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Dr. Anthony Hall
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Leslie Hughes
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Although an article of his is featured on a website near a large swastika, Hall has not asked to have his article removed from the site

By Rhonda Spivak, October 1, 2009

[Editor’s note.  This article was originally written in March 2009 but is being reposted now]

Dr. Anthony Hall gave the annual distinguished lecture sponsored by the Sociology Department of the University of Winnipeg on Friday March 6, 2009.

He delivered a paper he wrote entitled “BUSH LEAGUE JUSTICE: Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta to be Tried for International Crimes.? The paper covered many topics and is posted in its entirety on

Part of his paper was titled “Taking on the 9/11 Cover Up” in which Hall dealt with the events of September 11, 2001.  In his paper, Hall says that “It is not hard to imagine the main arguments for the defense if… George Bush, Richard Cheney… and others… face their accusers in a proper court of law. At its base their defense would almost certainly lie in their contention that their county had been attacked in 2001 by an external enemy using tactics were so audacious and unexpected that the Islamic terrorists were able to penetrate the entire military-industrial complex as the huge national security apparatus.”

After the presentation, this reporter showed Dr. Hall an article that he had written which is posted on the internet on  In that article, Hall referred to former Liberal candidate Leslie Hughes and acknowledged that there was a “factually incorrect point included in a paper she wrote in 2002. But then Hall went on to refer to  the Israeli government, as follows:

 “While [Leslie] Hughes was wrong in her details, she is far from alone in her more general position that many intelligence services had prior knowledge that something very drastic was about to happen in the days and weeks leading up to 911. One of those intelligence services was indeed that of Israel. The Israeli government’s understanding of the situation was almost certainly connected to the activities of an Israeli spy ring posing as art students especially in the Hollywood Florida region. (Anthony Hall, Hate Speech as Political Rhetoric: Stephen Harper  and 911 in the Canadian Election of  2008)

On the bottom right corner of the menu bar on the above mentioned website where Hall’s article is posted there is a large swastika made up of bullets, the Israeli flag, the American flag, the British flag and another flag.

Immediately after the event, this reporter asked Dr. Hall if he was aware that his article was on the above website and showed him a photocopy  of the swastika pictured in the photo.

He said “Yes, I know about that.”  He said that the person who put that swastika on the site was Patrick Biron.  When asked how to spell the last name, Hall wrote in this reporters notebook, the word “ Biron.”  He said that he knew “Patrick” and “I’ve talked to Patrick,” and that he is a student  that made a  movie about Montreal,  as the next terror attack.

 Under the title of Hall’s article on the above mentioned website it says  “Posted by Patrick.”

This reproter asked Hall why he had not asked to have his article removed from the website in order to dissociate himself from the anti-Semitic swastika.  He replied “What is this McCarthyism?”

Prof Evelyn Schaefer at the U of W’s  Department of Psychology told Hall that the swastika was very offensive and that that she was not at all  pleased that  Hall knew  about this site and the swastika and had not asked to have his article removed.

He said “ This has nothing to do with me” and if she had a problem she should take it up with Patrick. He then admitted to her that he had taken no steps to remove his article from  the website in order not to be associated with the swastika.

Outside the lecture hall, Sheryl Rosenberg, held  in her hand a photocopy sheet with the  swastika and  said, Now you’ve seen this before?.  He answered “Yes, I’ve seen it [the swastika] before.”

Rosenberg then asked “And you’ve seen  it [pointing to the swastika] before in association with  your name ?” Hall answered “I guess you could  put it that way, yes.”

Rosenberg’s exchange with Hall was witnessed by Prof. Evelyn Shaeffer, Prof Steven Shipper, Judy Price Rosen and Samantha Loxton  of the Jewish Federation, and this reporter.

When confronted by Prof Shaeffer and asked about the fact that he had done nothing to disassociate himself with the website and swastika, Hall responded,  “I’m going to reflect on that concern. This is a terribly tough issue,” and he acknowledged “the Swastika is offensive”, although he added words to the effect that the right wing was trying to suppress the democratic left.

He also said that instead of being concerned with the swastika , “the Jewish community” needs to reflect on ‘“whether Leslie Hughes is really an anti-Semite?”

Hall said to both Rosenberg and Shaeffer “If I took a stand, if I was persuaded that I should make a point [and ask to have my article removed because of the swastika] would that make things better for you? Would that be helpful?

