Randolph S. Selig, Esq.-‘smart-ass’ NY City
Jewish lawyer. Specialty - lying for Zionism

by george.salzman@umb.edu  2009-08-18
this page is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-18.htm


Friends (and enemies -- those who deliberately lie for bad purposes),
      Unknown to me initially, after my posting of 5 June 2009, "Straight talk with Israel Shamir" [1] came to New York City Jewish lawyer Randolph Selig's attention, he forwarded it on 6 June to Michael Santomauro [2], who is the editor of the Reporters Notebook website. The following day Santomauro forwarded Selig's message with its gratuitous lies to me without comment: [3]

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Randolph Selig
Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 10:33 PM
Subject: Re: Straight talk with Israel Shamir
To: ReporterNotebook

There is no "George Salzman" listed in UMass-Boston's faculty and staff directory.
But then, the name "Israel Shamir" is itself fictitious.

Don't you feel foolish, taken in, suckered?

Lawyer Selig, who I immediately challenged, has not revealed to me how my 5 June posting came to him or how the assignment to defame Shamir and me was given him. Of course I was furious to get the forwarded item from Michael Santomauro -- that bastard Selig denying my exictence -- and I immediately wrote Selig, on 7 June, asserting angrily that his communication was clearly both stupid and false. This chutzpah-impregnated ignoramus blustered back that same day. Here are the two exchanged notes between Selig and me.

Subject: Re: Fwd: Straight talk with Israel Shamir
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2009 03:56:21 -0500
To: Randolph Selig nungman36@gmail.com
CC: Michael Santomauro reporternotebook@gmail.com, Israel Shamir adam@israelshamir.net, John Spritzler spritzler@comcast.net, Fredrick Toben fredricktoben@y7mail.com

Oaxaca, Mexico, Sunday 7 June 2009
Dear Randolph Selig,
      Before you rush around crowing about your brilliant investigative abilities to Michael Santomauro and whoever else gets the mail at Reporter Notebook, you should, regarding your statement of my non-existence on the UMass-Boston faculty, take a look at the bottom of the page with URL: http://www.physics.umb.edu/faculty.htm, where you will find


Faculty - Retired John Shane, Associate Professor, 617-287-6050, S-3-105, John.Shane at umb dot edu
George Salzman, Professor Emeritus, 617-287-6050, S-3-105, George.Salzman at umb dot edu
Your communication, highlighted in color below [it's above here], is clearly both stupid and false. The internet is a great place for propagating lies, not as good as the so-called mainstream media but still very good.
      There is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that you have bought into nonsense with your assertion that Shamir is fictitious. Another self-anointed smart-ass New York Jew. Why are you so ready to lie? Would you do anything to prevent criticism of the Zionist project, no matter how much you have to debase yourself? For your information, I'm a real flesh and blood 83-year old World War II U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran. I grew up, first in Queens County, NYC, at 2220 Lincoln Place; the Marguerite Arms apartment building; and 82 Empire Boulevard, all three in Far Rockaway, and then, when the Great Depression forced us to move, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn at 68 St. Pauls Place. My Army Serial Number is 42070654. Imagine that, I come from the same area that that fucking Jewish lawyer Alan Dershowitz does, so eager to destroy Norman G. Finkelstein for telling the truth. The social conditioning of lawyers is disgraceful -- dedicating oneself to winning an argument, the truth be damned. So, tell me who you are, if you've got the balls.
      Sincerely angry that you doubt my authenticity, obviously without having bothered to read anything that I've written over the years, much of it posted on my website. So, what kind of shyster lawyer are you?
George

[I included, just after the above, the rest of the Forwarded message from Mr Santomauro.]

