I am surprised that Alexander Cockburn is still a skeptic on the 9/11 conspiracies. The plain fact of the matter is that the so-called conspiracists have been more than vindicated. In fact, looking at the evidence assembled, e.g. in the works of David Ray Griffin, it is pretty hard to maintain the kind of position Cockburn still defends.
The simple facts of the case are that, just as an example, the standard claims for the Twin Towers collapse are riddled with fallacies, if not outright deceptions, and make no sense whatever as science. So I think that Cockburn and the left need to be wary of letting this issue slip through their fingers.
The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years?by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We’re homing in on the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the Wall Street Trade Towers and the attack on the Pentagon. One in seven Americans and one in four among those aged 16-24, (so a recent poll commissioned by the BBC tells us) believe that there was a vast conspiracy in which the U.S. government was involved. But across those ten years have the charges that it was an “inside job” –– a favored phrase of the self-styled “truthers” — received any serious buttress?
The answer is no.
Did the Trade Towers fall because they were badly built as a consequence of corruption, incompetence, regulatory evasions by the Port Authority, and because they were struck by huge planes loaded with jet fuel. No, shout the conspiracists, they “pancaked” because Dick Cheney’s agents–scores of them–methodically planted demolition charges in the preceding days inserting the explosives in the relevant floors of three vast buildings, (moving day after day among the unsuspecting office workers), then on 9/11 activating the detonators. It was a conspiracy of thousands, all of whom–party to mass murder–have held their tongues ever since.