Rabbit Hole 3: Loose Change

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. (Groucho Marx)

So, you’re among the skeptics! Welcome. So you don’t believe the original story about Muslims with box cutters? Well, we have others.

Loose Change!

Loose change was 2005 documentary that received wide publicity and was widely viewed, was in fact an Internet phenomenon. Below is the three-minute trailer.

The movie was designed to rope in skeptics and lead us down a blind alley. It freely asserts that 9/11 was an American coup, which anyone with half a brain can understand. But then, in over two hours, the movie seals several false impressions designed to beguile and mislead, among them:

  • Planes hit the buildings. There is quite a long sequence trying to analyze a protrusion under the aircraft and a flash of light before the explosion. It reminds me of the old story of customs agents’ futile disassembling of trucks at the border trying to find smuggled drugs, when in fact it was trucks that were being smuggled in. It fails to ask the question, “What plane?”
  • Steel was removed from Ground Zero before it could be analyzed. Below is a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) image of the topography of Ground Zero on 9/27/2001. What steel? It’s not been carted off. It is already gone. Where did it go?LIDAR
  • Nano-thermites were found on site. The movie introduces us to one of the most devious of the misinformation agents, Steven E. Jones.

Wikipedia, itself a source of rabbit holes and back doors, does its job. It says that

The film’s main claims have been refuted by journalists, independent researchers, and prominent members of the scientific and engineering community.

That’s called Ad Verecundiam, or “argument from authority”, by the way, in case you’re tracking logical fallacies. Wikipedia is very good on celebrities and music. In matters of national security … it is part of the cover-up. It is riddled with back doors allowing access by agents of disinformation.

On the surface, it appears we are having give-and-take. But if 9/11 was a coup d’etat, why would those who planned the event turn around and allow open debate? Are they that stupid?

It is a diversion, a side tunnel in the rabbit hole. If we follow the movie down its logical path, we will end up at a place further from the truth than when we originally raised a skeptical eyebrow.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. (Thomas Jefferson)

Before viewing the movie, we were merely skeptical. After viewing it, we are thoroughly misinformed. Mission accomplished.

It is wise, then, to return to Ground Zero and set aside theories. We must examine the evidence, and let it speak.

2 thoughts on “Rabbit Hole 3: Loose Change

  1. I remember the first time I saw Loose Change. It reminded me of when as a young boy I played Beatles records backwards to discover the hidden code.


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