Willful Blindness Toward Terrorists at UCLA a Decade After 9-11

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Lisa Hajjar of UC Santa Barbara focused on what she called “a sociological approach to the war on terror.” She never explained what this analysis would entail, but instead went on a diatribe about the U.S. and the Bush/Cheney administration. “Bush and Cheney used targeted killings to torture and kill Muslim Americans,” she stated, as well as lamenting the Obama administration’s continuance of the same counterterrorism policies. From that point on, her talk focused mostly on prisoners in Bagram, Afghanistan. “It is a human right not to be tortured,” she stated, before adding, “The U.S. government and Israel constantly break this rule.” Overlooking the human right violated by terrorists on 9/11, Hajjar and her cohorts presumed that Islamic terrorism is an imaginary monster created by the West—particularly the U.S. and Israel—in order to achieve world domination.

Presenting the audience with photographs of inmates allegedly being tortured and humiliated by American guards at the Bagram detention camp and Guantanamo Bay, Hajjar ranted:

Dick Cheney, who had neither military experience nor any experience in torture tactics, spearheaded this movement. The CIA has virtually zero experience in torture tactics, but was given great license under Cheney.

She next asserted, inexplicably, that “people only need to torture or kidnap people when they have no concrete evidence.” Concluding her slideshow with a photograph of a sleep-deprived Khalil Sheikh Muhammed, the mastermind behind 9/11, Hajjar expressed alarm over how “badly we tortured him.”  More alarming was Hajjar’s sympathy for a man who played a direct role in the slaughter of thousands of innocent people.

The evening concluded with a brief question and answer session wherein audience members echoed the worries of the speakers and asked how to “get involved in the fight against torture.” Not one person challenged the speakers.

The event offered nothing new regarding the war on terror, but rather trite tropes such as America as a “military state,” America as the voracious imperial state, and America as a “surveillance industrial complex.” These analogies evince a far greater problem in academia, where dissent is only patriotic if aimed at the West. A truly courageous act in such a setting would examine the forbidden topic of Islamic terrorism and the apologetic stance of today’s professors.

Please email your concerns and comments to University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor Gene Bock (chancellor@ucla.edu) and University of California, Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang (henry.yang@chancellor.ucsb.edu).

Judith Greblya wrote this article for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at jgreblya@aol.com.

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  • Asmar Abdul Ghani

    At least ATTEMPT to write an unbiased article. If you can't to that, at least try to HIDE your bias so it's not blatantly obvious.

    If you want to expose the brashness and irresponsibility of Ms. Hajjar's and others' speech, try to suppress your own.

    • jmz

      how is it bias not to want to be bllown up by islamic terrorists? the sheel ignorance of the panel therer shows how delusional they are. there is right and wrong in the world..good and evil…to imply that we are evil for defending ourselves from would be murderers, rapist and islamic destruction is foolish and suicidal!

    • mlcblog

      Why?! I think FPM is entitled to their opinion in their own opinion journal.

    • Ron Carnine

      Dear Sir, blaming the US for terrorism and torture w/o evidence is just so much hearsay. I noticed in the article that there was no evidence put forth, just "pictures" that came from an unknown source. As a retired LEO I recognize a snow job when I see one. There is no doubt that there is Islamic terrorism. Look at what is going on in Iraq. There, Muslims cannot live together in peace. If there are no westerners, they turn their guns on each other. To blame Israel and the US for terrorism committed in the name of Islam is "blame-shifting" and occurs when the guilty party attacks the innocent party. I used to see it in rape cases, and it is still visible in Islam, where the attacker blames the victim for causing the rape. If a seminar is being held that purposes to have "proof" of American and Israeli misconduct, evidence, not just the opinion of the speaker, must be presented. What goes on in such a seminar is presented in "seminar form" because it would never stand up in court. Then you attack the writer of the article claiming the article is biased when plenty of evidence exists to support his contention. Lastly you claim that the writer exhibits "brashness and irresponsibility" which you advise him to suppress, when you haven't suppressed your own. Sorry sir, but you did not win your case.

