State Dept. Said To Adopt Pro-Jihad Agenda

  • Middle East Newsline
  • August 03, 2008
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. Congress has expressed concern that the State Department was embracing Muslim groups that support Al Qaida, Hamas and Hizbullah.
A leading U.S. analyst asserted that the State Department has financed
those who support a violent Islamic agenda. Steven Emerson, executive
director of the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, said
the department was using extremist groups as part of an outreach to the
Muslim community in the United States and abroad.
"The question is: why should the State Department spend U.S. taxpayer
dollars to work with Islamists who actively oppose the foreign policy goals
of the United States and subscribe to a supremacist, oppressive ideology?"
Emerson asked in testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. "The fundamental
question boils down to: Is the State Department using the Islamists to
advance its agenda, or are the Islamists using the State Department to
advance their own?"
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