The 9/11 crash affected the United States by making them realize they didn't have very much protection against terrorists. In 2001, America was attacked by Al Queda. Four planes were hijacked to hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the white house. Around 8:48, an American Airlines Flight 11 crashed straight into the North tower. About fifteen minutes later, the South tower was hit by a United Airlines Flight 125 plane. In both of these planes there were ten hijackers and one hundred twenty nine citizens. In one hundred two minutes, the people of America were changed forever. It took twelve seconds for each tower to collapse. There were also two other planes that were taken over; one crashed into the Pentagon killing one hundred twenty five people. Fifty five of them being military personel and the fourth plane was heading to the white house, but the passengers on the plane fought back and the terrorist rolled the plane and crash it into a field.
Thousands of men and woman died that fateful day, many of them just doing their jobs. There were one hundred fourty three firefighters and paramedics killed. Sixty officers were killed as well. Almost three thousand people died and over twenty one thousand pieces of bodies were found. Sometimes two hundred or more pieces went to one person. About 4,745 pieces were actually identified. Only 293 bodies were found intact, but only twelve were identifiable. Over half of the people who died were not identified. Even six weeks after the towers fell only 425 people had been identified. A year after, about one fourth of the bodies were identified.
The aftermath of 9/11 was horrific. Debris was found everywhere; papers, peices of buildings, and much more was all over New York. Over 1 million pieces of rubble were picked up. It took eight months to clean everything up, but it was nowhere near back to normal. In...
...Enough Conspiracy Theories, Already The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 By David Ray Griffin. Second edition. Olive Branch Press. 254 pages. $15.
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions By David Ray Griffin Olive Branch Press. 339 pages. $18.
Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action By David Ray Griffin Westminster John Knox Press. 246 pages. $17.95.
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts By the editors of Popular Mechanics Hearst Books. 170pages. $14.95.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
At almost every progressive gathering where there's a question and answer period, someone or other vehemently raises 9/11 and espouses a grand conspiracy theory.
If you haven't had the pleasure of enduring these rants, please let me share.
Here's what the conspiracists believe:
9/11 was an inside job.
Members of the Bush Administration ordered it, not Osama bin Laden.
The Twin Towers fell because the Bush Administration got agents to plant explosives at the base of those buildings.
Building 7, another high-rise at the World Trade Center that fell on...
...9/11 Conspiracy Theorists
Marcus Downey College Composition (ENG 111) 02/01/08
As with all events in history, there will be at least one, sometimes several, naysayers in the crowd and the events of September 11th 2001 are no exception. The United States Government presented the facts to the world but some just couldn't grasp it. The incident raised questions in everyone's mind, specifically how could this happen? President Bush was quick to state that Osama bin Laden and his ultra radical Islamist followers overpowered the crew on four airliners, then used them as missiles, crashing them into the Pentagon, World Trade Center and Pennsylvania farm land. But some believe the U.S. Government played a part in 9/11, to the where they may have even orchestrated it from its beginnings. The general goal of a conspiracy theorist is to show the world not to take everything said in the media or by the government at face value. Though a little skepticism is good, there's a point in which it's beyond healthy. In the case of 9/11, these theorists are simply those who enjoy getting television and radio airtime, no matter the cause, expense or implausible conjecture.
Conspiracy theorists have been around for ages: "The holocaust never happened", "Aliens made crop circles", "JFK was killed by the CIA", "Aliens kidnapped Elvis", etc. In my research, I first went to Google in attempt to see how "big" the...
...The Truth Behind 9/11
September 11, 2001 is a time in U.S. history that everyone will remember, it holds a special place in almost every American’s heart, as well as the families in other countries who lost a loved one that day. Several groups of people within our own country and abroad believe that knowledge of this attack was held prior to the actual event. The U.S. government made the citizens believe that two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, and one airplane into the Pentagon. Different conspiracy theories have developed on the internet, and several websites claim to have legitimate cases regarding the validity of the “true” story. The true story, however, is one of pain and suffering that the citizens of America were put through.
