February 15, 2011, - 10:49 am

Shhhh! Public Universities Sue to Hide (Muslim, Foreign) Donors

By Debbie Schlussel

What is the University of Connecticut trying to hide?

An important case before Connecticut’s Court of Appeals is getting scant attention.  But the outcome of University of Connecticut v. Freedom of Information Commission et al. could decide whether you and I can which foreign Muslim caliphates and other terrorism supporters are funding our public universities. Plaintiff Jonathan Pelto, a University of Connecticut alum and former elected Connecticut state legislator, is seeking the donor list of his alma mater.  FYI, he’s a liberal Democrat, who was a rising star in Connecticut politics in the early ’90s.

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Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant, Though Maybe Not w/ Islam

As you probably know, most public institutions are subject to one or more of various state and federal freedom of information acts, otherwise known as FOIAs.  But the University of Connecticut is trying to circumvent those rules, claiming that its donor list is proprietary information and a “trade secret.”  The university claims that if its donors’ identities are made public, other organizations and entities will try to poach the list.  That’s nonsense, especially in the information age and a world where the wealthiest individuals and donors are well known to most fundraisers.

Plus, most donors to universities have particular motivations–such as having graduated from a particular donee institution . . . or an agenda, such as Saudi billionaire and Palestinian terrorism telethon donor Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, who’s endowed many a Middle Eastern Studies chair and/or department at several American universities.  And therein lies the danger of keeping donors’ identities secret.  We have a right to know who is giving money to tax-funded, public universities .  .  . and who is trying to shape what is being taught and how.  If the Saudis or, perhaps even HAMAS itself, is trying to pay off universities to get professors to teach students what and how to think about the Middle East, we need to know that.  And if that money is going to a public university, we have a right to know that.

There is also the danger that Communists, such as the Chinese, could secretly fund university engineering departments, for instance, in order to get their hands on important technology.  There are already allegations that the Chi-Coms have been easily obtaining such information from the University of Michigan.  Remember, at issue here is a public university, not a private one.  And we know the Saudis (including the prince) and others are already contributing gobs of money to both private and public institutions of higher learning. I wonder how much they’ve given to U-Conn. When someone goes to court to keep information a secret, you wonder what they are hiding.

It’s trite but true:  sunshine–including information obtained from FOIA requests–is always the best disinfectant.  If we’re not allowed to obtain this information, we won’t know who is infecting our public institutions. On the other hand, one could argue that even sunshine hasn’t been very successful against Islam, as America and the rest of the West continues to turn a blind eye to all of the information it’s seen and learned about Islam even recently, including 3,000 Americans murdered in cold blood, the Shoe Bomber, the Fort Hood massacre, the Undiebomber, the Times Square Bomber, all of the Saudi and other Islamic money thrown around America, etc. None of that info has made a dent. Still, it’s important the information is out there and available.

With regard to U-Conn, the university already won the latest battle to keep its donors’ info private.  Let’s hope Connecticut’s appellate court reverses that unfortunate decision.  Just like campaign contributions to those running for office, we should be able to see who is contributing to the salaries of people like pan-Islamist Juan Cole at the University of Michigan.  I’d bet there are plenty like him at Connecticut.  It’s just as important to see who is influencing those who propagandize America’s future generations in the name of “education” as it is to see who is financing America’s lawmakers.

And it’s not just foreign donors that should bother us.  If some wealthy conservative or allegedly anti-jihadist, pro-Israel American is donating to a place like the University of Michigan–which willingly hosted Islamic terrorist Sami Al-Arian and, for a long time, refused to give credit to students studying abroad in Israel–I want to know who that individual is and try to hold that person accountable.  In this case, Pelto leads a University of Connecticut watchdog group and wants to be able to communicate with U-Conn donors about malfeasance at the university.  If the university were honest, it would admit that it doesn’t want Pelto to communicate this to donors who might not give if they know what’s really going on at the place.  It really has nothing to do with trade secrets and poaching of donors.  That’s just baloney.

Again, this isn’t just a Connecticut case.  All public universities and other institutions are carefully watching this case.  If the University of Connecticut is ultimately victorious, you can expect every public institution to shut down the free flow of information regarding donors. . .  and you can expect the free flow of Muslim and Chi-Com dollars to run rampant at our public universities and colleges.  Although some state FOIA laws differ, most have the same language as Connecticut’s law, as they are all based on the same model laws.

