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Paranoia

February 20, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve found 9/11 conspiracies fascinating ever since I actually believed some of them. Long past that point, they’re still quite interesting. After being encouraged (twice) to watch Loose Change, a documentary touching on almost all the theories put forth (except the stand down orders), I’ve become more interested. There’s little point in debunking the whole thing. 911 Myths and the Popular Mechanics article are excellent resources that have nearly everything covered. I just wanted to point out something I found kinda funny.

Two fairly controversial (among conspiracy theorists) theories about 9/11 are the “pod” and “no plane at the Pentagon” theories. The pod theory claims that there’s some sort of pod on the planes that crashed into the towers, meaning they aren’t commercial airliners. You can probably guess what the second one means. Theorists say either a missile or some sort of small military jet hit the Pentagon. Many of the conspiracy theorists don’t believe them and are so paranoid that they believe the government is planting them:

The pod hoax is a form of COINTELPRO perpetrated on the 9/11 truth movement

This claim was first floated in 2003, but the “pod” was promoted more aggressively after the 9/11 International Inquiry in San Francisco (March 2004), presumably to distract from the “reality based” part of the 9/11 truth movement and to distract from more productive areas of analysis as the Presidential Election drew closer.

and

Right now, government shills are working hard to trick web sites into running the claim that a passenger jet did not really hit the Pentagon.

This is an old intelligence trick called “Poisoning the well”, the intentional promotion of lies to blend with an embarrassing truth to discredit it. The government shills are trying to conceal real news stories such as the Israeli Spy Ring and its connections to the attacks on the World Trade Towers. So, we get hoax stories poured onto the net by government propagandists, to be used by the media to attack the credibility of anyone who dares doubt the official story.

You really have to work hard to get WRH to disbelieve an anti-government story. Those aren’t the only stories that some disown as planted:

most popular hoaxes:

1. No Planes on 9/11 (hoaxes about all four plane crashes)
2. The Jews Did It (Israel had foreknowledge and probably played a role, but that doesn’t justify anti-semitism and Holocaust Denial)
3. The Victims’ Phone Calls Were Faked (a way to keep the 9/11 families and the skeptics from working together

Funny, but probably not surprising: rather than using common sense and figuring that the proponents of these theories are just like them, they accuse them of being government agents.

Notably, the Loose Change documentary contains all of the so-called “hoaxes” except for the “Jews did it” one.

That’s your pointless holiday post. Enjoy.

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