Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lethbridge University President Says He Can Fire Tenured Faculty at Will for No Reason

The witch hunt against Professor Tony Hall at the University of Lethbridge just got even weirder. In response to the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA)'s statement that the suspension of Professor Hall was illegal, University President Mike Mahon has issued a statement claiming that he has the right to suspend any tenured faculty member without pay, at any time, for any reason, including not liking that professor's political opinions, youtube videos and/or social media posts. No formal charges are necessary, no opportunity to defend oneself is available, and no due process of any kind will be allowed. Mike Mahon is THE DECIDER!

Tenured faculty all over the world just woke up this morning to discover that their tenure means absolutely nothing. I wonder how many will be grabbing torches and pitchforks and heading for Mike Mahon's house.

This letter has to be read to be believed. The alleged legal provision for utterly arbitrary and capricious firing of tenured faculty cited by Mahon is in boldface.

14 October, 2016

Dear University Community,

As many have heard through media reports, I recently took action to
suspend a faculty member, Dr. Anthony Hall, from duties and privileges
without pay.  This action has not been taken lightly, or without serious
consideration, debate and expert legal guidance on appropriate process and
the implications for both the faculty member in question, and our
university community.

As a University we have made every effort to respect the privacy of Dr.
Hall and have told those writing to the University on this issue and to
the media that we cannot comment on issues related to the employment of an
individual with the University.  However, Dr. Hall has chosen to make this
issue very public and share through his social media and online channels,
and with the media itself, partial details of conversations and actions
the University has taken.  The University of Lethbridge Faculty
Association (ULFA) also has chosen to provide commentary direct to the
media on this issue.

In order to ensure that there is accurate information available, I can
share that the suspension of Dr. Hall was done in accordance with section
22(3) of the Post-secondary Learning Act (PSLA) of the Province of
Alberta.  Section 22(3) states that, “Subject to any existing agreement, a
president may, in the president’s discretion, suspend from duty and
privileges any member of the academic staff at the university and shall
forthwith report the president’s action and the reasons for it (a) to the
board, and (b) to the executive committee of the general faculties

Both the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the General
Faculties Council were informed of the suspension on October 5, 2016. 
ULFA, in their recent media commentary, has stated that in their opinion
the suspension violates provincial law. As ULFA has been informed, there
is nothing in the existing agreement, the Faculty Handbook, that limits
the ability of the President to act, or would subordinate the PSLA to the
Faculty Handbook.  It is therefore lawful and prudent for the University
to have taken the actions that I have.  While ULFA has a different
interpretation of how to apply the PSLA in this instance, they do have the
option of requesting a judicial review of the use of Section 22(3) to
suspend Dr. Hall.

Again, the decision to suspend Dr. Hall was not made easily or quickly. 
This action is not focused on Dr. Hall’s published scholarship, driven by
complaints of students, or the demands of external advocacy groups.  It is
focused on his YouTube based videos and comments in social media that have
been characterized as being anti-Semitic, supportive of holocaust denial
and engagement in conspiracy theories.  In sharing and communicating his
views such as he has, we have a concern that Dr. Hall has contravened
section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, and that he has created an
environment that is discriminatory for students and his faculty colleagues
whose personal backgrounds, research topics or beliefs are at odds with
Dr. Hall’s stated views.  The University is reviewing Dr. Hall’s online
activities to determine if a complaint to the appropriate Human Rights
tribunal is warranted and justifiable and to determine if a discriminatory
atmosphere has been created by Dr. Hall.

I acknowledge that this issue is distracting for our community, can be
divisive and is bringing uncomfortable attention to our University.  It is
for this reason that I have chosen to write to the community to provide as
much information as I am able.  As always, our goal is to work within the
values of the University, as noted in our Strategic Plan (link below), to
support the communities we serve and create an environment that enables
the success of our students, faculty and staff.


Mike Mahon, Ph.D.
President & Vice-Chancellor

Strategic Plan:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Barrett-Fetzer reunion event Sat. April 16th

Saturday, April 16th, 10 a.m. - Free and open to the public
Sequoya Public Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI

Dr. Kevin Barrett and Dr. James Fetzer discuss their new edited books:

Another French False Flag: Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernardino

We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11

Nobody Died at Sandy Hook

And Nobody Died in Boston Either

Conspiracy theories?
Or false flag facts?

During the 1960s and 1970s, “left-wing terrorists” killed thousands of people in Europe. Or so we were told.

Today, scholars agree that most “left wing terrorism” in Cold War era Europe was part of Operation Gladio, commanded by the Pentagon and  NATO under Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer. Its purpose: Instill fear, discredit the left, and force the public to seek protection by electing right-wing pro-NATO politicians.

Does Operation Gladio continue today? That is what more than 50 leading public intellectuals argue in four new books exposing the roots of false flag terrorism.

Dr. Kevin Barrett and Dr. James Fetzer, editors of four important new books on false flag terrorism, will present their findings.

Saturday, April 16th, 10 a.m.  -  Free and open to the public

   Sequoya Public Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI

Sunday, March 27, 2016


UPDATE: We will begin in the UW Memorial Union Rathskeller, just inside from the Union Terrace, at 6 pm. 
At 7 pm we will move to the Langdon Room on the 4th Floor.

Facebook event listing:

Ken O’Keefe will lead a PUBLIC RANT AGAINT THE SURVEILLANCE STATE on Memorial Union Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin on Moday, April 4th, 6 to 7 pm. 

Dr. Kevin Barrett, Dr. James Fetzer, and other notorious public ranters will participate. Passersby, sheeple, and other innocent bystanders should exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of this dangerous example of free expression. (If it rains, the ranters will move indoors to the Rathskeller.)

This event is inspired by Ken O’Keefe’s epic rant: TSA Denied Flight to Anarcapulco for Refusing Body Scanner at LAX 

Ken O’Keefe is a former US Marine, Gulf War veteran, organizer of the human shield action to Iraq (2003), survivor of the Israeli attack on the MV Mavi Marmara, Irish-Palestinian citizen, and founder of World Citizen Solutions: “The tyrants have no power but that which we have unwittingly relinquished to them…in order to create a better world, we simply need to take our power back." 

From 7 to 8:45 pm, after the public rant, a private KEN O’KEEFE CELEBRATION will be held in the Memorial Union, to which “friends of Kevin Barrett” are invited. RSVP to kbarrett(at)merr[dot]com and check for the room number. Delicious gourmet-quality homemade cake will be served.