The Arizona Republic
Feb. 5, 2005 12:00 AM
Frank Navarette said pilot Joshua Parriott, 29, and passenger James Klein, 42, of Chandler were guilty of poor judgment but did not violate the Patriot Act, a 2001 law that gives federal law enforcement broad powers to investigate crime and terrorism.
However, the men are not off the hook. On Thursday, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office brought three misdemeanor charges against them, and the Federal Aviation Administration could suspend or revoke Parriott's pilot's license and various certifications.Parriott has already lost his job as a flight instructor at Westwind School of Aeronautics at Deer Valley Airport, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Parriott's record had previously been clean. Neither he nor Klein could be reached for comment.
Parriott and Klein dropped the bags of flour near the Verde River over Needle Rock Recreation Area as a prank while friends engaged in a game of paintball.
Nearby residents of Rio Verde notified the Sheriff's Office believing they had witnessed a terrorist dropping anthrax into a Valley water source. The incident occurred during the Iraqi elections, when the whole world was particularly alert to potential terrorist activity.
Jeff Myers, a spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said he was "appalled."
9/11 Slur Prof Won't Apologize
Saturday, February 05, 2005
DENVER â€” A professor who likened World Trade Center (search) victims to a notorious Nazi refused to apologize, but said his treatise was a "gut response" in his first public comments since the University of Colorado began a review that could lead to his dismissal.
"I don't believe I owe an apology," Ward Churchill (search) said Friday on a televised interview.
He defended the essay in which compared those killed in the Sept. 11 attack to "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann (search), who organized Nazi plans to exterminate European Jews. He said the victims were akin to U.S. military operations' collateral damage â€” or innocent civilians mistakenly killed by soldiers.
"I don't know if the people of 9/11 specifically wanted to kill everybody that was killed," he said in the interview. "It was just worth it to them in order to do whatever it was they decided it was necessary to do that bystanders be killed. And that essentially is the same mentality, the same rubric."
In an interview published Saturday in the Rocky Mountain News, Churchill added, "This was a gut response opinion speech written in about four hours. It's not completely reasoned and thought through."
Churchill said his speech had been misinterpreted. "They take, as is usually the case with propaganda, some kernel of truth to anchor, and then they go wild. I never said anything about 'justifying.' I never said anything about 'advocating.' I never called for the deaths of millions of Americans," he said.
The university's Board of Regents apologized to all Americans on Thursday, especially those targeted by the attacks.
The furor over Churchill's essay erupted last month after he was invited to speak at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Campus officials discovered that an essay and follow-up book by Churchill characterized the Sept. 11 attacks as a response to a long history of U.S. abuses abroad, particularly against indigenous peoples.
Churchill, who recently resigned as chairman of the ethnic studies department but remains a tenured professor, said he would sue if he were dismissed.
College Cancels Professor's Appearance
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
CLINTON, NY â€” Hamilton College (search) said Tuesday it has received death threats and was canceling a panel discussion featuring a professor who provoked a furor when he compared Sept. 11 victims to Nazis.
Hamilton spokesman Michael DeBraggio said multiple death threats were made against both college officials and guest speaker Ward Churchill, who resigned Monday as chairman of the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado (search).
In an essay written in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 (search) terrorist attacks, Churchill said the World Trade Center victims were "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America.
The essay attracted little attention until Churchill was invited to speak at Thursday at Hamilton College, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y.
Despite resigning from his department chair, he will retain his teaching job.
Colorado Professor's Future on the Line
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
DENVER â€” A panel discussion at Hamilton College (search) in New York featuring a Colorado professor was canceled after hundreds of death threats poured in because of an inflammatory essay he wrote comparing some of the Sept. 11 victims to Nazis and calling President Bush a terrorist.
Hamilton has been on heightened security since the paper by Ward Churchill (search), published more than two-and-a-half years ago in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks, resurfaced.
Click here to read the essay, titled "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens."
College spokesman Michael DeBraggio said multiple death threats were made against both school officials and Churchill, who was to be a guest speaker at the panel discussion.
Churchill resigned Monday as chairman of the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado at Boulder (search), and the Board of Regents there is holding an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss his future.
In the scathing essay, Churchill called the traders and other businesspeople who worked at the World Trade Center in New York "Eichmanns" â€” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews.
That's because he believes American foreign policy and the spread of capitalism around the world for U.S. profit are acts of genocide against Iraqi civilians and others in the same way as the Nazi movement was against the Jews during World War II.
