Cindy E. Harnett / Times Colonist (9/26/15)
As time went by, Manna questioned how a single airplane could cause the entire structure to collapse. (A plane carrying thousands of gallons of airplane fuel = a very large and very destructive flying bomb.)
“To me, that was a lie. I don’t believe that — I don’t believe that a plane going through a building could bring down the whole building [on its own]. So that’s the lie part. That’s a lie to me.” (It may be 'a lie' to her, but merely declaring something to be a lie without facts to justify such a declaration to the contrary of video and forensic evidence is a weak argument at best. One can only imagine various problematic outcomes if a politician holding such "beliefs" were enabled to impose other irrational beliefs on constituents.)
Years later, Manna said, she attended a forum by “architects and engineers” (Ahh... the specialist gambit! They have to be believed because they are "experts"!) who supported that theory. As a private investigator for five years, Manna said, she’s inquisitive (and apparently not interested in or confused about how and what we know what we know (epistemology).
“I asked about it. I didn’t believe it was just a plane. I went to an event and they explained how a plane couldn’t bring down the building.
“And then I just said: ‘OK. I believe that it wasn’t just a plane that went through the building.’ And that’s my truth, and that’s OK, and now we have to move on.” (Hey mom, it's my truth that, even though I'm 11 years old, I'm all grown up and can drive your car. Gimme the keys... and your credit card!)
Manna said she firmly believes that 9-11 was a terrorist attack against the United States and that it never entered her mind to consider the conspiracy theories suggesting otherwise.
“I didn’t go on thinking who did it, and why did they do it. I just didn’t believe that physically it could have happened … and then I moved on,” Manna said.
Campaign manager Harry Kuiack said Manna took what she heard from the “experts” as gospel. “Is that being naive? That depends on your beliefs and who you are.”
Manna has recently resigned as a candidate in the upcoming election: Times Colonist report HERE—Maria Manna resigns as Liberal candidate after questioning 9-11.