New O’Keefe Video: Cornell Dean Advises on Starting ISIS Club
A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student, including inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students.
Scaffido said a student group supporting Hamas would also not be a problem.
“The university is not going to look at different groups and say, ‘You’re not allowed to support that group because we don’t believe them’ or something like that. I think it’s just the opposite. I think the university wants the entire community to understand what’s going on in all parts of the world.”
Cornell’s vice president for university relations responded to an inquiry by the New York Post:
“Cornell fully supports the free exchange of ideas and does not review or control the political ideology of our students. We do not, of course, tolerate unlawful advocacy of violence, and the comment about training by ISIS freedom fighters does not reflect university policy.” http://nypost.com/2015/03/24/cornell-dean-says-isis-welcome-on-campus-in-undercover-video/
CtH: The proof of their claim to not judge the political ideology of students would be to ask about starting a club that would bring in evangelists and street preachers to instruct students in activities like street counseling outside abortion clinics and preaching in public that homosexuality is a sin. However, even if they said the same, “sure no problem”, the contents of the PV video would be problematic since both ISIS and HAMAS are on our government’s Terrorism Guide Website @ http://www.nctc.gov/site/index.html.