Posted Aug 17, 2007 01:45 pm CDT
New Jersey lawyer Gary Osen is on a mission to fight terrorists by cutting off their bankroll.
In one suit, he represents 55 plaintiffs who claim Arab Bank channeled money from Saudi Arabia to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, the New York Times reports in a profile. In another, Osen’s clients claim National Westminster Bank holds accounts for Interpal, on the U.S. list of terrorist groups.
“The notion that these foreign terrorist organizations can move money through their local bank like you or I would use Chase Manhattan to send money to our Aunt Tillie is untenable,” he told the Times. “But it happens. All major terrorist organizations depend on dollars. Dollars are the currency of the realm.”