Richardson, TX: Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy?

January 14, 2005

I grew up in Dallas, TX, specifically, in the suburb of Richardson, which is actually its own city. Jordan has just moved back to Richardson after a twelve year absence. (When he left, he was but the learner; now he – is – the – master.) He is now a lawyer working for Fish and Richardson (where an education at a top-ten law school won’t land you, eh?). That Jordan is back in our hometown worries me in light of this case that I stumbled across while researching a totally unrelated issue. Reading between the lines of Holy Land Foundation for Relief & Development v. Ashcroft, 219 F. Supp. 2d 57, 64 (D.D.C. 2002), one perceives that Richardson is now a financing center for terrorists (hence the soundbite in the title of this post):


[Holy Land Foundation (“HLF”)] is a non-profit corporation organized in 1989, with its headquarters in Richardson, Texas. It was originally incorporated under the name Occupied Land Fund (“OLF”), and changed its corporate name to Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development on September 16, 1991. Shukri Abu Baker is HLF’s co-founder and has been Chief Executive Officer from its founding to the present. n1

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – Footnotes – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

n1 As addressed below, the administrative record contains evidence that Baker is involved with Hamas and raises funds on its behalf. HLF vigorously contests the accuracy of this evidence.

As is usually the case, the pertinent and important information at issue here is found in the footnote.

Are you rethinking your decision now, Jordan? I’m starting to think SLC wasn’t such a bad choice after all. . . .