truther

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English[edit]

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truth +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

truther (plural truthers)

  1. Person believing that the United States government perpetrated or allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    • May 22, 2006, George Washington, Social Proof, George Washington's Blog:
      Therefore, virtually every press release or statement about 9/11 should include a reference to the poll to show people that many Americans are 9/11 truthers who scoff at the 9/11 Commission as a fraud and that demand a real 9/11 investigation.
    • September 13, 2009, Stephen Collinson, New York reveals demands for new 9/11 probe may go to vote as Americans mark eighth anniversary, The Sunday Mail:
      The vote is likely to tear open old wounds as groups such as the "truthers", including actor Charlie Sheen who believe Americans have never been told the truth about what really happened on 9/11, try to persuade New Yorkers to open a new probe that would reinvestigate the attacks.
    • September 20, 2009, David Ignatius, Reading Iran by the Letter, The Washington Post:
      The Iranian president is even a "truther," insisting that there was a hidden hand behind Sept. 11, 2001. "Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services — or their extensive infiltration?" he mused in the letter to Bush.
  2. Person believing that the United States government perpetrates, supports, funds or allows false flag attacks.
    • 2013, D Wittkower, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy
      For instance, "truthers" who believe in a US government conspiracy to destroy the pentagon
    • 2014, Lori, Badura, Tell It Like It Isn't (Page 226)
      Rather, believers of this conspiracy theory (known as Sandy Hook “truthers”) propose that the entire event might have been staged by Homeland Security and FEMA
    • 2014, Ralph Cinque, A review of the trailer of James Lambert's new film Group: alt.assassination.jfk
      ... because I think that we JFK truthers may be able to use this film to our ...

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