2006/08/05

Interesting items on 9-11

A fellow named Andrew Bard Schmookler wrote letters to about a dozen relevant individuals and suggested that as around 42% of Americans consider the official investigations and conclusions about 9-11 to be incomplete and unsatisfactory, that perhaps these individuals might wish to re-start those investigations, to assure the public that they were indeed serious abut the issue. BTW, a third of the public believes that there was a conspiracy.

His answer? (crickets chirping)

Wonder why this is? Wonder why no one wishes to defend the conclusions of the 9-11 commission?

We might also notice that Ann Coulter's criticism of the 9-11 Widows (Known popularly as the "Jersey Girls") was a completely ad hominem, fact-free attack that obsessed on their characters, but said absolutely nothing as to the merits of their case. Please note also what Media Matters pointed out about her appearance with Matt Lauer of the Today Show:

Given Coulter's history of inflammatory and offensive rhetoric, why does Today continue to grant her solo interviews, and why did Today grant her a forum to promote a book containing similar statements?

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz and ABC News senior national correspondent Jake Tapper have been critical of Coulter's rhetoric, but have complained, along with Coulter, that the status of the 9-11 Widows made them invulnerable to criticism by opponents. Media Matters investigated and found that in none of the cases cited by Kurtz and Tapper was criticism squelched, inhibited or even at all restrained. In no cases did "their personal tragedies...shield them from rebuttal."

Also,

On the June 7 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News contributor Sandy Rios stated that Coulter's "words are laser-focused on the truth"
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On the June 7 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Republican strategist Jack Burkman defended Coulter's statements "[a]ll the way," asserting that Coulter "understates the point" and is "telling the truth."
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During a fawning interview on the June 7 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, host Sean Hannity asked Coulter a series of leading questions -- paraphrasing her attacks on the 9-11 widows...
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Also on the June 7 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Republican strategist Karen Hanretty asserted that Coulter's attacks on the 9-11 widows were not "mean spirited," but rather "tongue-in-cheek," "satire," and examples of "Ann's own personal style."

So yes, we can legitimately say that Ann Coulter is a terrible person for attacking the widows, but notice that Coulter is hardly alone. She was supported by a whole phalanx of Republican supporters. She's hardly a "rouge agent" and was clearly supported by the Republican Party.

And now we have a book by two members of the 9-11 Commission that claim, surprise, surprise, they don't really agree with all of the conclusions of their commission! As AmericaBlog points out:

Well here's a thought. Rather than telling us this in a book years too late, why didn't the book's authors stand up at the time and make a difference when it mattered?

The website 911Truth defends

Specifically, the good and dedicated lower-level military people [who] were confused by the events of 9/11 because 9/11 occurred at the same time as the multiple war games with their live fly exercises, plane into building scenarios, false radar inserts, and apparent interference by Cheney.

But that:

Norad has already changed its story numerous times, apparently to address impossibilities with the official story pointed out by 9/11 skeptics.

I think there's a WHOLE lot more to the story than we, the public, have been told!

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