Hezbollah’s Secret Show in Charlotte; How a Terrorist Group Raises Money Smuggling Cigarettes

From: Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

When Hammoud and his enterprising band of bootleggers were finally busted, authorities learned that the profits had been used to buy night vision goggles, global positioning systems, advanced analysis and design software and other equipment for Hezbollah.

In “Lightning Out of Lebanon,” Barbara Newman and Tom Diaz use this local story as a backdrop to investigate Hezbollah and the nature of the threat it poses to our national security. Diaz is a journalist and a consultant to the U.S. government on counter-terrorism. Newman is a former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and currently a senior fellow at the Defense of Democracies Foundation.

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