Subject: Re: Fwd: Straight talk with Israel Shamir
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 13:12:56 -0400
From: Randolph Selig nungman36@gmail.com

      Smartass or no, better a real Jew than a fake one. I am a resident of Queens County, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and a former prosecutor. That is all the information I find it appropriate to share.
      Every bit of biographical information given by this "Israel Shamir", beginning with his name, is a fiction. NONE of it can be trusted. This person or group of people has certainly used the internet to spread lies.
      I on the other hand pointed out that there is no "George Salzman" on the current faculty at UMass-Boston, and that is true. O, pardon me for not searching through every department until the name "George Salzman" turned up!
      Norman Finkelstein has written a valuable exposé on the Holocaust racket--a slim volume which I bought for $.99 and sent on to some relatives who were being conned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. However, Marxist Finkelstein's views on the subject of Israel are distorted by disappointment at Israel's failure to become a Communist country.
      His obsessive view of Israel as a mere tool of American imperialism forms a bizarre mirror-image to the accusation that it is Israel that tells the United States what to do--a charge so often repeated by the Holocaust deniers and other assorted racists and reactionaries.
      On that subject, were you in the ETO [European Theatre of Operations] during World War II? Did you go overseas at all? Do you agree that the Holocaust is just a construct of the Jewish Lobby? Or perhaps you feel, as so many admirers of "Israel Shamir" do, that the United States was wrong to enter World War II on the side of the Allies.
      Whatever you're smoking down there in Oaxaca, I'd like a ton of it!


