Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse To Question Official Version Of 9/11

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Note: The article below was first published by Popular Resistance on July 5, 2016. We are republishing it on September 11, 2019, 18 years after the event. We have published other articles on September 11, 2001.

Wikipedia summarizes how the chairs of the commission felt their commission was ‘set-up to fail’.  It is unacceptable for such an important event which has had such dire consequences has not been adequately investigated and there are many fact-based questions about the official findings. Citing this interview with co-chair Lee Hamilton, they write: 

The two co-chairs of the Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, believe that the government established the Commission in a way that ensured that it would fail. In their book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission describing their experience serving, Hamilton listed a number of reasons for reaching this conclusion, including: the late establishment of the Commission and the very short deadline imposed on its work; the insufficient funds (3 million dollars), initially allocated for conducting such an extensive investigation (later the Commission requested additional funds but received only a fraction of the funds requested and the chairs still felt hamstrung); the many politicians who opposed the establishment of the Commission; the continuing resistance and opposition to the work of the Commission by many politicians, particularly those who did not wish to be blamed for any of what happened; the deception of the Commission by various key government agencies, including the Department of Defense, NORAD and the FAA; and, the denial of access by various agencies to documents and witnesses. “So there were all kinds of reasons we thought we were set up to fail.”

This is one video of many that lays out some of the issues around the official story of 9/11. Mark Crispin Miller describes the official story as “preposterous on its face” as part of a two-day Symposium ‘9/11: Justice in Focus’ held Sept. 10th and 11th 2016 at historic Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City, where renowned technical and legal professionals formally committed to further investigate and comprehensively prosecute the crimes of 9/11.  

Our hope is that with the passage of time people are able to look at the World Trade Center attack and not fear to ask questions that have not been asked or answered. The evidence that the official story was false or inadequate has grown over the years. A re-evaluation is needed so we can understand what occurred. KZ

September 11th is the most polarizing event in modern world history. After looking at the aggregate of the accumulated facts and analysis that has emerged since the day itself in 2001, many people find it impossible to believe the official version of events, and since no serious government investigation is considering new evidence or professional analysis, people are left to decide for themselves if there is more to the story.

Due to the sheer volume of information that defies the government’s explanation of events, to believe the official story it now requires some sort of trick of the mind, or some sort of subconscious unwillingness to even entertain a contrary possibility. Regarding 9/11 truth, people will say the most absurdly illogical things, such as:

“I wouldn’t believe what you’re telling me, even if it were true.”
“I don’t need to look at the evidence.”
“I don’t want to know the truth, or I’d become too negative.”
“If that were true, someone would have leaked it by now.”
“That’s ridiculous, there is no way our government would harm us.”
“What makes you think we even deserve to know the truth?”

So, why is it that people have such a hard time even questioning the official version, and why is it difficult for them to even look at alternative information about the events of 9/11?

“At this point we have nine years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11th, and yet people continue to be either oblivious to the fact that this information exists, or completely resistant to looking at this information. So the question becomes, why? Why is it that people have so much trouble hearing this information?

From my work  I think we would be remiss not to look at the impact of trauma.” – Marti Hopper, Ph.D.

Trauma Based Mind Control Works

Firstly, it is critical to bring attention to the severity of trauma incurred when witnessing and processing an event of this magnitude. The nation, and much of the world, is still suffering from mass, collective PTSD, and as time goes by, our exposure to more acts of terror only amplify our attempts to bury this trauma within the psyche.

The darker and more horrifying the affront to our humanity, the more effective we are at burying it. The shock and awe theory of consciousness.

“Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way. Some have a visceral reaction, like they’ve been punched in the stomach. To begin to accept the possibility that the government was involved is like opening pandoras box. If you open the lid and peek in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world.” – Robert Hopper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Protecting Worldview Home

Psychologists highlight how the human mind has a tendency to look out for its own security, protecting itself from ideas that challenge core beliefs. When your worldview comes into serious doubt, it can feel like everything is crashing down, and that you’re being thrown into the great wide open with no security. Much as the body shifts into fight or flight mode when danger is clear and present, so too, the mind has tools of evasion from harm.

“When we hear information that contradicts our worldview, social psychologists call the resulting insecurity, ‘cognitive dissonance.’” – Frances Shure, M.A.

The mind tries to survive by allowing conflicting information to exist simultaneously, unconsciously choosing to bury that which causes the most disruption to the comfort of held beliefs.

In the case of 9/11, and other events where the media plays a critical role in creating a narrative of what happened, one cognition is always the official narrative which typically supports presently held beliefs about society, and the other cognition can be based on fact and evidence, but since it challenges to undermine the safety of such illusions, it is thusly over ridden.

