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Was 9/11 a Government Conspiracy?

The seventh anniversary of of September 11 is approaching and it seems like it's impossible to remember a time before. This horrific tragedy has entered the global lexicon of experience and colored everything since in a way few events in history have. Almost every person has a story of their own from that day, and a personal way of dealing with it since — some stay away from the movies and documentaries as if the facts are still too fresh; others obsessively pore over every true tale and listen to the 911 calls from that morning, hoping to that bitter medicine will hold answers.

Still others out there think very differently about that morning — those who believe the events were perpetrated by the government. From thinking that the collapse of the buildings was actually caused by controlled demolition explosions, to wondering whether there was actually a commercial plane at the Pentagon crash site, theories abound. This passionate collection of conspiracy claims and arguments against them recently posted on YesButNoButYes, got me thinking about the different camps.

New York Magazine a couple of years ago broke down the various schools of thought on the level of conspiracy people believe there to have been. The piece is called "The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll" and they list almost all of the theories ever floated including the "HOP" level: LIHOP (Let it Happen on Purpose) to MIHOP (Made it Happen on Purpose.) It's a comprehensive read and exposes the complexity of people's thoughts about 9/11. While it's possible we may never know a story that will satisfy everyone, what do you think?

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Jmmatthews Jmmatthews 8 years
It had to be controlled demolitions! Steel frame buildings don't fall at freefall speed directly into the path of most resistance. Anybody who watched Building 7 fall, a building that was not hit by a plane and had only a few minor fires, cannot reasonably conclude there was no need to investigate the controlled demolition theory. The 9-11 Commission report is a joke. But what's even sadder, is how most Americans have simply accepted the official story and now are happy to go kill Arabs and drive Hummers. When will the airheads of this country WAKE UP?!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>I don't think 9/11 was a government job, but I do think it was used by the government to manipulate citizens during the aftermath. Definitely! The conspiracy came afterwards when the administration managed to turn it into an excuse to invade Iraq.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I agree Jillness tragic events are all too often used as Sheppard’s staffs to get the public to go one way or the other and the Sheppard with the biggest staff wins.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think our security has been handled a bit sloppily recently (hello vulnerable ports!). I don't think 9/11 was a government job, but I do think it was used by the government to manipulate citizens during the aftermath. I saw a clip of John McCain on David Letterman in Oct.2001, saying that the antrax might have come from Iraq. If 9/11 hadn't happened, I don't think that we would have followed the pied pipers into Iraq so easily.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Remember the theory that a Navy ship shot down TWA flight 800 out of New York? Turned out to be a fuel tank wiring issue.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I said No, and i have family members (husbands side) that spout on and on about conspiracy theories but they know not to talk about them around me because i will just leave. Its okay to question things, events, people thats human nature, its not okay to obsess about it so much that all reality goes out the window.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
No. I had an ex who was OBSESSED with 9/11 conspiracy theories. That got old FAST.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
All I could think of while reading about the conspiracy theories is blah blah blah blah.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
imLissy: Exactly! This country gets hundreds of threats a week. It's hard to know which ones to take seriously.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
The Gentelman from Berkeley Ca. votes (NO) on a conspiracy theory.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
bustered - I don't know where you are getting your information. I've not met a physics profeesor or demolition expert who said it looked anything like a controlled demolition. Popular Mechanics did a comparison and disproved the controlled demolition myth.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
I think the problem is that they hear all the time that so and so is going to attack the US, it's hard to filter and make the decision of what to take seriously. And if they do act on something, how to go about it without causing a panic. It's gotta be pretty hard running the country. If everything stopped turning every time they thought something was wrong, we wouldn't be able to live our lives. Of course there was more they could have done, but it was probably a tough call.
bustered bustered 8 years
idk if it was a gov conspiracy or not... but i do believe that it wasn't the plane crash that made the building collapse. there have been so many physics proffesors who have stated that it would have been impossible for the building to be taken down from a plane and that it fell in the exact same pattern as a controlled demolation.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
:oy:
GLB67 GLB67 8 years
Who makes this stuff up????
True-Song True-Song 8 years
No, no criticism implied...of course. I just know I have been confused about whether comments were sarcastic or not, too.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm almost afraid to. I don't know that I would like what I find out ;)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
UnDave35, I would encourage you to look at organicsugr's comment history and familiarize yourself with her commenting style.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
organic - I hope there is a lot of sarcasm in that comment. I don't know of anything that the government runs efficiently, which is why I am so against government health Care.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 8 years
as they say the truth is out there
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Agreed. The government did not efficiently handle this problem, which runs contrary to how efficiently the government usually handles problems.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Lauren... a few Muslims are to blame. If you read the rest of Auntie's comments, you'll see that she says "There were thousands of quiet modern Muslims living in the USofA before 9/11/01 and they had nothing to do with any jihad against the USofA." Clearly, she is not blaming ALL Muslims for the terrorist attacks. It's silly to ignore the fact that these attacks were committed by Muslim extremists.
stephley stephley 8 years
There were reports Bin Laden was considering using commercial planes against targets as early as 1998.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
"The only Conspiracy with 9/11/01 was that the Muslims didn't realize how united the United States really is. They thought we'd fall apart and we became more unified, even if for a short time, than we had been in many years." umm... muslims are not to blame to 9/11 either.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
The only Conspiracy with 9/11/01 was that the Muslims didn't realize how united the United States really is. They thought we'd fall apart and we became more unified, even if for a short time, than we had been in many years. I don't think there was any way the USofA could have been more prepared. We left our border doors open, we are a trusting people, we never ever suspected a religion to harbor mass murderers. There were thousands of quiet modern Muslims living in the USofA before 9/11/01 and they had nothing to do with any jihad against the USofA. How were we to know how insidious al Qaeda and the Taliban were? We could not have known. We were blind-sided as a Nation.
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