Friday, October 9, 2015

Academic Freedom: Are there Limits to Inquiry? JFK, 9/11 and the Holocaust

by Jim Fetzer

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An unprecedented conference entitled, “Academic Freedom: Are there Limits to Inquiry? JFK, 9/11 and the Holocaust”, was held at the University of Illinois UC, Illini Union, Room 314A, from 9 AM-6 PM/CT on 26 April 2014.
The idea for this conference originated with Stephen Francis, who also organized The Midwest 9/11 Truth Conference, which was held at the Urbana Free Library on 22 September 2013, featuring as speakers Kevin Barrett, Jim Fetzer and Wayne Madsen. See “The Complete Midwest 9/11 Truth Conference” on Veterans Today.
Stephen Francis
Stephen Francis
While there have been many conferences on JFK and 9/11, including the Holocaust in this one was adopting an original approach to a subject that has typically been regarded as “taboo”.
Registration was held from 9 AM-10 AM/CT, with Kevin Barrett presenting the first lecture from 10 AM-11:00 AM/CT, followed by David W. Robinson from 11 AM to Noon/CT. The lunch break from Noon-1 PM/CT was followed by a presentation by Nicholas Kollerstrom from 1-2 PM/CT. Since Nick resides in London, he joined us via Skype. Stephen Francis then spoke from 2-3 PM/CT, followed by Winfield Abbe from 3-4 PM/CT. Jim Fetzer was the final speaker from 4-5 PM/CT, with a informal discussion and questions and debate from 5-6 PM/CT.
Three of the speakers–Barrett, Kollerstrom, and Fetzer–have had experience as faculty with complex and controversial issues, while three of us–Robinson, Abbe and Francis–have long been involved with academic freedom issues in relation to both faculty and the public. By focusing on three “hot” topics, JFK, 9/11 and the Holocaust, their presentations aim at sharpening public understanding of what should be expected of colleges and university. In particular, they addressed the question, “Are there limits to what faculty can research?”, and “Are there limits to what they can teach?”, where these speakers appear to be especially well-positioned to address these extremely important but themselves sensitive subjects.


Kevin Barrett, Ph.D.

BarrettDr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. In the early 1990s, Barrett received master’s degrees in both English literature and French from San Francisco State University. He received a Ph.D. in African languages and literature with a minor in folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2004.
He has taught English, French, Arabic, American Civilization, Humanities, African Literature, Folklore, and Islam at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area, Paris, and Madison, Wisconsin. He is co-editor of 9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out (2007) and the author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and of Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). Among his recent articles is“Holocaust History Denial: A Clear and Present Danger”.
Facts, Insults and Academic Freedom
Click here: Kevin Barrett, “Facts, Insults and Academic Freedom”
Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in The New York TimesChristian Science MonitorChicago Tribune, and other leading publications. He ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host. His web sites include VeteransToday/BarrettTruthJihadTruthJihadRadioand MUJCA (Muslim Christian Jewish Alliance for 9/11 Truth).

David W. Robinson, Ed.D.

David W. RobinsonDavid W. Robinson, Ed.D., received a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, went on to an M.A. in Teaching (Social Studies) from Lewis and Clark College, and an Ed.D. in Educational Foundations and Leadership from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He has taught courses in history, the humanities, and the social sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as graduate courses in higher educational teaching, course design, assessment, and administration. Additionally, he has served as Department Chair, Program Chair, Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President of Academic Affairs at several colleges. This has made him well acquainted with the practical and complex issues of academic freedom in action.
Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor on three different university faculties, teaching graduate courses in education, information technology and e-commerce, and doctoral course work in educational foundations and leadership. His scholarly writing includes books and articles on the history of higher education, specializing in academic industrialization in America, as well asProtestantism’s role in the history of universities and schools.
David Robinson
As a long-time student of American history, David has a strong interest in academic freedom, liberty of conscience, open access to historical evidence, and the implications of America’s loss of free inquiry in national discourse. It is his conviction that our current national-security state civilization is the main by-product of the loss of the checking-and-balancing power of reasoned dialogue in academic life. David is looking forward to further exploration of these themes at the conference.

Nicholas Kollerstrom, Ph.D.

NicholasNicholas Kollerstrom, Ph.D., has two history of science degrees, one from Cambridge 1968, plus a PhD from London, 1995. He was an honorary member of staff of UCL for 11 years. He co-organized the Belgrano Inquiry in 1986, publishing The Unnecessary War (1998) as its proceedings and co-edited The Case Against War (Spokesman, 2004) comprising the CND legal arguments against the Iraq war).
In 2008 he received widespread publicity and ethical damnation for his interest in studies of the residual cyanide levels found in walls of the WWII labor-camps. Articles about the violations of his academic freedom have appeared elsewhere, including “ISIS trips, stumbles and falls” and “The War on Truth: Research on the Holocaust can end your career”.
Nicholas Kollerstrom
His recent book, Terror on the Tube (3rd ed., 2011) is the most comprehensive account of the 2005 London bombings. It supports the conclusion that this was a “false flag” attack.

