September 12, 2013
Princeton University Professor Cornel West also straddles a line in which he does not espouse conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks, but he openly encourages those who do.
The latest example came Wednesday, when West addressed tens of people at what originally was billed as a “Million Muslim March” on the Washington Mall.
When asked directly, West acknowledges that Osama bin Laden “had something to do” with the 9/11 attacks, but he stresses the need to listen to the conspiracy theorists and keep an open mind.
West followed a parade of speakers pushing conspiracy theories that the World Trade Center towers collapsed due to controlled explosions and doubting that an airplane really crashed into the Pentagon.
One speaker represented Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which also had an information table at the rally. Another, Sheila Casey, was introduced as a journalist and activist. Casey laid out several aspects of the 9/11 Truth movement, doubting that the twin towers collapsed due to fire. “Fire,” she noted, “burns up. Fire does not burn down. Intelligent people should know this.”
She repeatedly expressed disdain for the overwhelming majority of Americans who believe al-Qaida was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Yet, she seemed hurt by the reaction her ideas generate and oblivious to the irony in her statement:
“Yet in the United States, in the year 2013 we find ourselves in the absurd position of having almost all politicians, almost the entire media – both mainstream and alternative – and most of the population acting as if this fairy tale about 9/11 makes perfect sense. And making fun of anyone who disagrees.”
The 9/11 attacks have been thoroughly investigated. The hijackers were seen on video going through airport security lines. And West is correct in saying bin Ladenadmitted being responsible. A good compendium of articles and videos explaining why the buildings collapsed, and why the conspiracy theories are baseless, can be seen here.
The rally was organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee(AMPAC). It promised a rally emphasizing “the lack of transparency and questions plaguing 9/11, steady erosion of domestic civil liberties, drone policy and the very dire effect of these on of plight of American Muslims here at home, and Muslim communities globally in the scope of U.S. imperialism, and the modern face of resistance to unmanned aerial surveillance and warfare.”
Read more at IPT with audio and video
- Cornel West joins 9/11 truther movement, takes swipe at Fox News (twitchy.com)
- Iranian Media Demands 9/11 ‘Truth’ on Anniversary of Attacks (freebeacon.com)
- “Million Muslim March” vanishes in a sea of bikers (humanevents.com)
- Surprise: ‘Million Muslim March’ Really Was ’9/11 Truther Convention’ (mediaite.com)