Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Morgan Reynolds' Latest

I've been paying a little more attention to Morgan Reynolds since I noticed that he's now collaborating on articles with Holocaust Denier Rick Rajter. Reynolds is one of the wildest of the wild, despite a fairly non-controversial background as an economist. He's back today with an article that I could't resist fisking.

Most people were caught off-guard, including the defense establishment (apparently), but counterterrorism experts and government officials quickly appeared on TV to finger the perpetrators. A Fox anchorman even solved it within a minute of the second hit: “We just saw on live television as the second plane flew into the second tower of the World Trade Center. Now given what has been going on around the world, some of the key suspects come to mind: Osama bin Laden.”

Osama bin Laden and his Arab hijackers! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Case closed. Mighty fine work. No one asked embarrassing questions like, how could all the talking heads reach the same conclusion in minutes?


Well, for one thing, Osama's organization had committed prior attacks against the US; the African embassy bombings in 1998, most notably. Although many people seem to think that Osama was unknown until September 11th, in fact he was quite well known to those who follow international terrorism. He'd been featured in an ABC News special, as well as a Time Magazine article.

Why were “independent experts” and government officials so uniform in identifying the same guy? Where was their proof, except of course, al-Sugami’s paper passport planted, er, found on the sidewalk a few blocks away before a tower fell. It must have jumped out of his pocket, maneuvered through the crashing Boeing, survived the fireball and floated down to the sidewalk unmarred.


Actually Satami's passport was not the first piece of evidence. Mohammed Atta had checked in late for his flight in Boston, and a piece of luggage he had did not make it on the plane. The FBI searched that luggage and found information tying Atta to the other 18 hijackers.

Yet public challenge to the instant conspiracy theory remains heretical. Powerful people like Vice President Dick Cheney and former CIA chief and current Texas A&M University President Robert M. Gates, for example, denounce any suggestion of government complicity in the events of 9/11 as “beyond the pale.” Evidence like the 6.6-second demolition of WTC building 7 and an 18-foot hole in the Pentagon that supposedly swallowed a Boeing 757 is dismissed as “nutball” stuff.


Perhaps because the 18-foot hole was really much more like a 90-foot hole? Perhaps because the official collapse time for WTC 7 is actually 18 seconds (per the 9-11 Commission Report, which is always cited by the CT crowd for the collapse times of WTC 1 and WTC 2)?

27 Comments:

At 01 August, 2006 14:15, Blogger default.xbe said...

at least it wasnt a 16 foot hole, they are slowly getting up to 90

 
At 01 August, 2006 16:21, Blogger Dog Town said...

Watching the C-Span Debacle on the west coast, again! Makes me wanna punch them in the face. After reading the Flight 93 transcript, last nite,blood boiling!

Why is the home page here disconbobulated, the links on the right are at the bottom of the page? Is it just me?
More press for Reynolds , and the rest of these kooks!!!

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:19, Blogger Pat said...

hmmm looking fine, here, how wide's your screen?

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:28, Blogger Dog Town said...

Same as it ever was! This is freaken weird! I'll reload the page from another source?

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:28, Blogger default.xbe said...

links moved to the bottom for me too

1280x1024 on 17in

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:30, Blogger Dog Town said...

Thanks , thought the C-Span Debacle had shorted out my brain!
Whhheew!

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:34, Blogger default.xbe said...

heres what it looks like for me

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:34, Blogger Dog Town said...

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At 01 August, 2006 17:34, Blogger Dog Town said...

Nope same deal, Conspiracy????
Where are our inhouse Deniers??

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:34, Blogger Dog Town said...

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At 01 August, 2006 17:37, Blogger Dog Town said...

D-fault has the look!I don't want to know better.It happened after your last update last nite!

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:42, Blogger Dog Town said...

Either way pat you guy's rock!!!!

 
At 01 August, 2006 17:59, Blogger James B. said...

