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romanic

(2,841 posts)
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 06:07 PM Jan 2016

Kent State University professor investigated for alleged link to ISIS

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating Julio Pino, a Kent State associate history professor, for his alleged involvement with the Islamic State, according to KentWired.

"Kent State is fully cooperating with the FBI," Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield told WKYC Channel 3 News.

"As this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment," said Mansfield. "The FBI has assured Kent State that there is no threat to campus.”

An FBI special agent told KentWired a joint terrorism task force has been investigating Pino for the last year and a half.

Reached Wednesday, Jennifer Larson, head of the Kent State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, replied "AAUP-KSU has no comment on the matter at this time."


http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/portage-county/kent-state-professor-investigated-for-alleged-ties-to-isis/19238981

WTF are hiring these freaks to teach on campus???
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Kent State University professor investigated for alleged link to ISIS (Original Post) romanic Jan 2016 OP
He's an associate professor, which implies he's been a professor for at least 6 years. a la izquierda Jan 2016 #1
KSU, like most universities nowadays, liberalhistorian Jan 2016 #4
No ISIS at all 6 years ago - so that's guaranteed. But still - WHO SUPPORTS Yo_Mama Jan 2016 #5
What is snuff flick empire? a la izquierda Jan 2016 #6
ISIS = Islamic Empire of Snuff Flicks Yo_Mama Jan 2016 #7
Okay, I still have no idea what you're talking about... a la izquierda Jan 2016 #8
It has to be, because he is being investigated for supporting an entity that did not exist Yo_Mama Jan 2016 #9
Okay, I got it... a la izquierda Jan 2016 #10
ISIS did exist. You just didn't know about them. grossproffit Jan 2016 #16
Yes, there was. You just didn't know about them. grossproffit Jan 2016 #12
Wow, why wouldn't a university hire an American citizen? Or sinkingfeeling Jan 2016 #2
Ding rjsquirrel Jan 2016 #14
I'm a Kent State graduate and liberalhistorian Jan 2016 #3
This is the same professor who shouted "death to Israel." grossproffit Jan 2016 #11
We? rjsquirrel Jan 2016 #13
Calling for the death of a nation = an outspoken critic? grossproffit Jan 2016 #15

a la izquierda

(11,774 posts)
1. He's an associate professor, which implies he's been a professor for at least 6 years.
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 06:28 PM
Jan 2016

He's been under investigation for 1.5 years. It is therefore likely that when he was hired, he was not playing nice with Daesh. So, whomever hired him had- I'm sure- no idea. If Kent State is anything like my university, which is a giant state university, Pino underwent a background check just like the rest of us professors.
People do become radicalized in relatively short order, you know. I guess I'd better be quiet, however, lest all Latin Americanists become suspect.

liberalhistorian

(20,805 posts)
4. KSU, like most universities nowadays,
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:01 PM
Jan 2016

has a stringent background investigation policy. So, if what they say is true and he did, indeed, become radicalized, then it likely happened after his hiring.

The Portage County area is quite racist and provincial (I spent enough years there to know!) and I hope that this doesn't cause any more problems for non-whites and non-Christians there than they already have, just because of one radicalized bad guy.

Yo_Mama

(8,303 posts)
5. No ISIS at all 6 years ago - so that's guaranteed. But still - WHO SUPPORTS
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:15 PM
Jan 2016

the Snuff Flick Empire?

This is pretty appalling, if true.

a la izquierda

(11,774 posts)
8. Okay, I still have no idea what you're talking about...
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:57 PM
Jan 2016

but never mind. I was merely trying to respond to the fact that as an associate professor, he's either really skirted background checks in the several years he's been employed by KSU, or this is a new development in his personal life.

Yo_Mama

(8,303 posts)
9. It has to be, because he is being investigated for supporting an entity that did not exist
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:00 PM
Jan 2016

years ago.

Yes, becoming radical can happen at any time.

grossproffit

(5,591 posts)
12. Yes, there was. You just didn't know about them.
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:10 PM
Jan 2016

"The roots of ISIS go back to Oct. 15, 2006, when what is known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was established. That groups was formed by uniting several groups, most notably al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Mujahedeen Shura Council in Iraq, and Jund al-Sahhaba [Soldiers of the Prophet’s Companions]."

[url]http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2013/11/syria-islamic-state-iraq-sham-growth.html#ixzz3xpwzxg7t[/url]

 

rjsquirrel

(4,762 posts)
14. Ding
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 04:56 AM
Jan 2016

Dog whistles all over DU, along with outright anti-Muslim bigotry tolerated here with impunity.

liberalhistorian

(20,805 posts)
3. I'm a Kent State graduate and
Wed Jan 20, 2016, 06:58 PM
Jan 2016

my Facebook newsfeed and email have been filled with this story today; many of us graduates have been discussing it. I don't really know exactly what to think right now, and neither do many of my fellow alum. Many of us were May 4 Task Force members (the student group that was responsible for the annual May 4 commemorations and educational forums throughout the rest of the year as well as serving as a liasion between the wounded students and families of those murdered and the university community) and we know better than to automatically believe the FBI or the government.

That's not to say, however, that they aren't correct and if they've been investigating him for nearly two years, then there may very well be something there to investigate. If it IS true, then of course the full extent of the law should be thrown at him.

 

rjsquirrel

(4,762 posts)
13. We?
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 04:54 AM
Jan 2016

Are you helping hire professors?

High chance this is a smear job. The right hates this guy for being an outspoken critic of Israel.

He's a nimrod idiot. I doubt he's a terrorist.

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