Controversy ensued when the news broke that Kathy Boudin, former member of the Weather Underground group 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.
Teach Where You Bomb… Kathy Boudin
President Obama’s Chicago Political Circle: Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn
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.
Howard Machtinger, who was charged with conspiring to bomb the Detroit Police Officers Association Building and was on the run from 1973 to 1978.
Machtinger now works for the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Occupy Mark Naison
Mark Naison, has been a professor at Fordham University for 43 years.
Naison 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.
Eleanor Raskin Stein
Eleanor Raskin Stein was a member of the Weather Underground, 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.
Stein 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.
Mark Rudd, former spokesman for students in the Columbia student revolt of 1969 and Weatherman, avoided a long prison sentence due to a technicality and served less than a year in prison.
Mark Rudd 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.
Black Panther Eddie
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.
“Not Guilty” Ericka Huggins
Ericka Huggins was the founder of the New Haven Black Panthers in 1969 the Panthers were arrested and faced 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.
Shotgun Communist Angela Davis
Angela Davis was never an actual member of the Black Panther Party but had several close ties to the group. She spent time 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.
Angela Davis is a distinguished Professor Emerita from University of California, Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness and the Feminist Studies departments.
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.
Everything In Texas Is — Best?
Steve Best, 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.”
Steve Best is a philosopher professor from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Certainly there are additional members or activist in similar organizations that can be found in colleges or universities across the country.
Can read the longer version of this post at TheOtherMcCain.com.