      Randolph Selig's response is what one expects from a dishonest aggressive lawyer. The first question one would want to have answered is: Why did Selig 'alert' Michael Santomauro reporternotebook@gmail.com about my posting on Israel Shamir, and send false, unsubstantiated information? What was his motivation? It's noteworthy that on this key question Selig is silent. Nevertheless, I think it's possible to dope it out with a little background information. Most evident is his desire to discredit Israel Shamir. Shamir has been one of the most forceful, effective voices coming from the 'Jewish Camp' - although he has renounced his Jewish ethnicity - speaking for a single state in which Palestinians will have absolutely equal status as Jews enjoy. That of course is anathema to the Israeli Zionists and their foreign supporters, principally in the English-speaking Jewish American, Canadian, British, South African, Australian and New Zealand populations.
      A second significant background fact is that Michel Santomauro is the Editorial Director of Theses and Dissertations Press (TADP). This group is energetically represented as engaged in promoting Holocaust Denial, although TADP represents itself as a scholarly effort. Santomauro writes in his 7 June 2009 e-mail, "Founded in 2000 the publishing company TADP is at the center of a worldwide network of scholars and activists who are working -- often at great personal sacrifice -- to separate historical fact from propaganda fiction. The founder of TADP is Germar Rudolf. Who is currently serving prison time for his published works and will be released on July 4, 2009. He will no longer be associated with Holocaust studies upon his release.
      "As the new director of TADP.org, I wish to express my outrage that the Holocaust, unlike any other historical event, is not subject to critical examination. Furthermore I deplore the fact that many so-called democratic states have laws that criminalize an examination and understanding of the Holocaust. It is my position that the veracity of Holocaust assertions should be determined in the marketplace of scholarly discourse and not in our legislatures bodies and courthouses."
      I believe it likely that Selig, eager to discredit Israel Shamir and, to a lesser extent me, sent his misinformation to Santomauro in the hope that because of Shamir's and my open and extremely critical views of the actions of the Zionist Nazis against the Palestinians, the TADP would perhaps disseminate our criticisms along with its own literature and thereby lead uncritical Israel-firsters to dismiss us, along with TADP, as belonging to the Holocaust Denier madhouse. If this was not Selig's motivation, it is up to him to give a convincing explanation. I doubt there is one. Probably he is simply unscrupulous and, like that disgusting lawyer Roy Cohn (Jewish) and his equally disgusting boss senator Joseph McCarthy (Catholic), deserves to have his shit-flinging ignored just as Welch, the Army's chief legal counsel in the dramatic 1954 Army-McCarthy Senate hearings cut off McCarthy with his famous angry query, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
      In his 7 June note, Selig states, "Every bit of biographical information given by this "Israel Shamir", beginning with his name, is a fiction. NONE of it can be trusted", but he offers not a scintilla of evidence to substantiate this damning accusation. Though he has now given up his suggestion that I might be fictional, even in his clumsy backhanded admission he tries to put himself in a better light by boasting, untruthfully, "I on the other hand pointed out that there is no "George Salzman" on the current faculty at UMass-Boston, and that is true." In fact, his initial statement was "There is no "George Salzman" listed in UMass-Boston's faculty and staff directory", a statement that is untrue. By slipping in the adjective 'current' he tries to fuzz up the record by altering his original untrue statement into one that he thought he could pass off as truthful. On this attempted sleight of hand Selig gets a grade of F, not only because it was dishonest to slip in the adjective 'current' but also because in fact an emeritus professor is a faculty member, which is why I am listed on the page titled in the category Faculty - Retired. Unlike Israel Shamir, who's totally open and honest, Randolph Steven Selig is just another slippery lawyer, like McCarthy's Roy Cohn.
      Selig, an authentic schlemiel, in an apparent effort to divert me from the lack of substance thus far in his response, plays the chameleon with a few words of praise for one of my heroes, saying "Norman Finkelstein has written a valuable exposé on the Holocaust racket", and refers to "some relatives who were being conned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center". So much confetti to suggest that maybe, after all, Selig is politically OK by my lights. But he then jumps into the Joseph McCarthy-Roy Cohn anti-Communist boat with his assertion, "However, Marxist Finkelstein's views on the subject of Israel are distorted by disappointment at Israel's failure to become a Communist country.
      "His obsessive view of Israel as a mere tool of American imperialism forms a bizarre mirror-image to the accusation that it is Israel that tells the United States what to do--a charge so often repeated by the Holocaust deniers and other assorted racists and reactionaries." Oh, is he critical of 'racists and reactionaries'? But not of the State of Israel? I think his knowledge of Norman Finkelstein's comprehension of the the world too uninformed for him to judge Finkelstein to be an obsessed Marxist with a distorted view of Israel. In brief, Selig's ignorance is matched only by his smug arrogance, a man modelled after the infamous junior senator from Wisconsin. But one who hasn't managed to make a splash in the world.
      And finally, as the clever prosectuing attorney he would like to think he once was, in a complete non-sequitur, he launches a series of leading questions, pretending that they flow naturally from his comments on Finkelstein, writing, "On that subject, were you in the ETO [European Theatre of Operations] during World War II? Did you go overseas at all? Do you agree that the Holocaust is just a construct of the Jewish Lobby? Or perhaps you feel, as so many admirers of "Israel Shamir" do, that the United States was wrong to enter World War II on the side of the Allies." Selig provides evidence that, as my friend Manuel Garcia Jr. affirmed from his experience, assholes come with all ethnicities. Mr. Selig is part of the Jewish contribution to this category. If he is really interested in knowing the answers to his questions, he can find them on my website, which consists of two parts:
Website I of an anarchist physicist (en español) at
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/ and
Website II of an anarchist physicist at
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/s/00.htm
      Unlike the secretive Mr. Selig, about whom I have limited information, my site, like that of Israel Shamir, is wide open with facts about my life. Selig's cryptic first paragraph in his note to me is pathetically guarded: "Smartass or no, better a real Jew than a fake one. I am a resident of Queens County, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and a former prosecutor. That is all the information I find it appropriate to share." This is a man who is afraid of the daylight. Why does he feel the need to hide? Aside from these scraps of information the website

http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/11415-ny-randolph-selig-933131.html
adds a bit:
Randolph Steven Selig
      Address registered with New York State bar
      8510 120th St
      Kew Gardens, NY 11415
      917-482-4788
Street map of area at: [click on link to view Selig's residence]
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=8510+120th+St%2C+Kew+Gardens%2C+
NY+11415+(Randolph+Steven+Selig)

Licenses: 31 years since Randolph Steven Selig was first licensed to practice law in NY.
License status - Currently registered
Year acquired - 1978
Last updated by Avvo - 09/19/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

