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Protesters demand resignation of Catholic University professor over Kavanaugh tweets

Demonstrators call for the resignation of National Catholic School of Social Service dean Will Rainford at Catholic University of America on Oct. 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Steve McKenna

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Demonstrators at the Catholic University of America are calling for the resignation of a dean over tweets he published criticizing a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

In addition, some demonstrators insisted Dean Will Rainford’s remarks contradicted core ethical norms of social workers trained by the CUA school he heads — the National Catholic School of Social Service.

“Our message was his comments were unacceptable and we want him to resign,” said Ellen McSweeney, a second-year master of social work student at the NCSSS and a lead organizer of the protest Monday (Oct. 1).

The idea for  a demonstration emerged on Wednesday when CUA students and alumni noticed a tweet by Rainford about Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of participating in sexual misconduct. Among other claims, Swetnick said Kavanaugh was at a house party in the early 1980s where she was allegedly the victim of a gang rape.

“Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is 52 y/o. Since when do senior girls hang with freshman boys?” Rainford tweeted, using his @NCSSSDean Twitter account. “If it happened when Kavanaugh was a senior, Swetnick was an adult drinking with & by her admission having sex with underage boys. In another universe, he would be victim and she the perp!”

The backlash was swift. Students and alumni quickly decried the remarks on social media, and several dozen students walked out of class in protest.

On Friday, CUA President John Garvey sent a campus email explaining he had suspended Rainford for the rest of the semester, saying his remarks about Swetnick “demonstrated a lack of sensitivity to the victim.”

“Rainford’s tweets of the past week are unacceptable,” Garvey wrote. “We should expect any opinion he expresses about sexual assault to be thoughtful, constructive, and reflective of the values of Catholic University, particularly in communications from the account handle @NCSSSDean.”

Protesters march across the Catholic University of America campus on Oct. 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Steve McKenna

Rainford has since deleted the tweet and publicly apologized, but demonstrators who gathered outside CUA’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on Monday afternoon insisted suspension wasn’t sufficient punishment. Attendees said the protest attracted more than 100 people — including both students and faculty — where some held signs reading “#notmydean” emblazoned above Rainford’s now-deleted tweets. Another read “Start by believing survivors not mocking them on Twitter,” and others called for new leadership at the school.

“For alumni, Dean Rainford’s comments are a professional liability,” Sara Yzaguirre, a 2012 graduate of the school who works with sexual assault survivors, said to the crowd. “Several alumni have told me that they are considering removing their degree from their office walls due to negative impressions of this institution.”

McSweeney agreed, noting that both liberal and conservative students had voiced support for the demonstration.

“Many social workers go on to work with sexual assault survivors in their professional lives,” she said. “One of the things you’re taught about dealing with sexual assault survivors is start by believing them.”

After the rally, demonstrators marched away to present administrators with a letter signed by 77 students asking for Rainford to be replaced. McSweeney said it echoed a similar letter signed by 188 alumni.

The school, for its part, issued a statement Monday afternoon.

“Faculty, students and alumni came together today to tell their stories and to register their protests concerning Dr. Rainford,” it read. “The Catholic University of America ensured a safe and secure environment for supporters to come together and make their voices heard. We encourage discussion and dialogue on campus and look forward to the review process to identify where improvements in our social work school can be made.”

Attendees only reported seeing one counterprotester at the event.

Rainford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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  • Absolutely.

    “On Friday, CUA President John Garvey sent a campus email explaining he
    had suspended Rainford for the rest of the semester, saying his remarks
    about Swetnick ‘demonstrated a lack of sensitivity to the victim.'”

    I am sure (not really) that he meant “alleged victim”.

    If, as seems likely, Swetnick turns out to be another attention-seeker with an agenda, Kavanaugh is the victim.

    At which point Garvey should suspend himself for a semester and go to confession.

    According to my friends on the CUA campus, most of the “student” protesters weren’t students.

    Sara Yzaguirre, for example, is acknowledged as a someone who left CUA six years ago.

    https://www.american.edu/profiles/staff/sarayza.cfm

    She is well-known in the DC area as a frequent picketer, rabble rouser, and all around organizer for left wing feminist #MeToo activities with little or no regard for facts.

