What does a leftist, east coast professor know about handling terrorists?

Professor Mark DenbeauxIt’s disappointing seeing ASU law school turned into a leftist propaganda machine. ON Friday, ASU hosted Professor Denbeaux from Seton Hall to speak about closing GITMO, “759 Named Unknown Detainees.” We should ask Prof Denbeaux to assure us in Arizona that none of these GITMO terrorists that Obama is so concerned with protecting will be sent here. And what could this leftist, east coast law professor possibly know about handling terrorists? NOTHING. A look at his curriculum vitae reveals that he’s been at Seton Hall law school since ’72, and spent four years at community legal services organizations prior to that–that’s the extent of his professional background. No military background, no CIA background, nothing. And yet it says that “He has been an advisor to the Obama administration on handling national security detainees, if and when the prison camp at GITMO is closed.” It’s bad that Obama caved in to the apologists for terrorism and closed GITMO, it’s downright frightening that this guy is telling Obama what to do with the terrorists who will be leaving GITMO for greener pastures.


  1. Veritas Vincit says

    “The function of the university is to seek and to transmit knowledge and to train students in the process whereby truth is to be made known. To convert, or to make converts, is alien and hostile to this dispassionate duty.” [Robert Gordon Sproul, President University of California 1934. UC’s Academic Personnel Manual] – rewritten by the Leftist professors on July 30, 2003 to omit the admonition against indoctrination and using the university as a platform for propaganda.

    The university exists only for the limited and distincitve purpose of teaching and research; it cannot take collective action on the issues of the day without endangering the conditions for its existence and effectiveness.

    This is the reason, that the State of Arizona should re-vist the bloated budget of its schools of ‘higher education’ and determine if this purpose is still being fulfilled by them or if they have become institutions of radical indoctrination.

    If so, then funding is to be cut 100% and a new system created. Let the Leftists pay their own way not the taxpayers of Arizona.

    If you disagree with me, then I refer the reading to an essay by Herbert Mancuse (of the Frankfurt School at Columbia University) entitled “Repressive Tolerance” 1965

  2. Not wanting to interupt your ragegasm, but you do know that we already have scary Islamic terrorists in American jails, right? Zacarias Moussaoui, Richard Reid, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman are all currently serving life-sentences. Also, Terry Nichols, Eric Rudolph, and the UNAbomber.

    So, you know, get a grip.

  3. I totally agree. Obama should emulate the previous administration and seek legal advice from a right-wing, west coast law professor who knows nothing about handling terroristsn has no military or CIA background but can provide legal justification for torture, ignoring international treaties, and pretty much anything else the president wants to do. Of course, they could have gotten better legal advice if they had just called the Eagle, and probably some in the previous administration wish they had.

  4. Veritas Vincit ,
    Just to clarify I think you mean Marcuse. And the Frankfurt school was not at Columbia, it was in Frankfurt pre-1933.

    How is inviting a professor who has advised the current administration on a controversial legal issue not be “transmission of knowledge.” I notice in a couple of days Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School is speaking. He is a conservative and member of the Cato Institute. Is this part of the left-wing agenda of the law school? Or rather an attempt to provide students with a variety of views by legal scholars.

  5. Veritas Vincit says

    Todd, I hate to break it to you, but this just in… the Frankfurt School relocated to Columbia University about 1934-34 shortly before Hitler decided he didn’t want the Bolsheviks in Germany.

    The “current” administration has what, about two weeks of foreign policy experience to their credit yet? So, unless this guy is Joe Biden’s right hand foreign policy advisor, your re-direct of this thread is off the mark.

    Mr Epstein’s CV isn’t all that exciting as to warrant this level of elevation. He’s promoting his “Opinions” after sitting at a desk for how long?

    Sorry Todd, wrong on both counts. He’s a liberal law professor who’s coming here to expound his leftist opinions and not much more.

  6. Veritas Vincit says

    Professor Denbeaux teaches (since 1972): … Uniform Commercial Code, Contracts, Consumer Law, Federal Civil Procedure.

    Oh, he went to Congress and lectured the
    House Foreign Relations Committee on the following (for which he is so qualified): “Guantánamo: The Cost of Replacing Legal Process with Politics Incompetence and Injustice and the Threat to National Security”, May 20, 2008.

    This is what he “advised” the administration on (funny, it was a different ‘administration’ in 2008 so I guess he didn’t ‘advise’ anyone did he Todd?

    He’s sooooo qualified (yeah, about as much as Obama is)

  7. Veritas Vincit,
    I was wrong to correct you on the Columbia thing I misunderstood what you meant.

    As to the rest, again, Universities inviting scholars to come give talks is part of the transfer of knowledge – I don’t quite understand what the problem here is except you don’t like the guys viewpoint. My use of ‘advise’ was simply from what was stated in the post. I have no idea what this has meant in regards to Denbeaux.

    Richard Epstein is not a liberal he is a member of the Federalist Society. Or did you mean Denbeaux(?). Anyway, my point is that it seems the law school is inviting scholars of all sorts of different political positions. They don’t seem to be engaged in left-wing indoctrination but rather providing students and faculty with a variety of viewpoints. This seems central to the seeking of knowledge function of a university which you point to. The only way this issue becomes a problem is if you believe no viewpoints which you disagree with should be voiced. Perhaps that is your view, it certainly is not mine.

  8. Veritas Vincit says


    To bring him out here to speak of that which he is an expert is fine, and would be a benefit to law students.

    However, for him to come as a scholar on a topic where his experience and knowledge is tanamount to my own, is well, blowing his own hot air and his own opinions in the cloak of academia.

    His expertise in the subject matter he is coming here on is weak at best (per his own CV).

    That is the issue. His opinions of the War on Terror are suspect, but not his knowledge of his base subjects in law.

  9. kralmajales says

    Veritas’ problem, Todd, is this. He used the invitation of a person with views he disagrees with to make the leap that your universities and colleges should be cut. It is the typical crap that conservatives peddle. They forget that some of there most favorite businesses grow because they hire graduates. They forget why Raytheon is here and why they may not choose to stay here.

  10. Annie Hoyle says

    Speaking of graduates, kralmajales…

    there, their, they’re hmmmmmmmmmm… Which one do I use, professor?

  11. Veritas Vincit says

    kralmajales, learn to articulate and accurately use logic please. Raytheon and the graduate engineers they hire have little to do with the clap-trap this “guest” is being well paid to spew out to young minds.

    You bet I disagree with his opinions – and he shouldn’t be paid to spew opinions – especially since he has NO professional background or experience in the subject matter he’s been invited to speak about.

    As I said, were he invited to talk about Consumer Law, we wouldn’t be having this dialog.

  12. kralmajales says

    Again, fair enough on your opinion. But to use it to drag down universities, argue for the to be cut…well….puleasssse.

    And oh, funny thing about research. You can become and expert in something by researching the topic and making credible arguments.

    Thank god Thomas Edison wasn’t a one trick pony.

  13. kralmajales says

    Yeah, Annie…its their…I don’t tend to proof posts to blogs…but you point is taken.

  14. kralmajales says


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