9/11 skeptics resurface

Conspiracy theorists thought election could bring their 'issue' to the fore

Adrian Humphreys, National Post  Published: Monday, October 20, 2008

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Now 9/11 has toppled JFK as the leading conspiracy.

The U. S. Department of State calls the varying theories on 9/11 "a hodgepodge of sinister, unfounded allegations."

While some conspiracy theories are laughed off as harmless diversions, purported 9/11 plots are often viewed more harshly because many quickly devolve into anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism.

"What makes the 9/11 conspiracy theories particularly important is that they have united disparate groups of Jew haters -- American far-right extremists, white supremacists and elements within the Arab and Muslim world -- who are exchanging and echoing information, ideas, and conspiracy theories, particularly through the Internet," says a report by the Anti-Defamation League, a U. S.-based Jewish organization.

"Anti-Semites are blaming Jews for the worst terrorist act committed and for its consequences, such as military conflicts. Allegations of Jewish culpability in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as justification for future acts of anti-Semitic violence."

That the conspiracy theories would be so pervasive in Canada to pop up with the frequency they did in the election is in line with the findings in a recent survey on the topic. An Angus Reid poll conducted around the anniversary of 9/11 this year found that while the majority of Canadians believe the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, 39% either disagree with that explanation or are unsure. About a third of those surveyed believed the U. S. government allowed the

attacks to happen and 16% believe the U. S. government made the attacks happen.

The events of 9/11 are perfect for spawning conspiracy theories, said Adam Galinsky, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

"Sept. 11 was a huge event with these massive building structures crumbling to the ground. This made people feel completely out of control -- who knew when this type of terror would happen again?" Prof. Galinsky said. "Whenever a big event happens -- a large consequential, meaningful event -- people assume there has to be some large, consequential cause of it."

His study on what draws believers to such theories was published in the latest issue of the journal Science.

"When people don't have control objectively, what they try to do is regain it psychologically and one way to do that is by seeing patterns in the world -- superstitions, conspiracies, seeing the Virgin Mary in a water stain -- all serve the same underlying purpose," he said. "They allow people to feel in control over their environment."

Charles Pigden, a philosophy professor at New Zealand's University of Otago, says there is nothing wrong with conspiracy theories, as such. "Many of them are silly, of course, but they are not silly because they are conspiracy theories, they are silly because the specific theories postulated are improbable," he said.

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  • DJ BALL, 03:00 PM EDT · Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

    Hey Rancid, Google image search Windsor Tower Madrid prepare yourself. and then explain to me why that building didnt collapse.

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  • rancid_aftertaste, 02:14 PM EDT · Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

    Such a ridiculous article. Office fires melt steel. Enough said

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  • siamdave, 01:32 PM EDT · Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

    What's with the 'resurface' bit? The search for truth has been growing and growing, not hiding and 'resurfacing' from time to time. Maybe he means 'resurfaced' in the mainstream media once again, as they saw all the truth activity going on, new vids and new books and more people seeing the lignt almost daily, and thought they had to take another stab at putting this fire out, but I got news for you, it ain't going out.

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  • juan d cruz, 11:57 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    One day, there should be a wall of shame which would list the names of journalists and publications who defended the real conspirators of 9-11. Most prominent in the list would be the liars that peddled the disinformation from the US government such as Fox, BBC and Pop Mech. Also on the list would be publications that had explicitly censored the truth about 9-11 such as the Huffington Post.

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  • videomon, 08:38 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    140+ Senior Military, Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials 610+ Engineers and Architects 130+ Pilots and Aviation Professionals 310+ Professors Question 9/11 210+ 9/11 Survivors and Family Members 170+ Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals\ http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/

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  • George in Toronto, 08:31 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    . FYI: Adrian Humphreys,Bush regime could not have planned and did the 911 attacks in 8 months in office.Billy Goat Clinton back in 1996 approved funding for low radiation nuke concrete busting bombs. Now you know why the Demoos Nancy Pelousie refused to impeach Bush-- Pure Blackmail . I suggest Adrian go back to school and take up Physics 101--she might learn something about gravity fall. All Bldgs WTC dropped faster than gravity pull. N.P--stop the B.S.

