Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity: Chilling Muslim Charitable Giving in the "War on Terrorism Financing"

This report documents the effect of U.S. government actions on American Muslims' exercise of their right to profess and practice their religion through charitable giving. The ACLU's research shows that U.S. terrorism financing policies and practices are seriously undermining American Muslims' protected constitutional liberties and violating their fundamental human rights to freedom of religion, freedom of association, and freedom from discrimination.

The ACLU found that these policies and practices are neither fair nor effective, and are undermining American values of due process and fairness. This report outlines clear measures the Obama administration and Congress should take to ensure American Muslims can exercise their religion while protecting charities from mistaken targeting and abuse, and simultaneously promoting national security and humanitarian aid.

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary and Introduction
  2. Methodology
  3. Legal Framework
  4. Lack of Due Process to Protect Against Mistake and Abuse
  5. Discriminatory Enforcement of Counterterrorism Laws Against American Muslim Charities
  6. Intimidation of Muslim Donors by Law Enforcement
  7. Charitable Giving in Islam
  8. Chilling Effect on Muslim Charitable Giving and Impact on Religious Freedom
  9. Chilling Effect on Association with Muslim Community and Religious Organizations
  10. Collateral Consequences Undermine Counterterrorism Efforts
  11. International Human Rights and Constitutional Legal Standards
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. Endnotes

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