Video: Keith Ellison on the 9/11 "Reichstag fire"

We had this a week ago but for some reason it’s (re-)breaking today, so fine. At the very least, it’s worth watching for the spectacle of a CAIR crony lecturing non-Muslims on the definition of authoritarianism and dictatorship. The clip cuts out right before his ipse dixit that “I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box — dismiss you,” even though he clearly is suggesting that very thing. The Reichstag fire is a favorite Truther analogy and is recognized instantly here by most of the audience, as you’ll see; mentioning it and then disavowing its connotations is sort of like asserting that the Pentagon was hit by a missile but that it might have been Al Qaeda who fired it. That’s transparent CYA aimed squarely — and unsuccessfully — at avoiding “the nut-ball box.” Read Hassan Butt; he’d recognize this “logic” instantly.

He made sure to tell someone from the Strib last week that he thinks Osama’s responsible for 9/11 so this is already on its way down the memory hole. Whew.