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Fast And Fallacious: Fox News Neo-Con Katie Pavlich's Book On ATF Operation Filled With Falsehoods & Wingnut Conspiracy Theories

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EDITOR’S  NOTE: Fox News celebrity and Townhall.com news editor Katie Pavlich hails from Young Americans for Freedom, a far-right propaganda front created by the CIA that served as cover, in Nixon’s time, for incoming Nazis from Munich. Anti-fascist researcher Mae Brussell writes:

September, 1960 … William F. Buckley Jr. launched his YAF, Young Americans for Freedom, from the grounds on his Connecticut estate. Prior to that date, Buckley’s career was one of the most conservative in the U.S.

Following his graduation at Yale, mentor Frank Chodorov grabbed him for purposes related to his job with McCormick’s Chicago Tribune.

Buckley served the CIA in Japan from 1950 to 1954.

He also did a stint with CIA in Mexico with E. Howard Hunt.

Co-founder of YAF was Douglas Caddy, whose offices were used by the CIA and Howard Hughes organization, at the time of Watergate illegal entries and other dirty tricks.

After the CIA in Japan, Buckley was ready to publish his own magazine, The National Review. This was an unusual opportunity to bring together the world’s most conservative writers for publication and much propaganda accompanied by Buckley’s glib innuendos.

Once the publication was going, Buckley decided to bring Young Americans for Freedom to the campus; old ideas, old money, and young minds to mold. Behind the project were always the well-funded military masters, such as the YAF’s Tom Charles Huston and the Cointel-Program Nixon cooked up.

The selected advisory board for YAF was a Who’s Who of oldies even then: Senator Strom Thurmond, Senator John Tower, Mr. Ronald Reagan, Professor Lev Dobriansky, General Charles Willoughby, and Mr. Robert Morris are a sample. …

A CPAC award-winner and National Review perception management hack, Pavlich is a persistent critic of the left. Pavlich, who apparently believes the adage “there is one born every minute,” is the author of ”Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.” (As opposed to conservatives, the book’s premise argues … despite the fact that they consider women to be human incubators with no reproductive rights.) During a C-Span interview that aired in December, she actually stated with a straight face that Mitch “Keystone” McConnell is opposed to crony capitalism (?), severely challenging this editor’s gag reflex.

And for a good time, call “Townhall’s Katie Pavlich full of crap on ‘Shoot a Cop Flyer’

Fox News Bio: Katie Pavlich joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2013 and currently serves as a rotating panelist on FNC’s Outnumbered (weekdays 12-1 PM/ET) and as a network contributor, providing political analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming.

On Outnumbered, Pavlich is part of an ensemble featuring four female panelists and one rotating male that tackles top headlines from all angles and perspectives.

In addition to her role at FNC, Pavlich is the news editor for Townhall.com, a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine and the award-winning author of the New York Times best seller “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up.” As a reporter, she has covered topics ranging from White House scandals and the 2012 presidential election, to the Second Amendment and border issues.

She graduated with a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Arizona and is a National Review Washington Fellow.


Katie Pavlich’s Book On ATF Operation Filled With Falsehoods

From Media Matters

In her book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up, Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich offers up a number of false and misleading claims about the ATF’s fatally flawed Operation Fast and Furious. In doing so Pavlich baselessly suggests that high-ranking Justice Department officials were aware of that operation’s use of the tactic of gunwalking, in which agents knowingly allowed guns to be trafficked across the border to Mexico in order to identify other members of a trafficking network.

Pavlich Dubiously Played Up Importance Of Holder’s “Brief[ings]” On Fast And Furious

Pavlich Falsely Claimed AAG Breuer Admitted Knowing Gunwalking Tactics Were Used In Fast And Furious

Pavlich Misleadingly Highlighted Briefings On Operation Received By DOJ’s Grindler

Pavlich’s Citation Disproves Her Claim That AAG Breuer “Carefully Review[ed]” Letter To Grassley

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Former ATF Chief Melson Said A “Smoking Gun” Report Detailed DOJ Leaders Who Approved Fast And Furious Tactics

Pavlich Falsely Claimed ATF Agents Who Headed Fast And Furious Were “Promot[ed]”

Pavlich Falsely Claims “Liberal Media” Called The Fast And Furious Story A “Conspiracy Theor[y]”

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Holder Said School Massacres Proved Second Amendment Should Be Read As Collective Right

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Part Of Wildlife Refuge Was Closed By Obama Administration

Pavlich Dubiously Played Up Importance Of Holder’s “Brief[ings]” On Fast And Furious

CLAIM: Attorney General Eric Holder “Was Briefed At Least Five Times On” Fast And Furious. From the book:

Meanwhile, Attorney General Holder, their ultimate boss, was finding that his testimony denying any knowledge of Fast and Furious before it was reported in the newspapers was fast unraveling.

