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U.S. Takes Four Mosques and a Tower

The U.S. government has seized four shiite mosques and a tower owned by a non-profit organization that may have links to Iran. According to the article:

The U.S. has long suspected the foundation was an arm of the Iranian government; a 97-page complaint details involvement in foundation business by several top Iranian officials, including the deputy prime ministerand ambassadors to the United Nations.

Mosque Forfeiture

“For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

There were no raids Thursday as part of the forfeiture action. The government is simply required to post notices of the civil complaint on the property.

What is your opinion of this? Good thing? Bad idea? Does it interfere with American Muslims’ first amendment rights?



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