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While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.

A "conspiracy theory" no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government's explanation and that of its media pimps.  

For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.

In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.
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When piles of carefully researched books, released government documents, and testimony of eye witnesses made it clear that Lee Harvey Oswald was not President John F. Kennedy's assassin, the voluminous research, government documents, and verified testimony was dismissed as "conspiracy theory."  

In other words, the truth of the event was unacceptable to the authorities and to the Ministry of Propaganda that represents the interests of authorities.

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The purest example of how Americans are shielded from truth is the media's (including many Internet sites') response to the large number of professionals who find the official explanation of September 11, 2001 inconsistent with everything they, as experts, know about physics, chemistry, structural engineering, architecture, fires, structural damage, the piloting of airplanes, the security procedures of the United States, NORAD's capabilities, air traffic control, airport security, and other matters. These experts, numbering in the thousands, have been shouted down by know-nothings in the media who brand the experts as "conspiracy theorists."

This, despite the fact that the official explanation endorsed by the official media is the most extravagant conspiracy theory in human history.  

Let's take a minute to re-acquaint ourselves with the official explanation, which is not regarded as a conspiracy theory despite the fact that it comprises an amazing conspiracy. The official truth is that a handful of young Muslim Arabs who could not fly airplanes, mainly Saudi Arabians who came neither from Iraq nor from Afghanistan, outwitted not only the CIA and the FBI, but also all 16 US intelligence agencies and all intelligence agencies of US allies including Israel's Mossad, which is believed to have penetrated every terrorist organization and which carries out assassinations of those whom Mossad marks as terrorists.

In addition to outwitting every intelligence agency of the United States and its allies, the handful of young Saudi Arabians outwitted the National Security Council, the State Department, NORAD, airport security four times in the same hour on the same morning, air traffic control, caused the US Air Force to be unable to launch interceptor aircraft, and caused three well-built steel-structured buildings, including one not hit by an airplane, to fail suddenly in a few seconds as a result of limited structural damage and small, short-lived, low-temperature fires that burned on a few floors. 

The Saudi terrorists were even able to confound the laws of physics and cause WTC building seven to collapse at free-fall speed for several seconds, a physical impossibility in the absence of explosives used in controlled demolition.

The story that the government and the media have told us amounts to a gigantic conspiracy; really a script for a James Bond film. Yet, anyone who doubts this improbable conspiracy theory is defined into irrelevance by the obedient media.

Anyone who believes an architect, structural engineer, or demolition expert who says that the videos show that the buildings are blowing up, not falling down, anyone who believes a Ph.D. physicist who says that the official explanation is inconsistent with known laws of physics, anyone who believes expert pilots who testify that non-pilots or poorly-qualified pilots cannot fly airplanes in such maneuvers, anyone who believes the 100 or more first-responders who testify that they not only heard explosions in the towers but personally experienced explosions, anyone who believes University of Copenhagen nano-chemist Niels Harrit who reports finding unreacted nano-thermite in dust samples from the WTC towers, anyone who is convinced by experts instead of by propaganda is dismissed as a kook.  

In America today, and increasingly throughout the Western world, actual facts and true explanations have been relegated to the realm of kookiness. Only people who believe lies are socially approved and accepted as patriotic citizens.

Indeed, a writer or newscaster is not even permitted to report the findings of 9/11 skeptics. In other words, simply to report Professor Harrit's findings now means that you endorse them or agree with them. Everyone in the US print and TV media knows that he/she will be instantly fired if they report Harrit's findings, even with a laugh. Thus, although Harrit has reported his findings on European television and has lectured widely on his findings in Canadian universities, the fact that he and the international scientific research team that he led found unreacted nano-thermite in the WTC dust and have offered samples to other scientists to examine has to my knowledge never been reported in the American media.

Even Internet sites on which I am among the readers' favorites will not allow me to report on Harrit's findings.

As I reported earlier, I myself had experience with a Huffington Post reporter who was keen to interview a Reagan presidential appointee who was in disagreement with the Republican wars in the Middle East. After he published the interview that I provided at his request, he was terrified to learn that I had reported findings of 9/11 investigators. To protect his career, he quickly inserted on the online interview that my views on the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions could be dismissed as I had reported unacceptable findings about 9/11.

The unwillingness or inability to entertain any view of 9/11 different from the official view dooms to impotence many Internet sites that are opposed to the wars and to the rise of the domestic US police state. These sites, for whatever the reasons, accept the government's explanation of 9/11; yet, they try to oppose the "war on terror" and the police state which are the consequences of accepting the government's explanation. Trying to oppose the consequences of an event whose explanation you accept is an impossible task.

If you believe that America was attacked by Muslim terrorists and is susceptible to future attacks, then a "war on terror" and a domestic police state to root out terrorists become necessary to make Americans safe. The idea that a domestic police state and open-ended war might be more dangerous threats to Americans than terrorists is an impermissible thought.  

A country whose population has been trained to accept the government's word and to shun those who question it is a country without liberty in its future.

