A conspiracy theory offers an explanation of past, ongoing, or future events or circumstances that cites as the main casual factor a small group of powerful persons, the conspirators, acting in secret for their own benefit and against the common good.Prof. Brian Wagner
Philosophy Professor Brian Wagner of Rock Valley College, in Rockford, Illinois, has given a remarkable lecture that deserves wider attention. His First Tuesday lecture, “Dissecting 9/11 Conspriacy Theories,” delivered 15 September 2021, represents a serious challenge to 9/11 Truther claims. Wagner has done a lot of homework. Here is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject in video form. Because Truther claims continually come up on this website, this video is the perfect eye-opening look at how analysis of such things should be done. Please watch this carefully, with an open mind.
The Imposter Phenomenon
Yesterday, on the John Moore show the subject of Scott Bennett came up. Last week’s article on Bennett was referenced. Some minutes later, Bennett called the show to say I was slandering him. As might be expected, he suggested I was some kind of CIA agent. He then spouted the usual 9/11 Truther nonsense that a “missile hit the Pentagon,” etc. (So I have posted the presentation of Prof. Wagner, above). Bennett did clarify a misunderstanding I had from listening to several of his talks. I had assumed he had traveled to Russia, and perhaps he gave that impression. But no, he had only gone to Russia digitally, appearing on Russian media. He once again affirmed that he traveled to Iran, asserting that Iran is a “Christian country.” He glibly offered an angry rant on our society’s permissiveness when it comes to trangenders, etc., as a way to win over the audience to the other nonsense he sells. It seems to be the seasoning for an otherwise rotten dish.
It is not unexpected that Bennett — talkative as he is — would try and defend himself. However, a man of his background and character should not be regarded as credible by anyone. The past is prologue, and Bennett has a well-documented past. There is an article on Bennett from the Tampa Bay Times. The title of the article is, “MacDill Imposter Headed to Prison: A self-described ‘independent thinker’ full of ‘moxie’ makes a wordy plea to the judge.” The article relates how Scott Allan Bennett posed as an aide to Admiral Eric Olson, Chief of U.S. Special Forces Command in 2010, how he tricked his way onto the admiral’s plane (for a free ride), how he tricked MacDill Air Force Base into giving him an apartment, and how “he stashed 10 guns and 9.389 rounds of ammunition there….”
Bennet was brought up on charges, of course. The judge was baffled as to Bennett’s motivation for persuading “housing officials into giving him an apartment without showing them written orders.” He basically lived at the base for three months and was only caught because, on 23 April 2010, he was stopped at the MacDill gate at 2 a.m. apparently drunk. The Tampa Bay Times said, “He had a loaded gun in his pocket and another in the car.” When caught, Bennett insisted the whole thing was a giant misunderstanding. He claimed to be working as a civilian analyst assigned to MacDill by private defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He was also a reserve army officer who innocently (he said) “passed himself off as an active-duty officer….” The judge was puzzled by Bennett, saying that he was “too smart, too educated, to be confused by the clear MacDill rules on housing and guns.” The judge said,
I don’t know as I sit here if you are one of those individuals who just don’t have regard for the truth. Maybe you don’t realize you’re being dishonest and you believe your own stories. You say these were little mistakes. You knew what you were doing. You did it on purpose.
According to the Judge, Bennett had “embarrassed and mortified” the MacDill housing staff who got him the apartment. The scam he pulled resulted in a tightening of base rules, making it harder for military personnel to get on-base housing. Bennett was keen on starting a prison ministry after he was sentenced to three years in prison. According to the Tampa Bay Times, “a federal jury convicted Bennett of lying to the government, wearing a uniform without authorization, and two counts of violating security regulations by keeping guns without registering them on the base.”
There are several markers here suggestive of Lobaczewski’s description of ideologically active psychopaths in his book, Political Ponerology. The words of the judge in Bennett’s criminal case apply also to his political rhetoric; that is, he knows what he is doing, and he does it on purpose. Lobaczewski’s text comes naturally to mind:
… characteropathic individuals adopt ideologies created by doctrinaire, often schizoidal people, recast them into an active propaganda form, and disseminate it with their characteristic pathological egotism and paranoid intolerance….Political Ponerology, Loc 3156 (Kindle ed)
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