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Trolling College Kids About ISIS: The Trend That's Catching On

ISIS pranks are all the rage.
Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi security forces patrol on a road as smoke billows from the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi security forces patrol on a road as smoke billows from the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

Photographer: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images)

James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has struck again. The undercover journalist and video provocateur released a tape Tuesday in which a camera operator posed as a young Moroccan looking to attend Cornell University and start a club. He strolled into the office of Joseph Scaffido, an assistant dean for student activity, and asked whether he could start a special kind of club to bring Islamic "freedom fighters" to campus. The dean blithely goes along.

There's one problem with the video. It's framed, throughout, as a student getting permission to start an "ISIS club." A New York Post write-up of the video is headlined "Cornell Dean Says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video." Yet at no point in the released footage does the investigator use the acronym "ISIS." He spells out the acronym, asking Scaffido if he he can support the "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the families and the freedom fighters," then "bring a freedom fighter to speak" to "hear the situation, what it's like, their lives, why they're fighting."