- "How are the mighty fallen in the
midst of the battle!" -Book of Samuel
- He was once among the mighty. Now he
has fallen. A blogger and editor of Capitol Hill Blue, his name is Doug
Thompson. You might know him if you have ever read "The Rant."
Powerful stuff once but apparently no longer.
- The other day Doug Thompson wrote
a column entitled:
- 9/11 conspiracy theories don't pass the
smell test. That rant received over 400 responses, the great majority
of them in disagreement, before being shut down. The following day
Thompson posted a column by former White House flak, Betsy Hart: "So
Many Conspiracy Theories, So Little Reality." Like Thompson's rant,
that column carried little fact-based information and no quotations by
any knowledgeable person defending her assertions.
- The following day, by way of explanation,
Thompson wrote: "I talked with firefighters and other first responders
on the scene. It wasn't just debris falling. We're talking about steel
girders and concrete chunks the size of some houses."
- While most Americans saw only pulverized
dust surrounding the WTC, Thompson somehow found 'concrete chunks'. No
Mention by name of any of those first responders.
- Explaining the suspicious collapse of
WTC-7, Thompson wrote: "The NIST study shows several large pieces
struck at the heart of Building 7 and that caused the structure to collapse
- NIST concluded they did NOT know what
caused WTC-7 to collapse.
- "I had demolition experts study
it (film) and they concluded that the collapse was not consistent with
a detonated implosion," wrote Thompson. Wrong again. Van Romero,
an expert on demolitions and a professor at New Mexico Tech, disagreed.
That is, before pressure was applied to Romero, causing him
to recant. (9-11 Research)
- "If there had been explosives in
that building, someboy (sic) would have picked up a trace and that is something
that could not have been kept quiet, not in the explosive emotions surrounding
- Wrong again. FEMA volunteers on site
were ordered NOT to conduct a thorough investigation. Ordered not to confiscate
any beams and girders or hold up the progress of recycling the steel.
- "It became painfully obvious that
the logic has no place in some people's minds and that reason was a lost
objective," continued Thompson, painting himself into a corner.
- Logic would hardly argue for multiple
fires in WTC-7 (that somehow caused a steel building to collapse), and
little or no fires in the two buildings shouldering WTC-7. Neither of them
collapsed. Curiously, WTC-7 was separated from the collapsed twin
towers by considerable distance. How exactly did those large pieces "strike
at the heart" of a stout steel building from a great distance and
cause it to collapse?
- Evidently, the debris was ejected horizontally
by gravity, argued one of DT's amen crew on the forum. Ignoring Newtonian
Law and inventing new laws of gravity, Fred Koster wrote: "7 was subjected
to the kinetic energy of a half million tons of debris falling almost 1,000
ft. before it caught fire." Curious how no written or photographic
record exists that show a "half million tons" of debris falling
onto WTC-7. Indeed, the building looks relatively intact as it collapses
like a classic implosion, from the ground upwards.
- One dissenter questioned Doug: "What
about the previous (government) investigation, Doug? Have you read the
Commission Report and are you satisfied by it?...Also review these 115
omission and distortions documented by David Ray Griffin: http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20050523112738404
Shouldn't these questions be answered?...in fact, 70% of their questions
- Thompson replied: "Been there, read
that, investigated same, discounted most of it for what it was -- a lot
of theory, speculation and wishful thinking."
- According to DarthRanter, as Thompson
calls himself, the case against government involvement is closed. No amount
of persuasion would convince him otherwise. Many of the 400 comments
respectfully beseeched DT to consider the work of hundreds of private investigators,
scientists and professors, working wholly without pay, who had arrived
at a far different conclusion.
- Doug dismissed them as having their own
- Not surprisingly, quite a few writers
expressed anger, frustration and rage, feeling betrayed by a blogger who
appeared as a once-formidable foe of government deceit and chicanery. More
than a few suggested he was physically threatened by the same government
he had loudly criticized.
- "After reading your articles for
years, I'm convinced you wrote this with a Homeland Security gun to your
head," wrote Clint Fuller.
- Liz Thurber concurred: "I am deeply
troubled by the seeming desperation of your rant."
- Respected Internet writer, Victor Thorn
agreed: "I've long enjoyed your work, but you couldn't be further
from the truthDoug, this is a matter of taking back our country from a
cabal of bloodthirsty murderers. I certainly hope you open your eyes to
what's taking place."
- What the overwhelming responses indicated
was disbelief, disappointment, and a sense of betrayal. Up until that column,
Doug Thompson was an Internet lion among pussycats. He enjoyed HUGE respect
from readers, built up over 40 years. Thus the emotional distress readers
felt was comparable to finding out a close friend was really a psychopath.
- "As a fellow AA member," wrote
Michael Haggerty: "My friend, you are in a state of denial; I will
pray for you."
- Douglas Herman writes regularly for Rense
and is the author of The Guns of Dallas