I’m bound to catch some flak from certain quarters for giving this the time of day since it’s been one of our policies here that conspiracy theories are largely a waste of time, but when flippin’ New York Mag devotes a 9-page expose on the topic of 9/11 conspiracies… well, something has to give. And on top of that, the poll above is from none other than CNN (which was spawned by on Alex Jones’s conspiracy-driven radio show).
So let’s get out our tin-foil hats and give it the time of day, because in my opinion, 9/11 conspiracy theory just came back into focus:
In his paper “What Is Your ‘HOP’ Level?”Â Nick Levis, who co-coordinates the N.Y. 9/11 Truth meetings with Father Morales and Les Jamieson, categorizes the basic narrative theories about September 11. The options essentially boil down to four.
(A) The Official Story (a.k.a. “The Official Conspiracy Theory”Â). The received Bushian line: Osama, nineteen freedom-haters with box cutters, etc. As White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said, there was “no warning.”Â
(B) The Incompetence Theory (also the Stupidity, Arrogance, “Reno Wall”Â Theory). Accepts the Official Story, adds failure by the White House, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. to heed ample warnings. This line was advanced, with much ass-covering compensation, in The 9/11 Commission Report.
(C) LIHOP (or “Let It Happen on Purpose”Â). Many variations, but primarily that elements of the U.S. government and the private sector were aware of the hijackers’ plans and, recognizing that 9/11 suited their policy goals, did nothing to stop it.
(D) MIHOP (“Made It Happen on Purpose”Â). The U.S. government or private forces planned and executed the attacks.
Personally, I’m in the Incompetence Theory crowd, while occasionally dipping a toe into the LIHOP mindset when certain questions arise (What happened to the investigation into all the pre 9/11 short-sell stock orders? Why were top brass warned not to fly? Etcetera, etcetera). But my own compass keeps swinging back to current events as we have to ask the hard questions about competence and we watch as this administration so effortlessly fucks up everything it touches.
But for those of you on the outskirts of the MIHOP crowd… take to heart that you have sympathetic ears amongst the most rigidly pro-official-story folk:
“Not answering that,”Â he said, warning not to ask others in the company, which had lost men on 9/11. This didn’t mean he wasn’t of the opinion that if he lived to be a million he’d never “see anything as corrupt, bullshit, and sad as what happened at the WTC.”
[…] Still, the fireman said, if he had to pick a letter in my poll, it would be A.
“Osama fucking bin Laden, like Bush says. If I thought it was someone else, then I’d have to do something about it. And I don’t want to think about what I’d do.”Â
Read the whole thing, it’s actually a very good piece. And then feel free to conspiracize your little hearts out in the comments…