ASU parents: Has a terrorist been teaching your kids? & Update

Former ASU Prof Carlos Balsas being held in Philadelphia

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer identifies former Arizona State University professor Carlos J. Balsas as the suspect who threatened to blow up the Liberty Bell early Saturday. He told  a security guard who searched his backpack at the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia that he was carrying explosives.

“I have explosives in there,” he stated, before fleeing. U.S. Park Rangers arrested the uncooperative Balsas, 41, after a brief struggle.

According to the news article, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Philadelphia police bomb squad reported to the scene. Tests on the backpacks (two others were found) came back negative for explosives.

Balsas, a Tempe resident who taught at ASU from 2004 to 2011 faces charges of terrorism threats, bomb threats, possessing an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment, and related offenses. The joint investigation was carried out by the Philadelphia Police and FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to take over the investigation today

The Liberty Bell, originally cast in 1752,  is an iconic symbol of American independence.

Read the complete news report here. In this news video, a neighbor says she was frightened by his aggressive behavior and was considering filing a restraining order against Balsas. She had previously reported him to the Tempe Police Department based on interaction with him. Her uncle threatened to call the Department of Homeland Security.

Balsas taught at ASU’s Global Institute for Sustainability. Students rating Balsas gave him a mediocre grade, citing him as boring and his class so easy it wasn‘t worth the tedium of sitting through.


$250,000 bail set in Liberty Bell bomb threat

 According to the District Attorney’s Office Carlos Balsas is being held on a quarter of a million dollars bail. He is scheduled for a court appearance February 1, 2013. 

Balsas’ Criminal Case file can be seen here.


17 Responses to ASU parents: Has a terrorist been teaching your kids? & Update

  1. Justin says:

    How interesting that the neighbor’s uncle threatened to call the Department of Homeland Security on Balsas. Is that an indication that he’s a foreign national? If so, I’d be curious to know where he’s from. Also what did the Tempe Police do when they received a call regarding his aggressive behavior? Lots of questions that need answering.

  2. Westnash says:

    A good point…where is he from and is he a citizen?

    If Arizona needs so many Computer Engineers, why is there degree courses in Institute for Global Sustainability?

    Schweikert said Sunday that we had to allow more immigrants because we need Computer Engineers for Intel. Why are they not being trained here and employed here? We do not need another large influx of Indians in Arizona. Let them stay in India and make it a great country…if they are so smart. India is and has been a basket case.

    • eubykdisop says:

      I don’t like that Schweikert voted to retain Boehner as Speaker after Boehner got Schweikert and three other Conservatives booted off House committees. But your paraphrasing of Schweikert regarding immigration is out of context and misleading.

      “Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, told ABC that while the United States needs to draw talented immigrants, “if you go to the southern part of my state, I have people who actually live in fear for what’s going through literally the back of their house, their property.”

      “The devil’s ultimately in the details,” Schweikert said. “What will happen to the populations today, but what will happen to our border security for those of us who are border states? What will happen in the visa system? Will we actually have a visa system that works, that tracks those who’ve overstayed, and then what does the future look like?”

      “Reps. Schweikert and Nunnelee Cosponsor Birthright Citizenship Bill”

      “Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:46 PM EST”

      “Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) have cosponsored H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Bill. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King and is part of NumbersUSA’s 5 Great Immigration-Reduction Solutions. If passed, the bill would end the practice of granting automatic citizenship to all children born in the United States.”

      “Both Reps. Schweikert and Nunnelee are serving their second terms in Congress, but both Congressmen have already established solid records in reducing immigration and ending illegal immigration. Rep. Schweikert has earned an A+ grade from NumbersUSA, while Rep. Nunnelee has earned an A.”

      • Westnash says:

        Unfortunately, Euby, that wasn’t all he said. He said what I reported that Intel needed engineers and we couldnt produce them so they should come from overseas. I dont agree and tech companies want free rein to bring in all these from India so they wont have to train. Our schools need to turn out American engineers and work with Intel and other companies to get them the qualified employees they need. The only Indians we need in the USA are American Indians.

      • Westnash says:

        I am totally in favor of the HR 140 bill if it does what is reported. This should be part of our constitution and citizenship should only be granted to children born of citizens. The Birthing issue is a major one and will have a huge drain on our system.

        Why do we put such small value on American Citizenship?

      • eubykdisop says:

        You, of course, somehow manage to miss the point, Westnash. The point being that your paraphrasing was taken out of context and presented a misleading picture of Schweikert’s overall position regarding immigration. That is why I offered additional factual information to make things clear.

