2. The Insults, Multi-Layered Lies and Threats
2.1 The Actual e-mail from Ginsparg to
Fred Cooper at Los Alamos
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 13:47:02 -0600 (MDT)
From: Paul Ginsparg firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Castro Clarification
a) castro is an obvious nut and all of his papers are abject
b) castro had a paper with a co-author whose affiliation was
forged as DAMTP (Cambridge), and we received a complaint directly
from DAMTP. he was given a deadline to correct or remove the
affiliation, or lose submission privileges. he CHOSE not to comply.
conclusion: castro is more than welcome to publish in conventional
journals we don't have time for him here, and he is fortunate
that he is permitted in the General Physics category.
[ next is a phrase from F. Cooper's initial
letter to Ginsparg ]
"Carlos Handy at Clark Atlanta was a former post-doc
of mine and this person's boss. If you could handle this with
some sensitivity, I would appreciate that"
note that if clark university will insist on this, then we
will cease to regard clark university as a responsible accredited
institution. (we rely on institutional affiliation for effective
endorsement. note most of his recent activity has been from italy
so we have no idea why clark univ is even involved at this point.)
you should explain to your former postdoc Carlos Handy that
he is the one who should be embarrassed at this point. we wouldn't
care except this one idiot has wasted more time than the average
ten idiots... i hope this is sensitive enough
2.2 The Analysis of the
Multi-Layered Lies and Threats from Ginsparg
to remove my papers in the hep-th archive-category in February
2000, six months prior to the El Naschie-Michael Green incident.
Ginsparg concealed this fact from Fred Cooper by making me look
as the "bad guy". The El Naschie-Michael Green
incident was nothing but a diversion from the truth. Truth that
Ginsparg did not wish to reveal to his boss, Fred Cooper.
In addition, Ginsparg accused me of having
posted a paper with a false institutional affiliation by one
of my colleagues, M. S. EL Naschie who is the chief editor of
the Journal of Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals (CSF) published
by Elsevier. However, the truth of the matter is that M.
S. El Naschie had listed his affiliation, for many years, and
at many public conferences, etc....., as DAMTP - Cambridge. I
had no knowledge whatsoever that M. S. El Naschie was not permitted
to use the Cambridge affiliation. How could I have known
this before hand, if the affiliation of M. S. El Naschie was
appearing in the CSF journal, and in many conferences.... was
listed as DAMTP-Cambridge for many years? Why am I to blame?
Frank (Tony) Smith, a lawyer, scientist
and another blacklistee wisely asked: Why wasn't Elsevier Science
Publishers in Holland attacked by Cambridge University? Why
weren't the organizers of the many public conferences where M.S
El Naschie attended not attacked? ..... When, during all
these years M. S. El Naschie was using the Cambridge affiliation?
Jorge Mahecha (from the ICTP in Trieste, Italy)
removed the false institutional affiliation of M.S. El Naschie
from our paper submitted to the e-archive within the two day
deadline demanded by Ginsparg. Shortly after, within a
period of 8 days, Jorge Mahecha removed the paper altogether.
Since I was traveling in France and Spain during that time,
Ginsparg lied when he accuse me of "choosing not to comply
" after his ultimatum. Jorge Mahecha who was in Trieste,
Italy to receive Ginsparg's e-mail-ultimatum did comply.
Alex Granik and Jorge Mahecha were among the
co-authors of two papers with M.S. El Naschie and myself. Nevertheless,
Alex Granik (University of the Pacific, Stockton, California)
and Jorge Mahecha (University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia)
have not been blacklisted by Ginsparg. They are permitted
to post their papers to any category of the arXiv.org without
Why did M.S. El Naschie illicitly used the
DAMTP-Cambridge affiliation for many years? It seems that
because he was a friend of the former Head of the Physics Dept
in Cambridge University that he took certain liberties for many
years. After the El Naschie-Michael Green incident took
place, he is no longer using the DAMTP-Cambridge affiliation.
Let us proceed now with the threats made
by Ginsparg to ban my center CTSPS in Atlanta from submission
privileges if they defended me in my right to post papers in
the hep-th archive category. Next we will display the letter
from Prof. Carlos Handy (CTSPS) expressing his disgust after
reading Ginsparg's lies, insults and threats.
2.3 The Response
of the Clark Atlanta University CTSPS
Insults, Offenses and Threats
This message below was written by Prof.