On October 3, 2011, the Justice Department finally released a tranche of long-sought documents. Among them were memos demonstrating that Attorney General Holder was briefed on Operation Fast and Furious on a regular basis starting as early as July 5, 2010. According to the documents, Holder was briefed at least five times on the program


Holder responded by saying he never read the memos and blamed his staff for failing to inform him about Fast and Furious. To “clarify” his earlier testimony, Holder sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee:

Much has been made in the past few days about my congressional testimony earlier this year regarding Fast and Furious. My testimony was truthful and accurate and I have been consistent on this point throughout. I have no recollection of knowing about Fast and Furious or hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it. Prior to early 2011, I certainly never knew about the tactics employed in the operation and it is my understanding that the former United States Attorney for the District of Arizona and the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of ATF have told Congress that they, themselves, were unaware of the tactics employed.

Chairman Issa, among many other members of Congress, found the claims unpersuasive. “It appears your latest defense has reached a new low,” Issa told Holder. “You now claim that you were unaware of Fast and Furious because your staff failed to inform you of information contained in memos that were specifically addressed to you. At best, this indicates negligence and incompetence in your duties as Attorney General. At worst, it places your credibility in serious doubt.” [Fast and Furious, p. 127, 129-130]

REALITY: As Holder Noted, “None Of These [Memos] Say Anything About The Unacceptable Tactics Employed By ATF.” In the letter to the House Oversight Committee quoted by Pavlich, Holder makes clear that the documents in question are “weekly reports [that] contain short summaries of matters that the agencies deem of interest that week,” that “over a hundred pages” of such documents arrive each week addressed to him and are reviewed by his staff, and that “none of these summaries say anything about the unacceptable tactics employed by ATF”:

In the past few days, some have pointed to documents that we provided to Congress as evidence that I was familiar with Fast and Furious earlier than I have testified. That simply is not the case and those suggestions mischaracterize the process by which I receive information concerning the activities of the Department’s many components. On a weekly basis, my office typically receives over a hundred pages of so-called “weekly reports” that, while addressed to me, actually are provided to and reviewed by members of my staff and the staff of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The weekly reports contain short summaries of matters that the agencies deem of interest that week. Sometimes, the summaries are simply a sentence-long and other times they consist of a paragraph. In some cases, the summaries are of policy-related issues or upcoming events. In other cases, the summaries are brief, high-level reviews of pending matters or investigations. It is important to look at the documents supposedly at issue here and, for that reason, I have attached them to this letter and am making them public in the form they previously were provided by us to Congress. Please not that none of these summaries say anything about the unacceptable tactics employed by ATF. [Holder letter, 10/7/11]

Pavlich Falsely Claimed AAG Breuer Admitted Knowing Gunwalking Tactics Were Used In Fast And Furious

CLAIM: Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer “Admitted… He Knew Gunwalking Tactics Were Being Used During Fast And Furious As Early As April 2010.” From the book:

Shortly after the subpoenas were issued, Deputy [sic, Assistant] Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer, the man responsible for approving wiretap applications, including those in Fast and Furious, admitted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that he in fact knew that gunwalking tactics were being used during Fast and Furious as early as April 2010, but that he failed to inform his boss, Holder, about the details. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich tried to pin gunwalking tactics on a Bush administration program known as Wide Receiver, which was stopped immediately when guns were lost. Breuer misleadingly labeled Fast and Furious by its Bush-era predecessor.

“Knowing what I now know was a pattern of unacceptable and misguided tactics used by the ATF, I regret that I did not alert others within the leadership of the Department of Justice to the tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver when they first came to my attention,” Breuer said in a statement. [Fast and Furious, p. 131-132]

Breuer’s Statement Makes Clear That He Only Knew About Gunwalking During The Bush-Era Operation, Not During Fast And Furious. From the Breuer statement cited by Pavlich (emphasis added):

“Throughout my tenure as Assistant Attorney General, one of my highest priorities, and one of the central missions that I have set for the Criminal Division, has been to work with our Mexican counterparts to fight the scourge of drug trafficking and violence in Mexico, and to address the public safety crisis along the Southwest Border of the United States. That is why, among many other steps, in 2009, I offered Southwest Border U.S. Attorneys’ Offices assistance from one of the Criminal Division’s experienced prosecutors to assist in gun trafficking prosecutions.

