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State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, recently demonstrated her membership in this club.
"There are many of us that believe there's been a cover-up," she told Capitol reporters about the terrorist attacks.
The senator gave details about her theories. The World Trade Center buildings could have been rigged with thermite to melt girders. The aircraft could have been drones rather than the commercial airliners most of us thought we saw crashing into the Twin Towers. As to what became of the missing passengers in the aircraft that (theoretically) did not explode against the towers: "That's what I would like to know," she said.
If Johnson truly maintains mere "questions" about the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, she should have declined to vote. The likely truth of it, though, is that she really does believe her government capable of destruction of the highest order and is happy to express her delusions not just as a private citizen but as an elected official.Johnson reportedly will not seek re-election this fall. After hearing her 9/11 fantasies, we heartily approve.
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interesting thread title... i mean, is anything outside the official explanation in fact "9/11 Kool-Aid?" Or are you merely referring to the thermite, Loose Change explanations?
please do respond.
If you clicked the link you would have seen that was the title of the article.
Drinking the 9/11 Kool-Aid
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 24, 2008 12:00 AM
Politics on the edges has an odd circularity to it sometimes.
The extreme right and the extreme left have a way of connecting, almost cosmically. They often link arms against foreign entanglements such as Iraq and the intrusions of the national government into our private lives.
I have to admit that when I first heard PC talking about 9/11 for Truth I falsely conflated it with the conspiracy theories so I can understand his point here. I've never really found a correlation between left or right political ideology and the people who believe that it was a controlled demolition, they tend to be sort of apolitical. I'd be hard pressed, for example to tell you whether Mossed81 or TGIAC consider themselves left or right wing, I think they don't really fit into the dynamic. In fact, I think it's yet another example of how the left/right spectrum is a flawed model for everyone. I would reject the circularity that the author is hinting at here as sort of just a coincidence or maybe a happy marriage of people who refuse to accept any preconceived set of societal expectations or ideological loyalty. But there is a world of difference between wanting transparency in the investigation into 9/11 and jumping into assuming a wild conspiracy theory to be automatically true, which I think is what PC is getting at.
I would probably be considered just about as far left as you can be in American culture and yet I can't stand conspiracy theories as I believe them to undermine the political discourse and distract from more relevant and real issues. And I know the Noam Chomskys and Ralph Naders of the world feel the same way. You can also point to very "centrist" conspiracy theorists such as Jessie Ventura who subscribe to the most elaborate of "inside job" theories. Most of my self-described "moderate" friends are strong proponents of the moon landing "hoax" theory, the JFK conspiracy theory and will pretty much believe any fuzzy footage of "UFOs" you can show them. So I'd say that conspiracy theories are not only not exclusive to political outliers but they don't really belong on the political spectrum at all. A spectrum which doesn't do Americans justice anyway.
I'd add that the circularity that the author is supposing is ironically based on somewhat of a circular argument. Is the woman he's talking about a conspiracy theorist because she's extremely right wing or is she now extremely right wing because she's a conspiracy theorist?