February 1, 2015, - 12:58 pm

Pete Carroll: Seattle Seahawks Coach is 9/11 Truther Conspiracy Theorist, Anti-War Nut

By Debbie Schlussel

Last year, I told you about Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll’s nutty embrace of 9/11 Trutherism. But it gets worse. As the coach for one of two teams in today’s Super Bowl, he proclaimed that he not only believes that 9/11 was an inside job perpetrated by the U.S. Government, but that he’s an anti-war leftist in the same vein as Michael Moore.


Pete Carroll, Another 9/11 Truther Idiot Who Won’t Face Facts

Pete Carroll is a conspiracy theorist, at least that is how the conspiracy theory goes. And it is one that has gained the Seattle Seahawks coach an unlikely following from the “9/11 Truth” movement in the lead-up to his attempt to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Two years ago, Carroll met with former Army chief of staff and four-star general Peter Chiarelli and, according to Deadspin citing “sources,” brought up many popular conspiracy theories concerned with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and quizzed Chiarelli about their veracity.

When asked by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday about the “9/11 Truth” movement and supporters who back him, Carroll made no attempt to deny his interest. “Any notoriety is good I guess,” Carroll said, when told by USA TODAY Sports how he had become a favorite among Truth activists. “I will always be interested in the truth, yeah.” The 9/11 conspiracy movement is polarizing, so having even the implied support of a high-profile and successful figure such as Carroll has been a welcome boost. “He kind of became an instant celebrity in the 9/11 Truth movement,” said Danny Torgersen, a member of the 9/11 Studies and Outreach group at Arizona State. “He’s won the Super Bowl once, he might win it again. That’s lots of credibility and popularity.” . . .

Last year, [Carroll] told the Seattle Times his feelings on how the Iraq conflict could have been handled differently in an impassioned interview. “Let’s say, after all the stuff that we heard about what was going on in Iraq, we sent 10,000 people to Iraq as peacefully as we could go,” Carroll said. “And we walked wherever they would let us go, and we just talked to people and listened to what their issues were. And then we tried to figure out the best way we could support them and change things, as opposed to bombing (expletive) thousands of people with shock and awe. It might’ve taken us longer to influence change, but nobody would’ve died.”

Those comments further emboldened some in the Truth community, feeling a sense of connection with Carroll as someone who did not automatically agree with the actions and statements of the U.S. government.


For the record, I think going into Iraq was a big mistake and caused tremendous instability in the Middle East, in addition to leading to the Arab Spring BS and the creation of ISIS. But going in there, based on the intelligence (however faulty) that we had at the time, and sending 10,000 American boys “peacefully” to “talk to people and listen to what their issues were” would have been incredibly insane and would have gotten a lot more Americans killed. Saddam Hussein would have laughed his ass off at General Pete Carroll’s battlefield “strategy.”

Hey, Pete Carroll, stick to Xs and Os and quarterbacks and linemen on a relatively small football field. Leave the war stuff and 9/11 facts (which the evidence and science back up) to the experts.

Hmmm . . . between the 9/11 Truther, Anti-War Head Coach for the Seahawks and the liberal Dem serial Babydaddy Crybaby Quarterback for the Patriots, in today’s Super Bowl, I’m rooting for . . .


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Scratch the surface of a 9/11 truther and you usually find a Jew hater.

Pete Carroll fits perfectly in Seattle. His views are mainstream there.

adam on February 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

He probably justifies all this by brewing & drinking non-conflict coffee.

P. Aaron on February 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

This is what masquerades as ‘thoughtfulness’ these days…er, um, keeping an open mind.

Little Al on February 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Kind of like postmodernism — who knows that’s right?

Little Al on February 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

sorry, I meant ‘who knows what’s right’

Little Al on February 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

He looks and acts very epicene in his behaviors such as this soccer-mom-like, unapologetic truther ranting/screeching.

DS_ROCKS! on February 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Well to Pete Carroll, criminologists refutes his claims of the US government orchestrating the 9/11/01 terrorists attacks, where the FACTS of reality correlates and computes to that it was “Islamic-terrorists” who’ve both committed and boasted overtly of doing the September 11, 2001 terrorists-attacks, Pete Carroll is using the logical-fallacy known as “anecdotal”.

And Debbie, I also remember a year ago you wrote a piece about “Richard Sherman” being a “race-hustler”, I believe back in the regular season he made an asinine comment about one of his teammates, Russell Wilson not being black enough, Sherman used a logical-fallacy known as a “No True Scotsman” argument about Russell Wilson.

