Message----- From: Michael C. Ruppert Sent:Monday, July 29, 2002 To:David Irving Cc: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' Subject: Cancellation of Michael Ruppert's Appearance
at David Irving Event in Cincinnati
Dear Mr. Irving:
I am in receipt of your
message today questioning why I have withdrawn from participating
in your event.
I will answer your questions.
First, let me acknowledge
a failure on the part of both myself and FTW’s
staff to have thoroughly vetted the other presenters at
your conference before issuing a “tentative” agreement to
participate in your August event. In previous correspondence
you did not send us a list of the other presenters. I emphasize
“tentative” because we have a precise written contract posted
online athttp://www.fromthewilderness.com/mike_speak.html and that contract was not executed by either party
before I decided to withdraw two days ago. Neither have
any monies, including the deposit for my speaking fees,
However, after reviewing
the list of speakers at your event Iwas
particularly distressed to see Mr. Paul Fromm.
After having researched his background and history I find
that I have major disagreements with his positions and affiliations. In particular I find
him to be, at minimum, someone I would categorize as being
a white separatist or supremacist, and possibly a racist
or even a fascist. Nonetheless without taking the time to
research his entire life I have certainly seen enough to
know that Mr. Fromm is not anyone
with whom I would like to jointly participate in ANY event, of ANY kind.
I have also received a
number of complaints from people (who had seen the promotions
regarding me on your web site) alleging that you were a
“holocaust denier.” While I have taken a cursory look at
your site and can find nothingto
confirm that allegation either way, I have seen enough to
give me pause about your other positions that to me appear
to be quite different from what you categorized in a previous
email as “leisurely lectures on WWII controversies.”
Since 9/11/01 I have turned down a number of speaking engagements
that were not solely focused on 9/11. Specifically, I have
refused to participate in these events because I have had
either political or credibility issues that have prevented
me from offering my implicit endorsement of the other attendees.
Were this a large conference devoted
exclusively to the events of September 11th,
representing a broad coalition of independent researchers
focusing solely on that topic, I might have felt otherwise.
If a victimized public is going to survive the imposition
of a dictatorship and criminal empire then many people willÝ of necessity - have to associate with others who hold
different views in recognition of the greater overall threat.
But your event is not so
to your purchase of non-refundable airline tickets, I refer
you to our published contract which states that all airline
tickets purchased for my transportation must be fully refundable.
We have had this policy for some time because rapidly changingevents have sometimes necessitated
sudden changes in my travel plans. It is quite clearly stated.
And I am truly amazed that you had printed and mailed some
5,000 brochures in less than five days after receiving our
email but before the execution of a written contract or
the exchange of any monies.
I regret any inconvenience
this may cause you but it has absolutely reconfirmed our
policy that it is necessary to thoroughly vet any soliciting
sponsor and other co-presenters before executing a contract
to participate in any public event.