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Why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories

A report on the collapse of Tower 7 will not shut up 9/11 Truthers: their theories spring from a culture of mistrust, suspicion and ‘agency panic’.
Frank Furedi

The rise and rise of conspiratorial thinking is one of the most disturbing developments in twenty-first century public life.

Sometimes it appears as if Western societies have regressed, adopting a medieval attitude towards calamitous acts. Back in the Dark Ages, people regarded accidents, disasters and other acts of misfortune as the work of hidden forces. Accidents did not happen, apparently – they were intentionally caused, either by divine or malevolent forces. Misdeeds were often said to have been caused by people who had been manipulated by ‘evil forces’.

This primitive outlook is making a comeback; it informs the way many people make sense of high-profile catastrophes today. Conspiracy theories are pushed forward to explain what happened on 9/11, or why there was such devastation in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

And since conspiracy thinking believes that what you can’t see is more important than what you can see, it is highly unlikely that the report on the destruction of Tower Seven on 9/11 – due to be published by the Washington-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) this month – will help to clarify matters.

The 47-storey Tower Seven was the third tower to collapse at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Unlike the twin towers, Tower Seven was not hit by a plane. According to the conspiratorial imagination, Tower Seven was destroyed by the American government in a controlled explosion. Why? Because, it is claimed, American security agencies such as the FBI and CIA had offices in Tower Seven, and that is where they plotted to execute the ‘9/11 operation’. In short, they demolished Tower Seven to cover their tracks. How else, the conspiracy theorists ask, can we explain the collapse of a massive building?

9/11 ‘Truthers’ and other conspiracy thinkers are unlikely to be moved by NIST’s report, which is likely to argue that a raging fire caused Tower Seven to fall. As far as the so-called Truth Movement is concerned, this report is simply further evidence of a massive government-inspired cover-up.

more at: spiked | Why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories

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No, really.

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Clue - the Bush Years -- I like it!

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Why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories

A report on the collapse of Tower 7 will not shut up 9/11 Truthers: their theories spring from a culture of mistrust, suspicion and ‘agency panic’.
Frank Furedi

The rise and rise of conspiratorial thinking is one of the most disturbing developments in twenty-first century public life.

Sometimes it appears as if Western societies have regressed, adopting a medieval attitude towards calamitous acts. Back in the Dark Ages, people regarded accidents, disasters and other acts of misfortune as the work of hidden forces. Accidents did not happen, apparently – they were intentionally caused, either by divine or malevolent forces. Misdeeds were often said to have been caused by people who had been manipulated by ‘evil forces’.

This primitive outlook is making a comeback; it informs the way many people make sense of high-profile catastrophes today. Conspiracy theories are pushed forward to explain what happened on 9/11, or why there was such devastation in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

And since conspiracy thinking believes that what you can’t see is more important than what you can see, it is highly unlikely that the report on the destruction of Tower Seven on 9/11 – due to be published by the Washington-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) this month – will help to clarify matters.

The 47-storey Tower Seven was the third tower to collapse at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Unlike the twin towers, Tower Seven was not hit by a plane. According to the conspiratorial imagination, Tower Seven was destroyed by the American government in a controlled explosion. Why? Because, it is claimed, American security agencies such as the FBI and CIA had offices in Tower Seven, and that is where they plotted to execute the ‘9/11 operation’. In short, they demolished Tower Seven to cover their tracks. How else, the conspiracy theorists ask, can we explain the collapse of a massive building?

9/11 ‘Truthers’ and other conspiracy thinkers are unlikely to be moved by NIST’s report, which is likely to argue that a raging fire caused Tower Seven to fall. As far as the so-called Truth Movement is concerned, this report is simply further evidence of a massive government-inspired cover-up.

more at: spiked | Why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories
These are the same type of folk who still try and tie in a cabal conspiracy in everything that they can't get their arms around. The lack of thought is just mindnumbing.

There are enough REAL issues to look at and focus attention on without pouring over mindless leaps of logic.

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You mean the church?

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You mean the church?
That comes to mind pretty quickly.

And they even have organized meetings. Weird.

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