THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA

An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Volume XIII, Issue # 294, December 23, 2011
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
Government Committed to & Acting in Accord with Conservative Principles
Ensures a Nation's Strength, Progress, & Prosperity
Home Page   Main Menu   Recent Articles   Site Map   Website Index   Issues & Controversies
  Cyberland University   Political Science, Philosophy, & History: Lectures   U.S. Constitution
  American Constitutional Law   American Constitutional System   American Political System
  Conservatism, Liberalism, & Radicalism   How America Goes to War
  World War IV: Islamist Terror War Against the U.S.A. & the West

WILLFUL BLINDNESS TOWARD ISLAMIST TERRORISTS
AT UCLA A DECADE AFTER 9-11
By Judith Greblya

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OF THE FOURTH WORLD WAR:  A DECADE OF THE ISLAMIST TERROR WAR WAGED AGAINST THE U.S.A. & THE WEST -- THE EXISTENCE OF ISLAMIST TERRORISM CALLED INTO QUESTION BY THE SPEAKERS PARTICIPATING IN THE DISCUSSION -- THE SPEAKERS ACTING AS IF THE ISLAMIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, NEVER OCCURRED -- THE EVENTS OF 9-11 WHITEWASHED -- AMERICA BASHED -- COUNTRIES THAT HARBOR ISLAMIST TERRORISTS IGNORED -- THE U.S.A.'S DETENTION PROGRAM ABROAD CALLED INTO QUESTION -- ISLAMIC TERRORISM DESCRIBED AS AN IMAGINARY MONSTER CREATED BY THE WEST IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE WORLD DOMINATION
FULL STORY:   The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Near Eastern Studies hosted a roundtable discussion last month titled, "After a Decade of the 'War on Terror': The Middle East, Human Rights, and American Muslims." Sponsored by the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program, the event featured UCLA Law Professor Asli Bali, University of California, Santa Barbara Sociology Professor Lisa Hajjar, and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Southern California attorney Ahilan Arulanantham. The audience of approximately twenty people was comprised mostly of law and graduate students, along with a few members of the community.

According to the introduction, the speakers were to "examine this decade on the War on Terror in the broader context of the international community," but the two-hour event quickly descended into a forum for America-bashing. All three speakers called the existence of Islamic terrorism into question and, what's worse, behaved as if the attacks of September 11, 2001 never occurred.

Bali of UCLA Law began by framing the discussion around how "the War on Terror has affected the international law community and American Muslims." She argued that the "War on Terror has created a political entrepreneurial class that has benefited from the war" and called the Patriot Act a "violation of the Fourth Amendment" that has played out "quite viciously on the global stage." The U.S.A., Bali maintained, has been allotted extraordinary executive license and now has the "power to detain anyone, even U.S. citizens."

Presenting U.N. Resolution 1373 a counter-terrorism measure passed unanimously on September 28, 2001 to restrict the movement, organization, and fundraising activities of terrorist groups as evidence of America's overarching power, Bali concluded that this "is a case in point of how the U.S.A. has sculpted and shifted the global community to do what they want." With no evidence, she then asserted that the American "and the Israeli government benefit economically from the resolution." In sum, Bali whitewashed the events of 9/11, bashed the U.S.A., and ignored countries that harbor Islamic terrorists.

ACLU attorney Ahilan Arulanantham followed and called America's detention program abroad into question. Urging the U.S.A. to have "some sort of accountability for abusing and torturing humans," Arulanantham limned a portrait of America as a dictatorial state that "secretly detains people abroad." Building on Bali's insinuation that the U.S.A. conducts secret and illegal missions worldwide, he called upon the audience to "look into worldwide cases of people being secretly detained and tortured, some of whom are U.S. citizens." Labeling the U.S.A. "a surveillance industrial complex," Arulanantham advised audience members to obtain a "freedom of information act form in order to acquire information from the government about what is happening on your own campus." Arulanatham's paranoid assertion that the U.S. government, with the assistance of local FBI cells, is secretly "monitoring the lives of students on college campuses" illustrated the level of fear mongering at this event.

