UN official pushes 9/11 Trutherism

posted at 2:55 pm on January 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The big joke?  Richard Falk deconstructs the 9/11 attacks and the Tucson shooting, apparently feeling both are part of his portfolio as United Nations Special Rapporteur on … human rights in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Somehow, Falk feels that his mission covers both topics, as Ben Smith noticed at Politico:

The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues. What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray Griffin(and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting in book after book ever since his authoritative The New Pearl Harbor in 2004 (updated in 2008). What may be more distressing than the apparent cover up is the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials. Is this silence a manifestation of fear or cooption, or part of an equally disturbing filter of self-censorship? Whatever it is, the result is the withering away of a participatory citizenry and the erosion of legitimate constitutional government. The forms persist, but the content is missing.

This brings me to the Arizona shootings, victimizing both persons apparently targeted for their political views and random people who happened to be there for one reason or another, innocently paying their respects to a congresswoman meeting constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. As with the Palme assassination, the most insistent immediate responses come from the opposite ends of the political spectrum, both proceeding on presuppositions rather than awaiting evidence.

Yes, well, doesn’t Falk commit the same error by claiming that “both persons” in the Tucson shooting (presumably Judge John Roll and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) were targeted for their political views?  The shooter had a longstanding personal grudge against Giffords over her inability to provide a satisfactory answer to his lunatic question on grammar and mind control in 2007.  There is zero evidence that Loughner even knew Judge Roll would be in attendance.  Furthermore, the “ultra-conservatives,” as Falk calls the Tea Party activists who responded to charges that they had some complicity in the shooting, mainly made the same point that Falk makes and then ignores in his rant, which is that there was and is no evidence at all that Loughner was motivated by any political rhetoric, but acted out of his own lunacy, which is now fairly well documented.

The asinine pushing of the Truther meme in the wake of the Tucson shooting got an immediate and forceful response from the US ambassador to the UN.  Susan Rice called for termination of his UN association:

I am appalled by the recent personal blog written by Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”

In this blog post, dated January 11, 2011, Mr. Falk endorses the slurs of conspiracy theorists who allege that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were perpetrated and then covered up by the U.S. government and media.

Mr. Falk’s comments are despicable and deeply offensive, and I condemn them in the strongest terms. I have registered a strong protest with the UN on behalf of the United States. The United States has in the past been critical of Mr. Falk’s one-sided and politicized approach to his work for the UN, including his failure to condemn deliberate human rights abuses by Hamas, but these blog comments are in another category altogether.

In my view, Mr. Falk’s latest commentary is so noxious that it should finally be plain to all that he should no longer continue in his position on behalf of the UN. I would note that U.S. and many other diplomats walked out in protest in September 2010 when Iranian President Ahmadinejad made similarly slanderous remarks before the UN General Assembly.

The United States is deeply committed to the cause of human rights and believes that cause will be better advanced without Mr. Falk and the distasteful sideshow he has chosen to create.

Recently, Republicans threatened to cut off funding for anything related to the UN Human Rights Council, which gave Falk his portfolios.  This should drive that effort with even more enthusiasm and provide further evidence for the need to cut off funding for Turtle Bay entirely until the UN undergoes massive reforms.  After all, Falk’s Trutherism was well known at the time of his appointment.  Appointing a rapporteur of such inadequate cognitive capabilities to a sensitive post like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict speaks volumes abut the worth of the organization.


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Shy Guy on January 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Cut off ALL funding, ALL, r’s to this horrible group! Sell the building to someone who might acutally like our country.
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letget on January 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

35% of democratics are 9/11 troofers. He is obviously listening to them.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Falk is an idiot for suggesting the U.S. government was behind 911, everyone knows that it was the Mossad…and maybe Sarah Palin.

Bishop on January 25, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Sell the building to someone who might acutally like our country.
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letget on January 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Turn it into low-rent housing.

