November 30, 2006

Believing is Seeing: 9/11 An Inside Job

Let's get serious: Even J. Edgar Hoover could not have pulled off such a monumental hoax.

I'm hearing more and more references in mainstream media about the notion that the events of Sept. 11, 2001, were planned and executed by the Bush Administration. Even Lynn Samuels (Sirius TalkLeft) mentioned the other day that she isn't sure there really were any hijackers. C-Span's Book-TV aired "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out," during which some speakers expressed support for "inside job" theories.

I first became aware of this movement several months ago, when I met a physician who is dedicated to informing the public about the alleged 9/11 hoax. I listened to his argument, which centers largely around the premise that the World Trade Center buildings collapsed due to explosives planted by Bush and the neocons. He and others even argue that there was no plane crash in Pennsylvania and that Flight 93 actually landed at an airport without incident.

There are many unanswered questions about the events of 9/11 -- and the Bush Administration has proved to be one of the best things that ever happened to Al Qaeda -- but the idea that 9/11 is an elaborate hoax perpertrated by the U.S. government calls for a serious reality check.

For detailed discussions of the WTC collapse and the demolition theory, see:
Northwestern University analysis by Bazant & Zhou
Conspiracy theorist comments on Bazant & Zhou analysis
NOVA program on WTC collapse
Wikipedia on WTC collapse
Chronicle of Higher Education on academic support for conspiracy theories

Regardless of debates about physics and engineering, the notion that the Bush Administration planned and executed a great fraud on 9/11 defies social and political reality. It simply makes no sense. There are many serious things for which George Bush must be called into account, but it's not worthwhile to put much effort into 9/11 hoax theories -- unless you're writing the script of a fantastic science fiction thriller.

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