The Troofers hate it when we use this word, but it's not like insane or non compos is any gentler. Anyway, one of my general tasks when I see a name as listed among the Troofer community that I have not seen before is to look them up for indications of insanity.
Susan Lindauer gets mentioned at the 9-11 rebunkers blog
as doing a radio show on some facebook project that says, I am the face of 9-11 Truth. She also just happens to have beaten Sean Fitzgerald-- The guy who killed his father because he thought Daddy was the devil--when it comes to officially bonkers; she was found too wacky
to stand trial not once, but twice:
Ms. Lindauer, who had been declared incompetent for trial by Judge Michael B. Mukasey, now the United States attorney general, tried to persuade a different judge that she was now competent.
But the second judge, Loretta A. Preska
of Federal District Court, ruled late Monday that while Ms. Lindauer
was “highly intelligent” and “generally capable of functioning at a high
level in many ways,” she also was suffering from a mental disease or
As a result, the judge said, Ms. Lindauer was “unable to
understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her
or to assist properly in her defense.”
The judge cited the testimony of a government psychiatrist who said
that Ms. Lindauer claimed to have special powers and that she had
indicated she once met with Osama bin Laden, who disclosed to her the location of a bomb. The judge said that demonstrated “a lack of connection with reality.”
Preska also cited Ms. Lindauer’s behavior in court last year, when,
after being admonished not to speak without first consulting with her
lawyer, she stuffed tissues in her mouth. That was “not the response of
someone rationally connected to the proceedings,” Judge Preska said.
So today I'm looking at a rave review
of 9-11 in the Academic Community and I start Googling the names of the folks involved
and came across Barry Shainbaum.
Adnan Zuberi (BMath '10), Mike Bondi (BASc '94), Hadi Izadi (PhD '10, Electrical Engineering) and Barry Shainbaum (BSc '71) created the award-winning documentary film 9/11 in the Academic Community, which follows the academic discourse on the origins of the war on terror.
Yeah, Barry's got some issues
One day at age 18, Barry was watching TV
with his girlfriend when, out of the blue, he hallucinated that he was
on the show. He’d been on TV before, but no, this wasn’t Tiny Talent
Time. He fell into a catatonic state; he couldn’t talk.
This was the beginning.
No one could figure out what was wrong.
There was a stay in a locked psychiatric ward. He’d swing between
episodes of delusion and periods of focus and achievement.
In his 20s, while at university, he was
driving to an appointment when he hallucinated he was a cop. He actually
got the car in front of him to pull over and the woman in it to produce
her driver’s licence. He was wearing an orange tank top and cut-off
Barry let her go with a warning, then
drove himself to his psychiatrist’s office, where he talked unstoppably.
The point is not to laugh at these folks for their mental health issues, but to note that they do exist and that they make up a very high percentage of the movement.