The Ivory Tower in Wartime

BarrettThis week we feature a pre-recorded interview with Kevin Barrett that originally aired September 15 on Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio. They discuss recent threats to academic freedom and tenure protections, modern academe’s indifference toward critical analysis of 9/11 and the war on terror, and unusual features of recent “mass shooting” mediated events.

Adding to the intrigue of this specific session are the odd audio difficulties that seemed to intensify as Tracy and Barrett began to address certain subject matter. The technical problems eventually hindered the interview to such a degree that the Skype connection was abandoned in lieu of telephone.

Dr. Barrett’s most recent book, We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11 (2015) is an important new volume featuring contributions from Paul Craig Roberts, Webster Tarpley, Barbara Honegger, Alain Soral, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Cynthia McKinney, and many more.

Barrett holds a doctorate in Arabic Studies from The University of Wisconsin. He is a regular columnist at Iran’s PressTV and an editor at Veterans Today. Barrett is also the author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (Progressive 2006) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (Khadir, 2009).


36 thoughts on “The Ivory Tower in Wartime”

  1. “This past weekend in Pleasanton, California, a suburb of San Francisco, elite police teams from as far away as South Korea, Uruguay, and Jordan converged for the ninth annual Urban Shield Expo and Conference, one of the largest tactical-police summits in the world. According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, which manages Urban Shield, almost 6,000 volunteers agreed to help SWAT teams coordinate with fire departments, healthcare providers, and other agencies to simulate responses to “mass casualty” events like attacks against law enforcement, mass shootings, and earthquakes. For 48 hours across five counties in Northern California, teams of police dressed like soldiers toted assault rifles down suburban streets and burst into buildings as part of a series of tactical exercises. By most accounts, Urban Shield is now one of the largest training events for militarized police in the world.”

    “Urban Shield” sounds like a nascent international police state formation.

    1. Couple of good comments from you in this thread, PeaceFrog.

      Funny how the Nation magazine posits Black Lives Matter as the opposition to Urban Shield. Urban Shield goes global, so must Black Lives Matter!

      Dialectic game, set, match.

      1. I forgot I wanted to draw attention to this quote, as well:

        To (Sergeant J.D. Nelson from the sheriff’s office)(who)(predicts a bright future for Urban Shield and militarized police in a world teeming with catastrophe), Urban Shield got the finest seal of approval this year when United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson traveled to Pleasanton to praise the program. “If one of Obama’s cabinet members comes to California to speak to us, they’re pretty happy with what we do.” UNQUOTE

        This, after the White House sends its official emissaries to panegyrize at Black Lives Matter events.

    1. PeaceFrog,
      I’d like to think differently, but if you believe the CIA’s history of the seventies investigations, a new Rockefeller/Pike committee would probably say, “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

      The CIA apparently fancies itself as the victim of those investigations, caught in a power struggle between the legislative and executive branches of the government over intelligence activities, and thus the direction of foreign policy. According to CIA history, the investigations were just part of this struggle, in which the Company was undeservedly dragged through the mud.

      But everything turned out for the best because, as the CIA now assesses, the investigations “foreshadowed, although it was not clear at the time, that Congress would become much more of a consumer of the intelligence product.”

      1. At least there was something of a public scandal when it was revealed in the 1970’s that the CIA was operating domestically, inter alia, against the anti-war movement with Operation Chaos. If the whole clandestine gang stalking Program were traced back to National Clandestine Services, would it really matter? The NSA spies on Americans, telecoms get retroactive immunity, posse comitatus is long dead…

        1. Sometimes I wonder if copping to the domestic spying was a cover/distraction to hide other CIA activities in which they wanted to persist.

          Also, in revealing the domestic operations, (and this is true of MKultra, too), the intelligence community was able to re-traumatize the populace in a crippling way that revelations of foreign operations couldn’t match.

  2. The harassment and repression of this blog and the radiocast, among other operations, appears to be more open now than it has been previously. They WANT you to know that you are being monitored. A comment of mine was disappeared right in the middle of being typed, and James has reported at least two instances of harassment.

    Why are they going public now? I don’t know.

    1. The western world carries on like the pope is something to sing Hallelujah about, but in reality he is just part of the crowd.

      The pope is wanted in Argentina for selling orphans to pedo networks from the fascist war brought on that country by the vatican.

      Court witnesses testify-eyewitnesses confirm that Pope Francis raped-killed children

  3. You covered a lot of territory, from academic freedom to manufactured realities. All important.

    Of course, none of this would be possible without quiet acceptance. The “alpha-types” succeed by simply forging ahead and clawing their way to their goals.

    As is so often the case, virtually none of these things will stand close scrutiny. The hope from them is that people will quietly accept whatever situation they manufacture for them.

    I wish I had a clever solution to all of this. All we can really do is to resist in whatever way is available to us individually. In many ways those who enable this behavior are worse than those who perpetrate it. One could argue that self-serving psychopaths can’t help themselves. Those who are not psychopaths often become “enforcers” for those who are aggressive simply to garner acceptance or reward.

