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Fahrenheit 2777: 9/11 has generated the mother of all conspiracy theories
Scientific American ^ | June 05, 2005 | Michael Shermer

Posted on 06/05/2005 6:22:17 PM PDT by demlosers

Noted French left-wing activist Thierry Meyssan's 9/11 conspiracy book, L'Effroyable Imposture, became a best-seller in 2002.

But I never imagined such an "appalling deception" would ever find a voice in America. At a recent public lecture I was buttonholed by a Michael Moore–wannabe filmmaker who breathlessly explained that 9/11 was orchestrated by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Central Intelligence Agency as part of their plan for global domination and a New World Order. That goal was to be financed by G.O.D. (Gold, Oil, Drugs) and launched by a Pearl Harbor–like attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, thereby providing the justification for war.

The evidence was there in the details, he explained, handing me a faux dollar bill (with "9-11" replacing the "1," a picture of Bush supplanting that of Washington) chockablock with Web sites.

In fact, if you type "World Trade Center" and "conspiracy" into Google, you'll get more than 250,000 hits. From these sites, you will discover that some people think the Pentagon was hit by a missile; that U.S. Air Force jets were ordered to "stand down" and not intercept Flights 11 and 175, the ones that struck the twin towers; that the towers themselves were razed by demolition explosives timed to go off soon after the impact of the planes; that a mysterious white jet shot down Flight 93 over Pennsylvania; and that New York Jews were ordered to stay home that day (Zionists and other pro-Israeli factions, of course, were involved). Books also abound, including Inside Job, by Jim Marrs; The New Pearl Harbor, by David Ray Griffin; and 9/11: The Great Illusion, by George Humphrey. The single best debunking of this conspiratorial codswallop is in the March issue of Popular Mechanics, which provides an exhaustive point-by-point analysis of the most prevalent claims.

The mistaken belief that a handful of unexplained anomalies can undermine a well-established theory lies at the heart of all conspiratorial thinking (as well as creationism, Holocaust denial and the various crank theories of physics). All the "evidence" for a 9/11 conspiracy falls under the rubric of this fallacy. Such notions are easily refuted by noting that scientific theories are not built on single facts alone but on a convergence of evidence assembled from multiple lines of inquiry.

No melted steel, no collapsed towers.

For example, according to www.911research.wtc7.net, steel melts at a temperature of 2,777 degrees Fahrenheit, but jet fuel burns at only 1,517 degrees F. No melted steel, no collapsed towers. "The planes did not bring those towers down; bombs did," says www.abovetopsecret.com. Wrong.

In an article in the Journal of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society and in subsequent interviews, Thomas Eagar, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains why: steel loses 50 percent of its strength at 1,200 degrees F; 90,000 liters of jet fuel ignited other combustible materials such as rugs, curtains, furniture and paper, which continued burning after the jet fuel was exhausted, raising temperatures above 1,400 degrees F and spreading the inferno throughout each building. Temperature differentials of hundreds of degrees across single steel horizontal trusses caused them to sag--straining and then breaking the angle clips that held the beams to the vertical columns. Once one truss failed, others followed. When one floor collapsed onto the next floor below, that floor subsequently gave way, creating a pancaking effect that triggered each 500,000-ton structure to crumble. Conspiricists argue that the buildings should have fallen over on their sides, but with 95 percent of each building consisting of air, they could only have collapsed straight down.

All the 9/11 conspiracy claims are this easily refuted. On the Pentagon "missile strike," for example, I queried the would-be filmmaker about what happened to Flight 77, which disappeared at the same time. "The plane was destroyed, and the passengers were murdered by Bush operatives," he solemnly revealed. "Do you mean to tell me that not one of the thousands of conspirators needed to pull all this off," I retorted, "is a whistle-blower who would go on TV or write a tell-all book?"

My rejoinder was met with the same grim response I get from UFOlogists when I ask them for concrete evidence: Men in Black silence witnesses, and dead men tell no tales.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911conspiracy; conspiracy; democraps; loonietunes; tinfoilhats
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To: ActionNewsBill

No way a controlled demolition could've been set up on the fly that afternoon. It's just not possible.

The "pull" comment referred to pulling the firefighters out (and I don't think you quoted it exactly).


41 posted on 06/05/2005 7:46:26 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: feinswinesuksass
The DUmmies are full of conspiracy theories about 9-11, the election of 2000 & 2004.....

DU provides an especially fertile petri dish in which sweaty paranoia and wacky conspiracy theories thrive like the clap at a biker rally.

If everything bad that happens to you is the result of a complicated plot involving the Freemasons, the Rockefellers, and Karl Rove, you become the center of the universe. But if you bump into a guy in a bar and he beats the crap out of you not because he is a sub-agent sent by the Trilateral Commission on behalf of the Illuminati but merely because he drives a pickup truck with a bumper sticker that reads: SH*T HAPPENS....

Well, in that case, you realize that you are just a single random ping pong ball in the great lottery popper that we call life. The liberals need to feel important.
42 posted on 06/05/2005 7:48:37 PM PDT by Jaysun (No matter how hot she is, some man, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t)
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To: AntiGuv
Whatever the case, I should go to hell for posting this, but you might find this site interesting:

I've seen that one before....it makes a pretty strong argument for an alternative theory to the "official"story.

