Conspiracy theorists who believe the United States government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon — because ... Masons? Illuminati? Federal Reserve? World Bank? Middle East Oil? Flying Spaghetti Monster? — marked the 12th anniversary of the event by festooning the 9/11 memorial in Parc Sans Souci downtown with some 3-D graffiti.
The “truthers,” so-called for the 9/11 Truth Movement, affixed cartoonish airplanes crashing onto the rusty beams salvaged from the ruins of the WTC, which comprise the centerpiece of the memorial. The planes’ tail pieces are marked with “NWO,” presumably a reference to New World Order, and the Eye of Providence image from the Great Seal of the United States. Standing near the memorial was an effigy of former President George W. Bush holding a remote control device in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. Police have since removed the graffiti.
The message notwithstanding, we have to give a tip of the cap to the vandals for creativity, and for making art do exactly what it should: get us talking. So, bravo on that account.
As evidence that the 9/11 Truth Movement is alive a well, a person identifying himself as “an ex firefighter from NY,” which evidently conveys authority and ownership of the issue, posted the following on KATC’s Facebook comment section ("false flag" is a common term among conspiracy theorists to describe covert government operations like, in this context, the 9/11 attacks; nut jobs like Alex Jones use it all the time, most recently to characterize the Boston Marathon bombings):
9/11 was NOT an attack committed by some angry Saudi Muslims with box cutters. 9/11 was a false flag attack orchestrated by criminal elements within our own Govt, just like so many others throughout history. I realize this is a tough subject to discuss but you’re just going to have to toughen up if we’re going to fix the mess we’re all in. When I first started to speak up about this almost 10 years ago, I was very often met with a lot of hostility, but I still kept talking even though most people refused to listen. Nowadays, that has clearly changed. Over half the people I meet already know a little something about what really happened. (Or at least know the wars are based on lies) People are listening a lot more now. The tide is slowly turning in our favor because so many other people refuse to stop talking about it too. Now MILLIONS of people worldwide are well aware the Govt lied.
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