    Life has never been easy. In our time this is our particular challenge. There is a lot to be said for “rising above” those of low moral character. That doesn’t mean that victory is assured. It does mean that if one loses they do so with dignity.

    After all, dignity is something they do not possess.

  4. I must say that the current pope is a pleasant surprise compared to the last few, especially Benedict. I used to play chess years ago with an old priest, a Jesuit, who use to tell me about the struggles within the church, especially the worker priests in France, and the liberation theology of Latin America. He was highly critical of the Argentina arch bishop who was later elevated to the papacy, supporting at the time the death squads of the military.

    By now he must be singing in the Celestial Choir Everlasting (if that is Catholic doctrine) but he would have been delighted with the transformation of Francis. I wish he could have seen it.

      1. Well, I don’t know about his soul, Toni, I am not, myself, a theology student. But the policies differ. The last pope, Benedict, was so reactionary that even the Vatican cardinals couldn’t stand it, and kicked his Holy ass out. He was against condoms even in Africa where in some countries 20% of the population has Aids, and the life expectancy doesn’t reach 50. The pope can’t change the inherited superstitions, but he can downplay the more vicious of them Francis began a policy change; that’s all I was referring to. About time.

        1. In Argentina, this man supported a military junta, whose program of torture, assassination and ‘disappearance” of thousands of political opponents was coordinated and supported by Washington under the CIA’s “Operation Condor.”

          Now, he’s called Washington’s Pope, and mordantly, the bringer of Liberation Theology to the Vatican.

          Is it inconceivable that he’s still working for the elites? Spreading globalism, sanctifying population transfers, and mouthing all the bland nostrums of the NWO.

          His appropriation of social gospel is a nice trick that reeks of intelligence handling.

        2. absolutely true, Toni, about his support for Operation Condor, killing, torturing, and disappearing tens of thousand of people. And of course he is working for the Elites. But currently he is helping to neutralize evil, including the evil that he himself caused. A sharp change from ratzo, a leader for increasing reaction and evil.

        3. Folktruther,
          You make an argument from pragmatism, which, I suppose, coincides with the fall-back position long-favored by the Pope himself.

          Since the thorough economic destruction of the Southern Cone in the seventies, a number of governments, most recently Uruguay, are challenging US hegemony. I think, rather than a mission of penance, the Pope serves to continue his political role in supporting the subjugation of the globe on behalf of Washington and its elite powerbrokers.

          Under Pope Francis, the Catholic Church hierarchy will once again be in a position to undermine “progressive” governments, not only in Argentina but throughout the rest of the world.

          Which I’m surprised is not more bitter for a lefty like yourself.

        4. Toni, I don’t think Francis is trying to subjugate the world on behalf of Washington; he is trying to subjugate it on behalf of the Church. But the Church has suffered an enormous amount of damage the past few decades, with the priests raping children and the hierarchy covering it up. This is not something that is just going to go away, nor, of course, should it. One cannot claim a mantle of sexual morality while publically being grossly immoral sexually.

          The simple truth of the matter, however, is that the Western tradition, both its religion and political ideology, is rapidly being flushed down the toilet of history. But no ideology has arisen yet to take its place. There is no way that Francis is going to resurrect anything; but he is making the descent less odious, as best he can. That he is a political criminal goes without saying, as is the case of the American political Elite.

          But there is no point in being bitter. One does the best one can with what one has. I am not an exponent of vindictiveness. On the other hand, I have seldom been accused of pragmatism.

        5. Hi Folk,

          So you think Pope Francis is really trying to “fix” this?

          I think he may just be part of “crowd” now.

          Just my opinion.

      2. I believe that CIA has, at a minimum, a veto power on the election of a new Pope. One would have to be quite a coincidence theorist to believe that the first Pope, in two millennium, who was not from Italy/Rome happened to be instrumental in the “color revolutions” in Poland and the other Soviet satellites, was not part of American intelligence.

        1. I would have worried more about John XXIII or John Paul than most. The Church as had many good Popes as well as bad. The Pope is not the Church.

          In his role, in my opinion and in the generally recognized theology of the Church, he should refrain from politics. Care for souls and the magisterium is the job.

          It troubles me to see him parading in front of Congress (ha!). It cheapens his office. Any Pope going to Congress should go there to ask them to repent.

          The petty intrigues of the Vatican are seriously removed from the lives of the faithful. Malachi Martin had a lot to say on this subject and I tend to agree with him.

          The Church has been under attack since before the Crucifixion and has been variously infiltrated ever since. Sometimes its worse than others. Vatican II was one of the worst examples of destruction from within.

          I knew a lot about Ratzinger. I didn’t like him. I don’t know much about the current one but I’m studying it. I don’t generally worry myself too much about the antics of Popes.

        2. ” Any Pope going to Congress should go there to ask them to repent.”

