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Warrior
Aug 3rd, 2006, 04:13 PM
By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III
August 1, 2006



More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

The national survey of 1,010 adults also found that anger against the federal government is at record levels, with 54 percent saying they "personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.

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Suspicions that the 9/11 attacks were "an inside job" - the common phrase used by conspiracy theorists on the Internet - quickly have become nearly as popular as decades-old conspiracy theories that the federal government was responsible for President John F. Kennedy's assassination and that it has covered up proof of space aliens.

Seventy percent of people who give credence to these theories also say they've become angrier with the federal government than they used to be.

Thirty-six percent of respondents overall said it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that federal officials either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or took no action to stop them "because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East."

"One out of three sounds high, but that may very well be right," said Lee Hamilton, former vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also called the 9/11 commission.) His congressionally appointed investigation concluded that federal officials bungled their attempts to prevent, but did not participate in, the attacks by al Qaeda five years ago.

"A lot of people I've encountered believe the U.S. government was involved," Hamilton said. "Many say the government planned the whole thing. Of course, we don't think the evidence leads that way at all."

The poll also found that 16 percent of Americans speculate that secretly planted explosives, not burning passenger jets, were the real reason the massive twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed.

Conspiracy groups for at least two years have also questioned why the World Trade Center collapsed when fires that heavily damaged similar skyscrapers around the world did not cause such destruction. Sixteen percent said it's "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that "the collapse of the twin towers in New York was aided by explosives secretly planted in the two buildings."

Twelve percent suspect the Pentagon was struck by a military cruise missile in 2001 rather than by an airliner captured by terrorists.

That lower percentage may result from an effort by the conservative Washington-based Judicial Watch advocacy group to debunk the claim. The group filed claims under the Freedom of Information Act and got two fill loops released from Pentagon security cameras.

"Some people claim they can't see anything, but I see a plane hitting the Pentagon at incredibly high speed," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "I see the nose of the plane clearly entering the frame of one video and the tail of the plane entering the Pentagon in the other video."

Many conspiracy Web sites have posted the video loops and report the films are inconclusive or were manipulated by the government.

"Some folks will never be convinced," Fitton said. "But I'm hoping that these videos will dissuade reasonable people from falling into a trap with these conspiracy theories."

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.

"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."

Conspiracy-believing participants in the poll agree their suspicions are recent.

"I certainly didn't think of conspiracies when 9/11 first happened," said Elaine Tripp, 62, of Tabernacle, N.J. "I don't know if President Bush was aware of the exact time it was going to happen. But he certainly didn't do enough to stop it. Bush was so intent on having his own little war."

Garrett Johnson, 19, of Manassas, Va., said it was "well after the fact" before he started questioning the official explanation of the attacks. "But then people I know started talking about it. And the Internet had a lot to do with this. After reading all of the different articles there, I started to think we weren't being told the truth."

The Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University has tracked the level of resentment people feel toward the federal government since 1995, starting shortly after Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City. Forty-seven percent then said they, personally, feel "more angry at the federal government" than they used to. That percentage dropped to 42 percent in 1997, 34 percent in 1998 and only 12 percent shortly after 9/11 during the groundswell of patriotism and support for the government after the attacks.

But the new survey found that 77 percent say their friends and acquaintances have become angrier with government recently and 54 percent say they, themselves, have become angrier - both record levels.

The survey also found that people who regularly use the Internet but who do not regularly use so-called "mainstream" media are significantly more likely to believe in 9/11 conspiracies. People who regularly read daily newspapers or listen to radio newscasts were especially unlikely to believe in the conspiracies.

"We know that there are a lot of people now asking questions," said Janice Matthews, executive director of 911Truth.org, one of the most sophisticated Internet sites raising doubts about official explanations of the attacks. "We didn't have the Internet after Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin or the Kennedy assassination. But we live in different times now."

Matthews' Web site averaged 4,000 "hits" a day last year, but currently has at least 12,000 visits every 24 hours. The site, according to its online policy statement, is dedicated to showing the public that "elements within the U.S. government must have orchestrated or participated in the execution of the attacks for these to have happened the way in which they did."

Participants in the poll were asked to respond to "several serious accusations that some people have made against the federal government in recent years." Five conspiracy theories were described and participants were asked if each was "very likely, somewhat likely or unlikely."

The level of suspicion of U.S. official involvement in a 9/11 conspiracy was only slightly behind the 40 percent who suspect "officials in the federal government were directly responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy" and the 38 percent who believe "the federal government is withholding proof of the existence of intelligent life from other planets."

The poll found that a majority of young adults give at least some credence to a 9/11 conspiracy compared to less than a fourth of people 65 or older. Members of racial and ethnic minorities, people with only a high school education and Democrats were especially likely to suspect federal involvement in 9/11.

The survey was conducted by telephone from July 6-24 at the Scripps Survey Research Center at the University of Ohio under a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.



