America loves conspiracy theory stories. We lap it up like a great mystery candy bar and we're entertained beyond belief. The internet is loaded with conspiracies of every kind. It probably rivals the porn sites. There are so many theories and people out there debunking events that it seems like we've fallen into Alice's rabbit hole. I, for one, don't know what to believe if everything that's said about 9/11, JFK, MLK or what ever is said with conviction and each contradicts the other.
What should I believe? Are there any political figures or people in public life that you trust?
Well, whatever the building number (I assume you are correct as 7), it fell vertically. I also recall an interview with the owner of the building who said they had to pull it, which means drop it with demolitions. Squibs are clearly visible on all buildings. Also, firemen at the scene in early interviews said they heard sequential explosions, "boom, boom, boom." Survivors of the Twin Towers also said they heard a succession of explosions that shook the building just before the airplanes hit. One video of one of the aircraft show an airplane hitting a tower with no side windows and an auxiliary section running along the side, very much like a military airplane.
The unfortunate fact is that we'll never get to the bottom of this event. I recall reading an excellent book, The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens, one of the foremost and first investigative journalists. Teddy Roosevelt asked, "Why is this guy always raking up the muck?" from which the term "muckraker" was coined. Steffens's journalism was often discounted because he was an admitted Communist, back when the Socialist Party and the Communist Party were perfectly legal in this country. (BTW he writes so eloquently that one chapter about his childhood was lifted and printed as a children's story.) Anyway, back in the 1930's there had been a series of scandals in a big city like Chicago. Steffens interviewed one of the Captains of Industry, as they were then known, and asked him how he thought he would get away with five scandals in as many weeks. The executive laughed and said they figured they needed at least three. Steffens was astonished and asked why. The exec explained that with one scandal the public becomes indignant and demands an investigation. With two, the public is divided, with three they are fractured, and so on until no strong movement can focus on any single problem. When you recall all the scandals in this country that occur one after another, you will no doubt remember some that seem to never have been resolved--we just go on to the next one.
As I said in another posting, the assassination of JFK hasn't been solved yet. Books have been written about it, but one fact I clearly recall because the witness was in US Army Special Forces, as I was, and my father before me. He had been approached by black ops and asked whether or not he had any problems with a domestic assassination. He said he absolutely did. Foreign assassinations were okay (my father conducted such clandestine missions), but not domestic. So, they found another guy to do the job. Later on, the government claimed the guy they picked never existed. The old former Green Beret countered that he went to training with that guy at the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, and he produced a class roster with the guy's name on it, and their subsequent orders.
We'll never get to the bottom of these things. Just when you get close to the truth in one situation, a bomb goes off somewhere, or right-wing death squads operate in South America with American assistance, or the economy goes tits up, etc.
How is it then that the lies, ie. conspiracy, about the war in Iraq being waged for oil and not WMD or democracy wasn't better covered up? Or the outing of a CIA agent exposed so easily without elaborate conspiratorial cover-ups. Many more died in the Iraq conspiracy but few would dispute that the attempt to hid the truth failed even though the real culprits have not been brought to justice yet. No weapons of mass destruction were found and there were leaks galore about the governments deceptions. Where are the leaks, from on high, regarding the deceptions on 9/11? Why is the majority of the American public aware of the lies in that instance and relatively few aware of anything other then the popular explanations of 9/11?
If what you say is true, and the powers that be so clever, we haven't a chance. Don't you think?
Can you keep a conspiracy a secret? It depends on how many people know the secret to begin with or are either directly or indirectly exposed to it. Think about this: there are thousands of employees working at the NSA but only one of them leaked the information about the surveilance program during the Bush Administration to the New York Times. People keep secrets when they have the personal motivation or incentive or authorative pressure to do so. Fortunately, most people are blabber mouths and like to express themselves and their "insider knowledge." Many crimes are solved by the police because the criminal gets drunk or talks about his crime, whatever his/her reason. Generally, I would tend to believe that most conspiracies fall apart and become known eventually. But I also think it is too easy to dismiss the possibility as well. Many goals in life after all need more than one person to accomplish them. Why should we exclude the possibility that there might be more than one person who feels the need to do something they think is good but others would label awful or evil?