Noam Chomsky and The War on Straight Answers

Preface by Washington’s Blog: We’re normally big fans of Chomsky. But he has been irresponsible on this issue.

By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog.


In the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking pledge: “You will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center,” many Americans may find themselves staring into the abyss. The implication has reached the mainstream, that we do not exactly know who was behind the September 11th attacks, which are trotted out to justify every policy enacted ever since.

“Because they have papers in there that are very secret,” continued Trump, “you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out.”

It was genuinely a surprise that Trump would commit to uncovering the truth of the September 11th attacks, while the de facto leader of the American left, Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT, had long ago and repeatedly dismissed the 9/11 attacks as holding no importance whatsoever.

“Who cares?” was Noam Chomsky’s now infamous 2007 quote.

“I mean even if it [a September 11th government conspiracy] were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? I mean it doesn’t have any significance.”

In an email to Professor Chomsky I demanded he answer one very direct, albeit surprisingly controversial question. His non-response speaks volumes. My public debate challenge stands unanswered.

That vital question I posed to Chomsky, a cornerstone question for our age, concerns reality as we know it today (or as many do not). It is a “yes” or “no” proposition, and so without the opportunity for any fanciful verbal contortions.

Is there a US government cover-up of the facts of the September 11th attacks?
YES or NO?

You may want to ask Professor Chomsky this question yourself ( Don’t expect a response, although he may double down on “who cares?”

Noam Chomsky’s record on the subject of the September 11th attacks is marked by circumlocution and a logical fallacy known as “hypothesis contrary to fact” or “argumentum ad speculum” or simply appealing to one’s own pet hypothetical. Most mere mortals are unaware of this fallacious strategy of appealing to a hypothetical rationale to make one’s case, but a world-famous linguist—America’s most “renowned” academic no less—has likely come across this concept before.

A yes/no question eliminates all of that.

Thirty-five co-sponsors in Congress (H. Res. 14) currently demand the release of the censored 28 pages of the 2002 House/Senate Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. More cover-up concerns a Sarasota Florida mansion where hijackers gathered prior to the attacks; yet this never made it into any of the official “investigations.”

These facts are sufficient to call into question pretty much everything Professor Noam Chomsky has said on the subject. Chomsky has chosen muddling over clarity, word games over facts. He presents his position in terms of a vague defense of his ideology, a rationale that is repeated by his many followers.


“More evidence that the 9/11 movement is diverting energy and attention away from far more serious crimes — and in this case crimes that are quite real and easily demonstrated.” (Z-Net, 2006)

Far more serious crimes than September 11th? Real crimes? As 9/11 is the rationale employed by politicians to enable these later war crimes that Chomsky alludes to, his attempt to downgrade it falls flat. Without 9/11 there would be no war on Iraq at all, nor on Afghanistan.

Chomsky uses his talent for word games to dismiss things that cannot be dismissed. With a sentence he denigrates all evidence of government malfeasance around 9/11:

“…I am not persuaded by the assumption that much documentation and other evidence has been uncovered.” (Z-Net, 2006)

Which is why I led with the 28 censored pages and the Sarasota Florida cover-up of 80,000 pages that were hidden from investigators for a decade and a half. Chomsky’s dismissive arrogance carries no weight of facts, only speculation. The 9/11 cover-up has left an extensive paper trail. Willful blindness is not a valid logical rationale, although many of his acolytes might disagree.

“Foreign Governments” (plural)

Senator Bob Graham, the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 9/11, perhaps the last patriot of the old republic, has maintained since 2002:

“I was surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.”

Is that “significant” to anyone other than Professor Chomsky?


Senator Graham seems to think so.

To assume that Noam Chomsky remains ignorant of the subject, a topic which he pens both books and articles about, is unrealistic. Chomsky knows who Senator Bob Graham is, but pointedly ignores talking about his revelations.

Senator Graham renders Noam Chomsky’s lighthearted dismissals completely irrelevant. Though Chomsky’s musings about the 9/11 attacks may be meritless, his influence in the “alternative” media sphere has been undeniably significant.

