ON-Lion Letter
In its June Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law making it a crime to provide "material support" to foreign terrorist organizations.  This was an important victory; since 2001, the government has charged some 150 defendants for violating the material-support provision, obtaining roughly 75 convictions, according to The New York Times.

The Center for Law & Counterterrorism (CLC), a joint project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the National Review Institute, joined in the writing and filing of an amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," brief in this case with Edwin Meese III of The Heritage Foundation and others from the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University School of Law.

"The Supreme Court's ruling is a smashing victory for the rationale of material support laws, which bar various forms of aid to formally designated 'foreign terrorist organizations' ... on the ground that any meaningful assistance -- however ostensibly innocent or virtuous -- strengthens these groups," according to CLC co-chair Andrew C. McCarthy.

"The idea is that terrorism is barbaric, contravening international law's imperative to protect civilians and international norms that promote resolution of political disputes by negotiation, not assassination," McCarthy continued.  "Therefore, terrorist organizations must be treated as pariahs and suffocated, not cultivated."

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