      • http://www.boycottscotland.com Edward

        The truth is SOCIALISM, paternalistic towards ISLAMOFASCISM is why the world is in such a sorry state.

        If all countries would denounce and crush Islamofascism, the world would be safe.

        All countries being Muslim majority countries and failing under Socialism European countries.

    • SpiritOf1683

      Its time you were sent back to Pakistan where you belong, savage.

    • StephenD

      Ass Mar, What is comical is that you count it as a "good" thing to try to hide your bias. If someone is against another they should not be open about it. Boy, when Taqiyya sinks in it goes to the bone huh? You can take off the desert garb but you can't take the "Trade Route Bandit" out of the man.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    This comment was meant for the Raymond Ibrahim article, but the webmaster wouldn't accept it for some reason (probably took me too long to write). Since I went through the trouble, I thought I'd stick it here….

    How telling that the end of Islam’s ‘Golden Age’ (around the 10th century) and the subsequent long slide into apathy and fatalism directly corresponded to the withering of the dhimmi communities among the conquered peoples. In fact, the ‘Golden Age’ was built on the backs of the dhimmis. They were more civilized, more cultured, more educated, and more productive than their Muslim masters. Most of the non-military accomplishments during the first three centuries of Muslim rule were THEIRS (the dhimmis). Once the depredations of dhimmitude compelled ever-increasing numbers of dhimmis to convert to Islam, the entire Muslim Caliphate lost its vitality.

    This just highlights the extent to which Islam mirrors a parasitic organism, sucking the life-blood out of an otherwise healthy host. As the host dies, the parasite itself gradually withers, unless or until it finds a new host. In this respect, Islam mirrors socialism, where the windfall of nationalization and collectivization of private wealth is followed by the persistent inability to produce NEW wealth, and in the absence of new conquests, the socialist economy withers.

    Both Islam and socialism are not only antithetical to human freedom, but also to human nature. Their appeal is to our baser impulses – fear, envy, projection, and the herd mentality. Conversely, freedom appeals to our nobler instincts – courage, initiative, and most importantly, individual responsibility. Which of these two diametrically opposed blueprints for human endeavor will rule the roost in the decades to come? The answer is destined to someday effect every life on planet earth.

    • Uzoozy

      After the Golden age came Black gold from Allah, thank God muslims do not have to depend upon other contries.
      There is a snake in the grass , guess who?

  • Steven Plaut

    Learn the truth about jihadette Lisa Hajjar here: http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?…

  • flipside

    Let Asmar Abdul Ghani go preach at his Islamist friends about democracy and freedom of speech, and stop pretending to FPM readers that he gives a toot about freedom of speech for anyone except for jihadists.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      You are posting as me. You are a thief.

      • SpiritOf1683

        Far from it. flipside is what you would be like had you been given a brain.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          People with brains commit identity theft and kiss Israel’s rear end?

          • SpiritOf1683

            Still, its a vast improvement on kissing Ahmadinejads or Che Guevara's rear end, 45 years after he was sent to Satan.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I’m not Israeli. I don’t choose between asses to kiss.

  • shekib

    If a point of view contradict your uneducated opinion (probably picked up by watching Beck and fox) it doesn't give you right to write a willfully uneducated article. As a UCLA grad i am more then happy to have such conversation at UCLA. Racist and uneducated and biased people like you are not welcomed.

    • bikehs

      "Racist and uneducated and biased people like you are not welcomed. " – typical fascist attitude. I'm sure you would like to limit where we can go and what we can say. You think of yourself as an intellectual open to all opinions, as long as it agrees with yours. Racist, uneducated and biased – guess what shekib that's a good description of you.

    • נגד החזירים

      (1) As a "UCLA grad" one would have thought you would know the difference between the words "than" and "then," but I suppose learning anything as mundane as this would have meant less time in your jihad classes.

