Media War Against “Conspiracy Theorists”: WHY IS THE 911 “FRINGE” MOVEMENT SO MAINSTREAM?
October 25, 2007
“It just didn’t make any sense to me… When one starts using his own mind, and not what one was told, there is very little to believe in the official story.” September 5, 2007 – U.S. Navy ‘Top Gun’ pilot, Commander Ralph Kolstad
On October 19, 2007, some individuals in the audience of a taping of the Bill Maher show disrupted the airing; Maher joined security in removing these folks from the building. I know little about Maher and have never subscribed to any of the so-called premium channels like HBO on moral grounds. The individuals removed wanted Maher and his guests to talk about 911. The aftermath was a fresh barrage of verbal missiles aimed at anyone with questions about 911. Useful idiot, John Gibson, of the FAUX (FOX) Network, refers to people with reasonable questions about 911 as “ragtag conspiratorialists.”
Bill O’Reilly and his stable of regular commentators always refer to those seeking the truth about 911 as conspiracy wackos; the “fringe element” that no one takes seriously. He is particularly nasty and often hysterical in his tirades. They all pull out Rosie O’Donnell as the poster child to bolster their rants. Following along with the rest of these mindless robots comes Glen Beck. Uh, who? Beck does a show on CNN’s News Network. I’m not sure who would waste their time watching him after having scanned his show a couple of times for a total of five minutes, but apparently he has some sort of audience or he’d be off the air. Beck is a documented 911 truth basher. His latest statement on his web site reads: “Bill Maher’s nasty spat with some 9/11 conspiracy nut jobs was a nuisance on live TV, but are these conspiracy theorists a menace to society? You bet they are.”
Beck also has a poll up on his site with the question: “Conspiracy Craziness: Anyone who believes our government could have successfully planned 9/11 is not only giving them too much credit, but they’re also insane. Do you agree or disagree?” Oops, Mr. Glen. The results as I work this column: I agree: 2,279. I disagree: 7,045. It would appear Beck’s own audience doesn’t even agree with him. Wait, it gets better. On his show October 22, 2007, he said:
“Anybody who thinks that 9/11 was carried out by the government isn’t a truther. They’re idiots….These truthers are exactly the kind of people who want to rock this nation’s foundation, tear us apart and plant the seeds of dissatisfaction in all of us….Oh, no, don’t get me wrong, I think they do believe it, which is why I believe these guys are dangerous. I believe these guys are anarchists that are looking to tear us apart. I mean, this is — this is the kind of group that a Timothy McVeigh would come from.”
According to all these high paid “experts” on “mainstream” and cable network television, anyone who has reasonable questions about what really happened on 911 is not only outside the “mainstream” of society, but would have been an advocate of Timothy McVeigh. Here’s just a few of these “fringe” wackos so maligned by the aforementioned:
Bob McIlvaine, father of Robert McIlvaine, Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch, WTC North Tower, 106th floor. Interview by Evan Solomon, CBC News 8/30/06: Bob McIlvaine: “I believe 100% that the U.S. orchestrated 9/11 with the help of other agencies around the world. But my blame goes to the United States because it happened in the U.S. There’s people within the U.S. that knew it happened, that planned this to happen.”
Bill Doyle – father of Joseph Doyle, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC North Tower. Article 8/6/05: “I honestly don’t believe the government story. During another interview, Doyle said: The 9/11 Commission is probably the worst representation of the 9/11 Families or for that matter all the American public because it’s a sham. It really is…. We had tons of different questions that we asked them to ask. They wouldn’t do it. And the continuing cover-up is just beyond belief… There’s just such a continuing coverup. And why don’t we just let the information about 9/11 be known? And then maybe this conspiracy type of thing would go away, but it’s never going to go away or I don’t think it can go away because they were complicit…”
Michelle Little, sister of Firefighter David M. Weiss, FDNY, Rescue Company 1, Midtown Manhattan, lost his life trying to rescue others from the World Trade Center the day of the attacks. Press Conference, National Press Club 9/12/06: “I am here today to call for the facts of September 11, 2001 to be released to the American public. … The time is now to call upon all the Americans to lobby local media to cover this story and to pressure members of Congress to support legislation by reopening this investigation. We must hold those involved accountable for this atrocious tragedy. My brother, David, and ten brothers from his unit were murdered on 9/11. For them and for all of our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles that died that day, it is imperative for their lives to know the truth.”
Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, U.S. Marine Corps. Retired U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot with over 300 combat missions flown. 20-year Marine Corps career. “This isn’t about party, it isn’t about Bush Bashing. It’s about our country, our constitution, and our future. … Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away. If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you?”
Barry Zelman, brother of Kenneth Zelman, Oracle Corp., on assignment at Marsh & McLennan, WTC North Tower, 99th floor. Speech given at The Citizens’ Commission on 9-11, 9/9/04: “I just embrace people that understand that four airplanes an hour and half between the first impact and the second impact with zero military response in the United States. It didn’t happen that way. It couldn’t have happened that way. You’re talking about the most intelligent agencies that we have on the face of the earth. State of the art agencies … And there was zero military response? …It’s very transparent that our own president did not want to investigate this tragedy. And I’m standing before you today for one reason. The only thing that I can give my brother is the truth. That’s it.”
Donna Marsh O’Connor, mother of Vanessa Lang Langer, Regus Business Center, WTC South Tower. Press Conference, National Press Club 9/12/06: “This government has made me a victim of conspiracy theories because they haven’t answered fully, or allowed anyone to ask the true questions of September 11th. And that’s what I’m asking from you [members of the media] today; for exposure. We are not crazy. We have questions. We demand answers …We’re asking for a new investigation into the events of September 11th and this time a truly bipartisan, global–with families invested from the beginning, middle and though out the end.”
Those Americans are just a tiny number of not only family members, but fire fighters, first responders, professionals such as engineers, pilots, former military, aviation experts and demolitions experts from every walk of life, every race, religions and different political parties. Are they all part of a fringe element out of their minds by asking questions? How about seven veteran CIA personnel who call the official version of 911 a joke, monstrous lies and a cover up? You can read the statements of 190 Americans who ARE mainstream folks and this includes the spontaneous statements of fire fighters who heard bombs go off in the underground (basement) of the World Trade Towers by clicking here.