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« Why the War Hawks Fail to Persuade (Part 2) | Main | Weekly Re-Cap | Nov. 18 - 24, 2007 »

November 25, 2007

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Charles

I'm puzzled by this piece.

There were a at least a dozen and probably more like two dozen articles in mainstream media stating that warnings had been given to American officials published prior to 2003. Minister of Parliament Michael Meacher states that "It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks, and I am sure he's right because I have copies of newspaper articles from that period listing them out. " Even the Taliban warned American officials! (Whether American officials deliberately ignored those warnings is a judgment call, of course, but there's no conspiracism in believing that we we warned. We were.

I think the conspiracy theory is that we have a free press.

[Next: Most Americans believe Bush and Cheney have committed impeachable offenses!]

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References

1. observer.guardian.co.uk/waronterrorism/story/0,1373,788198,00.html

2. politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1036687,00.html

D. Cupples

Charles -- I remember a few of those MSM articles, so you're right: there's no conspiracy involved in believing that we were warned.

I interpreted the Scripps article as suggesting that poll participants believe that some of the people who received the warnings had conspired (for their own reasons) to not respond to the warnings -- as opposed to simply not putting stock in the warnings. Of course, such beliefs are not provable.

Admittedly, I might have misinterpreted the Scripps article.

Charles

Typo alert: The quotes around Meacher's comment above should fall as "It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks."

DC: If the US received 11 warnings, as Meacher says, and heeded none of them, one can suspect either gross incompetence or conspiracy. Granting that such beliefs are unprovable, precisely because a complete and independent investigation of 9/11 was blocked by the Administration, it seems entirely logical for people to believe that conspiracy was "possible." The Scripps poll doesn't seem to indicate HOW likely people thought conspiracy was.

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