This years Super Bowl, I really don’t care who wins, one team has been accused of cheating and doing all sort of shenanigans (New England Patriots), and the other one is filled with some folks who aren’t too humble enough (Seattle Seahawks)! If it were either the Indianapolis Colts or the Green Bay Packers in this years Super Bowl, I think the ratings will be a little better?

Sean R. on February 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Has anyone besides me noticed that Mr. Carroll’s facial expression in that pic on this article bears some resemblance to former Michigan “Governatrix” (and onetime “Dating Game” contestant) Jennifer Granholm?

ConcernedPatriot on February 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

So on one side you have liberal pansy crybaby quarterback who likes his ball deflated and a cheating lying curmudgeon coach. On the other side you have a loud mouthed racist soon to be baby daddy cornerback and cow gum chewing conspiracy theorist liberal nut job coach. Along with doofus singers John Legend and Katy Perry with girly man antigun blockhead Bob Costas commentating. It’s going to be one crapfest of a Super Bowl folks. Thank god for pizza and beer. Especially beer. Even thought my team is not in the game I wish for several things to happen. I hope that Seattle’s defense sacks Tom Brady into the turf. That Sherman gets burned by the equally fast and physical patriot wide receivers. That either Carroll or Belicheat gets hit with an errant pass. And lastly that jack wagon Costa’s mic gets cut off during his blabbering.

Ken B on February 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Pete Carroll sounds like a low grade attempting to garner publicity. He is an example of why sports figures should never be taken seriously outside of their area of alleged expertise. Who would ask Beyonce a question about Calculus?

Worry on February 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Ugh, two teams of nutters. Too bad they couldn’t both lose. I opt out of the stupid ass Super Bowl so I win by not giving a frog’s fat one. I also get a bonus if the Patriots LOSE!

It’s ironic that the movement with TRUTH in their name “911 Truthers” has NO TRUTH in it at all. Wankers like this dopey coach should actually take an interest in the very few things that indeed may be conspiratorial…like the plane that went down in East Rockaway in Nov 2001 OR that missing Malaysian airplane. I have no use for conspiracies theories UNLESS there is a modicum of truth to them.

I don’t care who the eff killed Kennedy. The conspiratorial nutters have ruined getting to the bottom of that mess ’til the end of time. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Gotta love America. The very FEW stories that are indeed a tangled web no one gives a sh** about but the mind-numbed dopes can’t resist a story-line only mental defectives cling to. SMH!

Skunky on February 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Maybe if they had flown a plane into Pete Carrol’s Super Bowl stadium he’d care enough about it to forget about his own personal notoriety.

japple on February 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Somebody obviously forgot to inflate his brain.

japple on February 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Pete Carroll is only asking questions about 9/11. Questions that SHOULD be asked. There’s no foundation to accuse him of being a “nut.” The fact is that the US Government received PLENTY of warnings of the pending attacks, yet did NOTHING. Why? That’s just one legitimate question.

General Warnings

1. In late 2000, British investigators teamed up with their counterparts in the Cayman Islands and began a year long probe of three Afghan men who had entered the Cayman Islands illegally. [Miami Herald, 9/20/01, Los Angeles Times, 9/20/01] In June 2001, the Afghan men were overheard discussing hijacking attacks in New York City, and were promptly taken into custody. This information was forwarded to US intelligence [Fox News, 5/17/02]. In late August 2001, shortly before the attacks, an anonymous letter to a Cayman radio station alleged these same men were al-Qaeda agents “organizing a major terrorist act against the US via an airline or airlines.” [Miami Herald, 9/20/01, Los Angeles Times, 9/20/01, MSNBC, 9/23/01]

2. In late July 2001, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil learned that Osama bin Laden was planning a “huge attack” on targets inside America. The attack was imminent, and would kill thousands, he learned from the leader of the rebel Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which was closely allied with al-Qaeda at the time. Muttawakil sent an emissary to pass this information on to the US Consul General, and another US official, “possibly from the intelligence services.” Sources confirmed that this message was received, but supposedly not taken very seriously, because of “warning fatigue” arising from too many terror warnings. [Independent, 9/7/02, Reuters, 9/7/02]

3. Also in late July 2001, the US was given a “concrete warning” from Argentina’s Jewish community. “An attack of major proportions” was planned against either the US, Argentina, or France. The information came from an unidentified intelligence agency. [Forward, 5/31/02]

