That didn't take too long

I made my last blog post at 5:00pm on October 11, 2006. It was a mere two hours after I first heard about the plane crash in New York. At 5pm EST, I wanted to go on the record with a prediction:

Within the next few days, we will hear people claiming that this crash was planned by the Bush administration to scare people before the November elections.It seems that I was beaten to the punch.

Even before I made the prediction, the accusations had already begun to fly. I introduce the Huffington Post. Typically, bloggers at HP spend their time pushing for socialism, UN control of the United States, etc. Today, they spent a little time coming up with conspiracy theories:

I am so cynical these days, but I wonder if this is what the Republicans were saying was going to be an "October surprize" just to scare people before the elections.
By: Madashhellintexas on October 11, 2006 at 03:27pm

One can hardly miss the irony of this event happening just when the Republicans need it most.
By: JeanneInMinneapolis on October 11, 2006 at 04:14pm

Can you say distraction.. whether it happened deliberately for all the political reasons or not they are SPIN SPIN SPINNING it.. that way.
By: icdumbpeeps on October 11, 2006 at 04:22pm

All of these posts were made BEFORE I even made my prediction, and I swear that I had no idea that they had already been posted.

Then, the Huffington Post had one of their own writers, Tony Hendra, draft a little piece raising some of the same questions:

Will the building collapse in its own footprint? (It hasn't so far...). Was this what Rove meant by an October Surprise (Not big enough dude...) Who does this benefit politically? (Focus off Foley, focus off North Korea...) Who was in the plane and why was it first identified as a helicopter? (Or was it a drone?)

One of the comments on this article reads:

I had the same thoughts. I kept wondering...would my government do something like this, just to change the subject? It would bring it back around to terrorism and fear, their specialties. The sad answer is, yes, they would.
By: lisaZ on October 11, 2006 at 08:05pm

I'm sure that more is yet to come. More mainstream writers and commentators (possibly even politicians) will raise the same questions.

At this point, nothing surprises me.


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