The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating a Kent State associate history professor for his alleged involvement with the Islamic State.
A joint terrorism task force has been investigating a Muslim convert for the last year and a half, an FBI special agent told KentWired.com. “There is no direct threat to the university,” according to the agent.
The agent said they interviewed several faculty members and more than 20 of Pino’s students Tuesday about his alleged involvement. He is also being investigated for allegedly recruiting students to join ISIS.
Pino said neither the FBI nor Homeland Security has notified him of any sort of investigation.
According to Fox News, “an independent probe” turned up some “disturbing posts” on his Facebook page “praising Usama bin Laden and urging Al Qaeda fighters to merge with the black-clad terror army.”
“Sheik Osama (May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the greatest, and desrves (sic) praise for kicking off this jihad,” one post from an account in Julio Cesar Pino’s name begins. The post, which has since been deleted, was preserved in a screenshot by The Clarion Project, a New York-based research institute that monitors international terrorism.
It continues: “However, the organization he left behind is not the same AQ he founded. The brave warriors of AQAP and the Nusraf Jabbat should join #IslamicState.”
An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to the Akron Beacon Journal that the bureau was looking into Pino, an associate professor of history, for ties to the terrorist group. Pino is also known by the Muslim name Assad Jibril Pino, according to his essay “Born in The Fist of the Revolution: A Cuban Professor’s Journey to Allah.”
Some students’ expressed concern…..that Pino’s rights were being violated.
Pino told KentWired.com that he does not support the Islamic State, nor does he discuss the terrorist organization in his classes.
“I’ve not broken the law,” he said. “I don’t advocate that anyone else break the law, so I’ll stand by that statement that I fulfill my duties as an American citizen by speaking out on issues that some people find controversial, of course, but no, I have not violated any laws that I’m aware of or that anyone has informed me of.”
Here is a video from 2010 of Pino in full taqiyya mode – sounding more like a hippy-drippy, new-age Gaia-worshiper than an ISIS fanboi.
Good Lord. How low are the standards at Kent State University that they have this moron employed as an associate professor?
“Kent State is fully cooperating with the FBI,” said University Spokesman Eric Mansfield. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”
Mansfield would not comment on whether or not Pino would continue to teach at the university as he’s investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force for supporting ISIS and recruiting students to join the terror group. However a Kent State spokesperson told FoxNews.com that Pino is still teaching classes.
“The FBI has assured Kent State that there is no threat to campus,” Mansfield said.
Pino, a Cuban-born convert to Islam, said “he supports the Palestinians in the Israel-Palestine conflict and said he is outspoken about his viewpoints.”
That is putting it mildly.
For example, in 2011, he shouted “death to Israel!” during a lecture from an Israeli diplomat.
Via e-mail to Inside Higher Ed, Pino gave his rationale as follows: “What I spoke was for the sake of the children of Palestine, and no other reason. The only politics I have are ‘There is no God but God, and Mohammed is His Messenger.’ ” Asked about the controversy over his comments, he quoted the Koran: “They try to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will allow nothing but the perfection of that light, though the disbelievers dislike it.”
Lester A. Lefton, president of Kent State, issued a statement in which he said that the way Pino had treated Khaldi was “reprehensible, and an embarrassment to our university.” Lefton said that while it “may have been” Pino’s right to speak out, “it is my obligation, as the president of this university, to say that I find his words deplorable, and his behavior deeply troubling.”
In 2002, Pina wrote a guest column in the Kent State campus newspaper praising Ayat al-Akhras, a teenage Palestinian suicide bomber who had killed two people in Jerusalem a month earlier.
The tribute column was called “Singing Out Prayer for a Youth Martyr” and he wrote the teen “died a martyr’s death in occupied Jerusalem, Palestine.”
He also wrote for the now-defunct website Global War, which called itself a “jihadist news service.”
Pino was investigated by the Secret Service in 2009 after he wrote the White House would “need more body bags” in an email to other professors.
Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, wrote at Townhall in Feb. of 2007:
He was drawing a paycheck from the people of the State of Ohio while trying to launch a Jihad against people like me. In fact, just five minutes before I called he posted an entry under the title “Crusaders Can’t Take Anymore in Afghanistan!”
Pino began his morning of not going into his office at Kent State by penning a post under the title “Frightened British Crusaders Rush More Troops to Occupied Afghanistan.” Using terms like “occupation” and “Crusaders” it isn’t really necessary to read these posts in order to ascertain who this employee of the State of Ohio is rooting for in the War on Terror.
But, just in case you were curious about the purpose of this site, it is provided in the upper right corner: “We are a jihadist news service, and provide battle dispatches, training manuals, and jihad videos to our brothers worldwide. All we want is to get Allah’s pleasure. We will write ‘Jihad’ across our foreheads, and the stars. The angels will carry our message throughout the world.”There is also an “Oath of Freedom” in the upper right corner: “We were born free. We will live freely and when death comes to us, we will die freely. Jihad is changing all that can be changed; freeing ourselves through our own efforts; and the conviction that truth will prevail, inshallah.”
Under the entry “Sister Detonates Herself to Eliminate Shia Traitors” there is a description of a female suicide bomber who recently killed 41 people. Just in case you wondered how the host of the site feels about the suicide bomber, the next line tells you: “Now she lies on the Golden Couch of Paradise.”
In a 2014 open letter to “academic friends of Israel,” Pino wrote:
I hold you directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians over the past month. This is not symbolic or even legally justified homicide on your part but actual, cold-blooded, calculated killing, for which you are culpable. Your names are scrawled on every bullet fired, bomb dropped, body buried and burnt forehead in Gaza.
I curse you more than the Israelis, for while The Chosen drain the blood of innocents without apologies you hide behind the mask of academic objectivity, nobility of research and the reward of teaching to foreign youth—-in a segregated university, of course. Lest you think this is a personal attack I swear it applies equally to all who engage in collaboration with fascism, and we both know the fate of collaborators. In the same manner, only with more zeal, than you have sworn to the Jewish State I pledge to you, and every friend and stooge of Zionism.
Pino closed the letter by saying “Jihad until victory!”
In 2007, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly devoted his “back of the book” segment to Peno’s notorious anti-American antics.
All this – and he still has a job at Kent State. Unbelievable.