The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tue, 22 October 2002 -- 6:60 (#708)
Oct 22, 2002 09:35 PDT
The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tuesday, 22 October 2002
Vol. 6, Number 60 (#708)
01) Anti Nazi League, "Stop the Nazi National Front"
Police Bust Fascist Murder/Drug Gang:
02) AP, "40 Alleged White Supremacists Indicted," 17 Oct 02
03) U.S. Department of Justice, "Defendants In Aryan Brotherhood
R.I.C.O. Indictment," 17 Oct 02 (indictment unsealed)
Rightwing Political Correctness In Religion:
04) Karen Tumulty (Time Magazine), "Jesus and the FDA." 5 Oct 02
05) M. Chhaya (India Abroad), "Doctor claims pressure to ratify Teresa's
'miracle'," 19 Oct 02
Rightwing Political Correctness On Campus:
06) John Sugg (Creative Loafing Atlanta), "Thought crime on campus:
They're coming to take the professors away," 2 Oct 02
07) Bill Berkowitz (Working For Change), "David Horowitz's campus
cleansing: Former sixties radical launches 'National Campaign to
Take Back Our Campuses'," 7 Oct 02
01) Stop the Nazi Natinal Front
Anti Nazi League
12pm, Saturday 26 October, Oldham
The Nazi National Front is threatening once again to come to Oldham. They
want to cause violence and to whip up race hatred by marching through the
two on Saturday 26 October.
The Nazis want "all mosques in the area to close down".Ordinary people must
unite to tell the Nazis that they are not wanted here!
Nobody can forget the terror caused by the Nazis in Oldham last year. Thugs
from the NF, C18 and BNP terrorised Asian communities and rampaged through
The vast majority of people in Oldham voted against the Nazis in local
elections last May. However there is no room for complacency. Now we have
to sweep them off our streets. We cannot live in fear. We will not walk the
streets intimidated by Nazi thugs.
Terry Blackham, the NF's leader, has over 20 convictions for violence and
was sentenced to four and a half years for gun running when he was caught
with machine guns and a grenade launcher boarding a ferry to Northern
The Nazis want to destroy our multiracial and multicultural society. They
are exploiting democracy in order to destroy it. Let's send them a clear
message. A mass show of strength can send them packing and warn them of the
local opposition they will continue to face in Oldham.
-- ASSEMBLE 12 noon, Saturday 26 October
-- Yorkshire St, outside Spindles shopping centre in Oldham town centre
POLICE BUST FASCIST MURDER/DRUG GANG:
02) 40 Alleged White Supremacists Indicted
17 Oct 02
LOS ANGELES -- Forty alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white
supremacist prison-based gang, have been indicted on racketeering charges
stemming from a series of violent crimes that included 16 murders,
officials said Thursday.
Thirty defendants are in prisons around the country for other offenses.
Eight other defendants were arrested Thursday while two remain at large,
said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.
The 10-count indictment was handed down Aug. 28 and unsealed Thursday. The
indictment alleges that members of the Aryan Brotherhood killed or
attempted to kill people to control drug trafficking, gambling and
extortion in the federal and California state prison systems, Mrozek said.
The gang, which was founded by white inmates in 1964, has a reputation for
assaulting or killing anyone considered a threat to the organization,
including those who acted as informants for law enforcement, Mrozek said.
In addition to the arrests, officials executed 80 search warrants at
residences, offices and prison cells in California, Louisiana, Illinois,
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington,
Nebraska, Connecticut and New York.
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03) Defendants In Aryan Brotherhood R.I.C.O. Indictment
U.S. Department of Justice
17 Oct 02 (indictment unsealed)
Barry Byron Mills, 54, of Santa Rosa, a member of the Federal Commission
who is currently incarcerated at the federal maximum security penitentiary
in Florence, Colorado on murder charges. Mills, in conjunction with Tyler
Bingham, is alleged to make all major decisions involving the criminal
activities of the federal faction of the Aryan Brotherhood. Mills is
accused of personally committing one murder for the AB and is eligible for
the death penalty.
