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Latest sting finds university open to front group for ISIS — just change the name

Administrators at a private Catholic college in South Florida had no problem helping a student establish a front group to help Islamic State terrorists, conservative activist James O’Keefe’s latest video sting showed.

UPDATE 4-01: On Monday, the school’s president issued a letter saying that “Barry University does not and never will allow or authorize the formation of an ISIS-related humanitarian aid group on campus.”

Sister Linda wrote, “The images and video released were edited and spliced to unfairly represent the university and staff being featured.”

In a video of the undercover operation released Monday, a student at Barry University in Miami is shown repeatedly approaching school administrator Derek Bly, Barry’s coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations with a proposal to create a university-supported student club she originally called “Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

The purpose of the student group was clear – to aid what the student, identified only as “Laura,” acknowledged was a terrorist group involved in violence, but only because they lack economic opportunities.

“We’re trying to educate them and give them funding so they don’t have to be impoverished and get involved in acts of violence,” she told Bly.

The video released Monday is the latest in work by O’Keefe and his group Project Veritas. Last week, the group released an undercover operation catching a Cornell dean agreeing the Ivy League School would endorse training camps for terrorists if an ISIS club were founded there.

The Barry video isn’t as damning – but it’s close.

Bly’s reaction to the proposal is pretty blasé, considering the Islamic State – also known as ISIS or ISIL – makes news on a daily basis committing one atrocity after another.

He just doesn’t like the name much.

“The only thing is, as far as the name, technically our country is at war with ISIS,” he said.

“War” is overstating it, technically – that would require President Obama to go to Congress – but Bly is obviously aware that the United States is involved in military action against the Islamic State.

That doesn’t seem to affect things one bit on Barry’s campus – or the prospect of giving university money to a student group supporting the country’s avowed enemies.

At a later meeting with Bly and another Barry administrator, Daisy Santiago, Barry’s International and Multicultural Programs coordinator, O’Keefe’s operative agreed to Santiago’s suggestion that the group be called “Students in Support of the Middle East” instead of “Students Sympathetic to the Islamic State.”

The avowed mission of aiding a terrorist organization, however, was not changed one bit.

“We would now be all set to initiate our club and start supporting ISIS,” O’Keefe says in a voice-over near the end of the 10-minute video “Good thing we have these university officials who are there to guide us to do the right thing.”

Good thing, indeed.

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