JANUARY 21, 2010In an effort to pursue a better relationship with Muslim communities, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed special orders to allow the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties have for years banned them from the United States.
Clinton chose to exercise her exemption authority as the nation’s chief foreign affairs adviser in a quest to fulfill President Obama’s mission of creating a new and improved relationship—based on mutual interest and mutual respect—with Muslims around the world. At least that’s the official word from the State Department.
The special order, signed by Clinton this week, assures the two extremist Muslim scholars (Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib), known to support and endorse Islamic terrorism, entry into the U.S. for the first time in years. The State Department has repeatedly denied their visa claiming they present a national security threat.
Ramadan, one of the European Muslim world’s most prominent scholars, is the better known of the two. He openly supports the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, has worked for Iran and donates money to terrorist causes. His grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential Islamist group that advocates terrorism against Israel and the west and is known as the parent organization of Hamas and Al Qaeda.
A few months ago a Dutch university fired Ramadan over his extremism and his work for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The move capped the beloved Muslim professor’s assessment that London subway bombers were justified in acting out against their oppressors because the “British government is helping Iraqi people to be killed.” A well-known French author who has studied Ramadan extensively says the scholar is undoubtedly an agent of radicalization.
Habib, a South African sociologist who attended college in New York, is not as high profile but never the less has spoken out against U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the nation’s war on terrorism. In banning his entry, the State Department has claimed he “engaged in a terrorist activity.”
Now, with the stroke of Madam Secretary’s pen, both men are free to spread their radical agendas on American soil. Clinton’s decision brings to an end a dark period in American politics, according to Ramadan, who praised the Obama Administration for its willingness to reopen the United States to the rest of the world and to permit critical debate.