Tyler Davis Bingham, 55, of Sacramento, another member of the Federal
Commission, who is incarcerated in the federal maximum security facility in
Florence for his convictions on robbery and drug charges. Bingham allegedly
has ordered murders of and assaults on Aryan Brotherhood enemies and
dropouts. He potentially faces the death penalty.
John William Stinson, 48, of Long Beach, a member of the California
Commission who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay state prison in Crescent
City, California, on a murder conviction. Stinson, in conjunction with
Richard Terflinger Robert Griff in and David Chance, allegedly makes all
major decisions involving the criminal activities of the California faction
of the Aryan Brotherhood. Stinson allegedly has ordered murders of and
assaults on Aryan Brotherhood enemies and dropouts. He could be sentenced
Richard Lloyd Terflinger, 55, of Los Angeles, another member of the
California Commission who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay on murder charges.
He is eligible for the death penalty.
Robert Lee Griffin, 54, of Orange County, a founding member of the
California Commission who is also incarcerated at Pelican Bay on murder
charges. AIthough he is no longer on the Commission, Griffin maintains
great influence within the AB. He is eligible for the death penalty.
Ronald Boyd Slocum, 56, a Chino, California resident w ho, as a member of
both the Federal and California Councils, relays information between the
commissioners of the federal and California factions of the AB. Recently
released AB members and associates are ordered to contact Slocum, who
provides them with instructions to perform tasks for the Aryan Brotherhood.
He is alleged to have participated in murders for the Aryan Brotherhood and
is eligible for the death penalty.
David Allen Chance, 45, of Los Angeles, a member of the California
Commission who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay on murder and robbery
charges. He could receive the death penalty.
Michael Patrick McElhiney, 4 5 , of Sacramento, a member of the Federal
Council who is incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary at Marion,
Illinois on weapons offenses. McElhiney, in conjunction with David
Sahakian, is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Aryan
Brotherhood at USP Marion. McElhiney and Sahakian allegedly previously
controlled narcotics trafficking at the United States Penitentiary at
Leavenworth, Kansas. McElhiney is eligible for the death penalty.
David Michael Sahakian, 4 6, of Fresno, California, a member of the Federal
Council who is incarcerated at USP Marion after being convicted of
manslaughter, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He
could be sentenced to death.
Cleo Roy, 41, of New Hampshire, a member of the Federal Council who is
incarcerated in the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord on murder
charges. While at USP Marion, Roy allegedly murdered an AB member who had
run afoul of the organization.
Glenn Richard Filkins, 43, of Maywood, California, a member of the Federal
Council who is incarcerated at the maximum security facility in Florence on
bank robbery and murder charges. Filkins is accused of murdering a member
of the AB's federal faction who had violated the rules of the organization.
Steve Loren Scott, 51, of Los Angeles, a member of the Federal Council who
is incarcerated at the United States Medical Center at Springfield,
Missouri for his conviction of bank robbery charges, as well as for being a
felon in possession of a firearm. Scot t allegedly was involved in at least
two attempted murders of perceived AB enemies. He is eligible for the death
Wayne Bridgewater, 50, of Seattle, a member of the Federal Council who is
incarcerated at the maximum security penitentiary in Florence on bank
robbery charges. Bridgewater allegedly was involved in a conspiracy to
murder and the subsequent murder of two black inmates as part of an AB race
Steven William Hicklin, 50, of Sacramento, a member of the federal faction
of the Aryan Brotherhood who is incarcerated at the maximum security
facility in Florence on charges of bank robbery. He is eligible for the
Christopher Overton Gibson, 43, a member of the Federal Council who
incarcerated at the maximum security facility in Florence on charges of
attempted murder. He could be sentenced to death.
Michael Bruce Shepherd, 45, of San Leandro, California, a member of the
California faction of the Aryan Brotherhood who is incarcerated in the San
Joaquin County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Edward Tyler Burnett, 52, of Long Beach, a member of the California faction
of the Aryan Brotherhood who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay on murder
charges. He is eligible forthe death penalty.
