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Friday, January 27, 2012

Which conspiracy theory is right?
Rick Santorum has his answers

Rick Santorum chooses his conspiracy
theories with care. The presidential candidate and energy company consultant sees a conspiracy of liberals to push their agenda via a global warming "hoax" but condemns the notion that the government was untruthful about what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Santorum's conspiracy theory: "They don’t trust you to allocate resources in a way that they believe is best, and so they want to have a system that forces you to do what they think you should do in running your business and your lives."

He reiterated that position during last night's presidential debate in Florida, blasting rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for buying into "the global warming hoax."

Though Santorum, recently on the payroll of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, was not registered as a lobbyist for Consol Energy, based in his home state of Pennsylvania, he nevertheless received a $142,500 consultancy fee from the firm.

Santorum, in a previous debate, stood behind Washington's story line about the events of 9/11 as he attacked Ron Paul thus: “On your website, on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11– on your website yesterday," adding, "You said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11.”

Calling that position “irresponsible,” Santorum said a presidential candidate “should not be parroting what Osama Bin Laden said on 9/11,” as the attacks are not a result of our behavior, but because “we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists.”

It is not clear what Santorum meant by bin Laden's comments. The first comments attributed to bin Laden disclaimed any responsibility for the attacks.

At any rate, Paul replied that U.S. meddling in other nation's affairs stirred up resentments and that that's what he was getting at.

He has also strongly denied believing that 9/11 was an inside job, calling the notion "nonsense."

In this respect, either Paul has not done any real homework on the subject, or he -- like other politicians -- is intimidated by the media's ability to throw ridicule on those who publicly question the government on this matter.

However, rather than ducking there is an effective counterattack: Focus on the fact that scientists have been highly skeptical of the FBI's anthrax conclusions; if someone other than Bruce Ivins was involved, the possibility of a coverup of a conspiracy within the Pentagon looms large.

A McClatchy report on the anthrax probe

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