4. An undercover agent from Morocco successfully penetrated al-Qaeda. He learned that bin Laden was “very disappointed” that the 1993 bombing had not toppled the World Trade Center, and was planning “large scale operations in New York in the summer or fall of 2001.” He provided this information to the US in August 2001. [Agence France Presse, 11/22/01, International Herald Tribune, 5/21/02, London Times, 6/12/02]

5. Hasni Mubarak, President of Egypt, maintains that in the beginning of September 2001 Egyptian intelligence warned American officials that al-Qaeda was in the advanced stages of executing a significant operation against an American target, probably within the US. [AP, 12/7/01, New York Times, 6/4/02] He learned this information from an agent working inside al-Qaeda. [ABC News, 6/4/02]

Many warnings specifically mentioned a threat coming from the air:

1. In 1999, British intelligence gave a secret report to the US embassy. The report stated that al-Qaeda had plans to use “commercial aircraft” in “unconventional ways,”“possibly as flying bombs.” [Sunday Times, 6/9/02] On July 16, 2001, British intelligence passed a message to the US that al-Qaeda was in “the final stages” of preparing a terrorist attack in Western countries. [London Times, 6/14/02] In early August, the British gave another warning, telling the US to expect multiple airline hijackings from al-Qaeda. This warning was included in Bush’s briefing on August 6, 2001. [Sunday Herald, 5/19/02]

2. In June 2001, German intelligence warned the US, Britain, and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft and use them as weapons to attack “American and Israeli symbols which stand out.” Within the American intelligence community, “the warnings were taken seriously and surveillance intensified” but “there was disagreement on how such terrorist attacks could be prevented.” This warning came from Echelon, a spy satellite network that is partly based in Germany. [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 9/11/01, Washington Post, 9/14/01]

3. In late July 2001, Egyptian intelligence received a report from an undercover agent in Afghanistan that “20 al-Qaeda members had slipped into the US and four of them had received flight training on Cessnas.” To the Egyptians, pilots of small planes didn’t sound terribly alarming, but they passed on the message to the CIA anyway, fully expecting Washington to request information. “The request never came.” [CBS, 10/9/02] Given that there were 19 hijackers and four pilots (who trained on Cessnas) in the 9/11 plot, one might think this would now be a big news item. But in fact, the information has only appeared as an aside in a CBS “60 Minutes” show about a different topic.

4. In late summer 2001, Jordan intelligence intercepted a message stating that a major attack was being planned inside the US and that aircraft would be used. The code name of the operation was Big Wedding, which did in fact turn out to be the codename of the 9/11 plot. The message was passed to US intelligence through several channels. [International Herald Tribune, 5/21/02, Christian Science Monitor, 5/23/02]

5. Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly stated that he ordered his intelligence agencies to alert the US in the summer of 2001 that suicide pilots were training for attacks on US targets. [Fox News, 5/17/02] The head of Russian intelligence also stated, “We had clearly warned them” on several occasions, but they “did not pay the necessary attention.” [Agence France-Presse, 9/16/01] The Russian newspaper Izvestia claimed that Russian intelligence agents knew the participants in the attacks, and: “More than that, Moscow warned Washington about preparation for these actions a couple of weeks before they happened.” [Izvestia, 9/12/02]

6. Five days before 9/11, the priest Jean-Marie Benjamin was told by a Muslim at an Italian wedding of a plot to attack the US and Britain using hijacked airplanes as weapons. He wasn’t told time or place specifics. He immediately passed what he knew on to a judge and several politicians in Italy. Presumably this Muslim confided in him because Benjamin has done considerable charity work in Muslim countries and is considered “one of the West’s most knowledgeable experts on the Muslim world.” [Zenit, 9/16/01] Benjamin has not revealed who told him this information, but it could have come from a member of the al-Qaeda cell in Milan, Italy. This cell supplied forged documents for other al-Qaeda operations, and wiretaps show members of the cell were aware of the 9/11 plot. [Los Angeles Times, 5/29/02, Guardian, 5/30/02, Boston Globe, 8/4/02] For instance, in August 2000, one terrorist in Milan was recorded saying to another: “I’m studying airplanes. I hope, God willing, that I can bring you a window or a piece of an airplane the next time we see each other.” The comment was followed by laughter [Washington Post, 5/31/02]. In another case in January 2001, a terrorist asked if certain forged documents were for “the brothers going to the United States,” and was angrily rebuked by another who told him not to talk about that “very, very secret” plan. [Los Angeles Times, 5/29/02] In March 2001, the Italian government gave the US a warning based on these wiretaps. [Fox News, 5/17/02]

Israel gave the US several specific warnings of the 9/11 attacks.

