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Exclusive: an interview with fired Professor James Tracy

Jon Rappoport
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Free speech at an American university? Or not?

James Tracy responds to questions about his firing, and about press reports of events that have swirled around him.

Why was he fired? I mean, why was he really fired? What did he do? What did he do to bring this down on himself? He must have done something wrong…Wait. Are you saying he was fired because he exercised his natural right to free speech? He spoke freely? That’s it? That’s all? No, I can’t believe that. He must have said something that I would disagree with—in which case, he should have been fired. I feel better. He said something I disagree with. He should be fired. What right does he have to say something that makes me feel uncomfortable? That crosses the line. I have a right not to feel uncomfortable. Isn’t that the most basic of all rights? Isn’t that written in the Constitution?” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

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What happened to Professor James Tracy?

Here is what the NY Times had to say (“Florida Professor Who Cast Doubt on Mass Shootings Is Fired,” 1/6/16):

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An Open Letter to FAU President John Kelly PhD

Submitted by Dr. Winfield J. Abbe
[The letter below was sent to FAU President John Kelly on December 16, 2015.-Ed.]

Dr. John W. Kelly
Office of the President
Florida Atlantic University
Administration Bldg., Room 339
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

tel: 561.297.3450
fax: 561.297.2777
president@fau.edu

Dear Dr. Kelly:

Professor Dr. James F. Tracy, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor in the School of Communication and Multi Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University, is evidently a very courageous minority of one at the school where you were recently appointed the new President about a year ago, who has the courage, guts and gumption and intense desire to find the truth, to question the official dogma and evident massive government lies about the alleged Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut 3 years ago next Monday December 14, 2012. Since FAU has about 1000 faculty members this amounts to a tiny fraction of 0.1% of your “esteemed” faculty willing to hold views, justified by evidence and Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 11.11.54 PMfacts, which conflict with massive media hype and brainwashing of the gullible public and possibly the remainder of the other 999 or so of your faculty members as well, many of whom hold the highest research degree.

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The Subtle Mechanics of Unfree Speech Revisted

“Our own FAU handbook says an employee may be terminated for questionable conduct, professional or personal,” trustee Robert Rubin said. “And what Professor Tracy said wasn’t?”

But making comments that are embarrassing to a university is not grounds to fire a tenured professor, said Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates on free speech issues.

too-much-to-think“Professors are citizens, too. They have the right to espouse various ideas, even if they’re controversial, as long as it doesn’t impact their teaching and their students.” -Scott Travis, “It’s That Professor Again: FAU Egghead Who Doubted Newtown Massacre Questions Boston Bombing,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 24, 2013, A1.

“The Subtle Mechanics of Unfree Speech” first appeared at MHB on November 10, 2013, exactly two years before Florida Atlantic University administrators began threatening Professor James Tracy with disciplinary action for constitutionally-protected speech on his personal blog. The observations below have a special resonance in light of not just the scrapping of Dr. Tracy’s tenure and livelihood, but also more recent developments, including calls by Israel government officials to censor and suppress the free exchange of ideas on social media. 

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Civil Rights Org Condemned FAU’s Discipline of Prof James Tracy in 2013

This letter from Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) was sent to Florida Atlantic University administrators, FAU Board of Trustees members, and United Faculty of Florida officers in April 2013, and republished at MHB on June 5, 2013 with FIRE’s permission. The legal observations in the correspondence are still relevant in the wake of the FAU President John Kelly administration’s January 6, 2016 termination of Tracy. As of January 31, 2016 FAU has not responded to FIRE’s letter below. FIRE has not publicly commented on Tracy’s termination .-MHB Admin.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
601 Walnut Street, Suite 510
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
thefire.org

April 23 , 2013

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President Mary Jane Saunders
Florida Atlantic University
Administration Building, Room 339
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (561-297-2777)

Dear President Saunders:

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