 

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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Another excellent, needed article.  Those of ... by Bruce Morgan on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:49:56 AM
Paul - I find that your argument does hold water. ... by manifesto 2000 on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 1:02:20 AM
There is so much that it's hard to know where to s... by Michael David Morrissey on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 1:59:29 AM
Really good review of the Turner films. Hope every... by Fred W on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 1:27:04 PM
Its going to be necessary that all those suspected... by Jack Heart on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:36:32 AM
However, the ramifications would be enormous: It w... by ProgressiveBum on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:28:36 PM
Take away ALL their assets and force them to live,... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 1:15:39 PM
In addition to all the experts, let's not forget c... by Michael David Morrissey on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 2:47:04 AM
The simplest way to broach it with those who belie... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:01:32 PM
Typically they say "follow the money"... same appl... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:26:51 AM
official version of 9/11 is so disturbing to most ... by Ms Nan on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:08:55 AM
Thanks, PCR, and oped for posting this. 911 truth ... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:27:00 AM
One of the best summaries of the evidence that the... by Paul Craig Roberts on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:59:28 AM
Now that's why I love Paul Craig Roberts! Where I ... by Jack Heart on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:27:00 AM
conspiracy: an   evil,   unlawful,  ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:37:17 PM
FEAR and FAITH cannot dwell in the same house but,... by Donald on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:24:14 AM
According to the official story, the enemy expende... by Jack Flanders on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:00:50 AM
won. That's the whole point. It's a hassle to keep... by Dante DeNavarre on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 4:22:03 PM
The most glaring lie is, a plane hit the Pentagon.... by marko polo on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:08:02 AM
The disputer over whether the Pentagon was struck ... by Maxwell on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:40:02 PM
what is an airplane constructed of mostly, Aluminu... by nativenezperce on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 2:43:47 PM
Thank you once again Dr. Roberts, commentators, op... by Paul McArthur on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:50:29 AM
PCR is worth his weight in gold.   By compa... by Ned Lud on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:53:13 AM
I have heard some far more rational expanatio... by Thomas Brown on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:06:57 PM
It is quite possible the planners and perpetrators... by Dwain Deets on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:12:24 PM
There was an attempt of LT Trapp of the Stafford S... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:32:08 PM
When your country had become a  coven of crim... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 1:02:44 PM
In fact, all four of the terrorist pilots possesse... by Patrick Curley on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 2:53:38 PM
Please go look up the official account of the traj... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:21:48 PM
They would be awfully hard to deal with considerin... by Patrick Curley on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 3:03:09 AM
I perused your link, so for now I'll stipulate the... by Jeff Poster on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:24:51 AM
The maneuver that Hanjour did is in fact fairly st... by Patrick Curley on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:03:04 PM
I truly don't see the relevance of anything in you... by Jeff Poster on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:50:28 PM
"WHY WON'T THEY LET US SEE THE PENTAGON'S OWN SURV... by Michael Rose on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:16:53 PM
for two hours...but 19 Arabs managed it... Let's ... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 1:34:52 PM
I have flown a light plane and a helicopter with z... by bern on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:50:19 PM
And what did you learn?  The material propert... by Maxwell on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:58:27 PM
Apparently these alleged hijackers were trained at... by Vernon Huffman on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:30:43 PM
Many sources cite--and I don't have them off the t... by Maxwell on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:48:12 PM
click here"Mr. Hanjour, who investigators contend ... by BaronVonRothschild on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:32:30 AM
precise censure of the MSM's complicity in treache... by Archie on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 2:53:38 PM
As Osama Bin Laden was living next to the Pakistan... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 2:59:05 PM
At least since the collapse of the USSR, one of th... by Vernon Huffman on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:38:55 PM
I could not agree more.  Seems like more and ... by Paul Glenn on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:41:37 PM
the whole thing was government operated but there ... by nativenezperce on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:44:35 PM
Excellent article, Mr. Roberts. I have personally ... by Techknowledgie on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:09:41 PM
You're right! Conspiracy Theory isn't the same as ... by Sheila Dean on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:19:51 PM
Did you know that there have been over 17,000 terr... by bern on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:59:54 PM
I don't recall anybody on this thread saying that ... by Vernon Huffman on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:49:14 PM
How about when somebody, while sipping a Pina cola... by Jack Heart on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:12:29 PM
Securing the borders in the US is impossible ... by bern on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:23:49 AM
CONTINUED. In general, you need seven to nine su... by bern on Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:25:25 AM
If we don't call them on this there's a "KICK ME" ... by J Clark on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:22:27 PM
I enjoyed reading your article, and for those who ... by William Helbig on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:05:18 PM
Anyone who actively blocks any true discussion or ... by 911TRUTH on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:54:59 PM
saying how could you move that much explosives int... by nativenezperce on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 2:57:22 PM
The Bush's along with their pals the Kuwaiti Roy... by Jack Heart on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 3:55:26 PM
Roberts, as always, right on the money on such ite... by Dwight on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:28:04 AM
War IS terrorism, with a big budget. (A big *taxpa... by mrk * on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:38:31 AM
Those of us who have researched this over these ma... by lila york on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 11:08:53 AM
...discovered that the cockpit door on FL 77 had n... by Ms Nan on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 1:35:24 PM
<<< Even Internet sites on which I am amo... by Richard Clark on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 8:35:41 PM
It won't kill you to look at the truth of 9/11 but... by J Clark on Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 6:59:22 PM