Thursday, April 12, 2007

No one here but us chickens

Stanford University to Bar Media & General Public From Attending Three Ex-Terrorists Event

On April 16, former terrorists, Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zak Anani are scheduled to speak at Kresge Auditorium on the Stanford University campus, at 7:00 PM PT. They speak from a unique perspective, about their involvement in terrorism.
Stanford has now barred the media, and anyone outside the university community (except for limited V.I.P.'s) from attending, and has stopped the facilitator from filming the event due to "risk assessment."
Keith Davies, the executive director of the Shoebat Foundation says, "We have encountered similar problems at Princeton and Columbia yet we have no problems when our speakers appear in State schools like UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and UCLA - public institutions who implement first amendment rights. It is obvious that these private schools have a concern about having these brave voices being heard. They should upgrade their practice of access to be comparable to that of State Universities. If we allow our freedoms to be hindered as result of the fear of terrorist threats, America is lost."
Is the issue at Stanford one of an agenda or fear? Either way why are they making a diligent effort to keep this event as low profile as possible? If they did this at a State school they would be infringing on the speakers first amendment rights.
Keynote speaker Walid Shoebat responds; "I am accused of being a 'Islamaphobe,' yet university administrators are demonstrating this same prejudice, under the guise of 'risk assessment.' It is astounding that this shrouded excuse is being implemented in America, where we are afforded the inalienable rights of freedom of assembly and free speech," continues Mr. Shoebat.

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