From the Herald:
Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons has been labelled "naive" for meeting with a group who claims that the collapse of the World Trade Centre in 2001 was an inside job.Ooh, I bet she gave him a good telling off. Gage uses the same types of pseudo-science arguments that climate change deniers use: find a bit of evidence that can be interpreted in a number of ways, then build an entire theory around it. Attack anyone who disagrees. Man, I'd love to have seen her tear a strip off him.
Fitzsimons met Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, in Wellington yesterday.
Fitzsimons said after her meeting with Gage that there were "some unexplained matters".Huh?
"What I've found is that there are a lot of highly trained people who say [the Twin Towers] could not have collapsed the way they say it did."Jesus wept! Why would any self-respecting politician give any credence to Gage's ridiculous theories?
Asked if she was a 9/11 sceptic, Fitzsimons said: "I would say I've got an open mind. I'm not interested in conspiracy theories, I'm interested in evidence."
So how bad is this for the Greens? From an Australian 911-"truth" site:
It is with great pride that I can announce that Jeanette Fitszimmons the co-leader of the Green party in New Zealand has signed the politicians for 911 truth petition.
Although Jeanette wishes to emphasise that she signed the petition as a private citizen first and politician second it remains a fact that she is the first sitting front bench MP of any country willing to make a stand and sign a petition demanding a new investigation into the events of 911. The Green party is currently in the opposition but until November last year was part of the governing Labour government and the third biggest party of New Zealand.
Jeanette Fitszimmons has repeatedly but off record expressed her sympathy with those of us who are working towards a new investigation but until this moment declined to speak openly about her doubts with regards to the official accounts of the events of 911, however when I e-mailed her with the news of the new website and the request that perhaps she would sign the petition I was pleasantly surprised to find my request fulfilled within hours.[emphasis added by me]
The 911 conspiracy theory is one of the looniest ever created. Think about it. As a non-scientist and non-engineer I happily confess to not understanding all the technical and scientific arguments put forward by each side. But a lot of scientists and engineers have looked at the claims made by the "truthers" and have discredited them. That shows that, at best, the technical and scientific arguments of Gage and others are highly questionable. At worst they're utter nonsense.
But what makes the theories loony is the conspiracy that must exist for them to be correct. The US military and secret services are simply too incompetent to put together something so elaborate. And why has not one person come forward to admit their involvement?
I hope Fitzsimons' party gives her a ticking off for allowing the Greens to be associated with this lunacy.
For the promotion of crackpot theories Jeanette Fitzsimons is the latest Imperator Fish Fool of the Moment.