Friday, January 18, 2013

Is the US government violating its own laws on terror in Syria?

From Alan:  "An opinion I received from a friend which I think makes a very valid point with regard to U.S. double standards regarding Syria.
“It would seem that the US-backed "opposition coalition" in Syria is collaborating with and acting in support of a designated terrorist, the al-Nusra front. For US citizens to do this is contrary to US law, specifically USC § 2339B (Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations), which reads:
“Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989)."
For the US government to back financially and politically (and perhaps militarily) the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, a body that is collaborating with a designated terrorist organisation implicates the US government itself in the violation of its own anti-terror laws.2""