William Arkin has a very candid and important post on his Early Warning blog today:
Every day, I receive a half dozen e-mails and a score or more comments from 9/11 rejectionists. The 9/11 cover-up, according to these correspondents, is that the U.S. government was complicit, even responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Like those who often write to tell me that the Pentagon, the FBI and/or the intelligence agencies are following them, that they are mind control victims whose lives have been ruined by directed energy weapons in space or the transmitters implanted in their teeth, I have a special place for this mass of correspondence. It is called delete.
So, when the headline crossed my desktop on Monday that “Over 70 million American Adults Support New 9/11 Investigation,” I admit that I fell for it and clicked on the link.
The tale is depressing. The 9/11 truth seekers, that self-declared movement who now count in their membership a number of high profile celebrities, turn out to be exactly what I thought they were: predatory and devious, seekers of polarization and not light, abusive of the political system, contemptuous of anything that even resembles the “truth.”
He goes on to discuss a missive from some new group called 911truth.org, whose press release states that there is “mounting evidence for U.S. government involvement in 9/11.”
In a word, bullshit. I think it’s appalling, egotistical, and naive all at the same time for anyone to believe these conspiratorial myths. And the fact that so many people apparently believe at least part of this narrative probably weakens our ability to develop effective and well-vetted tools for preventing the next terrorist attack.