posted on Apr, 11 2008 @ 10:22 AM
An important and timely thread.
First, the 9/11 Gorilla project is not dead, just stalled a bit as those tasked with initial planning (myself included), have encountered conflicts of
Next, I'm going to take a rare departure from my (and ATS management's) policy of editorial agnosticism, and say a few things that may offend large
segments of people who come to ATS to discuss 9/11 issues. I apologize if what I'm about to say ruffles your sensibilities, but if we're going to
hope to wrestle this topic back into productive territory, these are important issues to consider.
The number one problem with discovering "9/11 Truth" is "9/11 Truthers."
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"9/11 Truthers" are not "conspiracy theorists."
The vast majority of people who populate the ranks of "9/11 Truth" are activists who would otherwise be preoccupied with protests against the World
Bank and anarchy-inspired issues. These people are anti-establishment, anti-capitalism, anti-media, and become passionately angry with those who would
dare question them or disagree with their position.
When you consider the "activist mentality," their primary concern is inciting a reaction and getting attention. As a result, there is a diminished
(if any) concern for accuracy or accountability, as the primary goal is acceptance of their anti-establishment position... regardless of how it is
obtained. They would rather fill their ranks with 100 spittle-spewing red-faced people in black t-shirts shouting on the corner than 100 intelligent
contemplative researchers delivering articulate examinations of facts.
Activists (9/11 Truthers) are more concerned with who is paying attention to them.
Conspiracy theorists are more concerned with who is paying attention.
The unfortunate result is that what should be contemplative research into provable facts has been polluted and irreparably corrupted by an activist
mentality. The ramifications are:
1) Credibility Destruction: the "attention at all costs" mentality has poisoned the issues with a myriad of exaggerations,
misrepresentations, and outright lies.
2) Loss of Civility: the "shouting on the street corner" tactic of activism has turned nearly all online and offline discussion of 9/11
issues into a no-win situation.
3) The 10-Foot Poll: the biggest issue is the overwhelmingly negative perception of "9/11 conspiracy theories" fostered by the "truth
movement." As a result, we have mainstream media people saying what amounts to, "I'm not touching that topic with a 10-foot poll."
The biggest question we now face is this: Is there any hope of turning the tide?