Truth Check

The Village Voice has a piece this week on the kooks who make up the “9/11 Truth Movement,” those who provide various conspiracy theories and other alternative histories to the “official version” of the events of the terror attack.
I’d been expecting a total puff piece, but reporter Jarrett Murphy does show some healthy skepticism. There are, after all, some howlers here- for instance, the idea that the planes that hit the towers were really a “hologram,” that the planes fired missiles immediately prior to impact, or (my personal favorite) that the attacks were part of “a plot to rid the world of 4 billion people in order to reduce demand for petroleum.” (Wouldn’t the death of 4 billion people cause the world economy to instantly collapse completely? That wouldn’t exactly be good for the oil companies, would it?)
The most unbelievable part of the 9/11 conspiracy theories, of course, is something I learned from my Brandeis professor Jerry Cohen: widespread conspiracy theories tend to be false, because the more time passes, the more likely it is that a co-conspirator will either make a mistake, or tell all. In the 9/11 “conspiracy,” neither ever happened. In fact, the “9/11 Truth” theories directly contradict the same people’s general opinion of the Bush Administration’s incompetence. If Bush and Co. are too stupid to handle Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and everyone else, how were they able to pull off the 9/11 plot, with 100% success, with no leaks whatsoever in the ensuing five years?

2 thoughts on “Truth Check

  1. Jim Treacher

    “If Bush and Co. are too stupid to handle Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and everyone else, how were they able to pull off the 9/11 plot, with 100% success, with no leaks whatsoever in the ensuing five years?”
    THAT’S HOW THEY GETCHA!!!

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  2. Gib

    See, it’s part of the plot. You screw up a couple of side issues, so nobody thinks you’re capable of pulling off the big one.
    George Bush is the smartest, most evil man who has ever lived. Every misstep and grammatical innovation serves the greater whole.

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