A slip of the tongue

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People do not speak with mathematical precision. They make mistakes. They use incorrect words, poor grammar and sentence construction, and as a result may say things they don't mean. We know this from our own experiences. If you spend any length of time talking to people then it will happen to you, too, every single day.

In the world of 9/11 truth, though, it sometimes seems as though there's no recognition of this simple fact. Any quote that can be used to support "inside job" is seized upon, and claimed as "Freudian slips", while clarifications are often (and dishonestly) omitted.

What's more, if you point out that this was just a "slip of the tongue" then in our experience you're likely to be attacked for making such an unlikely suggestion. And this seems odd to us. After all, the reality is that verbal slip-ups happen frequently, to everyone. And what's being suggested here - that those involved in massive conspiracies give themselves away while talking to the media - has to our knowledge never happened before throughout all of history. It's clear which explanation is the most likely.

Still, it's interesting to see how these quotes get treated, so we'll document one or two examples on this page.

Dick Cheney

An interview with Tony Snow famously included the following line:

Carry out a Google search on the text and you find the quote used on many sites, often with no context. Here's the first page returned on the Google list, for instance:

But now let's see the quote in context:

Cheney is asked about Saddam, but answers with a comment on bin Laden. That makes no sense, unless it's just a slip of the tongue. And later in the interview the point is clarified, but both the initial question and later clarification are ignored by many who seize on the central quote. Yet another reason not to trust anyone online: follow any quote to its source and check out the details for yourself.