S. Hrg. 108-683: An Assessment of Current Efforts to Combat Terrorism Financing: Hearing before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, second session, June 15, 2004   [open pdf - 11MB]

From the opening statement of Susan M. Collins:"This is the third hearing the Committee has held during the past year on this issue of great global importance. The focus of our hearing today is a new report by the Independent Task Force on Terrorism Financing sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Councils first report, released in October 2002, begins with these words: The fog of war has long befuddled military and political leaders. Of all the battle fronts in todays war on terrorism, few are as foggy as efforts to combat terrorist financing. As both of these reports make clear, however, this fog is no natural phenomenon. It is entirely manmade. Terrorism thrives in the shadows. It prospers by deceit and deliberate confusion. It is a perverted world in which murderers are called freedom fighters and in which building schools and health clinics can excuse the slaughter of innocents. The answer is relentless scrutiny and then taking forceful and effective action. This new report focuses primarily upon the actions taken by the Governments of the United States and of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It provides an insightful analysis of the progress that has been made and of the challenges that remain." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan M. Collins, George V. Voinovich, Norm Coleman, Arlen Specter, Joseph I. Lieberman, Carl Levin, Daniel K. Akaka, Frank Lautenberg, Mark Pryor, Lee S. Wolosky, Mallory Factor, and David D. Aufhauser.

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