When Hillary Clinton served as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, she vigorously opposed placing the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Boko Haram on the State Department’s official list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, according to media reports on Thursday.
In its latest jihadist action, the group kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, while earlier this year they mutilated and killed about 40-50 male students as they slept in their dorm rooms, according to an Examiner story at the time.
As the United States deployed police and military personnel to Nigeria to assist in the search for the schoolgirls, lawmakers and former U.S. officials claimed Clinton's decision was similar to those made regarding U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the Benghazi massacre: do nothing.
Her detractors believe her failure to take even the smallest symbolic action was detrimental to the United States' ability to confront the Nigerian-based Islamists whose abduction of hundreds of innocent girls is finally getting the media's attention.
"This incident -- the abduction -- happened two weeks ago and now it's frontpage news because the victims are not Americans and they aren't males like the attack on the schoolboys some of whom were decapitated by Boko Haram," said former police anti-terrorism unit member George C. Linoski.
Hillary Clinton -- whose political party began talking about gender inequality in an effort to take attention away from Obamacare -- is now contemplating a run for the White House and therefore made a show of sending out a May 4 Tweet: "hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack," claims political strategist Michael Baker.
However, when Clinton was in charge of designating terrorist groups and she was urged by several officials, including Justice Department official Lisa Monaco and Chief of U.S. Africa Command Gen. Carter Ham, to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, she rejected the idea. In fact, a House Homeland Security Committee Report in 2011 warned about the threat posed by Nigeria's al-Qaida affiliate.
It was Secretary of State John Kerry who added Boko Haram to the State Department’s official list in November 2013 following several church bombings, murders of Christians and other terrorist acts.