Thursday, June 16, 2005

Texas A&M President makes a stand

Ever since 9/11, there have been a few radical fringe whackos suggesting that the US government not only controlled those aircraft that day but also brought down the WTC through the use of controlled demolition charges. Recently, a retired professor has come out in favor of that theory claiming that the way the towers dropped show that it was a demolition, not an attack. There are people out there in America who are so desperate to paint the Bush administration in as bad a light as possible that they'll latch onto anything to make accusations and this one's no different. Academia being what it is these days (think Ward Churchill), I was totally prepared to have the Texas A&M leadership either completely ignore it or give us some hand-wringing whine about academic freedom.

I am pleasantly surprised.

::::::::The following is a statement from Texas A&M University regarding recent news reports about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11.

Dr. Morgan Reynolds is retired from Texas A&M University, but holds the title of Professor Emeritus-an honorary title bestowed upon select tenured faculty, who have retired with ten or more years of service. Additionally, contrary to some written reports, while some faculty emeriti are allocated office space at Texas A&M, Dr. Reynolds does not have an office on the Texas A&M campus. Any statements made by Dr. Reynolds are in his capacity as a private citizen and do not represent the views of Texas A&M University. Below is a statement released yesterday by Dr. Robert M. Gates, President of Texas A&M University:

"The American people know what they saw with their own eyes on September 11, 2001. To suggest any kind of government conspiracy in the events of that day goes beyond the pale.”

Now, that's how you stand up for ethical behavior in academia. Perhaps Dr. Gates would be so kind as to hold a symposium on the topic in, say, Colorado? Excellent job, Doctor. You're proof that our university environments aren't lost causes sir, and I salute you.

Hat tip: LGF