Edgar Wesley Hevle, 51, of Fresno, California, a former member of the
Federal Commission w ho is incarcerated at the maximum security federal
penitentiary in Florence on charges of murder. He could receive the death
Mark Alan Nyquist, 46, of Sacramento, California, a member of both the
California and federal factions of the AB who is incarcerated in Sacramento
County jail on charges of assault. He allegedly was in charge of narcotics
trafficking for the AB at USP Leavenworth.
John Henry Harper, 49, of Ventura, California, a California and federal
Aryan Brotherhood member who is incarcerated in the California State Prison
Glen Alan West, 48, of West Monroe, Louisiana, a former member of the
Federal Council who is accused of being involved in the murder of an AB
member who violated the rules of the organization.
Gary Joe Littrell, 40, of Bakersfield, California a California AB member
who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay on manslaughter charges, is accused of
murdering an Aryan Brotherhood member who had failed to carry out an order.
He is eligible for the death penalty.
Elliott Scott Grizzle, 31, of San Luis Obispo, California, a California AB
member who is incarcerated at Pelican Bay on murder charges, is accused of
assisting in the murder of an AB member who had failed to follow an order.
He could receive the death penalty.
Thomas Leroy Hampton, 34, of Lakewood, California, a California A B member
who is incarcerated in the California state prison system on charges of
violating his parole.
John Stanley Campbell Jr., 57, of Iowa, a federal AB member who is
incarcerated at the maximum security federal facility in Florence on
charges of bank robbery. He is accused of participating in three murders
for the Aryan Brotherhood. He is eligible for the death penalty.
Jesse Antonio Van Meter, 36, of Palm City, Florida, a federal AB member who
is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to murder black inmates and of
attempted murder. He could receive the death penalty.
Donald Edward Kennedy, 52, of Michigan, an associate of the AB who is
incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary at Atlanta on kidnapping
charges and is accused of murdering an AB member who had failed to follow
the organization's rules.
Richard Scott McIntosh, 40, of Indiana, a federal AB member who is
incarcerated at USP Marion on bank robbery charges and is accused of
murdering a black inmate as part of an Aryan Brotherhood race war. He is
eligible for the death penalty.
Carl Edgar Knorr Jr., 39, of Pennsylvania, an AB associate who is
incarcerated at USP Marion on bank robbery charges and is accused
murdering a black inmate as part of an Aryan Brotherhood race war. He is
eligible for the death penalty.
Jason Lee Schwyhart, 29, of Green River, Arkansas, a federal AB member
another Marion inmate who allegedly took part in the murders of two black
inmates as part of an Aryan Brotherhood race war. He could receive the
death penalty. Schwyhart is a fugitive.
Henry Michael Houston, 42, of Los Angeles, a federal AB member who is
incarcerated at the maximum security facility in Florence on drug charges
and is accused of participating in the murders of two black inmates as part
of an Aryan Brotherhood race war. He is eligible for the death penalty.
Manuel Larry Jackson, 3 9, of Los Angeles, an alleged member of the Mexican
Mafia prison gang and an associate of the AB who is incarcerated at
Florence on bank robbery charges. He is accused of attempting to murder an
Rafael Gonzalez-Munoz Jr., 3 1, of Los Angeles, an alleged member of the
Mexican Mafia prison gang and an associate of the AB who is incarcerated in
a California prison on drug charges. He is accused of taking part in the
attempted murder of a member of a rival organization.
Debra Lee Stinson, 50, the wife of John Stinson, of Garden Grove,
California, w ho is accused of relaying information to and from AB leaders.
Joanne Louise Guthrie, 49, of Palm Springs, California, an associate of the
AB, who allegedly relayed information to several members of the AB.
Sean Matthew Darcy, 49, of Carmichael, California, an associate of the gang
accused of relaying information and distributing drug proceeds for the AB.
Marty Laine Foakes, 51, of Rodeo, California, an AB associate accused of
relaying information for the AB.