(Let’s see who gets this…)

CurtZHP on January 25, 2011 at 3:01 PM

UN official pushes 9/11 Trutherism

Another good reason for cutting off funds?

They make it soooo easy, don’t they?

VelvetElvis on January 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

35% of democratics are 9/11 troofers. He is obviously listening to them.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

They’re also anti-semitic bigots. No wonder he’s listening to them.

CurtZHP on January 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

when can we elect someone who will just walk away from the UN?

Not even our suppossed law makers will do anything about it.

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Add to the list of things to cut:
NPR, PBS, Dept. of Education, EPA, UN.

rbj on January 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

and maybe Sarah Palin.

Bishop on January 25, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Yeti is next in line, followed by the abominable snow man!

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

NPR, PBS, Dept. of Education, EPA, UN.

rbj on January 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Oh keep going… HHS, SS, Medicare, IRS, ATF, DOI….

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

When I was a kid, that would be “crazy talk, John Bircher whackadoodlery”.

Nowadays, it’s mainstream, but most politicians are cowards who default to the old safe paradigms.

VelvetElvis on January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Ahhh yes, 911 Truthers. That consistent bunch who insist that George Bush is simultaneously a bumbling frat boy who can’t string two sentences together and a Machiavellian supergenius.

Kataklysmic on January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Not one more dime……time to move them to Iraq or somewhere else

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

From the Guardian about the Moscow bombing:

The Kremlin recently changed tack with its strategy in the North Caucasus, appointing Alexander Khloponin, a successful former businessman, as presidential envoy in the region with the aim of improving its economy as a way of decreasing the pool of disaffected youths who join the militants. So far, the tactic has shown few results.

So evidently ‘disaffected youths’ engage in terrorism for reasons other than economic.
Ah that old religion of peace.
We need to stop being friends with ALL countries that practice islam.
They will NEVER be our friends.
They are only lying in wait, like a devious dog, waiting to rip at your ankles when you’re not looking.
Stop funding ALL agencies that deal in ANY WAY with these thugs.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Moron me thinks,oops,sorry for the lack of Civility!!
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This brings me to the Arizona shootings, victimizing both persons apparently targeted for their political views and random people who happened to be there for one reason or another, innocently paying their respects to a congresswoman meeting constituents outside a Tucson supermarket.
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Correction,this isn’t the first,of LEFT ON LEFT VIOLENCE
Serendipishly by the MSM,this went under the radar!!!
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Left-Wing Climate of Hate: Deception and Suppression Keep Casey Brezik Off National Radar
*******************************
Actually, it did make Fox News, “Man Charged in Dean’s Stabbing at College Minutes Before Speech.” And AP, “Man Who Stabbed Penn Valley Comm. College Dean Targeted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.”
*************************
Successful propaganda is composed of equal parts deception and suppression, and the apparatchiks in the mainstream media are much better at the latter.

They may have erred in pushing the Arizona assassination attempt beyond its ideological limits last week, but they succeeded brilliantly a few months earlier in suppressing news of a nearly lethal attempt by a genuine leftist.

http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/left-wing-climate-of-hate-deception-and.html

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Good catch there Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Not surprisingly, Falk doesn’t give a damn about the rights of Palestinians living in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, or anywhere except the disputed territories. So he fits in well with the UNHRC crowd, given that their entire reason for existing is to destroy Israel.

ProfessorMiao on January 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Open door…into face.

fossten on January 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Uummmm!
===========

Cloward and Piven
***************** – ‘It is ok to use violence as long as it is a BIG part of your strategy’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvINNajtCQ

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM

“crazy talk, John Bircher whackadoodlery”.
VelvetElvis on January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

But Rep. COL Allen West is part of this “wackadoodlery”. I am sure he would probably agree with you and I and a few others on here concerning the UN.

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM

When I was a kid, that would be “crazy talk, John Bircher whackadoodlery”.

Nowadays, it’s mainstream, but most politicians are cowards who default to the old safe paradigms.