Carlos Handy in 2000 (my boss in Atlanta) to Prof. Geoffrey West
at Los Alamos Labs in response to Ginsparg's extremely offensive
e-mail. Fred Cooper was the former boss of Paul Ginsparg
at Los Alamos before he came to Cornell. At that moment
Fred Cooper was visiting Boston College, thus Geoffrey West was
left in charge back in Los Alamos, the T-8 Division. This
explains why Prof. Carlos Handy is responding to Prof. Geoffrey
Please notice that my center (CTSPS)
in Atlanta interpreted very seriously Ginsparg's threats. The
threats that to any English-speaking native [as pointed out by
Jack Sarfatti] unambiguously implied that Ginsparg meant to ban
the whole CTSPS from submission privileges if they insisted in
supporting me. This dictatorial behavior from Ginsparg
in threatening to ban a whole research center from submission
"privileges" is despicable and cannot be tolerated
in a democracy. On the other hand, nobody denies Ginsparg's
right to have an opinion by uttering the words "Castro is
an obvious nut". But the mere fact that Ginsparg is
entitled to an "opinion", it however does not entitle
him to remove papers from scientists he does not like! This
is a point that unfortunately so many of my so-called "friends"
have been unable to understand! I have numerous publications
in peer reviewed journals. I honestly doubt that Ginsparg
read all of my journal publications that would have allowed him
to write objectively that "all of Castro's papers are nonsense".
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 13:42:41 -0400
From: "Carlos R. Handy" email@example.com
Hi Geoffrey, ...
I have been in contact with Fred Cooper who
indicated that you are the boss, since he is away at Boston College.
There is a controversial (anti-string) scientist
[inaccurate description of myself] who we have supported for
some time as a ``permanent visiting scientist''. He is
very colorful, knowledgeable, and (I believe) smart. His name
is Carlos Castro.
He and his colleagues have been having a hard
time with Ginzparg vis a vis getting their articles on the HEP
Ginzparg said to Fred that Castro is a ``Nut''.
In addition, he accused him of having posted a paper with
a false institutional affiliation by one of his colleagues (M.
Al Naschie) who is the chief editor of the Journal of Chaos,
Solitons, and Fractals (published by Elsevier). In any case,
this guy (Naschie) has listed his affiliation, for many years
(and at many public conferences), as DAMTP - Cambridge. Castro
had no knowledge of the legitimacy of this, and he and his colleagues
removed the institutional affiliation from their submitted archive
paper within the two day deadline demanded by Ginzparg.
I recognize that Castro is controversial, and
many people don't follow his papers because of all the intricacies
of his arguments. However, he has colleagues, with whom I have
talked, who are very sober and conventional. I believe that much
of his work stimulates the mind and is an honest effort with
no obvious technical fallacies. Of course, if a well documented
technical declination of his work is forthcoming, by a group
of unbiased physicists, then there is nothing more to say.
However, it does appear that the people that
are giving him a hard time are those that feel threatened by
his anti-string posture. I have indicated to him that in my opinion,
the LANL archives are Federally funded, and he, Castro, through
our institutional affiliation, has the right to publish his articles
Ginzparg told Cooper that if my school continues to back Castro
up, we will be black listed from accessing the archives. In addition,
he indicated that I should be embarrassed for supporting Castro.
In the absence of any cogent, well documented, rebuttal of his
papers, I cannot subscribe to Ginzparg's perspective. In fact,
he has opened himself up for legal charges on many fronts. By
coincidence, one of the guys conversant with what is going on
is both a lawyer and a physicist (Tony Smith). Castro is a U.S.
citizen, and in the absence of any proof of the sort I have indicated,
deserves to have his papers respected in the manner indicated
by the archives guidelines.
The situation is becoming nastier. I
am appealing, on a personal level, that in light of all the above,
that you or Fred, allow Castro and his colleagues to publish
their works in the archives. I do not appreciate Ginzparg's presumptuous
attitude. Castro is prepared to take this matter to all and any
higher authority, including DoE, and minority members of Congress.
Again, without any hard evidence to the contrary,
as outlined above, I can only support him (Castro) in this.
3. I am Fully Blacklisted since the beginnings
3.1 How I avoided Ginsparg's Radar for a Period
In the two year period of 2001-2002, during the
transition from Los Alamos to Cornell of the e-archives, I was
able to avoid Ginsparg's radar and post 20 papers in the hep-th
archive category, both as a single author and with other co-authors,
from different e-mail accounts of colleagues in Colombia, Italy
and Slovenia. Eleven of those papers have been published
in peer review journals and two others have been revised and
are currently under peer review [I don't always update the journal
references of my past papers posted in the arXiv.org]. But
starting in 2003 until the present day I have been fully blacklisted
by the arXiv.org. I tried posting two papers at the beginning
of 2003 from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai
(Madras, India) but they were removed immediately prior to appearing
in the daily listings. These two papers have been published
in peer review journals:
(i) "On Non-extensive Statistics, Chaos
and Fractal Strings" To appear in Physica A 2004;
Available online 15 September 2004,
(ii) "AdS2n spaces from SO(2n - 1, 2) Instantons"
Class. Quant. Gravity 20 no.16 (2003) 3577-3592.
