Whether you like Bill O’Reilly or not, he has performed a high mitzvah in outting and insisting that the University of South Florida’s Sami Al-Arian has aided and abetted terrorists in this country and around the world, leading to his arrest today by the FBI for these activities. The arrest of Sami Al-Arian is the tip of the icebery of the terrorist network activity deeply entrenched on college campuses today in the form of pro-terrorist professors being outted by Daniel Pipes at CampusWatch.com and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East spme.org, which demand accountability as a moral turpitude issue for the spreading of mis and disinformation, as well as promoting terror.
These sleeper terrorists disguised in sheepskin robes are coddled by the tenents of academic freedom and laissez-fair administrative policies which breed the spreading of toxic and dangerous mis-and disinformation leading to the the raising of funds and support which contribute to the deaths of innocent civilians.
Al-Arian’s arrogance throughout this entire process is forstered by everything that is wrong with academia…i.e. the lack of enforcement of stringent codes of accountability. The fact is that academics can and do a good bit of whatever they want to do with evils running from shacking up with coeds to raising funds for terrorists. The bar of academic irresponsibility has been lowered to new lows.
There will be those on college campuses who will try to make a case for a McCarthyesque conspiracy against the poor academics. But the fact of the matter is, unlike the paranoid McCarthy period, there is ample evidence of terror every day in the media, something many academics eschew as a source of reality.
Sami Al-Arian will be lucky because he is dealing with the American system of juriprudence. In the country he seeks to destroy, he will have a vigorous defense and may even beat the charges. Were he arrested for this type of sedition in his beloved Palestinian culture, he might have found himself with a flaming tire for attire. My question for my colleagues in academia, will he loose his professorship for reasons of moral turpitude? Probably not.
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