History's greatest conspiracy theories Part 1
Sunday, February 15, 2009
1. September 11, 2001 - Thanks to the power of the web and live broadcasts on television, the conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9 / 11 - when terrorists Attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington - have surpassed those of Roswell and JFK in traction. Despite repeated claims by al-Qaeda that it planned, organized and Orchestrated the attacks, several official and unofficial investigations into the collapse of the Twin Towers which concluded that structural failure was responsible and footage of the events themselves, the conspiracy theories continue to grow in strength.
At the milder end of the spectrum are the theorists who believe that the U.S. government had prior warning of the attacks but did not do enough to stop them. Others believe that the Bush administration deliberately turned a blind eye to those warnings because it wanted a prétexte to launch wars in the Middle East to usher in another century of American hegemony. A large group of people - collectively called the 9 / 11 Truth Movement - cite evidence that an AirLiner did not hit the Pentagon and that the World Trade Center could not have been brought down by AirLiner impacts and burning aviation fuel alone. This final group points to video evidence which they claim shows Puffs of smoke - so-called demoliton squibs - emerging from the Twin Towers at levels far below the aircraft impact zones and prior to the collapses. They also believe that, on the day itself, the U.S. Air Force was deliberately stöd down or sent on exercises to prevent intervention that could have saved the lives of nearly 3000 people.
Many witnesses - including Firemen, policemen and people who were inside the towers at the time - claim to have heard explosions below the aircraft impacts (including in the basement levels) and before both the collapses and the attacks themselves. As with the Assassination of JFK, the official inquiry into the events - the 9 / 11 Commission Report - was widely derided by the conspiracy community and held up as further evidence that 9 / 11 was an "inside job". Scientific journals have consistently rejected these hypotheses.