12.19.11

Senator Burr Bill, Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act, Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of his bill, the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act. The bill passed out of the Senate unanimously.

The Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act requires a report from the Secretary of State regarding the designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization. Although they have been behind numerous attacks on civilians and U.S. and coalition forces, the Haqqani Network is not currently designated as a terrorist organization.

"The Haqqanis are a violent extremist group who have perpetrated deadly attacks on U.S. forces and innocent Afghan civilians, used murder as an intimidation tactic against the Afghan people, and employed suicide attacks with deadly effectiveness," Senator Burr said. "They are an extremely dangerous group, and they deserve to be classified as a terrorist organization. Designating them as terrorists would allow us to more aggressively pursue them as well as limit the ability of foreign governments to provide them with aid and assistance."

By designating a group as a terrorist organization, the United States is able to more effectively limit their financial, property, and travel interests. The designation not only stigmatizes the group within the international community, but also deters financial support, increases public awareness of the group and their activities, and conveys America's concern about the named organization to foreign governments.

This bill requires the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on whether the Haqqani Network meets the criteria for designation as a terrorist organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. If the Secretary of State determines that they should not be classified as a terrorist network, this bill requires a detailed justification as to what criteria has not been met.