9/11 truthers are guilty of making their theory impervious to falsification. Yeah I said it. This isn’t intended as an ad-hominem attack, I’m merely attempting to understand the psychology of truthers and sadly I’ve come to find that their logic is seriously flawed.
The fatal flaw in their thinking can be summarized as the following: Using denial or contradictory evidence as further proof of the theory, thereby making the theory unfalsifiable and resistant to change or logic. The exact same logic was employed during the Salem Witch Trials – if a woman claims she is not a witch, then it proves she is one. The exact same logic was employed during the Second Red Scare – if a man claims he is not a Communist, then he is one.
A fellow by the name of Hitler was also fond of doubting anything he didn’t already believe in, especially his vehement hatred of the Jews. In Mein Kampf he mentions The Protocols which are a forged document detailing a Jewish plan for world domination:
The extent to which the whole existence of the people is based on a continual lie is shown in an incomparable manner in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which the Jews hate so tremendously. The Frankfurter Zeitung is forever moaning to the people that they are supposed to be a forgery; which is the surest proof that they are genuine. What many Jews do perhaps unconsciously is here consciously exposed. But that is not what matters…What matters is that they uncover, with really horrifying reliability, the nature and activity of the Jewish people, and expose them in their logic and their final aims.
The sentence: “The Frankfurter Zeitung is forever moaning to the people that they are supposed to be a forgery; which is the surest proof that they are genuine,” is the most startling admission of erroneous logic I’ve ever heard. Essentially, Hitler is stating that The Protocols are real because other people are calling them fake. Nothing can defeat this argument.
And as was previously mentioned, 9/11 truthers are also guilty of this erroneous logic. The following quotes are taken from Shanksville, PA coroner Wally Miller who assisted in the clean up of the debris of Flight 93:
“I stopped being a coroner after about 20 minutes, because there were not bodies there.”
“I have not, to this day, seen a single drop of blood. Not a drop.”
These quotes certainly appear damning to the official account. But as is so often the case, the suspicion disappears when the truth is revealed.
In the following article, it’s clear Miller was talking about the devastation of the plane impacts. The bodies were vaporized and discovering remains was difficult. This is why ‘a single drop of blood’ was not found. Here is a portion of the article:
The FBI has mandated DNA testing to confirm the identities of remains, a process just beginning that Miller said could take four to six months. But using mostly dental records, Miller and staff have identified remains of 12 passengers — a number that the coroner said might grow with last weekend’s recovery of additional remains. (http://www.postgazette.com/headlines/20011003crash1003p3.asp)
In another article, USNews paraphrases Miller as stating, All that debris, and the fact that only 8 percent of the human remains could be recovered, mean the site is, essentially, a cemetery. Then they quote Miller directly, “The real story is about what those people did, deciding to rush the [terrorists] and sell everyone else on the idea,” says Miller, who spent weeks crawling around on his hands and knees searching for remains and would rather talk about anything else. “Where it landed is not what matters. The most important thing is that they be properly remembered.” (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/9_11/articles/911shanksville.htm)
And as if that weren’t enough, Miller himself has denied the credibility of the quotes truther’s have sworn by:
A funny thing happens in the minds of truther’s – despite the facts their theory remains safe. In fact, Wally Miller’s denial of the validity of their claims further proves the conspiracy theory. Just like Hitler, truther’s make their argument impervious to falsification by using denial as further evidence of the theory. Many truther’s probably subconsciously realize that if they were to admit that they take Wally Miller’s quote out of context, then a large portion of their theory crumbles. Thus, instead of face the reality that flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA and the bodies were mostly vaporized, truthers deny Miller’s claim as sincere and their theory remains safe.
Remove all bias, be objective, and analyze what remains. The objective fact is that articles exist in which Miller actually validates the very theory which truthers oppose. It is only by selecting certain parts of Miller’s words which appears to substantiate their claims.
Truther’s claims rest on the same precarious ground as the Salem Witch Trials, The Red Scare, and the Nazi regime. History does indeed repeat itself, and it’s thanks to irrational thinking.