United Liberty points out that convicted “Speedway bomber” Brett Kimberlin and his Justice Through Music Project are partners with the U.S. Department of State in the “International Visitor Leadership Program,” a taxpayer-funded professional exchange program.
The Justice Through Music Project reported yesterday on its participation in the State Department’s program, and on the visitors the government brought to meet Kimberlin (see photo above–note the anti-Bush poster on the wall):
JTMP has been a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program for 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US. This year we had visitors that came from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia to see how Justice Through Music Project uses art to raise awareness on issues, and to bring about social change.
While it might be useful to bring democracy activists from the Arab world to the U.S., a convicted bomber is probably not the best example the Obama administration could have provided for how “to bring about social change.”