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The authors flit between conspiracy theory generally and 9/11 specifically, in this way suggesting connections that denigrate the 9/11 Truth Movement through association with people "mentally ill and subject to delusions" (pg 9), "conspiracy entrepreneurs -- who profit directly or indirectly from propagating their theories" (pg 9), and, most disturbingly, Holocaust deniers. (pgs 7,8) While some have sought to connect the 9/11 Truth Movement with Holocaust denial (e.g., the former head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, who made the association twice in the same interview -click here)there is no such relation either in the inclination of researchers, or in the thought processes involved, or in fact. One suspects therefore that such association is simply one more attempt to silence a movement that is alarming certain powers because if its seemingly unstoppable growth.

Readers of the article are guided toward a false impression that 9/11 conspiracy theories outside the U.S. are virtually limited to the Arab -Muslim world. The authors write that it is likely "that the virulence of conspiracy theorizing in Muslim nations has a great deal to do with social cascades and group polarization, and with weak civil liberties and lack of a robust market for ideas in many of those nations." (pg 26) As to the prospect that elements of the U.S. Government might be involved in such an incident as 9/11, the authors maintain that for many people in Islamic nations "it is far from jarring to believe that responsibility lies with the United States (or Israel)". (Parenthesis around "or Israel" in the original, pg. 10)

The implication that the 9/11 Truth Movement outside the U.S. is fundamentally a Muslim/Arab phenomenon is an extraordinary lie of omission, because the 9/11 Truth Movement is indeed global and incorporates experts of every sort, including scientists and demolition specialists, a past president of Italy and even the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. And what, one might ask, of the protests at European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium that have drawn demonstrators from all over Europe? What of the open discussions on the very floor of the Japanese Parliament that reveal agreement with the 9/11 Truth Movement?

"Extra resistance to correction through simple techniques", the authors write, "is what makes conspiracy theories distinctly worrisome." (pg 5) "Worrisome"? Their concern is mirrored by Philip Zelikow, who was appointed by Bush to direct the 9/11 Commission and who became the primary instrument in the prevention of information flow to the Commission, and hence its planned failure as declared by Commission members. They quote Zelikow thus: "Our worry is when things become infectious .....".

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Bill Willers is emeritus professor of biology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh now living in Middleton, WI. He is founder of Superior Wilderness Action Network (SWAN) and editor of Learning to Listen to the Land and Unmanaged Landscapes, both from (more...)

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It's confusing. So the author should modify the ar... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:40:47 AM
I thought the article made it very clear whom it w... by Maxwell on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 4:02:29 PM
not the article itself. And I don't know how I can... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 at 7:25:47 PM
is an evil man. His thinking runs toward absolute ... by sommers on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 9:55:42 AM
have sullied their own reputations with this paper... by Archie on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 2:45:42 PM
"Our worry is when things become infectious ....."... by Nick van Nes on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 2:55:53 PM
It's not 9/11 conspiracies that should concern peo... by Natalie Oberman on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 5:45:44 PM
is "despicable" about the 'truth movement'?And, pr... by richard on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010 at 3:09:46 PM
...... to accuse someone or some entity of mass mu... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:55:29 PM
is totally incorrect Ms. Oberman. The only irrelev... by Archie on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010 at 12:10:57 AM
...... that have pretty much all been answered tim... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 4:13:30 PM
lead a horse to water but you can't force it to dr... by Archie on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 6:19:02 PM
..... don't usually drink brackish or polluted wat... by Natalie Oberman on Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:33:45 AM It sounds li... by karmacounselor on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:44:53 PM
The Israeli intelligence agency the Mossad masterm... by Brian Jenkins on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 at 11:57:22 PM
I enjoyed reading this, very well thought out than... by Steven G. Erickson on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010 at 3:14:38 PM
There appears to be a crecendo of efforts to link ... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 9:09:18 AM
between 9/11 truth and other "outrageous conspirac... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 9:59:56 AM