By misleading millions of genuinely inquisitive people—and by misleading numerous alternative media editors and publishers who took cues from him—Professor Chomsky bears significant personal responsibility. Pretending that a major and outrageous cover-up does not exist, or even more shockingly that it does not matter, inflicts real-world harm to truth, justice, ethics, morality, and, yes, world peace, with a sizable and ever-increasing body count. These are the real costs of official lies.

Professor Chomsky must defend his ridiculous statements. “Ridiculous” here is literal, worthy of ridicule, absurd, and unacceptable.

“I mean even if it [a September 11th government conspiracy] were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? I mean it doesn’t have any significance.”

Rational people, if there are any remaining in the U.S., establish what actually happened first before deciding for the world if it might “care” or if future facts would have any “significance.” Significant to whom? Professor Chomsky’s logic of dismissal and disregard should be rejected outright.

The September 11th attack cover-up itself rises to the level of Treason, as defined in the U.S. Constitution. It is “aid and comfort” to those “foreign governments,” which Senator Graham has told us about. Since 2002 Treason has lived inside the White House, and quite probably before that point.

How did the United States reach a point where Donald J. Trump remains concerned about the “significance” of the 9/11 attacks, while counter-culture guru Professor Noam Chomsky “cares” not a whit? Go on and ask him.

Is there a US government cover-up of the facts of the September 11th attacks?
YES or NO?

Of course there is, although Professor Chomsky refuses to respond to his critics. By admitting to the existence of this cover-up Chomsky would have to explain his illogical pattern of obfuscation over these past fifteen years. A cover-up that provides “aid and comfort” to a foreign power is technically high Treason, and so Chomsky’s “who cares” response holds no sway. He remains firmly on the wrong side of history.

Argumentum Ad Speculum

Noam Chomsky went on to fabricate a hypothetical scenario to explain the September 11th attacks to his own satisfaction. His argument became dangerous when passed on by others in order to shut down honest debate and fact-based inquiry. He has substituted speculation for factual analysis, and this passes without comment in the foundation-funded left press.


Chomsky labeled his appeal to a hypothetical as “overwhelming evidence.” His alleged “overwhelming evidence” is this:

“Unless they’re total lunatics [the Bush White House], they would have blamed it [9/11] on Iraqis if they were involved in any way.”

A crowd at the University of Florida applauded this claim, as if it held actual meaning. It does not. It is both a non-sequitur and a hypothesis contrary to fact.

As soon as “they would have” enters the discussion we have the counter-factual fallacy. This is only evidence of speculation, or of deliberate sleight of hand.

They would have blamed it on Nigerians; or they would have blamed it on Eskimos; or they would have blamed it on aliens; these are non-sequiturs which have no logical connection to the crime. One can speculate any number of irrelevant hypothetical scenarios.

It is unimportant whom the Bush Administration blames or doesn’t blame after the fact. Those are just words. This proves nothing, and it cannot be considered by adults “overwhelming evidence.” That is a red flag.

In fact, the Bush regime did attempt to blame Iraq for 9/11, as we all know, committing torture in order to fabricate testimony from a prisoner to that effect. But that’s hardly relevant to what happened prior to the event, the actual attack operation. Those are two very different things.

It is vital to expose what the facts of the crime were, the actions of perpetrators. Who did what? Actions, not words after the fact, Mr. Chomsky.

That is what Senator Bob Graham has been fighting for since the attacks occurred, and yet, surprisingly, he has met resistance from across the political spectrum. His call to expose White House ties to the sponsors of the hijackers—to the people who actually made it happen—has been pointedly swept from history. Loose ends hang from this cover-up yet the U.S. public was diverted from demanding full disclosure and accountability for 9/11 by wars and propaganda blitzkriegs, by disinformation, and through a general dumbing down: the degradation of public discourse, a fact-free discourse now at pathetic levels of ignorance. It has been a very dark age.

Every other criminal case involves establishing facts first, not speculating one’s path to a conviction or to an acquittal. This is fundamental to justice, to the scientific method and to logic. Those who hide the facts are generally treated as suspects.

