The Hypocrisy of Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz has equated the investigation of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s use of prostitutes with the crimes of the Stalinist era in the former Union of Soviet of Socialist Republics. The Harvard law professor, writing in the Wall Street Journal on March 12, compares the inquiry to that of the tactics of Lavrenti Beria, the ruthless chief of Stalin’s, Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (K.G.B.) Mr Dershowitz quotes Mr Beria, “Show me the man and I will find the crime.”

The professor, who is driven by a maniacal devotion to identity politics, claims that using federal prosecutorial powers to investigate prostitution rings and the possibly illegal laundering of monies, had arbitrarily decided to investigate the governor. He claims the bombastic and unsavory governor was targeted and that any individual would wilt under a sustained inquiry of illegal misconduct. These charges are in advance of any indictment or other actions that would merit such an assertion of rogue prosecutorial misconduct. He also asserted elsewhere that prostitution is a victimless crime because of the generous financial remuneration that such activities may generate.

Mr Dershowitz is the individual who was primarily responsible for the denial of tenure in June 2007 of Professor Norman G. Finkelstein of DePaul University. Enraged that his sham of a book, The Case for Israel, had been exposed as a worthless, propaganda tract, Mr Dershowitz attempted to force the University of California Press to retract its decision to publish Dr Finkelstein’s, Beyond Chutzpah. The Harvard law professor, who apparently is unfamiliar with the first amendment, unsuccessfully appealed directly to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office to censor an academician’s scholarship because of an unfavourable review.

Before Mr Dershowitz attempts to disparage federal attorneys for enforcing the law as Stalinist monsters, he should examine his own shameless, bullying tactics as reminiscent of authoritarian European regimes where books were burned, dissenters were interned, free speech eviscerated and critical thinking smashed with oppressive state intervention. Alan Dershowitz should first assess his own hate-filled, ruthless campaign to ideologically cleanse the academy of his critics and those who dare challenge the apartheid and colonialism perpetrated by the State of Israel. To paraphrase Mr Beria: “Show me a provocative professor, and I will find a way to silence him or her.”

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