"During This Facial Session She Started Quoting Conspiracy Theories"

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April 19 2013 5:57 PM

"During This Facial Session She Started Quoting Conspiracy Theories"

A friend passes on this informative, disturbing Tumbler entry from Alyssa Lindley, who claims to have gotten facials from Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the suspects in Boston. "I noticed that she first put on a burka before going outside," writes Lindley. "She had never worn a burka while working at the spa and I was really surprised."

Over the years, as she describes it, there was an uptick in the conspiracy talk.

During this facial session she started quoting conspiracy theories, telling me that she thought 9-11 was purposefully created by the American government to make America hate muslims. “It’s real,” she said, “My son knows all about it. You can read on the internet.” I have to say I felt kind of scared and vulnerable when she said this, as I am distinctly American, and was lying practically naked in her living room.
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Why would she think this? She has no Twitter account to aid in our mind-reading, but earlier today Ben Smith (who cut his reporting teeth in Russia) pointed out that a Chechen's paranoia about false flag attacks is actually fairly justified; "the Russian government had directed deadly and incomprehensible bombings of Russian apartment buildings in 1999, which killed 300 people — to justify a new invasion of Chechnya and to speed Putin's rise."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.