One of James O’Keefe‘s investigative journalists went to a Florida campus to walk through the hoops of starting a new club at Barry University in Miami. As it happens, a real college senior at the school became one of O’Keefe’s journalists for the sake of the story.
Whether or not she was paid for her services is an unknown.
As it was explained to The Mirror, she reached out to O’Keefe because she thought the situation at the school made it ripe for a story. “We don’t publicly comment on personnel matters,” said Dan Pollack, spokesman for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, as The Mirror openly laughed at his unwillingness to discuss whether or not they paid the student. “Yeah, go ahead and laugh at me,” he joked back.
The club she wanted to create wasn’t fencing or chess or anything. It was an ISIS club, you know, to give terrorists flashlights, pencils, money or anything else they might need. And the whole notion of starting this club is a lot easier than it sounds.
On a side note: Among the school’s notable alumni is Shaquille O’Neal, the Prime Minister of Haiti and the Attorney General of the Bahamas.
Even when the fake student (i.e. O’Keefe’s investigative journalist) approaches a school coordinator who helps facilitate the clubs, he doesn’t bat an eye, even when told why she wants to do this and who she wants to assist overseas.
When he sort of gets to the bottom of what she wants to do, he replied, “So you do specifically want to send aid to ISIS?”
At another juncture, she point blank told a university higher-up that the club wants to send money to ISIS.
Fake student: “A lot of the fighters . . . can’t see at night, you know? So like people are attacking them and they can’t see at night. And because like they are poor they don’t have night vision and stuff so they wanted flashlights so they could like better protect themselves.”
Another university official nodded in agreement and helped the student assess the cost of bulk shipments of flashlights to ISIS.
One of the requirements to starting a club on this campus is a faculty member must sign off on it — this was a cinch. The female prof signed without any questions. The only real snag was what to call a club that wants to benefit ISIS without setting off any alarm bells.
University officials even helped brainstorm an idea: How about Students Sympathetic to the Middle East?
UPDATE: The Mirror learned this afternoon that the woman who went to her school officials to start the club to donate funds to ISIS is actually a senior at the school. The above story has been altered to reflect that reality.