The Minister Louis Farrakhan told an audience at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday that he believes Osama bin Laden wasn't responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and that the U.S. government killed bin Laden to conceal that notion, the Tennessean reported.
Speaking specifically about bin Laden's death, Farrakhan purportedly said that it would have been more prudent for the U.S. government to capture bin Laden so officials could have learned more about the Al Qaeda's closely held secrets and tactics.
"Why did they kill him?" the Nation of Islam leader rhetorically asked. "Because then they could tell you he was the mastermind of the fall of the Twin Towers."
File photo of Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
He also purportedly went on to slam the U.S. government, claiming that officials were "deceptive."
"The whole idea of the government was to give America a reason to go to war because war is profitable," Farrakhan reportedly said. "It's the truth that's going to set us free, not the lies of a deceptive government."
He added, "The government is Satan."
Repeating claims he has made in the past, Farrakhan said that the airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 didn't have enough gas to melt the steel beams inside the buildings, among other claims, including the idea that the terrorists lacked the skills and know-how to pull off such an intricate attack, according to the Tennessean.
Farrakhan charged that the U.S. wanted regime change in countries like Somalia, Libya and Syria, and said that many scientists back his views.
"Once this 9/11 hit, the American people are fired up. ‘These Muslims did this.’ So, the hatred for Muslim and Islam began to rise," he told the audience. "But what you don’t know is what you see over there is a response to America’s wicked foreign policies — which most of you don’t know anything about. You don’t study world events. Your mind is on pot, and smoking joints and having sex!"
As TheBlaze previously reported, this isn't the first time that Farrakhan has publicly discussed his views about 9/11. In early 2015, the Nation of Islam leader also cast doubt on the official narrative surrounding the attacks during a speech in Chicago, claiming that there were “many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles” in the horrific event that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people.
“We know now that the crime that they say is at the root of terrorism was not committed by Arabs or Muslims at all,” he said. “Over 2,300 of America’s trained architects and engineers have joined in calling for a new investigation of 9/11.”
Farrakhan went on to conjure up a scenario in which bombs were placed inside the World Trade Center buildings, claiming that the fuel and impact from the airplanes that crashed into each tower wouldn’t have been enough on their own to bring the buildings down.
“But if it was not Muslims, then who?” Farrakhan said, going on to cite authors and theorists who believe that Israel played a role in the attacks. “It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”
Louis Farrakhan speaks to a group of students from Macon County high schools and Tuskegee University at the Tuskegee campus in Tuskegee, Ala. on Friday March 22, 2013. (AP)
The fiery faith leader went on to challenge his critics to prove him wrong, claiming — without going into specifics — that he believes some of his staunch opponents want to kill him.
“We’re dealing with thieves, and liars — and murderers,” Farrakhan said.
He went claim that many Jews working in the Twin Towers received text messages telling them not to go to work on Sept. 11, 2001, rhetorically asking his audience who sent those messages.
“It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag operation, which is an attack by one country, but made to appear like the attack came from another in order to start a war between them,” he said. “Is this what friendship is?”
Read more about those earlier comments here. And, if you want to know more about the Nation of Islam, check out this explainer.
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