“In response to that offer, the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office asked the Criminal Division prosecutor to assume responsibility for Operation Wide Receiver, and the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit agreed to do so, despite not having been involved in the underlying flawed investigation of the matter by the Tuscon Field Office of the ATF’s Phoenix Field Division in 2006 and 2007.

“As that prosecutor evaluated the case in the fall of 2009, she realized that ATF’s investigation — which had concluded two years earlier — had included the use of misguided tactics that had resulted in ATF losing control of numerous guns that then crossed the border into Mexico. This information was brought to my attention in April 2010.

“When I learned of the unacceptable tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver, I instructed one of my Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals to schedule a meeting with ATF’s Acting Director and Deputy Director to bring these issues to their attention. The next day, my Deputy contacted ATF leadership to arrange a meeting, and approximately one week later, my deputy met with the ATF Deputy Director and others to discuss this matter.

“In prosecuting the defendants in Operation Wide Receiver, the Criminal Division focused on how to ensure that those responsible for illegal firearms trafficking were brought to justice, despite the flaws in the investigation.

“Knowing what I now know was a pattern of unacceptable and misguided tactics used by the ATF, I regret that I did not alert others within the leadership of the Department of Justice to the tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver when they first came to my attention.

“When the allegations related to Operation Fast and Furious became public earlier this year, the leadership of ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona repeatedly assured individuals in the Criminal Division and the leadership of the Department of Justice that those allegations were not true. As a result, I did not draw a connection between the unacceptable tactics used by the ATF years earlier in Operation Wide Receiver and the allegations made about Operation Fast and Furious, and therefore did not, at that time, alert others within Department leadership of any similarities between the two. That was a mistake, and I regret not having done so. [Breuer statement, 10/31/11]

Pavlich Misleadingly Highlighted Briefings On Operation Received By DOJ’s Grindler

CLAIM: Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler Knew “The Details” Of Fast And Furious. From the book:

One of Eric Holder’s deputies at the Justice Department, Gary Grindler, also went to the ATF Phoenix Field Division. He too was briefed on the details of Fast and Furious. Among other things, Grindler was told about the most prolific straw purchaser, Uriel Patino, and how many guns he had purchased with ATF assistance. Grindler took notes, scribbling on a photocopied picture of guns that had been collected from violent crime scenes in Mexico.


The news [of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death] worked its way through the Justice Department. On December 17, Acting Deputy Attorney General, Gary Grindler who had known about the details of Fast and Furious since March 2010, received an email from another Department of Justice official. [Fast and Furious, p. 51, 65]

REALITY: Obama Administration Says Grindler Wasn’t Briefed On Flawed Tactics Used In Operation.CBS News reported:

The briefing Grindler attended was on March 12, 2010, six months into ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons on the street in an attempt to track down Mexican drug cartels. Portions of the documents are redacted.

In handwritten notes about Fast and Furious that are not all legible, Grindler writes about“seizures in Mexico” and “links to cartel.” He also noted “seizures in Mexico” on a map of Phoenix, the home base for Fast and Furious, and Mexico locations where some guns ended up. And Grindler made notations on a photograph of several dozen rifles.

There is no specific mention of the controversial tactic known as “letting guns walk” which, law enforcement sources say, was the heart of the Fast and Furious case.

Late today, a spokesman for the Justice Department told CBS News that “Much like presentations given in 2010 on the status of ATF’s investigative efforts along the SW Border to many others – including a briefing to Chairman Issa within the same timeframe – this one did not get into the operational tactics that have since raised concerns… Indeed, as both the former U.S. Attorney in Arizona and the former Acting Director of ATF (who provided this briefing) have made clear, they did not themselves know the operational details and did not brief Justice officials on them.” [CBSNews.com, 10/7/11]

Pavlich’s Citation Disproves Her Claim That AAG Breuer “Carefully Review[ed]” Letter To Grassley

CLAIM: AAG Breuer “Carefully Review[ed] Every Word” Of Letter To Sen. Grassley Which Incorrectly Said ATF Never Sanctioned Gunwalking. From the book:

Breuer approved a response to Grassley, after carefully reviewing every word. The letter, sent to Grassley on February 4, 2011, was signed by Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich.

