I used to love Art Bell, in fact, I'm listening to a show from April 11, 2004 right now and he is definitely deflecting questions about 911 and "co-responding" or at least trying (either intentionally or unintentionally) to get the listeners to co-respond as he thinks and feels. He refused to even consider looking into any evidence. A direct quote from that show: "They can say things like that if they want to, but just. . . don't."
That really hurts to hear, after being a listener for so long, such dismissiveness and closemindedness.
To think that there were malevolent intent or some shadowy conspiracy SHOULD be repulsive to decent, rational people, but we all know that there are some very in-decent and viscious people in the world. People getting together and doing things behind other people's backs happens every time a surprise birthday party gets planned. It's a ridiculous theory that this DOESN'T happen at the highest levels of government and world finance.
It's especially hurtful to those of us who lost someone close in those attacks and have questions that we have been refused answers to.
Barbarians in caves didn't make NORAD stand down for the first time in it's 50 year history 4 times on one day.
They didn't change the laws of physics so that buildings fell at the speed of gravity following the path of MOST resistance.
They didn't convince 6 out of the 10 NIST report commissioners to announce that the government had coerced them into excluding things like WTC7 (the third skyscraper that free-fell in NYC that day that wasn't even hit by a plane, you might not have seen that on the news) from their consideration and that they had been "bullied" into saying and not saying certain things by the administration.
They didn't make the U.S. spend a third of the money on the investigation into the most horrible crime scene in our nation's history than we spent trying to find out if Slick Willy fooled around with some intern.
It's disgraceful and hurtful and, although I still listen now and again, it's this attitude that keeps shoving this issue more and more toward another speculation-riddled JFK situation.
It's not patriotic to fall into lock-step with every jackass who thinks we're supporting our troops by sending them into places they shouldn't be, slapping a flag up outside and paying more attention to their football games than they do about how much danger our troops are being placed in. It's patriotic to ask questions so that we know we're not making a mistake.
It's the military's job to protect us physically, but it is our duty as civilians to defend THEM philosophically, by asking questions and making certain they are needed where they are deployed.
I registered here because I just had to comment, after a long train of comments on that show that just got me so down, I really started contemplating not listening to any show anymore if Art is on it.
You can dissmiss me as a nut or some heathen if you wish, but there are a LOT of folks out here that feel as I do and it does affect listenership that Art took such a flipant and derisive attitude in regard to the 911 attacks.
Throw it away if you wish, hammer it if you want, but I hope you can at least see, if not on a human level, then in the statistical, empirical, wasteland of bottom-line cogency, that this hurt. On both sides of the questions.