The Department of Treasury has continuously mischaracterized international U.S. charities as a national security threat since 2001.

Using Treasury's own data, it is clear that charities do not make up a significant portion of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs). These figures suggest that U.S. based charities represent less than two percent of organizations with suspected ties to terrorists.

Selective Enforcement: Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions

Date: 
June 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated nine U.S. charities as supporters of terrorism, seizing all property, blocking all funds and effectively closing all programs. In contrast, the for-profit corporations Halliburton and Chiquita Brands International have only had to pay fines for very similar alleged violations, and their operations have not been interrupted or shut down. There has been no explanation from OFAC.

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