In yet another startling case of incompetence, the State Department is sponsoring international delegations for an Islamic group being investigated for terrorist support. May 12, 2008 - by Patrick Poole
State Department diplomats are taking full advantage of their new rules prohibiting the use of “jihad,” “jihadist,” and “mujahedeen” to describe Islamic extremists and terrorists, which they apparently have taken to mean that there are no jihadists in light of the exchange programs they have recently sponsored for the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) — an organization currently under active federal grand jury investigation for terrorist support activities. [HT: Global MB Daily Report]
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.