In America today, a sure way to mark yourself as crazy is to express a belief in 9/11 Truth. To clarify, I’m referring to the theory that the Federal government is lying about the causes and events of the so-called terrorist attack of 9/11/2001, with the high probability that some secretive group within the government is either partially or wholly responsible. People view us as deluded cranks because of course the government would never do such a thing. Personally, I don’t care what these people think, because I know that I’m right.
I’m not saying that I believe every rumor and conjecture that the Truth movement has spawned. Many of these are listed in the documentary video Loose Change, which I regard as a pastiche of wild and sometimes contradictory conjectures. In fact, I think that many of the more ridiculous theories (such as, the passengers of Flight 77 were abducted rather than killed, that there were sinister pods under the wings of the planes, or that the hijackers are alive somewhere in the Arab world) have been intentionally pushed by the US intelligence agencies to discredit us. Just because an idea appears on a slick video is no reason to believe it.
I’m a truther because the official story is so preposterous – that 19 untrained Arabs with box cutters circumvented airport security separately in different airports, for starters. For the alleged conspiracy to succeed required simultaneous security failures in numerous government agencies from the FBI to NORAD. Think the government wouldn’t target its own people? Read Day of Deceit by Robert Stinnet, which outlines how FDR deceived the public about the Pearl Harbor attack. Investigate Operation Gladio, in which western intelligence agencies faked Communist terror attacks in Europe. We ordinary citizens are “collateral damage,” expendables whose murder is justified if it furthers some policy goal. Note that the so-called USA PATRIOT ACT was written and ready to go, requiring only a justification for its passage. There is also concrete evidence that the CIA was following al Qaeda and knew of their plans – see Disconnecting the Dots by Kevin Fenton.
Today we may be considered crazy. Someday we will be recognized as visionaries.