Former Rep. Ron Paul believes the U.S. government is hiding the fact that it knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand and said the harm done by Osama bin Laden was “minor” when compared to America’s actions since that fateful day.
Paul’s extraordinary remarks came during a radio interview Friday with “Money and Markets” host Charles Goyette, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Critics will tell you Dr. Paul struggled to resonate with conservative America in his two runs for the White House in large part because of his views on foreign policy, which seem to be more in line with the “blame America first” mindset of the hard left — and those views remain as entrenched today as the day he retired from Congress.
“I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” Paul said, before agreeing with Goyette that the U.S. had been warned.
Free Beacon noted that in 2012, Paul said it was “complete nonsense” to say the Bush administration knew about the 9/11 attacks ahead of time.
“I never bought into that stuff. I never talked about it,” he told then-ABC News anchor Jake Tapper. “About the conspiracy of Bush—of Bush knowing about this? No, no, come on. Come on. Let’s be reasonable.”
Following a familiar pattern, Paul said the U.S. government “did more harm” than bin Laden.
“Our own government did more harm to the liberties of the American people than bin Laden did,” he said. “[Bin Laden] was a monster himself, but that was minor compared to the damage done financially, the people that have died.”
Paul added that it was “politically very risky” to question the 9/11 attacks.
“They paint you, and they say ‘oh you question this, that means you’re a truther,’” he said. “I was always amazed, if you question and you want the truth, how they took a word like ‘truther’ and turned it into a terrible, terrible word.”
As for the conspiracy angle, Paul went all in when he said the truth has yet to be told about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
“The Kennedy assassination probe and commission, we don’t know the truth about that, and probably 80 percent of the American people don’t even believe that [Lee Harvey] Oswald was the only one involved,” Paul said. “Also we don’t know all we should know about Martin Luther King assassination, either.”
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