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As a student, Eric Holder was a domestic terrorist

Posted: October 5, 2012 at 8:00 am   /   by

Chances are, a lot of people who were in high school or college between 1965 and 1990 have something they regret doing. Before the 1960s, alcohol was more likely to be a problem for students than drugs. Premarital sex existed, of course, but it happened less often. With the broad cultural and societal changes that really got rolling in the 1960s, however, those in their late teens and early 20s were faced with a lot more opportunities to do things that might later cause regret. No doubt a lot of the people in public life have something in their past they look back on as being a poor choice. Dating the wrong person. Drinking a lot of beer, climbing to the top of a very high water tower, and spray-painting “I love so-and-so.”  Smoking pot in a car with all the windows rolled up for 30 minutes straight. And, in some tragic cases, worse things than these.

Ah, the indiscretions of youth . . .

As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon.

Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” The change, the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”

Black radicals from the same group also occupied the office of Dean of Freshman Henry Coleman until their demands were met. Holder has publicly acknowledged being a part of that action.

The details of the student-led occupation, including the claim that the raiders were “armed,” come from a deleted Web page of the Black Students’ Organization (BSO) at Columbia, a successor group to the SAAS. Contemporary newspaper accounts in The Columbia Daily Spectator, a student newspaper, did not mention weapons.

Holder, now the United States’ highest-ranking law enforcement official, has given conflicting accounts of this episode during college commencement addresses at Columbia, but both the BSO’s website and the Daily Spectator have published facts that conflict with his version of events.

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Eric Holder didn’t date the wrong person or smoke weed and then carve “One day, I want to be the first Attorney General held in Contempt of Congress” into a wooden table in a Columbia dining hall. He participated in one iteration of a phenomenon that swept the nation during the 60s and 70s: radical leftist terrorism. Jonah Goldberg has rightly described the actions of these radicals as being a form of domestic street fascism. Call it what you will, Holder’s actions were a part of the leftist terrorism that burned through the nation during that era. Hundreds of buildings bombed . . . scores of people murdered . . . thousands terrorized or held hostage—all by radical leftists. Eric Holder was one of them.

The very presence of John Ashcroft at the Department of Justice during the first part of the Bush years caused the media and the Democrats apoplexy. Other than the fact that he was a Republican, that he wanted to cover up a naked statue, and that they disagreed with him on policy, what exactly did they have on him?

Now, imagine that he had once been a domestic terrorist . . .

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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As a student, Eric Holder was a domestic terrorist