Looks like Fast and Furious may not have been Attorney General Eric Holder’s first experience aiding and abetting armed criminals. According to an article by Charles C. Johnson and Ryan Gidursky, “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 AG had since given varying accounts of the incident (not unlike his recollection of F&F details) and — shockingly — the Justice Department doesn’t have a comment on the story. But the Holder, currently working under a Contempt of Congress citation, does . . .

He’s recently tried to downplay the radical aims of the BSO:

“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.”

But the BSO’s own web site (since taken down) claimed the occupiers were, in fact, armed when they took over the ROTC offices.

However, Columbia, in the middle of Harlem, refused to establish a Black studies program, even given grant money earmarked to do so. This, coupled with the fact that there was no space for the black students to call their own led to unrest in the black community. In 1970, a group of armed black students seized the abandoned ROTC office on the first floor of Hartley Hall. The students, joined by the then State Senator David Patterson renamed the space the Malcolm X lounge, in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood. Subsequently, murals were painted on the walls depicting black leaders such as Marcus Garvey and Sekou Toure.

It’s hard not to wonder what might have been if the Columbia administration had the testicular fortitude to prosecute the occupiers.

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.

Hovde and Columbia didn’t just let young Eric and his radical BSO thug buddies off the hook, they caved to one of their primary demands: renaming and re-purposing the the university’s ROTC building as the Malcolm X Lounge to “honor honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”

Would a weapons charge have affected Columbia’s decision to admit Holder to their law school in 1973? Even so, could a former campus radical with a felony armed criminal action conviction on his record have been confirmed as Attorney General of the United States? Guess we’ll never know.

But this may shed a little light on one of Holder’s first and most controversial decisions – declining to prosecute the Philadelphia New Black Panther Party members who allegedly intimidated white voters outside a polling place during the 2008 election. Some panthers apparently don’t change their spots.

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25 Responses to AG Eric Holder’s Armed Occupation of Columbia U ROTC

  1. he only shocking thing about this finding is how this worm served in several Democratic Administrations as an “agent of change” and NO-One ever looked into this co-conspritor

  2. And let’s not forget that Eric “Dick” Holder was appointed to the DC bench by Ronald Reagan. Since Reagan despised the Panthers, I wonder how Holder managed to cover his tracks.

    • Maybe he flew under the radar cause he was jusr a coffee fetcher and wannabe to the real revolutionaries. He was never charged with anything and apparently never made much of a deal to the powers that be.

      I believe J. Edgar was still in charge of the FBI so either Holder wasn’t important enough to document or he was on the payroll as a “snitch” to the feds. Just guessing.

      • “Snitch”? Interesting. Holder looking towards the “long view”, career wise; totally plausible.

  3. On November 23rd, 2008 after Obama and his family in Grant Park Chicago accepted the election victory, Jesse Jackson perhaps summed it up best: “it’s been a quiet revolution”.

  4. Holder didn’t take a final exam until he was a junior? At the colleges I attended, if you didn’t take and pass your freshman and sophmore finals, you didn’t make it to junior.

    • Either he’s lying about never taking finals or a Columbia diploma isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

      Or both.

  5. “I did not take a final exam until my junior year at Columbia — we were on strike every time finals seemed to roll around”

    Funny, if I’d done something like that I never would have made it out of my freshman year, let alone all the way to the junior year! I wonder how they computed his GPA with all those “incompletes” on his record?

    • Remember, this is the boomer generation that is now running all our major institutions. And we wonder my things are so f’d up?

      So they missed some classed and a few exams? They were re-making the world man.

      That said, this was the “occupation” of an already abandoned office. This makes Holder look like more a poseur than a hardass revolutionary.

      • I’m also of the “boomer generation.” But the school I went to expected you to do your work and pass your exams before they’d give you a diploma.

        It sounds to me like he was given credit for classes he never completed, and as such should have his diploma and anything he did afterwards that depended on that diploma invalidated (including his law license).

      • Don’t worry Anon, we boomers have our time. But soon the “Y”ners can step up and right all the wrongs. Course just like barry the “Y”ners are going to have to eventually stop blaming those that came before them and actually do something about the problems.

    • They must have used the same accountant for fast & furious & the GAO books .. wonder whose money was paying his tuition .. ?

  6. His declining to prosecute the NBP guys in Philly still irks me. I know they’re basically irrelevant, but so is the KKK, and if some of them showed up in full garb in downtown Atlanta…

    The shitstorm would be epic.

    • Well thats because only whitety can do evil here in BRA. You might also find it interesting that Eric Holder said that whites can’t be victims of hate crimes, because there isnt a historic basis of attacks against then, which ignores the race riots from the 1960s to present.

  7. The way I see it is that the BSO were merely exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and to keep and bear arms.

  8. Nice topiary. Would I get a “FLAME DELETED” if I were to mention that said topiary is a dim, pinko twit?

  9. Just one more in a long line of examples about how the press did not want to do their vetting job with a liberal radical extremely closely tied to Obama. Would any Senate have ever confirmed such a person if he was white or worse yet, a conservative? Just imagine the true stories and factual information that would horrify the American public if the press had vetted Obama. How sad for America and how eventually sad for all Americans.

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