VelvetElvis on January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

In some aspects the Birchers were ahead of their time.

darwin-t on January 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Good catch there Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

cmsinaz:The ObamaVoterBot Backlash was well under way,
and Leftys failed to issue a ALERT,that thier
own,were targetting their own!!:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Appointing a rapporteur of such inadequate cognitive capabilities to a sensitive post like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict speaks volumes abut the worth of the organization.

AMEN,AMEN,AMEN!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on January 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This guy must be a PROGRESSIVE!!

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM

It is important to utilize new words correctly as they come into common usage. Thus:

Dear Congress, please cut off all UN funds, thus giving millions of American citizens immediate heartfelt schadenboners.

H/T AoSHQ

GnuBreed on January 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Get the US out of the UN.

Then the next week, get the UN out of the US.

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Imagine that C

:)

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Any bureaucracy that has the time and money to hire and fund a rapporteur

… demands immediate defunding.

Seven Percent Solution on January 25, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Ed, that second sentence of yours is a real gem. Seriously funny.

Geochelone on January 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

He’s in NYC, too? Him and Ling Ling – let’s kick their ass!

Blake on January 25, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Sheriff Dupnik has a homeboy at the UN.

ted c on January 25, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Oh keep going… HHS, SS, Medicare, IRS, ATF, DOI….

upinak on January 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Have to save some work for February.

rbj on January 25, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The United Nations has been poking their finger in the chest of Americans for far too long now. There are few things in life that I honesty hate; Progressives are in the hate category and the UN is filled to the brim with Progressives and Terrorists.

Why have they been allowed to suck off the American tit for so long? Have we no pride left?

Keemo on January 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Nuts, easy to find them …

tarpon on January 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM

If a Birther and a Truther meet face to face, do they annihilate each other like matter and anti-matter?

Chip on January 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Boot the UN out of this country. It is nothing more than a money hole.

Wade on January 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

So long as we’re borrowing money for the Chinese, we should give none to the UN. If the UN wants Chinese money, they can go get it from China themselves.

cthulhu on January 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

The lefties are totally freaking.

Glenn Beck last night was killer: ‘Glenn Beck Slams New York Times and Soros-Funded Center for Constitutional Rights’.

Donald Douglas on January 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Imagine that C

:)

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Sure, go ahead and just ignore the guy, and his evidence…you don’t understand, you don’t get the significance of his accusations. They are extremely important and introduces new evidence that the MSM has failed to notice.
It is now apparent, Sarah Palin also caused the 9/11 disaster, yes, not only did she completely institgage the Phoenix shootings, she obviously was also behind the 9/11 attack. Her vicious, along with those evil kids, Bristol, Willow, Piper (the most evil of all), and of course Trig, the single anti-abortion weapon of all creation, was the mastermind and the motivator for the horrendous attack.
Yes, the UN is absolutely essential, as essential as the NYT, and Sheriff Dupnik…

right2bright on January 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The irony is that there is indeed a huge 9/11 conspiracy.

The conspiracy to blame individuals who brought down the towers rather than the Ideology of the individuals.

Refute that.

BL@KBIRD on January 25, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Congrats, jackhole, you just moved the UN past NPR on “groups most likely to be defunded by Congress next week.”

teke184 on January 25, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Don’t stop with just pulling the funding – revoke their lease. Let them move to the Ivory Coast, Somalia, or Darfur, where they can see up close the results of their ‘work’.

Vashta.Nerada on January 25, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Apparently not even the UN can tell when the time for debate is over and done with. Heck, I still have questions about the official story. Difference is I’ve learned to just drop it.

If a Birther and a Truther meet face to face, do they annihilate each other like matter and anti-matter?

Chip on January 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Let’s hope not…there’s a reason M/AM reactions are shown as being used to power starships.

Dark-Star on January 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Richard Falk has always been an idiot .. from the time he defended Karleton Armstrong (1970 Sterling Hall UW Madison bomber) all the way up till now. At least its good to know there is some consistency in the world.