      (2) You are a pig. In fact, most likely the offspring of the unholy union of a ape and a pig. The only real question is: which one was your mother?

      • נגד החזירים

        typo: make that "… unholy union of an ape and a pig."

        The main issue here is that you are a foul, vile, piece of excrement.

    • Keith Vinnecour

      As a UCLA graduate, I am appalled at Asmar Abjul Ghani and his obvious support of terrorism in an attempt to alter JudeoChristain beliefs and morals in these great United States as compared to what the terrorist have to offer with Sharia Law.

    • Uzoozy

      Way to go brother.
      Love Ya

  • sedoanman

    Waging private warfare is a war crime. Those who engage in it are the real violators of human rights; they are hostes humani generis, the common enemies of mankind. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m6007/i

  • Moishe Pupick

    Friday, 12/23/11 common era

    Tax dollars at work, laying the groundwork for sharia law in the U.S.A. The Jewish useful idiots who facilitate this evil are modern-day capos.

  • Indioviejo

    It is a sin, and it ought to be a crime for useful idiots such as these to engage in self gratifying claptrap such as what is reported here. Where is the honest analysis of Islam? Where is the outrage at the savagery committed every day in the name of Allah, the Quran, Sharia Law or any other emanation from the evil cult all over the world against their own populations and any unfortunate that falls under their clutches? If they had any shame at all, they would at least keep quiet about it.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    If this were a UCLA event host by Zionists instead of Muslims, they would have installed a metal detector, hired a TSA agent and made it seem like they were under constant threat.

    • neged menuvalim

      You say: blah blah blah.

      Go on … say more. It doesn't matter, you filth.

      We say: Every moment in time that Israel continues to exist: you lose. Every moment in time that we, the Jewish People, continue to breathe and proudly hold up our heads, you lose.

      Too bad for you, jerk.

      Now for the next antisemite …

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        I support Israel’s right to exist. Nobody but nobody supports Zionists’ right to be paranoid, psychotic pigs.

        • castalia

          We know you, we are familiar with your glowing red eyes, we recognize you by your vile, foul stink and have dealt with FAR more clever and powerful stenchpiles than you: you are a tiny pisher by comparison.

          You are also, of course, a liar: you say you support Israel's right to exist, but that is misleading filth from your tumorous bowels. You are a worm, and we've outlived your stronger, more powerful relatives MANY times. Compared to your more capable family members, your are a cosmic joke.

          Your entire life, your very soul is a nothing, and will always so be.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I do support Israel’s right to exist, and your invective is weak.

  • papadakis

    "Not one person challenged the speakers."

    I can believe it. One can really see how easily these folks get brainwashed when they are only given half the story day in and day out, but it's presented like it's the whole truth. The dynamic of it only being acceptable to bash America is standard op. They certainly don't encourage people to think anything other than what they want them to think. It's like hive-mind or something. The conformity is stifling to say the least. True protests are rare. Unless it's a protest for the system in defense of the politically correct status quo – then they put on their Che Guevara shirts and grab their megaphones and protest the people that protest their fascism. Academia: Nazi-town USA.

  • Papadakis

    Asmar Abdul Ghani:
    At least ATTEMPT to write an unbiased article. If you can't to that, at least try to HIDE your bias so it's not blatantly obvious.

    If you want to expose the brashness and irresponsibility of Ms. Hajjar's and others' speech, try to suppress your own."


    In this response there wasn't one single, solitary fact to refute what she wrote. Unreal. You're from fresh THE HIVE aren't you. Yeah, it shows. You know why? No facts, just spewing negative emotion. You see, that because your professors don't deal in facts. That's why you have none at your disposal to argue with. Stick around. Read a few articles you might learn something.

  • flipside

    I hate all dem Joos because I have such a tiny pecker

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Isn’t your boyfriend’s last name Schmuldik?