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Graham Spanier – worthy of a great deal of media attention

Investigative reporters, where are you?  There’s a HUGE story here.  Everybody wonders what happened at Penn State – How could this happen?  What is it about the culture of an organization that allows child rape and abuse to go on right under its nose?  Why is the media steering clear of this aspect of the scandal?

Moral bankruptcy saga at Penn State

    Original Post: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:00 am, PhillyBurbs.com by Rose Mciver 

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Graham Spanier

If Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier hadn’t been so tolerant of sexual taboos, would he have taken action to stop Jerry Sandusky from allegedly molesting little boys, and spared the university the biggest college sports scandal ever?

A school administrator possessing a healthy view of human sexuality would not hesitate to summon authorities when presented with allegations of child molestation. But not Spanier. Why? His long academic career is aglow with defenses of the sexual fringe.

It began with his 1975 academic paper on wife swapping. It continued through his time as Penn State’s president. This includes his defense of the university’s annual Sex Faire, which showcased half-dressed lesbian performance artists, anti-male speechifying, and guests such as Patrick Califia-Rice, a transgendered advocate of “boy-lovers,” who was among the Sex Faire’s main speakers in 2002.

Spanier said he didn’t realize the grave situation created by Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who is on trial after being charged with more than 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. But last week, NBC News reported that Spanier could face criminal charges for a coverup.

A university administrator kept a “secret file” on Sandusky. The file, which has been turned over to prosecutors, contains emails in which Spanier and another Penn State administrator “discussed whether they were obligated to tell authorities about a 2001 allegation involving a late-night encounter in a Penn State shower room between Sandusky and a young boy, both of whom were naked,” NBC reported.

In the email, Spanier said that not alerting social service agencies was the “humane” thing to do for Sandusky.

Sympathy for the alleged perp, not the victim. How do you come to think like that?

Perhaps it begins when you attempt to redefine wife swapping as a good thing.

Spanier, a human sexuality scholar, co-authored a paper on wife-swapping for a 1975 edition of the “Archives of Sexual Behavior.” Here’s the introduction:

“This article attempts to illuminate the understanding of swinging, or mate swapping, an increasingly common form of extramarital sexual activity. A theoretical formulation argues that swinging is a form of extramarital sexual activity which serves to define as good and acceptable a behavior that in other forms and in the past has been considered deviant and immoral.”

Of course, as America learned during the 1970s, gonorrhea, herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases acquired through promiscuous bed bouncing are not “theoretical,” or “good.”

Maybe a defense is that Spanier’s interest is academic, and the article was nothing more than a product of the era. At the time, the sexual revolution was in full swing, and pop culture bristled with mate-swapping tales such as the hit film “Carol & Bob & Ted & Alice.”

So what explains Spanier’s vigorous defense of Sex Faire more than a quarter century later?

In 2002, when “boy-lover” advocate Califia-Rice appeared on campus as Sex Faire’s guest speaker, Spanier defended the appearance.

One of the few public voices challenging Spanier and Penn State was John A. Lawless, a state rep from Montgomery County. Lawless made national news trying to get Pennsylvania’s House Appropriations Committee to punish Spanier and other university administrators because, he said, they had failed in “moral” leadership.

Spanier was called before the House committee, of which Lawless was a member, and questioned. He apologized for some of the obscene aspects of Sex Faire, but vigorously defended the affair as “free speech.”

Lawless asked Spanier if the Sex Faire programs were immoral. Lawless, quoted widely at the time, said, “(Spanier’s) answer was, ‘It depends on what your definition of immoral is.’ ”

(Last week, I tried contacting Lawless, who has retired from his state legislator job and lives in Florida. His personal lawyer said he wasn’t interested in commenting.)

Graham Spanier could have saved some kids and Penn State football had he placed a phone call to police in 2001 when he learned of Sandusky. He didn’t.

