Sunday, August 24, 2008

Man Convicted of Giving $20K To Hamas

A Pennsylvania man wanting to help Palestinian refugees was sentenced in Miami federal court for giving money to a group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Richard David Hupper, 33, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Thursday for giving $20,000 to the Palestinian group Hamas. The conviction comes a year after he was convicted of identity theft and passport fraud in a Pensacola federal case.

Hupper's attorney could not be reached Friday.

Hupper's odyssey began in September 2004 in his hometown of York, Pa., where a work-related injury left him at home with little more than a television to pass the time. Hupper became absorbed with the plight of Palestinian refugees and decided to help, according to court records. He flew to Israel and connected with the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group that advocates nonviolent resistance against Israeli occupation of Arab territories. - Sun Sentinel
46 months? Sounds kind of pussy given the U.S's track record against terrorist related crime.

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