Updated February 24, 2013
(This post has also been appended to Dr. Fetzer’s Open Letter.)
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:18 AM
Subject: Reader Comment
Comment: Dear Professor Tracy,
I am writing you to protest the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel bias of James Fetzer. Without any supporting documentation or proof, he declares in his articles that Israel is responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre and previous staged events. This is highly irresponsible. How dare he!
If he has any valid argument or evidence to back up his outrageous claim, he should state it. Otherwise, he should keep his own hateful opinion to himself and stop trying to indoctrinate your readers into becoming anti-Semitic bigots.
It seems odd that a retired professor trying to defend your right to free speech would indulge in a verbal hate fest against the Jews. That is not going to do you or your arguments any favors. I hope you will remove for this website all of Dr. Fetzer’s articles which contain such offensive remarks, as they have no place here.
(2) He replied to the reader as follows:
I am unaware that Dr. Fetzer made any specific allegation that Jewish or Israeli elements carried out the Sandy Hook massacre. My understanding is that a colleague of his at Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, wrote a brief article discussing talk show host Mike Harris’ December remarks asserting this theory. Perhaps that’s what you mean. Since you are proposing that I censor my blog, if you have any citations in this regard it would be helpful if you could provide these.
(3) The reader wrote back as follows:
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:31 AM
Subject: Re: Reader Comment
Thank you very much, Professor Tracy, for responding to my concerns. Unfortunately, I am rather alarmed that you would not be better informed about what is posted and linked to your own website, especially by a colleague of yours who claims to be trying to support you.
If you are going to read only one article about it [Sandy Hook], this is the one to read:“The Nexus of Tyranny: The Strategy behind Tucon, Aurora, and Sandy Hook” by Dennis Cimino with Jim Fetzer
In “The Nexus of Tyranny…”, Dr. Fetzer does reference Gordon Duff; however, he goes on to add his own opinion regarding Israeli involvement and to link to yet another article of his in which he makes the same allegations. In Nexus, he writes:
In “Israel’s Plan for World War enters high gear”, Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today, outlines the world-wide implications of the confiscation movement taking place here in the United States and how it possibly fits into the broader Israeli agenda, where those of us who have suggested that the Mossad may have been behind Sandy Hook–even if that was only in part–are looking better and better with the passage of time:
“While Gordon Duff (above) and Dennis Cimino (below) both posit Zionists promoting Israel as the main group wanting to disarm the US general population–both to help their wars and to subordinate the American people to politicians whom they can largely control–there are many other diverse elements in the international banking and domestic gun-confiscating movement whose interests do not always converge with those of Israel, which should be borne in mind in evaluating the situation. The gun agenda has become preeminent–and it is being driven by multiple motives. The roles of the Mossad, the CIA and DHS have become increasingly difficult to sort out, where even our best efforts may fall short.”
“Just as the Mossad and US Neo-Cons collaborated in the atrocities of 9/11 and the more recent events at Benghazi, Benjamin Netanyahu bears grudges and has been offended by the failure of the US to kowtow to its every whim, including its dedication to manipulating us to attack Iran, which has no justification. I think Texe Marrs has it right: Zionism is the gravest threat to world peace and to domestic tranquility, where there are signs that our own leaders are finally figuring it out.“
(4) James replied that he was forwarding her complaints to me for my response, which was as follows:
So you are now an expert on Veterans Today as well as Sandy Hook? What I find rather remarkable is how you assume that you are some kind of moral arbitrator of the universe. It is a common debate tactic to go on the offense when you are at fault. It seems to me that your position is one of “guilt by association”, where you are holding Professor Tracy responsible for the opinions of others, who are, like me, also entitled to freedom of speech and to freedom of inquiry about all these things.
Cases like this–which are complex and controversial–qualify as severe tests of our commitment to those values. Freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry do not exist to allow academicians and scholars to reiterate innocuous opinions that are widely held, but to inquire about situations that may not be as they have been presented as being. Professor Tracy and I do not have to agree about every issue in order to agree about some, including the core values essential to universities.
Professor Tracy and I are both trying to sort out what happened at Sandy Hook. The article to which you object was originally entitled, “Sandy Hook: The rest of the story”. I did not choose the title used. And the passage you cite was a quote from someone else. None of your complaints about me dispute the points I was making about why the university should be supporting Professor Tracy. Instead, you seem intent upon making a case for anti-Semitism when there is little case to be made. I am not anti-Semitic, but I am very critical of the role of Israel in world affairs today.