In this glaring schism between the irresponsible speculation of Professor Noam Chomsky versus the factual analysis of Senator Bob Graham—the guy who wrote the censored Congressional report—it is quite evident to anyone who reads that Graham checkmates Chomsky. It is not even a real debate, as Chomsky offers no facts. He merely claims to have seen no evidence to persuade him, an argument of convenient willful ignorance. One does not see what one refuses to look for.

Professor Chomsky’s dismissal of the September 11th controversy has brought with it significant repercussions, as editors, publishers, and politically active citizens accepted his logical fallacies in place of hard evidence and the struggle for truth and justice. The damage has been incalculable.

If Senator Bob Graham had simply commanded the widespread media penetration and exaggerated social influence that Professor Noam Chomsky enjoys we might all live in a very, very different world today.

Joe Giambrone is an American author, freelance writer and filmmaker. Non-fiction works appear at International Policy Digest,WhoWhatWhy, Foreign Policy JournalCounterpunch,Globalresearch, OpedNews, High Times and other online outlets. His science fiction thriller Transfixion and his Hollywood satire Hell of a Deal are available through Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and Createspace.

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  • jadan

    The NIST crew that issued the erroneous report on the collapse of the towers was populated with MIT colleagues of Chomsky. The venerable old lizard didn’t want a beef with colleagues. The good professor wants to keep matters academic. Stay out of the line of fire. For all his criticism of government over the years, he’s careful to keep it academic. MIT is Establishment and Chomsky is token dissident for the Establishment, part of the loyal opposition. And if he has to commit treason to prevent rocking the Establishment boat, he’ll do that. It wasn’t until his 911 betrayal of truth and reason that I saw him for what he really is. I lost all respect for him at that point. He’s typical of the American intelligentsia which is composed of human invertebrates. He’s a phony, in other words.

    • There’s an alternative explanation in three words: “Urban Moving Systems.”

    • Sarastro92

      Yeah well harping on the WTC towers just feeds into the whole syndrome… it’s a dead end unless anyone can identify who wired the towers for collapse. On that score Chomsky is right. So what? Where does it get you?

      On the other hand, The Congressional 9/11 Inquiry and the lies uncovered from the US military actually names names, places and events to merit prosecution.

      • Here is what you seek! May 25, 2014 FDNY 9/11 Survivor Witness and Whistleblower Speaks on WTC 7

        Listen very carefully starting at the ’40’ second mark!

        As a firefighter on 9/11, he was at Ground Zero and was there when Building 7 came down. In this episode of 9/11 Free Fall, he relives his experience that day, recounting how he believes the buildings in New York were brought down in controlled demolitions.

  • Sarastro92

    Joe, You don’t understand that Chomsky (and Greenwald’s) job is to serve as Left- wing gate keeper. That’s their role in “manufacturing consent”, ie to define the bounds of acceptable discourse on the Left, signalling the same limits to the media.

    Chomsky has repeatedly dismissed “a priori” any evidence of government insider / rogue elements in US military and intelligence under the claim “how could they think they’d get away with in?”

    The answer is: same way they got away with the deaths of 58,000 Americans and millions of Indo-Chinese via the fake Gulf of Tonkin incident; the way they got away with WMD forgeries and lies … the way the US has gotten away with every War since the Mexican-American War.

    • tom

      Wiring up the biggest and most prominent buildings in New York, while tens of thousands of people were working in them, would be hard to do unnoticed. Unlike the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which was witnessed only by a handful of sailors, hardly any of whom would have known about the untruthful reports that were sent to the President. As for the Mexican War, most Americans were all in favour of it as it happened far away and the casualties were predominantly foreign.

      • Sarastro92

        “Wiring up the biggest and most prominent buildings in New York, while
        tens of thousands of people were working in them, would be hard to do

        I agree. How rigging explosives were covertly laid has never been explained. It’s a rabbit hole… so not worth dwelling on.

