Why Is the State Department Covering for a Known Terror Group?
As long as the IHH is only attacking Israel, the Obama administration seems loath to uncover them. But in the meantime, is anyone making sure they don't target the U.S.?
June 12, 2010 - 12:00 am
Why is the U.S. government covering for IHH, a Turkish “charity” organization with ties to terrorists?
A State Department spokesman told Fox News that the IHH (Humanitarian Relief Foundation) has not been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. He added:
We are fully committed to taking appropriate action against foreign groups engaging in terrorist activity in order to prevent such groups from obtaining the resources and support needed to undertake terrorist activity.
The Treasury Department, which is mandated to implement Executive Order 13224, was even more evasive. Asked if they had seen Danish, French, and Turkish intelligence reports and other information on the IHH, a Treasury official acknowledged that the NGO is not on their “Specially Designated Nationals List,” and would not “comment on other governments’ intelligence.”
This is not about Israeli security; it is about threats to American homeland security.
A foreign NGO with a documented history of contacts with terrorists has been directly linked with Islamist terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, and government agencies tasked with protecting America have suddenly become impotent and ignorant. Concerns about keeping Turkey pro-Western and in NATO are legitimate, but they do not override American security needs. An important U.S. ally, Turkey is increasingly moving towards radical Islamism, embracing Iran and its own jihadists.
Are U.S. security agencies hampered by President Obama’s mission to reach out to Muslims?