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May 4—A profile published by the website The Grayzone of Columbia University Adjunct Professor Rebecca Weiner provides useful background on the brutal round of student arrests at Columbia on the evening of April 30, and Weiner’s role in this. As authors Wyatt Reed and Max Blumenthal point out in “Columbia Crackdown Led by University Prof Doubling as NYPD Spook,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams praised Weiner for “giving police the green light to clear out the anti-genocide students by force.”

An adjunct professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), which feeds well-healed flaks to the U.S. State Department and similar agencies, Weiner  “moonlights” as head of the New York Police Department’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureau, occupying an office close to where students had set up their encampment. This agency is the heir to what in rgw 1960s-70s days of student radicalism was know as the "Red Squad," headed by Police Lt. Finnegan, That agency was exposed for not only recruiting informants inside the student movement from among drug dealers and smiliar types, but working with both the FBI and CIA in what was called COINTELPRO (or counter-intelligence programs), planting agents inside the movement who encouraged and even committed acts of violence and hooliganism.

Various sources, including those close to the demonstrations, say that the suspect that similar police agents have infiltrated their ranks, and have been the ones who have pushed rhetoric against Jews and all Israelis, as a perfect counterfoil to gangs Jewish Defense League (JDL)-type thugs who have attacked the demonstrators on several campuses. The pro-Jewish groups, some carrying batons and karate weapons, are thought to be sponsored through "fronts" and Individuals with money, by the notorious Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, a group originally founded to claim that attacks on Jewish mobsters like Meyer Lansky and Harry Rothstein were "anti-semitic." 

In police capacity, Weiner, who supports the ADL, advised Adams on when to call in heavily armed police to violently dislodge nonviolent students from Columbia’s Hamilton Hall and their encampment of the university lawn and arrest several hundred of them. According to The Grayzone, Weiner “develops policy and strategic priorities for the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau and publicly represents the NYPD in matters involving counterterrorism and intelligence.”

The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau maintains an office in Tel Aviv, coordinates with Israel’s security apparatus, and maintains a department liaison with them.  As has been reported in several locations, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Federal government arranged for local police, including New York City police,  to be trained by the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli police agencies. “Weiner appears to serve as a bridge between the Bureau’s offices in Israel and New York,” the Grayzone article reports, also pointing out that a 2011 investigation by Associated Press discovered the existence of a “Demographics Unit”—or more correctly, the “ethnic profiling unit—” that was inspired by Israeli intelligence, and operated inside the NYPD’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureau. This was the outfit that spied on Muslims in the New York area, as well as on students at out-of-state campuses who were involved in Palestine solidarity activism. Other sources report that they have also infiltrated those organizations.

Revealingly, this unit was developed post 9/11in collaboration with the CIA, which to date, has refused to name the former Middle East station chief it posted in the “senior ranks” of the NYPD intelligence division. At the time of the AP investigation, a former police official told the news agency that the unit “attempted to map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

Mayor Adams post police raid press conference May 1 was consumed by his rant that non-student outside agitators were radicalizing the students, and he and the police would never tolerate the campuses and the  City being taken over by or at the mercy of such radicalized mobs. This line was fed to the Mayor by Weiner. At the same press conference, she spouted off verbiage about “change in tactics” by protesters and other sociological gobbledygook about “mainstreaming of rhetoric associated with terrorism,” to justify the previous night’s police deployment. It was she who claimed—three times— that the completely innocent, 63-year-old Palestinian retired elementary school teacher, Nahla Al-Arian, who briefly visited the Columbia campus on April 25 with her daughter—and was in now way involved with the activities there at all—was a dangerous individual married to someone “convicted for material support to terrorism.” In fact, the case against Al-Arian’s husband, Sami, was an example of the persecution of Muslims and Arabs in the “war on terror” that followed 9/11.

Weiner represents the same unconstitutional police state apparatus that was support to be shut down in the wake of the famous 1975 -76 Church Committee exposure of totally illegal CIA domestic operations. Instead, under the direction of then CIA Director and later President George H.W. Bush, these operations were off loaded into local police forces and various special operations, which have now, since 9/11 been militarized as well, and run through the Joint Special Operations Command of the military, which is accountable to no one in our government. This apparatus which extends through the Federal government, into the FBI, Justice Department and FBI, as well as the NSA is what should be investigated for the so-called Jan. 6 insurrection, which if properly examined and understood should be seen as a police riot. And the efforts to shut down the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to protest and the protection of free speech taking place to defend genocide should be seen a similar light.

When the foolish Adams spoke of "outside agitators" involved the campus events, he was right—but being steered by those sponsoring such real and dangerous "perps," to attack innocent people. It is time to finally expose thus police state for what it is.​