Just one month after Nidal Hasan waged jihad on our troops at Fort Hood, the Army base welcomed Dr. Louay Safi last week. Safi was on base to speak to troops about to be deployed to Afghanistan. According to CBN News, the man who is a top official for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was dispatched to teach our soldiers about Islam before heading into Afghanistan.
How does this earn the label "radical?" In 2007, ISNA -- the group with Safi in a high position -- was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in a trial dealing with the funding of terrorism through the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). The HLF had five members convicted of funneling money into Palestine that allegedly wound up in the hands of Hamas.
Also during the trial of the HLF, evidence was provided by the prosecution that showed ISNA is very closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a jihadist group that has paved the way for groups such as al Qaeda and Hamas.
Dr. Safi has also worked for a Saudi-funded organization called the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The Islamic think-tank, founded in 1981, espouses this overview on their site.
"The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private, non-profit, academic, cultural and educational institution, concerned with general issues of Islamic thought and education. The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981 (1401 AH). It is independent of local politics, party orientations and ideological bias."
Anyone buying that last line??? Didn't think so.
In 1995, Safi is heard on an FBI wiretap talking to the convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian. al-Arian, a professor of computer science at the University of South Florida in Tampa, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Ol' Sami boy is also a co-founder of ISNA. Let's see...who holds a high position within ISNA? Oh yeah. Dr. Safi, the man who spoke at Fort Hood last week.
A spokesman for the Army base told CBN News that "Safi was one of the faculty members during a seminar about Islam for the Army's 135th expeditionary unit. He said speakers are invited based on learning objectives, audience experience, and availability. The spokesman added that "organizers of the seminar were not aware of Safi's alleged association, but have had no issues or concerns over his presentations nor has any unit raised any."
ALLEGED association??? I think not. Seems pretty clear to me.
What the hell were Fort Hood officials thinking? One month after 14 were killed at the Army's largest base, they're now inviting the enemy to speak there. It's a disgrace.