The arXiv.org did not
accuse me this time of being an obvious nut like Ginsparg did
before but of misrepresenting my affiliation with the CTSPS center
in Clark Atlanta University, while before Ginsparg himself had
threatened to ban the whole research center CTSPS in Atlanta
from submission" privileges" if they [CTSPS] insisted
in supporting me. Below I enclosed the letter, sent in
two different occasions in 2003, to the arXiv.org by Prof. Carlos
Handy (co-director) corroborating my affiliation and association
Despite that Prof. Carlos Handy sent
his first letter to the arXiv.org in mid March 2003, I tried
posting a paper from Jorge Mahecha's account in Colombia during
the summer of 2003, (he was a co-author of this paper) but the
paper was removed as well. Notice that Jorge Mahecha has
no problems in submitting papers to the archives on his own.
This paper was removed because it had me as a co-author. The
paper: "Fractal SUSY QM, Geometric Probability and the Riemann
Hypothesis" will appear in the Int. Jour. Geometric Methods
in Modern Physics, December (2004).
In view of the removal of this last paper,
Prof. Carlos Handy resent in July 1, 2003 the same letter (below)
to the arXiv.org corroborating my affiliation and association
with the CTSPS in Atlanta. The letter sent by the co-director
of CTSPS (in two occasions) should have been satisfactory. This
fact, in addition to the earlier offensive letter from Ginsparg
threatening to ban the whole CTSPS center from submission privileges
for supporting me, should have been enough for them. Clearly
nothing is enough for these individuals. They set arbitrarily
rule number N, when you obey it, they cook up rule number N +
1, and so forth ad infinitum.
After this second letter from Prof. Carlos
Handy in July 1, 2003, I tried submitting another paper in early
January 2004 that was co-authored with Matej Pavsic (Ljubljana,
Slovenia) and it was removed once again under the very same pretext!!!
I did not even have the chance to move from rule N to rule
N + 1... This last paper was a commissioned review article
to the IJMPA journal at the request of D.V. Ahluwalia-Khalilova
(one of the editors in Mexico) and was accepted for publication.
When Matej Pavsic protested the removal of our paper (he can
also post papers on his own without any problems) the arXiv.org
then came up with a blackmail offer described next.
... I have just described above the shifting rationale for being
blacklisted: from being an obvious "nut"; from posting
papers without the "permission" of my co-authors....
Then I was accused of misrepresenting my affiliation at the CTSPS
center in Atlanta.... after Ginsparg had threatened to ban the
whole center CTSPS in Atlanta if they insisted in supporting
me...... After all these experiences what is next ??? It
is time to reveal to the readers the trappings behind the wonderful
----- "offer" from the moderators at the arXiv.org.
I describe best this ----- [repulsive] offer by attaching
the e-mail correspondence between Frank (Tony) Smith (another
blacklistee) and Matej Pavsic.
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 00:42:29 -0500
From: Tony Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: correction: arXiv and Carlos's affiliation
Carlos, and Matej,
It is my opinion (as a lawyer) that the statement from "moderation
for arXiv.org" that
"... If ...[Carlos]... has no institutional affiliation,
that is also fine. Just remove it and resubmit. ..."
is a trap to try to trick Carlos into admitting to a lie, that
is that he is not affiliated with Clark Atlanta.
Matej, I have sent you a copy of an e-mail message from Carlos
Handy to "moderation for arXiv.org" moderation@arXiv.org
that clearly stated that Carlos Castro IS affiliated with Clark
Below my signature is a copy of that message with headers
included, so that you can see that it was indeed on 1 July 2003
sent to "moderation for arXiv.org" moderation@arXiv.org.
It is clear to me that "moderation for arXiv.org"
is NOT telling the truth when it says
"... the given affiliation cannot be verified. ..."
if you take any reasonable interpretation of the English words
Of course, Matej, you have my permission to send this information
directly to "moderation for arXiv.org", although in
my opinion "moderation for arXiv.org" is already well
aware of it and the facts stated in it, and is now just trying
to trick Carlos Castro into admitting to a lie.
Letters from the co-director of CTSPS in Atlanta to the arXiv.org
One of the latest
reasons for being attacked by the cyber-police (a.k.a the "moderators")
is because I don't use my e-mail address: email@example.com
in Atlanta. This is a vile accusation because they are hiding
the fact that my Atlanta, Trieste (Italy) ........ e-mails have
been targeted in such a way that the robot automatically removes
and blocks any papers originating from those e-mail addresses.
