Blast From the Past – Popular Mechanics Debunks 12/25 Santa Claus Truthers

Popular Mechanics Debunks 12/25 Santa Claus Truthers
by Joe Crubaugh

Friday, July 27th, 2007

In March 2005, Popular Mechanics published an article called Debunking The 9/11 Myths, that denigrated all unofficial 9/11 conspiracy theories while exalting the official 9/11 conspiracy fairy tale.

Since then, the Popular Mechanics article has been thoroughly exposed as hogwash, and Popular Mechanics has loosed its inferior and wanting investigative experts on another growing community of U.S. citizens who hunger for the truth about a different event: What Really Happened on 12/25?

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Debunking 12/25 Myths

FROM THE MOMENT the first gifts were spotted beneath millions of U.S. Christmas trees on the morning of December 25, the world has asked one simple and compelling question: How could it happen?

Seven months later, not everyone is convinced we know the truth.

Go to Google.com, type in the search phrase “Santa Claus conspiracy” and you’ll get links to thousands of Web sites. It will baffle and surprise most Americans to discover how many of these sites reject the official consensus that nine reindeer flew Santa Claus and a sleigh onto U.S. rooftops in the early hours of 12/25.

Healthy skepticism, it seems, has curdled into paranoia. Wild conspiracy tales are peddled daily on the Internet, talk radio and in other media. Blurry photos, quotes taken out of context and sketchy eyewitness accounts have inspired a slew of elaborate theories:

  • There was no “red-nosed” reindeer, or there were only eight reindeer. Some claim there were no reindeer at all.
  • Some U.S. parents actually had advance knowledge that Santa and the elves were determined to break and enter on 12/25, but these parents let it happen on purpose anyway.
  • The Santa gifts were only one facet of a vast marketing scheme perpetrated by parents with additional help from Toys “R” Us.(Not surprisingly, this theory’s proponents fail to address why parents would scheme to rid themselves of their own hard-earned cash. “Follow the money,” one PM expert suggested, “and it all goes to the children.” Simply put: there is no motive.)
  • Perhaps most outlandish of all, some theorize Santa Claus doesn’t even exist. Instead, they say, the immortal magic elf was perpetuated by one or more actors who somehow managed to show up and be photographed at every shopping center in every city in every state almost every single day between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

As outlandish as these claims may sound, they are increasingly accepted abroad and among extremists here in the United States.

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Blast From the Past – Colorado 9-11 Visibility Strikes Again with Another Cover Story, 2004

Blast From the Past – Colorado 9-11 Visibility Strikes Again with Another Cover Story, 2004

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The Smoke Clears
Three years after the attacks, the 9/11 Visibility Project opens Coloradans’ eyes to the “truth.”

Rockymountain Bullhorn.com -Issue November 22, 2004
By James Thompson

Awkward is one word to describe how the three stand, huddled, coffeeless in a coffee shop in Old Town Fort Collins. Casually dressed, young and well groomed, they don’t look like a bunch of conspiracy theorists out to expose government treachery—then again, maybe they look exactly that.

Michael Wolsey is the first to offer a handshake. The 41-year-old (he looks 30) Greeley siding contractor’s jeans and zip-up sweatshirt are spattered with caulking, and his baseball cap bears the word Philadelphia, with a Liberty Bell. He grasps a paperback copy of The New Pearl Harbor in his hand.

Aaron Long and Elliot Nesch, both graduates of Fort Collins High and students at Front Range Community College, introduce themselves, Long shifting a conspicuous black metal attaché from right to left hand. A moviegoer might assume the briefcase is a cornucopia of top-secret memos, but in the hands of a 20-year-old kid it’s just—well, awkward.

The uneasiness slowly dissipates, though, when they finally sit down over cappuccinos and begin to explain how in the past year they went from closet skeptics to some of Northern Colorado’s most vocal critics of America’s role in the September 11 terrorist attacks…

“The first thing that got me looking at it was the Patriot Act,” Wolsey says. “We’re talking thousands and thousands of pages worth of law. How could they get such a massive document out in two days?”

