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Global Relief Foundation, Inc. v. O'Neill
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
315 F.3d 748 (2002)
In response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Bush issued an executive order authorizing the secretary of the treasury (the secretary) (defendant) to freeze assets of groups that assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for acts of terrorism. The president could investigate, block during the pendency of an investigation, regulate, or void any property in which a foreign country or national thereof had any interest. Authority for the order was rooted in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The secretary, using this authority, blocked all assets of Global Relief Foundation, Inc. (GRF) (plaintiff). GRF was an Illinois-based charitable corporation that conducted operations in approximately 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, and Syria. The government believed that GRF was using funds to support terrorism. GRF denied the allegations and asserted they only provide humanitarian relief. GRF denied that any foreign national had an interest in its assets and requested that the district court enjoin the blocking order. The district court denied the request, and GRF appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Easterbrook, J.)
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