  • Good for these conscientious students and faculty. They and Ms. Swetnick will inevitably be called crazy, since that’s how male power structures have typically dealt with outspoken women. But they will not, I suspect, be intimidated.

    Looks like that infusion of Koch-brothers millions hasn’t entirely succeeded in buying the consciences of all Catholic University folks.

  • The dean has violated social work ethical norms. He didn’t have to weigh in on this. A cheap demonstration of male privilege. Good for the student protesters. Bullies like this need to be dealt with forcefully.

  • As a die-hard liberal I find that I’m frequently uncomfortable reading about the level of liberal political correctness on college campuses these days, to the point of silencing opposing viewpoints. As an old-fashioned liberal I do not condone the silencing of voices – that is not the liberal way, or at least it didn’t used to be. But I also do not believe that free speech means free speech with no consequences because that’s not the way the real world works. In America you’re free to say whatever you like (except for yelling FIRE! in a crowded theater) on any platform you like. You’re just not free to walk away from any consequences the delivery of your speech might produce.

    Personally, I think firing Dean Rainford over his Twitter remarks is out of proportion to his infraction. But I also think that his tweet comparing Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault of Julie Swetnick when she was a high school senior and he was a high school freshman to “an adult drinking with and by her admission having sex with underage boys” is quite a stretch that borders on irresponsibility and dereliction of duty for a college dean. He should know better. But losing his job over it? Personally, I think that’s a bit harsh.

  • “Attendees only reported seeing one counterprotester at the event.”

    Mr. John Garvey, please resign (effective immediately) so that this anonymous brave person can rightfully assume the presidency of Catholic University of America. CUA needs leaders, not marshmallows.

    (P.S. Make sure his or her salary is double of yours. Sincere thanks in advance!)

  • Sara Yzaguirre is a CUA grad of a professional program/college and who apparently is still looped into the college . It is also that degree which provided the background to her current position at American University as Coordinator of Victim Advocacy Services. I would guess that CUA also solicits alumni for donations in support of their faculty with alumni being considered a stakeholder group. I would say she is well within her scope to speak out.

  • I am wondering if there is more to this than one highly unprofessional tweet. And unfortunately in the real world, sometimes people do lose their jobs for public comments that are deemed to DQ from their position.

  • And when Swetnick is shown to be a liar and opportunist, will these self-righteous sjw’s apologize? Not going to count on it. These mobs posing as idealist protestors don’t give a darn about truth or justice, just power and hatred of the arch demon, white males.

  • FYII (For Your Insult to the Intelligence):

    (1) Associated Press, October 1, 2018, “3rd Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick has history of legal disputes”.

    (2) John Sexton, “NBC: We can’t corroborate any of the claims made by Julie Swetnick, also her claims have shifted”, Hot Air, October 1, 2018.

    (3) Joseph Curl, “Four REALLY Big Problems With Kavanaugh Accuser Swetnick’s Tale: The problems: One’s dead, one doesn’t remember, and two didn’t respond”, Daily Wire, October 1, 2018.

    (4) Louis Casiano, “Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick faced own misconduct allegations at past job with tech firm: reports”, Fox News, September 30, 2018.

    (5) Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan, “Julie Swetnick, New Brett Kavanaugh Accuser, Is No Stranger to Lawsuits”, International Business Times, September 27, 2018.

    (6) Daniel Chaitin, “Alan Dershowitz: Any good attorney could tear apart Julie Swetnick’s affidavit in 30 seconds”, Washington Examiner, September 26, 2018.

    (7) Stephanie Dube Dwilson, “Defamation Lawsuit Against Julie Swetnick Was Voluntarily Dismissed”, Heavy, September 26, 2018.

  • The fat gal holding her sign upside down says everything you need to know about contemporary feminism.

