The Charity and Security Network monitors U.S. and foreign government activities and a wide range of news sources to identify developments in national security policy that impact American charities and foundations. We collect and disseminate this information - with a focus on its impact on civil society and nonprofit organizations.
Charity & Security Network, Human Security Collective Send Recommendations to Financial Action Task Force
In February, the Charity & Security Network and the Human Security Collective sent recommendations to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) calling for adherence to principles of effectiveness and proportionality as they review their Typologies of terrorist abuse of nonprofits. The FATF is an intergovernmental body that sets policy recommendations for governments to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
Search warrant documents unsealed by a federal court on Feb.
The Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published Iran General Licenses E and F in the Federal Register on Feb. 24, 2014, after first issuing the licenses online on Sept. 10, 2013. License E authorizes nongovernmental organizations (NGO) to carry out humanitarian, reconstruction, environmental conservation projects and human rights and democracy building programs, subject to two limitations: 1.) a single NGO cannot send more than $500,000 in fund transfer per year in support of these activities, and 2.) quarterly reports must be submitted to OFAC. License F authorizes services in support of professional and sports activities and exchanges between the U.S. and Iran. Full text of the licenses:
From: Fars News Agency, Feb. 23, 2014
The Saturday resolution does not threaten sanctions but it does express the council's intention to take "further steps" if the resolution is not implemented, Al-Alam reported.
The foreign-backed militants hold several areas in the country under siege, leaving tens of thousands of people suffering from lack of food and medicine.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move, but said the resolution "should not have been necessary".
On Jan. 23, 2104 Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN spoke at a Ford Foundation gathering on civil society in New York City.
For the past several years several U.S. nonprofits, including the Charity & Security Network, have worked with Congressional staff to encourage oversight of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Department of Treasury, where charities have had serious problems with the process for licensing charitable programs that would be otherwise prohibited by sanctions law. The efforts paid off in January 2014 when the Omnibus appropriations bill included language that requires Treasury to report to the House Committee on Appropriations on its plans for reducing delays in the license application process. The report is due in March. The language says:
From The Hill Feb. 16, 2014
State Dept. Report to Congress on Counterterrorism Programs Includes Assistance to Countries That Suppress Civil Society
The Department of State (State) submitted a short report to Congress on Feb. 11, 2014 that describes U.S.
From Wired.com Jan 11, 2014
After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.
Director of the Charity & Security Network, Kay Guinane was featured on WPFW- Pacifica Radio with David Rabin in Washington, D.C. to discuss how U.S. law inhibits legitimate charitable work through overbroad counterterror laws. "After the Patriot Act passed, the U.S. law put restrictions on what legitimate organizations can do," Guinane said, "during the famine in Somalia in 2011, U.S. charities were not able to get into areas controlled by al-Shabbab because it was listed as a terrorist organization... it would have been illegal for them to have any transactions with al-Shabaab even if it is for the purpose of reaching civilians."