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Law Enforcement a Tool to Squelch Free Speech
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to harass and
beat him in his
own front yard.
ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center have a long history of manipulating
U.S. law enforcement to target grassroots activists, patriots, independent
journ-alists and controversial scholars. In a telling com-mentary,
Michael Collins Piper recounts the scheme to have police target
him in an effort to get him banned from a speaking engagement outside
See ADL LINK TO LOCAL POLICE, Page
P. 10, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * September 4, 2006 Behind
the Scenes with Michael Collins Piper
to Local Police Agencies Uncovered in Chris Bollyn Affair
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith has
had its eye on AFP correspondent Christopher Bollyn for a long time.
In light of the recent attack on Bollyn, in his own front yard,
by officers of his hometown police department in Hoffman Estates,
Ill., it is fitting to outline what we know about past ADL efforts
to undermine Bollyn. What follows is Michael Collins Piper’s
abbreviated account of a previous ADL campaign against both Bollyn
and Piper, demonstrating that the ADL maintains intimate contact
with police officials in suburban Chicago where the attack on Bollyn
took place. As Piper notes, this certainly raises the question as
to whether the thugs who attacked Bollyn had been “advised”
by the ADL about Bollyn.
By Michael Collins Piper
. .For the first five months of the
year 2000 the otherwise quiet Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill.,
was wracked by a stormy debate over censorship, centering around
my book Final Judgment, which charges
Israeli involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
. . .The frenzy began when a local
library patron, Christopher Bollyn, tried to donate a copy to the
Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL). Trained in Middle East
studies, Bollyn is fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, among other languages.
In addition, his late mother was one of the library’s founders,
his wife was a volunteer at the library, and Bollyn himself had
worked at the library as a young man. Despite all this, the library
rejected the donation.
. . .However, Bollyn attended a library
board meeting to press the matter, and, at that time, pointed out
that several library directors were partisans of Israel. He charged
that the book was rejected because of the Israeli lobby’s
fervent objections to the book.
. . .Already involved behind the scenes,
the Chicago office of the ADL publicly stepped into the picture,
with ADL spokesman Richard Hirshhaut attacking Bollyn.
. . .“We believe this is a cynical
ploy, an attempt to create a First Amendment issue as a subterfuge
for an effort to exploit the goodwill and fair-mindedness of the
public library system,” said Hirshaut. “The library
should not be forced to put itself in a position of being a warehouse
or central address for every bigot with an agenda.”
. . .Hirschaut had previously been
based in the San Francisco office of the ADL at the very time —
seven years previously — that the ADL came under intense public
scrutiny for its improper involvement with at least one member of
the San Francisco Police Department. Following that scandal, in
which Hirschaut was under criminal investigation for his involvement
in the ADL-connected police scandal, Hirschaut was moved to Chicago.
. . .In fact, Hirschaut and the San
Francisco ADL office were keeping tabs on Bollyn as far back as
the early 1990s when Bollyn, then a college student in the San Francisco
Bay area, was leading protests against the first U.S. war against
Iraq, which was being promoted by the Israeli lobby.
. . .In any case, the brouhaha between
Bollyn and the ADL and the Schaumburg Library attracted the attention
of the media. No less than five area newspapers and the PBS affiliate
reported on the controversy. The mess dragged on for some five months,
with Bollyn insisting that the library accept the copy of Final
. . .In response, the library appointed
a special three-member “tribunal” to examine Final
Judgment and determine whether it was “appropriate”
for inclusion in the library. Heading the tribunal was Uri Toch,
the library’s official translator of Hebrew, which is the
state language of Israel. Toch and his tribunal declared the book
“poorly written” and essentially called it a piece of
garbage but finally consented to permit the book to be accepted
by the library to avoid being accused of censorship.
. . At one point, Toch tried to get
Bollyn arrested after Bollyn called the library and asked Toch,
in the Israeli state language, where Toch had lived in Israel. Toch
called the local police, crying that he felt “threatened.”
. . .By this juncture, I was personally
tired of the attacks by the ADL on Bollyn — whom I had never
even met in person and with whom I had never even spoken on the
telephone — and I accepted Bollyn’s invitation to come
to the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates area and speak publicly at the
library where the Israeli librarian and the ADL had worked to suppress
my book. Some 150 people turned out for the event — including
a local police officer who happened to have been a reader of The
Spotlight newspaper by which I was employed.
. . .The officer advised me, confidentially,
that the ADL had contacted the Schaumburg Police Department to “brief”
them about me and about Bollyn. In response to the ADL briefing,
the Schaumburg police chief at the time, Richard Casler, sent out
word that one of the “top Nazis in America” (me) was
coming to town and that this Nazi bigwig had invited “his
followers” to come to a rally. To preserve the peace and prevent
Bollyn and me from instigating another holocaust, perhaps, Casler
ordered extra officers on duty.
. . .When I learned of this “tough
cop’s” toadying to the ADL, I called his office, but
Casler wouldn’t come to the phone. He sent his deputy, Capt.
Tom Ostermann, who refused to either admit or deny the chief had
been in touch with the ADL. When Ostermann became exasperated and
said he was “just a hard-working cop,” I told him I
thought the Schaumburg police would do the public a much better
service by watching out for drug dealers rather than chasing down
“a fat guy with glasses whose only crime was to write a book.”
. . .The big problem is that the ADL’s
contacts with local law enforcement all over America have intensified.
The ADL’s web site on the Internet brags of its close “cooperation”
with local police. The ADL brags of “advising” police
departments about “gangs” and in techniques of fighting
“terrorism.” Our police departments are being made adjuncts
of the ADL’s efforts to suppress dissent in America. Outspoken
journalists such as Bollyn are the frontline targets. Don’t
let it happen in your town.
BATTERED BUT UNDAUNTED
At right is a photo of Christopher Bollyn and his family. They are
(left to right): Christopher Jr., Helje Kaskel Bollyn, daughter
Catherine and, of course, AFP reporter Christopher Bollyn, sporting
a cast which covers a fractured elbow — a gift for Christopher
from the Hoffman Estates Police Department. Bollyn is planning a
lawsuit against the police in his hometown, the purpose of which
is to gain access to police files to see if illegal records are
being kept on citizens whose political views are different from
that of the current regime. Similar suits have been successful in
Washington, D.C. and Denver recently.
BUT UNDAUNTED Above is a photo of Christopher Bollyn
and his family. They are (left to right): Christopher Jr.,
Helje Kaskel Bollyn, daughter Catherine and, of course,
AFP reporter Christopher Bollyn, sporting a cast which covers
a fractured elbow — a gift for Christopher from the
Hoffman Estates Police Department. Bollyn is planning a
lawsuit against the police in his hometown, the purpose
of which is to gain access to police files to see if illegal
records are being kept on citizens whose political views
are different from that of the current regime. Similar suits
have been successful in Washington, D.C. and Denver recently.
(Issue #36, September 4, 2006, AMERICAN