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Judge questions U.S. actions in war on terror
Lawsuit by Islamic charity raises 'significant' allegations

Neely Tucker, Washington Post, April 22, 2002

A federal judge said today that a suit filed by the nation's largest Islamic charity raised "significant and distressing allegations" about government actions in its war on terror, signaling that the case may challenge the Bush administration's ability to quickly strike domestic organizations alleged to have links to international terrorists. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said that the government's lightning-strike seizure of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation in December – on allegations the charity was a fundraising front for the terrorist organization Hamas – was a matter of "great significance." She also warned government lawyers that she would not look favorably on their request to keep classified information concealed from public view. "I'll make no secret that the government is going to have a very heavy burden to submit information ex-parte [in secret, in the judge's chambers]," Kessler said. "In a case with as many serious ramifications as this one, unless the law is crystal clear . . . everything should be in public and on the record."
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