Passing on this request for funding for Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld's organization, The American Center for Democracy. I made a donation, as freedom of speech is the very cornerstone of our open society, and that's what Dr. Ehrenfeld is defending.
"Dear Journalists, Blogers, Writers and Readers: Please help preserve our First Amendment rights - the cornerstone of American democracy!"
"Is preserving Freedom of Speech worth $10, $15, or $20.00 to you? Please consider making a small donation to the efforts of Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, the force behind the recently enacted Rachel’s Law, New York’s Libel Terrorism Protection Act which was signed by New York Governor David Patterson on May 1, 2008. Dr. Ehrenfeld has struggled on behalf of all of us for the past four years to pass a bill protecting the First Amendment from foreign libel lawsuits. According to R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA: 'Rachel Ehrenfeld has done all serious students of this long war in which we are engaged a great service…' ”
"Simply click here: http://www.acdemocracy.org
/support.php#donate to contribute. If everybody will make a small contribution, it will allow Dr. Ehrenfeld to continue her critically important work. This law is only the start of what is required to ensure that American authors and publishers can write and distribute works that deal with funding terrorism and publish work vital to our national security without fear of being driven to bankruptcy."
"Background -Following the publication of her book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed - and How to Stop It, published in the U.S. in 2003, Dr. Ehrenfeld identified Khalid bin Mahfouz, a billionaire banker to the Saudi royal family as a leading terrorism financier. In 2004, Bin Mahfouz responded by suing Ehrenfeld — not in the U.S., but in England, which is friendlier to libel claims because 23 copies of Funding Evil had entered England through on-line sales."
"Rather than back down, Ehrenfeld courageously chose to fight the false charges and worked to preserve the First Amendment rights that are the cornerstone of American democracy. Rachel’s Law will protect American journalists and authors from foreign lawsuits that infringe on First Amendment rights. This law, however, is only the start of what is required to ensure that American authors and publishers can write and distribute works that deal with funding terrorism and publish work vital to our national security without fear of being driven to bankruptcy."
This is a terrific cause to support. No joke, we are all at risk of being sued by those who want to stop us from even asking questions. Just ask the folks who were sued by the Islamic Society of Boston for asking questions about Saudi funding (true), links to Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi (true) and a questionable real estate deal given to the ISB by the Boston Redevelopment Society (true, and a classic conflict of interest). New York has a Rachel's law. Massachusetts and every other state needs its own Rachel's Law too.