DJ Rick on January 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Ban Ki-moon condemns UN Palestinian human rights official for backing 9/11 slurs

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Turn it into low-rent housing.

(Let’s see who gets this…)

CurtZHP on January 25, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Can’t think of his name…the last US secy general…his apartment in state-subsidized low cost housing on Staten Island (or Roosevelt Island?)

JetBoy on January 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Donald Douglas

Glenn Beck last night was killer:

he always is.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

The UN sure is a great place to get the unhinged to gather…

Why we send any money to it is beyond me.

ajacksonian on January 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Richard Falk has always been an idiot .. from the time he defended Karleton Armstrong (1970 Sterling Hall UW Madison bomber) all the way up till now. At least its good to know there is some consistency in the world.

DJ Rick on January 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM

I’m sure if this guy was around 70 years ago, he would have been defending Stalin’s crimes and the Soviet-Nazi Pact.

Blake on January 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM

JetBoy on January 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

No, I was referring to this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082509/

Check out the “Memorable Quotes” section.

CurtZHP on January 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Cut off the funding. Drain the swamp. Listen to them squeal.

novaculus on January 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM

There is only one relevant question as far as UN funding is concerned:

Does the information gained by our spies at the UN about other countries outweigh the information gained about us from their own spies, and if so, is the difference worth the amount we spend?

RINO in Name Only on January 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

The UN has become a wholly owned and operated branch of Jihad Inc.

The sooner we quit and tell them to get their sorry muslem asses out of America, the better.

Rebar on January 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

The UN has become a wholly owned and operated branch of Jihad Inc.

The sooner we quit and tell them to get their sorry muslem asses out of America, the better.

Rebar

No, it’s all the Mormons that ruin America. They must be exiled back to their own planets and off of ours.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

No, it’s all the Mormons that ruin America. They must be exiled back to their own planets and off of ours.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Look at how we destroy America by hoarding groceries.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Look at how we destroy America by hoarding groceries.

Badger40

First they came for all the Miracle-Whip, and we did nothing.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:38 PM

No, it’s all the Mormons that ruin America. They must be exiled back to their own planets and off of ours.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

The Mormons I know are fine upstanding people, if their planets are muslem and moonbat free – I hope they take me along.

Rebar on January 25, 2011 at 5:42 PM

if their planets are muslem and moonbat free – I hope they take me along.

Rebar

should there be a use for you that they can find, yes, I think that it would be best that you go.
we have an overly full set of bilious bigots here and one less will be a tiny bit of relief.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:51 PM

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Says are community racist…

Keemo on January 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

should there be a use for you that they can find, yes, I think that it would be best that you go.
we have an overly full set of bilious bigots here and one less will be a tiny bit of relief.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Can’t stand for any competition, in that category, eh?

dmh0667 on January 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

dmh0667 on January 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

crr6 is simply a dim light bulb that doesn’t realize she’s a few french fries short of a happy meal; audiculous on the other hand is pure progressive racist through to the core.

Keemo on January 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Says are community racist…

Keemo

Who sez are ?

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Can’t stand for any competition, in that category, eh?

dmh0667

there’s plenty already, but stake your claim, if you’ve a mind to.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I’m guessing this guy Falk is a self hating Jew. Falk can be a Jewish name, and he looks a lot more Semitic than Teutonic.

Before Israel came along, self hating Jews just assimilated and disappeared into the crowd. Now they speak out against Israel and give cover to antisemites who cloak their antisemitism in anti-Zionism, by giving them the ability to say “some of my best friends are Jewish and they think Israel is an apartheid state too”.