1. In the second week of August 2001, two high-ranking agents from the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, came to Washington and warned the CIA and FBI that 50 to 200 al-Qaeda terrorists had slipped into the US and were planning an imminent “major assault on the US” aimed at a “large scale target” [Telegraph, 9/16/01, Los Angeles Times, 9/20/01, Ottawa Citizen, 9/17/01 Fox News, 5/17/02]. Near the end of August, France also gave a warning that was an “echo” of Israel’s. [Fox News, 5/17/02]

2. In October 2002, the story broke in Europe and Israel that on August 23, 2001, the Mossad had given the CIA a list of 19 terrorists living in the US. The Mossad had said that the terrorists appeared to be planning to carry out an attack in the near future. It is unknown if these are the same 19 names as the actual hijackers, or if the number is a coincidence. However, the four names on the list that are known are names of the 9/11 hijackers: Nawaf Alhazmi, Khalid Almihdhar, Marwan Alshehhi, and Mohamed Atta. [Die Zeit, 10/1/02, Der Spiegel, 10/1/02, BBC, 10/2/02, Ha’aretz, 10/3/02] These are also probably the four most important of the hijackers (and two of the pilots). From them, there were many connections to the others. The CIA had already been monitoring three of them overseas the year before, and two, Alhazmi and Almihdhar, were put on a watch list the same day the Mossad gave this warning. [AFP, 9/22/01, Berliner Zeitung, 9/24/01, Observer, 9/30/01, New York Times, 9/21/02]

3. Such detailed warnings of exact names fit in well with the reports that Israeli spies were tracking the hijackers for months before 9/11. Yet, as Jane’s Intelligence Digest put it, “It is rather strange that the US media seems to be ignoring what may well be the most explosive story since the 11 September attacks…” [Jane’s Intelligence Digest, 3/13/02] The spy ring story did get a little coverage in the US, but more recent stories claiming that Israel knew the exact names of at least some of the hijackers hasn’t been reported here at all.

So many countries warned the US: Afghanistan, Argentina, Britain, Cayman Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia. Yet the two countries in the best position to know about the 9/11 plot—Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—apparently didn’t give any warning at all.
The ties between wealthy Saudi figures and al-Qaeda are many. It’s interesting to note that, while discussing the resignation of Prince Turki al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi intelligence agency, the Wall Street Journal has speculated that the Saudi Arabian government may have had foreknowledge of 9/11: “The timing of Turki’s removal—August 31—and his Taliban connection raise the question: Did the Saudi regime know that bin Laden was planning his attack against the US? The current view among Saudi-watchers is that this is doubtful, but that the House of Saud might have heard rumors that something was planned, though they did not know what or when.”

An interesting and possibly significant detail is that Prince Sultan, the defense minister, was due to visit Japan in early September, but canceled his trip for no apparent reason two days before his planned departure. [Wall Street Journal, 10/22/01] In fact, that same Prince Sultan appears to have rejected a chance to warn the US. In August 2001, a military associate of a Middle Eastern prince passed information to former CIA agent Robert Baer about a “spectacular terrorist operation” to take place shortly. He also gave Baer a computer record of around 600 secret al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. But when Baer tried to give this information to Prince Sultan, he was rebuffed. Baer gave the information to the CIA as well, making this apparently yet another ignored warning. [Financial Times, 1/12/02, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism, Robert Baer, 2/02, pp. 270-271, Breakdown: How America’s Intelligence Failures Led to September 11, Bill Gertz, pp. 55-58]

So Pete Carroll has good reasons to ask questions about 9/11. As should any thinking person.

Ralph Adamo on February 2, 2015 at 3:24 am

If Peter Carroll is a “truther” he is one of thousands of reputable, professional and patriotic engineers, architects,pilots and scholars who doubt the official version of 9/11. A trip to the websites of Architects and Engineers For 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice and Pilots for 9/11 Truth would be very instructive to those who really want to know what happened on 9/11.

Jerry G on February 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

Yup Jerry G, Bush and the Jooooos did it, just like I dun hoid at the water cooler. You could tell it was a planned implosion, building was wired to explode, 2000 degree jet fuel had nothing to do with it. It’s all the Jooooos fault.

