Cutting a path through the conspiracy jungle

May 20, 2006

There’s a semi-regular feature on Salon.com called “Ask the Pilot”, the columnist being a commercial airline pilot named Patrick Smith. His latest piece takes up 9/11 conspiracy theory questions that have been put to him, and lays a lot of red herrings to rest. Which he doesn’t take to mean that it’s necessarily red herrings all the way down.

This is good. It’s extremely unlikely that the official story on the events of that day is the whole truth. The more that foolish speculations recirculate through the rumor ether, the harder it will be for the signal emitted by reality (and yes, Virginia, there is a reality) to make it through the static. When knowledgeable folks with no love for the neocons peel away the wild conspiracy theories, the outlines of the real conspiracy, if any, are more likely to surface.


One comment

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    I look forward to your next post

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