Laws prohibiting material support for terrorism and terrorist organizations, enacted in 1994 and 1996, and amended by the USA PATRIOT Act, are proving to be frontline weapons in the government’s arsenal of anti-terrorist measures. However, the Justice Department’s approach often acts more as a sword against civil liberties than as a shield against terrorism.

Full document (2 pages) here: Bill Of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)

For a government explanation of how it is using the Material Support Statutes see, Jeff Breinholt, “Terrorist Financing,” U.S. Attorney Bulletin, July 2003, Volume 51, number 4. (It is 37 pages.)