Summary: H.R.3978 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3978. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/16/2004)

Designation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations Reform Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to revise requirements authorizing the Secretary to designate an organization as a foreign terrorist organization. Makes designations effective until revoked or set aside (currently effective for two years, subject to revocation). Sets forth procedures requiring the Secretary to review the designation of a foreign terrorist organization upon the organization's filing a petition for revocation within two years after such designation. Requires the Secretary to review a designation if no review has taken place within a four-year period. Authorizes the Secretary to amend a designation.

Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 to require the inclusion in the State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism of: (1) information concerning specified terrorist groups that are known to have obtained or developed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or that are designated as foreign terrorist organizations under the INA; and (2) to the extent feasible, information concerning countries that have assisted terrorists in obtaining or developing WMDs.