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The US government spent 15 years tracking a Middle Eastern charity, the Holy Land Foundation, on suspicions it was financing terrorists. President Bush froze its assets after September 11 and prosecutors filed criminal charges. The case fell apart this week. Also, the President tours a scorched southern California, and Facebook becomes a money machine. Jim Sterngold guest hosts.


Today's WWLA is a re-broadcast version of today's "To The Point"

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Dan Konecky
Carina Miller

Making News Bush Tours California's Scorched Earth 5 MIN, 59 SEC

President Bush flew to southern California this morning to see the wildfires first hand and offer more federal aid. As the winds grow calmer and firefighters get the blazes under control, there are signs that at least some of the fires were started deliberately. Tony Perry is San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times (@LATsandiego)

Main Topic Holy Land Foundation Escapes Conviction on Financing Terrorism 22 MIN, 42 SEC

After the horrors of September 11, President Bush said he would not only attack terrorists but issue orders to shut down their financing. A key front in this war was the Holy Land Foundation, a charity that raised millions of dollars for needy Arabs. The administration claimed that the Texas-based organization was helping Hamas, a terrorist organization, and filed criminal charges against HLF leaders. This week the prosecution of the foundation collapsed and a jury issued no guilty verdicts. The failure has raised serious questions about the use of executive power. Has the White House bungled the war on terror?

Guests:
David Cole, Georgetown University Law School (@DavidColeGtown)
Matthew Orwig, former US Attorney for Eastern District of Texas
Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations (@NihadAwad)
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation (@BrianMJenkins)

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