Terry McDermott (@TerryMcdermott) is an American author and Journalist. He joins me on The #GSPodcast to discuss his book Perfect Soldiers. Who were the 9/11 hijackers and why did they do what they did? We also talk about the intelligence services, journalism, 9/11 truthers, Al- Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden and much more.
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It takes a moment to invent or spread a conspiracy theory, yet it can take years, even decades to debunk one. And even then, not everyone will have received the memo. As Alberto Brandolini said: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.”
There was quite a lot of excitement online from the tinfoil hat wearing brigade early September. Apparently, a proper, peer-reviewed scientific journal had concluded that the Twin Towers were in fact brought down by a ‘controlled demolition’. This information arrived just in time for the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks, conveniently:
And on and on it went.
Mo Shafiq is a former member of the Liberal Democrat party and also runs ‘The Ramadhan Foundation’ in the UK. From what I can gather the latter role consists of little more than having a website and calling yourself a ‘foundation’.
Shafiq enjoys a steady media presence though, wheeled out as the ‘moderate’ talking head for whatever Muslim hot topic is the flavour of the day. The behaviour and views of Mo Shafiq reveal two possibilities however:
1. That the bar for what is to be considered ‘moderate’ has been set patronisingly low,
2. Media outlets are failing to adequately research or question those they deem qualified represent a community.
One person has been killed and several others were injured in a knife attack in London earlier this week. A 19 year old Somali-Norwegian named Zakaria Bulhan is being held on suspicion of murder and the investigation is on-going.
Given the increasing number of Islamic terror attacks across Europe by similar means, people have understandably been wondering if this was also an act of Jihadism. It seems the answer is ‘no’. From The Guardian:
I’ve documented a number of Dean’s failures to reason like a rational adult before. When he’s not lying about public figures, he likes to abuse atheists and tell them they are the same as triple murderer Craig Hicks simply for asking simple questions. Not to mention pretending to have information about the Chapel Hill murders that the general public or police do not possess.
During Omar Mateen’s shooting spree at a gay Orlando nightclub which left 49 people dead, reports began to surface that at some point during the slaughter he had dallied 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS.
Today, the FBI have released partial transcripts of Mateen’s conversations with the police, but with certain parts redacted – namely his pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu bakr al Baghdadi.
Below is a portion of the released transcripts: