September 18, 2006


Enough of the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories, Already (Matthew Rothschild, September 18, 2006, The Progressive

At almost every progressive gathering where there's a question and answer session, someone or other vehemently raises 9/11 and espouses a grand conspiracy theory. If you haven't had the pleasure of enduring these rants, please let me share.

Here's what the conspiracists believe:

* 9/11 was an inside job.
* Members of the Bush Administration ordered it, not Osama bin Laden.
* Arab hijackers may not have done the deed.
* On top of that, the Twin Towers fell not because of the impact of the airplanes and the ensuing fires but because the Bush Administration got agents to plant explosives at the base of those buildings.
* Building 7, another high-rise at the World Trade Center that fell on 9/11, also came down by planted explosives.
* The Pentagon was not hit by American Airlines Flight 77 but by a smaller plane or a missile.
* And the Pennsylvania plane did not crash as a result of the revolt by the passengers but was brought down by the military.

I'm amazed at how many people give credence to these theories. Everyone's an engineer. People who never even took one college science course can now hold forth at great length on how the buildings at the World Trade Center could not possibly have collapsed in the way they did and why the Pentagon could not have been struck by that American Airlines jet.

Why should their conspiracy theories be any more sensible than the rest of their ideas?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2006 8:00 AM

Matthew's e-mail in box is probably swamped by now by angry folks who've figured out he's a deep-cover mole for George W. Bush. and has been part of the 9/11 conspiracy all along.

Posted by: John at September 18, 2006 8:58 AM

Who decided that these clowns are "progressives"? Wouldn't reactionary liberals be a more accurate label?

Posted by: Steve at September 18, 2006 9:09 AM

They believe in conspiracies as a general rule ("the ruling oligarchy" and such nonsense), so why should the events of that day be an exception?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 18, 2006 11:48 AM

My favorite 'truther' story is the one that says that the passengers on Flight 93 were removed from the plane by the military. While it was in the air. Apparently if two planes are flying close enough they look like one on the radar (don't bother telling them about transponders), and so -- at 550 knots -- the military pulled the people out of 93, put them on a military plane, and landed them elsewhere, to kill them later.

No, I don't have a link, that's the sort of link that just leads to bad things on your computer ;-)

Posted by: Steve White at September 19, 2006 12:29 AM