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Shining a Light on 9/11 Denial


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Shining a Light on 9/11 Denial

Written by Dennis P. McMahon, JD, LLM

 How to Handle False Arguments Used to Reject the WTC Evidence

It can be challenging for advocates in the 9/11 Truth movement to get our message across to family, friends, and strangers alike. 

Often, the negative responses to the evidence presented by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth have a subtext that could be fairly titled, “kill the messenger.” Why do so many people respond this way? As discussed by psychology experts, one explanation involves the issue of “nationalist faith.” What this entails, for certain Americans, is the steadfast view that the U.S. government is always “the good guy,” and that anyone not in sync with this view is “anti-American” and not to be trusted. Those who blindly cling to nationalist faith simply cannot entertain the idea that America’s leaders would do anything wrong.

Closely related to the mindset of nationalist faith is a person’s “worldview”, which subjectively determines what is possible and what is not for them. For example, if your audience is comprised of people who feel certain that it would be impossible for any group of conspirators to somehow wire and detonate the Twin Towers without being publically revealed, then no amount of scientific forensic evidence will persuade her or him otherwise.

Another type of mindset that 9/11 Truth advocates often bump up against is possessed by those people who are predisposed to “wishful or fearful thinking”. Wishful thinkers see the world as they wish it to be. Fearful thinkers will simply not believe something that they fear to be the truth. With these people, even the most persuasive evidence will usually fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.

So then, with whom can 9/11 Truth advocates rationally discuss the overwhelming evidence indicating that the three World Trade Center buildings were brought down by controlled demolition on 9/11? These would be the people who are “evidence based.” People who have an open mind about tough issues and can examine and evaluate uncomfortable evidence objectively will be more open to 9/11 Truth. It is essential to know the evidence you are presenting inside and out, especially with this audience, because they will test you with questions. It is also important to understand that, at least in my experience, not very many people are evidence-based.

The following is a list of some of the more common false arguments and denial strategies you will run up against [see original for suggestions on how to respond]:

  1. “You’re just a conspiracy theorist!”
  2. “You probably believe that aliens are real, the moon landing was faked and the Holocaust never happened.”
  3. “What you’re suggesting only serves to hurt 9/11 families and embolden the terrorists. It’s treasonous.”
  4. “The 9/11 videos and photos you cite must have been photo-shopped.”
  5. “The documents you cite are forgeries.”
  6. “Any eyewitness testimony supporting your conspiracy theory must be coming from people who were panicked and obviously could not tell what was really happening.”
  7. Ad hominem Attacks
  8. Straw Man Arguments
  9. Focusing on Weaker Arguments
  10. Focusing on small details and avoiding the big picture
  11. Ignoring your arguments, as if they are preposterous
  12. The name game
  13. Trying to “push your buttons”

In my view and experience, it takes great patience and dedication for a 9/11 Truth advocate to persuade anyone other than a person who is evidence-based, that we have been misled about what really happened on 9/11. If you can get so far as planting a seed of truth to the majority of people who are not evidence-based, you are doing well. Good luck with your mission!


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