Lee Ann Martin, 42, of Brisbane, California, an AB associate accused of
relaying information for the AB.
Brenda Jo Riley, 41, of San Diego, an AB associate accused of relaying
information for the AB.
Joseph Principe, 41, of Colorado, a former correctional officer for the
U.S. Bureau of Prisons and an Aryan Brotherhood associate, who is
incarcerated at the Colorado State Prison in Canon City on charges of
kidnaping and assault.
RIGHTWING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN RELIGION
04) Jesus and the FDA
Karen Tumulty (Time Magazine)
5 Oct 02
A quiet battle is raging over the Bush Administration's plan to appoint a
scantily credentialed doctor, whose writings include a book titled As Jesus
Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now, to head an influential Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) panel on women's health policy. Sources tell
Time that the agency's choice for the advisory panel is Dr. W. David Hager,
an obstetrician-gynecologist who also wrote, with his wife Linda, Stress
and the Woman's Body, which puts "an emphasis on the restorative power of
Jesus Christ in one's life" and recommends specific Scripture readings and
prayers for such ailments as headaches and premenstrual syndrome. Though
his resume describes Hager as a University of Kentucky professor, a
university official says Hager's appointment is part time and voluntary and
involves working with interns at Lexington's Central Baptist Hospital, not
the university itself. In his private practice, two sources familiar with
it say, Hager refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. Hager
did not return several calls for comment.
FDA advisory panels often have near-final say over crucial health
questions. If Hager becomes chairman of the 11-member Reproductive Health
Drugs Advisory Committee, he will lead its study of hormone-replacement
therapy for menopausal women, one of the biggest controversies in health
care. Some conservatives are trying to use doubts about such therapy to
discredit the use of birth-control pills, which contain similar compounds.
The panel also made the key recommendation in 1996 that led to approval of
the "abortion pill," RU-486—a decision that abortion foes are still
fighting. Hager assisted the Christian Medical Association last August in a
"citizens' petition" calling upon the FDA to reverse itself on RU-486,
saying it has endangered the lives and health of women.
Hager was chosen for the post by FDA senior associate commissioner Linda
Arey Skladany, a former drug-industry lobbyist with longstanding ties to
the Bush family. Skladany rejected at least two nominees proposed by FDA
staff members: Donald R. Mattison, former dean of the University of
Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and Michael F. Greene, director of
maternal- fetal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Despite
pressure from inside the FDA to make the appointment temporary, sources
say, Skladany has insisted that Hager get a full four-year term. FDA
spokesman Bill Pierce called Hager "well qualified."
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05) Doctor claims pressure to ratify Teresa's 'miracle'
M. Chhaya (India Abroad)
19 Oct 02
Kolkata, INDIA -- A doctor who treated Monica Besra, the tribal woman whom
Mother Teresa is believed to have miraculously cured, has alleged that some
persons claiming to represent the Roman Catholic Church and the
Missionaries of Charity are trying to pressurise him to pass off the case
as an inexplicable medical phenomenon.
Dr Manzur Murshed, superintendent of the Balurghat Hospital in South
Dinajpur district of West Bengal, said, "They want us to say Monica Besra's
recovery was a miracle and beyond the comprehension of medical science."
According to Dr Murshed, in 1998 Besra received nine months of anti-
tubercular treatment for her abdominal tumour and was cured.
The Vatican's Congregation for Causes of Saints has accepted that Besra was
cured after praying to Mother Teresa and wearing a medallion with her
photograph. This has paved the way for Mother Teresa's beatification, which
is one step closer to sainthood.
But the objections by the doctors who treated Besra and Indian rationalists
have blotched the entire beatification process.
Dr Murshed said, "The Missionaries of Charity and the local church [of
Raigunj] have been inviting me and the other doctors to their functions to
ensure that we say Besra was cured by a miracle."
The doctors maintain that Besra was suffering from tubercular meningitis
and had developed an ovarian tumour. Several pathological tests and an
ultrasonography had revealed the tumour inside her.
