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Noam Chomsky and the Willful Ignorance of 9/11

By Kevin Ryan | Dig Within | November 29, 2013

Noam Chomsky at World Social Forum - 2003. Sou...

In response to a question at the University of Florida recently, Noam Chomsky claimed that there were only “a miniscule number of architects and engineers” who felt that the official account of WTC Building 7 should be treated with skepticism.  Chomsky followed-up by saying, “a tiny number—a couple of them—are perfectly serious.”

If signing your name and credentials to a public petition on the subject means being serious, then Noam Chomsky’s tiny number begins at 2,100, not counting scientists and other professionals. Why would Chomsky make such an obvious exaggeration when he has been presented with contradictory facts many times?

I’ve personally had over thirty email exchanges with Chomsky. In those exchanges, he has agreed that it is “conceivable” that explosives might have been used at the WTC. But, he wrote, if that were the case it would have had to be Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden who had made it so.

Of course, it doesn’t matter how many professionals or intellectuals are willing to to admit it. The facts remain that the U.S. government’s account for the destruction of the WTC on 9/11 is purely false.  There is no science behind the government’s explanation for WTC7 or for the Twin Towers and everyone, including the government, admits that WTC Building 7 experienced free fall on 9/11. There is no explanation for that other than the use of explosives.

The obviously bogus “tiny number” statement from Chomsky is only one of several such absurdities the man uttered in his lecture response. Here are a few of the others.

“[Scientists seeking the truth about 9/11] are not doing what scientists and engineers do when they think they’ve discovered something. What you do, when you think you have discovered something, is you write articles in scientific journals [he admits to “one or two minor articles”], give talks at the professional societies, and go to the Civil Engineering Department at MIT, or Florida or wherever you are, and present your results.”

I’ve copied Chomsky on more than two peer-reviewed scientific articles in mainstream journals that describe evidence for demolition at the WTC. Therefore he knows that this statement is not true. And I’ve given dozens of talks around the U.S. and Canada that focused on the WTC demolition theory, many of which were at universities.

I’ve also pointed out that MIT’s civil engineering professor Eduardo Kausel made elementary mistakes in his public comments about the WTC disaster. Kausel claimed in Scientific American that the WTC towers were “never designed for the the intense jet fuel fires—a key design omission.”  Kausel also claimed that jet fuel from the aircraft “softened or melted the structural elements—floor trusses and columns—so that they became like chewing gum.”  At the risk of making a Chomsky-like exaggeration, I’ll venture that nearly everyone today knows that these statements are false.

Chomsky went on in an attempt to belittle, and downplay the sacrifices of, people seeking the truth.

“There happen to be a lot of people around who spent an hour on the internet who think they know a lot of physics but it doesn’t work like that.”

“Anyone who has any record of, any familiarity, with political activism knows that this is one of the safest things you can do. It’s almost riskless. People take risks far beyond this constantly, including scientists and engineers. I could, have run through, and can run through many examples. Maybe people will laugh at you but that’s about it. It’s almost a riskless position.”

Chomsky knows that I was fired from my job as Site Manager at Underwriters Laboratories for publicly challenging the government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy.  He knows that many others have suffered similar responses as well, including Brigham Young University physicist Steven Jones and University of Copenhagen chemist Niels Harrit, who were forced into retirement for speaking out. And although everyone knows that researchers and universities today depend on billions of grant dollars from the government, Chomsky implies that such funding could never be impacted in any way by questioning of the government’s most sensitive political positions.

The “hour on the internet” nonsense is ludicrous, of course, and Chomsky knows it well. Jones and Harrit have better scientific credentials than some MIT professors and we have all spent many years studying the events of 9/11. I’ve spent over a decade, and have contributed to many books and scientific articles, on the subject.

Pandering to the hecklers in the crowd, Chomsky summarized his simplistic (public) position on the events of 9/11.

