9/11 Conspiracy Theories Essay

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I didn’t know my local bartender was a 9/11 Truther. Boyishly handsome with dirty blond hair and wearing his T-shirt inside out, he appeared to be eavesdropping on me at a Brooklyn tavern last week as I told a friend that I was working on a piece about “Truthers” -- Americans who believe the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania were staged or executed not by terrorists but by the American government. “Inside job,” the bartender piped up, without making eye contact. I asked him if he was just making fun or if he was truly a believer himself. “Yeah, man, I’m a believer," he said, pouring me a drink. Fourteen years after 9/11, Truthers, as they’ve been pejoratively labeled since 2001, have not gone away. Their conspiracy theories can be traced back to the first months after the attack, multiplying over the Internet through message boards, articles and, eventually, homemade documentaries such as the low-budget cult…show more content…
However, today 's conspiracies are mainly focused on insiders such as the Government, Wall Street and the Military. Conspiracy theories started just a few days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. Rather than to accept that Islamic terrorists flew planes into buildings and killed innocent people, 9/11 conspiracy theorists believe that the attack included members of their own government. That somehow the Bush administration was either behind the attacks or simply allowed them to happen. A few months after the attacks of 9/11 a group of skeptics formed something called “The 9/11 Truth Movement”. This group found a number of occurrences and facts that make some of the attacks and other happenings of 9/11, not likely, possibly set up, and in some cases nearly

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