Dr Kevin Barrett is a voice of truth in a sea of deceit and his lonely battle with the University of Wisconsin represents the universal battle of the truth against the embedded forces of political power and hypocrisy: Allen L Roland
Dr Kevin Barrett is a truth seeker as well as a 9/11 Truther ~ and is also a highly regarded instructor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wisconsin. There is a famous plaque at Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin, which reads:
"Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found."
It is these inspiring words which are apparently being ignored by the University of Wisconsin ~ when a right wing political opportunist, Wisconsin Assemblyman Steven Nass (R), assailed the credentials of Dr. Kevin Barrett and called for his removal from the University. Dr. Barrett's political views on 9/11 were the focus of this personal attack and ensuing media attention, which featured mischaracterization of his actual course curriculum. In spite of being a highly qualified and competent instructor, he was refused re-hire and apparently blacklisted with no debate. Not one academic from the U.W. accepted the History Club's request to debate Dr. Barrett. Lost in this debacle was the concern for truth and academic freedom necessary for the survival of a healthy democracy and in particular this University.
It is Dr Barrett’s strong assertion, along with myself and millions of Americans, that after nearly a decade of reviewing all publicly available forensics evidence, 1450 Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth are formally questioning the government's official story about what destroyed the three high rises at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and calling for a new, independent investigation. Their concerns are based on strong evidence for explosive controlled demolition of the buildings. These brave people, whose love of country is greater than their fear of ridicule, risk their reputations, their jobs, and their livelihoods in attempting to bring this evidence to light.
Kevin Barrett is one of these millions of Americans who do not buy the 9/11 official story and has issued an urgent plea, in an open letter to the University of Wisconsin, to research and debate these issues ~ asking the faculty and students to attend the presentation by architect Richard Gage on April 7th to see evidence which has been generally ignored by mainstream sources.
It is this type of individual action and dissent that identifies true patriots and keeps Democracy alive and relevant or as Lewis H Lapman once wrote "Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors."
And it was William Allen White who wrote ~ "If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vision and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come out of our college campuses, the better the world for tomorrow."
The University of Wisconsin would be advised to live up the words on its famous plaque and let Dr Kevin Barrett share his views on 9/11 or bow to political power and hypocrisy and throw away the plaque as well its own cherished reputation.Allen L Roland
About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist. Allen is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations. Dr. Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website www.allenroland.com . He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net