Friday, March 2, 2007

Five Reasons People Deny 9/11 Was An Inside Job

by Douglas Herman
February 26, 2007

1.Comfort.

Comfortable people do not dissent. They rarely question authority, unless overwhelmed by fleeting pangs of conscience or momentary madness. Why would any self-satisfied comfortable person want to discomfort themselves? The whole purpose of a comfortable person is to acquire more comfort or to ensure a perpetual state of comfort. Why would comfortable people, contented with their place in the world — a comfortable home, a well-paid job, respect within their community — want to upset that equilibrium? Why would any comfortable person question his government about circumstances he cannot control? Why risk discomfort, disapproval, suspension from work and community scorn simply to question something like 911 that cannot be changed? To a comfortable person, that makes no sense at all.

2. Complacency.

Complacent people rarely make waves, create dissension, cause an uproar. They prefer not to talk about politics and religion, nor to do any independent thinking. Because a complacent mind is a safe mind. Complacent people prefer "to get along to go along," to swim with the tide, to run with the herd, to blow with the wind. They like to mind their own business which, on the face of it, seems like common sense and the safe thing to do. Because to get passionately involved in any cause or belief (aside from sports) would require a lapse of complacency. Complacency, unlike comfort, requires a more practiced inertia. To accept the state or the status quo, with mild complaint — but only the mildest, acceptable complaint — and plod along like herd animals. To dare question the state, or debate popular consensus, is not only foolish and insane but borderline treasonable to the complacent citizen.

3. Cowardice

Cowardice is the most understandable of denials of 911. It is convenient to deny 911 out of fear, because to do otherwise, to look at the evidence presented by the most powerful empire in the world, requires a heretical leap of independent thought. A mental insurrection worthy of revolutionaries, pioneers, patriots and outraged citizens. But cowards cannot sift the evidence and arrive at an independent conclusion. They have been beaten and cowed and, at most, can only cringe and howl in derision from the rear. At every original thought or contrary opinion (contrary to the state and the corporate media that is), they howl and scurry away, anonymously. At best, their children may lead them, by example, into a braver realm of thought

4. Conviction

Conviction — to be convinced of one's rightness — and the courage to assert it, is admirable even if one is proven wrong eventually. A great many believers (in the official story) are as convinced of the Kean Commission version of 911, as we skeptics are of their error. These believers claim, with many, many intelligent professionals to back up their claims, that steel does weaken and melt from fuel fires and big buildings do indeed collapse, that falling concrete does indeed pulverize into micro-sized dust particles, that incompetence does not necessarily indicate evil. We truthers, in turn, claim the mass of incriminating evidence overwhelms the experts and trumps their testimony. So who is more right? Time will tell. But the only way we will ever convince these true believers (our co-workers, friends and family) of the falsity in the official, government version of 911 is to show them what a lying, poisonous, murderous, mercenary, fear-mongering, war-mongering, fascistic group they have put their faith in. And every day more and more disgruntled citizens are becoming convinced we may have a point.

5. Collusion

A secret activity undertaken by two or more people for the purpose of FRAUD. The definition of collusion. The US media colludes every day. They collude with the White House or Pentagon or State Department to perpetrate some fraud or other. And many of us collude right along with them. The smallest group of 911 deniers, numbering several million, which I call the Colluders, includes many who have worked for the US government, still work for the US government, receive huge chunks of money from that government to fund their work, depend on contracts from the US government and, more often than not, support the official US government line. Many of them, working high in the US government — NSA, FBI, CIA, Pentagon officials — know exactly what happened on 911 but keep quiet. Colluding all the way to the bank. Privately they may not agree with many aspects of the official version but, publicly, they will NOT utter a single statement, will NOT go on record, publicly, with a single dissenting word. Not while there is money to be made. And so, of all the 911 deniers, they are most complicit with the crime.

Comfort.
Complacency.
Cowardice.
Conviction.
Collusion.

And sometimes a combination of all of them.

Footnote: A tip of the cap to those activists at 911Blogger.com. Not only do I read the columns posted there but the remarks (an addiction) and sneers from the trolls. This column is dedicated to the 911 activists everywhere, in recognition of the five types of people you run up against every day — and I mean against.

Aging iconoclast, antiwar leftist, touchy-feely environmentalist and admirer of pioneers, eccentrics and free thinkers, Douglas Herman wrote the slow-moving crime novel, The Guns of Dallas, available at www.amazon.com.

