Lethbridge retracts congratulatory note

Graduate works at magazine that denies holocaust, 9/11

Robert Wood, the University of Lethbridge’s Dean of Graduate Studies, told the National Post that he “unequivocally retract[s]” the note that congratulated 9/11 “truther” Joshua Blakeney for his writing job at Veterans Today, a magazine that also denies the holocaust. “The anti-Semitic content that is periodically published in Veterans Today is morally repugnant, and it deeply offends the core principles of tolerance, respect, and citizenship upon which the University of Lethbridge is founded,” Wood told the newspaper, adding that it was an “administrative oversight.”

Blakeney asserts in his writing for Veterans Today that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were a conspiracy between Israel and the United States, rather than a terrorist plot by Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. His master’s thesis exploring the conspiracy theories around 9/11 caused controversy because it was funded partially by an $8,000 Alberta government scholarship.