  • The only thing this guy did wrong was to talk politics via his work email. In the real world (where people actually work for a living), he gets a verbal warning and is told that if he does it again; he’s suspended without pay.
    In the world of liberal fascism, you are allowed to make derogatory comments against trump et al; but try to destroy anyone who disagrees with your version of reality.
    BTW, his comments are accurate.

  • Like this feminazi right?
    An anti-Trump professor at Georgetown University is taking heat for a tweet saying white Republican senators who were at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing Friday should be castrated and endure a miserable death.
    Dr. Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown, said white Republican senators, specifically Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who defended Kavanaugh in a fiery speech, “deserve miserable deaths.” Fair went on to say in her Saturday message that the living should “castrate their corpses and feed them to swine.”

    Actually not – the guy stated facts; this chick spewed hate.

  • No proof.
    I’ll believe it when I see evidence.
    Until then, no dice.
    How come you people keep making stuff up?

  • You’re the one who goes around falsely claiming that a virgin gave birth. That’s why nobody takes y’all seriously.

  • “Many social workers go on to work with sexual assault survivors in their professional lives. One of the things you’re taught about dealing with sexual assault survivors is start by believing them.”

    And that’s fine, for those tasked with helping assault survivors deal with the trauma. But it CANNOT be the standard in any situation where due process comes into play — which is any situation where there’s an accuser and an accused.

  • You don’t follow Jesus. Jesus would never be hateful. Your values are not those of Jesus. And I don’t give a damn about your freak ideas.

  • “Snowflakes melt when professor tweets inconvenient truths” would be a more accurate title for this article.

  • Jesus taught his followers to speak the truth. Hence, using of the term “feminazi” is in accord with Jesus’ teaching.

  • Swetnick has a history of lying – falsifying her educational background, making up phony sexual harassment allegations, etc. I do not call her crazy; I call her a proven liar.

  • You may be the only liberal left that hasn’t allowed their common sense be overridden by communist ideology. You have provided some hope for your party. Keeps spreading your thoughts. Hopefully you will become contagious allowing sanity to be reintroduced into our political system once again.

  • Oh, the angry puppy speaks. You chide me for my labeling of a hateful person, but by your lack of condemnation of the professor; you approve of her comments.
    And just to remind you sir, on more than one occasion, you have labeled president trump and his supporters (and me) with far worse terminology.
    Not to mention, your numerous up votes to spuddie who tosses the term nazi around like a liberal giving away other people’s money.

  • one sided comment . should she be found to be telling the truth, how fast and how public will your apology be ?

  • A social work degree is the most direct route to a career in helping others. From addiction support, family therapy, and youth counseling to health education, corrections and community service.
    Even the Christianity based patriarchal Liberty University with it bigoted and racist beginnings offers a social work program.

  • Who do you think provides support for victims of clerical sexual abuse? The clerics? The pulpit pilots? The deacons, elders, youth leaders?

  • Which do you think reflects his real feelings:
    A. The original remark
    B. The apology

  • Dude – just a snide comment as I didn’t feel like writing 7 paragraphs on what I really thought of these spoiled, liberally educated, entitled, white girls who are never afraid to let the facts get in the way of their three-year old emotional outbursts.

  • I know, all thankless jobs. I find it frustrating that these kids are brainwashed to be “triggered” at the slightest instance of someone not agreeing with their view of the world.
    The kids on the photo are the result of 18 years of everyone gets a ribbon brainwashing that leads to emotional outbursts instead of analyzing of facts.
    They should do away with the minority studies requirements and require logic and economic courses instead.

  • 1. Not a dude.
    2. “…these spoiled, liberally educated, entitled, white girls who are never afraid to let the facts get in the way of their three-year old emotional outbursts…”
    I could say the same for the puerile, born to the purple, self entitled, patriarchal white boys who are free to rape (females of any age) with impunity. And murder. And steal. And sell drugs.

  • Uh, thanks…I think. Of course if you knew me even a little I suspect you might be calling me a libtard in fairly short order.

  • 47% of republicans would support Kavagnaw even if the allegations were true, which means that 47% would support a sexual assaulter, an alcoholic, and a someone who lies under oath. They also voted for a three times married self proclaimed adulterer and fornicator.