If I’m not mistaken, that would be the first time Saudi Arabia and the Joooooos would have cooperated on anything.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Lots of intelligent people throughout history, scientists and scholars included, thought the earth was flat, . . .

until a few hundred years ago.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Exactly right Alfredo. Millions of people at one time believed the earth was flat because that’s what the established authority, the Church, told them. It wasn’t until a few fact finders had the courage to question this that the Church was proven wrong.We have the same situation today with millions accepting what the government says and scorning those who would question the government.

    Jerry G on February 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      That’s NOT the story here, Jerry. The way the Towers fell has been painstakingly analyzed in minute scientific detail. If it was an implosion, why wasn’t this visible from the outside? Because the mini-explosions that caused the collapse were buried so deep in the buildings they couldn’t be visible externally?

      And for the 911 Truthers who still cling to this, WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER??!!?! How DID it happen??? All you people say is that it didn’t happen according to the public explanation. You offer NO ALTERNATIVE other than your own. Except that some of the 911 Truthers give you people away when they utter the water cooler mantra that it was Bush and The Jooooooos.

      Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

There is apparently a misguided sense of what patriotism really is. Patriotism isn’t with blind obedience accepting whatever the Government tells you and doesn’t tell you and attacking anyone who questions whether the Government is telling the truth or not. Just the opposite.

As far as I can tell from news reports, what Pete Carroll has been doing is to ask questions that the Government hasn’t answered about the 9/11 attacks, and that is a patriotic thing to do. Asking questions about the Government’s account of 9/11 isn’t a left-right thing any more than asking questions about the Government’s account of the JFK assassination. In fact, one of the most “intellectual” of the far leftists, Noam Chomsky, has attacked those who question the official 9/11 story. So, if you agree that no questions should be asked about 9/11, you are in the exact same camp as far leftist Noam Chomsky.

The facts are that the intelligence agencies of Britain, France, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Russia, and more had specific information about pending attacks in the US months before 9/11. (Curiously, the only major nation that didn’t warn the US was Saudi Arabia.) But with all that intelligence, the CIA, the FBI, and the US Military did absolutely nothing to protect US citizens. Just the opposite. There were some attempts at internal investigations at the FBI, for example–but those were stopped cold by the leadership of the FBI. All those involved in blocking investigations were promoted, while those trying to do the actual investigations were sidelined.

There are plenty of questions to ask the US Government that haven’t been answered. And those questions should be asked.

I previously wrote a very detailed accounting of the intelligence reports in a post to this article, but as usually happens here, that post didn’t register. If this message posts, this would be an exception.

Ralph Adamo on February 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Seems like the writer of this article and most posters believe in the lunatic conspiracy theory that a band of young Saudis with minimum piloting skills pulled off the crime of the century completely under the nose of the FBI, the CIA, and the US Military without them having a clue.

This wacky conspiracy theory has been debunked by the 9/11 Commission, which has determined that Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for carrying out the 9/11 crime, and he did it all by himself. Thanks to the pioneering work of the 9/11 commission, the Commission developed “the single pilot theory.” This has become the accepted theory of what actually happened. So everybody here should just fall in line and not raise any more questions. Okay?

Ralph Adamo on February 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I thought the Warren Commission was dead and buried. I was wrong. They have apparently reemerged as the 9/11 Commission.

    Jerry G on February 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

This makes me wonder, do coaches have to go through drug testing like the players? Kinda sounds like they don’t after reading his comments above.

Sean M on February 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

I’ve never been a big believer in conspiracy theories. For me,I need evidence,hard evidence to back it up. Not crazy fantasies created from kernels of truth. You gotta wonder what goes on in some people’s heads.

Ghostwriter on February 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    GW, the fact is that you do believe in conspiracy theories, but only those that the government tells you to believe (obedient person that you are). You believe that a band of young Saudis with minimum piloting skills conspired to pull off the most complex, sophisticated crime of the century completely under the nose of the FBI, the CIA, and the US Military without them having a clue as to what was going on.

    Ralph Adamo on July 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

Are you familiar with Operation Northwoods? Basically it was a plan drawn up during JFK’s presidency that JFK refused to go along with. The plan involved fake terrorist attacks on OUR soil, on OUR citizens and blame Cuba. The point was to gain support from the American people-they think Cuba attacked us, they’ll back attacking them back. This is 100% known to be true, had JFK agreed it would have happened, so what makes you think that it couldn’t have happened on 9/11??

Tess on September 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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