‘I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the planes that opened the doors for US Citizens to lose all privacy rights…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) A Charlotte City Council member is embroiled in controversy following a Facebook post suggesting that 9/11 was a conspiracy, reported the Charlotte Observer.
LaWana Mayfield, a Democrat who represents a district in West Charlotte, linked to an article which asserted that the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 was not terrorism, but a controlled demolition by the U.S. government.
“It’s Official: European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 Was A Controlled Demolition” read the story linked by Mayfield on Facebook.
The article purported to have “academic evidence” to prove the demolition theory.
Mayfield seemed to suggest that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by the government to justify increased surveillance of Americans.
“I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the planes that opened the doors for US Citizens to lose all privacy rights,” Mayfield commented in the post.
She added that this was “from the conspiracy theorist in me.”
The Facebook post drew an immediate and sharp reaction, the Observer reported.
“Here’s a little Freedom of Speech for you,” posted a man who identified himself as a former New York City policeman. “I am an eyewitness to this event. I was there … garbage like this is an insult to all those that died that day … shame on you and shame on the people that elect irresponsible public officials.”
In the hours after the Facebook post, a petition was launched on Change.org demanding her resignation.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 134 people had signed on.
After the story broke yesterday, Mayfield still had not apologized, but only stated that her post was “not shared to cause controversy” and that it was her right to share it.
“Freedom of speech allows you to share your thoughts and many have done that below,” she wrote.
Mayfield is no stranger to controversy.
Last month, the councilwoman raised eyebrows when she suggested that a candidate for public office had posted photos of his genitals on Grindr, a dating app for gay men.
She did not elaborate.