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Hillary Clinton’s State Department Failed to Designate Terrorists
4 years ago

By Charlotte Florance

Photo: AFP PHOTO/STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: AFP PHOTO/STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused to give Boko Haram the legal designation as an official terrorist organization, denying U.S. authorities one of the key tools required to counter the group’s activities.

Boko Haram is the terrorist organization that has gained notoriety for the abduction of more than 200 girls in Northern Nigeria almost a month ago.

At an International Crisis Group gala dinner in New York this week, Clinton called the kidnapping an “act of terrorism,” and claimed the Nigerian government should be doing more to counter terrorists.  Yet, the United States could have been helping to do more to combat Boko Haram terrorists earlier on, if agencies such as the FBI, Treasury Department and the Justice Department had been given this key tool by Clinton’s State Department.  Even General Carter Ham, former commander of Africa Command, voiced concerns about Boko Haram.

Boko Haram made its international intentions known in 2011 when it bombed the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria—killing 23 people in one of the deadliest attacks on the UN in history. Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif., wrote to Secretary Clinton after the attack and again in 2012 to ask that Boko Haram be designated a terrorist organization.

Congress even tried to require the State Department to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization through the Boko Haram Designation Act of 2012, which Meehan introduced in the House and then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., put forward in the Senate.

Lisa Monaco, former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division (now with the White House) even sent a letter to the State Department’s counterterrorism chief requesting Boko Haram be put on the official terrorist organization list.

Boko Haram was not designated as an official terrorist organization until November 2013. Over the past four years the violence caused by Boko Haram has killed 8,000 people, and the violence is now spilling over into Cameroon and Niger.  This week alone more than 200 people were killed in an attack in Northern Nigeria attributed to Boko Haram.

Now that the State Department finally has designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization and the group’s atrocities have made worldwide headlines, perhaps its time the Obama administration take the threat seriously and support regional efforts to combat the group.  Boko Haram is more than a Nigerian problem, and combating the group will require coordination and partnership in the region.



4 years ago

Of course she failed as she and her "friend', President Obama, do not believe that terrorist and terrorism really exist, they are just friends of the U.S. helping us out or some such ridiculous theory.  You see, for Obama to admit there are terrorists or terrorism directed at the U.S., especially, would take away his ability to blame Goerge W. Bush Jr. for the economic issues due to the fact that the decision to engage in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan were how we got into this econinic condition, nothing that he (Obama) has done contributed to that.  And of course that has been the mantra of the Democrats all along.  Never have they recognized that Bill Clinton's ineptitude got us into a lot of this with his failure to address the unrest in the Muslim arena and his decision to help fund the very people in Afghanistan that we have been fighting.  And this surplus they claim that Clinton left Bush Jr. is just one more case of their overactive imaginations, too.

Further, compound this with Hillary's, as well as Obama's, love of the Muslim Brotherhood and other such groups, it is no wonder that she failed as he has.  It would not serve their purpose or further their agenda to identify the terrorist groups.

4 years ago

Bingo, Linda!   This is exactly why the voters need to get everyone connected to supporting Obama out of the White House in November and in 2016.   We need true American patriots representing the American people and running our is OUR country!   We need to get the communists out of Washington and we need to kick those who believe in a nanny state America with out of control escalating debt OUT and bring in those who believe in personal responsibility Americans who believe in "teach a man to fish" so that they are not a burden on our society.   We have to get back to getting the government out of the way of job creation.    We have a government today that wants the slackards in our country to hate the rich...imagine that....hate your employers, large corporations, small businesses why?   Because they make money than you do?    Spread the wealth?   Why?   Did you build it?   Did you take the risks?    

Time to not only "clean house" in DC but it's time to fumigate it and get the stench out.  

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