Somehow he’s oblivious to the fact that the social control and propaganda mechanisms at work in society at large are certainly operative in the academic community as well, especially in recent years. Although he apparently didn’t suffer for his valuable expose’s of US foreign policy in years past, many other tenured professors certainly have first-hand experience with official pushback, including Steven Jones and James Tracy.
Chomsky claims no special knowledge of the physics, yet he seems unwilling to admit he might not be the right person to direct this question to. Perhaps little humility is called for.
9/11 was an epic failure of the american left from which humanity may never recover.