Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Jason Felch has turned his investigative journalistic techniques on claims that illicit antiquity sales are a major funding source for ISIS. He makes a convincing case that the State Department contractor whose work is being used to justify new legislation to impose emergency import restrictions on Syrian cultural artifacts made up the claim that illicit antiquities are a major funding source for ISIS, second only to "hot oil." If nothing else, this suggests a "go slow" approach is warranted before Congress acts further on HR 5703. Gross exaggeration does no one any good, particularly the advocates for import restrictions.