While the possible charge – providing material support to terrorists – is unprecedented for New Mexico, it has been used hundreds of times across the country in cases related to jihad, said Karen Greenberg, director of the Center for National Security at Fordham Law School.
“Greenberg said the terrorism law, which has been in effect since the mid-1990s, can be interpreted broadly as far as what constitutes “support.” In one prior case, it was used against someone who provided another with a sleeping bag. Other times, it has been used against someone who downloaded and shared materials found online, and it has also been used against people who gave financial support or weapons to certain groups.
She said it doesn’t require that the defendant is providing support for a specific attack.”
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