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U.S. Adds European Groups to Terror List

Wednesday, 02 January 2002 12:00 AM

All six came under financial sanctions last week from the European Union.

They were listed Monday on the U.S. Treasury Department's Web site for its Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The five U.K. groups are: Continuity IRA, Loyalist Volunteer Force, Orange Volunteers, Red Hand Defenders and Ulster Defense Association (which is also known as Ulster Freedom Fighters).

British officials had called for the United States to join in a crackdown on groups associated with violence in Northern Ireland.

The Spanish group is First of October Anti-Fascist Resistance Group.

It was not immediately clear whether these groups have any financial assets in the United States.

On Dec. 4, in announcing freezes on assets for Islamic-linked groups, President Bush said: "The message is this: Those who do business with terror will do no business with the United States -- or anywhere else the United States can reach."

Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, the Bush administration has targeted the financial assets of organizations with links to extremist groups as part of its global war against terrorism.

A Treasury Department task force, which includes investigators fromthe FBI, CIA and Department of Justice, has been working to track the financial activities of groups with possible terrorist ties operating in the United States. In October, Treasury officials expanded their list to include organizations with links to the Middle East.

For example, in the past few months, the United States has frozen $61 million in financial assets linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

Groups accused of participating in or funding terrorist activities can appeal the government's decision to freeze assets either through the Treasury Department or federal court. Frozen funds are channeled into a special account where they are held sometimes for as long as 20 years or longer. Bush has the authority to decide whether those monies can be kept in the United States rather than being returned.

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