I can't countenance the habit of using the perverse US system of representing dates to refer to the events that took place in the Eastern USA ten years ago. 9/11 is the 9th of November!
Using 9/11 is as bad as the use of 911 in TV shows so that some Australians don't know to ring 000.
Anyhow, my issue here is with "truthers". The Punch has today run an item in which one truther makes his case.
His case is based on the fact that there have in the past been "false flag operations" defined as "covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities." While I wouldn't accept all the examples given as false flags, the point is conceded. (One I'd dispute is the Reichstag fire - yes the Nazis blamed others but the primary objective was the destruction not the blame shift).
His entire evidence remains the issue of the three towers collapsing at "free fall" speeds, and this is entirely based on one finding of particles that would indicate explosives. That the self-same particles would exist as a consequence of welding the original frames never seems to be considered.
The planes wre indeed taken over by Muslim fundamentalists but they were supposedly duped into doing so, and the real destruction caused by explosives placed by other persons.
The other favourite is the non-release of security video from the Pentagon...but equally there is no counter evidence of anyone saying they didn't see a plane, and there clearly is a fourth plane "missing".
The objective of the operation was supposedly "to propel the US and its allies into war for the sake of profit, oil and empire." If so it has spectacularly failed as the twin wars seem to have done little more than bankrupt the country.
The author rightly notes that the anti-terror laws introduced afterwards are excessive, and certainly there is a case that they should be wound back. But they are a long way from an assault on democracy. A Government fully intent on using such an extreme false flag would have sought even stronger rules.
Finally, as with all conspiracy theories, the real problem lies in just how many people would need to be actively involved in the conspiracy. It is beyond belief that all these people would stay so solid for so long.
The events of Sept 11 were capitalised on by the US hawks - both those in Government and those in the private sector who thought they would benefit. I cannot believe that these people - as evil as I think most of them are - were able to pull off so monumental a false flag operation.
There are two kinds of people the state of consent needs to fear - fundamentalists of all kinds and conspiracy theorists.
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