JANUARY 26, 2006
The United States Government has for years denied the visa of a renowned Muslim scholar (Tariq Ramadan) with documented terrorist ties, citing a Patriot Act clause that denies entry to aliens who have used a position of prominence within any country to endorse or espouse terrorist activity.
This week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the U.S. government for preventing Ramadan from entering the country, arguing that the government is using anti-terrorism laws as “instruments of censorship” to bar foreign scholars whose political views might be contrary to those of the U.S. Government.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, New York, fails to mention Ramadan’s strong ties to militant terrorist groups through the years. For instance, he was banned from France in the late 1990s because of his links to an Algerian Islamist who had initiated a terrorist campaign in France; A Spanish judge found that Ramadan had close ties to an Algerian (Ahmed Brahim) indicted in Spain for Al-Qaeda activities; Ramadan publicly refers to the Islamist atrocities of September 11, Bali and Madrid as “interventions.”
Lee Smith wrote in the American Prospect, that Ramadan is a cold-blooded Islamist whose “cry of death to the West is a quieter and gentler jihad, but it’s still jihad.” Little Green Footballs points out that the ACLU apparently believes we don’t have enough spokesmen for radical Islam in the U.S.
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