firstname.lastname@example.org (andy) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>... > Gentlemen, > > This is Dr. Andrew Beckwith. I am spaking to you after having had speaking
> people from another forum tell me that James Harris's patriotism has > been questioned. >
Harris has threatened the use of *military* force against people here who have proved that his mathematics is incorrect. He has threatened to expose his opponents to the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. He has threatened legal action, again, against people here. For maligning or libelling him or for calling him unpatriotic? No! For having dared to post valid counterexamples to his mathematical "proofs"! He has tried to silence at least one of his critics by contacting his employer and charging him with racism (for having *considered* making a racist remark, not for actually making it). In my view these are potentially abuses of the freedoms we are guaranteed by the Constitution. I have no idea who has been questioning his patriotism in this forum or any other, but I would say that if such questioning has occurred, there may be a rational basis for it.
> I urged James not to react to baiting. Now, after I have said this, I > am going to respond to you in this forum. > > I am also a fellow veteran. A disabled veteran who is legally nearly > stone deaf . Many of my ilk have looked in abject horror at the > presidential elections where both Kerry and Bush have thrown > accusations at each other about who is unpatriotic and who has the > mojo with respect to the military. > > This is despicable, and I urge you, in this forum , not to harass > another military veterans mainly, James Harris. veteran namely >
> Those who have served and who have suffered for it know the > uncalculatable pain of permanent severance of health and of life of incalculable
> those who have been in harms way. Those who have served also respect harm's
> the rights of veterans in the United States to entertain their own > points of view and to question authority. >
Of course. But are you saying veterans have more such rights than the rest of us?
> You should respect James Harris's right to question authority and to > entertain unpopular points of view. This is what we should allow ALL > Americans. >
Agreed. The point has been made many times that James Harris himself is perhaps the only person here here who has actually taken action to suppress other people's freedom of expression, by explicitly contacting his opponent's employer *and* the Attorney General of the state in which his opponent lived.
> If you honor our own democratic heritage, you should value that > dispensation and to never, NEVER penalize a person , especially a > MILITARY person, for having their own view point. >
Veterans deserve respect. They do not deserve obsequious worship or absolute freedom from criticism for their words or actions. No one does.
> I am a mathematical physics PhD.
I frankly doubt this. Your writing is semi-literate.
> I may return in due course to this > forum to discuss professional issues with you all in this discussion > group. A pre requisite for me returning though will be a cessation of prerequisite
> attacks upon James and at least a modicum of respect for his veterans veteran's
> status. Especially on the part of sunshine patriots who have never had > the gumption to be potentially or actually in the line of fire. >
Was Harris ever in the line of fire? He has been quite reluctant to answer certain questions regarding his military service.