Valued-reader Sven writes:
I found this well made flash video that I’m not sure what to make of. I suppose it’s easily filed in the “looney conspiracy theory” category, but I was wondering what you thought of this:
My take is this: Cecil Adams said the following in his response to a question about Area 51:
For years the military didn’t acknowledge the existence of the Groom Lake facility, and even now it speaks only vaguely of “testing … technologies and systems” there. This of course made Area 51 the perfect place for UFO buffs to store hypothetical alien spacecraft.
I think there’s something similar at work here. The fact that this happened at the Pentagon meant that there was more than the usual degree of government secrecy about what took place. Given the resulting large areas of terra incognita on our perceptual map, it was inevitable that people would fill those areas with monsters.
Yeah, I think it’s completely possible that the reality of Flight 77 is completely different from the government storyline. Similarly, I think it’s completely possible that a US fighter plane shot down Flight 93, even as the heroic passengers aboard it were struggling with the terrorists. Possible, but not likely.
But the world is filled with unlikely things that nevertheless turn out to be true. Is this story one of them? I really don’t know, and don’t expect I ever will. But I applaud the impulse that leads people to question the conventional wisdom. Even when it makes them sound like raving nutjobs.
Completely coincidentally (or is it a coincidence???), valued commenter Tom Buckner just contributed a link to yet another wacky piece of Flash: The terrible secret of space. Apparently it’s been around forever, but I never saw it before.
At first I thought it was merely kind of odd, if fun, but about halfway through I suddenly got what was going on, at which point I became much more impressed.