Middle East studies in the News
Huma's Influence? Hillary Let Islamic Scholar Now Charged with Rape into the U.S. [on Tariq Ramadan]
by Dick Morris
In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reversed a decision by the Bush administration and allowed Tariq Ramadan, a world-famous Islamic scholar who donated to a terrorist front group, into the United States.
CNS reported that two weeks ago, Ramadan was arrested in Paris and charged with the rape of two Muslim women, one of whom had been disabled in a car accident, forcing her to use a crutch to walk.
Ramadan, something of a celebrity in the Muslim world, was a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at St. Anthony's College in Oxford, U.K. His grandfather, Hassan al-Banna, was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The ban imposed by the Bush administration was a cause célèbre in the Islamic world.
Question: Did Huma Abedin, Hillary's closest adviser, play a role in Clinton's unjustifiable decision to lift the ban on Ramadan's ability to travel to the U.S.? Was Hillary trying to please Huma?
Abedin had to have known all about Ramadan. Her connection with the Muslim Brotherhood runs deep.
Huma's father founded the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, an institution established by the government of Saudi Arabia with the support of the Muslim World League. Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy said the Muslim World League is "perhaps the most significant Muslim Brotherhood organization in the world."
Tariq Ramadan was barred as a security threat from entering the U.S. in 2006 by the State Department for "providing material support to a terrorist organization." Specifically, he was found to have donated funds to a supposed charity that was really — and quite openly — a front for Hamas.
He was arrested in Paris for raping two Muslim women.
A Swiss newspaper also reported that Ramadan tried to seduce a 14-year-old student in his class and noted that three other female students have said that Ramadan seduced them.
Despite his record, Hillary reversed administration policy and lifted the ban on his travel to the U.S. Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, says that Ramadan "openly supports the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas" and has done work for Iran.
The New York Times wrote that "the women's accusations have put a dent in his (Ramadan's) projected image as a pious family man."
The decision to revoke the ban on Ramadan came in the form of an order personally signed by Secretary Clinton, saying that she was acting "as a matter of discretion."
Ramadan has been a host on an Iranian television talk show "Islam and Life." He was employed by the Dutch city of Rotterdam as an adviser on "integration," but was terminated because of his role on Iranian television.
That Hillary Clinton used her "discretion" to let him into the United States speaks volumes about her own lack of "discretion" and may give us a clue to Huma Abedin's ability to get Hillary to do what she wanted.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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