Kathy Boudin, a notorious terrorist, bomber, and robber with the murderous Weather Underground in the 1970s and '80s, has been back in the news lately. Folks in New York and across the nation are outraged to learn that she has been awarded an adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work in New York City. She has also been honored as the Rose Sheinberg Scholar-In-Residence at the New York University School of Law.
On March 4, 2012, “Professor” Boudin delivered The Nineteenth Annual Rose Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence Lecture at NYU. Some of her remarks at that lecture are now rekindling anger over her actions decades ago. During her talk, Boudin made an appeal for the parole of her fellow murderers in the 1981 Brinks armored truck robbery/ambush, including David Gilbert, her partner and the father of their son, Chesa Boudin, who was an infant when they were arrested.
Arthur Keenan, a retired police detective from Nyack, New York, where the Brinks robbery/murders took place, is outraged that Boudin is being given a prestigious soapbox to continue her radical activities. Keenan was shot in the leg but survived the Brinks attack that killed his fellow officers Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, and Brinks guard Peter Paige.
“She’s using NYU and Columbia as a soapbox, so now I’m on my own soapbox,” Keenan said at an April 9 press conference. “She’s not rehabilitated,” says Keenan. “She’s always been a radical; she always will be. And the proof is that she’s freely speaking about trying to get her husband and other co-defendants out of jail.” Keenan calls Boudin an “unrepentant terrorist” and is angry that Columbia University hired her.
“It’s like people forgiving her even though she has no remorse for her crimes,” he said.
Keenan’s sentiments are shared by many. Police Chief James Watt of Goshen, New York, likens her to Osama bin Laden. “Her and her group advocated the violent overthrow of the government,” says Watt. “They acted on it. Two police officers and a security guard were murdered. To me, it’s tantamount to having Osama bin Laden lecture at Columbia University.”
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