Most people know by now that there is a small minority of people who think 9/11 was what they call an inside job. This self-labeled 9/11 “Truth” movement has spent the last few years invading Ground Zero, downtown artwalks, and internet messageboards with their chants of “Investigate 9/11!”, “Google WTC7!” and so on. They spend the majority of their time and energy attempting to poke holes in what they call the Official Story of 9/11 by asking questions. When their questions are answered or proven to be flawed, they back off of that point momentarily and defend themselves by saying, Hey, I’m Just Asking Questions. When the dust settles and everyone is satisfied that the matter is resolved once and for all, the same question is asked again and the process starts all over. This tactic is so ubiquitous among members of the Movement that it has been affectionately dubbed “JAQing off.”
Well, 9/11 Truthers, we’ve answered your questions for 8 years now. From Dancing Jews to WTC7 to missiles at the Pentagon and on and on, we’ve been patient and forthcoming. It’s your turn to answer some questions.
What the Truth Movement has not provided, among all their question asking, is a comprehensive alternative theory of what happened on 9/11/01. Not one of them has a consistent story of what happened; only what they insist didn’t happen. Any good detective knows that in order to completely solve a crime, you need to answer Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Some are given.
What: A terrorist attack on the United States
Where: NYC, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA
That only leaves you with Who, Why, and How to answer.
You need to provide a comprehensive theory that makes logical and factual sense. Use evidence, facts, credible testimony, and common sense. Professional and academic consensus on a matter are big supporting points in your favor and you are encouraged to cite such, when and where they exist. The credibility of a source will be scrutinized, of course. If a person should happen to have spent most of his or her career chasing, say, cold fusion, or trying to prove Jesus visited America, for instance, that person’s credibility will be very low. Likewise, if someone should happen to be from a completely unrelated field (e.g. theology), his or her expertise will be appropriately weighted.
Your theory will not include questions (“why did . . . ?”, “how were the laws of . . . ?”) You have had 8 years to ask questions and if you genuinely want the answer to one at this point, it’s out there. Google it or keep it to yourself. It’s your turn to be questioned now. Your theory will not include large leaps of logic (e.g. “it was a hypothetical group of trillionaire bankers”) or large gaps in evidence ("I’ve got it all except why the explosive didn’t make any noise . . . ")
In short: Provide a comprehensive alternative theory of what happened on 9/11/01 using facts, evidence, and logic.
At minimum, you must name WHO did it, HOW they were able to pull it off and get away with it, and WHY they did it (motive.) I’m not interested in 1 or 2 of the three. I don’t want pieces to a puzzle. Put the puzzle together. There is already one puzzle out there that has been pieced together carefully and consistently by thousands of professionals, academics, and eyewitnesses. A few jigsaw pieces will not compete with it. If you have two pieces and cannot make them fit with the third, then you need to consider that the two pieces you have are wrong.
If you can pull this off in a satisfactory, logically-consistent, fact-and-evidence-based manner, I personally promise to buy an “Investigate 9/11” tshirt, a bullhorn, and a “9/11 Was an Inside Job” picket sign and picket any location of your choice. I’ll even videotape myself doing it. And I’ll mean it with all my heart.
8 years, Truthers. Put up or shut up.