        The issue was not with what you said but rather with what you failed to say.

    • AnObservation says:

      Westnash you have continually shown that you are here for one reason and one reason only: to stir the pot and divide constitutional conservatives. Schweikert was endorsed by Russell Pearce and the pro-amnesty establishment worked to destroy him and Matt Salmon at every turn last year.

      • eubykdisop says:

        You are not alone in your assessment of Westnash, AnObservation. “Army Of One” had this to say in response to Westnash:

        “Army Of One says:
        January 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm”

        “The more I read your comments the less inclined I am to take them seriously. You appear to have found your niche as an agitator rather than a thoughtful contributor.”

  3. eubykdisop says:

    While this guy was going to attack the Liberty Bell, CBS is sponsoring an attack on The Constitution!

    “CBS Guest: Let’s Give Up the Constitution”

    “Charles Osgood, the host of CBS Sunday Morning, shocked many viewers when he introduced a segment that called for the abolishment of the U.S. Constitution.”

    “Is the U.S. Constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most Americans hold it,” Osgood asked his viewers.”

    “He then introduced Georgetown University Professor Louis Michael Seidman — who launched into a lengthy essay bashing the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.”

    “I’ve got a simple idea: Let’s give up on the Constitution,” he said.”

    • LD 7 PC says:

      I just watched this video. I’ve read your comments long enough to trust what you have to say, but this is shocking.

      People need to see this for themselves to get the full impact of his words, uttered with such smugness. What makes it even more egregious is the fact that Seidman is a Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University! People like Seidman and Balsas are influencing our American students.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Hi, LD 7 PC, and thank you very much!

        It is absolutely shocking! Now the Liberals are OPENLY saying that we should do away with The Constitution. That is definitely taking it up a notch!

        Commies have always targeted the young and impressionable. They don’t waste their time trying to “convert” adults whom they consider to already be hopelessly “polluted” with capitalistic ideas.

        “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” – Vladimir Lenin

    • Ajo Joe says:

      This is deeply concerning. Where does it stop? Yesterday a coalition of American senators took the lead in undermining our nation and opening the floodgates to illegality. My parents would have never believed this could actually happen and worse yet…be implemented by those who are elected to represent American citizens, not foreign nationals.

      Fascinating quote. I’ve heard something similar about Parochial School education.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Yes, Ajo Joe, the Catholic Church also recognizes the potency and long term effects of indocrination of the young. The principle is universal, it is the nature of the outcome which is the issue.

        Seidman is from Georgetown which is a Catholic and Jesuit institution. Communists for generations have sought to infiltrate the Catholic Church and actually had quite a bit of success at one point. Jesuits probably represent the most leftist thinking of Catholic elements and at least one Catholic has sought to have Georgetown declared to no longer be Catholic because of the radical behavior and ideas of the Jesuits there.

    • Matt DeGennaro says:

      It’s not just Catholics. Far too many of our religious institutions from evangelicals and LDS to any that belong to the far leftist World Council of Churches, have been usurped by the left. Jewish voters are mysteriously bonded to the Democrat party and it’s skewed bent. They ALL hide behind the guise of “social justice,“ rather than biblical teachings and the law of the land. Notre Dame, a Catholic university actually invited and allowed pro-abortion Barack Obama to speak at its commencement ceremony over strong protests of students and alumni. The university’s president John Jenkins is a graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. That should tell you all you need to know.

  4. Westnash says:

    Ha, now we have quotes from Lenin and barbs being thrown at some Catholics and Mormons. Chicken Joe McCarthy is smiling….the Democrats are counting their votes already! Naturally all this has blather had nothing to do with the thread at hand.

    Is the Professor legally here or not? We should all be in favor of H.R. 140 and it should become part of the Constitution. Will Steve King run for Senator from Iowa?

    • eubykdisop says:

      ROFL! Stop whining, Westnash. You choose to try to push your Pinko propaganda in a Conservative Republican blog. If you wanted a warm reception, you should have chosen to post at “Daily Kos” instead!

      And since you support a ban on large capcity gun magazines and have told us that we need to “compromise” on gun control laws, I have yet ANOTHER Lenin quote for you:

      “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladimir Lenin, first head of the Soviet state.

  5. Fed Up says:

    In reading his criminal case file, I see the taxpayers are on the hook for his defense with a public defender representing this creep.

    Thanks for including the 3 pages of documents. I’ve done some Google searches on this guy and haven’t seen any of the news reports carrying that information. Good work!