More on the “Professor of Jihad”

Following up on the John’s post from Wednesday, the facts regarding Kent State’s al Qaeda sympathizing professor are beginning to emerge. From Mike Adams’ column today and a story from the Akron Beacon Journal yesterday, it seems that (at the very least) Julio Pino contributes to and affiliates himself with the “Global War” website. For those who aren’t’ familiar with Julio’s work, the site he contributes to (but does not, apparently, own) actively supports the Taliban and al Qaeda in their war against America, Israel, and the West and also passes along “training manuals,” battle dispatches, and “jihad videos.”  Kent State — showing the courage that universities typically do when their professors’ free speech involves actual and active hatred of this country — is circling its wagons around academic freedom. Yet “academic freedom” does not include the right to use state property (computers and other information systems) to advocate jihad. And it is even arguable that some of the activities of the “Global War” site are not protected by the First Amendment at all. If the site does, in fact, attempt to provide jihadists with “training manuals” to support the declared enemies of the United States, we may very well be moving outside the realm of the free speech clause. Imagine, for example, if in 1944 we found that a college professor was passing out to sympathetic members of the community a “Third Reich sabotage guide.” There is very little question that such activity could and would be stopped — just as one could easily be arrested and prosecuted for stopping by an al Qaeda cell and distributing pamphlets designed to teach the group how to field-strip an AK-47 and manufacture homemade bombs.  At present, we don’t know the extent or nature of Julio’s “contributions” to the site, but he is — without question — playing a very dangerous game. It is one thing for a professor to openly wish for a “million Mogadishus,” applaud the destruction of the Pentagon on 9/11, or to declare 9/11 victims to be “Little Eichmanns,” but it is quite another to actively and intentionally provide materials to jihadists to help them carry out attacks against the United States. Although some in the academy may fervently wish otherwise, the First Amendment does not protect revolution.

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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