Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford: “We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs”

"Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don't think they're fake" - Commerford

Tim Commerford has been making a host of headlines this week, first suggesting that his band Rage Against The Machine are “still a band” and might well play live again, and also apologising for creating the “bullshit” around bands like Limp Bizkit.

The quotes that have emerged from his Rolling Stone cover story over the past few hours are perhaps the most surprising of all, though, and include Commerford dismissing ISIS as “fake” and agreeing with moon landing conspiracy theories.

Speaking of ISIS, Commerford said:

“I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS,'” he said. “That’s a bunch of shit. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.”


Following on from the ISIS comments, Commerford also recalled a conversation with Buzz Aldrin, and explained his doubts about the moon landing:

“The one thing I always questioned: We put the flag on the moon. Why did we put a metal rod on the top of it? Why wouldn’t we just plant it into the moon’s surface and have the astronaut pull it out and let it go and we can watch it do its dance on the moon? It would’ve been an image we couldn’t have faked and one that we would have never forgotten.”

Speaking of talking on the subject with Buzz Aldrin, Commerford even suggested Aldrin had hinted at a conspiracy to him, saying:

“There were a bunch of people gathered around, and I said, ‘I have a question: You have all these missions to the moon. How come there’s no pictures of the flags on the moon?’ He said, ‘Well, those are highly degraded by radiation by now.’ I said, ‘You left a lot of stuff on the moon. It seems that somebody with a telescope or satellite would snap a picture of that so we could see it. It’d be on the cover of every newspaper.”

“You could tell he was getting frustrated, and I asked him why he put a metal rod on top of the flag instead of just letting the flag out and do its thing. He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’ That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife — all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be — bolted out, and I watched them walking down the street and he was just yelling at her. It made him so mad. There are so many different facets of the lunar landing that are just bullshit. It was such a powerful propaganda tool at the time.”