Enough Conspiracy Theories, Already The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 By David Ray Griffin. Second edition. Olive Branch Press. 254 pages. $15. The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions By David Ray Griffin Olive Branch Press. 339 pages. $18. Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action By David Ray Griffin Westminster John Knox Press. 246 pages. $17.95. Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts By the editors of Popular Mechanics Hearst Books. 170pages. $14.95. "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." -Napoleon
At almost every progressive gathering where there's a question and answer period, someone or other vehemently raises 9/11 and espouses a grand conspiracy theory. If you haven't had the pleasure of enduring these rants, please let me share. Here's what the conspiracists believe:
9/11 was an inside job.
Members of the Bush Administration ordered it, not Osama bin Laden. The Twin Towers fell because the Bush Administration got agents to plant explosives at the base of those buildings. Building 7, another high-rise at the World Trade Center that fell on 9/11, also came down by planted explosives. The Pentagon was not hit by American Airlines Flight 77 but by a smaller plane or a missile. And the Pennsylvania plane did not crash as a result of the revolt by the passengers but was brought down by the military. I'm amazed at how many people give credence to these theories. Everyone's an engineer. People who never even took one college science course can now hold forth at great length on how the buildings at the World Trade Center could not possibly have collapsed in the way they did and why the Pentagon could not have been struck by that American Airlines jet. Problem is, some of the best engineers in the country have studied these...
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