A rare public banning today on ATS.
Normally we don't discuss bannings, but given recent events in our 9/11 Conspiracies forum, it seems appropriate to be open about this one.
After much consideration and discussion among our staff, it is with sincere regret that I announce the termination of ATS membership privileges for
." This is unfortunate since, until recently, it has often been a
benefit for our membership to have direct access to one of the early pioneers of vocal 9/11 conspiracy speculation.
Also, in what may be a first for us, off-ATS content and activity factored heavily in our decision to ban him. Many members may feel his on-ATS
actions are cause for banning, but that's not where we focused our decision.
If you've been paying attention to this (9/11) forum, we appear to have become one of many "battle grounds" (as one member put it) in an escalating
war of attention-seeking among competing "9/11 Truth" groups.
Killtown was exploiting the critical nature of ATS members by posting controversial theories here, participating minimally in responding to the
critical discussion, then discussing his being "attacked" or "censored" on ATS via postings on other safe harbor websites. It appears as though we
were being used as a means to build some kind of macho credibility that involved a series of false and insulting accusations directed toward ATS and
our members that included "censorship," members as "shills," and everyone "aiding the perps."
Certainly, this is not the first nor the last bit of insulting criticism of ATS by conspiracy extremists. Typically, we've ignored it in favor of
focusing on running ATS the way we feel is best for our members (must be working, we have lots of members & traffic). However, in this case, we saw
the need to end what was becoming an escalation of abusive exploitation of fair and logical questions from our critical members.
-- IMPORTANT --
I want to add that this action in no way implies any desire to place limits of any kind on the topics that can be discussed in our 9/11 Conspiracies
or other forums. Open and honest dialogue on any topic within the boundaries of our Terms & Conditions is what we have stood for, what we stand for
now, and always will. Undoubtedly we'll see a cascade of off-site criticism and insulting rhetoric over this action... so be it. We stand by it as
the proper choice in the best interests of our members and the flow of productive and civil discussion.