          As you once said so graciously….Psychopaths can’t see the fly on their nose..

          I’m paraphrasing of course.

          These fools have moved beyond simple narcissism to full Level 4 Psychopaths.

        3. really, PeaceFrog, how do you know he was instrumental in the Color Revolutions? I thought that this was Soros’s shop. Just askin’, I hadn’t heard this before.

        4. you may be right, Ric. This was something of a coup and would require a faction organized to some degree.

      1. You’re not a Catholic? You said you taught at a Jesuit school in New Orleans for 13 years. What religion, then, a Satanist? I though it odd that a Catholic would be so racist; the ideology is more anti-women than racist.

        1. folktruther strolls in. Slings around some reflexive denigration. Strolls out.

          It’s too easy an act. Why not make a deeper, more interesting argument?

        2. You are confusing me with someone else, Mark. I have never claimed any such history.

          In the “Witnessing Atrocity” thread, a fellow called Jerry asked me a few days ago to name my favorite people. Here’s how I answered:

          Certainly, Noah. Melchizedek. Jesus’ mother, Mary. Paul. Charles Martel. Martin Luther. John Calvin. Wycliffe. Chesterton. CS Lewis. Francis Schaeffer. My earthly father. Geronimo. Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson. Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr (only because he killed Alexander Hamilton). Andrew Jackson (only because he told the Supreme Court to piss up a rope–and because he killed the Federal Reserve bank of his day). Hernando Cortez. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. St. Patrick. Johnny Mercer. George Gershwin. Thomas A. Dorsey.

          I am not anti-Catholic. I am a non-denominational, pretty much evangelical, protestant. I do not like the Jesuits. I like Malachi Martin’s books.

          And of course, as I have told you many times, I haven’t a racist bone in my body. YOU, Mark, are the most intensely racist person (outside of Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton) I have ever encountered. Your problem (one of them) is that you don’t know the meaning of the term.

          As for the Catholics being “anti-women,” that’s the strangest accusation I think has ever been leveled against the Catholics. Weird. They want the family to be sacrosanct–which is the best protection of women known to civilization. They want to ensure that girl-children are not murdered by their mothers’ hired executioners, just because being a slut is lots of fun, and the party should be kept rolling. No organization, in other words, is more “pro-woman” than the Catholic Church. The mainstream protestant denominations have pretty much given up the fight–as have YOUR people (talk about the pot calling the kettle black). There are good reasons I am not a Catholic, but that’s certainly not one of them.

          (Chesterton, incidentally, converted to Catholicism. He’s the best of the modern thinkers, easily, and the Catholics rightly are proud to count him one of their own. Of course, protestants of my stripe count him one of ours, as well, making him an exemplar of true catholicism–the universal Church. Which is why he made my off the cuff list.).

    1. In reality this planet is engaged in a spiritual war which pits the sons of light against the sons of darkness. It has gone on forever and will continue after the earth is no more and continue in the heavens.

      The various religious contingents we see at present are just figments in the wind, each establishing and announcing their place as the ultimate truth. They all suffer from man’s limited consciousness.

      The tenth and final avatar will balance the books.

      All Hell (And Heaven) Breaks Loose In 2014 (The Kali Yuga Where Ignorance Becomes Bliss)

      And there are signs it may not be too far away.

      Elder Paisios’ Amazing Prophecies About Constantinople

  5. Vancouver Man Fired for Historical Dissent
    Posted on July 27, 2015

    Vancouver Man Fired for Historical Dissent

    On Dominion Day, some call it Canada Day, many commentators reminded Canadians how much they have to be grateful for. Many burbled on about Trudeau phony Charter (of limited Rights and Freedoms). They cited freedom of speech. Don’t believe it for a moment. Brian Ruhe of Vancouver, who runs a meet up group on UFOs/ Conspiracy Theories and has posted some you tubes of speeches on historical revisionism, is the latest Canadian to face poverty: job loss is the price, on your own time, away from work, for expressing politically incorrect opinions.

    CAFE Director Paul Fromm spoke to his group on Sunday May 2 in Vancouver on the menace posed by Bill C-51. Mr. Ruhe recorded a YouTube of the talk and posted it on the Internet.

    On May 12, he received a phone call from someone calling himself “Lama Tsewang.” He is not Oriental. Mr. Ruhe says: “He is a Jew and a Canadian Tibetan Buddhist lama named Lama Tsewang.” [It’s a weird old world!] The caller said: “Your students will know.” Mr. Ruhe teaches Buddhism and meditation at a number of venues in Vancouver. The caller continued: “The B’nai Brith is after you now. The school board will know about you. You’re a fascist, There is no free speech for fascists. The school board will know. I’ll make sure that you are fired. Fascism doesn’t deserve free speech. No free speech for fascism. Paul Fromm is not about free speech and anyone who brings him here cannot teach in a Buddhist temple. If you want to speak the truth, why did you bring Paul Fromm to speak?”

    Complete article here

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