San Francisco State University may have gone without any repercussions for hosting a terrorist at an online event for now, but as a number of top U.S. officials have been alerted to it the issue, that could all change very soon. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CO, is working to ensure that there’s an all hands on deck effort and has alerted top U.S. officials to the matter.
In an exclusive interview for SaraACarter.com, Lamborn, who’s alerted Education Secretary Betsy Devos, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Attorney General William Barr, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, to the issue says the event exposes just how easy it is for radical professors to indoctrinate young, impressionable American college students.
Leila Khaled, an avowed terrorist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, was responsible for two plane hijackings. The last one of which was in 1970 and she was on board. That time, the terrorist operation was thwarted and she was immediately arrested in the United Kingdom. Later, Khaled was released to Jordan in a terrorist swap.
San Francisco State University, however, saw no problem with Khaled’s ties to terrorism despite the immense backlash. The University, including its President Lynn Mahoney, defended the move. The event was set to occur on Zoom, but the videoconferencing platform quickly rejected the event, Facebook followed with the same action, and minutes into the event, which occurred last month, Youtube cut off SFSU’s feed.
U.S. officials contacted by Rep. Lamborn have yet to respond to the matter, but he tells me he’s optimistic a strong message of condemnation has been made clear to the Unversity.
“We feel like we’re making our point even if they’re slow to get back to us. We want San Francisco State University or anyone else thinking of doing this same kind of thing to know that we’re gonna hold their feet to the fire if they try to host known terrorists and frankly just in an attempt, as I see it, to indoctrinate our youth, our young men and women who are in college who really I don’t think need to be hearing from terrorists,” said Lamborn.
He added, “She [Khaled] is an unrepentant terrorist and that’s no exaggeration. So for San Francisco State University to host her for a Zoom conference… and San Francisco State University, unfortunately, has some radical professors themselves who are fairly out there on the fringes of the hard left and when it comes to anti-Israel activities like this where a person is being hosted who wants to promulgate their views to our youth under the auspices of a publicly funded university, we think that there’s some real problems involved.”
“One problem is that taxpayer dollars are going to this and this is an activity that arguably aids and abets terrorists and that is a violation of U.S. law.” Rep. Lamborn
He added, “So whatever decision they come up with, I want these universities who have radical professors and are going to be doing this kind of activity to know that we’re going to hold their feet to the fire, we’re not going to let this outrageous behavior go on.”
In his letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray last week, Rep. Lamborn suggested University professors involved in coordinating the event with Khaled could be implicated in their supposed crime. When asked by this reporter to explain how those “radical professors” could be held accountable, Rep. Lamborn said it can be done by making the public aware that this is their taxpayer dollars at work.
“Some of it I think is educating the public and letting taxpayers and stakeholders at these various universities know what’s going on, educate them to what the issues are so that they will be moved and motivated to contact the universities also. Universities, on the one hand, they say they want free speech, but on the other hand, they have a responsibility not to put out views that aid terrorism, that glorify terrorism, that could lead to more acts of violence, that could create antisemitism. These are activities that no legitimate university should want to be involved in,” Lamborn explained.
“So we want the universities to know that they’re being scrutinized and they need to exercise good judgement. We want the public to know that these things are going on so that if they have a influence over that university as a taxpayer or a former alumni or something like that or a contributor in the past to make their voices known. Policymakers, lawmakers at the state and federal level need to know this also and then those who are in law enforcement, like the Attorney General and the FBI, they need to know about this as well so that they know there’s a real problem here. There should be no glorification of terrorism.”
Rep. Lamborn was a co-sponsor of the Taylor Force Act to end U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority over its “Pay for Slay” policy, in which families of suicide terrorists receive payment for their deceased relatives carrying out terrorist acts. The legislation was named after Taylor Force, an American veteran and student who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist, while on a college trip to Israel.
“No U.S. dollars or anyone’s dollars for that matter should be going to the Palestinian Authority so that they can turn around and reward terrorists who have been jailed for their attempts to kill or maybe even a successful killing Israelis,” Rep. Lamborn said. “Taylor Force was an American, he wasn’t Jewish or Israeli, he was an American veteran who was visiting Israel as part of his education I believe at Vanderbilt and he was killed by a terrorist who was on a killing spree. And this terrorist was killed, so now the PA is rewarding the family of that terrorist. And were not talking about a few dollars, we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars a year and that’s money that really should be going to schools and hospitals and rebuilding society because that’s a very disfunctional society in so many ways. So, that is something we need to hold their feet to the fire also.”
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