“9/11 truthers” are trying to co-opt the Occupy movement

i just got an email from the 9/11 truthers (the folks who think the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks or knew they were coming and let them happen, or some such crazy thing).  It appears they’re trying to co-opt the Occupy Wall Street movement for their own fringe uses.  Here’s the email they just sent – they’re clearly trying to claim they’re a part of the Occupy movement.

To all those who continue to fight for the truth about 9/11 to be revealed:

It is time for us to occupy.

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a much needed response to decades of growing inequality, financial deregulation, and zero accountability for the crimes that brought about our current economic crisis. Millions throughout the nation and across globe who feel they have no voice in our political system have come to embrace “Occupy” as an expression of their anger, frustration and hope.

Ten years later, it is time for us to give voice to our own growing frustration by aligning firmly with the Occupy movement and making 9/11 one of the key issues the Occupy movement stands for.

On Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20, we will march from Liberty Plaza to Building 7 and occupy the park in front of Building 7 until nightfall. We hope this will mark the beginning of a sustained Occupy Building 7 movement that will grow and finally bring meaningful attention to the obvious demolition of World Trade Center Building 7 and the dire need for a new 9/11 investigation. At 2pm each day we will hold a General Assembly to discuss the direction and continuation of the Occupy Building 7 occupation after November 20.

Go to OccupyBuilding7.org to learn more and to start following #OccupyBuilding7 on Twitter. On the website you will find fliers that you can print and hand out at Liberty Plaza as well as web banners that you can post on your website to help spread the word.

We are attempting to get Occupy Building 7 on the official Occupy Wall Street calendar, and we anticipate being joined by hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Most of the protesters at Liberty Plaza are keenly aware of 9/11. A lot of them already knew about it; others have been educated over the last several weeks thanks to the 9/11 activists who have given their time and energy to be there. Let us hope that by the time November 19 rolls around, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of Occupy activists eager to help us make Occupy Building 7 a part of the broader Occupy movement. [emphasis added]

So they’ve been trying for a few weeks to infiltrate the Occupy movement. Nice. And they’re starting their march at Liberty Plaza (aka Liberty Square, aka Zuccotti Park), i.e. at the heart of the OccupyWallStreet protest. That seems rather crass and inappropriate. The last thing the legitimate Occupy movement needs is to be connected to a bunch of wing-nuts. I suspect they already know that, and will act accordingly.


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