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Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. But if you’re a 9/11 truther, he doesn’t want you to buy his book. In fact, he doesn’t even want you to listen to this show!
Roy regrets having given this interview, in which he admits that he doesn’t believe the official story of 9/11, the alleged killing of Bin Laden, and related matters. The day after the interview, he emailed me with legalistic threats – and even menaced me with a lifelong vendetta: “If you decide to do that (broadcast the interview against his wishes), out of whatever misguided principle, you will be gaining an enemy who will haunt you till the end of your days.”
I reminded Roy of something we learned in Journalism 101: “When you give a radio interview, whether live or pre-recorded, you have implicitly consented to its being broadcast.”
What explains such bizarre behavior? Why would an author not want to publicize his book? Apparently Roy is terrified that his shiny new Princeton Ph.D. won’t carry him to the social heights he aspires to climb should anyone find out that he once said something sensible about 9/11 on a show called Truth Jihad Radio.
Come on, Roy. Haunt me to the end of your days. Bring it on.
Listeners: We begin talking about 9/11 at the 26:50 mark and continue till the conversation ends around 41:15. Then I read the transcripts of Roy’s amazing emails demanding that I not broadcast the show, along with my responses.)
This whole affair offers a perfect illustration of the way 9/11, and the taboo on speaking honestly about it, has turned the USA into a nation of worthless, pusillanimous scumbags.