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the word out on ‘libel tourism’
By Lauren Knapp-Resnik
you ever want to buy or read the book, Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in
the Islamic World written by two American authors, J. Millard Burr and Robert O.
Collins, you can’t. All copies have been yanked from shelves in
was published by Cambridge University Press in
a personal quest of mine to learn about terrorist organizations, their history,
and most importantly, their lethality to the world. It is what I call
being “consciously American”, or just vigilant.
adage, “Know Thy Enemy” is an obvious rule to live by in our current
climate. I want to know, with as much as a
have called all local bookstores in
are outraged, and not just writers. The implications here are astounding;
basically sheik Khalid bin Mahfouz just bought off the First Amendment. If
you go to Amazon.com
you can read some of the angry reviews about the inability to buy the book.
Amazon has the audacity to advertise that you can download an electronic version
of the book for $9.95. When you do, all you receive is a one paragraph
review of it!
are titles of people’s reviews: “What First Amendment?”, “Why is this
book unavailable?”, “Welcome to 21st Century Book Burning”,
“Come on Amazon”, “So much for freedom of speech”, and “$10 for 557
words? That’s not right.”
British courts, when one is suing for libel, the plaintiff doesn’t even have
to prove that such libel was done with malice thanks to some rather antiquated
libel laws there. If Brits aren’t flapping their lips like we do here you can
understand why. It’s also a reason some Saudis and alleged terrorists
are suing like there’s no tomorrow throughout
trillion dollar lawsuits they are suing British and American authors, reporters,
and publishing companies writing about known and proven terrorist financing.
That’s right, American writers in
you wonder, does money talk, or what? And in that regard, terrorism and
money are synonymous – without huge funding terrorists’ machinations would
be stymied. Yet why aren’t more people standing up to these billionaires -
muzzling bullies that threaten our freedoms? Why aren’t we as Americans
reminding the world of our hard won Constitution?
the over thirty authors and publishers Mahfouz has sued for libel in British
courts, none have gone to trial. All have settled out of court, including
Cambridge University Press. The exception is Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld,
American author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed – and How to
Stop It, and her publisher who has stood behind her, Bonus Books.
has brazenly refused acknowledgement of the British court libel suit. She
filed suit in
have to continue fighting for knowledge that makes us that much more aware of
the enormity of the dangers we face worldwide - like a book on the complexity of
covert terrorist financing. That information of this caliber has been
censored by the highest echelons of evil is a grave threat to our safety that
cannot bear repetition.