The spectre of inflential self hating Jews (hello George Soros), in an age where the Jews have their own country that most of the world has a pathological hatred for, leads me to believe that we really are getting close to the end times. I know that makes me sound like a nut, but it’s how I feel.

ardenenoch on January 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

should there be a use for you that they can find, yes, I think that it would be best that you go.
we have an overly full set of bilious bigots here and one less will be a tiny bit of relief.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 5:51 PM

When all the people who currently protect you from the adherents of the “religion of peace” have fled the planet, and muslems come to slice off your head with a dull blade in accordance with their cult – despite your snark I will still mourn for you and the rest of the moonbats who will be massacred by the very same people you defended with such vigor.

Rebar on January 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

ardenenoch,

a better description of Falk is simply “flaming ashhole”.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

The spectre of inflential self hating Jews (hello George Soros), in an age where the Jews have their own country that most of the world has a pathological hatred for, leads me to believe that we really are getting close to the end times. I know that makes me sound like a nut, but it’s how I feel.

ardenenoch on January 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Honestly, it was this bad for Reagan & Conservatives after he crushed Carter and took on the entire Progressive world wide empire. The attacks on Reagan were very well coordinated on a world wide basis, and the Progressive media was worse then than today because there was no internet and very little talk radio. Reagan was also hated by establishment Republicans who were working with the Progressives in an attempt to take him down and make him a one term President. The American people love freedom and liberty and always will. Americans are in the game now and will likely be in the game for years to come. Don’t lose faith comrade, the good guys are going to win and idiots like audiculous will continue to enjoy a way of life he/she/it did nothing to fight for.

Keemo on January 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Falk you, dude. And the UN horse you rode in on…

karl9000 on January 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

This guy will be the first to thumb his nose at us when the Rs fail to defund his sorry arse. The UN is a habit that needs breaking.

curved space on January 25, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Professor Falk in all his ashhole splendor……

On February 16, 1979, two weeks after the return of Ruhollah Khomeini to Iran, Falk wrote an op-ed for the New York Times “Trusting Khomeini”. He criticized President Jimmy Carter’s accusations of “religious fanaticism” and media descriptions of Khomeini as being backward, antisemitic, and guilty of “theocratic fascism.” Arguing Khomeini was being judged unfairly, he concluded “the depiction of Khomeini as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false … To suppose that Ayatollah Khomeini is dissembling seems almost beyond belief. … Having created a new model of popular revolution based, for the most part, on nonviolent tactics, Iran may yet provide us with a desperately-needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_A._Falk

he has three more years to serve as mouthpiece for the rather vile United Nations Human Rights Council.
I doubt that he makes it.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Ya Know Ed….. There is a consequence of Lie’n to the American People on a constant Basis…… Sooner or Later ya sound just like the Soviet Government. And just like that…. nothing the government says is believable.

roflmao

donabernathy on January 25, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Why, why, why do we continue to fund this totally corrupt and inept institution, and give them precious land in NYC. Throw the bums out and withdraw all funds.

Insanity that we bankroll an organization that is both anti-American and virulently anti-Semetic.

redfoxbluestate on January 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM

both anti-American and virulently anti-Semetic

sounds like Idaho.

audiculous on January 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Why does that guy have a potato stuck on his face? Oh…I see. Never mind.

PakviRoti on January 25, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Pull a President Lincoln on them UN losers and round `em up on the way to the Maryland Statehouse UN building, I say. And they will be singing, “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum!”

Sherman1864 on January 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM

If a Birther and a Truther meet face to face, do they annihilate each other like matter and anti-matter?
Chip on January 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

No. Nor are they equivalent. A truther is a proven liar and or nutcase
on a horrendous scale. A birther may or may not have a point but is benign.
Your little ‘funny’ is not so damn funny. It is crude and rude and this from a definitely non PC type (as you can see).
Pitiful comment.

Pitiful!

Sherman1864 on January 26, 2011 at 5:50 AM

A birther may or may not have a point

Sherman

what’s the point of it, Sherman?

audiculous on January 26, 2011 at 2:37 PM

More proof that there is no final answer for the eternal question that tasks mankind: “How stupid can you get?”

Tantor on January 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM