Monday, July 31, 2006

9/11 Conspiracies: Yeah, and Elvis shot JFK

Over the weekend, I watched C-SPAN coverage of a June convention of truly fruity conspiracy maniacs who believe the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were really a conspiracy by President George W. Bush, the U.S. military, Israel, the oil industry and other shady characters to achieve their various political goals.

Here's a condensation of the basic theory from moderator/conspiracy advocate Alex Jones'
The planes did not bring those towers down; bombs did. So why use planes? It seems they were a diversionary tactic - a grand spectacle. Who would want to divert our attention from the real cause of the collapse of those towers? It must be those who benefited most from these attacks. ... All evidence points to elements inside, high atop the governments of Israel and the United States. Those wishing to implement their world government through their control over finance, media and militaries are guilty of these most heinous crimes. This atrocity is proving to advance the domestic police state agendas and consolidate the Middle East’s oil reserves. The people who most benefited from these attacks are the wealthiest, most privileged and powerful men on earth who feel they will finally be able to hold dominion over the nations of the world through their New World Order. For some of these globalists, these attacks were merely a means to an end - a huge step toward ruling a world socialist system. But for others, likely the planners of such a vile crime, this was a mass sacrifice to themselves. This mass ritual sacrifice of the vulnerable and the heroes who tried to save them was perpetrated by power crazed freaks who are simply - satanic.
The panel featured 9/11 Scholars for Truth founder James Fetzer, BYU Physics Professor Steven Jones, President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies Dr. Robert M. Bowman, USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.), filmmaker and radio talk-show host Alex Jones, and terrorism expert Webster Tarpley.

The crowd at the 9/11 conspiracy conference had their own set of facts: That the WTC could only have collapsed because explosives had been pre-positioned there; that news media is complicit somehow; that government officials were told in advance of 9/11 to stay off airplanes that day; that the 9/11 Commission's work was a whitewash sham; that the real airplanes were hidden, and exact replicas were used; that no airplane debris was ever found in Pennsylvania or at the Pentagon -- where they believe a cruise missile hit; and that the U.S. military had a shockingly -- read, deliberately -- slim defensive posture that day.

Let's get one thing straight: Even the federal government's version of 9/11 is a "conspiracy theory," but these folks have collected "facts" -- regardless of their accuracy or significance -- and congealed them into an ugly mass of hurtful tripe-for-profit.

Even if these wacko theories held any water, anybody who has dealt with the criminal justice system knows that the only perfect crime is one in which only the perpetrator knows what happened, leaves no evidence and keeps his mouth shut. If two people know, the chances of it remaining a secret go down. So how many people do you think would have to be involved in the 9/11 attacks? What would be the chances that all of them could keep their mouths shut? That none would experience a pang of guilt that would cause him to confess? There is no chance.

For a point-by-point refutation of the diverse WTC conspiracy theories floating around, check out this site.

Human nature leads to these conspiracy theories, and in this case, human nature proves them wrong.


Anonymous said...

I'll put to the side the controlled demolition and pentagon theories, but address two of your points.

that government officials were told in advance of 9/11 to stay off airplanes that day
Three weeks ago there was another warning that a terrorist strike might be imminent - On September 10, Newsweek has learned, a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly cancelled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns.
Bush: We're at War, Newsweek, 9/24/01

that the 9/11 Commission's work was a whitewash sham
No. It's all about 9/11. This is not a political witch hunt. This is the most serious independent investigation since the Warren Commission. And after watching History Channel shows on the Warren Commission last night, the Warren Commission blew it. I'm not going to be part of that. I'm not going to be part of looking at information only partially. I'm not going to be part of just coming to quick conclusions. I'm not going to be part of political pressure to do this or not do that. I'm not going to be part of that. This is serious. - 9/11 commission member Max Clelland

Ron Franscell said...

Both points well-made. Senior military people avoiding flights because of a high-security alert is one thing (and truly questionable), but no general warning to government leaders was disseminated. It would be interesting to see if similar security alerts had triggered similar flight-avoidance since 9/11/2001.

And your questions about the 9/11 Commission are heartily endorsed. A beliefethat the Commission might have done a poor or incomplete job of examining the attacks is legitimate criticism. But the quality of the work doesn't necessarily mean the Commission is covering up a mammoth government conspiracy. Maybe it just didn't go far enough for a variety of justifiable reasons. Nonetheless, we in the public can question the length and breadth of the work without glomming onto the wacko conspiracy theories.

Anonymous said...

The world is pretty whacko. I think it's worth noting the kinds of things that the commission overlooked.

For instance:

Sibel Edmonds, an FBI translator who has stated that she saw documents that clearly proved that high level offiicials had foreknowlege of the attacks was interviewed at length but her testimony did not appear in the commission final report.

The funding of Mohammed Atta by the Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI was not covered by the commission.

The various wargames that were being run under the authority of Dick Cheney, wargames that created phantom blips on radar screens and that included the use of military fighter jets in mock hijacking scenarios, were barely mentioned in the report.

Gerald Posner’s account of Abu Zubaydah’s testimony, according to which three members of the Saudi royal family---all of whom later died mysteriously within an eight-day period---were funding al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks (from David Ray Griffin)

The July 2001 meeting in Berlin between US officials and members of the Taliban as reported by Niaz Naik a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary. Naik claims that the US threatened military action at the meeting.

Reports of a CIA rendezvous with Osama bin Laden in Dubai in July of 2001.,1361,584444,00.html

The fact that a memo by Laura Brown of the FAA says that its teleconference was established at about 8:50 and that it included discussion of Flight 175’s hijacking. (griffin again)

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s testimony, given to the Commission itself, that Vice-President Cheney and others in the underground shelter were aware by 9:26 that an aircraft was approaching the Pentagon (griffin)

Any mention of the strange collapse of WTC 7.

reports that there were two fighter jets in the air a few miles from NYC and three of them only 200 miles from Washington (griffin)

And so on...

Just looking at what the commission left out without addressing the misiformation and contradictions in the report demonstrates that there was a cover-up of evidence that showed complicity.