43 posted on 06/05/2005 7:51:16 PM PDT by ActionNewsBill ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act")
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To: ActionNewsBill

I know it does, which is why I find it so compelling, because I actually believe the "official" story with regard to the Pentagon.


44 posted on 06/05/2005 7:53:46 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: AntiGuv
The "pull" comment referred to pulling the firefighters out

He is quoted as saying "pull IT", not "pull THEM".

But I'm sure nothing I say or link to will convince you otherwise.

45 posted on 06/05/2005 7:53:53 PM PDT by ActionNewsBill ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act")
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To: PatrickHenry; Doctor Stochastic

ping. might not seem relevant, but it is, tangentially


46 posted on 06/05/2005 7:54:58 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: demlosers
Both Lyndon LaRouche(D) and Michael Moore(Dumbass) were searching for any substantiation that the 9/11 hijackings were carried out by "Timothy McVeigh" types. Perhaps they should spend more time tracking down John Doe #2 from the OKC bombings.
47 posted on 06/05/2005 8:09:49 PM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: demlosers
Looking back I have to say the X Files has done more damage to American Culture than we knew. Everyone now thinks there is a conspiracy behind everything.
48 posted on 06/05/2005 8:10:22 PM PDT by Swiss
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To: ActionNewsBill

So, he got tongue-twisted in an interview. Hardly a shocking development.

I can believe a whole lot of things, but I can't believe they threw together a controlled demolition of #7 on the fly. Nor can I believe that Larry Silverstein would just casually order the FDNY to demolish the tower and they'd hop right to it. If it was a controlled demolition, it must've been premeditated, and if so, I can't imagine how the FDNY would be anything but clueless.

Is that your implication?

PS. I feel nutty just debating this point. I mean, it's one thing to debate whether 9/11 was the result of a conspiracy, it's taking it to a whole different level to bicker over the minor details of the alleged conspiracy. LOL


49 posted on 06/05/2005 8:13:57 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Radioactive

BS. I know someone who works at the Pentagon. Have known him all my life and have kept in contact with him. When I finally was able to get through to him he told me he was coming in work a bit late due to sick kids. He was approaching the Pentagon and saw that plane hit it. You don't know what you are talking about. Because you didn't see it doesn't mean it didn't hit. There were people who did see it hit.


50 posted on 06/05/2005 8:14:47 PM PDT by Kath (Luvya Dubya)
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To: ActionNewsBill

The original goal of the 1993 WTC bombers was to topple the buildings over onto surrounding buildings.

This was brought to my attention on a tour bus 9/2/2001 as I rode by the WTC.

When we left the bus at one point to shoot (distant) photos of the Statue of Liberty a passenger (all red blooded Americans going on a baseball tour) asked another, "It's the World Trade Center, aren't you going to take a picture". The other responded, "they'll all just look like tall buildings when I get home".

No point to the conspiracy (then again little needs to be done to denounce them), just offering it up in the sense of full disclosure.


51 posted on 06/05/2005 8:15:17 PM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: demlosers
In fact, if you type "World Trade Center" and "conspiracy" into Google, you'll get more than 250,000 hits

So what.  Most any FReeper can Google his/her screen name and be in the top five of a zillion hits...

Try it.

52 posted on 06/05/2005 8:15:47 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Radioactive

Maybe Flight 77 disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle.

They should have wrapped the black box in tin foil.


53 posted on 06/05/2005 8:17:13 PM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: quantim

That works better with Freeper names if you use http://www.google.com/ site:www.freerepublic.com "freepername"


54 posted on 06/05/2005 8:18:36 PM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: Swiss
Looking back I have to say the X Files has done more damage to American Culture than we knew. Everyone now thinks there is a conspiracy behind everything.

Conspiracy theorists need a fantasy to live.

Its a way to explain everything in their own lives and also feel like they are "in the know".

When a fantasy is shattered, it means they really are powerless and it is their own fault and things do "just happen".

There is also a great amount of financial gain in exploiting a paranoid conspiracy driven market.

The books, TV shows, etc are all good money makers, these people are naive enough to let others take advantage of them.

I've watched people go to DU and screw with them by claiming to be supporters or agents for PNAC.

Naturally the DUmmies believe them.

55 posted on 06/05/2005 8:22:25 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: ActionNewsBill

But, as for the Pentagon, I've seen crystal clear high-resolution prints of those photographs that are in the clip on that website I linked (and more of them). They are indeed eerie how minimal the damage seems, but perception can be a very capricious thing.

The problem is that Flight 77 never arrived in Los Angeles, and I can't think of a better explanation for where it might've gone.....


56 posted on 06/05/2005 8:23:02 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Radioactive
There is nothing you can say or type that that will change my mind on this.

I would love to see you tell Ted Olson this, he lost his wife in the plane that hit the Pentagon.

57 posted on 06/05/2005 8:23:18 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: quantim

I only get 1,870 hits. =(


58 posted on 06/05/2005 8:25:14 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Radioactive

59 posted on 06/05/2005 8:30:13 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: demlosers

Uh-oh. You're going to send George Noory to an early
grave.


60 posted on 06/05/2005 8:35:33 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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