      I have no reason to question any of this, including the final sentence. Lying is of course not considered professional misconduct by lawyers, but standard practice, an integral part of their indoctrination in the profession.
      So there we have it. Selig doesn't contest my categorizing him 'a smartass'. He thinks he's 'a real Jew', and by inference that Shamir and I are fakes, which to him means that he's 'better', more authentic. He lives in Queens County (one of the five boroughs that make up New York City), graduated from that highly regarded public NYC high school in the Bronx (another borough of NYC), and was once a prosecutor. More than that he's not prepared to divulge.
      In my view, Selig ought to consider being proud of his status as a human being, a fact of paramount importance, rather than seeking self-respect in being what he calls 'a real Jew'. I know it's presumptuous to 'judge' Selig, knowing but little about him, but from what I've gleaned I am inclined to think he is what I call a 'bad' person, but not an 'evil' person. Bad because his lying serves to destroy the mutual trust necessary for a healthy society. But not evil because he is not doing it deliberately to hurt other people for his own private gain.
      A few final remarks. If you haven't read Israel Shamir's essay, Carter and the Swarm, treat yourself to an insightful examination of the mode of attack against any significant critic of the Zionist State. He writes,

After Carter spoke, he was immediately counter-attacked by organised Jewry -- you couldn't miss it! In my native Siberia, in its short and furious summer, you can watch a swarm of gnats attack a horse, each small bloodsucker eager for his piece of the action. After a while, the blinded and infuriated animal rushes headlong in a mad sprint and soon finds its death in the bottomless moors. The Jews developed the same style of attack. It is never a single voice arguing the case, but always a mass attack from the left and the right, from below and above, until the attacked one is beaten and broken and crawls away in disgrace.

Each attacker is as tiny and irrelevant as a single gnat, but as a swarm they are formidable. Observe them separately: Dershowitz, an advocate of torture and of hostage killing, an apprehended plagiarist who never was elected to any position of authority and commands no respect, demands to debate the president. It is indeed beyond chutzpah; but Dershowitz is supported by other Jews in prime positions and his ridiculous demand is seconded by both university and media until this thieving nonentity gets equal time on a TV channel to present "his case". Another gnat is a Deborah Lipstadt, a nonentity brought forth by the Washington Post. Plenty of others are even smaller than these two . . . [http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng9.htm]

A brilliant observation in two small paragraphs. No wonder the Jewish gnats can't stand Shamir. Randolph Steven Selig is one of the "even smaller" gnats.
      Now a bit of self reflection. If you're a normal person who nevertheless has had the patience and interest to read all the way to here, you might be wondering why I am so obsessed with lying. Especially because it is something we all, or nearly all of us, frequently do. Why do I make such a big deal of it? The rational reason I've already given -- it destroys the mutual trust needed to build a healthy society. But I think there may also be a psychological reason.
      I seem to be driven by a great desire to understand society at as profound a level as is within my reach. It's a big challenge for me. Someone like for example Immanuel Wallerstein writes his remarkable analyses twice monthly with an evident detailed grasp of both contemporary day-to-day events and an enormous reservoir of historical knowledge at his fingertips. Of course I'm envious of his gifts of factual knowledge, excellent memory and evident instant recall that enables him to comprehend so much. If I were endowed with the same capabilities it might not matter to me personally if someone lied to me because I would be able to detect it immediately and simply ignore the liar. But the fact is that I'm not so endowed, with the result that I can be deceived. If I later discover the deception I am then resentful, feeling that I have been made a fool of. The crude sneer of Mr. Selig at Mr. Santomauro with which I started this open letter, Don't you feel foolish, taken in, suckered?, carries plenty of bite. It is a blow at ones self-esteem. Perhaps it is my low self-esteem regarding my abilities vis-a-vis all the people I so much admire, like Wallerstein, that makes me so fanatic about not being lied to. At any rate, if I seem abnormal in this respect, maybe that is the explanation.
      Third and final comment. What value, if any, is there in spending so much effort on Mr. Selig, someone for whom I have little regard? It's basically the same question I put to myself about the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. I know that Jews and Palestinians together make up only a numerically insignificant fraction of humanity. And the atrocities that the Israeli Zionist Nazis are perpetrating against the Palestinians pale in numerical comparison to those against other peoples in the present time and previously. Why not focus on the 'big' problems instead of the 'gnat-size' ones? The transcontinental neoliberal assault of global capitalism throughout South America and Mexico screams the urgency for humanity to end capitalism.
      Looking in some detail at a 'small' problem can be valuable if it casts light on a 'large' problem. I think Mr. Selig's actions give insight to the social damage that comes from the assumption that ethnicity is a determinant of social behavior. I claimed earlier that "there's a need to give up 'being Jewish', by which I mean the pervasive ideology . . . that we Jews are special, a particularly gifted ethnic group . . . that [a] smart Jewish boy doesn't have to work with his hands. This cultivated elite attitude, that manual work is suitable only for intellectually inferior people, exists of course among all privileged groups . . . In my view, not only Jewish ethnicity ought to be considered illegitimate, but all ethnicities . . ." [5 Fifth note, from me to Shamir, in http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-06-05.htm]. Shamir, who adopts a broader, more inclusive definition of ethnicity, disagrees with me here. To me it seems that the arrogance, hubris and absence of humility, combined with profound ignorance that characterize Selig's behavior is unfortunately fairly typical among many American Jews, possibly the majority. To the extent that U.S. foreign policy is influenced by people of this group, I believe the result is one of social harm, particularly of course to the Palestinians, but more generally to all peoples.

