By Michael Collins
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is an appealing candidate to
many conservatives, but he has does have a dark side. Although
he fervently declared in 2006 that “the American people
have always rallied to the cause of freedom,” just
a few years earlier Santorum planned a war against a traditional
American liberty — freedom of speech.
2003, Santorum planned to introduce “ideological diversity”
legislation that would cut federal funding for American
universities found to be permitting professors, students
and student organizations to openly criticize Israel. Santorum
considered criticism of Israel to be “anti-Semitism.”
wanted to rewrite the federal funding formula under Title
IX of the Higher Education Act to include “ideological
diversity” as a prerequisite for federal funding.
Joining Santorum was another pro-Israel ideologue, then-Sen.
Sam Brownback (RKan.), who had his own scheme to institute
a federal commission — critics called it a “tribunal”
— to be established under Title IX to “investigate”
anti-Semitism on American campuses.
the average student or academic had not heard of the scheme,
Wayne Firestone, director of the Center for Israel Affairs
for the Hillel Foundation, said that “Everywhere I
go, this is the lead topic. This is drawing a lot of interest.”
was Hillel — a national network of pro-Israel student-
manned “campus police” — that first leaked
word of Santorum’s scheme. Further details appeared
onApril 15, 2003 in The New York Sun, a pro-Israel
daily published by a clique of billionaire financiers.
told supporters that Santorum and several GOP senators —
including Brownback (now governor of Kansas) — had
invited representatives of a number of Jewish organizations
to attend a private meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns
about growing criticism of Israel on campuses.
the meeting were the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai
B’rith, the Zionist Organization of America, the American
Jewish Committee and Hillel.
the meantime, word of the Santorum initiative was spreading
as a result of an exposé by AMERICAN
FREE PRESS (AFP).
Widely circulated on the Internet, the AFP report arrived
in the emails of educators across the United States and
around the globe. As a consequence of growing concern about
the scheme, the pro-Israel lobby began denying Santorum
had proposed such legislation, claiming the AFP story was
the New York-based Jewish Week reported on May
9, 2003 that the State Department had contacted senators
to advise them that Palestinian newspapers were carrying
the story about Santorum and asking if the story was true.
Week’s story — titled “Diversity
Disinformation”— declared a “rumor of
pending legislation barring campus criticism of Israel [was]
sweeping Arab and left-wing media.” The article asserted
that “the story originated with . . . conspiracy theorists
and Holocaust revisionists.” Obviously, this was a
lie, since AFP’s report was based on a story in a
this, Jewish Week said the story “has become
an article of faith throughout the Arab world and in some
U.S. left-wing circles,” and asserted that “to
pro-Israel leaders and leading members of the Senate, it’s
a dangerous urban legend at best, deliberate disinformation
article in the pro-Israel Sun stated flatly, in discussing
the Capitol Hill meeting where the scheme originated:
the end of the meeting yesterday, Mr. Santorum was talking
about introducing legislation that could cut federal funding
to colleges where anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments
are prevalent — or more generally, where “ideological
diversity” is lacking.
now that the story had been unveiled, Jewish Week contradicted
the Sun and claimed that “No such legislation has
been introduced or even contemplated.”
to an un-named source, cited by Jewish Week, the
Capitol Hill meeting featured “many presentations
from different groups,” failing to mention that the
“different” groups were all pro-Israel organizations.
“new” version of events, as outlined by Jewish
Week, never mentioned that Santorum’s colleague,
Brownback, had urged formation of a federal commission to
“investigate” so-called anti-Semitism on campus.
if the story was an “urban legend,” why did
a pro- Israel newspaper publish the story in the first place?
a candidate for president, Santorum should be forced to
address the controversy surrounding this matter.
. . ..
Michael Collins Piper can now be
heard on the Internet at michaelcollinspiper.podbean.com
He is the author of Final
, the controversial
“underground bestseller” documenting
the collaboration of Israeli intelligence in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is
also the author of The
High Priests of War
New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America
Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up in
the 20th Century,
GOLEM: Israel's Hell Bomb
These works can
be found at America
He has lectured
on suppressed topics in places as diverse as
Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
(Issue #19/20, May 9 & 16, 2011,