Suppressing the Financing of Terrorism: Proliferating State Crime, Eroding Censure and Extending Neo-Colonialism
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Date Written: July 2005
Combating the financing of terrorism is a key tool in the 'war against terror', yet has passed relatively undetected amongst the many other measures that add to the arsenal of the state's coercive powers and the global dominance of the United States. These measures dramatically expand the discretionary power of law enforcement to respond to political activity as crime and provide a mechanism through which governments can financially cripple individuals, charities, welfare and social justice organizations. This article sets out the nature and impact of some of the combating of financing of terrorism measures post-9/11 within a state crime framework and broader critiques of the war on terror, and highlights a case study of alternative remittance or informal banking systems.
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