“However, there’s a much more deeper issue which has been brought up repeatedly and I have yet to hear a response to it. There is just overwhelming evidence that the Bush administration wasn’t involved—very elementary evidence. You don’t have to be a physicist to understand it, you just have to think for a minute. There’s a couple of facts which are uncontroversial:

#1—The Bush Administration desperately wanted to invade Iraq. (He goes on to say that there were good reasons, including that Iraq was “right in the middle if the world’s energy producing region.)

#2—They didn’t blame 9/11 on Iraqis, they blamed it on Saudis—that’s their major ally.

#3—Unless they’re total lunatics, they would have blamed it on Iraqis if they were involved in any way.” He continues to say that “there was no reason to invade Afghanistan” which “has been mostly a waste of time.”

Basically, these three “overwhelming” reasons boil down to one reason—Chomsky assumes that if the Bush Administration was involved it would have immediately blamed Iraq for 9/11. Of course, Bush Administration leaders did immediately blame Iraq for 9/11 and they did so repeatedly. That was one of the two original justifications given by the Bush Administration for invading Iraq.

Moreover, Chomsky most definitely received a response to his “deeper issue” when he received a copy of my new book Another Nineteen several months before his comments.  The book gives ample reasons—meaning actual overwhelming evidence—to suspect that Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and nineteen of their colleagues were behind the 9/11 attacks. After writing that he was “glad to learn about the new book,” he sent his mailing address for a free copy. Chomsky acknowledged receiving the book in August and wrote to me that he was “pleased to have a copy of the book, and hope to be able to get to it before too long.”

Therefore, Chomsky has either ignored the response to his one major concern for several months or he knows that his concern is no longer valid. What would make him feign ignorance in such a way?  Perhaps it is the fact that he would lose a great deal of face if he were to finally admit that there is much more to the story of 9/11.

Regardless, when a tiny number begins at 2,100 and “just overwhelming evidence” to exonerate the Bush Administration boils down to one bad assumption, we are again reminded of the power that 9/11 holds. When presented with substantial evidence for complicity on the part of corporate and government leaders, the obvious becomes either undeniable or an emotional cue to dissemble.

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  1. I have thought about this [those that suffer from what appears superficially to be invincible ignorance] considerably. I believe it comes down to this. While I am not an engineer or physicist within less than a week after 9/11 I knew we were being lied to. My initial response on the very day was that they should not build skyscrapers if they went down that easily. Then shortly thereafter I heard an interview with the designer of the Twin Towers who said honestly that the buildings were designed to take multiple hits–something that made very perfect sense! So within days reliable persons were saying that the official explanation did not hold water.
    Now Chomsky has affiliations which just might make the truth dangerous for him: MIT which is no stranger to falsehoods that pay; the Jewish community that might ostracize him if he used his knowledge and connections and they led to the Mossad which would surprise no one who has his kind of knowledge. As an expert on East Timor you can well imagine someone saying to him,”Well, you know it has been exaggerated. Sure there was some deaths but you, Professor Chomsky, have blown thing out of proportion and read too many articles written by mentally ill liberals.” He would be full of sarcastic and acid remarks for someone trying to get away with that. And perhaps the person was Indonesian and had relatives and felt sensitive about the matter. Thus, I see Chomsky is too smart and too well educated and connected to play this game and think he is getting away with something. Did someone even threaten his life? There are a number of these fellows. Glenn Greenwald is another person who knows a lot except when 9/11 comes up or Obama’s documentation; and then you know he just can not grasp your point!
    Thanks for your good article and information. You have done a lot for the Cause.


    Comment by John Burns | November 29, 2013

  2. Chomsky, an enigma dressed up in a riddle. Heck all he needs now is to be a relativist and whoosh he is back on top as world smartest man.


    Comment by russell olausen | November 29, 2013

  3. Loathsome little gatekeeper. Amazing how people can be fooled by such demonic charlatans for so long.


    Comment by Bill | May 22, 2014

  4. it is no surprise that chomsky obfuscates and distracts. that is his job, to protect his masters. the real surprise is how many average americans choose to remain ignorant about 9/11.
    click my name!


