I'm reading Hopsicker's Welcome To Terrorland, a much ballyhooed RI textbook.
I have to admit, it's an interesting read, but for a journalist, Hopsicker seems to rely heavily on the "he said-she said" brand of journalism that seems much more suited to American celebrity "cult-ure.".
The cornerstone of his whole theory seems to revolve around Amanda Keller's stint as terrorist moll.
It has one really huge obstacle to overcome though, Miss Keller retracted her story once again.
For five years, Amanda Keller has been portrayed by conspiracy theorists as Mohamed Atta's lover.
But the former Venice stripper now says her boyfriend was another flight student not connected to 9/11. And, for the first time, federal investigators say she's right.
"There's nothing there to corroborate the relationship between the two," a New York-based FBI counterterrorism agent said recently after reviewing 9/11 case files.
The agent got clearance to talk from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI, but only agreed if his named was not used.
Among other things, the government checked Atta's phone records and found the two had never called each other.
In 2002, Keller granted an interview with Daniel Hopsicker, a Venice self-published writer who maintains the government has covered up facts about 9/11.
In a taped interview that has circled the Internet, Keller casually discusses intimate details about her relationship with "Mohamed." She claimed it was Atta, but changed her story soon after.
"It was my bad for lying," Keller said. "I really didn't think about it until after I did it."
Keller, 24, is engaged and is studying to become a nurse. She moved to Ohio in early 2002 and said she hoped that by getting married and changing her name, she could finally leave the rumors behind.
Maybe she was pressured to do so.
Here are some photos of Miss Keller with her terrorist lover:
Here's the photo of Atta that's passed around the world like a bong at a rave.
Maybe it's me, but they don't look anything alike.
It appears that Hopsicker is selling a tub of rotten turds. Then again, maybe this is the rotten turd that's meant to spoil the rest of the turds.
It does lead one to question Hopsicker's "journalistic skills." If his fact checking is this bad here, is the rest of the book equally tainted.
Since I'm in a photo pasting mood, I thought I'd give Jeff & one of his forum stalwarts a bit of the spotlight.
& here's Project Willow, on the right:
The Internut is a funny place. It's been a few years since I've made any concerted effort to wend my way through the RI wonderland & I still don't know if the site is satire, serious or serious disinformation.