Open Letter to ADS about Posting Taibbi’s Insulting Article

Matt Taibbi wrote a horribly insulting article about those of us who want a real investigation into the events of 9/11. His article contains no references and no footnotes. in fact, it contains no facts at all; simply strawman arguments and gross generalizations. Believe it or not, the majority of his argument rests in a fictional discussion he makes up pertaining to what he supposes the “planning” meeting to sound like. That is his argument. Really.

David Swanson of After Downing Streethas posted this from AlterNet. Taibbi’s article even resorts to calling people looking for the truth “idiots” several times. Name calling, believe it or not. And Swanson posted it on his main site. That is highly insulting and so I wrote this comment on the ADS site in an effort to get Swanson to denounce Taibbi’s obvious attempt at “yellow journalism”. 


You are too good of a writer and researcher not to see the glaring problems with Taibbi’s arguments.

You ever notice how people like Taibbi here can only attack “truthers” personally, and not on facts alone? There’s a reason for that David; because the facts just don’t add up.

Let’s put it this way:

Someone kills your family (or a neighbors. whomever) and the Sheriff refuses to launch an investigation for 400+ days until the family members go to the press and get so much attention, that sheriff is forced to investigate.

But at first he puts a detective in charge who has already been accused and tried (Kissinger) of lying and manipulating evidence in other cases (Chile Sept. 11 1973) and he has business ties to one of the suspects (bin Laden family, who, by the way, the sheriff also has business ties to).

As the investigation goes on, they don’t look at key evidence (NIST and FEMA BOTH never tested for explosive residue, even though that is STANDARD in fire/arson investigations), evidence was removed from the scene without being tested (structural steel removed under guard by city and federal authorities to be melted down), and even the investigators themselves say that the investigation was tainted from the start and that key testimony was falsified, under oath.

Then, After all of this, you find out that the leading forensic team in the investigation (NIST) admits they can’t explain (with the common theory of what happened) why the events happened the way they did which lead to the deaths of the family members (NIST admitted recently that they can’t explain why the buildings collapsed. Most of the 3000 victims of 9/11 died when those buildings came down.).

Now, David, you play all of that in your head, and then pretend that well intentioned people in the community are taking up your cause and doing legitimate forensic research into what happened. All with the intention of helping YOU put this to rest…

…and along comes Taibbi who attacks these people with nonsensical strawman arguments (because he can’t dispute the facts intelligently) and a bunch of websites like this one give Taibbi’s BS a forum.

I lived in New York for 5 years. I worked on Gansevoort street for 2 of those years, which is very close to the towers. I have friends who ran down and helped for hours with the wounded. I even have a friend who worked in the towers and I thank God she got out.

By putting up this drivel David, it makes me think you agree with it. Do you think I am an idiot David? Do I sound like an idiot? Because that is the root of Taibbi’s argument; in fact he says it several times.

Would you appreciate someone calling you an idiot for trying to find out what happened to your neighbors family? Especially when you yourself clearly know the lengths that the sheriff will go to get what he wants?

You don’t put up Steven Jones research, or Jim Hoffmans analysis of collapse time or David Ray Griffins or Richard Gage’s structural evaluation of the collapse…

Instead you choose to put up Taibbi’s rant about how stupid “truthers” are based on …Taibbi’s impression …of what he thinks a conversation would be like? And truthers are stupid?

I have been supportive of the impeachment process for a long while, and I will continue to do so. By the same token, I have been supportive of this site, linking it several times from my own.

But this insult to the good solid work of the people that I have mentioned as well as thousands of others, this is a deal-breaker, David. This insult will not be forgotten even if you choose to continue to ignore these comments.

In time, the truth of these crimes will finally be uncovered when the MSM can no longer ignore the obvious facts, and at that time David, this post will remain as your legacy to the call for real justice for the victims of 9/11.

14 Responses

  1. And some people still swear that Oswald killed JFK, disregarding the recent computerized enhancement of the sounds that day in and around Dealy Plaza.

    Some will never open their minds to that actual and horrible thought that 9/11 was an inside job.

    They can’t admit that their goverment has no problems with killings Americans, to further political and corporate agendas.

    And to help prop up the sadomasochist, racist and apartheid state of Israel.

  2. Good post, Willy. The 9/11 investigation has been botched, and that is unforgivable. Taibbi is calling the wrong people “idiots,” and Swanson ought to know better.


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