Vol. 23, No. 3
January 10, 2005
RADICAL LEFTIST FACULTY LEADERS
TARNISH CUNY IMAGE!
benefit of those who missed it, the Patriot Returns is pleased
to provide you (below) with a copy of a letter to the editor of The
New York Post, published December 24, 2004. The letter, authored
by Professor Susan O'Malley, was entitled "Defending the Terrorist
Prof". Responses to her letter were published several days later,
one from a CUNY Trustee and three from members of the community, including
Michael Gorman of Whitestone, Owen Allen of Stony Point, and Elio
Valenti of Brooklyn. The responses were different, but were universally
critical in that there was a belief expressed that defense of terrorists
is not helpful to the functioning of the university, the image of
the university, or to its students.
Courtesy Of The New York Post
"December 24, 2004 --
I have always been proud that one of the goals of the U.S. criminal justice
system is rehabilitation ("Terrorist-Prof No More," Editorial,
A person who has served
time for a crime is supposed to be integrated back into society after
being released from jail.
Unfortunately this has not been the case
for Susan Rosenberg. A writer, Rosenberg has team-taught a course
on prison writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY over
the last four years. She has never hidden her felony conviction.
of complaints to Jeremy Travis, John Jay's new president, by the Police
Emerald Society, which objects to Rosenberg's association with people
convicted for the 1981 Rockland County Brinks robbery she herself
was never tried for that crime Rosenberg is not being allowed to teach
again at John Jay College.
Rosenberg did, in fact, serve 18 years
for the possession of a large quantity of explosives and guns in her
apartment discovered 23 years ago.
She has been evaluated satisfactorily
by her department, which had planned for her to teach next fall. This
action by the John Jay president is particularly ironic as President
Travis is a renowned expert on the re-entry of prisoners into society.
Decisions as to who should be teaching at a college should not be
based on the wishes of groups external to the college.
Chair, CUNY Faculty Senate
December 30, 2004 -- Susan O'Malley, the current chair of the CUNY Faculty
Senate, does the body's reputation little good by parsing the circumstances
of Susan Rosenberg's guilt ("Defending the Terrorist Prof," Letters, Dec.
From a trustee's point of view, it makes little difference whether she
was guilty of the armed robbery itself or collected the explosives and
guns in her apartment for the same purpose.
things were different prior to this administration, but as long as
the current crop of CUNY trustees govern this great university those
appointed by Gov. Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani there
will be a unanimity or majority to oppose appointments for the Rosenbergs
of the world.
It's the same reason we fought against an honorary degree for terror-defender
Lynne Stewart at CUNY Law School a year ago.
trustees of CUNY are not external to the university, as is the Police
Emerald Society, but we stand with it.
I, for one, do not recognize "rehabilitation" for terrorists
and their supporters.
It's time our more left-wing professors and Professional Staff Congress
(the professors' union) stick to their profession and get out of the revolution
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld
O'Malley made a ridiculous argument in support
of ousted John Jay College professor and convicted terrorist Susan Rosenberg.
How could O'Malley support this dangerous radical and convicted felon
who would still be in prison but for Bill Clinton's pardon?
Her criticism of Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay, is unfair and outrageous.
He is a true scholar and a tough advocate of creative criminal-justice
ideas and methods.
He did the right thing in firing Rosenberg.
I find it startling in the wake of 9/11 that
a professor with a terrorist past would be permitted to teach at John
O'Malley should realize that this isn't an issue of integrating a so-called
"rehabilitated felon" back into society.
The concern is about allowing someone with Rosenberg's past terrorist
ties poison the minds of our youth with her sick philosophy.
In her letter, O'Malley correctly notes that
one of the goals of the U.S. criminal-justice system is rehabilitation.
However, she fails to mention that this grandiose goal is rarely accomplished, which is the major reason why most of our criminals are repeat offenders.
Rosenberg served 18 years for the possession of a large quantity of explosives and guns in her apartment and was associated with the people convicted in the 1981 Brinks robbery, in which two cops and a security guard were killed.
There seems to be a pattern with CUNY and terrorists.
Last year, CUNY Law presented its annual Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award to Lynne Stewart.
Stewart stands indicted for allegedly helping Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (of 1993 WTC bombing fame) to illegally communicate with his terrorist followers.
O'Malley states that "Decisions as to who should be teaching at a
college should not be based on the wishes of groups external to the college."
I'm a taxpayer, so my taxes pay for O'Malley's salary and for that of
With their leftist ideology and attempts
to enact a global agenda, the University Faculty Senate and the PSC leadership
have tarnished the image of the entire CUNY faculty in the eyes of the
public. This may have significantly negative consequences in terms of
student and faculty recruitment, as well as contract negotiations. We
- both faculty and students - suffer. We are pleased that The Patriot,
after many years of untiring effort at informing the CUNY community of
the true agenda of these radical faculty "leaders", has now
been joined by members of the public.
We urge the PSC leaders to refrain from asking faculty to join them in
demonstrating against John Jay's correct decision not to rehire adjunct
Susan Rosenberg, who was convicted "for the possession of a large quantity
of explosives and guns...and was associated with the people convicted
in the 1981 Brinks robbery, in which two cops and a security guard were
killed." We also appeal to the conscience of the PSC's radical leaders
not to waste member dues in defending Rosenberg in grievance procedures.
They should have the good sense to know that when professors are involved
in murder, they shouldn't be in the classroom, educating young minds.
The PSC has already wasted thousands
of dollars - our dues money - defending Mohammed Yousry in arbitration
(AAA Case No. 13-390-00960-03) - a case that was not only lost for Yousry,
but which resulted in loss of important rights for all CUNY adjuncts (see
Patriot Vol 23 No. 2). Please DON'T waste any more of our hard-earned
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