Wolsey came to the conclusion that the act already had been drafted, and by someone who knew about 9/11 and was exploiting both for political gain.

“I began to do a lot of research on my own, reading everything I could get a hold of, watching videos and stuff like that,” he says. “Eventually they created the website, and I found it.”

The website Wolsey refers to, septembereleventh.org, is the 9/11 Visibility Project. It’s an educational/activist outlet for the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which is backed by such national progressive notables as Howard Zinn, Medea Benjamin, Gore Vidal and Jim Hightower.

Begun about a year ago in the unlikely metropolises of Kansas City and Seattle, the grassroots project coordinates meetings among truth-seekers around the country and now has several local and regional action groups from coast to coast, including in Colorado.

Wolsey hooked up with the Colorado group this summer in Boulder and Denver, and he met Long in August—on the Web, of course. He and Long are now the Northern Colorado contacts for Colorado 9/11 Visibility Project.

Wolsey, Long and Nesch say they log countless hours each week trying to get the word out, with Wolsey developing the Colorado website (his first ever) and the other two copying complimentary DVDs and literature, and coordinating gatherings, like the October 20 standing-room-only event at the Fort Collins Harmony Library.

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Blast From the Past – Colorado 9-11 Visibility Gets Cover Story in the Boulder Weekly, 2004

Blast From the Past – Colorado 9-11 Visibility Gets Cover Story in the Boulder Weekly, 2004

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TRUE BELIEVERS: The 9/11 Truth Movement questions our new day of infamy

by Joel Warner
Boulder Weekly
October 21 – 28, 2004

Tim Gale became a believer one day last January. He was prowling the Internet when he came across a video of one of the World Trade Center towers collapsing on Sept. 11, 2001. It was likely a video Gale had seen before, but this footage was in slow motion. As Gale watched the tower’s 110 floors begin to crumble, he noticed something unusual.

Right before the tower dropped into a cloud of debris, the windows on the upper levels of the towers blew outwards, one floor at a time, like clockwork. That wasn’t caused by the plane slamming into the tower or the ensuing fire, Gale told himself.

There were bombs in the World Trade Center.

“It blew my head off,” says Gale. “I started searching like crazy.”

What Gale found, in countless websites, books and films, was a vast network of information questioning the official story of what happened on Sept. 11. The 42-year-old Boulder resident was inundated with decades-old memos, foreign newspaper clippings, engineering studies and national-defense policies. And he discovered the collapse of the World Trade Center was just the beginningñhe believes he’s witnessing the collapse of the American society.

“I was being confronted with the raw fact that the U.S. government was complicit in the mass murder of its own citizens for geopolitical purposes,” says Gale. “It’s too much to bear in the confines of your mind.”

Gale began spending six to eight hours a day cross-checking evidence he found online or in publications. He wrote a 40-page paper, just to organize and process all the information. He began spouting words like “shadow government,” “false flag” and “black ops.” Then he met up with other people in the Denver-Boulder area who were asking the same questions he was, and they decided to form the Colorado chapter of the 9/11 Visibility Project. Now they’re hosting film screenings and discussions, spreading the word that there’s a whole lot more to 9/11 than we’ve been led to believe.

Gale and his local compatriots are not alone. Across the nation and the world, a growing number of people are joining what’s called the 9/11 Truth Movement. These people say there’s enough evidence or enough holes in the official recordñto suggest that government officials allowed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to occur, if not had a hand in them. While the movement has attracted the support of several notable figures, it also faces the risk of being associated with fringe theories of the Twilight Zone variety and has received the cold shoulder from most of the progressive press and the peace movement. Plus, there’s the fact that some say the 9/11 Truth Movement has no basis in reality whatsoever.

Gale doesn’t necessarily mind being labeled a conspiracy theorist.

“To have a conspiracy all you need is a couple facts that don’t match up,” he says, adding that in the case of 9/11, there’s more than enough questionable facts. “Until you’ve read three or four books about it, don’t tell me I’m quirky, because you have no grasp. You go into this stuff, and it’s a freaking journey.”

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