Ward Churchill and the Terror Tools of a Police State
Ward Churchill, Native American Professor [pic source and post]
Ward Churchill is a Keetoowah Cherokee Native Amerian and until July 24, 2007 was a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado/Boulder. He is a member of the leadership council of Colorado AIM (American Indian Movement) and a former national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. He is a prolific writer and lecturer, authoring, co-authoring or editing more than 20 books.
On the day after the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center, Professor Churchill wrote an essay, "Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (full essay) on September 12, 2001 which led to a national corporate media campaign against him and a fierce, 6 year battle. On July 24, 2007, the University of Colorado Board of Regents fired Ward Churchill from his position as a tenured professor. Churchill and activists around the world are fighting back. Their lawsuit against the University of Colorado is underway.
Excerpts from Churchill's now-famous essay:
"When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X famously � and quite charitably, all things considered � replied that it was merely a case of "chickens coming home to roost."
"On the morning of September 11, 2001, a few more chickens � along with some half-million dead Iraqi children � came home to roost in a very big way at the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Well, actually, a few of them seem to have nestled in at the Pentagon as well.
"The Iraqi youngsters, all of them under 12, died as a predictable � in fact, widely predicted � result of the 1991 US "surgical" bombing of their country's water purification and sewage facilities, as well as other "infrastructural" targets upon which Iraq's civilian population depends for its very survival.
"The reason for this holocaust was/is rather simple, and stated quite straightforwardly by President George Bush, the 41st "freedom-loving" father of the freedom-lover currently filling the Oval Office, George the 43rd: "The world must learn that what we say, goes," intoned George the Elder to the enthusiastic applause of freedom-loving Americans everywhere.
"All told, Iraq has a population of about 18 million. The 500,000 kids lost to date thus represent something on the order of 25 percent of their age group. Indisputably, the rest have suffered � are still suffering � a combination of physical debilitation and psychological trauma severe enough to prevent their ever fully recovering. In effect, an entire generation has been obliterated.
"More bluntly, the hope was � and maybe still is � that Americans, stripped of their presumed immunity from incurring any real consequences for their behavior, would comprehend and act upon a formulation as uncomplicated as 'stop killing our kids, if you want your own to be safe'."
- Ward Churchill
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Ward Churchill on COINTELPRO and Terrorism
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Ward Churchill speaks briefly on the historical context of terrorism
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