It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
journal for a dozen years Published August 22, 2016 New York Post Facebook Twitter Email Print Now Playing Report: FBI interviews Huma Abedin over Clinton emails Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female U.S. president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.
However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-first lady Clinton.
Headlined “Women’s Rights Are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.
“A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept,” the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League, asserted, while warning of “the dangers of alternative lifestyles.” (Abedin’s journal was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.)
QUESTION: And finally, since we just touched on Ms. Abedin, some unrelated questions about her. The New York Post has been reporting on the presence of Huma Abedin for more than a decade on the masthead of an Islamic journal that published some fairly vile things, including blaming the U.S. for 9/11 and an article by Ms. Abedin’s mother in which she wrote that the, quote, “empowerment of women does more harm than benefit,” unquote. When Ms. Abedin was cleared to work here in the Department of State, one of the two jobs she held down during her tenure here, was Ms. Abedin’s association with this journal known to the secretary or to anyone else in this building?
MR TONER: James, I don’t have an immediate answer for you on that. I haven’t seen these reports, to be honest. What I would say is that we wouldn’t normally talk about someone’s clearance process, except to say that, having gone through security process and considering what – the level of clearance she would have needed for the job she – that she held, I can assure you that she was – like any individual, would be fully vetted. But I can’t speak to these specific allegations. I just don’t --
QUESTION: The presence of a State Department employee or a prospective employee on the masthead of a journal that is published and disseminated would typically be the kind of thing that those who do the vetting around here would, in fact, uncover, correct?
MR TONER: Again, I think they look at a broad range of material. They conduct extensive interviews with friends, families, and when they go to those friends and families, they get second and third sources to talk about what an individual’s connections and others may be. But beyond that, I don’t want to speak in any great detail about how that process works.
QUESTION: Can you take the question of whether Secretary Clinton knew about Huma Abedin’s presence on the masthead of this journal for 12 years?
MR TONER: I can certainly take it. I’m not sure I can get you a clear answer for that. For one thing, I don’t know that we would speak on behalf of Secretary Clinton, who now has left the State Department and is no longer here. And I’m – I’m just not, in all candor, sure that I’m able to talk about what was shared about an employee’s security clearance. It might be of a confidential nature, so --