I cannot help but notice that you seem to be highly selective in the points you make. I have also written about Israeli complicity in 9/11, by the way, including “9/11 and the Neo-Con Agenda”, “Is 9/11 research ‘anti-Semitic’?”, “Peeling the 9/11 Onion: Layers of Plots within Plots” (with Preston James), and “James H. Fetzer: 9/11 IRAN REVIEW interview”. Another he has published is “9/11 and Zion: What was Israel’s role?” But if Israel was involved in 9/11, should we not be addressing it?
In addition to being a journalist for Veterans Today, I am the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth. I organized its first national conference in Madison in 2007 and its first international conference in Vancouver in 2012. I also edited its first book, THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY (2007), and I have published widely about 9/11. What has struck me most about your email to Professor Tracy is your complete failure to distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Is this a difference you don’t understand?
VT and I are both anti-Zionist but are not anti-Semitic. Since you are reading some of my articles, where do you find me dismissing the opinions of others or their value as human beings on the basis of their ethnic heritage or religious faith? I and others at VT are critics of the actions and policies of the State of Israel, including of course its grossly abusive treatment of the Palestinian people. That is NOT anti-Semitism.
It is not anti-Semitic to raise objections to the violation of the rights of Palestinians and repeated violations of UN mandates. A rather large and growing segment of the world’s population regards Israel as running the largest concentration camp in the world at Gaza. It bulldozed peace activist Rachel Corrie to death, and its IDF forces are known for picking off Palestinian children for sport. You abuse the word, but it properly applies to such actions by the Israeli government. They ARE filth!
As for Sandy Hook, Mike Harris and Gordon Duff have also suggested that Israel may have played a role, where Duff has cited satellite footage that traces a van from the school back to Greenwich Village and a “safe house” run by the Mossad, which was found to contain neo-Nazi literature. Israel is known to commit what are called “false flag” attacks. They go back to the attack on the King David Hotel in 1946 by Irgun terrorists dressed as Arabs and include the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. For more, see “False Flag attacks in Argentina: 1992 and 1994″.
As you are no doubt aware, the ADL has attacked me, Gordon Duff, Alan Sabrosky and Kevin Barrett as anti-Semitic for pointing out Israel’s role in 9/11, but that is a charge that, as in this instance, has no foundation. I find it ironic that, in classifying me as an “anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorist”, the ADL cites my article, “Is 9/11 research ‘anti-Semitic’?”, in which I refute that allegation. If you can find cases in which I display anti-Semitism rather than anti-Zionism, then please point them out.
Indeed, reading your messages, they could have been penned by the ADL. They display no concern for the issues of freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry that are at stake here. I am grateful to Professor Tracy for speaking out about Sandy Hook, but I am less sanguine about your attacks on me. Have you, for example, taken any steps to affirm his rights in this case as opposed to attacking someone who has actually done that? I have found scant value in your comments to date.
With best wishes,
James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth
APPENDIX: ON SEMITES AND ANTI-SEMITISM
By Dennis Cimino
[NOTE: Issues raised in the complaints about my "Open Letter" about anti-Semitism are so important that, when Dennis send me an extended commentary for publication below, I asked him to rewrite it and now publish it as an extension of my article (17 February 2013).]
My problem with conflation of a religion with a genetic or biological link to a piece of land is a bit more along the lines of denouncing most zionist jews for their beliefs that they have an entitlement to Palestine above and beyond what the indigenous people, who are Palestinians and some even muslims, actually do have, as it has been their home for centuries, unlike the usurpers who are for the most part, not truly of judean roots at all, but ashkenazi jews from the area between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, where about 90 or more percent of the alleged ‘chosen ones’ have come.
With regard to the vehement attacks that maintain that we have wrongly pegged the involvement of the MOSSAD on U.S. soil–and in fact, it’s influence in the U.S.–one need only look at the absolute totality of FACTS that support the MOSSAD has been a key and pivotal player in 9/11 and, in fact, in many other attacks on Americans over years, dating back to 1967 when MOSSAD was instrumental in guiding the IDF to the conclusion that it needed to attack the U.S.S. Liberty in June of that year and attempt to initiate a thermonuclear war between the U.S. and Egypt by doing so.
Many other incidents of MOSSAD attacks on, not only Americans, but citizens of other nations, which were fomented in Israel and blamed on other nationalities, have since taken place and certainly it is not unreasonable to blame the MOSSAD for it’s direct involvement in DHS and FEMA today, via organizations such as S.I.T.E. and others such as In Q TEL, who, quite rightly, along with at least one other nationwide phone billing company, have been involved within the United States conducting drift-net spying and the blackmailing of U.S. politicians for decades.
