• New Columbia Wrinkle: Police Takedown Facilitated By Faculty Member Who Serves On NYPD Anti-Terror Squad...Conspiracists Cry Foul

    May 3, 2024
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    Convenient Bedfellows

    The recent ousting of students and professional agitators from a Columbia University building was led in part by a Columbia adjunct professor who is also the civilian Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the NYPD.

    The story is from The Grayzone, a media project headed by Max Blumenthal, Jewish blogger and former Clinton aide. That said, the article is written with a decidedly pro-Palestine bent. Author Wyatt Reed describes the Columbia uprising as a "protest model [that] has since spread to over 100 other universities in the US, and even been taken up abroad, with similar actions occurring at Leeds University in the UK and the Sorbonne in Paris", as if it were organic, and not, in fact, funded by groups such as the Soros-backed U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR).

    Still, Reed injects some salient points into the Columbia conversation. He correctly notes that, "During the NYPD’s triumphant May 1 post-raid press conference, Weiner blamed 'outside agitators' for triggering the military-style police crackdown at Columbia. However, she refused to name the outsiders supposedly on the scene."

    Next, Reed asserts that Weiner falsely used the terroristic past of an elderly Columbia encampment visitor--Nahla al-Arian, 63, as preface for police intevention:

    "...a brief visit to Columbia by Nahla Al-Arian, who Weiner incorrectly described as 'the wife of somebody who had been convicted for material support to terrorism.'

    'That’s not somebody who I would want necessarily influencing my child if I were a parent of somebody at Columbia,' Weiner commented.

    Nahla’s husband, Palestinian academic Sami Al-Arian, had been indicted on flimsy terrorism charges in 2003, but a jury refused to convict him. Nevertheless, her brief stop at the Columbia encampment — where she says she did not even interact with any demonstrators — was cited by Adams during three separate media engagements to justify the police repression."

    --Ibid., editorial emphasis.

    Further, Reed points out, somewhat ominously, that Weiner is the granddaughter of one of the creators of the hydrogen bomb:

    "Weiner is the granddaughter of Stanislaw Ulam, the Polish Jewish mathematician who helped conceive the hydrogen bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. “I’m very proud of that legacy,” Weiner said of her grandfather’s work upon being appointed as NYPD intelligence chief."


    Reed stops short of calling Weiner a Mossad asset, but he sets the table elaborately, stopping just short of lighting the dinner candles:

    "The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau currently maintains an office in Tel Aviv, Israel, where it coordinates with Israel’s security apparatus and maintains a department liaison. Weiner appears to serve as a bridge between the Bureau’s offices in Israel and New York.

    A 2011 AP investigation revealed that a so-called 'Demographics Unit' operated secretly within the NYPD’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureau. This shadowy outfit spied on Muslims around the New York City area, and even on students at campuses outside the state who were involved in Palestine solidarity activism. The unit was developed in tandem with the CIA, which has refused to name the former Middle East station chief it posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. 

    The 'Demographics Unit' appears to have been inspired by Israeli intelligence as well. As a former police official told the AP, the unit attempted to 'map the city’s human terrain' through a program 'modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.'"

    --Ibid., editorial emphasis.

    To sum up: Rebecca Weiner is, plainly, a liaison between the NYPD and Columbia University. The police division she works for was formed as a response to 9/11, and was done so with Israeli intelligence guidance, as would seem a natural fit for a country that has dealt with Middle East terrorism for decades.

    Therefore, it sounds as though Weiner did her job reasonably well. Mayor Eric Adams mentioned Weiner's work explicitly in his press conference, so Reed's use of nebulous adjectives to describe Weiner's police unit, such as "shadowy," are par for the journalistic course.

    If Weiner's role in the Columbia operation had been hidden from view, perhaps more suspicion would be warranted. That said, it is surprising to find an Ivy League university working hand-in-hand with the largest police force in the country on counterterrorism, and to learn that the particular NYPD unit has roots in Israeli intelligence.

    Not too hard to see why more and more taxpaying, legal citizens see conspiracies falling down on them like a steady rain.

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