Another reason why I may have been attacked is for having applied
for an NSF grant as an individual. I am an affiliate of
the CTSPS center and since the center in Atlanta, as a whole,
is already funded by the NSF, I was advised that it would be
better if I applied as an individual. Another reason for
being attacked is that my name does not appear in the CTSPS website.
The affiliates names of the CTSPS don't appear in the website,
only the permanent members do. Please note that there
are many scientists who don't have an academic affiliation and
are allowed to post their papers from their company address and
some from their home address!
Below is the letter written by Prof.
Carlos Handy to the moderators (the cyber-police) of the Los
Alamos-Cornell archives (arXiv.org). (He sent the first
copy in mid March 2003)
Tue, 1 Jul 2003 08:42:01 -0400
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 08:42:01 -0400
From: Carlos R. Handy firstname.lastname@example.org
To: moderation for arXiv.org moderation@arXiv.org
Carlos Castro email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Carlos Castro
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Dr. Carlos R. Handy, Co-Director of
the Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems, and well
known to Dr.Fred Cooper, formerly at LANL T-8 (where I served
as post-doc, 1978 - 81), and now at NSF.
Dr. Carlos Castro, an American citizen, is an affiliate
of our Center, and has been one for at least six years. He has
published papers with the name of our center, and university
(Clark Atlanta University, not ``Atlantic''). We recognize that
he is controversial, but in those matters of particular concern
and interest to us, he has always been very insightful and credible.
We do not like the impression of an intellectual mafia that seems
to be engaged in scientific censorship. More specifically, in
the past, Dr. Ginzparg has made e-mail remarks to Dr. Fred Cooper,
concerning our support of Dr. Castro, that we have regarded as
prejudiced and offensive. This should be particularly troubling
to your organization, which continues to enjoy government support.
I would be glad to submit a written letter, but I trust, with
the particular reference to Dr. Cooper, that this might not be
necessary. In any case, please send me your specific address,
and I will mail such a letter immediately.
I understand that your archives should not be the repository
for any irresponsible, purportedly scientific articles, however,
we (CTSPS) do not support everyone, and until such time that
Dr. Castro behaves in a manner questionable to us, we will continue
to support him.
Dr. Carlos R. Handy
Associate Professor of Physics
4. Conclusions: A Catch-22
Situation when CERN terminates their
External Preprint Server for
Physics Lab in Geneve, Switzerland announced in October 2004
that they were suspending their CDS-CERN-EXT-preprint service
for members of other institutes. CDS = CERN Document Server.
EXT = External. What is my honest interpretation of this
message? That no longer those blacklisted individuals by the
arXiv.org will have a loophole where to post their papers. CERN,
like other institutions worldwide is a mirror site of the arXiv.org
CERN in a very polite manner wrote:
other institutes should be posting their papers from now on in
while at the same time one of the most
famous lines originating from the arXiv.org are:
not censoring you because you can post your papers in other outlets"
"We are not censoring
you because you can submit your papers to peer review journals"
CERN is not the
only institution that has shut down their CDS-CERN-EXT preprint
service but Elsevier Science has also shut down their Mathematics
preprint server. The arXiv.org holds an ever growing monopoly
of what is posted (and what will be allowed to be posted) in
In order to thwart any further lawsuits the
arXiv.org in January 2004 erected the facade of the so-called
endorsement system ([endorsement] of authors by other authors)
which is nothing but a smoke screen behind which they can reinforce
more efficiently their censorship and blacklisting practices.
One of the reasons for doing so is to prevent preprints
from blacklisted scientists who use a pseudonym. Many scientists
are afraid of endorsing those who are blacklisted because they
fear retaliation from Ginsparg and running the risk of being
blacklisted themselves or having their endorser status revoked.
See the note in the www.ArchiveFreedom.org home page. I
hope the reader will remain speechless for a few minutes before
calling and writing to his/her Congress and Senate Representative
in Washington. See the link in the website www.ArchiveFreedom.org.
Also you may contact the President of Cornell University, (he
is well aware of this censorship and blacklisting) at: email@example.com.
Please, ask all
of them to stop Ginsparg from doing what he has been doing for
so many years. I know people who have been blacklisted since
1993! And, finally, one last word of warning: Please note
that Ginsparg is not alone, he is just the [servant] ---- of
the Physics establishment that receives plenty of financial support
from your Tax Dollars. See my letter to Prof. Noam Chomsky
at MIT in this website. Demand from your elected officials that
you will no longer support with your tax dollars a -- [disgraceful]
organization like the arXiv.org administered by Ginsparg at Cornell
Thank you very much
for bearing along with me in this five-year journey to Cyberia:
A Scientific-Gulag in Cyberspace.
Further Evidence of Archive Blacklisting
(Learn how people are allowed
to post papers related to Carlos Castro's work while Castro himself