Canadians Skeptical of ‘Official’ 9/11 Theories

posterBBC News reports that Canadians are more partial to alternative theories of what really happened on 9/11/01 than Americans are:

An advertising campaign in Canada raises questions about the US government’s official account of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Are Canadians more sympathetic to anti-American conspiracy theories than Americans themselves?

The posters, displayed on buses in Ottawa, show an image of a World Trade Center building collapsing in the inferno of the terrorist attack that morning.

The advertising campaign is supported by a Lafayette, California-based organisation called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

The office tower, 7 World Trade Center, may have been destroyed in a controlled demolition, members of the organisation purport, rather than in a fire.

Frank Greening, a nuclear scientist who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, knows the people behind the organisation – truthers, as they are known – well. He first met them years ago.

Like them, he initially thought there was something more to the story of 9/11 than the US government let on. To him it seemed unlikely that a small group such as al-Qaeda could have pulled off such a monumental act of horror.

Besides like many Canadians, he harbours a deep scepticism of US officials and their explanations for why things happen.

“I think Canadians are more tolerant of conspiracy theories when it’s anti-American,” he said.

Experts agree.

Jonathan Kay, an editor at the National Post and author of Among the Truthers, said 9/11 conspiracy theories resonate for a reason.

“There’s an underlying neurosis about American power,” he said. “In Canada, it’s very fashionable to casually attack the US as neo-imperialist.

“If you went up to someone and said, ‘Hey, was George Bush lying about Iraq?’ they’d say, ‘Oh, yeah, that sounds like something he’d do.'”…

[continues at BBC News]


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23 Comments on "Canadians Skeptical of ‘Official’ 9/11 Theories"

  1. Damien Quinn | Dec 19, 2013 at 8:04 am |

    Eh….George Bush was lying about Iraq. Believing otherwise suggests a questionable grasp of reality.

    • Jin The Ninja | Dec 19, 2013 at 9:47 am |

      of course you are totally correct. but in fairness to kay, he works for the pro-america, pro-imperialist paper ‘of note (aka bullsh*t).’ he’s only toeing the party line. unlike the article implies cdns aren’t ‘anti-american ;’ in fact they hardly approximate ‘anti’ anything- except of course native rights. they’re more apathetic than anything. about everything.

  2. 9/11 truthers have been thoroughly disproven by the fact that Alex Jones agrees.

  3. Liam_McGonagle | Dec 19, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    I’m skeptical of the idea of Canada. There’s all this talk about a whole nother nation 10% the size of the USA right along our borders, but there’s no real evidence for it.

    For starters, everyone I’ve ever met who claimed to be Canadian talked perfect American almost without any kind of accent. They’re even familiar with all of our football teams.

    Then there’s Rob Ford. We’re expected to believe he’s the mayor of a major metropolis nobody’s ever heard of (conveniently located in the mythical ‘Canada’).Yet he’s a 300-lb loud-mouthed crack smoker.

    Clearly Ford is an American.

    • Clearly American… “mayor of a major metropolis nobody’s ever heard of” Toronto is Canada’s biggest city…. THIS is the difference between Canadians and Americans…. We actually think outside of our own country, I could name you the capital of a majority of the states , along with anyone else with a basic education here, as for you Americans, what’s the capital of CANADA yet alone an individual province? I’d be surprised if 30% of all Americans can even answer that. Again, we think outside the box.

    • Hoarfraust | Dec 23, 2013 at 5:03 am |

      I agree: please take Rob Ford back!!!

  4. Rhoid Rager | Dec 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

    The people who ride the buses in Ottawa most likely already know 9/11 was an inside job because they are generally the disaffected working class and ‘underlings’. The real entrenched deniers are the army of white collar gubermint paper pushing complacents. They’re too happy with their cozy do-nothing positions and trendy night lives to care. I suppose the class differences are more pronounced in this way with any bureaucracy-infested capital city.

