Nut Jobs for 9/11 Truth

A friendly sage told me that she was going to ignore all the 9/11 ten-year anniversary hoopla.

Oh, that I had heeded her advice.  But then I read “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult.”  I can’t find any substantial point in this article, written by Mike Lofgren, that I disagree with.  Lofgren writes (speaking about Republicans):

For people who profess to revere the Constitution, it is strange that they so caustically denigrate the very federal government that is the material expression of the principles embodied in that document. This is not to say that there is not some theoretical limit to the size or intrusiveness of government; I would be the first to say there are such limits, both fiscal and Constitutional. But most Republican officeholders seem strangely uninterested in the effective repeal of Fourth Amendment protections by the Patriot Act, the weakening of habeas corpus and self-incrimination protections in the public hysteria following 9/11 or the unpalatable fact that the United States has the largest incarcerated population of any country on earth.

Of the many things that have changed since 9/11, it’s that bit about the Fourth Amendment and the Patriot Act that I find particularly disconcerting.  Consider this story about over-zealous law enforcement at Mall of America (over here).  God help you if you’re not white and accidentally leave your cell phone behind.

Et voilà—I started reading 911Truth.org.

It’s commonly accepted that ‘conspiracy theorists’ are basically nut jobs who want to find the meaning of major events in unrelated facts, who want to make a case for a grand unified explanation when in reality no such big plan/big picture could actually exist.  According to Timothy Melley, author of Empire of Conspiracy, “Conspiracy theory, paranoia, and anxiety about human agency…are all part of the paradox in which a supposedly individualist culture conserves its individualism by continually imagining it to be in imminent peril.”  In other words, conspiracy theorists are paranoid…though even Melley admits that “…they are difficult to dismiss as paranoid in the clinical sense of pathologically deluded.”  But never mind that—in modern media and general public opinion, they are.

Call me a nut job, but there are cogent reasons why people I doubt the government’s version of the events of 9/11.  Pointing out inconsistencies doesn’t make you a fringe lunatic or unpatriotic.

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, who could hardly be confused with a rabble of untreated psychiatric patients, have a new video out about World Trade Center  Building 7.  Considering that this building wasn’t hit by a plane, it is rather remarkable that it collapsed at all.

Yes, Ed Asner’s tone may be over the top, the music may be a bit much.  But science is compelling stuff.

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7 Responses to “Nut Jobs for 9/11 Truth”

  1. Norwegian Shooter Says:

    Hey, I’ve got plenty of reasons you shouldn’t agree with Lofgren’s terribly wrong conclusions. (his facts are mostly spot on). And he’s barely a RINO and slams Democrats, so there is no reason to get too excited about it.

    Mark Erickson, the name has nothing to do with the terrorist or guns. Check it out.

  2. Miss Havisham's Tea Party Says:

    The last time I was in the nut house it became painfully obvious that some of the “paranoids” weren’t always so paranoid. Peace out & Napoleon Dynamite (oh crap!)

  3. altadenahiker Says:

    Just because you put things so well, I suppose I’ll have to go back and open these links. And you know how I hate doing that.

  4. The Real Zajac Says:

    Those claiming to be searching for truth in this matter are really searching for meaning. It is a search motivated by the raw emotion of national trauma. The logical answer, that a bunch of pissed off Muslims hijacked airplanes and a group of men in the Federal Government capitalized on this enact their peculiar agenda, lacks a sense of meaning, of justice. That very pain is augmented by the unsatisfying way our political class led us in the following years. I remember those sorrowful days ten years ago; we were like a man in a dark room armed only with a revolver when really what we needed was the light of truth.

    But those who seek to extend the war plots of Afghanistan & Iraq backwards to those four airplanes do us all a disservice. They claim to seek truth, yet all they have to offer us is fear, innuendo, and pain. What happened that awful morning was not a conspiracy of government, merely a failure of government. The republic failed to protect its own citizens, the first and primary reason that a state exists at all. And when we all watched transfixed, as a group of bloodthirsty fanatics gave us a live instant-replay of national horror, we all felt that nakedness of facing the world alone without a powerful government to shepherd us.

  5. Pasadena Adjacent Says:

    This is compelling stuff, but didn’t Frontline do a program with the engineer of the WTC towers (isn’t he alive now)? and wasn’t it concluded that there were flaws in the design? I don’t understand who would have been behind this implosion and Ed ain’t covering that.

  6. Justin Garza Says:

    Answer these 10 questions and see how you do:

    Q1) The CIA trained:

    a) Osama Bin Laden
    b) FEMA
    c) Evel Knievel

    Q2) Complete the following well known phrase; The red…

    a) Threat
    b) Flag of my fathers
    c) Ramp

    Q3) “To safely defeat the Russians in Afganistan you should train some locals who despise…”

    a) Israel and the West
    b) George Bush
    c) The awful police

    Q4) In reference to question 3, who said it?

    a) An Eton educated spy
    b) Local government reassurance
    c) Joie Chitwood

    Q5) Iraq and the 9/11 link is:

    a) CIA link (fraudulently and unintelligently) made by then President W. Bush
    b) I don’t know, a shrimp omelette?
    c) a canyon and I’m a rocket bike

    Q6) Money is the route of all,

    a) Evil
    b) What can I do but start again?
    c) Evel and it looks cooler

    Q7) Truthers are

    a) Scum
    b) The Scissor Sisters
    c) Weird stuff to endanger, it’ll get in a crowd

    Q8) President Obama,

    a) is a confederate but he’s such a nice one and he got Bin Laden.
    b) makes me hate Scotland famed for its off shore oil, didn’t UK coastal towns get refugee problems from Libya?
    c) isn’t even close to the end of the line of memorable Presidents.

    Q9) How was President Obama brought into the Libyan conflict?

    a) He was lied to by Sarcozy and Cameron, it won’t turn out well.
    b) Gaddafi wooed Microsoft and American jobs should be for American workers, we’ve got sand.
    c) Las Vegas goons were paid to break every bone in his body if he didn’t agree to Libyan confederate sharia terms.

    Q10) Iran,

    a) According to nut jon Tony Blair.
    b) Next?
    c) Easy.

  7. Morris Dixon Says:

    it was later learned that Delta Flight 1989 was the plane confused with Flight 93, and the report was retracted as inaccurate. Several websites within the 9/11 Truth Movement dispute this claim, citing the wreckage at the scene, eyewitness testimony, and the difficulty of secretly substituting one plane for another, and claim that such “hoax theories… appear calculated to alienate victims’ survivors and the larger public from the 9/11 truth movement”.

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