I guess CNN heard that Burning Taper ran a story last week about alternative 9/11 theories, and so decided to do one themselves. Either that, or they're coat-tailing the release of Oliver Stone's new movie, like we are. CNN has presented an interesing article on alternative theories being touted by two professors, one who teaches classes on Islam at the University of Wisconsin, the other a professor of physics at Brigham Young University.
About 500 conspiracy theorists, including over 75 academics with degrees from prestigious universities, have joined together as a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth, to investigate alternative theories of what happened on September 11, 2001, in Washington, D.C. and New York City. They recently held a symposium in Chicago.
Bill O'Reilly takes a shot at debunking the U of Wisconsin professor at 8 pm tonight on Fox News.
One of the most interesting facets of all this is the reaction of politicians and university officials to these professors. Sure, some of the professors probably have agendas, deep-seated hatred for governmental authority, or had bad potty training experiences, but still, academic freedom to discuss ideas should be allowed. But university officials are denying tenures, and local legislatures are getting into the act, trying to oust those in academia who dare to think differently. Just like the Catholic Church of old, those in power are trying to stifle the voices of the heretics.
It's been said that one man's heresy is another man's truth. As a sidebar to the CNN article, a poll currently indicates that 56% of respondents said yes when asked "Do you believe alternative theories for the September 11, 2001, attacks are credible?" In a Presidential election, that kind of majority would be called a landslide.
Fifty-six is also the percentage of Americans who said, in Dec. 2004, the war in Iraq "was a mistake."
That percentage is exactly the same in a USA Today/Gallup poll a few weeks ago. Fifty-six percent say the war in Iraq was a mistake.
It would appear that 56% of Americans neither believe what their government is telling them, nor support what their government is doing.
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