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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Monday, December 27, 2004

9/11 plane shot down?

The attacks of Sept. 11 have been the subject of many conspiracy theories, mainly along the lines that the U.S. government was behind the attacks, not Al-Qaeda. I don't believe most conspiracy theories, but for some reason I enjoy reading them.

One theory about United flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, is that the plane was actually shot down.

The Bush administration has always maintained the plane crashed, in part, due to efforts of passengers on the plane to take down the terrorists. The plane was allegedly en-route to the White House.

Was the plane shot down? It may very well have been. Donald Rumsfeld, speaking to troops in Iraq on Christmas Eve, said (italics added):

"..and I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten -- indeed the word 'terrorized' is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be."

This from CNN's transcript of Rumsfeld's remarks.

Curious, isn't it? What did he mean by "shot down?" Perhaps a Freudian slip by Rumsfeld? In any event, it's bound to spark the imaginations of conspiracy theorists everywhere.

Speaking of conspiracy theories, my favorite involves the writer Stephen King and John Lennon. It turns out it was Stephen King, not Mark David Chapman, that killed John Lennon. Oh, and the FBI was involved. And Richard Nixon. Somehow. This according to a man named Steve Lightfoot, who in the past has followed King to book signings and other public events to spread the word about the Lennon "assassination."

But hey, if Chuck Barris can be a covert CIA operative, using his television program The Gong Show as a cover, anything is possible.

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