In a recent US“civil rights” court case “…a federal judge has ruled that the President does not have the authority to designate certain organizations as terrorist groups.”

The way I interpret what’s going on, as long as these groups spend some of their money for “charity”, the judge says the government doesn’t have the right to freeze their accounts. This means, if the government freezes an account, the “charity” can appeal. Even if the government ultimately wins, these groups can raise money while the cases are being heard…which as we all know can take years.

A lot of the terror in the Philippines comes from such outside groups alleging to be charities, which is why the Arroyo government is cooperating with the US examination of “suspicious money transfers”, and why they supported the “US government’s decision to freeze the financial assets of Saudi businessman Abd Al Hanid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, who is suspected of financing terror attacks through the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) which has branches in the Philippines and Indonesia. (PNA)..”

Indeed, the recent arrest of an Abu Sayyaf member who is the the brother of Abu Sayyaf leader Jayrold Nassara confirmed funds are being channeled through an Islamic charitable organization in the Middle East.

The Abu Sayyaf was behind the killing of nine Philippine soldiers and Marines last July, and was responsible for bombing a ferry in 2004 that resulted in the deaths of 200 people.

With the busy Christmas holiday season, which will have increased numbers of people in shopping areas, traveling with public transportation, and fiestas, the Philippine government is on alert for more bombings such as two which occurred last month at fiestas here in the Philippines.

Indeed, reports of women terrorists who could easily infiltrate as suicide bombers, and of increasingly sophisticated bombs found in a recent raid in Jolo suggest that Al Qaeda trained Indonesian terrorists are involved, and that the few members of the MILF who are not willing to go along with the government’s amnesty negotiations might be able to mount increasingly lethal attacks against local infrastructure and transportation.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician who lives in the rural Philippines with her husband and large extended family. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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