Environmentalists Against War:
Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Says Government Ordered Media Blackout on 9/11 Questions
"It is not just the corporate media. I have had the owners of highly-regarded alternative media companies confide in me privately that they don't believe the government's version of 9/11, but that are scared of discussing it publicly because they don't want to be tarred-and-feathered for discussing "conspiracy theories."
"Even writers like Glenn Greenwald -- who are good on so many issues -- won't touch it.
"Of course -- as Ellsberg points out -- "Secrets can be kept reliably ... for decades ... even though they are known to thousands of insiders." Indeed, the whole label "conspiracy theory" is just an attempt to diffuse criticism of the powerful.
People used to understand this. As the quintessential American writer Mark Twain said in a more rational age:
'A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies, which they dare not admit in public.'"