Monbiot trashes “Loose Change”

The Guardian: A 9/11 conspiracy virus is sweeping the world, but it has no basis in fact

George Monbiot takes apart the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change, which advances the well-known “no plane” theory:

The only people they interview are a janitor, a group of firemen, and a flight instructor. They let the janitor speak at length, but cut the firemen off in mid-sentence. The flight instructor speaks in short clips, which give the impression that his pupil, the hijacker Hani Hanjour, was incapable of hitting the Pentagon. Elsewhere he has said the opposite: he had “no doubt” that Hanjour could have done it.

Where are the structural engineers, the materials scientists, the specialists in ballistics, explosives or fire? The film-makers now say that the third edition of the film will be fact-checked by an expert, but he turns out to be “a theology professor”. They don’t name him, but I would bet that it’s David Ray Griffin, who also happens to be the high priest of the 9/11 conspiracists.

The next evident flaw is that the plot they propose must have involved tens of thousands of people. It could not have been executed without the help of demolition experts, the security firms guarding the World Trade Centre, Mayor Giuliani (who hastily disposed of the remains), much of the US air force, the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defence Command, the relatives of the people “killed” in the plane crashes, the rest of the Pentagon’s staff, the Los Alamos laboratories, the FBI, the CIA, and the investigators who picked through the rubble.

Monbiot notes that Counterpunch commissioned an expert of their own to investigate the National Institute of Science and Technology report into the failure of the Twin Towers to withstand the hit; you can find the articles here along with Alexander Cockburn’s own attack on the theories. Monbiot concludes that if the theories had any substance, those proposing them would have been assassinated years ago if the US government was “running an all-knowing, all-encompassing conspiracy”.

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