    Conservatives never did care much about morality, except as a tool to control other people.

  • Watch this woman’s interview on NBC. She does NOT claim kavanaugh participated in any of what she has accused him of. Even NBC couldn’t corroborate her story. And someone his professor is out of line for calling her lies out?

  • Where’s the ‘sensitivity’ towards Kavanaugh and his family? What about the outright lies spewed by Christine Ford? Afraid to fly? Right. Can’t remember what she gave the NYTimes? Won’t turn over her therapist notes that she references. Won’t turn over polygraph test. Doesn’t know who paid for the test. Didn’t know the committee would have flown out to California to interview her? The entire nation heard that offer. Somehow she didn’t? Talk about bearing false witness. Isn’t one of the top 10 commandments? Yet this University suspended the dean because of insensitivity to a known con artist? I hope their donations dry up and parents quit sending their kids to this hypocritical institution.

  • I’ll say it ……… Ford has some screws loose or she is a flat out liar, coached by her two despicable attorneys. She doesn’t even believe what they are telling her to say. The problem with lying, is that you can’t keep your facts straight.

  • Jesus called his opponents “snakes” (Matthew 23:33), “hypocrites” and “whitewashed tombs…full of dead men’s bones and all corruption” (Matthew 23:27). He didn’t pull any punches in telling the truth. Neither should we.

    Sorry if the real Jesus doesn’t match the “Jesus meek and mild” of liberal fantasy.

  • “The problem with lying, is that you can’t keep your facts straight.”

    I was surprised she could even keep a straight face.

  • As a high school teacher with nearly four decades in the classroom, it is a recurrent if not common problem of an older girl setting her sights on a younger guy. Sometimes socially awkward older girls date younger guys in high school to help level the social playing field. Sometimes, it’s for less charitable reasons. Sometimes, it’s because a socially forward freshman boy sees himself as ready to “play with the big boys and girls.” You would think that a professor of social work would know such things as well as or better than a high school classroom teacher, but apparently not. Aside from the inappropriateness of the tweets themselves under the circumstances surrounding Kavanaugh and his accusers, Rainford’s ignorance in his own field of expertise is even more grounds for him to step down.

  • The world would be better off without people like you in it, sitting around crying about racial oppression all day, just so you can turn around and oppress gay and trans people. Disgusting.

  • Regardless, the hand wringing by 19 year old know-nothings is the point.
    They are hypocrites as they support any professor with glee that bashes trump, kavanaugh, etc.

  • Or maybe this was something that the institutional control freaks added later as they began to aggressively pursue their secular ambitions for the Church and for themselves. Or are we to believe, as you evidently do, that Jesus was the quintessential control freak?

  • When the conservative argument starts to go down the toilet, it is standard procedure to fall back on the Clintons and Obama. That doesn’t mean that the argument doesn’t continue on down the toilet, but that fact is lost on conservatives.

  • Yeah, just cut out what doesn’t fit your preconceived notion of Jesus, that’s so much easier.

    And, if honestly calling a spade a spade is being a “control freak” by your standards, then Jesus is guilty as charged. (So am I, for that matter.)

  • Exactly what I was thinking. It’s a staple of teen movies where the younger boy gets to hang out with the older kids. The guy is simply iggerunt.

  • Just a warning to all mothers out there…

    The guilty until proven innocent cabal led by democrats/liberals/socialists/anarchists are hell bent on destroying white males at all costs.

    The fact that a bunch of rabid feminists, uneducated college students, the alt-left media and some short-sighted commentators on these very pages believe that a guy should lose his job for his (accurate) comments is nothing short of ludicrous and proves my point.

    At the same time, you have a female professor wanting to castrate kavanaugh or anyone that supports him.

    Be wary women of who you vote for and what your vision of America is – your sons depend on it.

  • 97% of all democrats would still vote against kavanaugh if the FBI investigation turns up nothing.

  • No it wouldn’t. We need guys like Floyd to talk sense to the rest of us. Stop being so mean.
    Stop lynching nice people.

