No wonder Alito "forgot" about CAP

The Creepy Aryans of Princeton are even grosser than you think.

Published January 12, 2006 5:46PM (EST)

As if any association with CAP (Creepy Aryans of Princeton) wasn't shady enough, Quicksilver at Daily Kos advances an especially grody theory:

"The Republicans are spinning Alito's relationship to CAP as Alito's concern for the possibility that ROTC might be not be allowed to recruit on campus in 1985 ... 1985? If Alito was active in the organization around that time, I believe it was for another reason: to give CAP legal and strategic advice." Why? Because of a 1984 scandal involving Dinesh D'Souza -- then editor of the Prospect, a controversial magazine funded by CAP -- and a female Princeton freshman. "In March 1984, Concerned Alumni of Princeton put itself on shaky legal ground by printing details of a female Princeton student's sex life," he writes. "Alito would have been a good person to turn to for advice on torts, and for dodging tort claims.

"In March 1984," Quicksilver explains, "copies of CAP's offending magazine, 'The Prospect,' were distributed under the doors of student dormitories (including my own). A Freshman woman's name was printed, with details of her sex life. The scandal was big news both on and then off campus, culminating in a story, titled 'Magazine Angers Princeton Students' by reporter Paul Ben-Itzak, in the New York Times on 3/24/84.

According to the Times, "The [Prospect] story, 'In Loco Parentis,' charges the university with preventing the mother from withdrawing her freshman daughter, who it says is a minor, from school. It alleges that the university has promised to replace money denied the daughter by the parent with its own financial aid. The article, written by the magazine's editor, Dinesh D'Souza, also discusses the young woman's sex life," which was clearly relevant.

"An editor's note states that the last name of the parent and daughter were changed 'to protect the privacy of her daughter.' But an accompanying article on a related subject, which refers to the circumstances of the other story, uses the student's real last name." (D'Souza blamed a proofreading error.)

"In previous articles, the magazine had referred to the director of the Women's Center of Princeton as 'the wicked witch of Princeton's Women's Center' and to an Hispanic assistant Dean of students as 'Señor.'"

Armando at Kos also alleges that CAP called the girl's mother to inform her that her daughter was using contraceptives."

Awesome. If I'd been a member of CAP, I'd "forget," too!

Of course, all of this stuff will totally stick.

Whoops, sorry. Proofreading error.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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