“At the outset, the allegation described in your January 27 letter – that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers who then transported them to Mexico – is false,” Weich wrote. [Fast and Furious, p. 76]

REALITY: Grassley Press Release Pavlich Cited Says It Is “Unclear” If Breuer Read The Letter. Pavlich cites a December 2, 2011, Grassley press release to support her statement about Breuer. But that press release says it is “unclear” if Breuer read the letter, and includes his testimony to Congress:

Based on the documents being produced by the Justice Department, I understand that two emails attaching drafts of the letter were sent to me by DAAG Weinstein on February 2, while I was in Mexico (February 1-3), and that I forwarded one of those emails to my personal email account on that day; I also understand that on February 4, after I had returned from Mexico, I received two emails attaching signed versions of the letter, including the final version, and that on February 5, I forwarded both emails to my personal email account. However, as I testified, I cannot say for sure whether I saw a draft of the letter before it was sent to you. [Grassley press release, 12/2/11]

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Former ATF Chief Melson Said A “Smoking Gun” Report Detailed DOJ Leaders Who Approved Fast And Furious Tactics

CLAIM: Melson “Said There Was A ‘Smoking Gun’ Report Detailing” DOJ Officials Who Approved The Tactics Used During Fast And Furious. From the book:

In July, however, in secret testimony to Issa and his staff, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson – who for months had been blocked by the Justice Department from testifying, but was finally informed he was allowed to do so outside of his official capacity with a personal lawyer – confirmed the Justice Department’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. He also confirmed suspicions that informants with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the FBI had been involved and said there was a “smoking gun” report detailing who in the Justice Department approved the wiretaps and tactics for Fast and Furious. [Fast and Furious, p. 106-107]

REALITY: Melson’s “Smoking Gun” Showed The Strategy Was Flawed, Not Who Approved It. Melson’s testimony was excerpted in a letter from Issa and Grassley to the DOJ (emphasis in the letter):

I assigned a task force of agents to read through all the [Reports of Investigation or ROIs] to determine whether or not the allegations that were being made by individuals in CBS and Senator Grassley were true or not, because frankly we didn’t think they were true.

They did a review of those and found nothing that would indicate that that was true. I then asked them to bring to me all the ROIs that pertained to [one defendant] in particular and I read through those and found ROIs that indeed suggested that interdiction could have occurred, and probably should have occurred, but did not occur.

And it was at that point that I took that ROI and gave it to our people and the Department.

In fact, we briefed and gave it to [the Associate Deputy Attorney General with responsibility for ATF] in particular, because to me that was a smoking gun that we really needed to look at the rest of this particular case. [Issa Grassley letter, 7/18/11]

Pavlich Falsely Claimed ATF Agents Who Headed Fast And Furious Were “Promot[ed]”

CLAIM: ATF’s Newell And Voth Received “Promotion[s].” From the book.

These revelations did not prevent the promotion of some of the leaders of Operation Fast and Furious. In early August 2011, it was announced that Bill Newell had been promoted to ATF headquarters as a special assistant to the assistant director of the agency’s Office of Management, and Fast and Furious Supervisor David Voth, who had a habit of threatening subordinates and directly oversaw straw purchasing, was offered a promotion in ATF’s Tobacco Division. [Fast and Furious, p. 126-127]

REALITY: ATF Says They Were Lateral Moves Without Increased Responsibility Or Salary. From the Los Angeles Times:

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that three supervisors in its controversial Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation were transferred to lateral jobs, not promoted.

“They did not receive salary or grade increases, nor did they assume positions with greater responsibility,” the agency said in a short statement. …

“These transfers/reassignments have never been described as promotions in any of the documents announcing them,” the ATF’s statement said. [LA Times8/17/11]

Pavlich Falsely Claims “Liberal Media” Called The Fast And Furious Story A “Conspiracy Theor[y]”

CLAIM: “The Explicitly Liberal Media Treated The Fast And Furious Story As… ‘One Of The Right’s Latest Conspiracy Theories.'” From the book:

Like the New York Times and the Washington Post, the explicitly liberal media treated the Fast and Furious story as the leftist magazine Mother Jones did, calling it “one of the right’s latest conspiracy theories.” The left-wing news blog Talking Points Memo called the connection between Fast and Furious and the Obama administration’s gun control agenda “outlandish.” The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart called it “f*****g crazy.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said the coverage of Fast and Furious was a result of “the insane paranoid message from the NRA.” The George Soros-funded Media Matters for America called it “hysterical rhetoric.” Chris Matthews said that those who deemed fast and Furious worthy of investigation were “another strain of the crazy far right.” [Fast and Furious, p. 84]

REALITY: In Some Cases Media Were Referring To The Conspiracy Theory That The Obama Administration Had The Operation Deliberately Fail To Bolster Gun Control Efforts, Not The Scandal Itself.

  • Mother Jones reported:

With the help of the National Rifle Association, Fast and Furious has become one of the right’s latest conspiracy theories. It goes something like this: Fast and Furious was actually a scheme by Holder to promote gun control. The NRA claims that Holder allowed American gun dealers to sell AK-47s and other powerful assault rifles so that they would be used to kill people in the Mexican drug war, thereby creating the political will for more restrictions on gun ownership in the United States. [Mother Jones12/7/11]

  • Talking Points Memo reported:

Some, like Rep. Darrell Issa, have suggested that the Obama administration decided afterthe scandal broke to discuss the larger issue of gun trafficking and the need for better tools (like a rule requiring dealers to report sales of multiple “long guns”) to stop it.