Lisa Hajjar of UC, Santa Barbara, focused on what she called "a sociological approach to the War on Terror." She never explained what this analysis would entail, but instead went on a diatribe about the U.S.A. and the Bush/Cheney administration. "Bush and Cheney used targeted killings to torture and kill Muslim Americans," she stated, as well as lamenting the Obama administration's continuance of the same counterterrorism policies. From that point on, her talk focused mostly on prisoners in Bagram, Afghanistan. "It is a human right not to be tortured," she stated, before adding, "The U.S. government and Israel constantly break this rule." Overlooking the human right violated by terrorists on 9/11, Hajjar and her cohorts presumed that Islamic terrorism is an imaginary monster created by the West particularly the U.S.A. and Israel in order to achieve world domination.

Presenting the audience with photographs of inmates allegedly being tortured and humiliated by American guards at the Bagram detention camp and Guantanamo Bay, Hajjar ranted:

    "Dick Cheney, who had neither military experience nor any experience in torture tactics, spearheaded this movement. The CIA has virtually zero experience in torture tactics, but was given great license under Cheney."

She next asserted, inexplicably, that "people only need to torture or kidnap people when they have no concrete evidence." Concluding her slideshow with a photograph of a sleep-deprived Khalil Sheikh Muhammed, the mastermind behind 9/11, Hajjar expressed alarm over how "badly we tortured him." More alarming was Hajjar's sympathy for a man who played a direct role in the slaughter of thousands of innocent people.

The evening concluded with a brief question and answer session wherein audience members echoed the worries of the speakers and asked how to "get involved in the fight against torture." Not one person challenged the speakers.

The event offered nothing new regarding the War on Terror, but rather trite tropes such as America as a "military state," America as the voracious imperial state, and America as a "surveillance industrial complex." These analogies evince a far greater problem in academia, where dissent is only patriotic if aimed at the West. A truly courageous act in such a setting would examine the forbidden topic of Islamic terrorism and the apologetic stance of today's professors.

Please email your concerns and comments to University of California, Los Angeles, Chancellor Gene Bock (chancellor@ucla.edu) and University of California, Santa Barbara, Chancellor Henry T. Yang (henry.yang@chancellor.ucsb.edu).


Originally Published in Front Page Magazine, December 23, 2011.
Reprinted from Campus Watch, December 23, 2011.
Reprinted with Permission of Campus Watch
http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/11947
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/12/23/willful-blindness-toward-terrorists-
at-ucla-a-decade-after-9-11/


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
The Islamist Fifth Column -- America's Internal Enemies:
Disloyalty, Subversion, Sedition, & Treason

Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
Page Three    Page Two    Page One

Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

   Page Two    Page One

Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Judith Greblya wrote this article for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at jgreblya@aol.com.




Return to Top of Page

Go to the WEBSITE INDEX

Return to Beginning of
THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA,
Public Issues & Political Controversies


Return to Beginning of
THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA
Most Recent Articles


Return to Beginning of
THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA,
Volume XIII, 2011


Return to Beginning of
THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA,
Subject Matter Highlights


Return to POLITICAL EDUCATION Homepage

CONTACT & ACCESS INFORMATION




LINKS TO PARTICULAR ISSUES & SUBJECT MATTER CATEGORIES
TREATED IN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, U.S.A.:

Africa: Black Africa * Africa: North Africa * American Government 1
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law * Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * Foreign Policy, U.S.
France * Germany * Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration * Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control


This is not a commercial website. The sole purpose of the website is to share with interested persons information regarding civics, civic and social education, political science, government, politics, law, constitutional law and history, public policy and political philosophy and history, as well as current and recent political developments, public issues, and political controversies.



POLITICAL EDUCATION, CONSERVATIVE ANALYSIS

POLITICS, SOCIETY, & THE SOVEREIGN STATE

Website of Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr.

Government, Politics, Public Policy, Legal Issues, Constitutional Law, Government & the Economy, Cultural Values, Foreign Affairs, International Relations, Military Defense & National Security, Geopolitics, Terrorism & Homeland Security, American National Interests, Political Systems & Processes, Political Institutions, Political Ideologies, & Political Philosophy

INDEX FOR THE ENTIRE WEBSITE

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA

An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis

Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor

Conservative & Free-Market Analysis of Government, Politics & Public Policy, Covering Political, Legal, Constitutional, Economic, Cultural, Military, International, Strategic, & Geopolitical Issues


Conservative Government Ensures a Nation's Strength, Progress, & Prosperity