Grassley sponsoring bill to restrict ISIS profiting from sale of antiquities

30 Jul 2015 2:04 PM | Anonymous

Grassley sponsoring bill to restrict ISIS profiting from sale of antiquities

Grassley sponsoring bill to restrict ISIS profiting from sale of antiquities

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to put the “moral authority of criminal law” behind stopping ISIS from funding terrorism

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette

July 29, 2015 | 6:12 pm

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to put the “moral authority of criminal law” behind stopping ISIS from funding terrorism through the sale of historical artifacts.

He’s part of a bipartisan effort to restrict ISIS trafficking in stolen artifacts, including the sale of those antiquities in the United States. ISIS, he said, has pillaged historical artifacts while ransacking cities and then sold those antiquities on the black market. The Congressional Research Services estimates black market sales of artifacts may be ISIS’ second-leading source of revenue behind the sale of oil. 

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