Dissenter Draws Death Threats
take long for Doc Corbin Dart to publicly express his ideas following
the Sept. 11 attacks. Since that day hes posted signs on the front
of his Okemos house such as "U.S. terror in Iraq makes Sept. 11th
a tiny mirror image," and "U.S. Troops terrorize as cowards
from the skies. They should be in body bags."
The reaction has been just as quick. Hes faced everything from
rocks thrown at his window to visits from the State Police, who, he
said, walked around the perimeter of his property taking pictures.
All along, Dart said he has also received menacing phone calls.
"The threats at first were rather veiled, but starting last Wednesday
or maybe the week before that, the veils came off. Theyve been
completely death threats," her said.
One of the signs on Darts house lists a phone number, which is
how hes received most of his threats. Tapes recorded on his answering
machine contain messages such as:
"Ill brace myself for a long, long time
but in the end
Im going to kill all of you
all of you dead."
"I will kill you if I get the chance."
Dart said that because of his opposition to the actions of the United
States in Afghanistan, many people assume hes Arabic. One caller
left the message: "Heres an ideahow about you camel
jockeys go back to your goddamn country, leave us alone and pray to
your fake God."
of the many messages plastered on the outside walls of Dart's
that Im doing has been under the heading of the Animal Liberation
Front, because human beings are animals and they wont admit it,"
Dart said. "Theres not much that separates us from animals
except that theyre awake and alert and most humans are asleep."
To Dart, it is a moral imperative to act out against suffering in the
world. He cites the assassination of John Lennon as a turning point.
"Thats kind of when it started for me. That was the final
After multiple arrests during the mid-1980s in the name of various causes,
Dart said he sank into a severe depression that lasted for years. About
three years ago, he said his depression lifted and he began to work
on what he calls "mystical trances," which he said is the
antithesis of meditation. It is through his work with trances that led
Dart to leave this message for anyone who calls the phone number posted
on the front of his house:
"His name is the number 26
He is the Messiah
He has arrived
at the mountaintop
And no one on earth can bring him down."
"Someone with divine authority had to step in and stop the destruction
of nature, and the out of control propagation of the human species,"
he said. And Dart believes he is that authority.
"But its hard for people to understand that because I dont
look the part."
He said that there is a purpose to the expression of his claims, and
that the signs are meant to "call attention to the terrorism initiated
by the United States."
lawn art at Dart's Okemos home depicts Christ holding matches
near a gas can and the American flag.
not a local project, and it wont be finished until Ive had
my own impact on foreign policy," Dart said. That impact, according
to Dart, would include a realignment of the United Nations so that more
powerful countries dont have stronger influence. Also, he feels
that the United Nations should go in between the Palestinians and Israelis
to stop the violence there and begin negotiations until a fair settlement
is reached, "for the Palestinians in particular."
But the biggest impact for Dart would be to help convince the United
States to "pull all of its tentacles out of the Middle East, and
perhaps make reparations to the Iraqi people and others," he said.