NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have arrested a New York man for broadcasting Hizbollah television station al-Manar, which has been designated a terrorist entity by the U.S. Treasury Department, prosecutors said on Thursday.Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity. International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Ever hear of either of these before? What, exactly, do they forbid? You may not know (I sure as hell don't), but that doesn't matter -- we can get tossed in the slam anyway. A hat tip, by the way, to "Brian S." at Freedom 4um for the alert to this latest revolting development.
Javed Iqbal, 42, was arrested on Wednesday because his Brooklyn-based company HDTV Ltd. was providing New York-area customers with the Hizbollah-operated channel, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
It did not say how long Iqbal's company had been providing satellite broadcasts of al-Manar, which the U.S. Treasury Department in March had designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity, making it a crime to conduct business with al-Manar.
Iqbal has been charged with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the statement said. Federal authorities searched HDTV's Brooklyn office and Iqbal's Staten Island home, where Iqbal was suspected of maintaining satellite dishes, the statement said.
Clearly, Jefferson's "Tree of Liberty" is becoming very thirsty.