    • Jin The Ninja | Dec 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm |

      replace ‘gubmint’ with ‘mid-low level bay street management’ and you’ve pretty accurately described torontonians (who drive). if you took away hockey and tim hortons- all they would have is their binge drinking weekends and multitudinous yelp reviews. i’m starting to think hawaii- america and all- doesn’t seem so/as bad.

      • Rhoid Rager | Dec 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm |

        Ah yes, Toronto. Never lived there, but been there enough to know I never want to. And one of the perks about living in Japan is that I don’t have to feign an interest in hockey when i talk to men anymore. I do kinda miss smoking a joint and drinking a double-double in the parking lot of Tim’s, though. It was an after work ritual to watch all the humanity pouring in and out of the Montreal Road store.

  5. my first impression was this ad was for a phone company. I guess it is purposely made to have a sleek look so the middle class people it is meant for will subconsciously accept it. not so sure that Truth would need such advertising gimmicks. If it can’t stand on its own, it ought not to stand at all.

    • So what of what the ad actually describes? I don’t see gimmicks at all, I see the blood, sweat and tears of activists throughout a decade + of fighting, finally utilizing the best tactics for granting psychological permission to the idea of questioning 9/11 in public. Have you studied the evidence they prompt everyone to consider yourself?

      • yeah, I was the first conspiracy theorist I knew. I’ve studied it quite a bit since before I used internet. I don’t really need to hear about the manifold ways the powers try to manipulate me anymore. I think that the conspiracies are probably part of the conspiracy! not that they don’t contain some truth, I just think its a waste of my time to attempt to sift through that. it isn’t really changing what i’m doing anyways.
        but what I have against this is that activists need to find “the best tactics for granting psychological permission to the idea of…”. that’s fighting fire with fire. and only serves to support the idea behind manipulative propaganda.
        i’m all for expressing truth in an aesthetic manner. but not to make it more palatable, but for reasons of beauty and aesthetics

        • I don’t really see any manipulative propaganda from the ad campaigns whatsoever. Where are you seeing any untoward manipulation? Yes the spaces utilized to communicate with the public are predominantly occupied by advertisers with no intention of ennobling their audiences, this does not mean that PSA’s must all have ulterior/profit driven motives. If this were so no one could wear a Tshirt anymore for fear of propagandizing their audiences.

          If you believe it is a waste of time that is fine, but try to understand how important it is to reach the common man with ideas they have been deliberately shielded from and how much effort has gone into organizing and producing these glitches in the matrix.

          I for one am very happy and proud to know the NY times is getting an eye full every time they report to work.

  6. Glad to see this getting coverage here.

  7. Rhoid Rager | Dec 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

    Everyone knows the capital of Canada is Fort McMurray.

  8. astrofrog | Dec 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

    Oh sure. Canadians who have doubts about 9/11 are just reflexively anti-American. I guess that totally explains the vast number of Americans who question 9/11. They just hate themselves, I suppose? It also totally explains all the left-wing, anti-American Canadians I know who think trutherism is crazy. Yeah … this isn’t a red herring at all.

  9. Not much of a surprise that BBC “news” is just as much a propaganda instrument as what passes for “news” in the US.
    What a joke.

  10. Ron Chandler | Dec 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

    Jonathan Kay is a spin merchant who gets to blog at Huffington Post, Soros vehicle.He’s pedalling the predictable ‘They’re all mentally unbalanced’ meme. Curious how surveys show truthers measure higher IQs than the average Joe.

  11. Rhoid Rager | Dec 20, 2013 at 12:42 am |

    Yep, definitely thinking outside the box.

  12. misinformation | Dec 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm |

    “THIS is the difference between Canadians and Americans….”

    Unless your mastery of it is even more expert than I can fathom, it seems there is at least one more difference between Canadians and “American’s” (of which, Canadians are, as well) – an understanding of sarcasm.

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