LET'S GET MIKEY
By Matt Coker
Orange County Weekly
Dec. 25-31, 1998
In this issue, Machine Age columnist Wyn Hilty
mentions a Dec. 17 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
on the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). The civil rights
group's report documents the CCC's ties to white supremacists.
Well, guess who pops up in the report? None other than Michael
Collins Piper, whose inclusion as a John F. Kennedy assassination
expert in South Orange County Community College District trustee
Steven J. Frogue's proposed seminar for fall 1997 led to public
outcry, international ridicule for the district, the seminar's
cancellation, the unsuccessful attempt to recall Frogue, and much
of the divisiveness still lingering in the district. Piper even
flew from Washington, D.C., to one of the board of trustees' meetings,
which quickly devolved into a bizarre game of cat and hatemonger.
Piper, who is a contributor to The Spotlight, which the
Anti-Defamation League brands the most anti-Semitic publication
in America, penned the book Final Judgment, in which Piper
alleges the Israeli government played a part in Kennedy's killing.
Responding to local critics who had called Piper anti-Semitic
and a Holocaust denier, he told the Weekly and others that
he had nothing against Jews but that he had not paid enough attention
to the most horrific event of the 20th century to actually deny
that it occurred. But according to the SPLC, Piper was speaking
at a meeting of the CCC's National Capitol Region in Arlington,
Virginia, earlier this month when he got "progressively angrier"
as he talked about "the Jews he says control Hollywood." He ended
his address, the story claims, by saying, "how sick he is of hearing
about the Holocaust, and how he just doesn't care how many Jews
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