The Conspiraloon Holocaust Denial Exposure
Just in, a blinding bit of research ferreting through far-right grimness from Unity at Ministry of Truth - now also on Liberal Conspiracy.
Why all the fuss? It's not the one man, Kollerstrom and his horrible views that bothers me. There will always be nutters, after all.
It's the fact that Kollerstrom - and people like him, with similarly extreme views fit so very comfortably into the so- called '9/11 Truth/7/7 Truth Movement'. They post on their forums. They come to their meetings. They fit right in.
And that's scary.
The '9/11 Truth' forum, for example, recently had pages and pages of discussion threads about holocaust with contributors busily denying it happened. Only when the blog-storm about Kollerstrom broke did they take any action. They hid the threads and belatedly banned discussion of the subject, as it was felt to reflect badly on their 'Truth movement'. Some might call that cynical.
The man who owned the site 'nineeleven.co.uk' has announced that he is kicking them off in June and retaining the URL so the '9/11 Truth' contingent can't use it any more. His reason? Anti-Semitism posted on the site.
You see, the reason I am disturbed by so many of these '9/11 Truth and 7/7 Truth' people is that it so frequently seems to come down to 'The Jews/Mossad/Zionists' are behind everything stuff - the same old lie, the same old libel, that found its expression most hideously in the made-up antisemitic propaganda The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - which Hitler went on to use as his justification for genocide. That lie is still being pushed, and people who push it are using 7/7 and 9/11 conspiracy theories as cover to give their hateful views contemporary relevance.
Sadly, many of the ''Truthers'', instead of waking up to the people who associate with them and their campaigns, and questioning their agenda are instead attacking the bloggers who outed Kollerstrom, throwing about personal abuse, calling them 'Nazis' and 'dictators, whinging about 'free speech' and generally being in denial about it all. Others have gone very quiet.
By the way, UCL, where Kollerstrom is ( or was) an honorary research fellow, knew nothing about this man Kollerstrom and his views until they were told on Friday by bloggers who contacted them. Everything I hear suggests they are on the case, and they are wholly blameless in this matter, and that they are investigating as quickly and as fairly as they can.
UPDATE: And Kollerstrom has already vanished from their pages where he was listed as a research fellow. Blimey, that was quick. Well done UCL.
Further update: 7/7 'Truth' campaigners complaining that they are being smeared as 'conspi-racists ( whilst making no effort whatsoever to distance themselves from Kollerstrom's views might like to ponder why Kollerstrom, using his online ID of 'astro3' replies to Blairwatch with a link to the 'julyseventh.co.uk' site in his name. Three times.
Two of the 7/7 site owners, 'Kier' and 'Bridget Dunne' also posting at the same time, also linking to the julyseventh.co.uk site, seem perfectly happy about this and of an accord with Kollerstrom in what he says
( which is about 7/7).
Now, I'm sure if you consider yourself to be a nice, well-meaning person with 'questions about 7/7' it must be horrifying to find that your movement contains people who are raging anti-Semites and holocaust-deniers, who happily count themselves as fellow travellers with you. The July 7th conspiracy theorists cry foul when antisemites in their number are pointed out, and say piteously there is no Holocaust denial on their site
( unlike the nineeleven site, which the site owner is closing because of the antisemitism and holocaust denial on it, which the moderators have belatedly decided to stop since the Kollerstrom story broke). But the julyseventh site has private, secret forums - we don't know what goes on in there, what they discuss, and given their associations with the likes of Kollerstrom, we can only guess. So until they actually come out and say it, which they haven't done, instead preferring to go on the attack - as well as publishing foul abuse of anyone criticising conspiracy theories - I'm assuming that they have been caught with their pants down.
If the 'July 7th Truth' people want to show that they are not conspiracy theorists with Holocaust deniers, Jew-haters, Zionist-bashers and racists among them - RELEASE THE EVIDENCE! A slogan they are very familiar with. Until then....questions must remain. Without evidence, how can we trust their 'official explanation'?
UPDATE: Back of the net
Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom
22 April 2008
UCL has been made aware of views expressed by Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom, an Honorary Research Fellow in UCL Science & Technology Studies.
The position of Honorary Research Fellow is a privilege bestowed by departments within UCL on researchers with whom it wishes to have an association. It is not an employed position.
The views expressed by Dr Kollerstrom are diametrically opposed to the aims, objectives and ethos of UCL, such that we wish to have absolutely no association with them or with their originator.We therefore have no choice but to terminate Dr Kollerstrom’s Honorary Research Fellowship with immediate effect