U.S Raids 2 Large Muslim Charities and Provides Technical Assistance to Countries on Regular Charities

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Friday, February 1, 2002
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
2
62
Abstract: 
On December 14, 2001, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Agents raided two more large Muslim charities. Meanwhile the U.S. is planning technical assistance to 39 countries on regulating charitable organizations. On December 14, 2001, the F.B.I. Raids were on the Global Relief Foundation and the Benevolence International Foundation, both of Illinois. After the raids and searches of the Global Relief office, the Treasury Department explained it had frozen its assets in Bridgeview, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, because the organization is suspected of funding terrorist activities. Both Global Relief and Benevolence International have denied connections with terrorism. They have said that millions of dollars in contributions that they receive each year are employed for important development and for Global Relief said the work of Global Relief is “truly humanitarian” and his client has nothing to hide. According to Simmons, freezing the assets would affect $500,000 in donations in the U.S. and $100,000 held in Pakistan.