Conspiracy theorists freak out over scheduled Internet outages on 9/11 anniversary
Some Internet service providers scheduled planned outages for the early morning hours of Thursday, the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
That could only mean one thing in conspiracy-mongering corners of the Internet: Something fishy is going on.
“I can’t help but ask the question, is there some sort of coordinated effort to prevent communication?” wondered writer Lisa Haven, of Before It’s News. “Maybe some type of sinister play or just plain coincidence? You decide.”
Haven, an “avid” researcher who writes “from a Christian perspective,” was alarmed that ISPs would upgrade software or equipment, starting about 2 a.m., on the anniversary of the terror attacks, which even some lawmakers have speculated might lift the risk of another attack.
“As the terrorist threat level rises many will be unable to contact their loved ones,” Haven wrote. “But that’s not all, add to that the fact that multiple emergency drills are happening all across the country and we just ‘might’ have a case.”
Western Journalism warned that the planned outage bore a strong resemblance to other coincidental events that have taken place on the same days as tragic events – including the Boston Marathon bombing and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Both of those tragedies unfolded as law enforcement and first responders conducted drills nearby, and even the Sept. 11 attacks took place the same day as a scheduled training drill.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises in the two years prior to 9/11 simulating what would happen if airliners were hijacked and used as weapons to crash into targets – including the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Bush administration said in 2004 that it was unaware of the drills before the attacks.
A writer for Western Journalism said the scheduled outages, which are not uncommon and usually planned during off-peak usage hours, were highly suspicious.
“As a former telecoms professional, I know that such a high number of simultaneous outages is extraordinary; but anyone can see that this anomaly occurring on 9/11 is not only bizarre but also incredibly troubling,” wrote James Franklin, who works as an electronics specialist and serves as regional director for Come and Take It Texas.
One of the universities cited in his report, University of California-San Diego, schedules 12-hour overnight outages for the third and fourth Saturdays of each month, although others are sometimes implemented for system maintenance.
Franklin warned that “portions of nearly every federal agency, police department, and even volunteer fire departments will be engaged in some kind of disaster training on 9/11/14.”
This would leave those communities vulnerable to attacks by Libyan forces that reportedly acquired 11 commercial airliners or by Islamic State militants.
“So what compelled the Obama regime and the Department of Homeland Security to schedule so many training exercises for that day?” Franklin wrote. “With ISIS forces pledging to bring their war to America, why are We the People suddenly in such a precarious state of defenselessness?”
The conspiracy goes all the way to the top, he speculated.
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