In his first major speech
last month, Mohamed Morsi, the new Egyptian president, pledged to seek
the release of a notorious Egyptian terrorist from a North Carolina
prison. Not long before that, a member of a designated terrorist
organization, Gamaa al-Islamiyya — who also happens to be a recently
elected member of the Egyptian Parliament — was welcomed to Washington
as part of an official delegation sponsored by the State Department.
officials made no public comment on Mr. Morsi’s promise and struggled to
explain why the Egyptian Parliament member, Hani Nour Eldin, got a
visa, citing privacy rules and declining to say whether he had been
granted a waiver from the ban on such visitors or whether his
affiliation simply escaped notice.
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