Given all the dynamics of who is doing this, it is not outrageous nor out of the question to pin the tail on Israel for most terrorist acts globally, with of course the ‘Wag the Dog’ issue of the United States gleefully killing people with drones at the behest of ‘Israeli First’ people in the U.S. Federal Apparatus, such as Sen. Diane Feinstein and Mr. John Brennan, currently being considered for CIA Director. If one looks at the dynamics of how both WWI and WWII were started and, for that matter, the Zionist influence of Ashkenazi jews, such as Bernard Baruch, upon a sitting U.S. President, one only need wonder if the United States would have ever used nuclear weapons on Japan, had it not been a major part of Baruch’s ear bending, in the closing days of that war, upon Harry S. Truman.
We know today that the Japanese were in the process of arranging a surrender when inexplicably the Army Air Corps dropped two nuclear devices on a country which was in the process of capitulation. Too harsh to blame this on ashkenazism and organized jewry in the U.S. How about the diversion of fissile grade enriched uranium from NUMEC to Dimona, again, by more Ashkenazi jews named Shapiro? Too harsh still? Better yet, let’s look at the Rothschilds banksters and their role in the creation of Israel. Rothschilds matriculated out of the Frankfurt AM MEIN ghetto’s as loan sharks and brothel owners, in around 1747 or so, and their roots are Ashkenazi, not sepharadi or Judean. Interesting coincidence? Not on your life.
Our research has proven that most of the involved players who did these elaborate staged hoaxes in Tucson, Aurora and Sandy Hook were predominantly ashkenazi jews, likely to be more khazarian than sephardic, based on their skin color and their facial characteristics. They are not judean rooted jews, but per the now very documented work of Arthur Koestler and one more recent Johns Hopkins researcher, are clearly ashkenazi jews, with virtually no real roots to the original descendants of the holy land by any bloodlines.
Translated, what I am trying to say for the record is that it would so appear that the heavy hand of ZIONISM in the United States is not driven by true ‘jews’ who were jews by bloodline, but more modern day, european jews who are especially not with any verifiable linkage to the judean jews who inhabited the area known now as Palestine more than 2,000 years ago.
What is unclear is why the have such an appetite for subjugating people in other countries they matriculate into and live in when peaceful coexistence is much more likely to engender harmony and peace over warfare for profit, as these ashkenazi jews seem to be so focused on for the lion’s share of at least 237 years or so in modern times. More importantly it is very very clear that virtually all of the global wars have been foisted upon the earth by organized jewry tied to the Rothschilds banksters of London. Why?
That question may never be answered by any of us, but it surely not ‘anti semitic’ to decry the apparent character flaws of people who conflate a religion belief into a heritage and or an ancestral claim to land they never came from in the first place, such as is the case with zionist jews who portend that they have a blood right to Palestine, when they have never had any verified link to Palestine over the indigenous and rightful inhabitants, who are known as and are the very semitic ‘Palestinians’.
Furthermore, since Jim Fetzer seems to have strong reservations about calling out or citing these facts of life, which I do not, there is a clear divergence in our beliefs. He has a belief that for some reason it is unfair to so label ashkenazi jews as FAKE JEWS when in fact that is the best way I can come up with to so describe a race of people from a much removed from Palestine piece of land that is between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, formerly known as Khazaria from ancient translated documents that show this to be correct and factual.
My point is this: Most of the jewry in the world today, more than 90 percent, is ashkenazi and non sephardic or non judean, and therefore has no valid claim to turf that they do not hail from, and that this ‘chosen’ tribe (as they think of themselves) has been thrown out of so many nations, to date, about 109 of them so far, for strong cultural differences that rub the peoples in their adoptive homelands the very wrong way.
Today they are destroying the United States from within and wish to disarm it. Is it ‘anti semitic’ to decry this as fact? I think not. Though Professor Fetzer seems to feel this is too harsh of a condemnation of a fictional and highly dubious claim by these zionist jews that anyone who points this out is an anti semite. I am not an anti semite. I just have no desire to mince words or pussyfoot around with the notion that zionist jews are destroying and now are disarming the nation that I was born into. It is not relevant that many of them were born here, when they hold allegiance to a government that flies a blue and white flag with a six pointed star.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a journalist for Veterans Today.