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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Wisconsin Professor Remains Under Fire

This is a story we've been covering at Screw Loose Change. Kevin Barrett, who is scheduled to teach Introduction to Islam in the fall at the University of Wisconsin, is under fire purportedly because he believes that 9-11 was planned and orchestrated by the US government and specifically the Bush Administration, in order to lead us into war.

Now the ridiculous part of this is that the focus is on what Barrett has said, and not on what he's planning to teach.

Republican Rep. Steve Nass said the lawmakers' letter, which called Barrett's views "academically dishonest,'' sends a strong message to top UW leaders.

"When 61 legislators condemn a decision by UW-Madison and demand the dismissal of Kevin Barrett, the leadership of the UW System operates at its own peril if it continues to ignore views of the taxpayers,'' Nass said in a statement.

Firing Barrett is not a good idea. I agree that his 9-11 "theories" call into question whether he's really smart enough to be teaching college students, but the issue should be him teaching those theories, not what he has said elsewhere. The objectionable part of the Wisconsin decision is letting him teach this nonsense as a college-level course. That's the real mistake.

I have spent the last couple of months making a lot of posts at Screw Loose Change. I've looked into 9-11 six ways from Sunday. There is no doubt in my mind that the 9-11 conspiracy crap will last the rest of my life and that it will always be wrong. Almost none of the people who are spokesmen for the movement can talk for two minutes without lying repeatedly.

Barrett himself is a nut; here's a letter he wrote to John Kerry:

Dear John,

You, my “war-hero” friend, are a feckless yellow-bellied WIMP. 19 months ago, when you could have walked did! You let the Bush crime family and their 9/11 perp friends the neocons steal the election you won in a landslide 53%-47%. If you had the slightest shred of guts or integrity, you could have had us all out in the streets taking back the country. Instead, you tucked your tail between your legs and fled like the coward you are. Unless, of course, the two candidates from Skull and Bones had the whole thing fixed in advance. Either way, it appears that masturbating in a coffin in front of your sick Yalie frat buddies doesn't do much for your intestinal fortitude. As far as I'm concerned, you're history. But hey, prove me wrong. Get onboard with 9/11 truth NOW or condemn yourself to historical irrelevance.


Kevin Barrett

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