Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "UW Extension cut protested"

UW Extension cut protested

Donation matches amount withheld by Ozaukee board in 9-11 dispute

Posted: Oct. 12, 2006

A Texas woman who says the U.S. government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has taken on the Ozaukee County Board and its decision to cut money from the University of Wisconsin Extension budget to protest a UW-Madison professor.

Cait Burgess, 35, of Forth Worth raised $8,427 - much of it her own money - and donated it to a scholarship fund for needy UW-Madison students.

That is the amount UW-Madison pays Kevin Barrett to teach a class on Islam in which he discusses his views that the World Trade Center attack was deliberately staged by the Bush administration.

Burgess said she raised money through a Web site after she read about the Ozaukee County Board's 18-11 approval in August of a resolution to cut funding to the county UW Extension program by the same amount UW-Madison is paying Barrett. The UW Extension is a separate institution of the UW System.

"I heard about the Kevin Barrett issue, and it upset me. I thought that it was incredibly wrong" what the Ozaukee County Board did, said Burgess, who works part-time running a Web design business from her home.

Burgess said she contacted James Fetzer, a retired University of Minnesota-Duluth professor and founder of Scholars for 911 Truth and leaders of Veterans for 911 Truth. Both groups support the Sept. 11 conspiracy theory held by Barrett.

She offered to create a Web site to help raise money to match the cut imposed by Ozaukee County supervisors, she said.

"I contacted people within the 9-11 truth movement across the world, and people just kept sending in donations," Burgess said. "They worked their tails off to raise the money to tell politicians that they can't stop free speech. It wasn't like a big public fund-raiser. It was more like people telling their friends."

She said about 100 people from around the United States and from Australia, France and other countries donated $1 to $1,000 toward the project.

Burgess said she donated "thousands" of dollars herself, declining to say exactly how much she gave.

"That's how strongly I believe in this. I'm just trying to do the right thing by my country and the American people," she said.

Fetzer, who presented the check to the university, said the Ozaukee County Board decision was "highly inappropriate. It was very foolish of them to withhold this money" from UW-Extension.

UW Foundation President Sandy Wilcox said the check was put into the university general scholarship program for students showing financial need.

Barrett was in the news again this week after news accounts that he is requiring students in his "Islam: Religion and Culture" course to buy an essay written by him in which he compares President Bush to Adolf Hitler.

Ozaukee County Supervisor Joe Sopko, of Belgium, who co-authored the resolution with Port Washington Supervisor Joe Dean to cut funding to UW-Extension, congratulated Burgess and his critics for raising the money.

"They have every right to exercise their freedom of speech and spend their money any way they want. As long as it wasn't the taxpayers' money being used, I don't care," said Sopko, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard's 231st Civil Engineer Flight, based out of St. Louis.

Sopko was stationed in Afghanistan for two months last year.

Sopko, who chairs the county Environment and Land Use Committee that oversees the county's UW Extension office, and Dean had hoped other counties would follow their lead.

But so far none has, said Sopko and Craig Thompson of the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Barrett did not return a reporter's phone call message left at his UW office.
From the Oct. 13, 2006 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

- Thanks Kevin.

I have a dumb question...

But isn't it normal for a professor to have required textbooks in class? Textbooks that require purchasing?

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

"They have every right to

"They have every right to exercise their freedom of speech and spend their money any way they want. As long as it wasn't the taxpayers' money being used, I don't care," said Sopko, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard's

Sounds reasonable with regards to taxpayer monies.

It probably doesn't need to be said ... but off coarse Mrs. Burgess is a member of the "South Park 25% retard" club.

oh taxpayer money...

Yes, it must be that same taxpayer money. Those $8k for Barrett are actually out of the same pool of money that Bushco looted ever since the GOP became the party of big spending, all in the name of "protecting" us.
Some data:
Current national debt: $8.6 trillion
Iraq war cost so far: $333 billion
1 cruise missile: $12 million (were "rained down" to liberate Iraq)
- and nobody in W.DC has any problem with it, amazing. But hey, once you try to give that money to someone who knows how to think, it becomes critical, it has to be supervised, it must not be that even a single dime is spent without high level approval.

Yeah, and don't forget...

....this one (hugely massive) component of the "human" cost:

655,000 Iraqi dead (almost all civilians). To "liberate" Iraq.

On top of that, they've (Bush & Co.) have lost the war by any measure (not that the military industrial complex and Big Oil didn't profit handsomely in the interim). Not that they "deserve" to win in their illegal, immoral, optional, elective war of aggression and occupation. Their Oil-Grab, justified by lies, has failed. Now, it's just a matter of how much more it costs the American people in treasure and the lives of their kids.

If 9/11 Truth doesn't pull these guys down, I surely hope it is the expanding exposure of their encourgement and coverup of the pedophilia rampant in the GOP (Gay Old Pedophiles).

I'd bet Iraq + Afghanistan have cost over a trillion $$$ by now

I'd bet Iraq + Afghanistan have cost over a trillion $$$ by now.

good article on war costs: WWII, Vietnam, Korea

Hopefully, those 650000 killed in Iraq will not one day require compensation payments - just do some math...

O'Reilly on this

I know most people who visit this blog probably also visit prisonplanet, but here is a video of BO going off on one of Barret's students.

(comment deleted)


This is just silly...

You know, this is all so silly.

9/11 and the American Empire is a compilation of essays, and not all of them advocate the government complicity hypothesis.

I had a textbook for an Introduction to Political Philosphy course that had key sections of MEIN KAMPF in it, for cryiing out loud!!

Is 9/11 Truth more 'dangerous' than Mein Kampf?

I believe what John Stuart Mill talked about, and having a free markeplace of ideas. Truth does not need to fear contest, because it only becomes clearer as a result of its collision with error.

Hitler's ideas had been around for a long time, but they didn't become dangerous until they became sanctified and contesting ideas were suppressed, and were then siezed upon as an engine of empire.

Nobody who is confident in their assertions fears to have them challenged. This just proves that at a deep psychological level, those who still buy the "Ignoble Lie" (the catalyzing and motivating religous myth) realize that they do not believe it as a result of a rational and critical process, and that they deeply fear exposing their sanctified fable to that sort of scrutiny.

To answer your question,

To answer your question, yes.