I've had my doubts regarding the Official Story
(OS) almost from the beginning. It
started with a compelling gut feeling that I had to learn as much as I could about 911. To research and absorb information and find out what really
happened. The more I looked, the more I found unanswered questions that I couldn't ignore.
I put some of these down in my thread: 40 Questions which make believing the OS
, which you should feel free to check out.
I continued to research the events of that historic albeit infamous day, and continued to ask increasingly difficult questions.
Along my journey I have taken on the label of "Truther", I'm quite proud of it actually. For me it means something, it means I search for the
. In my eyes, this a noble notion.
I haven't been a member of ATS for that long, about a year, so I've only had a short time to discuss and vent my views on this subject. Finding ATS
was a watershed moment for me, I was able to discuss, learn and share my ideas. It was amazing to find like-minded individuals who agreed with me but
also to find those who disagreed bringing balance and common sense to my theories.
In the last year or so I've posted on quite a few 911 threads, always on the side of Truth
and always with respect and an open mind to
debunkers (I hate that label but you all know what it means) and those Believers in the OS.
In that time I've noticed that Truthers get called a lot of things, I want to put ten of them down in this thread. and do my best to counter them.
1)Truthers are all paranoid
This accusation works for Believers because it implies some level of psychological problem. I see quite a lot of "You're paranoid, go and hide, the
governments going to get you!"
The problem with this is that the ENTIRE WAR ON TERROR and story of 911 is built on the paranoid fallacy that Muslim extremists and Al Qaeda want to
kill us. So it is amazingly hypocritical to level that accusation. Just because we want to know the truth, doesn't mean we're paranoid. We don't
all live in fear, all sleep with a gun under our pillow and all think we're being followed. However we DO not believe what we are told just because
it's on CNN and BBC, that's not paranoia, it's prudent.
2)Truthers are unpatriotic
I believe that nothing could be farther from the truth. It is out of love for our home nations and the freedoms our respective constitutions and laws
hold as ideals that we demand to know the TRUTH.
When I see a coffin draped in the Union Jack being saluted as it makes its way to the poor Soldier's final resting place, a part of me always recoils
at the thought that he died because of a lie, because of an atrocity that we still have questions about.
3)Truthers have no respect for the victims of 911
Again, this accusation is thrown around 911 threads fairly regularly and is in itself disrespectful to the victims, especially as Truthers want to see
a second, thorough, unbiased investigation. Wanting to get to the bottom of 911 mysteries, calling for former presidents and government officials to
give evidence under oath is possibly disrespectful to those individuals, but never to the victims.
If my father, brother wife or sister had died in New York on that day, I'd want the TRUTH, and I'd respect not deride any individual searching and
pushing for the TRUTH.
4)Truthers are illogical and of low intelligence
This is one of the most common slights against Truthers. The problem with this one is that it is just a personal attack, and can be said of Believers
just as easily. If I'm honest I have to say I've seen this launched from both camps.
Saying someone is "illogical" is one thing, but calling someone of "low intelligence" is simply an ad hominem form of debating and entirely
Truthers cover a broad cross section of society, so certainly aren't all of low intelligence. it stikes me that having a second investigation would
be a logical request for Believers as well as Truthers, they'd finally have an opportunity to prove us wrong.
5)Truthers believe everything they see on You-tube
I can understand why Believers say this, because a lot of our evidence IS on You-tube. But I say that just because evidence is on a You-tube video
doesn't necessarily mean that the evidence has no merit.
There are government agencies, prestigious scientific bodies and individuals that use You-tube, it is a medium through which to get a message out. If
the evidences is valid, it shouldn't matter if it's presented on You-tube or by any other method.
6)Truthers are closed minded
I can't speak for all of us, but I believe this simply isn't true.
As a Truther, I'm seeking the answers to my questions and if I find out that the OS is correct, so be it. I'm completely open minded and prepared to
accept that this is the case. I don't care about being right, or proving a conspiracy theory for the sake of being correct, I just want the truth.
Nothing more, nothing less!
7)The Truth movement is dead
Again, when backed into a corner the average Believer will put this on the table. It is intended to make the Truther feel that they're fighting a
losing battle and therefore wasting our time!
NEVER BELIEVE THIS my freinds. As long as there is one person with the ability to think independently and ask pertinent questions about 911, then
there is always a chance that the truth will one day be known.
This is s marathon, not a sprint, we just have to keep plugging away, if we bring ONE person a day to ask questions and begin to doubt then we
Just remember, it only takes a spark to light a fire....cheesy but true.
8)Truthers don't listen to simple facts
Another common tactic by Believers, "You just don't listen to the simple facts!"
I believe that at times this can be said of Truthers with regards to some facets of the 911 debate, but the converse is also true. Believers are so
blinded by faith in the OS, the Government and the fear of being paranoid (like Truthers!) that they can't ask SIMPLE QUESTIONS.
The problem with the "Facts" of 911 is that they couldn't be less clear. 911 Truthers would like nothing else than the facts to be presented,
discussed and proved one way or another. Some of the time it isn't the facts that we take issue with, but the lack of transparency and deliberate
subterfuge used to ingrain the OS into our psyche.
9)Truthers can't handle anyone disagreeing with them
You'd be surprised how often this one turns up. I believe this method is employed in an effort to lump all Truthers together in a single category:
"Stubborn and Stupid"
This depends on the Truther in question of course, but as a rule it's not a good idea to generalise. Of course there must be some Truthers who
dislike Believers disagreeing with them, but we're only human, who doesn't???
The real issue here is one of passion, passion for the TRUTH, belief in one's convictions, and the stakes should we give up.
I myself believe that this issue is one that may go on to define mankind. One day I may be asked if I stood up to Tyranny and Lies, and I'll be able
so say proudly that I did. We are debating the very freedom and liberty that we declare to be a human rights. If we sometimes get passionate with
Believers, can you blame us?
10)Truthers are ignorant
Another common complaint against Truthers, one that really is completely untrue. Taking into account the pains that we go through to uncover the
TRUTH, the hours of research we have to do and the debate within our own consciences and minds that we must endure how can we be ignorant?
Ignorant is someone who believes the first and only explanation without exploring other possibilities and theories.
This accusation really doesn't hold water.
Well ATS, I don't know if any of you managed to stay with me through all this, these are my own observations and mine alone.
I'm not saying that Truthers are without blame, in fact we are probably just as bad as the Believers. If we could all learn to stop labelling each
other and show more respect to one another, then I feel the journey to the truth will be a far smoother one.
All the best ATS, Kiwifoot!
[edit on 10-12-2009 by kiwifoot]