But there’s a separate category of individuals who buy into a more outlandish scenario: those who believe that Fast and Furious was launched by the Obama administration to implement gun control. [TPM Media, 12/16/11]

REALITY: In Other Cases Media Were Actually Referring To Comments From The NRA, Not Fast And Furious.

  • On MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews said:

MATTHEWS: Well, here`s something — another strain of the crazy far right. Here`s the National Rifle Association`s Wayne Lapierre — and I`ve known this guy a long time. I`m astounded by this new accusation that the president is leading some conspiracy. Anyway, here he is, Wayne Lapierre, head of the NPR — not National Public Radio, National Rifle Association, at the conservative conference if Florida last week. Let`s listen to Wayne Lapierre of the National Rifle Association.


WAYNE LAPIERRE, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: The president will offer the 2nd Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he`s actually been good for the 2nd Amendment. But it`s a big, fat, stinking lie! It`s all part — it`s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the 2nd Amendment in our country!

Before the president was even sworn into office, they met and they hatched a conspiracy of public deception to try to guarantee his reelection in 2012.

(END VIDEO CLIP) [MSNBC, Hardball, 9/27/11, via Nexis]

  • Jon Stewart said of LaPierre’s comment, “it’s so crazy, it’s fucking crazy.” Stewart did not discuss Fast and Furious during that segment. [Comedy Central, The Daily Show9/29/11]
  • Rachel Maddow highlighted the same comment from LaPierre, saying: “The NRA says the way you can tell Obama is coming for your guns is that he’s not coming for your guns. It’s genius. That is the insane paranoid message from the NRA this year.” [MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show10/1/11]
  • Media Matters reported: “For years, the NRA has warned that nationwide gun bans and confiscation were right around the corner. These threats made up in hysterical rhetoric for what they lacked in credibility.” [Media Matters12/27/11]

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Holder Said School Massacres Proved Second Amendment Should Be Read As Collective Right

CLAIM: Holder “Insisted” VA Tech, Columbine Massacres “Evidence Enough” Second Amendment Is Not An Individual Right. From Pavlich’s book:

One year before Obama’s election, Holder joined an amicus brief with Janet Reno defending Washington, D.C., against a resident challenging the city’s ban on guns. Although the Supreme Court overturned the ban and rejected Holder’s arguments, Holder insisted that the Virginia Tech and Columbine massacres proved “the deadly toll that firearms exact” and were evidence enough that the Second Amendment should be read as a collective, not an individual, right. [Fast and Furious, p. 22]

REALITY: Brief Actually Cited Court Precedent, Text Of Second Amendment And Its Drafting History And Historical Context. While the amicus brief joined by Holder did reference the Virginia Tech and Columbine massacres in passing, the thrust of its argument was that the Supreme Court should construe the Second Amendment as a collective right was:

As the briefs filed by the petitioners and their amici in this case explain, the original, longstanding position of the Department of Justice [that the Second Amendment should be read as a collective right], embraced by this Court in Miller and by all the federal courts of appeals until the Emerson decision and the decision below, is firmly rooted in the text of the Second Amendment, its drafting history, and the historical context in which it was enacted. Given the strength of the Department’s original position and its acceptance by the courts, the decision to abandon it in 2001 was unjustified.

The decision was also unwise. Recognition of an expansive individual right to keep and bear arms for private purposes will make it more difficult for the government to defend present and future firearms laws. With gun violence continuing to plague the United States, this Court should adhere to the position it staked out nearly 70 years ago in Miller and construe the Second Amendment to protect a right to keep and bear arms only to the extent the exercise of such a right is related to the “preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.” [Brief for former Department of Justice officials as amici curiae supporting petitioners, District of Columbia v. HellerJanuary 2008]

Pavlich Falsely Claimed Part Of Wildlife Refuge Was Closed By Obama Administration

CLAIM: Due To Mexican Cartel Threat, Part Of Wildlife Refuge Was Closed In June 2010. From Pavlich’s book:

In June 2010, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu declared flatly that parts of Arizona were under the cartels’ control… That same month, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife closed 3,500 acres of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches into the Arizona desert from the Mexican border. Because of the Mexican drug cartels, the area was deemed too dangerous for tourists. [Fast and Furious, p. 11-12]

REALITY: That Portion Of Refuge Was Closed In 2006. From a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release:

Several media outlets have been inaccurately reporting that a massive stretch of the US border at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was recently closed. Buenos Aires NWR in southern Arizona has not been closed to the public. Nearly 5-years ago, a very small portion of the Refuge closed to public access due to public safety concerns. However, the remainder (97%) of the refuge’s 118,000 acres is open to the public for recreational activities such as hiking, camping, birdwatching, and seasonal hunting.

