Hillary Clinton’s State Department fought hard to make sure that the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has Al-Qaeda connections, would not be placed on its official list of terrorist organizations for two years. To some lawmakers, this decision may have harmed the U.S. government’s ability to confront the group, which recently slaughtered at least 200 students on their way to school and also enslaved at least two hundred schoolgirls.
Clinton made protecting women and girls a key part of her State Department’s mission. She has been a strong advocate for the 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Her May 4th tweet was cited by many in the media and raised awareness of the girls’ plight. On Wednesday, Clinton went even further, calling the abduction of the girls: “abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria.” In 2011, though, Clinton’s State Department refused to label Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization after the group bombed the UN headquarters in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja. The Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI, and over a dozen Congressman and Senators supported such an action. A former senior US official who participated in the debate said the following:
“The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy.”
“The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.”
National Security spokesman Jonathan Lalley told the Daily Beast in a statement: “Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that kidnapped these girls, has been killing innocent people in Nigeria for some time.” He further stated: “‘We’ve identified them as one of the worst regional terrorist organizations out there. That’s why last November we designated them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. And we’re actively exploring — in partnership with Nigeria and others — broader multilateral sanctions against Boko Haram, including UN Security Council sanctions.”
Speculation has existed about the influence of Islam in Hillary Clinton’s State Department. A former FBI Special Agent, John Guandolo, told CBN News:
What we’re seeing not just inside the White House, but inside the government entities, the national security entities, the State Department — is a strong push by the Muslim Brotherhood to get their people not just into operational positions, but policy positions — deeper, long term, bureaucratic positions.
Speculation also has existed concerning Huma Abedin, who once worked for Clinton as her deputy chief of staff at the State Department. According to Andrew McCarthy, writing in National Review, Huma Abedin “worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA) for at least seven years. “
In May 2012, a then-Justice Department official, Lisa Monaco, sent a letter to the State Department and urged Clinton to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group. Four Star General Carter Ham, head of The African Central Command, said in June 2012 that an African Al Qaeda group and Boko Haram were “likely sharing funds, training, and explosive materials.” Despite this, the State Department still refused to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organization.
It took John Kerry’s State Department to designate the group as a terrorist organization in November 2013.
So what do you think of Clinton’s State Department refusing to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group despite its crimes? Why is Clinton suddenly outraged at the group and calling it “terrorism” despite its record of crimes before these girls were enslaved? Feel free to comment below.
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