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As College Student, Eric Holder Participated In 'Armed Takeover' Of Columbia University ROTC Office

What's good for the goose.

The point of publishing this story is not to paint Holder as a 70's radical or even fault him for the actions he felt he needed to take back in 1970 as a student at Columbia.

It's much simpler than that.  It's about emulation.  What's good enough for Eric should be good enough for the rest of us.  He was upset in 1970.  We are upset now.

And Holder is the reason.

We represent the collective outrage of millions, frothing and stupefied that banking executives have not been criminally charged, criminally prosecuted, and criminally incarcerated.  Oh yeah, we're getting a wee bit tired of this civil crap.

And then there's the case of Obama buddy, Democratic Party poster boy for corruption, malfeasance, and graft ($1.6 billion is much graft) the one and only Jon Corzine.

Eric Holder needed to takeover a Navy ROTC office.

We need a takeover of the Justice Department.

Sounds about right.


Eric Holder and the 1970 Armed Takeover Of Columbia ROTC Office

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.

The details of the student-led occupation, including the claim that the raiders were “armed,” come from a deleted Web page of the Black Students’ Organization (BSO) at Columbia, a successor group to the SAAS. Contemporary newspaper accounts in The Columbia Daily Spectator, a student newspaper, did not mention weapons.

Holder, now the United States’ highest-ranking law enforcement official, has given conflicting accounts of this episode during college commencement addresses at Columbia, but both the BSO’s website and the Daily Spectator have published facts that conflict with his version of events.

Holder has bragged about his involvement in the “rise of black consciousness” protests at Columbia.

“I was among a large group of students who felt strongly about the way we thought the world should be, and we weren’t afraid to make our opinions heard,” he said during Columbia’s 2009 commencement exercises. “I did not take a final exam until my junior year at Columbia — we were on strike every time finals seemed to roll around — but we ran out of issues by that third year.”

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.”

Holder told Columbia University’s graduating law students during a 2010 commencement speech that the 1970 incident happened “during my senior year,” but Holder was a freshman at the time. “[S]everal of us took one of our concerns — that black students needed a designated space to gather on campus — to the Dean [of Freshmen]’office. This being Columbia, we proceeded to occupy that office.”

Holder also claimed in his 2009 speech that he and his fellow students decided to “peacefully occupy one of the campus offices.” In contrast, the BSO’s website recounted its predecessor organization’s activities by noting that that “in 1970, a group of armed black students [the SAAS] seized the abandoned ROTC office.”

While that website is no longer online, a snapshot of its content from September 2010 is part of the archive.org database.

In a December 2010 GQ magazine profile of Holder, one of his Columbia friends confirmed that he and Holder were both part of the ROTC office takeover.

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Reader Comments (7)

Spot on, Daily Bail! Couldn't agree more.

Moreover, how ridiculous that Holder once fancied himself a fro-wearing militant (same dumb mustache). What a JOKE.
Oct 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterPitchfork
Oh, snap! It wasn't even about Vietnam or the draft. It was to protest the lack of segregated space for black students.

If we're going to occupy, why don't we just occupy Covington and Burling, which, after all, IS the DOJ for all intents and purposes. Plus we won't get hied off to Gitmo as terrorists or something as I'm sure we would in trying to occupy the US gov. branch of Congton and Burling.
Oct 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterPitchfork
I like the idea. My first thought last night in preparing this piece was an appropriate response would be to occupy Holder's office at the DOJ. Unarmed of course. Don't need to emulate that part of Holder's 1970 revolution.

But there's no way in hell anyone could even get inside the Justice Dept., so that was out. But Covington & Burling would be a brilliant choice. I wish I had time to be a radical. Man that could be fun.
Oct 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
When Holder was young, he had Courage, Honor & Integrity. Today, when it comes time for him to stand on his hind legs and protect this nation - HIS NATION- he realizes he left those 'hind legs' in that EMPTY ROTC OFFICE THOSE MANY YEARS AGO.
Indeed, today, he has proven to be a COWARD, DISHONORED HIS OFFICE & LIED TO HIS FELLOW AMERICANS. Worse than that, he's an Afro-ed 'Radcial' who became a Jeri-Curled 'TOM' in a FLASH when HE GOT HARD CASH!
Oct 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosephConrad
Hill And Knowlton will have a tough time dealing with this one. btw, Occupy should go to their offices too.
Oct 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This is out in a rather rad attempt for
Obama to re-acquire his left credentials
now that it's preposterously obvious
every tiniest thing he's done has been

He's the ultimate chameleon.

Born into the CIA for sure.

The elite have made good use of
controllers from very early in history.

But these fascists are different.

And Obama's offer to end
demonizing is only for just so
long that it can win finally.

However, it's definitely interesting seeing
Holder's transformation from his youth.

It's a far larger one than the LSD taker
at Woodstock who's today your orthodontist.
Oct 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheguywho's Aboutotypethis
This is why Holder is not prosecuting banks and wall street crooks. He never got a good enough education to have the ability to do that. He evidently spent too much time occupying and protesting to learn how to put crooks in prison.
Oct 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Petrusky

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