Monday, October 29, 2007
Via HBL comes the following clarification for those inclined to help Ayaan Hirsi Ali protect herself from the death threats of Islamic totalitarians. Note that it supersedes all previous advice that appeared here:
Dear Supporter of Ayaan Hirsi Ali,If you can't donate, spread the word!
Last week, we sent out preliminary information about a fund that has been set up to privately finance Ayaan Hirsi Ali's security, now that it is no longer being provided by the Dutch government. Below and attached, please find more detailed information about how you can contribute to this fund. This is the most accurate and up-to-date information; please disregard the previous email you were sent.
This new information is ready to be widely disseminated and replaces any previous communications you may have received. Please feel free to share the details with anyone interested in helping Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Sincerely, Yael Levin Office of Ayaan Hirsi Ali American Enterprise Institute
Providing Financial Assistance for Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Security Detail
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former Dutch parliamentarian and an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies, is at risk from a variety of extremist threats in both Europe and the United States. She has needed constant security protection since her life was originally threatened in 2002. Up until October 1, 2007, this protection was provided by the Dutch government.
Now a permanent resident of the United States and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Ms. Hirsi Ali must raise her own funds to finance her costly-but necessary-protection. In response to the numerous private citizens who have expressed interest in helping Ms. Hirsi Ali fund her security detail, the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust has been established.
The preferred and most immediate way to assist Ms. Hirsi Ali in the financing of her private security protection is through the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust. This private trust fund can accept non-tax deductible donations from within the United States and internationally, and is entirely dedicated to financing Ms. Hirsi Ali's security.
Checks should be made payable to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust and sent to:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust
Bank of Georgetown
1054 31st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Trust Tax Identification Number: 75-6826872
Thank you for your interest in assisting Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
For more information please contact: John Matteo
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mackenzie McNaughton
(email@example.com), representatives for Ms. Hirsi Ali.
Telephone: 202.457.1600 [minor edits]