Ward Churchill reprised
... and the 9/11 Pentagon video released, plus Chomsky meets Hizbollah
The Pirate Ballerina links to the Ward Churchill report: the “investigating committee finds ‘deliberate’ misconduct in six of the seven allegations”. Three out of five voted to fire him, but two held out for a two year suspension without pay because "they believe that his dismissal would have an adverse effect on other scholars’ ability to conduct their research with due freedom."
Churchill calls the report a “travesty” delivered by a panel unqualified to judge him.
Despite my repeated requests for an investigation conducted by unbiased experts, the committee was composed primarily of CU insiders. Although both were available and willing to serve, the investigative panel included neither American Indian scholars nor persons competent in American Indian Studies. As things stand, the entire procedure appears to be little more than a carefully-orchestrated effort to cast an aura of legitimacy over an entirely illegitimate set of predetermined outcomes. It follows that I reject and will vigorously contest each and every finding of misconduct.
He would say that, wouldn't he.
Hot Air has the released security video of a 757 hitting the Pentagon on September 11. It's hard to interpret until you realize that the aircraft is low on the ground. For a great guide to understanding the video visit this really phenomenal roundup at Above Top Secret. Wizbang has a screencap of what may be the jet coming in practically on the deck. One of Wizbang's trolls says:
The American authorities have played a very dirty game in which several innocent people of all religions and cultures have died. The truth about September 11th is that it had been done by the American government so that it had an excuse to attack Afghanistan, they said Osama the evil pig was hiding there- but the truth is that he wasn't there. Bush kept giving him messages and they are still in contact. Osama is a slave of Bush and is not a TRUE Muslim, instead is a kaffir just like Saddam and other slaves of the dirty American government who wants to spread hate. Dear fellow brothers and sisters here all of you should learn the truth as September 11 was not an attack on America but an attack on every innocent man and woman on earth by evil politicians and terrorists supported by them who use religion as an excuse to kill.
He would say that, wouldn't he.
Little Green Footballs has Al Jazeera video showing a smiling Noam Chomsky doffing his cap to the Hezbollah.
The Al Jazeera voiceover apparently said:
Reporter: “Umm Kamel” – the Israeli [MK] spying aircraft – was the first to welcome leftist Jewish American intellectual Noam Chomsky, in his visit to Al-Khiyam Prison. Chomsky chose to provide “Umm Kamel” with the most detestable pictures, from the Israeli perspective, by smiling and shaking hands with Hizbullah’s leader in South Lebanon, Nabil Qauq. Then they both entered the prison’s Hall of Martyrs. Chomsky, who toured the prison with his wife and university professor Fawwaz Al-Trabulsi, insisted on staying inside one of the prison cells for a short while. He commended the perseverance of the inmates during the years of cruelty and pain, stressing that this prison is no different from Guantanamo. The leftist intellectual chose to stand in front of a destroyed Israeli vehicle and declare that all the prisoners in the world must be released, whether in Israel or in American prisons.
He would say that ... wouldn't he.
Writers sometimes make the mistake of confusing sincerity with impartiality on the grounds that no earnest person can really be one's foe. But it doesn't follow. It's very important to understand that the enemy can be sincere. He may, for example, honestly hate you; honestly want to kill you. Although sincere, the enemy is isn't neutral or impartial. He's just on the other side.