"In the wake of growing skepticism, the U.S. government is taking the unusual step of responding to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center.(via WUFYS - they have more - particularly about the NIST stuff)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, headquartered in Gaithersberg, Md., investigated the causes of the collapse of the twin towers. Yesterday NIST announced it had posted a "fact sheet" addressing alternative theories about the World Trade Center fires and collapse.
The government's response comes in response to accusations and suspicions of increasing numbers of Americans that the official explanation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 – that 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked four U.S. jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, with a fourth being downed in rural Pennsylvania – are wrong. In fact, a shocking new Scripps Howard poll shows a third of Americans believe the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11 terror attacks."
wow. I didn't even hear about that poll.
I can't find the source/details of the poll but:
"According to a recent Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll, 36 percent of Americans believe it is somewhat likely or very likely that the federal government either was an active participant in the 9/11 attacks or had prior warning of them."I presume that a Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll is un-pushed - which to my knowledge is the first that has ever been conducted. That's big news of itself.
The reporting is appalling (and undeafening) - but the message machine is broken. They have no idea how to deal with this stuff any more - the new model appears to be to try to conflate everything from the black helicopters to the absolutely reasonable.
The Star Trib quotes from the Onion (with a venture into Vince Foster territory) - and then offers this "conspiracy theory":
The federal government had prior knowledge of the impending 9/11 attacks -- either as an active participant or a willing victim. Yet it did nothing to stop them because they allowed it "to launch an open-ended, perpetual 'war on terror,' actually a war against any and all enemies the US government may designate. The case of Iraq shows that the target countries of this war need have nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11."911pressfortruth clinically demonstrates that they did have prior knowledge.
and here's the SF Chron:
"Some liberal conspiracy theorists believed the Bush administration used terrorist warnings in 2004 to scare people into voting against Democratic contender John Kerry."The message machine is broken, and/or they are effing desperate. What % of the population do you think would agree with the 'conspiracy theory' that the terror warnings are, in part, political? I would expect the number to be at least 40%. If they are trying to alienate the 911 conspiracy theorists, then they are doing a terrible job.
* here's an interesting comment in SeattlePI:
"University of Florida law professor Mark Fenster, author of the book "Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture," said the poll's findings reflect public anger at the unpopular Iraq war, realization that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction and growing doubts of the veracity of the Bush administration.I'm not sure how he knows that there's more purchase, given that I can't think of the issue ever being polled before (apart from the push-ish polls by zogby which had even higher numbers) - but it's an interesting comment none-the-less - not least because it suggests that there is a very ripe market for the movie - and as i've said before, the movie is devastating.
"What has amazed me is not that there are conspiracy theories, but that they didn't seem to be getting any purchase among the American public until the last year or so," Fenster said. "Although the Iraq war was not directly related to the 9/11 attacks, people are now looking back at 9/11 with much more skepticism than they used to.""
(btw - that SeattlePI article went with the headline "Was 9/11 an 'inside job'?" - which is remarkable. fwiw, according to googlenews it was previously called "Poll: A third of US public believes 9/11 conspiracy theory")