"We advised her a prolonged anti-tubercular treatment, which she followed
and was cured," said Tapan Biswas, another doctor who was part of the team
that treated Besra.
Dr Biswas added, "With all due respect to Mother Teresa, there should not
be any talk of a miracle by her."
Besra's husband Sekhu Murmu told reporters that he believed his wife had
been cured by medication and not by a miracle. He is actually peeved with
all the publicity his wife has been receiving.
The controversy has forced even experts on canonisation laws to call for a
review of the supposed miracle. Salesian priest Father A C Jose, considered
an authority on canonisation laws, has said the miracle should be re-
examined to remove any doubts about the authenticity of the sainthood
Mother Teresa is the fourteenth person from India to be considered for
sainthood. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on
August 26, 1910. She came to Calcutta, now Kolkata, on January 6, 1929. Her
life was transformed after hearing a 'call' to serve the ailing humanity
while on her way to Darjeeling on September 10, 1946.
She founded the order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1949, a year after
which it received the Church's approval.
She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died on September 5, 1997,
in Kolkata, at the age of 87. Kings, queens, heads of states, and
international leaders attended her funeral.
RIGHTWING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ON CAMPUS:
06) Thought crime on campus: They're coming to take the professors away
John Sugg (Creative Loafing Atlanta)
2 Oct 02
"What did you learn in school today
dear little child of mine?
I learned our government must be strong
It's always right and never wrong ..."
-- Tom Paxton, folk singer
It's too bad more people didn't pay attention to a forum last week. At
Emory University, a score or so scholars gathered to talk about something
called "academic freedom." More precisely, the topic was "Academic Freedom
in a Time of War" -- but we'll get to "a Time of War" bit in a minute.
In dispassionate tones befitting a university, a half-dozen of Emory's
finest expressed fears that their work was being manipulated and censored.
While some examples were esoteric for most audiences -- the influence of
Hindus in programs studying the religion, for example -- others are
Recalling the bleak days in the 1950s, when Sen. Joe McCarthy's acolytes
required university professors to sign loyalty oaths and teach only
patriotic versions of reality, Emory professor Shalom Goldman noted that it
wasn't just politics that caught the inquisitors' eyes. The entire English
department at Ohio State University was fired for being insufficiently pro-
"More than 800 faculty members nationwide were forced out of jobs," Goldman
said. The real toll was much higher. Thousands of professors quietly left
the ivory tower rather than defend their politics -- or, as happened in
Florida and elsewhere where homophobia combined with anti-intellectualism,
their sexual preferences. Even more thousands were frightened into silence.
That college dons felt compelled to fret over their own freedom says a lot
about the state of the nation. The additional fact that no one seems to
much care about what promises to be a revival of McCarthy-style witch hunts
on campus is chilling commentary.
Fear and ignorance are the powerful tools of the would-be enforcers. The
public is buffaloed by the alarmist rhetoric. (Are we at Alert Status
Orange or Yellow today?) A recent survey by the Freedom Foundation reported
that 41 percent of the respondents would place limits on the academic
freedom of professors and ban press criticism of the military. (You could
hear the Bushies, the neocons and the chickenhawks all yell, "Yippee.")
Last month, the blitzkrieg (and that word was chosen precisely for its Nazi
allusion) against academia roared into high gear. Daniel Pipes, one of
America's most notorious Arab-haters and Islamophobes (qualities held in
high esteem in Washington these days), launched a website, www.campus-
watch.org, that solicits students to spy on their teachers. Campus-
watch.org kicked off its pogrom with "dossiers" on eight professors and 14
colleges that the self-appointed heresy-finders found apostate.
This follows a similar onslaught earlier this year, when Republican
ideologue William Bennett demanded the rousting out of impure thought from
campuses. In an article titled "Maddening Deeds at U.S. Universities," he
declared that "the condition of moral clarity at our universities is murky,
at best. We should not be neutral about our country."