Recent news items further falsely stated that the closure extends from the border 80-miles to the north. This distance is far from accurate. On October 6, 2006 roughly 3500 acres, or 3% of the Refuge, was closed to public access due to human safety concerns. At that time there was a marked increase in violence along the border due to human and drug trafficking. The closed area extends north from the international border roughly ¾ of a mile. A notice of the closure, including a map has been on the Refuge website since 2006. [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release, June 2010]

REALITY: Fish And Wildlife Service Says “Significant Decline In Violent Activity In The Area” Since 2006. From the release:

At this time there are no plans to reopen this southernmost 3/4-mile wide portion of the Refuge.

However, since 2006 the Refuge has experienced a significant decline in violent activity in the area thanks to ongoing cooperation between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Customs and Border Protection. The Refuge will reopen the area at such time that it is determined to be safe for visitors. [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release, June 2010]

REALITY: In June 2010 Fox News Pushed False Story That The Refuge Had Recently Been Closed And That Obama Gave Area “Back To Mexico.” On June 15 Fox’s Shanon Bream reported: “A massive stretch of Arizona now off limits to Americans. Critics say the administration is, in effect, giving a major strip of the Southwest back to Mexico.” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom7/15/10, via Media Matters]


Like most NYU students these days, you probably spent a good part of your weekend inside Bobst, which according to Pier, is really just a “giant stupid library.” The derision may well in part be inspired by the library’s benefactor: former pharmaceutical executive Elmer Holmes Bobst. While the inscription engraved in white marble in the library lobby lauds Bobst as an admirable leader, a quick look at his bio paints a different picture (spoiler: it is not a pretty picture, and looks like the LL-1 woman’s bathroom at 9 p.m on a Sunday night).

Elmer Holmes Bobst was born in Maryland and worked his way through the Hoffman-LaRoche (later Roche-Nutley) pharmaceutical company, becoming one of the best paid executives in the country when he retired in 1944. He was a longtime NYU trustee and gifted six million dollars to the University to build a new library. Documents in the Bobst special collections (ironic much?) prove that while his money may not have been dirty, his past certainly was.

According to the records, our dear Elmer was best friends with both Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower. As the Times made clear this weekend, Nixon was a pretty notorious anti-semite, a sentiment apparently shared by his buddy Elmer. In a 1972 letter, Bobst writes, “Jews have troubled the world from the very beginning. If this beloved country of ours ever falls apart, the blame rightly should be attributed to the malicious action of Jews in complete control of our communications.” Ouch dude. I wonder how he would feel about NYU Local’s Eight Crazy Nights series.

Bobst was also an alleged pedophile. Two of his relatives came forward after his death in 1978 (five years after the library opened) alleging that he had sexually abused them. A suit brought by his granddaughter, Anne Bobst Highly, against Bobst’s estate in 1991 was tossed out because of a 1978 settlement that she accepted from Elmer’s widow, Mamdouha. A previous suit, filed by Bobst’s great grand daughter Sharon Haymes, was also rejected. The library now houses a collection of Bobst’s papers, the summary of which describes Elmer as “a man of strong principles.” Psyche?



nyu-bobst-library-pixel-veil-by-joel-sanderson-architects-1386260107_bIf there were a tenth circle of hell, it’d be Bobst.

Okay, not really, but for the NYU community, Bobst is a symbol of dread and frustration, as well as a 12-story reminder of the never-ending stress of higher education. But at the risk of sounding like a tinfoil hat-wearing, ghost hunting, crystal healing enthusiast with a voodoo doll collection, perhaps Bobst’s bad vibes are inevitable—do I smell a curse?–given the history of its founding.

Our library’s namesake—the self-made pharmaceutical tycoon Elmer Holmes Bobst—turns out to have been so lacking in moral character that he’d give Anthony Weiner a run for his money. Yes, yes, he did become incredibly successful despite his humble beginnings and received no formal education—he taught himself the ways of pharmacology and never received one of them fancy college degrees—but, was a documented anti-semite, an alleged perpetrator of both incest and pedophilia, and really just a guy you wouldn’t want to invite to Thanksgiving dinner.

Bobst, a close friend of Richard Nixon (really, this should have been a red flag to everyone) wrote about his distaste for Jews in a letter to the disgraced president, saying:

The Jews have troubled the world from the very beginning.

