UNC students: Fire chancellor for serving at Gitmo

Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Guantanamo Bay prison (Gitmo)A former U.S. Army Colonel who served as brigade commander at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is being targeted by student activists at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, who are urging school officials to fire him from his position as campus security chief.

Several action steps to remove 34-year career Army veteran John Bogdan – as listed by The College Fix – have already been staged by the leftist student activist group, called “Coalition to Remove John Bogdan,” which claims students “do not feel safe:”

“Chalking and posters declaring ‘#FireJohnBogdan’”

“Poems by Guantanamo Bay detainees touted and spread on social media”

“Demands that all future administrative hires be vetted by students and faculty”

Scared of what?

The radical organization has accused the associate vice chancellor for safety and security of being a war criminal who oversaw numerous human rights violations while serving at Gitmo.

“We do not feel safe with an accused human rights violator on our campus!” the coalition tweeted November 8. “We do not feel safe with the warden of Guantanamo on our campus! We are concerned, we are scared, we do not feel safe!”

The group that sides with war criminals – including Islamic terrorists – who were detained in the Caribbean high security detention center and claims it represents the whole student body in its call to remove the retired decorated colonel.

“On behalf of the UNC Charlotte community, this coalition calls for the immediate termination or resignation of John Bogdan from his employment within the UNC School System,” reads a tweet pinned atop the coalition’s profile. “We do not feel safe.”

Campus radicals have attempted to turn Bogdan’s hire into a racial civil rights issue.

“It is evident that John Bogdan and – by extension of his hire – the University and the Board of Governors have a blatant disregard for Human Rights and People of Color on our Campus,” the coalition wrote in a statement circulated via Twitter campus-wide.

Making it safer

Having formerly held a position as chief of police and chief of operations for Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Bogdan maintained he has been able to concentrate on security matters – instead of the controversy.

“UNC Charlotte is already an incredibly safe place,” Bogdan insisted when emailing The College Fix. “The team responsible for safety and security is dedicated to ensuring it remains as such. My goal is to continue to build and improve the team.”

Adding safety videos, lockdown kits and enhanced community policing are just some of the improvements Bogdan has brought to the campus since he was brought on board earlier this year in January.

“While I haven’t been a member of Niner Nation very long, I have quickly developed a love and appreciation for this community,” he added. “It is my honor to serve it in this way.”

Contrary to the coalition’s contentions, many students on campus are honored and proud to have Bogdan on campus.

“I think hiring him was a fine idea,” UNC Charlotte student Liam McElhaney shared with The Fix. “He used to run one of the most dangerous prisons filled with terrorists. This makes him perfectly qualified to be head of security. He’s a hero.”

Instead of making students feel less safe – as the student activist group argued – Bogdan brings many students a heightened sense of security and peace of mind.

“He’s knowledgeable and suited to handle every emergency situation,” student Camden Winstead told the paper.

It was reported that some took issue with a number of adjustments Bogdan make while serving at Gitmo.

“Col. Bogdan’s command of Gitmo received criticism in 2013 after he enacted significant security changes in an effort to improve safety, [yet Bogdan’s decision was backed by an appeals court, which sided with him],” WCNC reported.

Forcing the race card …

However, the student group’s statement mirrored other radical left-wing organizations’ unsubstantiated charges against the decorated veteran.

“It should be made clear that the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center has received intense scrutiny for Human Rights violations by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the ACLU and Human Rights scholars across the world,” the statement posted Wednesday on Twitter reads. “Under Commander John Bogdan’s watch, there were many egregious acts of violence perpetrated against detainees who were specifically targeted for their race, religious and ethnic identifications, that directly violated their Human Rights. As a result, this Coalition is forced to call into question his fitness to preside over a campus community that contains individuals from all walks of life.”

New racial tensions on campus were incited.

“His position in higher level administration on campus – especially his control over the police force and other potentially punitive offices – poses a direct threat to all members of our community that identify as People of Color, and even more specifically, Muslim, Southwest Asian and North African students, faculty or staff,” the statement continued. “On behalf of the UNC Charlotte community, this coalition calls for the immediate termination or resignation of John Bogdan from his employment within the UNC School System …”

Blameless record

But Bogdan’s track record is blemish-free and replete with accolades and honors.

“[H]is file includes roughly 30 years of awards and glowing references and nothing but compliments in 2013 about his ability to ‘flawlessly’ restore order to the detainee camp,” WCNC reported. “His superiors called him a model of ‘military professionalism and excellence,’ ‘magnificent officer’ and ‘truly exceptional Army leader’ with no international humanitarian law complaints.”

The local TV station added that Bogdan passed a thorough vetting process while applying and expressed to the paper the heart and passion he’s had to serve and protect American citizens since his youth.

“I come from a long military tradition – every generation in my family has served this nation – and it continues with my son and nephews,” Bogdan informed The Fix. “I was raised by amazing parents who believed in helping others and service to the nation. I found my way into the Army and enlisted when I was 18 years old. I was in for only a short time when I realized that this was calling – my purpose in life. It was my distinct honor to be a member of such an awe-inspiring organization and to answer our nation’s call.”

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