In the hallowed halls of Columbia University, a nest of ex-cons -- who have served time for murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault -- hold court on their unique brand of social justice for admiring students enrolled in the school's social work program, a FoxNews.com investigation has found. The ex-cons work for or with the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), co-founded in 2009 by former Weather Underground operative and Columbia adjunct professor Kathy Boudin, who pleaded guilty to felony murder for her role in an infamous 1981 armed robbery that left two police officers and a security guard dead. -Perry Chiaramonte
Speaking next to her husband, Dohrn addressed the paradox of having once been on the run from the law and her current position as a law professor by saying that “the academy is filled with people who’ve committed violence.” ... “The academy does not have clean hands, let’s just agree,” said Dohrn.
[Bill] Ayers was involved in a Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970 that resulted in the accidental deaths of three Weather Underground members who were preparing a bomb. Ayers subsequently went underground as a fugitive from justice. Ayers has since served as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
School officials at Minnesota State University Moorhead have selected left-wing radical and admitted terrorist Bill Ayers as the 2013 College of Education and Human Services “visiting scholar,” according to Campus Reform. In an announcement last month, MSUM proclaimed that Ayers’s campus-wide address would be called “Teaching from the Heart: Education for Enlightenment and Freedom.”
Of course the fact that a person is an unrepentant, retired, terrorist is not necessarily a bar to being a professor at a prestigious law school–not for William Stewart Simkins at Texas in the early 20th century, or for Bernardine Rae Dohrn at Northwestern in the early 21st century. -David Kopel
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San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney is defending the school’s decision to invite terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled to speak at a virtual event on September 23. Khaled is best known for hijacking a plane on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, in 1969.
On a flight from Rome to Tel Aviv, Khaled and a fellow PFLP member revealed they had a hand grenade and pistol and made their way to the cockpit to announce, “This is the Palestinian movement taking over your airplane.” They, then, instructed the pilots to redirect the flight to Damascus and fly over Palestine to “put the suffering of her people on the world’s stage,” according to an interview with Vice.
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George Washington University has hired a former Islamic extremist to work at its center on homeland security -- a man who once denounced the United States and made threats against the creators of the TV series "South Park" for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. While reformed extremists have worked at universities in Europe to help fight terrorism, this is believed to be a first in the United States.
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A black student organization at University of California at Berkeley is demanding the school rename a building on campus after a former Black Panther and convicted cop killer. The students want Burrows Hall renamed for Assata Shakur, the first woman to appear on the FBI’s most wanted list... “We want the renaming for someone — Assata Shakur — who we feel like represents us as black students,” said Black Student Union spokesman Cori McGowens.
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Controversial professor James Kilgore will return to teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next semester, the Tribune has learned. Kilgore will teach a one-credit course in Global Studies, according to Thomas Bassett, director of the program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Kilgore pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and possession of an explosive device in 2002 for his part in a 1975 armed robbery that left a bank customer dead. In the 1970s, Kilgore was part of the Symbionese Liberation Army... Kilgore spent decades living in Africa under an alias before he was arrested and served 6 1/2 years in prison.
In light of Charles Manson’s upcoming parole hearing, the words of Bernardine Dohrn in 1969 following the Manson murders, should chill your soul: “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!” Of course if you are a progressive intellectual you instantly recognize the irony, comedy, and nuance. -Peter Bella
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Until just recently, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the semi-prestigious flagship school of the state’s college system, employed James Kilgore, an adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning, a felon and a former member of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army. The Symbionese Liberation Army was the notorious terrorist organization that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The group also attempted two bank robberies. Kilgore participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was murdered.