Both Rosenberg and Shaeffer told Hall that that was his moral choice. “It’s based on your moral conscience, not mine” said Shaeffer.

Hall also said that “I did demand that one of my articles be removed from the Facts not Fairies  website because I found that site was terribly anti Semitic.”

After Hall’s lecture, this reporter asked who had introduced Hall for her name. She said she was Heidi Rimke, an Associate Professor at the department of Sociology, and she wrote her name and email address in this reporter’s notebook.  When asked if she was the catalyst for bringing Hall in to speak, she said “yes”, as she knows him because both she and he were contributing writers to the International Encyclopedia  of  Revolution and Protest, by Blackwell.

She also said “Let’s hope I have a job next week.”

Outside the lecture Hall, when shown the photocopy of Hall’s article on the website with the swastika, Rimke said “I don’t know anything about that.”

Leslie Hughes was also present outside the lecture hack while Hall was being questioned by Rosenberg and Schaefer.

In an interview prior to the event, Dr. Hall referred to Leslie Hughes in supportive terms and said “Leslie Hughes was essentially raped in the public square by the Liberal Party of Canada.”  He made a similar statement during his presentation.

The website Black Rod,  who  is described as a citizen journalist in  Manitoba says the following about Dr Hall  in an article  posted on Dec 28, 2008:
“The 911 Truthers are divided into two streams. 

* A. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks…were an inside job by the American government which wanted an excuse to launch a worldwide "War on Terror" that's really a cover for U.S. world domination.

*B. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks… were planned by the Mossad to force the U.S. to attack Israel's enemies, which would further the domination of the world by the Jews.

In Conspiracy B, the Jews play a leading role. In Conspiracy A, they're supporting characters; they know about the terror plans, they warn the U.S., but their warnings are ignored by evil Republicans who want the attacks to succeed to justify their plans to rule the world.

Anthony Hall is a proponent of Conspiracy A, although it’s sometimes hard for the layman to tell them apart.

A sub-group of Conspiracy B argues that the Israeli spies posing as art students were actually spying on the terrorists who launched the World Trade Centre attacks, but they failed to warn U.S. authorities.”  

Hall’s theory about an “Israeli spy ring” of arts students was de-bunked in a damning article in the Washington Post, “ Reports of Israeli Spy Ring Dismissed” by John Mintz  and Dan Eggan on March 6, 1992.  The article, which quotes a U.S. Justice Department official which made it clear that the idea of an Israeli espionage ring is no more than “an urban myth. 


In an article Hall wrote published in Canadian Dimension  on September 28, Hall  asked if  “Lesley Hughes  is really a reprobate not fit to serve in the House of Commons?” (see  A Clash of Conspiracy Theories: Reflections on the Decision to Disqualify Lesley Hughes from Running as a Liberal Candidate in the Canadian Election of 2008)

Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress [CJC] posted a comment on the Canadian Dimensions website after  this article by Hall,  saying:
“CJC does not know Ms. Hughes and has never claimed that she herself is an antisemite.

However, there can be no doubt that parts of the 9/11 conspiracy theory which she embraces is indeed antisemitic.

Her posting, which she has never repudiated, that Israeli intelligence warned Israelis (very often a code word for Jews) of the impending terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers so they could quietly evacuate in advance is a 21st century calumny against Jews. For us, it evokes a horrible dual canard that Israelis (Jews) are both somehow secretly conspiring to affect or control world events and that Israelis (Jews) are so callous that they left 3000 fellow human beings to be mercilessly slaughtered…. Can anyone deny that such a view is a rehashing of the vilest age-old antisemitic stereotypes?

Ms. Hughes is wrong-horribly wrong- for embracing this antisemitic garbage. ..”

Hall  posted a response, to Farber, saying :

I think you do many Jews a great disservice by suggesting that ever man, woman and child so identified, both secular and religious, share a single position when it comes to the quest for 911 Truth. Your thesis is just as absurd as it would be to indicate that because George Bush and Stephen Harper share a common position and religion, all Protestants are in favour of 911 Cover Up (as you clearly are yourself)….

Farber further responded:

The innuendo… that the Mossad… warned their co-Religionists of a terrorist attack upon the Twin Towers and that Jews would quietly leave (even cancel leases) without informing others is preposterous and offensive. Anyone holding such views holds antisemitic views. Anyone who supports those holding such views supports antisemitism. I hope and pray you are not amongst them.

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