I am NOT normally a conspiracy theorist. I distrust most conspiracy theories I come across. But that is not to say that conspiracies don’t exist. Of course they do. I wish to talk here about the possibility that the official version of the events of 9/11 is false – that there may indeed have been a conspiracy to destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentagon that remains unacknowledged.
We know that three WTC buildings collapsed to the ground, with two of them being first struck by commercial airliners, and that the Pentagon was supposedly struck by a commercial airliner. Conspiracy theories about these events sprang into life before the end of that fateful day, and persist today. There was just too much about the attacks and the collapse of three building that didn’t add up – and still don’t add up these 15 years later. One group in particular continues to amass analysis and evidence, and argues that the official story is false. This group is the “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth”, who appear to be sufficiently credentialed to be credible. Their website contains all the information one needs to come to grips with the puzzles that surround 9/11: http://www.ae911truth.org
There are a few easily comprehended facts about 9/11 that are very hard to reconcile with the official version of the events:
- The fires in the two WTC towers were not sufficient to cause the collapse of the buildings. Ordinary fire does not melt steel. Steel is melted in a blast furnace, by a torch or by a material called thermite: “Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of metal powder fuel and metal oxide. When ignited by heat, thermite undergoes an exothermic reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction. Most varieties are not explosive but can create brief bursts of high temperature in a small area”. (Wikipedia)
- Buildings do not collapse straight to the ground except as a result of controlled demolition.
- WTC building #7 was NOT struck by a plane, and collapsed straight to the ground.
- Molten steel was seen (and photographed) running out of the two WTC towers, after their collapse. Fires could not have produced this molten steel.
- Steel beams strewn throughout the wreckage of the two towers were not bent, but cut clean-off at both ends.
- The nature of the damage to the Pentagon is inconsistent with only a strike by a commercial airliner.
This is only a sampling of many facts that cannot be reconciled with the official version of what happened on 9/11. But it is not my intention to further examine this and other evidence, nor is it my intention to speculate on who may have conspired to murder so many and cause such unimaginable destruction … and why. Rather, it is to explore the particular mindfuck* that accompanies a willingness to entertain doubts about the truth of what we’ve been told. Many people are not willing to question the official version, and many, no doubt, are afflicted, as am I, with a greater or lesser degree of discomfort at considering the implications of a truth about 9/11 that varies from the official version. The enormity of the implications that must be considered is a mindfuck to beat all mindfucks.
If not just 22 Islamist die-hards, who defied all odds to pull off such a strike, then who? The who must, of course, be elements of our federal and/or state governments. Who else would have the means to orchestrate such an elaborate scheme, coordinating airliner strikes with controlled demolitions? It boggles the mind … but how else to explain the facts cited above? And, despite all the damning evidence that has already been gathered and that may ultimately be put forward, it’s very unlikely that we will ever know the truth. It’s hard to suppose that irrefutable evidence of culpability will ever come to light. And this is part of the mindfuck.
And why? To justify endless interventions in the Middle East to protect our supply of oil, or promote arms sales or … ? Really? This is another part of the mindfuck.
I grew up in post-WW II America. I remember the day in 1945 that the war ended. I remember the day that FDR died. America had defeated the Japs and Krauts, and saved the world from tyranny. Through the Marshall Plan, America rebuilt Europe. America was the BEST country in the world, and I would often give thanks for the remarkable fact that I was born in America and could enjoy its many blessings. Beyond that, I have always believed in the fundamental righteousness of our government, in the rule of law and all the rest of it. Despite some evidence to the contrary, such as our continuing imperialism abroad, I have never supposed that truly evil people have controlled or could control our government. I just find it hard to imagine.
And, if I were to become convinced that evil people in our government were responsible for 9/11, what am I prepared to do about it? What can I do about it? Should I picket the White House? Should I write letters to my Congressional delegates? Should I write blog posts? Should I move to Canada? It’s yet more mindfuck – knowing what we know about 9/11 (the incontestable facts identified above), while at the same time knowing that we will never get sure answers to all the questions that have been raised and, further, not knowing how to proceed in these circumstances.
This is what I come back to: the images of Bldg. 7 collapsing straight to the ground in a matter of seconds, while being told that the collapse was caused solely by fires within the structure. I am being asked to reject the evidence of my senses – seeing a building collapse in a way that could only be achieved with the use of explosives. Please watch the Bldg. 7 video again.
Am I wrong on this question? Can you offer any evidence to me that I’m wrong about this? Please do! Help me out here! I’m being urged to admire the Emperor’s new clothes, while the evidence of my senses tells me that he is wearing no clothes at all. It’s a colossal mindfuck!