Hat tip Legal Insurrection
“If you have an assistant Dean of Students at an Ivy league University that doesn’t know what Hamas is or the Islamic State is, perhaps you need to redefine the qualifications for University leadership.”
-James O'Keefe, Project Veritas
Cornell Professor of Law William Jacobson has commented on the breaking story over a Project Veritas video in which the Asst. Dean of Student Activities, Joseph Scaffido, told an undercover reporter that it would be OK to set up a student group that supported the Islamic State (ISIS).
Professor Jacobson, who doesn't know Scaffido, is being objective here. This story has yet to play out. It is true that the undercover reporter, who was posing as a prospective student from Morocco, used the term, "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" instead of ISIS. Possibly, Scaffido was not paying full attention although he should have given the state of world affairs today. The undercover reporter also referred to Hamas, which is a US-designated terror organization. Thus, O'Keefe's response regarding the apparent ignorance of Scaffido makes perfect sense.
Thus, the reaction of Cornell's president to attack O'Keefe and his group is disingenuous. The tape speaks for itself, and as Jacobson hints, there may be more tapes out there.
Do I think Scaffido is an ISIS sympathizer? Of course not. More likely he was not giving enough scrutiny to what the UC reporter was saying and was just lumping it in with the usual anti-Israel, pro-Arab agenda on college campuses. However, I think it is fair to say that he should have been more on guard and when he heard references to Islamic State, he should have recognized it as ISIS and promptly thrown the guy out of his office.
So now he and Cornell have to deal with it. They are already under scrutiny after having been selected by David Horowitz's Jew Hatred on Campus blog as one of the top ten most anti-Semitic universities in America. Now this.