  • Prep school girls, listen up: If you know alcohol and/or other drugs are to be used at a party, don’t go. If you go and alcohol and/or other drugs are present, leave immediately preferably calling 911 in the process to report underage drinking and illegal drug use.

  • Trolling people on the internet is not “lynching”. Murdering people for being gay or trans is lynching. Black people shouldn’t need this explained to them, now, should they?

  • Actually, I do. I saw no need to repeat what E said in detail. If you can find my posting that says otherwise, please feel free to point out my lies and hypocrisy. If you can’t find that post, please feel free to apologize for impugning me.

    That being said, the professor has the right to say whatever he likes. That’s freedom of speech. He does not have the right to be free of the consequences for the thoughtless, iggerunt, misinformed, foolish things he says.

  • Believers who are not obsessed with Control-Freak Jesus are not TRUE BELIEVERS? And of course, we don’t get to spend eternity in Control-Freak Heaven with the TRUE BELIEVERS.

  • you just changed your story . your first comment was “And when Swetnick is shown….”

    now you just say “If she’s unable to prove….” so far kavanaugh has not been able to prove that he didn’t do it .

    i have made a note of your handle and be waiting to see an apology when the time comes .

  • Wrong. Kavanaugh is not gorsuch.
    A little history for you:

    Trump. Gorsuch. 54-45
    Obama. Kagan. 63-37
    Obama. Sotomayor. 68-31
    Bush. Alito. 58-42
    Bush. Roberts. 78-22
    Clinton. Breyer. 87-9
    Clinton. Ginsburg. 96-3
    HW Bush. Thomas. 52-48
    HW Bush. Souter. 90-9

    Republicans have supported democratic nominees more than vice versa.

    Again, there is no way in hell any democrat votes for kavanaugh after this fiasco; even if the FBI turns up doughnuts.

  • You have missed the point of Matthew chapter 23.
    Jesus was talking to the scribes and Pharisees who “[4] tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! [5] Everything they do is done to attract attention…”. To them, he also said “[13] Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut up the kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go who want to.”
    Sorry if the real Jesus has got your number.

  • Kavanaugh hasn’t been able to prove he didn’t do it? How, exactly, do you prove a negative? Can you prove you were not out at 3 a.m. in your town, peeping in windows?

    FYI, watch or listen to her interviewed on tv last few days. Her story reeks. She says she saw him standing with group of guys at party, laughing, holding red plastic cups. And claims he was near punch bowl where, she alleges, drinks were spiked for gang rapes. She did not see him spike punch or rape anyone, just in the vicinity.

    She also, in another venue, claims she went to 10 or so gang rape parties.. Is anything here sound remotely credible that someone would attend multiple parties where gang rapes occurred? How credible is she, especially in lawsuits she was involved in (suing transit authority claiming she lost $420,000 in wages in modeling fees when she injured her nose, when there was no evidence she had any modeling career).

    So far, just stories. Nothing solid.

  • there were not such charges against most other candidates you listed . not against gorsuch, not against alito, not against roberts . and not against souter . there should have been more votes against thomas .

    when kavanaugh is withdrawn, trump will pick another name from his very long list given to him by the federalist society, and the democrats will approve a quite conservative justice .

  • I am well aware of whom Jesus was speaking in Matthew 23. My point, which you blithely ignore, was that Jesus had no scruples about using blunt language in calling a spade a spade.

    And I certainly hope the real Lord Jesus has got my number, my front, back, sides, and all of me from head to toe, in His loving care. And I hope the same for you, Mark.

  • when i am nominated for the supreme court you can ask me to prove my whereabouts . until then it is not germane to this discussion .

    either you nor i know how solid swetnick’s story is . the only real point is that professional investigators are not being assigned to investigating her .

    the third, fourth and fifth hand accounts that you point to as a way of discrediting her also lack credibility .

  • This is not about charges – this is about false accusations and fair play – something democrat’s have not been good at.
    These democrats will attempt to destroy the next candidate trump nominates.
    Lord help us if Ginsberg goes….

