Coalition Opposes Possible Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation

The Constitution Project joined 80 diverse groups in opposing plans reportedly under consideration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The letter notes that “numerous scholars and national security and foreign policy experts from across the political spectrum have voiced concern regarding the validity of such a designation,” and also warns against the consequences it could have, stating:

“Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization could lead to a witch-hunt against Muslim civil society in the U.S. It could also open the door to the threat of legal action by the government against Muslims and civil society organizations by invoking overbroad and unfair laws and executive orders regarding designated entities. For example, individuals could be criminally prosecuted for providing support, services, resources, expert advice or assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood without any intent to support terrorist activity. A designation could also result in unconstitutional asset seizures and effective shut-downs of civil society and rights groups.”

The letter is available here. The Constitution Project Liberty and Security Committee had previously issued a statement warning against attempts to target Muslim-Americans in December 2015.

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