"As to those in the World Trade Center ... true enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire," Churchill wrote.
In an interview with FOX News, Churchill admitted that his 20-page paper was "a harsh piece" and his views are unpopular. But he stands by his opinion that the attacks were retribution for harmful U.S. foreign policy.
"Bush, at least in symbolic terms, is the world's leading terrorist," Churchill told FOX News in an interview. "He absolutely thumbs his nose at the rule of law. He's the head of a rogue state by definition, and it's a rogue state which dispenses carnage on people presumed to be inferior in some set of terms."
The essay attracted little attention until Churchill was invited to speak Thursday at Hamilton College, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y. Since then, he has gotten several hundred threatening e-mails and some hostile reactions from Sept. 11 victims' families.
He's also gotten hundreds of supportive e-mails and said that some of those in his corner are soldiers on the front lines of the war in Iraq.
"There is a substantial sector of the population, including GIs that I'm corresponding with as a result of this in the Gulf right now, who say, your points are very solid and this is not right what we're doing here," Churchill told FOX.
Though it's difficult for tenured professors to lose their jobs, a number of people â€” including Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (search) and some student Republicans â€” are up in arms over Churchill and his views and want him fired.
"This guy has to go," said Isaiah Lechowit, president of the University of Colorado Student Republicans. "He's been out here just raving about this nonsense and the mindless drones over here are clapping and hooting and hollering for him.
"What sickens me is the people out there clapping for this raving lunatic who applauds these terrorists for killing people on Sept. 11."
Churchill says he has no intention of quitting, and his students don't want to see him go. Many are among his staunchest supporters.
"He changes people's minds," said Albe Zakes, a University of Colorado junior who is a student of Churchill's. "He says controversial things. That is not a bad thing.
"If you express your opinion and you have a strong opinion â€” an opinion that differs from the norm â€” people are going to try to cut you down and take you out of power. If you don't exercise your constitutional right and you don't challenge authority, I think that is being un-American."
Some of Churchill's colleagues in the ethnic studies department held a brief press conference at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to rally around the scholar. They praised Churchill, mentioned numerous writing awards he's won and chastised the press for twisting his words. Churchill himself wasn't present at the event.
FOX News' Carol McKinley, Catherine Donaldson-Evans and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
More Controversy Over Univ. of Colorado Professor Churchill
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
This is a partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," Jan. 31, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Impact" segment tonight, last Friday, we reported on a University of Colorado professor who believes that those Americans killed on 9/11 deserve their fate because they were participants in the capitalist system. That man, Ward Churchill (search), is now spreading his vile opinion around the country. Hamilton College (search), in upstate New York, was going to pay Churchill ,500 to speak, but after our report, he waived his fee. The fact is, however, some people associated with Hamilton lost loved ones on 9/11. How cruel is it letting this guy speak?
Just so you know what we're talking about here, here's a quote from Churchill about the 9/11 killers: "They've given Americans a tiny dose of their own medicine," he says. "This might be seen as merely a matter of vengeance of retribution and, unquestionably, America has earned it." Very nice.
Besides Churchill, the villains in this awful situation are Hamilton College President Joan Hinde Stewart (search) and Professor Nancy Rabinowicz (search), who invited the guy. Rabinowicz also tried to get 1960s radical Susan Rosenberg (search) hired by Hamilton. Rosenberg served 16 years in prison for possessing explosives. She was pardoned by Bill Clinton.
That artist in residence appointment blew up, pardon the bun, when Rosenberg's past was exposed.
So clearly, there are major problems at Hamilton College. And we will give you President Stewart's e-mail after this segment.
Joining us now from Denver is Professor Paul Campos, who teaches law at U.C. Boulder. The professor is also the author of the book "The Obesity Myth."
Am I being unfair to this Churchill guy?
PAUL CAMPOS, UNIV. OF COLORADO PROFESSOR: No, I don't think so. I think it would be very difficult to be unfair to him actually.
O'REILLY: But what is his agenda? What is he trying to do? I mean, it's so over the top and so hateful, it's hard to believe.
CAMPOS: Well, it is incredibly over the top. And I would encourage everybody who's interested in this debate to actually read his essay, which is widely available on the Internet so you can decide for yourself whether these characterizations of it are accurate or not.
Once I actually went and read the entire thing, I was so appalled, that I wrote a column about it, decrying and denouncing the idea that the University of Colorado would have as a tenured member of its faculty somebody who could be spewing this kind of disgusting nonsense in the context of a supposedly academic environment.