(Thomas Hargrove is a reporter for Scripps Howard News Service. Guido H. Stempel III is director of the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University.) (For more information or to comment, go to ScrippsNews.com)

Kirt12255
Aug 3rd, 2006, 04:23 PM
I've read too much....not your's couldn't be bothered....will certainly throw my view though.

Anyone above 30 years of age in America is welcome to a point....the rest are brutal.

60 % of Americans (according to a poll...census>>) even know where Canada is

I love American People......you don't know the rest of the world are laughing at you though.;)

samsung101
Aug 3rd, 2006, 05:19 PM
Ward Churchill was right.
Oh wait, he lied.
Fibbed on that resume.
Never mind...it sounds good!
Must be true!

Convenient timing of the poll, amidst the
current Mideast violence.

No, that would be a conspiracy.



About half of America thinks Jimmy Hoffa is buried
underneath Giant Stadium.

That Elvis is still alive.

JFK and RFG killed Marilyn Monroe.

Yet, can't find Iran or Iraq on a map, and
likely couldn't name all the nations in the
United Kingdom.


Then again, I can't explain how Brittany Spears
or Justin Timberlake are famous or rich.


The poll actually only goes to show you how
much nonsense we take as real news, and how
well conspiracy theories spread and take hold.
Until presented with facts, then they melt away.
But, that would take effort and work, and that
would interfere w/Dancing With The Stars viewing.

*JR*
Aug 3rd, 2006, 05:22 PM
60 % of Americans (according to a poll...census>>) even know where Canada is

I love American People......you don't know the rest of the world are laughing at you though.;)
@ least we're not on walkabout hunting crocodiles, Mick Dundee! :p

SelesFan70
Aug 5th, 2006, 04:37 PM
1/3 of U.S. citizens identify themselves as Democrats...do the math. :rolleyes: These people probably look under their beds at night to make sure Bush isn't there. They're that paranoid! :help:

Sam L
Aug 5th, 2006, 04:44 PM
I blame this on Jack Bauer and 24 for instilling in people's minds that anything can happen and no one can be trusted. :lol:

But seriously this is crazy! They'll need to have A LOT of balls to pull something like this. I just can't see it.

Hawk
Aug 5th, 2006, 07:21 PM
1/3 of U.S. citizens identify themselves as Democrats...do the math. :rolleyes: These people probably look under their beds at night to make sure Bush isn't there. They're that paranoid! :help:

Believing there is an alien cover up conspiracy is paranoid :p

..believing the government purposely took a hit (allowed a hit) to pursue their own agenda..might be far fetched but I wouldn't call it paranoid.

RVD
Aug 5th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Believing there is an alien cover up conspiracy is paranoid :p

..believing the government purposely took a hit (allowed a hit) to pursue their own agenda..might be far fetched but I wouldn't call it paranoid.I will say this and be [semi-]done with it. :lol:

Those who cannot bring themselves to believe that a government would never sacrifice its own in order to gain political position, are just fooling themselves.
And a real patriot would hold its government accountable for obvious laps in security. That is the real crime here [as well as censured documents]. :wavey:

égalité
Aug 5th, 2006, 09:46 PM
I blame this on Jack Bauer and 24 for instilling in people's minds that anything can happen and no one can be trusted. :lol:


Yes, the MOST CONSERVATIVE drama series on TV! :D

Scotso
Aug 6th, 2006, 02:05 AM
1/3 of U.S. citizens identify themselves as Democrats...do the math. :rolleyes: These people probably look under their beds at night to make sure Bush isn't there. They're that paranoid! :help:

People in general are paranoid, this is not a Democratic Party phenomenon.

Hawk
Aug 6th, 2006, 04:21 AM
The media generates paranoia..especially north american media it seems. Like that summer when they went crazy with covering kidnapped children and made it seem out of control when in reality the numbers in that regard have been on the decline not rise.

It's easy to be scared when you hear every day in some form that you should be scared.

spyro
Aug 7th, 2006, 04:44 PM
I don't like Conspiracy theory, but i would like to add some :
- Seven of the nineteen "hijackers" are alive and well. They were victims of identity theft, some of whom had had their passports stolen. They were interviewed by several news organizations including the Telegraph of England

- On the day of the attacks, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked what the attack would mean for US-Israeli relations. His quick reply was "It's very good…….Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)".

- On September 27, The Washington Post reported that two workers of the Israeli company Odigo (with offices also in New York) received instant message warnings just two hours before the attacks. Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post:

"Officials at instant-messaging firm Odigo confirmed today that two employees received text messages warning of an attack on the World Trade Center two hours before terrorists crashed planes into the New York landmarks" 13

Soon after the attacks, the Odigo employees informed the management of the electronic message they had received. Israeli security services were contacted and the FBI was informed. Nothing has been heard about this event since. I think it's safe to say that "Islamic terrorists" would not have been considerate enough to send detailed E-mail warnings to some obscure Israeli office workers.