“9/11 truth challenges the beliefs that our country protects us and keeps up safe, and that America is the good guy. When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created. In response to that, our psychological defenses kick in, and they protect us from these emotions. Denial, which is probably the most primitive psychological defense is the one most likely to kick in when our beliefs are challenged.” – Robert Hopper, Ph.D

The result is disharmony, the collapse of a very important worldview and a source of psychological protection. What is left in its place is insecurity, vulnerability, and confusion, triggering a survival mechanism.

Cognitive-dissonanceFinal Thoughts

9/11 is a crime and a public trauma so grand, that for one to look deeply into it will require them to change or adjust at least some of their fundamental beliefs about the world. Cognitive dissonance, which can lead to the most bizarre reactions to controversially true information, is the mind’s way of hunkering down and weathering the storm in self-protection.

“The terror associated with our unstoppable annihilation creates a subconscious conflict or anxiety called cognitive dissonance. We try to cope with having to accept two contrary ideas. – Gary Vey

This is why the 9/11 issue is so important in our collective awakening. It is so big, and so well-documented that it can lead to a complete reevaluation of our entire worldview and social systems, and a huge leap forward in consciousness and awareness.

If we can think of our world view as being sort of our mental and emotional home, I think all of us would do just about anythign to defend our homes, defend our families…” – Dorothy Loring, M.A.,Counseling Psychologist

Take a look at the following presentation looking at why our minds tend to shut down when confronted with the alternate view of 9/11:

  • BeUtahful

    Thanks to all for being brave and posting this article it’s about time we confront ourselves with the facts this could lead to getting rid of the Patriot Act and all of the illegal Dragnet surveillance by the NSA in all of their excuses they have and taking away our Liberty and freedom and Bill of Rights and Constitution and our America! Remind me of when Mormons are confronted with the fraud of their religion

  • BeUtahful

    911 truth will wake the sleeping giant, The People

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    My questioning of the official version of the 9/11 events led to a massive loss of support from “friends”, colleagues and family, I was immediately branded a conspiracy theorist, antisocial, unpatriotic and insane. The attacks were downright scary, proof of how people do anything to live their lives without ever having to confront the truth about the world in which we co-exist. This article is an explanation, but not an endorsement of this type of human behaviour. Simply brilliant, thank you.

  • easywriter

    It’s plain to see that each floor of the towers was deliberately and systematically decimated. NORAD was, strangely, somewhere too far away and couldn’t intercept the planes which Bush and the Saudi family ate breakfast and watch the towers fall before being flown home. It was Bush’s Pearl Harbor moment.

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  • Thom Rip

    Great analysis btw. At the very least it appears more folks are becoming skeptical of EVERYTHING a government would do hat would sanction, if not totally plan this event. It’s time to seriously rise up against this total fraud of a democracy.

  • Jon

    Thank you Lili-Ann for being a truth seeker in spite of it all. One major concern of mine is why so many “left” organizations, passionately opposed to US imperialism, accept the phony government narrative, profoundly discredited by objective evidence! We need to challenge them, “why do you support the US government’s viewpoint?” This includes in particular Noam Chomsky! Honest and courageous people will follow the truth, no matter where it leads.

  • Jon

    Exactly, especially those in uniform! See my remarks to Lili-Ann.

  • Gary Brumback

    The same cognitive dissonance applies to the truths about the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK.

  • voza0db

    We, uman animals, always react like this when facing FACTS or ACTIONS that we know that will cause us LOSS in the future. Not a surprise modern slaves prefer do remain in a state of permanent irresponsibility.

    One can apply all those citations up there to another present day situation: The behavior of modern slaves in relation to “HUMANITY CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE”.

    Today, for me, this is all very tiresome!

  • Blaine

    A majority of Americans believe some or all of the official narrative is false.

  • Blaine

    F15s out of Otis were held up on the tarmac and then ordered to a holding pattern N of Manhattan until they were too late to intercept second impact.
    F16s out of Langley sent to N Atlantic.

  • Infarction

    Events in the US since the Bush/Cheney/SCOTUS coup d’ etat in 2000 to the false-flag operation on September 11, 2001 to the eternal war on terror has been a government psy-op on a gullible population that refuses to see the obvious.

    Meanwhile, the corporate media and the stooges in the illegitimate Congress and the corrupt FBI refuse to investigate on-going and past crimes so massive that they hide in plain sight.

    One of the CIA’s greatest propaganda feats was to invent the phrase “conspiracy theory” to halt any questioning of the lies spewed from the giant anus of the demonic machine.

  • RBluhm

    Indeed, such is the nature of the beast. Harriet Tubman said word to the effect that she saved hundreds of slaves and could have saved a thousand more if they had known they were slaves.

  • mwildfire

    I don’t think I know many people who buy the official version. I never experienced any of this cognitive dissonance, but then I already knew about other false flag operations and don’t watch TV. In the 80s and 90s I had a neighbor who had been in the CIA in ’53, where he had a small part in the coup in Iran–after which, seeing what the CIA was really about, he quit in disgust. He recommended a book to me, I think it was Philip Agee’s CIA Diary, that was pretty eye-opening–he talked about his first posting to Uruguay, and most of what was going on there involved the CIA and their local allies doing things like blowing up a bus and taking credit in the name of an insurgent group.