O'REILLY: But then you go over to the â€” you know, I want to tell everybody you do write a column for "The Rocky Mountain News." But then you go into the freedom of speech area. And that's where all these academics are hiding.
They're basically saying OK, we all deplore what Professor Churchill says, but it's freedom of speech. He has a right to do it and all of that. How do you answer?
CAMPOS: Well, yes, he does have a right to do it in the sense that the government does not have the right to stop him from publishing what he wants to publish. And in that sense, yes, he has a First Amendment right, like all other Americans do, to say what he wants to say.
That does not mean that if he engages in conduct, including publishing things that bring into question his professional competence that the University of Colorado, his employer, cannot sanction him for behaving in that fashion.
O'REILLY: Well, that will happen on Thursday. After our report on Friday, professor, all hell's breaking loose across the country, both in Boulder and in Clinton, New York, where Hamilton College is.
The board of regents for the University of Colorado are going to meet on Thursday. I fully expect they will sanction the professor, but that doesn't mean anything to him. He's an American hater.
But here's the really bad thing about this. And here's why I'm involved with this. There are people at Hamilton â€” and I don't know if there are any at U.C. Boulder â€” but at Hamilton there are, who lost loved ones on 9/11.
I mean, this guy, this is just cruel to say these people deserved it, they were little Nazis, which is what Churchill says that these people in the World Trade Center (search) and the Pentagon were little Nazis.
And you know, there's â€” one of their sons is at Hamilton. How brutal is this?
CAMPOS: Well, there's a real irony here, which is that Ward Churchill was acquitted a couple of weeks ago by a jury in Denver for, I believe, disturbance of the peace in regard to interfering, along with some other people, with a Columbus Day parade. And the claim of the defendants in that case, including Churchill, was that the Columbus Day marchers didn't have a First Amendment right not to have their march disrupted because Columbus Day celebrations are an incitement to genocide and are therefore hate speech.
So in other words, this is a guy who goes around claiming that a Columbus Day Parade is hate speech and can be interfered with, but at the same time, is claiming that when he writes an incredibly hateful and just basically deranged sort of rant as a scholarly paper.
O'REILLY: OK, so this guy â€” you know, we â€” it's funny, professor, because as soon as we started doing this story, then as I said, the whole country became engaged.
This just happened. It just came across the wire that Churchill has resigned his chairmanship of the Ethnic Studies Department at U.C. Boulder. So he's under enormous pressure now.
But here's the big issue. Number one, why is Boulder sanctioning a guy who hates his country the way this man does? And number two, why is Hamilton College, which is just as guilty, all right, inviting this man to come to spread the hatred? See, I'm not getting why this is happening.
CAMPOS: Well, I can't speak to why Hamilton College is doing what it's doing, but I think the University of Colorado is doing absolutely the right thing at this point to launch an investigation to ask why is this person a tenured member of the faculty?
O'REILLY: Yes, but they knew this for years. We â€” they're only doing this because we started reporting on it last Friday. They knew for years this guy was doing this kind of stuff. He's not a subtle guy.
CAMPOS: Well, actually, the administrators and as far as I can tell, almost all of the faculty at the university were unaware of this essay. And that that, I think, is really quite unfortunate.
CAMPOS: And I think one of the things that needs to be investigated is why were we unaware that this person was publishing this sort of thing? And what should we do in regard to making sure the procedures so we know about what something is doing?
O'REILLY: Yes. You know what this is all about? This is about political correctness once again. That's what this is about. This guy is a native American. He feels that genocide was perpetuated on his race. And therefore, he can hate his country and say anything he wants.
The people bought into this in Boulder. And yes, he's a native American, we're not going to talk about it.
And then in Hamilton College, they basically oh, yes, we want another radical in here to shake it up. We don't care what he says.
And you know, it's an epidemic across the country in college campuses. Professor, I'll give you the last word.
CAMPOS: Well, I think what you're seeing right now this week at the University of Colorado is that, in fact, standards are going to be enforced. And we're not just simply going to shrug our shoulders and say...
O'REILLY: Well, we'll see.
CAMPOS: ...First Amendment, free expression.
CAMPOS: And there's nothing that we can do about it.
O'REILLY: We'll see what happens when the regents meet on Thursday. Professor, thank you.
And if you wish to voice your opinion to Hamilton College, the phone number is 315-859-4444. Or you can e-mail the school's president Joan Hinde Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep your comments respectable. Any threats or bad language diminishes a worthy cause. We'll let these misguided people know they are doing wrong.