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  •  what criminal laws? Simply joining (0+ / 0-)

    al qaeda, when you are a foreign national, is a violation of the US Code?

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 11:31:30 AM PST

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    •  Joining Al Qaeda (2+ / 0-)
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      counts as "providing material support in furtherance of a terrorist act."  Material support includes personnel, which includes oneself.  And joining a known terrorist organization counts as furthering a terrorist act.  The "material support" law has been used to successfully prosecute a large number of people for joining Al Qaeda and similar organizations.  Other laws also cover a wide area of "inchoate" terrorist activity.  Where terrorism is concerned, our criminal laws cast a very broad net.  All this is covered in the indispensable report by Human Rights First, In Pursuit of Justice.

      •  Yup ... (0+ / 0-)

        it was used, among people, against Omar Khadr ... even though he was a child.

            Standing for justice and accountability,
                     For Dan,
                     Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

        by Chacounne on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 12:39:24 PM PST

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