Was Senator Al Franken Warned About 9/11 Beforehand?

Conspiracy theorists keep claiming that Senator Al Franken received advanced warning about 9/11. A “Jew call“, in his own words, that helped him escape getting killed when the Twin Towers collapsed or was “demolished” by the Zionists.

Was Senator Al Franken Warned About 9/11 Beforehand?

The evidence? He apparently said so in his 2003 book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Here is the excerpt that they all quote :

One of the widely disseminated stories was that no Jews died in the collapse of the Trade Towers because they had received calls telling them not to go to work that day.

To tell you the truth, I got the Jew call. I had an office in the Trade Center where I used to do most of my writing. The call came from former New York mayor Ed Koch.

“Al,” he told me, “don’t go to work on the twenty-third day of Elul [September 11, 2001].

Here is an example of two social media posts that have gone viral over this claim :

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Was Senator Al Franken Warned About 9/11 Beforehand?

Of course, this has been debunked umpteen times before. It has been pointed out time and time again that the book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, was political satire. But conspiracy theorists keep insisting that it was not clear that it was just satire. They keep telling everyone to “read between the lines”.

Brandon Martinez from Non-Aligned Media, for example, tried to pass the buck to his reader. Instead of verifying his information like a proper journalist would have, he chose to let you “judge for yourself”.

Some are claiming that this passage is just “satire” but it is ambiguous enough to be interpreted otherwise. He certainly doesn’t make it clear whether he is joking or not, and at no point in the chapter does he state definitely that this call with Koch never took place. Judge for yourself.

Well, we will debunk this bullshit, of course, and show you just how easy it is for bloggers like Brandon Martinez to fact-check.

 

The Book Is Political Satire

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al FrankenAl Franken is not just a US Senator, he is also an American comedian, actor and writer. In fact, he was a regular writer and performer on Saturday Night Live in the 70s and 80s!

Before Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, he wrote a number of satirical books, like Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency and Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them was a satirical piece on American politics, targeting Republicans and conservative personalities and media. Its subtitle “A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right” was actually a parody of the Fox News tagline – “Fair and Balanced“.

After Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, he wrote The Truth (With Jokes) – another political satire book.

As you can probably tell by now, Al Franken likes to write political satire…

 

Maybe He Wants Us To Read Between The Lines?

The contention of many conspiracy theorists is that Al Franken may not be able to speak freely, for fear of losing his freedom or his life. So they ask us to “read between the lines“, or “judge for ourselves“.

Frankly, they are only doing this because it’s SO EASY to confirm the truth. All they had to do was simply read the next line! Here is a longer excerpt of what Al Franken wrote in Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them :

One of the widely disseminated stories was that no Jews died in the collapse of the Trade Towers because they had received calls telling them not to go to work that day.

To tell you the truth, I got the Jew call. I had an office in the Trade Center where I used to do most of my writing. The call came from former New York mayor Ed Koch.

“Al,” he told me, “don’t go to work on the twenty-third day of Elul [September 11, 2001].

Actually, I watched the events of that awful day from Minneapolis, where I was visiting my mom. Mom’s in a nursing home, so I was staying at a hotel.

That morning, as I grabbed some coffee, I noticed people huddled around the TV. A plane had hit the World Trade Center. Must have been a commuter plane. Maybe the pilot had a heart attack or something.

Then the second plane hit. It was sickening. Then came the Pentagon. We were under attack.

Somehow, I got through to my wife in Manhattan. She was fine at home on the Upper West Side about 5 miles north of the (World) Trade Center. My son was at school on the Upper East Side, my daughter away at college.

As I watched the first Tower collapse, I was stunned. But I still couldn’t register the magnitude of what was happening, even as the second one went down.

I spent the rest of the day at the nursing home watching TV with my mom.

As you can see, anyone who reads just ONE MORE LINE would have known that Al Franken was not even in New York, much less received a “Jew call”. He was satirising the conspiracy theory that Jews did not die in the 9/11 attacks because they received a “Jew call” – an alert not to go to the Twin Towers.

Did these conspiracy theorists and bloggers lie about what Al Franken said in his book? Or were they blind to what he wrote? That, we will let you judge for yourself… 😀

 

Many Jews Died In The 9/11 Attacks

Conspiracy theorists claim that no Jew died in the 9/11 attacks because they received the “Jew call” to avoid the Twin Towers on the 23rd of Elul (September 11, 2001). However, at least 400 victims of the 9/11 attacks were either “confirmed or strongly believed to be Jewish“, according to The New York Times.

Contrast that with the 28 Muslims who died in the Twin Towers, and 3 Muslims who were passengers on the two planes. If there was a conspiracy, you would expect the Zionists to do a much better job of protecting their kind, no?

 

Al Franken Did Not Have An Office In The WTC

Just for closure, Al Franken also did NOT have an office in any of the World Trade Center buildings. So even if there was a Zionist conspiracy to demolish the Twin Towers and blame it on “the innocent Muslims”, there was no need for anyone to give him a “Jew call”.

He wouldn’t have gone to the World Trade Center on that September 11, 2001, or any other day for the matter. He did not have an office there. Period.

 

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