Falk didn’t touch on the controversy until the end of the lecture. One man professed his disbelief at the accepted 9/11 story and asked Falk if he believed the official version of events. Falk chuckled. “I was waiting for the question,” he said. Falk responded by explaining he didn’t have the necessary knowledge to answer the question but said he felt there was enough “existential doubt” to re-examine the incident. “It can’t be dismissed by calling anyone who says there are some unanswered questions a conspiracy theorist,” Falk said.
I never endorsed doubts about the official version of 9/11 beyond indicating what anyone who has objectively examined the controversy knows — that there remain certain gaps in the official explanation that give rise to an array of conspiratorial explanations, and that the 9/11 Commission unfortunately did not put these concerns to rest. My plea was intended to encourage addressing these gaps in a credible manner, nothing more, nothing less. I certainly meant no disrespect toward the collective memory of 9/11 in the country and elsewhere. On the contrary, my intention was to encourage an investigation that might finally achieve closure with respect to doubts that remain prevalent among important sectors of the public, including among some 9/11 families.
A UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories on Friday denied that he endorsed claims of US government involvement in the September 11 attacks. “I wish to be absolutely clear; I do not endorse the theory that the US government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks,” Richard Falk said in a statement released by the UN human rights office. The United States on Tuesday demanded his dismissal for “noxious” comments over an alleged US cover-up.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase “third rail” is defined as “a metaphor in politics to denote an idea or topic that is so “charged” and “untouchable” that any politician or public official who dares to broach the subject would invariably suffer politically.” This most certainly applies to 9/11.
A UN expert on Palestinian human rights who suggested there was a cover-up over the September 11 attacks should be fired, US Ambassador Susan Rice said on Tuesday. US academic Richard Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an “apparent cover-up” over 9/11. In her statement, Rice called Falk’s comments “despicable” and “noxious” and called for his removal.
Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an “apparent cover-up” by US authorities over the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington. He said mainstream media had been “unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials.”