    Comment by james ha | May 22, 2014

  5. he has agreed that it is “conceivable” that explosives might have been used at the WTC. But, he wrote, if that were the case it would have had to be Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden who had made it so.”…Well, IT IS SO…Bush made the statement that there WAS explosives “planted way high up in the towers, in-order to kill more people”…neverm mind the statement makes no sense at all…THIS should have REQUIRED NIST look at explosives as the cause of the collapse…bbut we know how THAT “investigation” turned out….officially, lol


    Comment by GoodAmerican | May 22, 2014

  6. By the way…mr. zionist extrodinair…Ive been a structural engineer for over 20 years…Im one of “few” that have actually done the math and physics that discribes the collapse event…it a FACT that the NIST forensic “analysis” does not include a quantification of the collapse event…even though NIST was required BY LAW to do…Any ideas of WHY this REQUIREMENT was not provided mr. zionist agenda enabler?so…


    Comment by GoodAmerican | May 22, 2014

  7. Anyone who has any record of, any familiarity, with political activism knows that this is one of the safest things you can do. It’s almost riskless.”….Oh, mr chomski, Please Excuse US for trying to expose the 1st degree murder committed by rouge members of the “govt” on 9-11…Why, it must be all warm and cozy there in Official La La Land….You gettin paid for that opinion you gathered from watching the TV arent you….No Risk there huh?
    PWishing Peace, Truth, Justice, Freedom , Health and Prosperity for ALL…in-spite of those who control “our” govt.


    Comment by GoodAmerican | May 22, 2014

  8. Chompsky is Jewish. If he sides with the 911 truthers–he’d be out of show business. I can only think of two retired Jewish actors that has come out–911 was inside Job Poor Rossie–got kicked out of her show.. Ever wondered why most Jews side with government? They ain’t stupid!


    Comment by Georgio | May 22, 2014

  9. Chomsky and Greenwald, who are both Jews, say good things and support many just causes, but they only support them up to a point. With the point being Israel. Which means they will not objectively discuss the 9/11 false flag attack (which any 8th grade retard recognizes as a false flag) or support any causes that could conceivably lead to the demise of Israel, to which all Jews swear loyalty.


    Comment by Carroll Price | May 22, 2014

  10. Had to laugh, one disinfo artist slandering another, whilst the big Jewish elephant in the room is ignored.
    9/11 was not an inside job, sure Bush Cheney et al knew, but they were only bit players, the real force was Israel.
    5 dancing Israelis anyone?
    Silverstein and Lowey anyone.
    Jew Job not inside job please.


    Comment by Strum | May 23, 2014

  11. certainly the zionists control my govt..and were envolved in the 1st degree murder committed that day…the us “govt” has covered up any scientific analysis of what happened that day…the media (mainly zionist owned) is admittedly controlled by the “govt” (see project mockingbird) and has done no scientific investigation either…the US “govt” is rouge..the US media is an accompless (excuse my spelling and sentence doing this on my break from actually building stuff in this counrty…unlike those who control it..they seem bent on dismantling it)..Peace ALll


    Comment by GoodAmerican | May 23, 2014

  12. you must contemplate the fact that professor Chomsky may already have been threatened over the 9/11 issue by the powers that be and asked to remain ‘neutral’. His citizenship or even his life (not uncommon these days is this great democracy) may be at risk if he expresses his views on it. His initial statements on 9/11 may be true when he ays the US government ,he thinks, ‘was not involved’. Dic, Bus,Chen and Rums and group do not make up ‘the US Government’. What Professor Chomsky means it that another country (guess who) carried out this attack as a camouflage for its terrorist acts the world over which it is famous for and used key people within American politics such as the Diccheyrumbus group. The rest of the ‘government’ may be clean but frightened to speak up….


    Comment by Tasneem | June 2, 2014

  13. 9-11 was a capitalist racist shitbag job.
    While not all participants in 9,11 were jewish or zionist, or bankers, they have provided the blueprint for slavery of citizens time and time again.


    Comment by Diaz's packed bowl | October 3, 2016

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