Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

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FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is the Director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy. She is an expert on terrorism and corruption-related topics such as terror financing and narco-terrorism. She has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Washington Times, National Review, Huffington Post, the Eurobserver, The Jerusalem Post, the New York Sun, and the Los Angeles Times, and has testified on terrorism financing before the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament, the French Parliament and the Canadian Parliament.
 
Her acclaimed book Funding Evil led to her being sued by a Saudi banker who had – according to Madeleine Albright – placed money into the accounts of terrorists associated with the 1998 twin bombings of American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The banker, Khaled bin Mahfouz sued her for libel in Britain, where the book was not on sale, and then tried to make her pay his legal fees in Manhattan. Rachel refused and with her lawyer Daniel Kornstein helped to change New York state law, when the Libel Terrorism Protection Act (pdf) was passed. Similar laws have been passed in other U.S. states, and a federal law known as the SPEECH ACT which is due to be signed, follows the same principle - that First Amendment guarantees should guard authors and publishers against enforcement of frivolous foreign libel judgments from countries that do not have the United States’ strong free speech protections.

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