Appealed from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Dec. 10, 2007)
Oral argument: Feb. 23, 2010
MATERIAL SUPPORT, TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, VAGUENESS, AEDPA, IRTPA
It is illegal to provide material support and resources to groups that the government has determined are foreign terrorist organizations. The Humanitarian Law Project argues that this prohibition violates First and Fifth Amendment rights of those individuals or groups that wish to provide resources to the humanitarian arms of foreign terrorist organizations. The government contends that the law is not unconstitutionally vague and that these provisions are necessary to effectively combat terrorism. In addition to determining the scope of the First and Fifth Amendments with respect to this aspect of anti-terrorism efforts, the case will also affect how a variety of groups engage in humanitarian campaigns abroad.