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Domestic Terrorists Teaching At Colleges?

Posted on | May 8, 2013 | 31 Comments

Guest Blog by Ryan James Girdusky

Controversy ensued when the news broke that Kathy Boudin, former member of the Weather Underground who was convicted in 1984 of felony murder, received the position of adjunct professor at Columbia University.  While it may be ironic that Boudin received a teaching position at a university she was plotted to bomb, she is not the only former domestic terrorist to receive such a position.

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; some are well known, like Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers is now retired from the University of Illinois, while Dohrn is still teaching at Northwestern Law.

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.  His time in the Weatherman was brief; he was a part of SDS and was part of the Columbia University occupation in 1967 and 1968.  He was arrested for those protests as well as for a bar fight in 1969.  Naison left the Weatherman after his last arrest, for fear he was putting his life in danger.

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.  In 1981 she was arrested and prosecuted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. She began to teach at the State University of New York in Albany and then later at Albany Law School.  She currently is an administrative law judge.

After seven years in hiding from the law due to his activities in the Weatherman, Mark Rudd, former spokesman for students in the Columbia student revolt of 1969,  avoided a long prison sentence due to a technicality and served less than a year in prison.  He is now retired but spent a long career as a math instructor at the Central New Mexico Community College.  He still, however, travels around the country in support of different chapters of the Students for a Democratic Society.

Other radical groups from the 1960s and 1970s besides the Weatherman saw their former radical members enter the university system.  Jamal Joseph, formerly Eddie Joseph, was a member of the Panther 21, a group of Black Panthers who were arrested for conspiring to blow up railroad lines, department stores and the Botanical Gardens.  While the Panther 21 were found not guilty, Joseph did several other stints in prison due to his association with the Black Panthers.  He is now a professor at Columbia University.

Fellow Black Panther member 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 Rockley.  According to court testimony Huggins was present and assisted in torturing Rackley; another Black Panther member, George Sams, implicated Huggins in the call to murder Rackley.  Huggins’ charges were dismissed after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.  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, was never an actual member of the Black Panther Party but had several close ties to the group.  Before becoming a distinguished professor in the History of Consciousness and the Feminist Studies departments, Huggins was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List.  She 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.

Steve Best, philosopher professor from the University of Texas at El Paso, is not an accused terrorist; he is, however, the founder of the Animal Liberation Press Office.  The ALPO acts as the media office for several animal rights groups, including the Animal Liberation Front, which is a domestic terrorist group.  In 2004, the British Home Office told him that they intended to use counter-terrorist measures to prevent him from speaking at an animal rights rally in the UK.

Best was quoted by The Daily Telegraph: “We are not terrorists, but we are a threat. We are a threat both economically and philosophically. Our power is not in the right to vote but the power to stop production. We will break the law and destroy property until we win.” Certainly there are additional members or activists in similar organizations who can be found in colleges or universities across the country.




Ryan James Girdusky writes from New York City. His Web site is, and you can follow him on Twitter @Ryan_JamesG.



31 Responses to “Domestic Terrorists Teaching At Colleges?”

  1. StuVanTine
    May 8th, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    @smitty_one_each Running colleges. A few of them, anyway, I’d wager.

  2. wjjhoge
    May 8th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Domestic Terrorists Teaching At Colleges? #TCOT

  3. DaveO
    May 8th, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    These so-called academics also wrote many of the textbooks used across the 50 states and associated territories of the US of A. They impact K-12 as well as tens of thousands of college students.

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  5. jsn2
    May 8th, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    If I was King I’d pull all gov’t funding from any university that had any of those people on staff. I’d also revoke Bill Ayers’s U.S. citizenship since he seems to hate this country so much. He would be stripped naked, covered in BBQ sauce and dropped by parachute into a village of cannibals in New Guinea.

  6. Mike G.
    May 8th, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    And then there’s this;

    Of course, it’s good satire, but the leftist thought process is there.

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  8. G Joubert
    May 8th, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    They belong at college because they never grew up. Simple as that.

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  10. K-Bob
    May 9th, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    Make it extra hot BBQ sauce, and you’ve got a deal. Provided you cover him in it as far in advance of dropping him as possible. In fact, it’s probably best to immerse him for transport.

  11. K-Bob
    May 9th, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    If by “belong” you mean “can’t find any other place in society where they can survive” then I agree, totally.

  12. Rob Crawford
    May 9th, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    What do you have against the cannibals of New Guinea? They finally got rid of kuru; who knows what horrible brain diseases this pack carries.

    Now, slather them in BBQ sauce and lay them out between two fire ant nests.

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    May 9th, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Of course they are Domestic Terrorists and communists. They were the First Wave of Communist Subversion Teachers Again American Justice. They showed that their communist propaganda was easy to LIE about to the American People, which showed the democrap-communists that it would be easy to LIE about the islamic communist puppet’s back ground and false identities and hidden papers.

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  18. Cube
    May 9th, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    There is a “Good Moral Character” clause in the requirements for a teaching certificate in my state. I’m not sure what it actually means in bureaucrat-speak but it’s a sick joke.

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  21. TMO
    May 9th, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Most, if not all, were silver-spoon brats from the sixties. They have their inheritances but still want more. They got their $’s from capitalism but hate capitalism – dishonest to their core.

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    May 10th, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I was raised in the 60s and hated them then and I hate them now. Go to TheBlaze/TheProject and watch the two-part mini-series on what is destroying us.

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  27. Herman
    May 12th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    The Vietnam War was evil. It was all about America trying to keep the Vietnamese people enslaved to the French. When the French left, we propped up different dictators in South Vietnam. The best thing that ever happened to Vietnam was when the Americans left and they could form their own nation without outside invaders. — In America, a few brave people protested the Vietnam War. Some went so far as to organize and use violence to fight the war. I don’t support violence, but recognize the strength of their convictions. — Imagine if George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were teaching at schools or colleges 25 years after they lost the American Revolution. Would that be an outrage, or could you recognize them for their knowledge, experience and strong convictions to fight oppression?

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  29. Laihendi
    May 14th, 2013 @ 1:03 am

    violent socialism being taught by violent socialist terrorists. this actually isn’t surprising.

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