Project Veritas has released a video showing faculty members, professors and students at California university campuses signing a pledge to support terror with 1 percent of their incomes.
The activist group recently released videos showing a willingness on the part of officials at Cornell and Barry University to allow a club on campus that would endorse the agendas and campaigns of groups such as ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah.
The newest video reveals people signing the 1 percent pledge on the campuses of Cal State-Northridge, Cal-Irvine and other schools.
“I was encouraged by the fact that many of the people we approached refused to sign our faux petition, however, I was disturbed by the amount of professors, administrators, and students across California who had no ethical qualms whatsoever about supporting ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe.
“There were far too many people who were far too willing to support these recognized terrorist organizations. It is truly frightening just how many supporters these organizations have on our college campuses and the effect it is having on our nation’s youth.”
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The petition was based on the report by WND recently that a State Department spokeswoman said the only way to win the war on terror is essentially to give terrorists money.
Marie Harf said: “We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. … But we cannot win this war by killing them. We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.”
The fake petition asked people to sign up to donate 1 percent of their incomes “to people of the Islamic State,” the video explained. “To show them that we understand what their plight is and that we are committed and if they see an outpouring of support they might change their ways.”
One respondent said the problem is not lack of money but “Islam.”
“Why aren’t there Christian fundamentalist bombers in Palestine? There is a lot of Christian Palestinians,” he said.
But he agreed to sign anyway.
Amid the brushoffs and “no” responses, Project Veritas reported it obtained many names.
There, an honor student was suspended “without explanation or cause” after helping with a video that revealed school officials’ apparent support for a club that would benefit ISIS.
Laura, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, was an honor student at Barry, but she was placed on “interim suspension” by the school, according to Project Veritas.
The video, part of the Project Veritas College Investigation Tour, opens with the narrative: “We told administrators we wanted to start a pro-ISIS club. Our investigator is actually an honor student at the university.”
A man identified as Derek Bley, coordinator for leadership development and student organizations at the campus, appears on the video to offer to help the undercover student, named Laura.
Laura then says she wants to know the steps to forming a club on campus.
Now, Project Veritas says the school has suspended Laura but under questionable circumstances.
“The vague language used by Barry University in issuing the suspension, coupled with the timing, suggest that Barry does not have an actionable claim against Laura. Rather, it appears that they object to the negative publicity the school has received due to the statements of their administrative and academic staff,” the organization said in a statement.
Project Veritas said the charges against Laura in her suspension notice “were far from explicit and ambiguously read ‘your alleged actions were the cause root [sic] of disruption of the university community and the creation of a hostile environment for members of the university staff.'”
Project Veritas noted Laura had recently honored for being the most outstanding senior in the Communications Department.
“It is difficult to comprehend how Barry University simultaneously deems Laura as an honor student and a disruption; with each resulting in a formal university action: an official university honor and an interim suspension,” said O’Keefe.
The school’s president, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, earlier said in a statement the “intimation or implication that our university would approve or condone the formal establishment of such a group could be regarded as not just shameful but sinful.”
She charged that the video possibly was illegal and doctored, through editing.
Project Veritas stood by its work.
“Project Veritas’ video recordings at Barry University were accomplished within the spirit and letter of the law. In Florida, where Barry University is located and where the recordings took place, it is perfectly legal to record an oral communication if a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This is defined in Fla. Stat. 934.02(2),” a group spokesman explained.
“In this instance, Project Veritas recorded its operation in an open-office atrium, where office doors were open, where people were passing by in close proximity, and Barry University administrators took no steps to secure their privacy, thus, the recording is legal because it meets both statutory and case law requirements.”