Ten Years Later

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:  (FILE PHOTO) A fiery blasts rocks the south tower of the World Trade Center as the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. Almost two years after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the New York Port Authority is releasing transcripts on August 28, 2003 of emergency calls made from inside the twin towers.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

I have not written about 9/11 on the run-up to yesterday’s anniversary, neither did I comment on any blog posts on the subject. It seemed to me it would be superfluous.

But what I was glad not to see was too much being made of the conspiracy theories that blame the Bush administration for either Letting it Happen or Making it Happen On Purpose.

I did enjoy the 9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip programme that saw Irish comedian, Andrew Maxwell, take five British ‘truthers’ from New York to Washington to see if he could persuade them that perhaps their opinions were misguided.

It was interesting to see how people can hang on to their beliefs in the face of evidence to the contrary, never questioning the holes in their own arguments.

For example, it is claimed that the phone calls from Flight 93 were faked and the prima facie evidence was the call of one passenger to his mother in which he introduced himself as, ‘Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham.’

Surely no-one calls his mum and gives his full name? Perhaps not in normal circumstances, which these weren’t, but the alternative is to assume that government agents were smart enough to fake the call and dumb enough to get the script wrong.

The outcome of the programme was that one ‘truther’ completely changed his views, two wavered and had doubts while the other two staunchly stuck to their beliefs.

The programme that really exposed the reality of the day for me though was the accidental documentary produced by French filmmakers, Gedeon and Jules Naudet. Truly moving and here is a clip from YouTube.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • rog 13th September 2011

    I’ve never believed that GWB faked it. Or, for that matter, that GWB should have rushed back to DC (he was in FL) until the skies were clear.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 13th September 2011

    I saw the Conspiracy Road Trip programme. The arrogance of people with such average intelligence – to claim alternative truths without any particular evidence – just gut feelings and enjoying the stupidity of going against the grain for the sake of it. You suggest that any comment on 9/11 would be superfluous but we could say that about any blogpost. It’s like when someone dismisses an argument by saying “Does it matter?” My retort is usually “Does anything matter?”

  • Shooting Parrots 13th September 2011

    The Road Trip programme was a good example of people holding firm to their beliefs despite the evidence. My theory is that they are unwilling to let go because they have invested so much personal energy in their alternative reality that they hate to let go.

    When I said that comments on 9/11 and the anniversary being superfluous referred to me and no-one else. I didn’t have anything to add to what others were already saying, but I wasn’t be critical of those who did and I’m sorry if it appeared that way.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 13th September 2011

    I wrote my comment late last night. I can see now that the second part was a bit stupid. Sorry.


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