Terrorist Emeritus

April 8, 2007

He’s an ex-Marine with five years of active duty and 19 years in the reserve. He was decorated for his service during the Korean War. He’s a nationally known and respected scholar who is highly critical of Roe vs. Wade and supported Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He’s Professor Walter F. Murphy, emeritus of Princeton University, and he’s on the Terrorist Watch List.

Want to guess why? This might offer a clue:

“On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press this past Thanksgiving.”

“When I tried to use the curb-side check in at the Sunport, I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list. I was instructed to go inside and talk to a clerk. At this point, I should note that I am not only the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (emeritus) but also a retired Marine colonel. I fought in the Korean War as a young lieutenant, was wounded, and decorated for heroism. I remained a professional soldier for more than five years and then accepted a commission as a reserve office, serving for an additional 19 years.”

“I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: “Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that.” I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. “That’ll do it,” the man said.”

The old saw had it that a conservative was a liberal who had been mugged, and a liberal was a conservative who had been arrested.

I think the new version will have to be: A liberal is a conservative who got a close look at the Bush administration’s way of doing business.

3 Responses to “Terrorist Emeritus”

  1. Caveat Says:


    Who’s next?

  2. Chucky Says:

    You found a good one. This story got on What Really Happened, Truth to Power, Raw Story, Cursor and Antiwar.com — all in less than 12 hours.

    The headline on the Antiwar.com entry is prophetic. “What is this – the Gestapo?”

  3. Sooozie Says:

    Do people really consider these sites to be reputable!? Sounds like that guy had some trouble at the airport and found another reason to speak out against the government. Sorry, but I don’t believe crap on conspiracy and anti-establishment websites. I’ll need some more substantial evidence before I jump on this bandwagon.

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