Why Is Alec Baldwin Alluding to 9/11 Conspiracy Theories on Twitter?

8/24/11 at 10:27 AM

Why Is Alec Baldwin Alluding to 9/11 Conspiracy Theories on Twitter? [Update]

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The actor and potential mayoral hopeful had a late Twitter session overnight, as he's been known to do, in which he answered questions from followers. At the end, he went on a particularly uncomfortable tangent. "Do you think Bin Laden was behind 9-11?" he wrote, followed by two messages about the counter-terrorist exercise Amalgam Virgo, a favorite talking point of the truther movement. When Baldwin was asked if it was "a little late to make that accusation" by a follower, he replied, "what 'accusation?'" and concluded: "9-11 ........ what have we learned?"

For one, we've learned that people are not generally thrilled when September 11 is invoked with doubt as to its perpetrators, whether it's a joke or not. Baldwin, who's hosting a public forum next month about 9/11, is a noted provocateur and a master with the press, so it's possible that he's poking fun at the truther contingent or just getting himself some attention. But even if that's the case, he's doing so in a way ambiguous enough to raise eyebrows.

Is this his way of showing us that he's not interested in running for political office after all? If not, he could always say he was hacked. We've reached out to Baldwin's people for clarification and will update if we hear back.

Update: Through a spokesman, Baldwin said this afternoon that his tweets were "absolutely not casting doubt on the issue of Osama Bin Laden's role in 9/11." He also took to Twitter to talk about last night's vague messages: "As the 10th anniversary of the attacks approaches, I am keenly interested in what public opinion is re the aftermath of 9-11."

Additionally, Baldwin wants to leave no ambiguity as to his knowledge of magazines:

Alec Baldwin [Twitter]
9/11 Blogger [Twitter]

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maybe he is testing the waters

he is certainly smart enough to know what went down on 9/11.

a Baldwin's politics from wikipedia

Baldwin serves on the board of People for the American Way. He is a vegetarian, animal rights activist, and a strong supporter of PETA,[45][46] for which he has done work that includes narrating the video entitled Meet Your Meat.[47] Baldwin also lent his support to the Save the Manatee Club by donating his time to record several public service announcements for the group, which had contacted him following his role in "Bonfire of the Manatees", an episode of The Simpsons in which he was the voice of a biologist working to save the endangered mammals.[48]

During his appearance on the comedy late night show Late Night with Conan O'Brien on December 12, 1998, eight days before President Bill Clinton was to be impeached, Baldwin said, "If we were in another country ... we would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they're doing to this country."[49] Baldwin later apologized for the remarks, and the network explained it was meant as a joke and promised not to rerun it.[50]

Regarding the possibility of getting involved in electoral politics, Baldwin said in a 2006 interview with the New York Times that if he did, his preferred office would be the Governor of New York. When asked if he was qualified for the office, Baldwin responded that he considered himself far more qualified than then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[51] In June 2011, The Daily reported that Baldwin was mulling a 2013 run for Mayor of New York City, in the wake of a potential early race shakeup after candidate Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.[52]

In February 2009, Baldwin spoke out to encourage state leaders to renew New York's tax break for the film and television industry, stating that if the "...tax breaks are not reinstated into the budget, film production in this town is going to collapse and television production is going to collapse and it's all going to go to California."[53]

Baldwin First Responder for Baldwin

Baldwin is making a long bet and saving his credibility by siding with 9/11 Truth because in the long run everybody will know that 9/11 was an inside job. At this point with all of the whistleblowers from US Intelligence and the FBI going public about prior knowledge of the attacks, with all of the world renowned scientist and the thousands of architects and engineers all laying down the facts and evidence for controlled demolition, it appears Baldwin is placing himself on the side of those "in the know." Anyone left holding the bag for the official government conspiracy theory will have a reputation of being a coward and a fool and Baldwin's ego could not withstand that.