At least a dozen former members of domestic terrorist organizations are now college professors. Members of the Weather Underground make up half of this list... Other lesser-known members of the group include Howard Machtinger, who was charged with conspiring to bomb the Detroit Police Officers Association Building and was on the run from the law for five years from 1973 to 1978. Machtinger now works for the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Another Weatherman alumni, Mark Naison, has been a professor at Fordham University for 43 years... Eleanor Raskin was also involved in the 1968 Columbia University occupation by SDS. She continued to work with the Weather Underground throughout the 1960s and 1970s; eventually her home was raided in 1979 and bomb-making materials were discovered there... She began to teach at the State University of New York in Albany and then later at Albany Law School... Jamal Joseph did several other stints in prison due to his association with the Black Panthers. He is now a professor at Columbia University... Ericka Huggins was the founder of the New Haven Black Panthers during the New Haven Black Panther trials of 1969, during which time the Black Panthers of New Haven were on trial, facing several charges including felony murder of nineteen-year-old Alex Rackley. According to court testimony Huggins was present and assisted in torturing Rackley. Ericka Huggins is presently a professor at Laney & Berkeley City College and has been an invited lecturer at Stanford and Cornell. Distinguished Professor Emerita from University of California, Santa Cruz, Angela Davis... had purchased a shotgun two days before it was used in a hostage situation, which left six people dead. She would later be acquitted and run for Vice President in 1980 and 1984 under the Communist Party USA ticket... Former Black Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard was convicted on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in 1968, after he took place in a shootout with Oakland Police. He is currently a visiting instructor at the University of New Mexico. -Ryan James Girdusky, guest blogger The Other McCain
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Convicted leftist terrorist Susan Rosenberg must be counted among the unlikeliest candidates ever to be awarded a university teaching post. Just four years ago Rosenberg was serving out the 16th year of a 58-year sentence for the possession of more than 700 pounds of explosives and a stockpile of illicit weapons. Moreover, the onetime member of a leftist terrorist outfit called “The Family” was also a suspect in a 1981 robbery-gone-awry that left three people dead in Nyack, New York. However, next January students at Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school in upstate New York, will know Susan Rosenberg, not as a terrorist, but as a professor. ... Upon her arrest in 1984, for instance, a New York Times report quoted an unrepentant Rosenberg, who exclaimed, “We’re caught, but we’re not defeated. Long live the armed struggle!” -Jacob Laksin
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The guy on the video below is Larry Grathwol who became a member of the Weather Underground as an undercover operative for law enforcement. He reveals details of their plans to take over the government, set up re-education camps, and “eliminate” an estimated 25 million that would not be able to be re-educated.
Given her past as an FBI Most Wanted List long-timer, Dohrn couldn’t practice law and had never held a teaching position, but that didn’t stop Northwestern from hiring her to run what developed into a high-profile national clinical project in juvenile justice.
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Weather Underground member Mark Rudd, reminiscing in 2005 about the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, said: "On the morning of March 6, 1970, three of my comrades were building pipe bombs packed with dynamite and nails, destined for a dance of non-commissioned officers and their dates at Fort Dix, N.J., that night." ... Mark Rudd, now a teacher of mathematics at Central New Mexico Community College, has said he has "mixed feelings" and feelings of "guilt and shame."... In 2009 Mark Rudd was listed as a signer of the Progressives for Obama website.
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Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned. Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.” ... “It’s easy to forget that violence is never the answer. Nine children grew up without their dads because of her actions,” said Hanchar, whose uncle O’Grady was shot with automatic weapons.
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Bernardine Dohrn is reaching a milestone this year: at the age of 71, she'll be retiring in August from her long career as professor, advocate, director and founder of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University. But Dohrn, of course, also made a mark on the national and Chicago stages in her younger days, as leader of the radical group the Weather Underground.
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• Director, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern School of Law
• Associate Professor, University of Chicago
• Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Criminal Justice
• Visiting Law Faculty, Vrieje University, Amsterdam
• Visiting Law Faculty, Leiden University, Netherlands
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Because I, as well as my Mother, and my Brother, and my Sister can tell you that still after 31 years has passed, there is not a day that goes by that we don't miss him, that we don't think of him, that we don't wish that he could be back here with us. He never got to meet my wife or dance at my wedding. Instead, on our wedding day, I along with my bride, visited his grave. He never got to kiss his wife, the love of his life, goodbye. He never got the opportunity to hold his grandchildren. There are so many things that we never got to share with him and never will. On that fateful day our entire worlds were taken from us by Kathy Boudin and the other members of the Weather Underground. -Jesse Watters