by Bill Willers

“Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence.”

-Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, 2008, “Conspiracy Theories”

Attacks directed at the 9/11 Truth Movement are on the increase as the Movement grows globally, drawing ever more from technical, scientific, intelligence and military communities. While earlier criticism aimed only to insult and trivialize, more recent attacks have suggested stronger, even militant reaction.

Efforts to neutralize the 9/11 Truth Movement now involve describing a common “conspiratorial thinking” that essentially renders all conspiracy theories equally fallacious. By association, such a premise places one who cannot accept an official story replete with blatant lies into the company of vacuous fringe groups. A case in point is the new (2010) and widely advertised book “Voodoo Histories” in which David Aaronovitch, a “political journalist”, frets about the “seditious role” conspiracies play and the”shadow armies” of the Internet that allow for “9/11 revisionism”.

While Aaronovitch makes the empty claim that conspiracists are guilty of “exaggeration of the status of experts”, referencing the 1200+ Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, or the likes of Dr. Robert Bowman, head of the “Star Wars” program under two presidents; Francesco Cossiga, former president of Italy; Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former Director of Studies at the U.S. Army War College; Andreas von Bulow, former Secretary of Germany’s Federal Defense Ministry; General Leonid Ivanshov, former Chief of Staff of Russian’s Armed Forces; Ronald D. Ray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration, and hundreds more of like credibility and authority. It is simply not believable that a competent journalist dealing with this subject could be unaware of them, since their positions have been public for many years.

Likewise, law professors Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, whose article “Conspiracy Theories” centers on 9/11, intermingle 9/11 Truth with beliefs involving such as faked moon landings and global warming denials. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585.

Throughout, they express such fear of the “harmful” 9/11Truth Movement that they prescribe “cognitive infiltration” by governmental agents. Because they use”theorist” and “extremist” interchangeably, it is not difficult in this era of the Patriot Act to envision scenarios in which governmental infiltration goes beyond the merely cognitive, should the Truth Movement make it necessary. Sunstein was made head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB) after authoring this article and is considered a contender for the Supreme Court. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/03/26/court/index.html

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