9/11 "Truthers" Backing Seahawks in Super Bowl

danjoseph | January 30, 2015
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"Deflate-gate isn't the only conspiracy theory that's making news in the lead up to Super Bowl XLIX (49).

Remember the odious 9/11 "truthers"? Those conspiracy minded loons who believed that the US government was behind the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001 that lead to the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans.

Well, there are still some of them around and this year the Arizona contingent of the 9/11 truth movement is making  a public effort to support possible 9/11 truther and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in his bid for a second straight Super Bowl victory.

Speculation that Carroll might be a 9/11 truther started when reports surfaced that the head coach had met with retired Army Vice-Chief of Staff, Peter Chiarelli.  According to Chiarelli, Carroll peppered him with questions about 9/11 and whether a plane had actually hit the Pentagon.

"I mean, he became an instant celebrity in the 9/11 truth movement because he's a dude who's obviously smart," said Danny Torgenson, a member of the 9/11 Studies and Outreach Group at Arizona State University. "I mean, he's a dude who just won the Super Bowl.  He might win it again and I think that people can connect with someone at that level.  They think, 'Wow.  if this guy has that opinion, maybe I can have that opinion too.'"


When asked as to whether he was still interested in the 9/11 truth moment at a recent Super Bowl press conference, Carroll admitted that he was. 

"Well, I'll always be interested in the truth," said the coach. Yeah."

It's an odd reason to support a team, but this particular group of "truthers" have grown to view Carroll as the new poster boy for a movement that has met with little else but well-deserved derision and mockery over the last decade.

Another member of Arizona States 9/11 truth group, Steven Cohn used a football analogy to explain why Carroll is the new darling of the 9/11 truth movement.

"We definitely think that's what Pete Carroll is essentially doing is throwing a challenge flag on the official story that we've heard so far," said Cohn. 


So, if you're looking for a reason to root for the New England Patriots this Sunday, this would be it.

Hat Tip: USA Today