The 9/11/01 attack was a complex psychological operation
carefully designed to conceal the truth,
in spite of numerous obvious red flags in the fraudulent official story.
As such it relies on the dissemination of memes
that overpower rational consideration of the evidence.
One of the most important memes is the idea that
all people who question the basic tenets of the official story
are loony conspiracy theorists, whose ideas are not worthy of consideration.
Part of the construction of this meme was to make the attack
so audacious that even a straightforward accounting of the basic facts
sounds too outrageous to possibly be true.
The ideas that the Twin Towers were destroyed by
and that top-level administration officials were involved
in the planning and execution of the attack are so painful
that most people reflexively reject them,
even if that means ignoring mountains of evidence.
Nevertheless the perpetrators run the risk that these ideas will
gain currency and begin to be examined with some objectivity
if the loony conspiricism meme fails to maintain its hold.
Nonsense as a Weapon
An effective tool for reinforcing the loony conspiricism meme
is the introduction of theories that that have no basis in evidence,
such as the idea that
no planes hit the towers.
The association of these ideas
with the careful research of investigators in the 9/11 Truth Movement
stands to set back the cause of awakening the larger public to the
facts of the attack.
A series of websites
have promoting more or less obvious hoaxes since the attack.
Examples are 911Review.org
(See 9/11 Review REVIEWED),
Both adopted as their centerpiece the idea that
no jetliner crashed at the Pentagon --
an idea that may be
single most elaborate and well-orchestrated hoax
used to undermine the credibility of the 9-11 Truth Movement.
More traditional media such as videos and books
have also been used to discourage
rational inquiry into the crimes of 9/11/01
by associating alternatives to the official narrative
with uncritical thinking and junk science.
Several of these websites, videos, and books have been promoted
in segments of the 9/11 Truth Movement that may seem surprising,
given how effectively such material is used by the cover-up
as ammunition against the spectrum of 9/11 Truth efforts.
(A prime example of this is the
March 2005 Popular Mechanics attack piece.)
There are many possible reasons for this:
- Because people inclined to accept that the attack was an inside job
tend to be more open-minded in general,
they are more likely to entertain a range of ideas,
and are somewhat handicapped in appreciating the potency of ill-founded
or poorly presented theories in discrediting good research.
- Many working on social justice causes like 9/11 are reluctant
to admit that there are saboteurs in their midst.
The idea that the struggle to expose the crime is
just a contest between the official story and alternatives
is comforting in its simplicity.
Recognizing that the struggle is a two-or-more-front war of ideas
can be intimidating or even overwhelming.
- Hoaxes come in many levels of sophistication and subtlety.
Whereas few people have ever taken the
hologram plane theory
seriously, and the
was long ago rejected by most aspiring 9/11 activists, the
Pentagon no-jetliner theory
continues to detract from substantive evidence
implicating insiders in the attack.
The Morgan Reynolds Phenomenon
In mid-2005 a former Bush administration official,
Morgan Reynolds, gained notoriety by publishing an essay that
sandwiched grandiose ridicule of the accounts of the crashes of the
between imprecise summaries of evidence for the controlled demolition
of WTC 1, 2, and 7.
Titled Why Did the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?,
the article was widely promoted, for the most part,
without any comment on its embedded no-jetliners message.
Reynolds did not respond to the substance of the 911Research critique
of his article:
A Critical Review of Morgan Reynolds'
Why Did the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?
and went on to promote his flawed analysis of the plane crashes
on venues like Coast to Coast and the Boulder Weekly.
His Boulder Weekly interview is the subject of
Boulder Weekly Trots Out Morgan Reynolds' Trojan Horse.
Even if Reynolds has only the best of intentions,
his inclusion of easily debunked arguments against the jetliner crashes
in his well-publicized article questioning the official account
of the World Trade Center disaster makes it function as a Trojan Horse.
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