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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 civil society and nonprofit organizations. We collect and disseminate relevant information on our website, via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and through our biweekly email newsletter, which contains links to a variety of news articles. To read the most recent issues of our email newsletter or to subscribe, click here

Our staff also creates news pieces on events and developments of particular interest to our members that are not covered in other news outlets. Those stories can be found below, in revese chronological order. 

House Committee Expands Use of Foreign Agent Registration Act to Target Environmental Advocacy Groups

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June 25, 2018
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The House Natural Resource Committee is intenseifying its ongoing investigation to “examine foreign influence on U.S. natural resource and environmental policy.” On June 13 it asked the Department of Defense (DOD) for an assessment on how a number of U.S. environmental organizations’ litigation against DOD impacts national security. A week later it sent the Center for Biological Diversity a letter demanding extensive information on its advocacy regarding relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa. (This follows a similar inquiry sent to the Natural Resources Defense Council on June 5.) The committee is using vague provisions of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) in an attempt to equate traditional forms of policy advocacy involving international affairs, including litigation, with being an agent of a foreign government. This is strikingly similar to a tactic used by Russia and other non-democratic governments to limit the voice of civil society.

Suit Alleging Carter Center Provided Material Support Dismissed

Date: 
June 12, 2018

On May 31, 2018 the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC granted the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) motion to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit against the Carter Center. The case, filed by The Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC), alleged the Carter Center falsely certified it has not provided “material support” to a terrorist group in a grant agreement with USAID. TZAC claimed the Carter Center provided Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both on the US terrorist list, with material support because it hosted a meeting that included both groups and served water, fruit and cookies. TZAC issued a statement saying that while it disagrees with the outcome “there is not much to do about it” and that it will “continue investigating the Carter Center.”

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