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Monday, October 1, 2012

Was Eric Holder involved in an 'armed' takeover at Columbia University?

It appears that Eric Holder's account of an incident he was involved in at Columbia University has taken an interesting turn that, if true, should have precluded him from climbing the Government latter in the Department of Justice.

Via Daily Caller:
As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon.

Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” The change, the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”

Black radicals from the same group also occupied the office of Dean of Freshman Henry Coleman until their demands were met. Holder has publicly acknowledged being a part of that action.
While Holder has acknowledged being part of this and other protests, the notion that he participated in an 'armed' takeover should have precluded him from passing a background check - known as a Form 86.

Perhaps this excerpt from the DC might help to explain why he might have passed one:
Though then-Dean Carl Hovde declared the occupation of the Naval ROTC office illegal and said it violated university policy, the college declined to prosecute any of the students involved. This decision may have been made to avoid a repeat of violent Columbia campus confrontations between police and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968.

The ROTC headquarters was ultimately renamed the Malcolm X lounge as the SAAS organization demanded. It later became a hang-out spot for another future U.S. leader, Barack Obama, according to David Maraniss’ best-selling ”Barack Obama: The Story.”
There's no way of knowing how things would have turned out differently had Dean Hovde decided to prosecute the case but if the takeover was 'armed', Holder's life likely would have taken a drastically different turn.

We also see, once again, that the path of least resistance is rarely the advised course of action.

Video: Univision personalizes Fast and Furious deaths in Mexico

Narrated by Jorge Ramos, a Univision report into Operation Fast and Furious focused on the Mexican victims of the U.S. Justice Department's failed gun walking operation. Over the last two plus years, anyone following the details of the scandal would here about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered at the hands of a gun U.S. authorities let walk. To a lesser extent, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata has been mentioned, though the evidence linking his murder directly to Fast and Furious isn't as strong.

But what about the hundreds of murdered Mexicans. Until the Univision report aired on September 30th, they were nameless statistics to many in America. They were identified as victims but not as people, teens, or children with families.

That all changed with the Univision Report.

Via Daily Caller:
The Spanish language television news network Univision unleashed a bombshell investigative report on Operation Fast and Furious Sunday evening, finding that in January 2010 drug cartel hit men slaughtered students with weapons the United States government allowed to flow to them across the Mexican border.

“On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez,” according to a version of the Univision report in English, on the ABC News website.

“Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.”

Citing a Mexican Army document it obtained and published, Univision reported that “[t]hree of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).”

That operation was Fast and Furious.
Again, I ask: Where is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?

Answer: with the Democrats, who have defended Eric Holder at every turn, save for a few that voted to find him in contempt of Congress.

Here is nearly 10 minutes from the one hour long bombshell report from Univision.

Via ABC News:

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