  • R Ryckoff

    Chomsky as a ‘left-wing gatekeeper’ seems to be more and more the case.
    His position on 9/11 is identical to his position re. the JFK assassination. Decries the researchers and says the same thing almost verbatim: As far as an assassination conspiracy, ‘who cares’ and ‘it doesn’t really matter.’
    That the Vietnam war wouldn’t have happened if Kennedy had lived ‘doesn’t matter…??’
    His perspective on both these events is ludicrous. They don’t even make superficial sense. And he’s obviously a very smart person.
    Therefore, he must be serving some unstated agenda, in my estimation.
    Two important resources: “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters” by James Douglass.
    And the only scientific forensic analysis of the destruction of the Twin Towers AND Building 7 at:
    Read, consider the actual evidence rationally and then make your own decision.

    • tom

      “That the Vietnam war wouldn’t have happened if Kennedy had lived ‘doesn’t matter…??'”

      It’s all too easy to glorify the dead and make unjustified assumptions about what they might have done had they lived longer. What we know for certain is that Kennedy significantly escalated the Vietnam War, and saw it as an important opportunity to make a principled stand.

      ‘Kennedy was thus determined to “draw a line in the sand” and prevent a communist victory in Vietnam. He told James Reston of The New York Times immediately after his Vienna meeting with Khrushchev, “Now we have a problem making our power credible and Vietnam looks like the place.”‘

    • jadan

      Chomsky doesn’t care about evidence. He’s a “gatekeeper” = liar. Evidence did not matter to NIST, nor to the 911 Commission. Following the evidence takes us directly into the unknown, which is not merely unacceptable political discourse, but the limits of known technologies of destruction.

  • cityspeak

    With all due respect to Professor Chomsky:

    “Unless they’re total lunatics [Hitler’s nazis], they would have blamed it [the Reichstag fire] on Jews if they were involved in any way.”

    They blamed the German communist party.

    History disproves his speculation.
    False flags serve multiple purposes.

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    Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies. (Dorothy Allison, b. 1949.)

    On 7th September 2002, speaking at a Press Conference flanked by Prime Minister, Tony “dodgy dossier” Blair, President George W. Bush stated that Saddam Hussein was just six months away from an Iraqi nuclear age. (1) The timeline, said Bush, had come from the International Atomic Energy Agency Report issued that morning. Footnote: Extensive inquiries have so far failed to confirm whether an inventory of what went missing from Tuwaitha and other sites from the abandoned nuclear programme, was undertaken, or whether there were efforts to follow up on the ills from the affected areas or attempts to clean them. Inquiries will continue.


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  • Sep 11, 2013 9/11 In A Nutshell James Corbett presents this 5 minute parody of the official conspiracy theory of 9/11.

  • tom

    “You will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center…”

    Is he actually trying to get assassinated? “Suicide by CIA…”

  • tom

    This whole article doesn’t persuade me in the least. Dr Chomsky has said, presumably in good faith, what he believes – that there is insufficient evidence to come to a definite conclusion. Apparently Joe Giambrone thinks otherwise; but the fact that he believes certain things that he has heard does not mean Dr Chomsky is being foolish, or perverse, or disingenuous in eveluating those alleged facts differently.

    “It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician scientific proofs”.

    – Aristotle, “Nicomachean Ethics” Book I, 1094.b24

    • Sarastro92

      It’s not about stuff “someone heard”… it’s the detailed investigation of the Congressional Inquiry that shows the entire 9/11 attack was orchestrated starting 18 months prior.

  • 1johnnyrotten1

    9/11 war by deception peels off the layers of deception and exposes the real perpetrators behold the greatest false flag in the history of false flags…

  • Nino Benitez

    I want everyone reading these lines to look closely at the photo at the top of this article. Focus on the airplane. Notice anything? Look again. Notice anything strange? No? The mass media has embedded into your mind, something that is not there. Look once again. The plane has no left wing and no left tail wing. The left engine is attached to nothing. Now, look up the video from which this still was taken. Its famous. Look at the left wing. It disappears, fazing in and out before vanishing before “impact” What you have just seen is a clever video manipulation of a plane hitting the tower. more at