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Why Is Rudy Giuliani Lobbying for a Designated Terrorist Group? | The Atlantic - Nov. 28, 2011 |

Thanks to a loophole intended for human rights activists, political leaders are making big bucks advocating for Iran's Mujahedeen Khalqa.

What do the tax dodges of billionaires and the advocacy efforts of former high-ranking officials on behalf of a designated terrorist group have in common (aside from their exposure on the front page of the Sunday New York Times)? They exemplify the extraordinary legal privileges enjoyed by economic and political elites.

Ronald Lauder, a legacy member of the upper reaches of the top 1 percent, legally avoids paying millions of dollars in taxes through extravagant use of loopholes available only to the super-rich, according to the Times. Prominent politicos, from former Bush Administration officials to Howard Dean, engage in the lucrative business of lobbying for the Mujahedeen Khalqa (M.E.K.), a "fringe Iranian opposition group, long an ally of Saddam Hussein, that is designated as a terrorist organization under United States law," the Times reports.

In doing so they run no apparent risk of being prosecuted under material support provisions of federal anti-terrorism law, enjoying an extra-legal privilege the Times does not report: Last year the Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment challenge to material support bans, ruling that they may be used against human rights advocates who counsel designated terrorist groups in peaceful conflict resolution.

by Oui on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 08:59:50 AM EST
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Ron Lauder and his anti-semitism drive under members of U.S. Congress ...

Rashida Tlaib speaking out against #HRes326 to ensure Human Rights are upheld in Israel

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu's Corruption Trial | Haaretz - Dec. 4, 2019 |

Miriam Adelson's testimony to the police, according to press reports in Israel, showed that despite Israel Hayom's support for Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, often complained about the newspaper, which wasn't sufficiently supportive for her taste. Adelson told the investigators that Sara Netanyahu "once told me that if Iran gets nuclear weapons and Israel is wiped out, I'll be to blame because I'm not defending Bibi."

True to the well being of the Jewish State of Israel, the Adelsons bought Influence in the Grand Ole Party and gave vast sums to the election of Donald Trump. Sheldon had the entry into the White House and a seat on the sofa near the President. All wishes of Netanyahu irrelevant of legality or international law, were granted. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, cleansing East-Jerusalem of Palestinian citizens, building more settlements in occupied territory, land grab of Golan Heights and Jordan Valley, pulling out of the JCPOA nuclear deal with foe Iran ... one urgent wish he did not accomplish - barely- a nuclear attack on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

by Oui on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 09:41:43 AM EST
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It was reported at the time the bombers were on their way to Iran when Trump chickened out.  Whether they were loaded with nuclear weapons is, to me, unknown.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 05:28:05 PM EST
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Who is the "it" who did the reporting, and have they got any credibility from previous reports?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 05:31:38 PM EST
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New York Times, among other news organizations


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 05:43:00 PM EST
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Isn't that one of the papers that claimed that Iraq had WMDs? Shouldn't we ask where they got their information from before repeating it?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 04:18:31 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 06:39:20 PM EST
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