A secretly shot video seems to capture Cornell University’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, claiming it’s quite OK for an ISIS “freedom fighter” to come to campus and talk to students about the group’s mission.
The video was shot by a male reporter working for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas posing as a potential student, the New York Post reported. And it opens with this question to the viewer: “What if you wanted to start a pro-ISIS club at an American Ivy League University?”
The reporter then meets with Cornell University assistant dean of students for student activities, Joseph Scaffido, posing as a prospective student from Morocco who is interested in starting a campus club.
He says to Scaffido: “I think maybe, [it’s] be nice to start a humanitarian group that supports distressed communities, a humanitarian group in the Middle East, northern Iraq and Syria. I think it would be important for especially these people in the Islamic State Iraq and Syria, the families and the freedom fighters in particular and their fammilies, I think it would be important to maybe just probably educate, but to maybe send them care packages whether it be food, water, electronics.”
Scaffido’s reply: “There are a lot of our student organizations that do things like that all over the world.”
The undercover reporter then says to Scaffido: “If you did like, supported Hamas or something like that, is that a problem?”
No, Scaffido said.
“The university is not going to look at different groups and say you’re not allowed to support that group because we don’t believe in them or something like that,” he says, the video reveals. “I think it’s just the opposite. I think the university wants the entire community to understand what’s going on in all parts of the world.”
In another clip, the Project Veritas reporter suggests “maybe, you know get a group that educates on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and just educate people, maybe bring them in.”
The video spans more than five minutes.
About midway through the interview, the reporter asks Scaffido: “Maybe we could bring a freedom fighter to speak. That would be possible?”
And Scaffido, who’s identified as working with Cornell for more than 20 years, replies: “Yep. We’ve done things like that, yep.”