These pages have discussed how Purdue University investigated my free speech for over three months. The overall investigation and consequences to me are not yet over. But that is a story that must wait for another day.
While the University found in my favor in 9 harassment/discrimination complaints, Purdue has done absolutely nothing to protect the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution. Essentially, if some person, known to me or not, in my class or not, files an harassment complaint of against me tomorrow for exercising my freedom of speech -- such as on this blog, I will again have my free speech investigated.
Investigating free speech is in and of itself against Federal law. In America, and only in America, can you not investigate someone because you disagree with what they said. No matter how strongly you disagree. This is the basis of the American democratic system. Without it, we are nothing. This is what Purdue University, its administation and the majority of its "liberal" leaning faculty, do not seem to care about.
I am a conservative Jew. This makes me a target. In the past, I vociferously criticized local Democrats. This meant I was a target (the previous Chancellor Cohen went out of his way to use illegally his administrative position to support local Democrats against my criticism-- particularly Mayor McDermott Jr.). See previous blogs NWI Comical Politics.
In the wake of my criticism of local Democrats -- and former Chancellor Cohen's efforts to defend those Democrats -- I became the target of baseless complaints; some claim that I hit on women, some claim I hit on men, some claim I harass atheists, some claim that I harass some or all religions; some claim I harass Hispanics, others claim I harass blacks -- the litany goes on and on.
Now I have turned my attention to the problem of radical Islam and highlighting the failure of moderate Muslims to criticize their co-religionists in hopes of stopping Islamic Jihad. And I was confining my comments to Facebook. Yet -- somehow -- even with a new Chancellor, Keon, who has been at PUC about 6 months, he decided to pick-up where Cohen left off.
What did the current Chancellor, Keon, do to continue Cohen's illegal targeting of me? Chancellor Keon decided that he would advise fellow faculty members to file hostile work environment complaints against me.
How do I know this? The answer lies in a series of emails that I was able to obtain through Indiana's freedom of information act. (I am still waiting for others. It has been over two months and the University is very slow in providing them to me.)
I am attaching the received emails that I have received for all to see: Download FOIA_emails_Tobin.
When reading and looking at these emails, the most important information to understand and digest is the degree of collusion between the faculty and Chancellor Keon, with the Department Head's help, to ensure that harassment complaints were filed against me, and what those complaints needed to include in order to be successful against me. Now -- remember -- Chancellor Keon is the person who must decide if wrongdoing occurred from a University investigation; thus, it is inappropriate for him to participate prior to the filing of complaints. It also shows a great effort to get as many faculty and students as possible to file complaints against me. I DID NOT KNOW ANY OF THIS WAS GOING ON AT ALL. I ONLY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS COLLUSION AFTER I RECEIVED THIS DOCUMENTATION FROM MY FOIA REQUEST. As is obvious from the emails, I was not asked to any of the meetings that were to take place between my department and Chancellor Keon.
Let's just focus on the collusion.
The "Eisenstein problem" and the general hysteria about my free speech was solely genrated by the Department Head and some of the faculty. It certainly seems that they met with the Chancellor together, without me. In addition, it is certain that at least Professors Jackson and Tobin each had a private audience with him. (By the way, I also passed Professor Joyce leaving his office during this time and when I called the Chancellor out on this his reponse was he meets with faculty about all kinds of issues and it is none of my business.)
It is clear Chancellor Keon's business was me and he directed the faculty how to word and structure the harassment filings against me and when "he" needed them turned in. He also makes it clear to them that he will be making the decision (wink, wink). I have to admit that it is possible that the various members of the faculty are inventing stories in their emails to each other that they never knew would go public. It is possible. What is more likely is that what they say is true and it was Chancellor Keon who advised them how to attack my First Amenment rights.
Who are the players in the emails:
Nicky Jackson -- Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Kathy Tobin -- Associate Professor of History
Saul Lerner -- Professor of History
Miriam Joyce -- Professor of History
Richard Rupp -- Head of the Department and Associate Professor of Political Science
Chad Steacy -- I have no idea who he is.
Purdue Social Justice Club -- An anti-American, Marxist group that considers American soldiers "angels of death." Adviser is and has been Prof. Alan Spector.
Alan Spector -- Professor of Sociology, outed left wing Marxist (even Marxists reject his violent and anti-American views) and member of the anti-American People's Worker Party. Paid over $85,000.
Colin Fewer -- Associate Professor of English
The Chancellor told them to file "work place" harassment complaints (to get around free speech). In trying to meet the Chancellors guidelines to show a pattern of behavior, one faculty member alleged a dispute over a name plate in 1991!
This is outrageous. More outrageous is that the University investigated it!
Stay tuned -- there are more communications coming from other FOIA requests. And, there are substantive issues that I will also address, such as the problem with the alleged "tapes" of my alleged "lectures".