Pat, the link in the last post is too long. It is moving everything down.

 
At 01 August, 2006 18:10, Blogger roger_sq said...

Damn, your ratings sure did plummet when I left. I was kind of tongue in cheek about that when I warned you about it but...damn.

Still wallowing in your own delusions I see.

Can you please cite the page in the 9/11 Commission Report where it states building 7 collapsed in 18 seconds?

Aside from being an easily provable inaccuracy, as you well know, I suspect you might be fabricating sources again.

 
At 01 August, 2006 18:18, Blogger Dog Town said...

That link is it.Funny, how the inhouse arrived same time as answer. Dylan where are you now.Oh' yeah.....burn in hell.Thanx pat hope it works.

 
At 01 August, 2006 18:18, Blogger James B. said...

OK, it should look right now.

 
At 01 August, 2006 18:19, Blogger Dog Town said...

BINGO!!!

 
At 01 August, 2006 18:30, Blogger shawn said...

Damn, your ratings sure did plummet when I left. I was kind of tongue in cheek about that when I warned you about it but...damn.

..roger, you're one of the least active of the nutjobs.
NESNYC is much more fun, mostly because he doesn't pretend to have a working brain cell.

Aside from being an easily provable inaccuracy, as you well know, I suspect you might be fabricating sources again.

Kinda how almost everything a CT says is an easily provable inaccuracy?


Durr I'm roger I can't defend anything I say! I'll just snipe at you in an effort to feel smart! Yay!

 
At 01 August, 2006 19:29, Blogger undense said...

Still wallowing in your own delusions I see.

CTs are so full of irony, it's no wonder nothing from reality sinks in. It just bounces right off of them.

 
At 01 August, 2006 20:01, Blogger roger_sq said...

Durr I'm roger I can't defend anything I say! I'll just snipe at you in an effort to feel smart! Yay!

what page?

 
At 01 August, 2006 20:27, Blogger Murdervillage said...

The 9/11 Commission Report? What are you talking about Roger?

 
At 01 August, 2006 20:28, Blogger shawn said...

what page?

Rog won't prove anything but we have to answer his questions. That how it work, kid?

Hey, the Zapruder film was public domain, though, right? Just gonna shrug off being wrong once again, or gonna admit it?

 
At 01 August, 2006 22:41, Blogger roger_sq said...

"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. "It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied."

Resigning again, the ignorance is tedious (but if you ca figger out what page that is, please post it, thanks).

 
At 01 August, 2006 22:50, Blogger Murdervillage said...

Roger, can you explain why the 9/11 Commission Report would concern itself with WTC 7?

How about 130 Liberty? How abut St. Nicholas Church? How about 30 West Broasway?

Should they have taken up those subjects also?

I'll bet a zillion bucks Roger hasn't even bothered to read NIST's interim report on WTC 7.

What a fool.

 
At 02 August, 2006 09:35, Blogger shawn said...

Resigning again, the ignorance is tedious

Roger, you really don't understand why irony is do you?

 
At 22 September, 2006 19:58, Blogger JeeZy said...

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At 22 September, 2006 20:00, Blogger JeeZy said...

Alright you say screw loose change I respect your opinion on that but all the information you give is just people saying how they feel about 9/11 and do your research because A. in loose change about the 757 hitting the pentagon the plane weighed over 100tons I don't even know if you watched it but from what I remember from common sense and science logic that could definitely put a hole bigger than 16 feet in steel considering steel and concrete isnt that strong. Im jus going to end this with some other logic dat needs to be answered how does steel from the WTC supposedly heats up that hot but yet only melts at the bottom. How do people make cell phone calls off of the plane that hasn't the technology to allow it so buddy do your research because frankly people saying how they feal does not take away the facts. All Im asking is to show me a website that analyses loose change and answers all the questions the people want answered and Im convinced that the US Gov. actually gave a damn and didnt do it why does everything have to be such a secret.

 

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