  • il corvo

    The cognitive dissonance talked about by the psychologists in the last video, rests on the shoulders of a belief in a concept that is this country, in fact all countries. When we believe, facts begin to blur and conform to our beliefs. If the belief is strong and has become part of our identity, then any threat to the belief is an undermining of our belief in ourselves. It is this rub which fractures us and allows us denial or the doubling down of our belief. The government, on every holiday reinforces our belief.

    The way out is to stay with facts and as in this case demand facts. A belief in what we are told about America allows us the illusion of security but it is a blinder to facts. America is a concept, a concept that can be permeable and flexible. Beliefs keep us rigid and facts make it conform to what is real. Look to Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Of The United States so that the facts begin to dissolve belief.

  • blessthebeasts

    The events of the last 20 years and the public’s acceptance of them, show that America is nothing more than an illusion. It is the exact opposite of what it claims to be and always has been. Most people will not face this reality until it smacks them right upside the head. Maybe that’s what it’s gonna take.

  • voza0db

    She recognized and accepted her slave condition and then she totally rejected it, becoming a non-slave.

  • Steven Berge

    It’s very encouraging to hear that well over half of the citizens don’t believe the official narrative. I thought the indoctrination machine had a firm grasp on the vast majority of people. Maybe we’re closer than I thought, to a critical mass of people becoming active, to change our rule by wealth system. Go Yellow Vests!

  • Ferdi Businger

    Yes, absolutely.

  • Colin Doran

    The military interceptors responded immediately to the hijackings on 9/11 when requested by the FAA controllers. They were responding to hijackings which are hostage situations. There was little or nothing the military could have done to prevent what happened on the day unless people think the US military should go around killing hostages and shooting down planes as if it was some kind of fun video game. The ignorance of these people in these videos about the facts of 9/11 and the realities of what they are talking about is bizarre to listen to. After 18 years you would imagine they might at least get their facts right. They seem to be too busy congratulaing themselves on how wise and courageous they themselves are , unlike the timid masses they condesendingly talk about.

  • Blaine

    I’m referencing the 9/11 Commission report. Aside from flight 11, the remaining aircraft could have been intercepted. Aircraft out of Otis had time and to spare for 175, AA batteries could have shot down 77 and it likewise could/should have been visually ID’d prior to crashing – Langley’s right there and Norfolk is just down the coast. 93 should have been intercepted or at least visual ID – nearly 2 hours in the air.

    Pilots had plans to cut across rear stabilizers and bail in the absence of munitions, which some of them had. They didn’t intercept because they were delayed on the ground and ordered elsewhere when they got airborne. This is fact.

  • Blaine, this was my area of expertise and one (among many reasons) I pleaded for help to stop the Islamist airline plotters while living in Los Angeles. Certainly living in Asia for many years prior to the attacks had a lot to do with it. The 9/11 plot morphed from a failed attempt to bring down an airliner over Japan en route to Tokyo in 1994. My thesis in aviation security led to consider two case studies, two incidents where off-course airliners were shot down by Soviet interceptors (Mig-21s) One was in 1978 the other in 1983. The first incident killed two and the plane made a crash landing on a frozen lake; the second resulted in loss of the entire plane. A former astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt objected to the shoot down of Flight 902 on the basis that we would never shoot down an off-course plane unless it were dropping bombs or paratroopers. He had flown with the Canadian Air Force on a joint exercise and knew the drill quite well. Any errant airliner was to be followed, not shot down, Naturally he didn’t mention the scenario that we faced on 9/11 because it wasn’t considered a high risk at that time. The bombing of Flight 434 over Japan and exposure of the 12 Bojinka plot to fly hijacked planes into major US targets changed the ball game. Suddenly it became necessary to prevent a situation where we might have to do the same thing the Soviets were guilty of – shooting down an off-course airliner. Certainly the situation was not completely analogous. There is a big difference between a hijacked plane aiming for the WTC and an off-course airliner crossing Sakhalin Island. In fact, magnify the threat by 12 (the number of planes Ramsi Yousef and conspirators intended to hijack) and you can understand why the importance of interdicting such a plot before their attack ensued became paramount – or at least, should have. Nobody was gung-ho about shooting airliners down even after the attack unfolded. I predicted such reticence based on my thesis and was one reason I came forward to call attention to the postponed Asian plot after hearing reports of airline screening failures out of Boston’s Logan airport.

  • Blaine

    Thank you for the insight. The fact that not a single military or civilian aircraft was able to gain an in-flight visual of any of the hijacked airliners has never sat well with me.

    I can certainly understand the reluctance to shoot down, but the utter failure to even intercept, particularly flight 93 seems impossible even under extraordinary circumstances.