6 comments:

Jas said...

Exactly you're so much smarter than all of them put together... there sitting at home in podunk hicksville Hagersbush looking up crackpot websites at 3am instead of actually going to college or reading scholarly publications on these matters. "OH MY GOD THE BBC TIMESTAMP PROVES IT ALL! PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE BUSH IS BEHIND 9/11 ARE COWARDS AND COMPLACENT! ACTOR CHARLIE SHEEN SAID THERE'S A COVERUP! POPULAR MECHANICS, THE BBC, THE OWNER OF BUILDING 7, EVERY MEMBER OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THE CIA, FBI, NSA AND PENTAGON OFFICIALS ARE ALL PART OF THIS MASSIVE CONSPIRACY!" DON'T TRUST THE N.Y. TIMES, ABC, CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, OR YOUR OWN SENSE OF REASON AND INTELLIGENCE EVERONE... TRUST LARRY AND THE TRUTH SHAL SET YOU FREE!!!

Dude seriously, I saw your picture... you're young and that gives you somewhat of a pass but that still doesn't mean you're not in need of some serious medication. I'm one of the folks that think Bush and the lot should be tried for war crimes for the Iraq fiasco but every bit of "evidence" you provide on 9/11 is looney toons. The people you quote and provide stories from are nutbags and have absolutely no credibility. I bet you've never even heard of Chomsky who would never let something like this B.S. conspiracy go unstudied.

Yes, let us all bow to Larry Simons who sits at home at night in his mommy's basement cuttting and pasting junk he finds on the internet and thinks he's smarter than the thousands of scientists, scholars, journalists and eyeball witnesses who know more about 9/11 than he could ever hope. Thanks for providing the truth for us uneducated cowards and complacent morons Larry. And to think how comfortable we all were not questioning authority until you came along and opened our eyes to how government is corrupt. God Bless you Larry Simons and God Bless America!

Real Truth Online said...

and yet you dont address ONE thing I say SPECIFICALLY! All you do is insult and ridicule because it's EASY. DO THE HARD THING. Actually INVESTIGATE it and DEBATE issues. Your post above is NOT a debate. Looking at my posts and calling them "bullshit" is cowardly. ANYONE can name-call and call something "crap". PROVE IT big boy! ADDRESS specific points that I make! Why cant you do that if the truth is on YOUR SIDE? I know your kind, all you do is ridicule and blend that ridicule in with "attempted" witty sarcasm, like "take your meds". God buddy, that one is SO old. Why dont you pick one of my points and SPECIFICALLY address it? Example: If you dont agree that Building 7 was brought down by controlled demolition---why not ASK a question (even in doubt) like "So how did they get all those explosives in there so fast?" Something like that. You can STILL doubt a story even if you are asking a question about it. You dont have to be in agreement to ask! But you avoid addressing the issues or asking questions, you just sit back and say "Its bullshit" without saying WHY it's bullshit. I've heard the "many people would have to be involved" shit before and the answer to that is: NO THEY WOULDNT. Look how long the Manhattan Project was a secret. Look how long Operation Northwoods was secret until declassified in 2000! Look how long the freaking NSA was secret! The bottom line is: You dont WANT to accept this, and you cant REFUTE it either----so your ONLY defense is ridicule and insults by just saying "You're full of shit". Youd make a shitty lawyer. Youd walk up to the jury and say "My client couldnt have committed the crime, because it's just bullshit to think that...and if YOU believe he did, you're all full of shit!" See my point? Make your case before you attack----tell people SPECIFICALLY WHY you dont believe it. You dont HAVE to believe it----but make your case!! I'm guessing you CANT, or you WOULD have by now! Hell, the truth is on YOUR side right? So, it should be EASY to address me specifically huh?? RIGHT? RIGHT? So, why is it obviously so HARD to do so? Hmmmmm????

Real Truth Online said...

Read reason # 3 of this story-----IT'S YOU!!!

Eugene said...

Apparently JAS is comfortable in ignorance and prefers to remain blind to the 911 truth.

The governments story is being exposed a the lie that it truly is. People like Larry and myself suffer to put the truth out. Either we will get enough people aware and be able to save the United States from becoming a hellish fascist police state or we will fail . If we fail, we all lose including the people like JAS. They will discover that it is too late and life will never be the same.

Researching is not difficult.
Start at youtube or goolge watch some videos. Just type in some 911 relate words in the search block such as Dancing Israelis.

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