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U.S. freezes assets of AUM Shinrikyo cult, 21 other groups

U.S. freezes assets of AUM Shinrikyo cult, 21 other groups

Kyodo (Japan), Nov. 2, 2001
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, Kyodo - The U.S. administration on Friday added 22 groups, including Japan's AUM Shinrikyo cult, to a list of foreign terrorist organizations subject to an asset freeze in the United States.

''Listing these organizations under the Sept. 24 terrorist financing executive order underscores the administration's objectives to disrupt the financial base of terrorists,'' the Treasury Department said in a statement.

The executive order, signed by President George W. Bush, enabled the administration to freeze the assets of designated terrorist groups in the U.S.

The 22 are all on a listOff-site Link of 28 foreign terrorist organizations issued Oct. 5 by the State Department.

Six entities, including the al-Qaida network led by Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., had already been subject to the asset freeze.

Note: after the 1995 gas attacks committed by Aum Shinrikyo, some American cult defenders - on a trip to Japan paid for by the cult - declared that the group could not have produced the Sarin poison gas. Mercifully, these blind guides have thus far refrained from meddling in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist acts.

One of the Americans, James Lewis, told a hostile and evidently incredulous roomful of Japanese reporters gathered at an Aum office Monday that the cult could not have produced the rare poison gas, sarin, used in both murder cases. He said the Americans had determined this from photos and documents provided by Aum.

He was accompanied by two Santa Barbarans - J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions, and James R. Lewis, director of the Association of World Academics for Religious Education--and Thomas Banigan of Anver Bioscience Design Inc. in Sierra Madre.
Source: Alleged Persecution of Cult InvestigatedOff-site Link, Los Angeles Times

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