As you may know, my Signif Other is a 9/11 Truther. (No, that’s not why I haven’t posted anything on the controversies and conspiracy theories; it’s because I’m still digesting a lot of info about it). I think we’re an A-1 example of how people with opposing views can co-exist not only peaceably, but happily…a living lesson in how to treat those who disagree with you. Also, this makes for some very interesting conversations. I even attended the Vancouver 9/11 Truth conference last summer, and will probably post some of my thoughts on that at some point (right now, so much is happening with several of the conference speakers that I’d like to hold off until the dust settles a bit).
Anyway, R. has been attempting to convince me of the truth of the 9/11 conspiracy theories for a little over a year now (since he became an activist). No luck so far. So, he’s offering a “Christmas bonus” to the fellow Truther who can convince me. This little contest is open only to a select group of people with whom he is already in contact, but if you just happen to have startling new information that has not been presented in any Truth nor mainstream venue (because I’m already familiar with all of that), go ahead and give it a shot.
In any criminal case, people are rarely convinced by a single “WOW” piece of evidence. Instead, their minds are made up by the slow, steady accretion of solid and persuasive evidence. I have been hearing the Truthers’ “evidence” for over a year and am still not persuaded that 9/11 was a U.S. government-sponsored “false flag” operation. (I do suspect that some government insiders knew about the attacks in advance, but this has not been proven either.) “What about building 7?” won’t cut it, Truthers, ’cause even though NIST doesn’t have all the answers about its collapse – neither do you. I have yet to hear one credible alternate scenario to explain all the events of 9/11; I hear the names of suspects bandied around constantly, but the accusations are usually grounded in nothing more than speculation. Keep in mind that “My alien overlords told me so,” will probably not sway me either, though that would at least have some entertainment value.
Please keep your comments civil and coherent. I’m an open-minded and tolerant person who treats Truthers with respect, so I expect the same in return. If I can’t understand you, I can’t be convinced. If you bombard me with comments like “wake the &*#$% up you *&$%#ing *#&$@” I probably won’t even read them. And if you just refer me to Prison Planet or some other oft-cited Truther source (which I can find on my own, thanks very much), I’ll know straight off that you don’t have the goods.
I will try to respond to all comments that meet those basic standards, time permitting.
Best of luck!