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Foreign policy folly: U.S. grants visas to dangerous anti-American jihadists

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Has America lost its way or have American Islamists weaved their way inside the U.S. State Department? History will be a better judge. July 4, 2012
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      "Has America lost its way or have American Islamists weaved their way inside the U.S. State Department? History will be a better judge. "

      July 4, 2012

      America's foreign policy folly

      U.S. grants visas to dangerous anti-American jihadists

      Tarek Fatah

      How did an Egyptian politician who makes no secret of his links to a jihadi terrorist outfit, outlawed by America, get a visa to visit the USA? How did a Pakistani politician who has made a career of bashing the U.S. be allowed to fundraise inside America.

      A U.S. magazine revealed on June 21 that Hani Nour Eldin, a member of the Gamaa Islamiya was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to join a group of Egyptian legislators. Apparently, no one in the State Department knew of the man’s links to the terrorist outfit, even though Eldin openly admits to belonging to the group. A State Department spokesman said, “We have no information suggesting that he or anyone else in the delegation is a member of the Egyptian Islamic Group.”

      Anyone with access to an internet search engine would have unearthed the links between Eldin and the banned group, whose spiritual leader is Omar Abdel-Rahman — also known as the “Blind Sheik” — who is serving a life sentence in a U.S prison for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre.

      While the Obama Administration maintained the Egyptian delegation was in the U.S. to seek ways of future cooperation between the two countries, it was revealed Eldin met with Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough and asked him for the transfer the “Blind Sheik” Abdel-Rahman to an Egyptian prison.

      By U.S. law, Eldin should have been denied a visa to enter the country.

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