who was the president of Benevolence International at the time.

[edit] Prosecution

Khalifa and Bayazid were arrested in Mountain View, California (near San Francisco) in December 1994. The FBI received communications from the Philippines that Khalifa was funding Operation Bojinka, a terrorist plot that was foiled on January 6, 1995. However, Khalifa was deported to Jordan by the INS in May 1995. The Jordanian court acquitted Khalifa, and he is currently in Saudi Arabia. Bayazid was also let go. His whereabouts are unknown.

On November 19, 2002, the group was classified as a terrorist group funder by the United States Department of Treasury.[1]

The U.S. Government alleged that the group sent money and communications to Osama bin Laden, purchased rockets, mortars, rifles, bayonets, dynamite, and other bombs for Al-Qaida members in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and redirecting funds meant for charity purposes to purposes related to terrorism. The U.S. government also alleged that the group was aiding the travel of terrorists, including Khalifa, Bayazid, and Mamdouh Salim and coordinating the escape of BIF members from Bosnian police.

During a sentencing hearing in August 2003, U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon told prosecutors they had “failed to connect the dots” and said there was no evidence that Arnaout “identified with or supported” terrorism. [2]

These allegations were withdrawn as part of a plea bargain, presumably due to insufficient of evidence.[3] In February 2003, Enaam Arnaout pleaded guilty to subverting $300,000 to $400,000 of BIF's charitable funds to provide boots, tents, and uniforms for rebels in Chechnya and Bosnia. The plea bargain allowed for him to provide information to prosecutors as long as charges that are related to Al-Qaida are dropped. He publicly denies any link to the group.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Treasury Designates Benevolence International Foundation and Related Entities as Financiers of Terrorism, US Treasury, November 19, 2002
  2. ^ Few convictions on terror since 9/11: Most arrested not linked to extremists, Washington Post, June 12, 2005
  3. ^ Statement of Enaam Arnaout: BIF chief pleads guilty to racketeering, releases statement to media and American Muslim community, About.com, February 10, 2003

[edit] External links

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolence_International_Foundation"
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10 posted on 12/19/2006 11:09:11 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The "Golden Chain" document is about as credible as one found in a Aryan Nation compound naming Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and miscellaneous Rockefellers as sponsors.


11 posted on 12/19/2006 11:12:52 AM PST by Grut
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"...and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog. And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry, 'cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American blind justice, and there wasn't nothing he could do about it..."

"Alice's Restaurant" Arlo Guthrie

12 posted on 12/19/2006 11:14:29 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Spork weasels ain't afraid of nuthin' but running out of sardines.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is all a train wreck in the process of happening and there ain't a damn thing we can do to stop it

Just hope we can survive the next attack and that folks finally wake up


13 posted on 12/19/2006 11:15:53 AM PST by Mo1 (Thank You Mr & Mrs "I'm gonna teach you a lesson" Voter ... you just screwed us on so many levels)
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To: Grut

Was that the sole basis for the government bringing the case to a court?


14 posted on 12/19/2006 11:24:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Grut
Maybe this wasn't the government.,....

From the original news report:

the case raised by a number of insurance companies...........

15 posted on 12/19/2006 11:26:52 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Mo1
......the case raised by a number of insurance companies

Hmmmm.....

16 posted on 12/19/2006 11:27:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; Alamo-Girl; Grampa Dave; ...



I   CAN'T   RECALL

17 posted on 12/19/2006 11:32:33 AM PST by devolve ( ....shop_invest_and_hire_wisely)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Pretty crappy article. Doesn't even mention the basis for the suit. Do you know anything regarding what the case is about?


18 posted on 12/19/2006 11:48:15 AM PST by Sandy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“This vindicates Sheikh Saleh’s position that he has nothing to do with financing international terrorism, and that he thoroughly rejects that concept of international terrorism.”

Hardly. It just means the plaintiffs haven't established standing and/or the court lacks jurisdiction.

I wonder if the government has ever charged this guy with anything. Do you know?

19 posted on 12/19/2006 11:51:46 AM PST by Sandy
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To: Sandy
Don't know...see post #10 for comments on the Government charging the Benevolence International Corporation

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The U.S. Government alleged that the group sent money and communications to Osama bin Laden, purchased rockets, mortars, rifles, bayonets, dynamite, and other bombs for Al-Qaida members in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and redirecting funds meant for charity purposes to purposes related to terrorism. The U.S. government also alleged that the group was aiding the travel of terrorists, including Khalifa, Bayazid, and Mamdouh Salim and coordinating the escape of BIF members from Bosnian police.

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During a sentencing hearing in August 2003, U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon told prosecutors they had “failed to connect the dots” and said there was no evidence that Arnaout “identified with or supported” terrorism. [2]

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But then...............

These allegations were withdrawn as part of a plea bargain, presumably due to insufficient of evidence.[3] In February 2003, Enaam Arnaout pleaded guilty to subverting $300,000 to $400,000 of BIF's charitable funds to provide boots, tents, and uniforms for rebels in Chechnya and Bosnia. The plea bargain allowed for him to provide information to prosecutors as long as charges that are related to Al-Qaida are dropped. He publicly denies any link to the group.

20 posted on 12/19/2006 12:29:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: devolve

Very impressive post devolve!


21 posted on 12/19/2006 1:58:04 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: devolve

Wonderful graphics!!


22 posted on 12/19/2006 2:10:17 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
IIRC that Benevolence International Foundation was the Developer of an upscale Housing Development about a mile from my house here in IL about adecade ago. The 'owners' (on site bosses) were arrested right before the last house was completed.

Very nice houses (mini Mansions) but waaaaay out of our price range.

But the Muslim connection didn't come out until the arrests were made and it hit our local paper.

23 posted on 12/19/2006 2:29:23 PM PST by Condor51 (Tagline Under Construction - Kindly Wear Your Hardhat)
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To: Condor51

Now that is very interesting....strange stuff out there....


24 posted on 12/19/2006 3:31:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That is one hell of a long list of goons wearing big diamond rings and polished finger nails. As for the Clintoon appointed goon. Should one expect anything other from such.
25 posted on 12/19/2006 4:50:00 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: devolve

Nice!


26 posted on 12/19/2006 9:34:36 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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