Stephen Francis

me_1Stephen Francis was born and raised in Fresno, CA, and volunteered for the draft in 1969. At the time, he was a conventional youth who supported the main stream’s political views. These opinions dramatically reversed after entering the service; and he was jailed for various antiwar activities, including disobeying direct orders to get on a bus during antiwar protests at Fort Ord, CA.
Due to stockade overcrowding, he was released and spent the next one-and-a-half-years as a fugitive in Canada, eventually receiving an Other-than-Honorable Discharge, of which he remains proud to this day. He returned to college when he was 34 years old, earning an AA degree in Business Administration at Parkland College in Champaign, IL, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois UC. He spent the next 12 years or so employed by a number of different companies, including a multi-national, mid-level accounting-consulting firm as a network administrator/accounting-software specialist.
Stephen was able to semi-retire in 2000 because of successful investments during the stock-market boom of the late nineties. For over thirty years, he was also a semi-professional musician playing the electric-violin and keyboards. He has since reinitiated his efforts as an antiwar activist out of concern for world events surrounding the invasion of Iraq. From 2002 to the present, he has continued pursuing his activist efforts, including editing, in the hope that he might make an ever-so-slight positive impact on the future course of civilization.

Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D.

Winfield AbbeWinfield Abbe received an A.B. degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. in physics from California State University at Los Angeles and Ph.D. in physics from the University of California Riverside. His main areas of research are low temperature solid state physics and theoretical elementary particle physics.
He has also spent some time working on the long standing problem of Fermat’s Last Theorem which was recently solved, but the esoteric solution is known and understood by only a handful of people in the world. Dr. Abbe was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Athens and an Institute of Science and Technology Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
During his career in academe, he has observed gross abuses senior faculty have administered to junior and the deterioration of the practice of academic freedom, including at the University of Georgia, which he looks forward to addressing at the conference. He was recently interviewed by Jim Fetzer on “The Real Deal” on such issues.

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.

Fetzer-SFA former Marine Corps officer, Jim Fetzer has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.
Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. Among his recent articles is “Anti-anti-Semitism and the Search for Historical Truth”.
The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005),The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science(2010). Since his 2006 retirement, he has devoted himself to dealing with the most complex and controversial events of recent history on “The Real Deal” and in his articles on Veterans Today.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. [This article reprints the original, which was initially published on in 2013 shortly after the conference.]


  1. Here are some of the real scholars who have been courageous enough to speak on these various topics. it's a breath of fresh air to hear them and read what they have written.

    These are brilliant men and congratulations to them all!


  2. "Inquiry" (Reason), Truth Must Be Subordinate To "Good," Hence Subjectivism, Satanism, Obviously

    Well of course there are limits to inquiry, obviously. For ONLY in a rational society would inquiry be free as it needs to be in accord w. political and individual liberty.

    And that's the whole pt., then, isn't it?--to uphold and maintain a satanistic criminal dictatorship, right? And the way to maintaining this satanism is consistent w. its basic principle, SUBJECTIVISM.

    For only upon subjectivism is there such thing as otherwise non-existent "good," and "good" is the end-all and be-all, right?--at least it is for all "right-thinking" folks who believe in "good," even if it doesn't exist.

    Thus we observe our present society is totally captive to, hostage of foremost criminal powers and master-minds, the central-bankers who run the various central banking (legalized COUNTERFEITING) institutions, US Federal Reserve Bank, IMF, B. of England, ECB, BIS, etc.

    So NOTHING can be allowed to threaten these satanistic institutions founded upon false (subjectivist) principles, especially "good." Hence inquiry must be limited and closely watched-over--in interests of "good," of course.

    Thus at any time, statements and action can and will be suppressed upon (subjectivist) premise of "good"--esp. "good" of topmost criminals and leadership (Jews, foremost satanists), so necessary for the subjectivistic society of "good."

    So then, specifically, u can't say anything against Jews (foremost satanists and subjectivists) or their lies, as these are "noble" lies (like the holohoax) designed for non-existent "good," but at least for the "good" of topmost satanistic criminals, including Jews and their cohorts. See and for best Talmudic expo.

    So u have two, opposed principles, (a) "Good," which exists only under subjectivism, best understood by Jews, who are Holy, or (b) TRUTH and hence free inquiry (freedom); u can't have both.

  3. You create your own limits when you subscribe to or create absolutely nonsensical themes like 'no planes hit the towers' or 'the Jew confessed'.

    1. Well, that's what kike like u WOULD say, right?--ho ho ho ho ho. Kike: just ck for expo on ur satanist religion--and don't bother protesting u're "not religious"--for no decent human would admit they're Jew, anymore than admitting u're psychopath or Christ-killer.

    2. Quiet Fetzer,we know what you're up to,dingbat.