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Case Western Breakdown: Why I’m through with sitting down at academic conferences with military scholars who won’t go on the record | Counterpunch

During the last decade I have withdrawn from invitations at several universities where I would have had opportunities to talk with or debate military and intelligence personnel, but the presence of non-attribution policies such as the Chatham House Rule governing interactions prevented my participation. These non-attribution policies are generally pitched as providing increased “freedom of exchange,” but functionally they provide participants with levels of non-accountability that should be shunned from normal academic environments. At these academic and military exchanges, these military-aligned anthropologists often have a tendency to represent themselves as marginalized victims or as needing unusual assurances of non-attribution.

For more on this story, visit: Case Western Breakdown » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

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