Bungled White House Battle against Terrorist Financing?
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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"
Bush Tours California's Scorched Earth ()
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.
Holy Land Foundation Escapes Conviction on Financing Terrorism ()
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?
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