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The FCPA and the fight against terrorism

Tom Fox | October 4, 2016

It has long been understood that corruption is both a part of the strategy of terrorism and a cause of terrorism. The former is one of the reasons for the dramatic increase in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the years after 9/11, when the FCPA was seen as an anti-terrorism tool. Now the U.S. government has made clear the second part of the equation: that corruption is one of the root causes of terrorism and that the United States will use all of the tools available to it in fighting corruption. For U.S. companies doing business overseas and any companies subject to the law, this means the United States will more forcefully use the FCPA as one of its key tools.

One need look no further than the 2013 massacre of civilians in Kenya at the Westgate Mall to see how terrorists use bribery and corruption. Dick Cassin has consistently written about the connection between bribery-corruption and security and...

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