Posted by Curt on 12 May, 2013 at 6:00 am. 1 comment.


Mike Adams @ The Blaze:

Most people who read my weekly column remember how I got into the business of criticizing higher education. It began with a controversy that started in the wake of 9/11 when an anti-American student sent me an email blaming the US for the attack on the World Trade Center. When I sent an email response calling her ideas “bigoted” and “unintelligent” and “immature,” her mother, a college administrator, spearheaded an effort to have my email account searched in order to find evidence to charge me with “libel” and bring me before the campus judiciary.

Of course, there was no need for such a controversy to have occurred. I was simply expressing core political beliefs shared by most Americans. Nonetheless, the Marxist administrator/mother simply could not understand how anyone could criticize the idea – a truism in her view – that America was evil and deserved to be attacked. This view has long been common on American college campuses.

About a year after that controversy, a close friend of mine decided to change careers and enroll in a Master’s program. At her first social gathering among fellow graduate students, one of her new professors casually mentioned the fact that he used to be a member the Weather Underground. It was the first time I heard about the group that would become so widely known during the 2008 presidential race. The fact that the professor so casually revealed his affiliation with a domestic terrorist organization was intriguing. Was he merely unashamed or was it actually a badge of honor?

Academic indifference toward anti-American terrorism was at the forefront of the biggest story I have covered in my career of critiquing higher education. The story revolved around Julio Pino, an associate professor of history at Kent State University. In 2006, Pino was connected with a terrorist website called the “global war” blog. Professors at Kent State previously knew about the connection and did nothing. Pino’s activities eventually became nationally known – but only after bloggers brought him to my attention by sending me links to his writings.

When I first saw the links, I was shocked. Under a pseudonym, Pino had posted bomb making instructions. With them, he also posted exhortations to use the bombs to murder American troops. After reading the posts, I needed specific evidence proving that Pino was indeed the person who was responsible for writing them. The Kent State student newspaper had already published Pino’s writings praising Palestinian suicide bombers. I hoped and strongly suspected that he had been careless enough to tell other professors about his other blog writings.

Thankfully, Pino had indeed told his boss, John Jameson, that he was writing for the terrorist website. When Jameson admitted it to a local reporter we had our man. I ran a column exposing Pino. Drudge soon picked up the story and, before long, I got an invitation to go on Fox News to confront Pino on air. Kent State administrators just hid under their desks and waited for the storm to pass. But it did not.

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