As well as:

The Jews are tolerated but, as a whole, are not liked by other American nationalities.

As we’ve previously reported, Bobst’s family life was similarly shitty. After his death, both his granddaughter and great-granddaughter filed suits alleging pedophiliac sexual assault at the hands of Bobst, both of which were denied. Furthermore, his wife, Mamdouha–the Lucille Bluth doppleganger whose portrait’s eyes seem to follow you from its position in the library’s portrait gallery—was a Lebanese diplomat who fervently supported the idea that women worldwide should stay at home and tend to their husbands…which seems a bit ironic, given that NYU is one of the country’s most liberal universities.

But wait! There’s more!

Not only did our library’s namesake have some issues, but its lead architect, Harvard alumnusPhilip Johnson, was an open Nazi sympathizer and fascist activist during the Hitler’s reign of terror. In fact, his political leanings were so well known that he was accused by the Office of Naval Intelligence of being a spy.  However, later in life, he admitted that his aforementioned political beliefs were a result of “unbelievable stupidity” that can be summed up in his hilariously understated remarks on the matter:

My worst mistake was going to Germany and liking Hitler too much.

Given that Washington Square Park–the locus of NYU’s campus–is built atop a sturdy foundation of 20,000, 200-year-old corpses, this all seems enough to persuade not just the superstitious–even people who are only a little-stitious–that the Curse O’ Bobst does, in fact exist; the daunting interior of our library seems to support that your heebie-jeebies aren’t unfounded.

But the last nail in the coffin? The pattern of Bobst’s atrium’s hypnotizing marble flooring. As explored in depth in the documentary The NYU SuicidesJohnson intended for the floor to be an optical illusion…for suicide-deterring purposes:

…it was purposely designed to reduce suicide jumpers. If you look at the tops of the metal gates on each floor, they are designed to look like crosses while the floor was designed to look like spikes that are far away. It was, of course, inspired by MC Escher’s drawing “Depth.”

This is particularly haunting given the string of on-campus suicides within the last decade that began with a student’s dive from Bobst’s 10th floor.

My conclusion? If you’re meant to head off to the library, but you  really don’t wanna go, perhaps your unwillingness is based on more than just your laziness.



… I searched online for any information I could uncover about the “Eucleian Society.” A Wikipedia page drew on sources from NYU’s Bobst Library and Digital Archives, as well as academic books that covered the broader topic of “secret societies in America.” The society was founded the same year instruction began at NYU, first operating out of the Main University Building, where it held oratory debates and readings. Topics under discussion spanned philosophy (“Whether humanity is naturally depraved,” Decision: Affirmative) to legal theory (“Should the capital of large moneyed corporations be limited by statute?” Decision: Negative) to romantic truths (“Resolved that adultery is the only true way to cohabit”). The names of Eucleian alumni would later grace major buildings around campus (Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Jerome S. Coles Sports & Recreation Center) and university curricula (Gallatin School of Individualized Study). …

I browsed the webpages, many of which contained abridged histories of the society, largely regurgitated from Wikipedia. One recurring storyline was the society’s relationship with Edgar Allan Poe, a frequent guest lecturer during its early era. After Poe’s death, the group adopted the raven (from his popular poem) as its unofficial mascot. Meme-ified photos captured various society shenanigans around Washington Square Park—a raven perched atop theGiuseppe Garibaldi statue; a faint trail of raven footprints around the fountain. Other blog posts included opinion pieces extolling Society philosophy (“Social Capital as Exclusive and Intergenerational”) and shared YouTube excerpts of films—like a scene from the 1990 comedy-drama Metropolitan about essential Manhattan evening wear—as though it were educational material.



After his presidential defeat in 1960 and California defeat by Gov. Pat Brown in 1962, Nixon needed a lucrative job as an attorney that would afford him time for politics. Pepsi’s Don Kendall offered to let him handle the Pepsi account. Another friend, Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Corp. President Elmer Bobst, arranged a deal with his own law firm, Mudge, Stern, Baldwin and Todd, to hire Nixon as a full partner at $250,000 a year, with time off for politicking.

Later, in 1972, after Nixon had become president, PepsiCo wrangled an exclusive franchise to sell Pepsi to 200 million Russians. Additionally, Warner-Lambert’s application for a merger with Parke-Davis, originally turned down by the Justice Dept.’s antitrust division, was approved by former Nixon law partner Attorney General John Mitchell.



