Protecting Authors, Journalists, and Bloggers from Litigation Jihad

by 1389 on January 31, 2008

in books, censorship, counterjihad, Islamic terrorism, litigation jihad, New York, Rachel Ehrenfeld, U.S. law, UK

What You Can Do:

From activist Naomi Ragen:

Friends,

I have been anxiously following the travails of courageous author Rachel Ehrenfeld, who dared to expose the Saudi connection to terrorist funding, and has since been hit with one frivolous and ridiculous lawsuit after another. From personal experience, I can tell you that this is the way that fanatics and the enemies of free speech wear down and intimidate authors with the guts to tell the truth. They wear them down financially, because lawyers are expensive and you have to use a lawyer even if you are completely innocent and the other side are self-serving, immoral liars and/or idiots with absolutely no case. They wear you down emotionally, because you have to face court dates, and public scrutiny, and the fear of some clueless judge (like the one in Britain Rachel faced) finding you guilty and imposing multi-million dollar fines against you.

Now, the capital of freedom and of publishing, New York, is about to pass legislation that will stop the success of the kind of lawsuits facing the Rachel Ehrenfelds of the world, protecting them from the insanities of foreign justice. You can help to see this law passed. Below, details. Please, please get involved. Brigitte Gabriel, another author I admire, has written the letter below. Please write the assemblymen involved, Please write influential editors of influential papers. Help us to see this happen!!

Naomi

For more articles,please visit my Web page at: http://www.NaomiRagen.com


From Brigitte Gabriel, ACT For America:

Libel Terrorism Protection Act

We are concerned with the bi-partisan “Libel Terrorism Protection Act,” introduced in the New York Assembly and Senate by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D) and Senator Dean Skelos (R).This bill has been introduced to protect New York authors who investigate and expose the enablers of terrorism from libel lawsuits filed in foreign courts.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed – And How to Stop It, was the target of one of those lawsuits. The wealthy Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Dr. Ehrenfeld in the United Kingdom has successfully silenced more than 40 authors and publishers, including many Americans. If these lawsuits are allowed to continue, the ramifications for our cherished freedoms of speech and the press are chilling and ominous. The sooner “The Libel Terrorism Protection Act,” is signed into law, the sooner New York – the publishing capital of the U.S. and the free world – and New York authors will be protected from meritless and frivolous libel suits filed in foreign jurisdictions.

The “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” directly affects me (Brigitte). My first book, Because They Hate, was published by a New York publisher. My second book, scheduled for release later this year, will be published by that same New York publisher. Passage of this New York law will bring much-needed legal protection to the work I am doing. If you agree that this protection is essential to preserve the ability of authors like myself to speak out on matters of terrorism, please carefully read the action items below and then ACT! today. Thank you!

ACTION ITEMS

If the links don’t work, please just Google to get this information!


  1. For those of you who live in New York State,
    please contact your Assembly Member and State Senator today. Contact them either by phone or email or both. Tell them you are calling in support of the “Libel Terrorism Protection Act,” bill number A9652, and ask for their support of the bill. The links below will take you to a listing of New York’s Assembly Members and Senators
    http://senate.state.ny.us/senatehomepage.nsf/senators?OpenForm
    http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

    In addition, if you have time, contact the Chair-person of the Judiciary Committees in both the Assembly and the Senate. The bill has been referred to these committees. Ask for the chairperson’s support for the bill. The links below will take you to the chair persons of the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees.
    Helene E. Weinstein http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=041 (Assembly)
    http://senatordefrancisco.org/50/default.aspx (Senate)

    Write a short letter to the Editor of your local newspaper, explaining the background of the bill and why it’s needed. Elected officials usually monitor letters to the editor as one way to keep their fingers on the local pulse.


  2. For those of you who do not live in New York State,
    please contact the two Judiciary chair persons identified above. When you do, emphasize how important this bill is, that it is a model for other states and the federal government, and thus it has national implications – which is why you, a resident of a state other than New York, are contacting them. You, too, could send letters to the editor of New York newspapers. This would demonstrate to the press, public and New York legislators that “the nation is watching.”


  3. Forward this email to other people you know, using the forwarding link at the bottom.

It is critical that we help get this legislation passed. We cannot allow those involved in terrorism to succeed in silencing those who would expose their activities. Please ACT! today. And if you can financially help us make this nationwide grassroots lobbying effort successful, please click here:
https://www.donation-net.net/Act4America/donate.cfm ?dn=1097&commid=1687484&id=17022

Thank you for your support and your activism.

Brigitte Gabriel, Founder and President
Guy Rodgers, Executive Director
ACT for America

P.O. Box 6884
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
www.actforamerica.org

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

https://www.donation-net.net/Act4America/donate.cfm
?dn=1097&commid=1687484&id=17022


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1 Gramfan January 31, 2008 at 6:42 pm

I am glad this information has been shared with the US voters.

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