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The Truthers Are Out There

Leftwing causes converge with the 9/11 denial movement.

Sep 24, 2007, Vol. 13, No. 02 • By SONNY BUNCH
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Webre aside, the speeches focused on several similar themes: that Bush is a war criminal for perpetrating 9/11 and the "illegal" wars he has waged across the globe; that a dreaded cabal of neocons at the Project for a New American Century think tank--which included several prominent members of the Bush administration--planned and executed a "new Pearl Harbor" on September 11, 2001, in order to increase military spending; and that Dick Cheney is planning a nuclear confrontation with Iran. Another point of agreement, highlighted by the organizer of the event, was the vociferously antiwar nature of a number of the protestors. Webster Tarpley described those gathered before him as "morally and intellectually superior" to any other movement, since they had begun questioning the events of 9/11 so quickly and fought with such dedication.

Much to the chagrin of many elements within the antiwar left, these 9/11 deniers are now as involved in protesting the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as getting the "truth" out about 9/11. At a rally in front of the White House on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the guests that DC 9/11 Truth invited spent far more time talking about the need to end the war in Iraq and the importance of impeaching Bush and Cheney than 9/11. The musical stylings of dR. O kept the crowd a-rocking and a-rolling between speakers. Described as the "Supergroup of Cyberspace" by Yahoo! Internet Life, the alt-rock, Pearl Jam-lite quartet enthralled with insightful lyrics like "Go f--- yourself, Mr. Cheney / Go f--- yourself, a--hole." Sadly, this was the final stop on dR. O's "Impeach Now or Die Tour."

Most of the speakers took a similarly belligerent tone. Adam Kokesh, the director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, mused about America's commitment to attacking governments that sponsor terrorism, noting that with campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq going on, "It's too bad [the military is] stretched too thin to strike America." He added that this is why the Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights--"It's time to rise up," he said, and overthrow a tyrannical government. The warmongering fascists across the street probably don't have too much to worry about from the freedom fighters gathered at Lafayette Park; fewer than a hundred protestors braved the intermittent drizzle to show their disdain for the Bush administration.

Near the end of the rally, a group of cross-country marchers showed up holding various signs like "Honk for Peace" and "Pro-War Is Anti-Christ"; one of the marchers took the stage to deliver a rambling monologue in which he apologized for the way evangelicals have supported the war in Iraq. Anthony St. Martin, a spokesman for Pledge to Impeach, addressed the crowd to implore those rallying to go on strike if Bush and Cheney are not removed from office. "This is a different day, this isn't the 1960s," St. Martin told the soggy crowd of aging hippies and college-aged hipsters.

A couple of speakers from the New York conference had also made their way down to Washington. Tarpley was one, and he gave much the same presentation he had three days before. In it, he warned that Dick Cheney is planning a nuclear attack on Iran sparked by "a new 9/11." But the threat isn't from Islamist terrorists or Iranians with nuclear weapons; America's real scourge is Cheney himself, who is planning to stage another attack on American soil (this one nuclear) in order to solidify his and Bush's grip on power and cancel the 2008 elections.

And now we've come full circle: From trying to prove that Bush and Co. had a hand in 9/11 to trying to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to preemptively warning about wholly unsubstantiated future conspiracies, the Truthers never have a moment's rest. There's always the next battle to fight, the next conspiracy to unravel. It will be fascinating to see what they have thought up by September 11, 2008.

Sonny Bunch is assistant editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.