What constitutes correct thinking, according to mullahs such as Pipes and
Bennett, is rigid support of a right-wing agenda that embraces the war
policies of both America and Israel.
Pipes is best known for his strident and often racist denunciations of
Arabs and Islam. In an effort to divide Americans -- one that if you
inserted "blacks" for "Muslims" and "whites" for "Jews," would be
vigorously damned as KKK-speech -- he told the American Jewish Congress a
year ago that he worries "the presence and increased stature, and
affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims ... will present true
dangers to American Jews."
I contacted Pipes, and he not only confirmed his quote but, incredibly,
added: "It is accurate in itself but you must note that this was spoken to
a Jewish audience. I make the same point respectively to audiences of
women, gays, civil libertarians, Hindus, Evangelical Christians, atheists,
and scholars of Islam, among others, all of whom face 'true dangers' as the
number of Muslims increases."
Pipes' latest offensive goes much wider. He takes aim at some of America's
leading experts on the Middle East, such as Georgetown University's John
Esposito, generally considered one of the world's foremost thinkers on the
relationship of Islam and the West.
Pipes has met with solid resistance. Scores of professors have condemned
his smear effort and demanded to be put on his list of thought-crime
Ironically, what Pipes is trying to silence in America -- criticism of
Israeli and American policies -- is readily available in media in Israel
and the rest of the world. A statement signed this month by scores of
Israeli intellectuals, the overwhelming majority of them Jewish, contends:
"We, members of Israeli academe, are horrified by U.S. buildup of
aggression toward Iraq and by the Israeli political leadership's
enthusiastic support for it. We are deeply worried by indications that the
'fog of war' could be exploited by the Israeli government to commit further
crimes against the Palestinian people, up to full-fledged ethnic
No doubt that many people reject such opinions. And, many (including me)
embrace them. My point is that in America, they are not debated because the
press fears being called unpatriotic, and thus allows the intimidating fear
tactics of people such as Pipes.
Emory's Goldman notes that the Middle East "experts" on the tube "are the
ones who couldn't get tenure. There are 1,200 members (of the academic
association of Middle East scholars) and 450 of those are specialists on
the modern Middle East. But none are on TV."
Rigid pro-Americanism is the other theme. Of course, America's finest
tradition, dissent, is steadfastly ignored by the pure-in-mind. Bennett
cheerleader David Horowitz, a former lefty journalist who took a guilt-
ridden turn to the ultra right, said last month of campus peace activists:
"There is no such thing as an anti-war movement in a country that's under
attack. There is only a movement of America haters who want to abet and
comfort our enemies."
That theme is a GOP favorite -- the slimey attack on war critics as
"I learned that everybody's free
That's what the teacher said to me ..."
-- Tom Paxton
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07) David Horowitz's campus cleansing: Former sixties radical launches
'National Campaign to Take Back Our Campuses'
Bill Berkowitz (Working For Change)
7 Oct 02
You can't say "he's baaaack"... because he hasn't gone away. He's a
(virtual) bomb thrower who pays little attention to casualties or
collateral damage. His campaigns, as numerous as they are notorious, are
long on launch and short on staying power. If his latest effort was a CD,
it might be called the "Greatest Hits" album as he returns time and time
again to one of his favorite targets -- campus "radicals." Over the past
few years, David Horowitz has made a number of appearances on college
campuses. And he doesn't like what he's been seeing. These visits have
triggered the launching of the National Campaign to Take Back Our Campuses.
In a new booklet titled "Political Bias in America's Universities,"
Horowitz describes "what's wrong in academics today," and the "steps you
and I can take to restore sanity to our colleges and universities."
Taking issue with "leftist professors" who question President Bush's "war
on terrorism" and "liberal bias" on campus is nothing new for this former
sixties radical turned right-winger. This time around, what's unique is
Horowitz's intention to involve alumni and legislators -- the people, he
says, control the purse strings at America's universities.
While the campaign is framed around silencing "blame America" academics,
there is another, albeit larger agenda. It includes the future of
collective bargaining on campuses, the nature of tenure, academic standards
and curricula selection, government funding for university projects -- in
short, the way universities are organized and governed.