  • I have ignored nothing. Jesus was well-able to use blunt language when He saw the need to do so. However He did not authorise you to do so, in the terms in which you do so here (and elsewhere in your commenting). Your idea that – for example – “using of the term ‘feminazi’ is in accord with Jesus’ teaching” is quite mistaken.
    Read on, in Matthew chapter 23 – the chapter which you seem to think allows you to correct others’ errors in the way that you have done here. Try verse 23 onwards: “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay your tithe of mint and dill and cummin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law – justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, those not neglected. [24] You blind guides, straining out gnats and swallowing camels!”.
    But I thank you for your kind blessing, which of course I reciprocate.

  • as this is not a court of law the due process is not the same . the senate is only bound to “advise and consent” the president .

    the senate is in its rights to simply note to the president that this candidate is an iffy choice and say no .

  • there are accusations . there is no evidence as to their truth or not . though it has been notable that the democrats have been open to further investigation and study to try to find that truth . the republicans less so .

  • No, the Democrats have come out against him since his name was announced.
    By any means necessary as chuck schumer would say…
    Now, the democrats have their wish-an FBI investigation.
    What happens when nothing turns up?
    Innocent right?
    100-0 to confirm; right?

  • as republicans have control of the senate, the fact that they are having a hard time to confirm is not because of what schumer said .

    kavanaugh has problems in himself .

  • all the more reason that the f.b.i. should have been charged with investigating those claims as soon as they were made . if they were without substance then we would not be wasting time on them now .

  • Yes and no.
    Flake, Collins murkowski are RINOs at best. Republicans do not stand together like democrats do.
    That being said, this is an intentional smear of kavanaugh.
    The fact that Feinstein dropped the ford info the night before the vote proves so.

  • “….RINOs at best.”

    those on the internet who talk about “rino’s” are part of the problem . it used to be that the political parties were general tendencies of the two parties . now both are getting more and more hard line .

    RINOs indeed . abraham lincoln would be called a RINO if he were alive today, not to mention teddy roosevelt or eisenhower . perhaps even nixon .

    “…this is an intentional smear….”

    if there were no people coming forward, there would be no problem here . no one came forward to smear gorsuch .

  • you don’t like what is happening, i understand .

    but you suggest false accusations without any basis other than you don’t like what is happening .

    and you suggest there is no fair play . that argument left on the ship that mcconnell sailed out with the garland nomination .

  • We will see what the FBI report says tomorrow regarding kavanaugh.
    I can’t teach you history if you refuse to listen. Garland is a result of Biden playing games with GWB.
    The 15 federal judges McConnell pumped through three weeks ago without a single democrat vote was because of Reid using the nuclear option.
    Learn history my friend, we will all be better for it.

  • again, Parker12, the republicans have the votes . that the republicans cannot get it through so far even with mcconnell pushing hard is not the democrats problem .

    if the president sends up a new nominee the odd are they will pass without problem .

  • “I can’t teach you….”

    and vice versa .

    “Garland is a result….”

    or of kennedy playing games with reagan .

    we can play hatfields and mccoys all the way back to the founding fathers if you want to . the bottom line is that you want this to be all the democrats fault . it ain’t . civility is not present in either party right now .

    and it still remains that if the republicans all wanted this guy, they could have him . but they don’t .

  • “f.b.i.”? You mean those COINTELPROs notorious for their …

    “f” as in fabrication?
    “b” as in besmirching?
    “i” as in impropriety?

    That “f.b.i.”? Be careful of what you wish for.

  • Any time you have an accuser and an accused, you need some form of due process based on presumption of innocence for the accused. You are right, though, that the Senate is free to reject any nominee for any reason or no reason. Of course, they then have to justify their decision to the public. And the Democrats have made it perfectly clear that fairness and common human decency is no restraint on their drive to ruin the lives of the Kavanaugh family in order to preserve their shaky hold on the Supreme Court.

  • No, she is not “looped in” to CUA.

    She is an employee of American University.

    She wasn’t there to speak out as a graduate, she was there to assemble a “student protest” comprised largely of non-students and non-graduates of CUA.

