The Search for Terrorism's Money

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, January 15, 2004

The Search for Terrorism's Money

The Senate Finance Committee has asked the Internal Revenue Service to turn over confidential tax and financial records, including donor lists, on dozens of Muslim charities and foundations. It is part of a widening congressional probe into alleged ties between tax-exempt organizations and terrorist groups.

Groups like the Holy Land Foundation and Muslim Student Association have been linked as channels to terrorist groups and the Senate investigation will seek to expose those connections and to shut them down if they are implicated in terrorist activity.

A more aggressive approach to those who threaten us has long been needed. Too bad we are not equally aggressive with our immigration policies, but finding the source and travel patterns of the money is a good thing.

The usual suspects will be heard from. They’ll scream about how this is a violation of all sorts of laws and principles.

But the violations are by the terrorists. Let’s go after their money so they will find it harder to come after us.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.