The one quality that may surpass the persistence of “9/11 truthers” — an ability to offend our sensibilities — was on full display in Times Square on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
To commemorate the anniversary, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is running a huge digital ad in Midtown Manhattan showing World Trade Center 7 collapsing in what is described as a “classic controlled demolition.”
“WTC 7 came down in a classic controlled demolition,” the advertisement says. “The government says fire brought it down, but anyone who watches the video can see otherwise.”
A building that is supposed to be World Trade Center 7 falling plays on a loop in the background of the ad.
In support of the bizarre theory that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks, conspiracy theorists claim that WTC7 fell due to controlled explosives — never mind that the myth had been debunked repeatedly.
A message on the group’s website includes this passage:
“Even though we will no longer be speaking directly to the folks at The New York Times, most Times employees will see the ad on a daily basis, thus making it impossible for them to ignore the truth about what happened at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The upside, of course, is that millions of people will be treated to a high-impact viewing experience of the truth about the third skyscraper destroyed on 9/11.”
It’s surprising that someone would lease “truthers” the ad space — just four miles from where the World Trade Center once stood — to run an ad that is certain to bring back haunting memories for thousands of New Yorkers.