9/11 and the Orwellian Redefinition of "Conspiracy Theory"
By Paul Craig Roberts
, June 20, 2011
While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.
A “conspiracy theory” no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even
a fact, that is out of step with the government’s explanation and that of its media pimps.
For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply
because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.
In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as
conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.
When piles of carefully researched books, released government documents, and testimony of eye witnesses made it clear
that Oswald was not President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, the voluminous research, government documents, and verified
testimony was dismissed as “conspiracy theory.”
In other words, the truth of the event was unacceptable to the authorities and to the Ministry of Propaganda that
represents the interests of authorities.
The purest example of how Americans are shielded from truth is the media’s (including many Internet sites’) response to
the large number of professionals who find the official explanation of September 11, 2001, inconsistent with everything
they, as experts, know about physics, chemistry, structural engineering, architecture, fires, structural damage, the
piloting of airplanes, the security procedures of the United States, NORAD’s capabilities, air traffic control, airport
security, and other matters. These experts, numbering in the thousands, have been shouted down by know-nothings in the
media who brand the experts as “conspiracy theorists.”
This despite the fact that the official explanation endorsed by the official media is the most extravagant conspiracy
theory in human history.
Let’s take a minute to re-acquaint ourselves with the official explanation, which is not regarded as a conspiracy theory
despite the fact that it comprises an amazing conspiracy. The official truth is that a handful of young Muslim Arabs who
could not fly airplanes, mainly Saudi Arabians who came neither from Iraq nor from Afghanistan, outwitted not only the
CIA and the FBI, but also all 16 US intelligence agencies and all intelligence agencies of US allies including Israel’s
Mossad, which is believed to have penetrated every terrorist organization and which carries out assassinations of those
whom Mossad marks as terrorists.
In addition to outwitting every intelligence agency of the United States and its allies, the handful of young Saudi
Arabians outwitted the National Security Council, the State Department, NORAD, airport security four times in the same
hour on the same morning, air traffic control, caused the US Air Force to be unable to launch interceptor aircraft, and
caused three well-built steel-structured buildings, including one not hit by an airplane, to fail suddenly in a few
seconds as a result of limited structural damage and small, short-lived, low-temperature fires that burned on a few
The Saudi terrorists were even able to confound the laws of physics and cause WTC building seven to collapse at free
fall speed for several seconds, a physical impossibility in the absence of explosives used in controlled demolition.
The story that the government and the media have told us amounts to a gigantic conspiracy, really a script for a James
Bond film. Yet, anyone who doubts this improbable conspiracy theory is defined into irrelevance by the obedient media.
Anyone who believes an architect, structural engineer, or demolition expert who says that the videos show that the
buildings are blowing up, not falling down, anyone who believes a Ph.D. physicist who says that the official explanation
is inconsistent with known laws of physics, anyone who believes expert pilots who testify that non-pilots or
poorly-qualified pilots cannot fly airplanes in such maneuvers, anyone who believes the 100 or more first responders who
testify that they not only heard explosions in the towers but personally experienced explosions, anyone who believes
University of Copenhagen nano-chemist Niels Harrit who reports finding unreacted nano-thermite in dust samples from the
WTC towers, anyone who is convinced by experts instead of by propaganda is dismissed as a kook.
In America today, and increasingly throughout the Western world, actual facts and true explanations have been relegated
to the realm of kookiness. Only people who believe lies are socially approved and accepted as patriotic citizens.
Indeed, a writer or newscaster is not even permitted to report the findings of 9/11 skeptics. In other words, simply to
report Professor Harrit’s findings now means that you endorse them or agree with them. Everyone in the US print and TV
media knows that he/she will be instantly fired if they report Harrit’s findings, even with a laugh. Thus, although
Harrit has reported his findings on European television and has lectured widely on his findings in Canadian
universities, the fact that he and the international scientific research team that he led found unreacted nano-thermite
in the WTC dust and have offered samples to other scientists to examine has to my knowledge never been reported in the
Even Internet sites on which I am among the readers’ favorites will not allow me to report on Harrit’s findings.
As I reported earlier, I myself had experience with a Huffington Post reporter who was keen to interview a Reagan
presidential appointee who was in disagreement with the Republican wars in the Middle East. After he published the
interview that I provided at his request, he was terrified to learn that I had reported findings of 9/11 investigators.
To protect his career, he quickly inserted on the online interview that my views on the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions
could be dismissed as I had reported unacceptable findings about 9/11.
The unwillingness or inability to entertain any view of 9/11 different from the official view dooms to impotence many
Internet sites that are opposed to the wars and to the rise of the domestic US police state. These sites, for whatever
the reasons, accept the government’s explanation of 9/11; yet, they try to oppose the “war on terror” and the police
state which are the consequences of accepting the government’s explanation. Trying to oppose the consequences of an
event whose explanation you accept is an impossible task.
If you believe that America was attacked by Muslim terrorists and is susceptible to future attacks, then a “war on
terror” and a domestic police state to root out terrorists become necessary to make Americans safe. The idea that a
domestic police state and open-ended war might be more dangerous threats to Americans than terrorists is an
A country whose population has been trained to accept the government’s word and to shun those who question it is a
country without liberty in its future.