Horowitz's latest academic assault
At his FrontPage website, Horowitz explained the reasons for his new
campus-focused campaign: Since the mid-1960s, he writes, "the left made a
concerted effort to take over our colleges and universities. The turmoil
surrounding the Viet Nam war made our schools ripe for leftist pickings...
As they've taken control, they've trampled free speech, virtually banished
conservative professors, and turned our schools into little more than huge
megaphones for anti-American rhetoric from coast to coast. Today you can do
or say anything you want on our campuses -- provided it's laced with
negative sentiment about our nation, our Bill of Rights, our Constitution,
Horowitz's plan calls for a "four-pronged information assault" which will:
1) "Investigate and expose the hiring practices and tenure selection
criteria used at universities and colleges... A pattern of discrimination
against conservatives is becoming more and more evident, and I'm going to
make sure the American public knows about it.
2) "Publish and distribute 300,000 copies of my new booklet, 'Political
Bias in America's Universities,' onto campuses in every state... This
booklet is a powerful weapon in our fight to get the truth out to leaders,
alumni and legislators!
3) "Conduct a NATIONAL SURVEY ON THE STATE OF AMERICA'S UNIVERSITIES, then
compile and publish the results on our powerhouse Web magazine, FrontPage."
Horowitz intends to "send the results to two groups that hold real power
over our schools: school alumni and state legislators! Alumni associations
hold the purse strings to the largest private contributions colleges
receive. And state legislators hold the biggest financial bag -- your tax
4) "Continue to travel onto campuses and deliver the truth about America,
about the conservative principles this country was founded upon and the
remarkable society shaped by those principles."
Horowitz claims he needs $325,500 to "enable us to build upon our success
and fully fund the National Campaign to Take Back our Campuses." Before you
rush to write a check, understand that between 1991 and 2001, according to
Media Transparency, a website focusing on the money behind right-wing
politics, Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC)
received more than $10.2 million in support from conservative foundations.
(According to the Center's 2000 tax return, from 1996 through 1999 the
Center received nearly four times the amount of money from contributions
and grants -- $8.7 million -- than from services performed, $2.2 million.
Horowitz himself received $253,000 in compensation for 1999.)
Refresher: David Horowitz, and his writing partner Peter Collier, were
well-known lefties in the 60s. Horowitz was a Black Panther supporter and
editor of Ramparts magazine, the premier left-wing publication of the
period. He and Collier, co-founder of the CSPC, came out as Reagan
Republicans in a highly controversial 1985 Washington Post article called
"Lefties for Reagan." Since then, Horowitz has blended Dr. Laura-like
pomposity with an extraordinary ability to fund raise and self-promote.
Horowitz's Take Back Our College Campuses campaign will no doubt be part of
the agenda at the Center for the Study of Popular Culture's upcoming
Restoration Weekend scheduled for early November in Palm Beach, Florida.
The list of confirmed speakers qualifies as a who's who on the Right and
includes congressional representatives, conservative media personalities,
former CIA Director, James Woolsey, terrorism expert Steven Emerson, The
Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, and everyone's favorite best-selling
author, Ann Coulter.
Most of David Horowitz's so-called organizing campaigns are not drawn from
Alinsky 101. They don't have to be. Run out of the Los Angeles offices of
the multi-million dollar CSPC, they aren't geared towards and aren't
dependent upon mobilizing large numbers of people. They often consist of a
Horowitz campus visit that turns contentious, controversial high-profile
advertisements in college newspapers, a jumble of related pieces at
FrontPage's highly visited website and the splashy release of a campaign-
Over the years, Horowitz has perfected the art of the pre-emptive strike --
rhetorical drive-bys aimed at the quick hit. He nabs a few mainstream
press headlines, attains the attention of the conservative media, delights
his right-wing financial base and moves on to his next target. If he can
bring veteran academic activist Lynne Cheney, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and
William Bennett on board, this new campaign could have a great deal more
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