Photo: Hillary Clinton and her advisor Huma Abedin allowed a committed Islamist access to the White House without proper vetting. Abedin’s family is allegedly connected to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama administration minions may have violated U.S. law last month by welcoming an Egyptian with ties to terrorism to the White House in order to lobby for the release of an imprisoned terrorist known as the Blind Sheik, claimed Rep. Pete King, current chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Thursday.
Hani Nour Eldin — an avowed member of Gama’a al-Islamiyya listed by the State Department as terror group — was elected along with members of Islamist groups the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists to Egypt’s parliament.
“Eldin was put through a stringent vetting process before he was given a U.S. visa to enter the U.S. and then gain admittance to the White House,” claimed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who in the past has been criticized for her laxity in matters of national security.
But, according to Rep. King, the U.S. investigators involved in his vetting either ignored Hani’s Facebook page or didn’t check it at all. On Facebook he boasts of his membership in Gama’a al-Islamiyya.
U.S. immigration laws require that both Secretaries of State and Homeland Security must authorize waivers before issuing visas to members of designated federal terrorist organizations, and they must notify the appropriate members of Congress.
Secretary Hillary Clinton (State) and Secretary Janet Napolitano never gave members of Congress the required information, King said during a session of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Thursday.
Napolitano told King that Eldin was found to pose no security risk, but she called King’s concerns about process “a fair point to make.”
Eldin got an audience with senior officials at the White House in order to ask them to transfer Omar Abdel Rahman, a/k/a the Blind Sheik, to the new Egyptian government..
Rahman was spiritual leader to both Gama’a al-Islamiyya and the men who carried out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six Americans and injured dozens more. He is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his role in a failed plot to detonate explosives at New York landmarks in the early 1990s.
Eldin “was told the answer is ‘No,’” said King (R-NY).
“We could have hundreds of people in this situation over the next several years coming in who may not all brag on their Facebook page that they’re a member of a foreign terrorist organization,” King said.
Napolitano argued that the issue is complicated when groups designated as terror organizations enter the political mainstream of U.S. allies like Egypt.
“Who is Napolitano protecting? Americans or members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood?” asked former NYPD police detective Sid Franes.