Jim Fetzer is an honors graduate of Princeton, a former Marine Corps officer, and for 35 years a philosophy professor at various universities. He has published 29 books. He primarily taught courses in logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning, until he retired in 2006.
Fetzer is a dogged defender of the truth as he finds it.
Q: Fetzer is an unusual name. May I ask where’s it from?
A: My relatives immigrated from Strasburg, Germany, straight to Strasburg, Virginia!
Q: You won a prestigious prize at Princeton. What did you do?
A: The Dickinson Prize was awarded to the student with the best thesis in the areas of logic and theories of knowledge. Mine was on the structure of explanations of human behavior. I have since published on artificial intelligence and cognitive science, including the nature of mind. I wrote a book in 2005, THE EVOLUTION OF INTELLIGENCE, which completes that research.
Q: When you graduated from Princeton, you were commissioned in the Marines, became an artillery officer and served four years, including 13 months in the Far East, mostly in Japan. Would you do it again?
A: Yes. But I have grown in my negative views about the Vietnam War and therefore am very glad that I was not “in country” to participate in combat operations there. I now believe that the Vietnam War—and most since—was a mistake.
Q: Are you best known now for your work with Scholars for 9/11 Truth?
A: More so for my work on JFK, where I have published three books and chaired or co-chaired five national conferences, but 9/11 comes in a close second.
Q: Your website is called Veterans Today. What’s the focus there?
A: Actually, it’s not mine but I am an editor and journalist there. Veterans Today is among the most influential on-line journals for discussion and analysis of domestic political and foreign policy issues.
Q: What is the feeling about your work in academia?
A: Most faculty “just wouldn’t go there,” My attitude is that tenure was created to provide a secure position for the faculty to tackle the most complex and controversial issues that confront society.
Q: Do you get hate mail or anything unpleasant?
Q: Looking back over the last 20 or 30 years, what changed the most, you or the society around you?
A: I have been dumbfounded that we have lost our Constitution through a series of incremental measures, most of which have been put in place on the basis of the alleged atrocities of 9/11. We have surrendered our liberty on fabricated grounds and we may be unable to ever recover.
Q: What are the worst aspects of American society now?
A: DHS was modeled on the East German Stasi, widely regarded as the most efficient secret police the world has seen. We are supposed to regard our fellow Americans with suspicion, even though a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security published a report on 3 October 2012 that not a single instance of domestic terrorist activity had been reported.
Q: Does our government lie a lot more now, or was it always like this?
A: Our government has become an assortment of liars, cheats and thieves. I never thought I would live to see the day that the USA was the greatest aggressor nation in the world. But that has come to pass.
Q: Meanwhile, The New York Times seems ever more incompetent. What has happened to our media?
A: William Colby, the former Director of the CIA, answered that one for us by explaining that the agency owns everyone of significance in the major media—which Carl Bernstein had exposed in “The CIA and the Media” in Rolling Stone in 1977. The role envisioned for “the Fourth Estate” by our founding fathers—that they should relentlessly investigate and expose corruption—has long been lost.
Q: When you study all the possible conspiracies, which is the one that, in your opinion, is the most obviously 100% fake?
A: The Boston bombing. The alternative media had cracked the case by the evening of the event.
Q: The Sandy Hook official story is widely questioned. What’s your take?
A: It appears to have been an elaborate hoax to maximize emotional impact and thus promote an anti-gun agenda. No children seem to have died and many aspects of the “official account” are hopelessly indefensible. See, for example, “Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook was an Elaborate Hoax” on Veterans Today.
Q: The Osama bin Laden assassination -– real or fictional?
A: Osama bin Laden died in Afghanistan on or about 15 December 2001 and was buried in an unmarked grave in accordance with Muslim practice. Even FOX NEWS reported it on 21 December 2001. He had to be resurrected when Obama was facing criticism for not having a birth certificate and for keeping Guantanamo open. (Nicholas Kollerstrom published an article about it, "Osama bin Laden: 1957-2001", and David Ray Griffin has a book about it, OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE? And I published about it in "Zero Dark Thirty: The deeper, darker truths".)
Q: If any of the famous events is in fact fake, it suggests an immense contempt by our leaders. All they have to do is a little hocus-pocus, and we’re supposed to believe anything??
A: The failure of the press to exercise the function of holding our leaders to account has impoverished the nation and allowed our airwaves to be dominated by false stories and fake terrorism. You can find more truth in Pravda or Press TV than The New York Times.
Q: That’s a sad commentary. How does the country’s future look to you?
Q: Would you like to make any predictions?
A: NSA surveillance of those who are most likely to oppose the imposition of a military-police state will continue unabated. The attempt to confiscate our weapons will be the decisive issue of our time. When they come for our guns, the time has come to use them.
Q: Police state? But who wants this and why?
A: The institutional interests out-live administrations, where the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, the FED, the FBI, the Texas oil men and Israel have continued to exert profound influence upon the nation's history. And behind them are the powerful banksters and other special interests, who strongly affect major decisions. There appears to be an agenda to weaken the US and turn it into a third-world nation. Too many bad things are happening to be by accident.
Q: What should people do?
A: Take nothing the government or the mainstream press reports for granted. Use the internet to conduct your own research. Compare what different sources, especially RT [Russia Today] and Press TV, are reporting with everything else you know. Things are going to get worse before they get better.
A philosopher tackles the subject of conspiracy: "Thinking about 'Conspiracy Theories': 9/11 and JFK"
"Why The Hijackers Were Fake" (video)
James Fetzer's academic web site
James Fetzer's article archive
James Fetzer's radio show archive