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Some Firefighters & New Yorkers Believe 9/11 Conspiracies

Some Firefighters & New Yorkers Believe 9/11 Conspiracies

An issue that doesn't get much mainstream attention made the front page of Slate this week: 9/11 conspiracy theories. Following an episode of Rescue Me, during which firefighter character Franco Rivera shares his beliefs that 9/11 was an inside job, writer Christopher Beam began to wonder: do actual firefighters subscribe to 9/11 conspiracy theories? The answer is yes.

The various alternative versions of the horrific day are not that easy to follow, but the one favored by many firefighters is that the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center fell thanks to controlled demolition, and not because of the plane crashes. In recorded interviews right after 9/11, firefighters said they heard explosions right before the buildings fell. But those tapes were not released until 2005.

A 2007 poll found that 26 percent of Americans think the government had something to do with the attack. A group of 9/11 families, first responders, and other citizens is working on getting a measure on the New York state ballot that would legally mandate the formation of a new investigation with subpoena power. Do you want to see more investigation or do these theories offend you?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Most of the time, on scene, in chaos, its hard to decipher what you hear. Most who thought they heard bombs realized later that it was bodies falling.
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't think firemen and police officers are more prone to be die hard conspiracy theorists than other people, and as they were on the scene you've got to wonder what they saw that makes them question the official stories.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I'm not on the conspiracy bandwagon, but that doesn't mean I'm right either it's my opinion on the subject. Even if the theories offend some doesn't mean that all of them should be dismissed. It's like calling someone crazy without truly listening to's dismissive and counter productive!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
There are people out there who choose to believe in conspiracies, and thats the beauty of this nation that you can voice what you thought happened and people will listen and decide for themselves. I dont believe in these conspiracies, there is no proof to stand on regarding any of them, and most of the people that are die hard conspiracists choose to ignore the facts and thats their prerogative. Stating that its a fireman or policeman that believes makes no difference.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Reminds me of South Park: "1 in 4 Americans think 9/11 was a conspiracy, are you saying that 25% Americans are r*t*rded?" "Yes, at least 25%!"
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"They don't offend me but never the less I find them ridiculous considering we have members of a foreign terrorist network in custody who have testified to first hand knowledge of details that correlate with the facts and outcome." Exactly
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
zeze - I'm all for open and honest dialogue, but the accusations made by the loosechange people had no science behind it. It was like they had decided that this is what happened, and the government must be responsible, so how do we make it look like the government was responsible?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
They don't offend me but never the less I find them ridiculous considering we have members of a foreign terrorist network in custody who have testified to first hand knowledge of details that correlate with the facts and outcome.
zeze zeze 8 years
I don't trust governments, so I won't rule it out. Do I subscribe to any of these theories? No. But I won't ever rule out a possible government role in 9/11 or any other attack - history has shown us that anything is possible. So I wouldn't mind investigations and fair research that leads to the truth, one way or another. For example, I think it is great that movie came out and was refuted, open dialogue is the best way to sift through the garbage to get to greater truths.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Loose Change has been debunked by Popular Mechanics.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
If you have a chance, check out the movie Loose Change at
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
The truth is important. Unfortunately, most of these conpiracy theories have little or no grains of truth, other than the towers fell.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I think the truth is important, don't you?
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