And public universities nationwide aren’t just watching the case, they’re rooting for Connecticut to win its fight to keep this information secret.  Isn’t it interesting how colleges and universities–the places that willingly host Islamic terrorism supporters in the name of “the free and open exchange of information and ideas”–are suddenly so opposed to the free and open exchange of information?

The minute the sunshine is blocked out, these places will become even more infected.  Bet on it.

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OT, but in Bahrain, there are now serious protests. And guess what? The women disproportionately are in hijabs. A brief search in Google regarding the prevalence of hijabs in Bahrain indicated that this is NOT a common mode of dress for women there. If so, we know exactly who is behind the “revolution” playing out in Bahrain.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110215/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_bahrain_protests

skzion on February 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

The issue of who is funding Universities is also especially accute in the UK at the moment. For example, the LSE – which is reckoned to be the one of the world’s leading research institutes – has in recent years been taking millions of funding from different Arab regimes, including £9.2 million last year from the United Arab Emirates to set up a new “Middle East Centre”. It turns out that the Centre was promoted prominently with a map of the Middle east which eradicated Israel. When this was pointed out the LSE Director Sir Howard Davies claimed it was a simple mistake and that the Centre was set up to provide a “balanced and informed analysis of the region”. Except that a few days later the Centre’s manager Dr. John Chalcraft just happened to be the proposer of the motion: “This House Believes in an Academic Boycott of Israel”. When this was pointed out to Sir Howard he could see nothing wrong with it. Not surprisingly the last 2 years have seen the LSE become the academic focal point for Israel deligitimization, not to mention outright anti-semitism. During the Gaza war in 2009 when anti-Israel thugs occupied the main lecture theatre, Davies actually ‘resolved the situation’ by capitulating to all of the thugs’ blackmial demands including total divestment in Israel and the awarding of a new bunch of scholarships to Palestinians.

Full details of the saga can be found here:

http://edgar1981.blogspot.com/2011/01/another-update-to-lse-middle-east.html

Edgar Davidson on February 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I think the saddest and most poignant part of this thread is where DS listed all the Jihadi crap done in old USA and how it has NOT made a dent. People are seriously not wanting to believe a screaming truth here. I find it scary and sad…and very crazy-making.

The name Sami Al-Arian brought back memories of when that splotchy hack Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” was must-see-tv. I remember him hammering him every night. Now, BOR is a hack and his tenacity has been replaced by egoism and his show an utter joke. The way he panders to MaObama is disgusting and disengenious.

Speaking of circling the drain, Michael Medved (who used to be one of my favourites) CONTINUES to not want to see the truth when it comes to MaObama. The mental gymnastics he does is painful. A host really ripped him a new one last evo and boy was I glad. Made me feel as if I were NOT going insane (MedFraud has family that lives in Israel, too).

Anyway, DONATE to DS because this is one of the very few places where you get the fact-backed truth and guts. Really, think about all the so-called Conservative hosts you thought were hardcore, but are just PC wimps. I’m getting sick of it!

Skunky on February 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

THIS IS A HUGE ISSUE!

Thank you for writing about it. If the CT courts won’t rule in favor of FOIA, then the state legislature should specifically mandate it by law for state universities.

Most schools are proud to list their donors; even sports boosters (as in this particular case). The notion that sports boosters’ names should be withheld from the public suggests yet another case of corruption in college sports.

I fully agree with your tying this to donations to scholastic departments. They too compete for donations. Most scholastic departments are proud to name their donors. When they aren’t, you gotta wonder what they’re hiding. When it comes to Middle Eastern Studies, it hardly takes much imagination.

There is NO Santa Claus on February 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Public institutions should subject to be the same disclosure rules regarding foreign agents as private institutions and individuals are with regards to foreign donors. If they are acting as representatives of foreign agents, we have a right to know about it. The Israeli Left, incidentally, has made that same argument about confidentiality for the country’s Far Left NGOs, which are lavishly funded by European governments and anti-Israel NGOs abroad. The public hasn’t bought it and its not an infringement on freedom of association and freedom of speech for the public to know who is paying you to allow you to disseminate your views. Sunshine is the best protection for democracy there and here.

NormanF on February 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The funny thing here is that there are problems in the other direction:

Big donors want their money to go toward a specific cause, only to find out that it has not been spent that way. Then, they sue to get their money back.

These academic institutions have gotten absolutely rapacious in their greed. At UCLA, you can have *anything* named after you, and a few years ago the cheapest thing was a drinking fountain for $5000.

