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published on June 23rd, 2010

In Holder vs. Humanitarian Law project, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional law that it is illegal to “knowingly provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization,” overturning multiple lower court rulings that the law was too broad or vague. This terror-inducing “material support” and “resources” includes, but is not limited to humanitarian aid and non-violent resistance tactics. Under this law, humanitarian assistance on the recent Freedom Flotilla to Gaza could feasibly be legally charged and President Jimmy Carter’s quest for Middle East peace, which involved some communication with “terrorists,” could have quite possibly landed him behind bars.

Senior Managing Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Shayana Kadidal joins us in the studio to describe the less-reported repercussions of the recent court decision.

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