OPINION: Out of sheer morbid curiosity I visited the website of a Melbourne author who has written a book for children claiming the terrorist attacks of September 11 were carried out by the United States government in a false flag operation.
Dee McLachlan, writing under the name Dalia Mae McLachlan, called the book The 3 Tall Buildings and a quick visit to her website soon reveals she has strong ideas about other issues as well.
Her other book titles are The People Who Refused to be Sheeple, The Factory that Made Guns and The Big Fat Bank.
Does believing the widely accepted version of events make us sheeple, even if we believe there is enough evidence to support our view?
The books are for children aged between five and 12.
I'm wondering if hearing conspiracy theories about September 11 is appropriate for a five year old when even discussing the events of that day with a young child would be difficult enough - but I digress.
On her website, McLachlan tells parents her books will encourage their kids to "break free from the matrix so they can grow up as informed, open-minded and questioning adults".
But surely an open-minded child must also be free to accept the official version of events if they weigh the evidence and it rings true.