“Higher” education is one of the last remaining true cartels. Can you name anything besides college tuition that has *only* increased in price (notwithstanding the Great Depression), for over an hundred years?

Red Ryder on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I recall when the U of Michigan reflected more balance in their international studies. Heck, they had ME as a teaching fellow in their long running Arab-Israeli Conflict course. But that was then – a long time ago. Recently, they elected to bring anti-Zionist Neve Gordon from Ben Gurion University as a visiting scholar to teach that same course. Michigan also hosts a lot of pro-Palestinian activity these days, including the disgraceful Israel Apartheid Week.

And no, I no longer give money to Michigan.

Raymond in DC on February 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Is it true that Harvard changed its motto from “Veritas” to “Pecunia”?

Red Ryder on February 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

The once-venerable Claremont McKenna College (CMC), which once provided some of the intellectual might behind Reagan’s revolution, has devolved into a cesspool of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-free speech filth. This is all documented in the “Claremont Conservative”:

http://www.claremontconservative.com/

Of course, none of this has stopped faux-conservative Bill Kristol from happily venturing to CMC or from BIG DONOR and alum Henry Kravis (a Republican) from continuing to give to the thoroughly corrupt CMC.

Adam on February 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Adam–

Don’t get too excited about CMC. Just about all the colleges–and just about all institutions of any description–have sold out.

Red Ryder on February 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

If the USA did not give BILLIONS to the Muslim countries in the ME, they would need NO GIFTS/dirty money in return from these Arabs. After the skewered news coming out of Egypt one has to ask whether investments by Arabs into the USA media has stifled freedom of speech. Prof Niall Ferguson’s opinion on BHO’s leadership is worth hearing but why no fuss in the USA about this. Judeo/Christian folk are being mugged by Arab oil money whilst societies and communities are being ripped apart by their evil intentions. The cost of keeping the USA safe is worse than shocking, look at ‘flying costs’, a negative cost that doesn’t generate productivity.
Worth viewing:YouTube – Harvard’s Niall Ferguson Schools Here on Muslim Brotherhood and Caliphate#at=38
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9sMo-LTdSc&feature=player_embedded#at=38

Eyes Wide Open on February 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Public institutions have no right to confidentiality that does not involve medical treatment issues or matters of National Defense. This involves neither, and the public has an absolute right to know.

Occam's Tool on February 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I was thinking of a few names that universities can start changing their names to in case this kind of thing becomes more and more common:

USC – University of Sharia California
UCLA – University Caliphate of Los Angeles
Notre Dame – Notre Dhimmi
Harvard – Jihadvard

CornCoLeo on February 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Thought of another one:

Alabama – Allahbama

CornCoLeo on February 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

DS readers: Maybe this is what is happening in the universities here at grassroots level. No more noise to get an Afro/American president into the WH. So what trouble to make. Please read:
This opinion piece from The Australian today raises a point which should be considered.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/palestine-an-obsession-of-radical-west-not-arabs/story-e6frg6zo-1226006572220

Eyes Wide Open on February 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Considering the unrest in the ME where the ultimate outcome should be the much desired DEMOCRACY by the protesters we have to conclude that the West has been conned into the biggest fraud of all time. The tsunami of migrants from these countries who have infiltrated our communities as asylum seekers are here under false pretences. They have claimed benefits, used the pro bono lawyers afforded them, they have upped the Human Rights claims and counted on their squawking RACISM at every action by a westerner. They have blamed the Pal/Israeli situation for just about everything one can think of. In fact the real reason is the repressive regimes they’ve lived under who have never allowed them to let off steam.
If the so called Democracy comes to their countries then the West should cancel all aid and stop the tide of migration. The West cannot cope with their under educated, unemployed masses which constitute 50% of their populations under 20. Over populating the world will work against them as these new democracies will not be able to feed their masses.

Eyes Wide Open on February 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Did they not learn anything from obambi the won? If it’s donor money from Gaza just note it as Georgia then lie and say you paid it back.

ender on February 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Do you wonder who the donor to Kalamazoo Medical School in Michigan was? not many people have an extra 100 million lying around.

curious on March 23, 2011 at 3:01 am

Sir,
The done is very tremdeous, for the poor & needy people,
we are interested in aschool for all group of people,can we get some funds for construction of building,
with warm regards,

maqsood on April 20, 2012 at 2:39 am

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