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Monday, December 27, 2004

Rumsfeld Message Malfunction

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld seems to have made quite a faux pas. In a CNN transcript of Rumsfeld's recent surprise visit to troops in Iraq, he is heard to describe UAL Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 as having been "shot down."

Raw Story
notes that Flight 93 has long been the subject of controversy, but this is the first time an administration official has revealed any hint of a crack in the official story -- that the plane crashed when passengers heroically staged a revolt against the hijackers.

Interestingly, while most of the conspiracy-mongers have Flight 93 being shot down by the U.S. military, Rumsfeld's remarks seem to imply a downing by terrorists:
I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten -- indeed the word "terrorized" is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be. (emphasis ours).
The Peach finds it particularly interesting that the only two outlets reporting this story at the moment are Raw Story and the ultra-right WorldNet Daily, suggesting that there is a convergence at certain points between liberal mistrust of the current government and the far-right's mistrust of government in general.

We also wonder how the SCLM can turn something like Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" into weeks worth of salacious video replay while virtually ignoring potential scandals of much greater importance to the American public. We cannot think of anything of greater moment than the possibility that our own military -- or terrorists for that matter -- might have shot down a passenger plane on 9/11 and then subsequently covered it up. We hope to see some serious mainstream reporting on this in the near future.


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