--15 June 2009 George
P.S. It's now 16 June and there are more letters. I'll include them in a continuation, Straight talk 3, with Shamir and others.
NOTES
[1] Straight talk with Israel Shamir, the beginning of our dialogue, is at
      http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-06-05.htm. This was the start of an exciting dialogue with Israel Adam Shamir and other correspondents, which concentrated on the ideological basis of the dominant global value system that rules our lives. The dialogue is still ongoing. The series continues with

Straight talk 2, with Shamir and others
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-06-15.htm,

Straight talk 3, overcoming being Jewish, no joke
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-06-26.htm,

Straight talk 4, overcoming ethnicity, no joke. It can serve deadly ends
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-07-12.htm,

Straight talk 5, being truly human. [How many voters does it take to change a light bulb? None. Because voters can't change anything]
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-07.htm,

More straight talk, Alan Hart's "Open Letter to Prime Minister Blair: Doing a Northern Ireland in the Middle East". Alan actively joins the dialogue.
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-15.htm, and

More blunt talk, "Randolph S. Selig, Esq.-'smart-ass' NY City Jewish lawyer. Specialty - lying for Zionism"
    http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-18.htm. Another essay is in preparation, tentatively titled "Another dimension — indigenous! Seeking a true civilization".

[2] Michael Santomauro <reporternotebook@gmail.com>. The Reporters Notebook website is at http://www.reportersnotebook.com/.

[3] Randolph Selig exchange. As of 18 August 2009 Selig has not responded to my 15 June 2009 posting. It's just over two months since he last opened his lying mouth to me. My guess is that when I smoked him out by posting some data on him, including even his residential address and a link to a picture of the house he lives in, his bravado vanished, like that of burying beetles who prefer scurrying about in darkness. Here's the same data conveniently at the end of the article, so one doesn't need to scroll through the lengthy text to locate it.

http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/11415-ny-randolph-selig-933131.html
Randolph Steven Selig
      Address registered with New York State bar
      8510 120th St
      Kew Gardens, NY 11415
      917-482-4788
Street map of area at: [click on link to view Selig's residence]
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=8510+120th+St%2C+Kew+Gardens%2C+
NY+11415+(Randolph+Steven+Selig)

Licenses: 31 years since Randolph Steven Selig was first licensed to practice law in NY.
License status - Currently registered
Year acquired - 1978
Last updated by Avvo - 09/19/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.


George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.
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