When a man entertains “theoretical” views on marital sexual deviancy, or cannot bring himself to call Sex Faire what it is — a circus of sexual dysfunction — it should not surprise that in his moral confusion he would choose to “humanely” spare an alleged deviant, rather than protect the deviant’s innocent prey.  http://alturl.com/ap4ee

This guy is being shielded by the media.  Why?  Certainly not because it would not be an interesting and compelling story to tell.  Why would the liberal corrupt media not rush to talk about this? He is, to say the least, a quirky kind of guy, strange, interesting, does magic tricks, plays a “bucket” in some band, went running with the bulls, wore the mascot costume at football games, and has numerous questionable incidents and events in his background prior to Penn State and during Penn State, including refusing to address an allegation of a now grown guy who accused a professor of abuse spelled out in a NYT article.  http://alturl.com/wbobe

He was considered by Obama for the cabinet position of Secretary of Education, so that makes him a pretty big fish democrat. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-502323_162-4649713.html.  And Daily Kos thought it was a good idea.  http://alturl.com/wk8f2

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/ex-president-spanier-charged-with-perjury-obstruction-of-justice-endangering-welfare-of-children/

Posted:  07.14.12 A.D. @ 3:05 p.m.

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10 appalling revelations against PSU ex-president Graham Spanier

Will he be charged?  I’d put money on it, and maybe as early as tomorrow.  How do I know?  Because I just heard on FOX that IF JOE PATERNO WERE ALIVE, he might could be charged.  Spanier must have a load of money and some powerful people behind him to try to divert attention from the charges that are coming for him by placing all these distractions in the media.  I say “placing” because how else would they get there?  It is my belief that these networks broadcast mostly what is submitted to them from PR firms, Media Matters type organizations, et cetera, and a lot of it is designed to divert attention from something else.  They play us all for a bunch of suckers.

And the media is going to “arrest” a dead man to avoid reporting on the living people responsible for a 20 year cover-up, now thoroughly exposed by the Freeh Report.  Now that is dirty.

I am copying an article from Deadspin.com laying out the “appalling revelations” against Graham Spanier from the Freeh Report.

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The majority of attention given to today’s Freeh Report has centered on figuring out Joe Paterno’s role in allowing Jerry Sandusky to go unstopped. But the most actively nefarious character—other than Sandusky himself—in the commission’s story is former university president Graham Spanier. Even before today’s news, experts had suggested that Spanier’s actions could be brought before a grand jury. Here are ten of the more reprehensible plot points from the Freeh Report, many of which support the notion that he could face criminal charges:

  • Testifying to the 2001 grand jury he was unaware of the 1998 investigation against Sandusky, even though emails from 1998 show him discussing the investigation with athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz.
  • Repeating this claim to the Special Investigative Counsel, and stating he “never heard a report from anyone” that Sandusky was abusing children.
  • Failing to notify the Board of Trustees that an investigation of a prominent assistant football coach was underway, withholding this information from them even while the board was considering (and approving) a favorable land deal between the university and Sandusky’s Second Mile charity.
  • Approving and pushing for Sandusky’s emeritus rank—and the facility access privileges that came along with it— despite Sandusky not qualifying for it by the established academic rules.
  • Declaring Curley’s plan to suggest Sandusky stop hanging around children, without actual sanctions, to be “a humane approach.”
  • Telling the Special Investigative Counsel his first knowledge of the 1998 incident came at the April 2011 grand jury appearance, when notes from his Attorney General interview a month prior reveal he was questioned about it then.
  • Approving an unprecedented $168,000 lump-sum retirement payment to Sandusky in 1999.
  • Showing no interest in identifying the child involved in the 2001 incident or ascertaining whether or not a crime had occurred.
  • Opposing any and all independent investigations into Sandusky’s behavior.
  • Modifying the November 2011 Board of Trustees statement without their knowledge or approval, asserting that Curley and Schultz requested administrative leave rather than that the board had decided to place them on leave.

http://deadspin.com/5925539/the-ten-most-appalling-revelations-about-graham-spanier-and-why-he-could-be-the-next-one-charged

It is reported that Spanier went to work as an advisor on a special project for Homeland Secuirty. http://alturl.com/qddyj  But Wikipedia says he remains a tenured professor of sociology at Penn State.  He is an amateur magician and wrote a book on mate swapping.  Weird guy in my book.   http://alturl.com/t4yaj  http://alturl.com/ap4ee

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Spanier quote:  “It depends on what the meaning of immoral is.”

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/it-depends-on-what-the-meaning-of-immoral-is/

Update:  In a recent blurb on FOX, they seem to have dropped the if Paterno were alive narrative (I hope) and they named all four of the people specifically named in the Freeh Report, being:  Spanier, Schultz, Curley, and Paterno.

Oops, I was wrong.  It was HLN, not FOX, I was watching that named all four.

Posted:  07.13.12 A.D. @11:57 p.m.  Updated @ 1:07 p.m.

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