Our own State Department allows terrorists to come into this country under the guise of the “Institute for Islamic Thought” (IIIT)
Just a few of the culprits named in a recent article by Patrick Poole:
Matthew Levitt, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis for the Department of the Treasury testified before the U.S. Senate in August 2002 that IIIT employee Tarik Hamdi personally hand-delivered cell phone batteries to Osama bin Laden for the phone that federal prosecutors described as “the phone bin Laden and others will use to carry out their war against the United States,” specifically the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
IIIT was the primary financial backer for Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian’s terrorist front at the University of South Florida, the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (confirmed by exhibits offered during al-Arian’s trial). Following his guilty plea, al-Arian has refused three separate federal grand jury subpoenas seeking his testimony regarding his knowledge of terrorism financing activities in the U.S., including explaining the role of IIIT in the U.S.-based terrorist support network.
IIIT co-founder and longtime president Taha Jaber al-Alwani was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the al-Arian case.
……And considering the public debacle over former State Department “goodwill ambassador” Abdurahman Alamoudi, currently serving a 23-year sentence on terrorism charges, one might think they wouldn’t be so eager to rush headlong into questionable associations.
Alamoudi, who took at least six State Department-funded missions to the Middle East on behalf of the U.S. government, has been described as “bin Laden’s man in America.” When he was arrested, Alamoudi’s PalmPilot contained the contact information for at least six different designated global terrorists. He had also partnered with Osama bin Laden’s nephew, Abdullah, in the Taibah International Aid Association.
Is this their idea of “diplomacy”? If it is, it’s completely void of common sense and national security.
Either they are the most gullible, clueless agency on the planet, or they’re using this group of scumbags as part of a covert operation to gather information in the war on terrorism.
What is it exactly, that the State Department is trying to accomplish?
I hope it’s the latter, but I’m not holding my breath.