The gallery in the lobby of Bobst just doesn’t seem that interesting to the average Violet. There are too few outlets and some strangely placed busts too close to the floor. But if you look beyond the portraits of old dead white men (former NYU presidents), there’s some pretty interesting stuff laying around. There’s a really old copy of The Canterbury Tales that we think Chaucer gave to John Sexton as a birthday present, but that can’t be verified at all, really.

There’s also an article framed in the northern-most glass display case in which Elmer Holmes Bobst’s second wife, Mamdouha As-Sayyid, is quoted as saying, “American men give women too much leeway … it would be a good idea if the men would get a little rougher with the women…”


The article we’re talking about was clipped from the now-defunct newspaper The New York Mirror, and was written by Hettie Cattell on November 24th, 1960. The headline of the article is “The Lady Is A Diplomat.” The sub-headline on the story reads, “Miss As-Sayyid of Lebanon Invites U.S. Women to Become Cognizant of A Few Facts on Feminine Protocol.”

What, exactly, was this feminine protocol? We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, let’s note that she was indeed a diplomat. The woman who later became Mrs. Bobst was the first woman, as well as the youngest person, to be appointed as a U.N. delegate from her home country of Lebanon. She received a masters degree in public health from U.C. Berkley. This lady was, in short, damn impressive. When Elmer Holmes Bobst married her in 1961, he was 77 years old, and As-Sayyid was in her mid-thirties. The Mirror article says that she went by the nickname of “Do-Do” (really charming).

The article came out before they were married, but As-Sayyid already knew exactly how the whole act of being a wife was to be done. Her “protocol” was a basic recipe for subservience, complete with a gender dynamic that would have mostly anyone strolling through the Bobst lobby today pulling his hair out. She was a delegate in the 1960s, and yet it seems the feminist wave never quite hit her. Some more choice quotes from this article:

  • “The first role of woman, the world over, is home, children and husband,” she says. “Her real job is the home…”
  • “I’d rather be considered as a woman first – as a diplomat second.”
  • “I feel the women are making a mistake in their attitude of competing with men. It isn’t good for either. It means frustration on both sides … the most successful women are those who retain their femininity, who remember that they are still women, whatever their accomplishments have been…”
  • “The attitude of women towards a man — the we-are-as-smart-as you-are pose — isn’t good for either man or woman…however I think the fault isn’t only women’s. American men give women too much leeway…it would be a good idea if the men would get a little rougher with the women.” And she smiled, “I think the women would love it.”
  • She thinks Lebanese women are right about their role. “They want to stay women,” she said. “And rely on the men…and we get more out of the men too.”

We realize times were totally different back then, but is this the kind of stuff we want framed in our lobby?



Beloved Bobst, home to some, prison to others, received a facelift over the summer. My personal opinion is that the library was scary before (Elmer Holmes Bobst was a Nazi!) and it’s scary now. Only now there are crazy gold things hanging everywhere that are supposed to look like pixels. Maybe this will make us all better at Mario Kart.

According to the New York Times, the renovation, done by architect Joel Sanders, is intended to keep students safe following the three sobering suicides of the past decade. Metal screens, presumably painted gold (NYU doesn’t havethat much money) completely enclose each balcony. The effect, at least from afar, is that of some crazy golden waterfall. The panels resemble both golden lace, which is a kind of lovely image, and pixels, which they were intended to do (and is a less lovely image).

Gawker (with an entirely accurate yet probably upsetting headline) pointed out the different reactions on Twitter, which at least now seem mostly positive. Most tweets make mention of the new Bobst’s “beautiful suicide prevention screen” which just might be the creepiest architectural phrase ever.

The “beautiful suicide prevention screen” does have several thoughtful details, such as having its largest openings on the north side of Bobst’s atrium, where the most light can come in. The panels are light, allow ventilation, and are “in emergencies, smoke-purging.” Good thing that those smoke-purging atriums aren’t outside amongst those students lighting up outside. Yet.

Andrew T. Repoli, a director of construction management at NYU, told the Times that they wanted come up with something sympathetic to the original design but which also represented today’s aesthetic. If that aesthetic is pixels, then we are in for a sad, sad looking world. If that’s the thinking behind the project, then the whole thing kind of feels like a Project Runway challenge where the designers fail at interpreting everything.



… In the United States, SS Baron von Bolschwing moved in close personal ties with Elmer Bobst, pres­i­dent of Warner Lam­bert Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. becoming the assis­tant to the direc­tor of inter­na­tional mar­ket­ing at Warner Lam­bert Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Co.[38] Bobstwas initiated into the BLOOD OATH SECRECY of Knighthood of the Knights of Malta, the Knights Hospitaller, also known as the HospitallersOrder of HospitallersKnights of Saint John and Order of Saint John, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders during Crusades of the Middle Ages.



Elmer Bobst Autobiography