Court upholds anti-terror law

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court says the government can prohibit all forms of aid to designated terrorist groups, even if the support has to do with peaceful and legal activities.

Writing for the majority in the 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts says any support would free up other resources within the terrorist group that "may be put to violent ends.''

Justice Stephen Breyer, however, said not even the "serious and deadly problem'' of international terrorism should require automatically forfeiting First Amendment rights.

The Obama administration has said the law is one of its most important terror-fighting tools.

It prohibits even support that consists of training and advice about entirely legal activities which brought the First Amendment challenge.

But the law does allow medicine and religious materials to go to groups on the State Department's list of terror organizations.