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  • postnboom, 06:37 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Man, it's sicko central! Lots of festering hate and some that's boiled over. In a way it's good to know they run as a pack...

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  • DocReality, 05:47 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    This author evidently never heard of the arrested Israelis in Weehawken NJ that day, their white van testing positive for explosives, boxcutters and Arabic clothing found also. The owner of the van Derek Suter bolts for Israel as nearly 200 israeli spies are deported after being arrested. This author ignores the Odigo warnings and the fact that Israeli companies including Zim shipping bolted post haste 2 weeks before the event.

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  • videomon, 04:48 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Anyone who wants you to believe traces of thermite all over ground zero mean nothing, That the law of conservation of energy mean nothing, That want you to believe that the avation fuel burning can reach the melting poing of steel,That occupants of a cave can control Norad response ..is lying.Pure and simple. 911 ia the litmus test of credibility.Remember,newspapers are meant to entertain and keep advertisers happy,not to present real news

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  • videomon, 04:22 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    140+ Senior Military, Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials 610+ Engineers and Architects 130+ Pilots and Aviation Professionals 310+ Professors Question 9/11 210+ 9/11 Survivors and Family Members 170+ Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/

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  • DJ BALL, 04:21 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Hey Everybody, Your government elite and their corporate masters really care for you and love you. It's just a coincidence that Donald Rumsfeld announced 2.3 Trillion ( Trillion) dollars missing from the Pentagon the day before 911. Nothing to see. Go back to watching Hockey and Ultimate Fighting and we will take care of everything else.

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  • videomon, 04:18 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    140+ Senior Military, Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials 610+ Engineers and Architects 130+ Pilots and Aviation Professionals 310+ Professors Question 9/11 210+ 9/11 Survivors and Family Members 170+ Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/

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  • Taco Grande, 03:32 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    911 was an international new world order inside job for more oil wars, more control, and most importantly (for them) - to further implement their GLOBAL SLAVERY AGENDA. But hey , those poor little Jews right?

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  • Taco Grande, 03:32 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    All I have to say is the ROTHSCHILDS ARE JEWS...nuff said - they were indeed involed. End of story. Not a smear. Ventures into FACT territory - do you know what FACTS are grumpyoldman? I doubt it if you are still regurgitating the Popular Mechanics crap that has been debunked thoroughly over and over and over. It fails to address even the most basic holes in the story.

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  • Taco Grande, 03:31 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    And when are journalists gonna get off this "anti-semite" crap? DO the Jews really need us all to protect them? Are they somehow some special group? THEY are the ones who have attached the "anti-semite" label to 911 truthers - BEFORE the Mossad theories even circulated. Hmmmm.

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  • Taco Grande, 03:30 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    his agency is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and was rammed down the throats of the American people while the trauma of the false flag PSYOP was still fresh. (500 character limits is BS and further shows this publication has no interest in intelligent discourse on this or any other subject)

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  • Taco Grande, 03:29 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Wow, looks like we are making real progress! Only ONE commenter defending the official fraud, and he actually has the sense of humor to cite one of the most blatant piece of propaganda disinformation trash fiction - Popular Mechanics - written by Benjamin CHERTOFF - yes a very very close relation - to Mossad agent and Lenin relative Michael CHERTOFF - who owes his JOB as HOMELAND SECURITY (very Nazi-like name btw) to this FRAUD.

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  • Stevethetruck, 03:08 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    What about the 4 Israeli students who were arrested after they videoed attack from the top of their white van? They were arrested after witnsses saw them celebrating as the towers collapsed. They were Mossad agents, admitted by the Israeli Govt. They went on Israeli TV and said they were not involved in the attacks but had been there to DOCUMENT the attacks. Who told them to set up a camera in New Jersey, across from the towers to "document" the event? This is NOT a theory, it's a fact.

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  • videomon, 02:29 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    Watch donzens of educational videos about 911 at my blog at http://www.cbnews.tv/

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  • videomon, 02:27 PM EDT · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    I find this quite insulting. examines the situation must realize that a bunch of fellow in turbans in a cave in Afghanistan have no way of affection Norad response to air attack.The list of those who dont believe the official legend is phenomenal and includes those at this link http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/ .

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