    She tipped the news services and they had photographers ready.

    Those of us who’ve lived inside the beltway know the drill.

    Sara Yzaguirre is a frequent organizer of this sort of “event” at a variety of venues.

  • no . that is the organization from the trumpian fantasy world .

    i am referring to the real world investigative group .

  • COINTELPRO is no “fantasy”. Then again, no wonder you call yourself “More-Steps”-Still-Needed-Beyond-Merely-“Referring-to-the-Real-World”.

  • Of course the photo of Dr. Ford with Soros, and the connections of Soros with the individuals who accosted Senator Flake in an elevator, are now common knowledge and all over the internet.

  • Earl Warren, one of the most partisan justices ever, was approved by voice vote of affirmation.

  • Your 47% comes from something you “cited” on evangelical women.

    There is no evidence that Kavanaugh is an “alcoholic”.

    Nor is there is any evidence that he is a “sexual assaulter”, and if the allegations are confirmed, that he did anything in his adult life.

    To hear these puritanical pecksniffian moral concerns from YOU borders on the bizarre.

  • it WAS no fantasy . it WAS a program used by the f.b.i. to harrass and embarass african-american and other left wing groups in the 40s 50s and the 60s . it was closed down in 1971 . j edgar hoover, whose idea of keeping the country safe was to do such illegal things, died the next year . since then more professional training and rules have been put in place .

    since then other groups such as american indian groups, and more recently islamic groups, say they have been targeted by such illegal surveillance .

    now the right wing, amusingly seeking validation, claim that they have been targeted by illegal means . keep trying . maybe someday the right wing will be worthy of notice other than unfounded conspiracy claims .

  • “Died”?!

    See, I was right about why you call yourself “More-Steps”-Still-Needed-Beyond-Merely-“Referring-to-the-Real-World”.

    Catch up, ‘yo! And learn & un-learn something from the following:

    (1) Democracy Now!, May 23, 2018, “The New COINTELPRO? Meet the Activist the FBI Labeled a ‘Black Identity Extremist’ & Jailed 5 Months”.

    (2) David Love, “COINTELPRO Continues As Documents Reveal FBI Surveillance of Black Lives Matter”, Atlanta Black Star, March 27, 2018.

    (3) Democracy Now!, October 16, 2017, “COINTELPRO 2? FBI Targets ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence”.

    (4) Anne Branigin, “FBI Launches COINTELPRO 2.0, Targeting ‘Black Identity Extremists’: Report”, The Root, October 6, 2017.

    (5) Julia Craven, “Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Movement Recalls COINTELPRO: ‘This is the same ideology; it’s just a different name'”, Huffington Post, August 19-20, 2015.

    I hope you’re keeping score. Because it’s …

    HpO 3:0 moresteps

  • “Faculty, students and alumni came to tell THEIR stories….?”
    Huh???
    Yep. It’s “story time”
    Ah for the older and wiser days:” Please go to your classrooms now and learn. If you don’t have any classes, go to the library and learn. If you are just hanging around, go home…and learn”
    The inmates are running the asylum.

  • Here’s another one of those “More-Steps”-Still-Needed-Beyond-Merely-“Referring-to-the-Real-World”, that is your embarassingly self-deprecating, if tell-all, name at birth:

    James Bovard, “Don’t count on the FBI to clear up the Kavanaugh-Ford mess: Its record is flawed: The FBI has a history of mistakes, bias and cover-ups. It might take us beyond ‘he said, she said’ on Kavanaugh and Ford, but don’t expect too much”, USA Today, October 2, 2018.

    HpO 4:0 moresteps

  • The problem is that we don’t know the veracity of Swetnick’s allegations, nor do we have corroborating eyewitnesses to the account of Ford—and she doesn’t recall significant details. Not saying she is wrong about sexual assault, but there is a lot more neurosis than fact flying around right now.

  • Whatever our philosophical disagreements, concern over stifling free speech on campus cuts across ideological lines, and in the case of public universities may violate law. I thought we settled this in the 1960s with the Berkeley free speech movement.

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