Since the day of the attack, rumors have circulated through blogs, magazines, websites, and simple word of mouth claiming that 9/11 was assisted by the U.S. Government. There are many in-depth investigations of the conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks of 9/11. In my first example I will talk about what made the towers collapse. It is quite obvious that planes did not make the Twin Towers collapse, bombs did. Many architects and scientists have concluded that a planes fuel cannot produce enough heat to melt the steel frame of the two buildings that collapsed. No steel structure before has ever collapsed due to...
...5. In this course I have assigned a conspiracy debunking book on widespread conspiracy allegations concerning the events of 9/11/01. That book, compiled by the journal POPULAR MECHANICS: Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up, attempts to silence the avalanche of suspicion triggered by attacks that day. You can obtain the essence of those suspicions by consulting the many "Truther" sites on the Web. To a general reader, explain what we ought to think about 9/11 in the wake of this confrontation over what actually happened on that fateful day and why. Explain why you reached this conclusion. Address this question: How successful can the most thorough debunking be in the wake of allegations of the sort made by the Truther movement? I own several books and CD's making the case for conspiracy for your use if you wish to consult one or more of them. Of course, the internet is full of that material. You might want to entitle your essay, “Can conspiracy doubts ever be put to rest?”.
From the minute the first airplane hit the World Trade Center on that fateful morning September 11th, 2001 the entire nation was moved. Then when two more planes came crashing into the other tower and the Pentagon, the nation was crushed. It was the most fatal terrorist attack ever committed against the United Stated killing nearly 3,000 people. Thousands of children were left...
...Was 9/11 An Inside Job?
September 11, 2001 holds a special place in almost every American’s heart, as well as those of families in other countries who lost a loved one that day. Not only is Sept. 11th the bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the nation, several groups of people within our own country and abroad believe that knowledge of this attack was held prior to the actual event. What has been reported and believed was that two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, and one airplane into the Pentagon. Different conspiracy theories have developed on the internet, and several websites claim to have legitimate cases regarding the validity of the “true” story. These claims are nothing less than a slap in the face of some thousands of Americans who risked their lives to remove others from harms way. The true story, however, is one of pain and suffering that my fellow citizens and I share.
Since the day of the attack, rumors have circulated through blogs, magazines, websites, and simple word of mouth claiming that 9/11 was assisted by the U.S. Government. There are two different categories of conspiracy theories that establish this belief. The most farfetched conspiracy theories that I have seen belong to those who believe that the attacks were planned and executed by our central government. Other groups hold the idea that the “powers in command knew about the attacks, but...
...September 11, 2001: Conspiracy or Not?
What if everything one was supposed to believe was wrong? What if the people who are supposed to protect citizens from danger, do not? What if 9/11, the most tragic day in American history, was caused by the people we are supposed to respect and we are supposed and to believe, our government? Could our government have masterminded this horrific crime? Actually, I believe they did. In August 1997, on the front cover of FEMA’s, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Response to Terrorism Manual it shows the World Trade Center towers in the cross hairs, sights used for aiming a gun or missile for accuracy, and then again in June 2000, the Department of Justice released a world terrorism handbook featuring the twin towers also in the cross hairs on the front cover (Loose Change 2nd Edition). I believe that the government has had this planned or contemplated this action since August of 1997.
The book, The 911 Commission Report, which was released by the United States Government, raises more questions than it answers. “The book is a 571 page lie,” says Dr. David Ray Griffin, distinguished theologian, who has written two books exposing the official story of 9/11 as a blatant lie (Griffin). In The 911 Commission Report states the alleged hijackers were of Arab decent, but none of the flight lists that were released to CNN, Cable News Network, by the...
Conflicts that arise from particular ways of seeing the world are made evident through the shaping of texts. In Barry Levinson’s film “Wag the Dog” and Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11”, it is clear that the perspectives in which the audience views the world create particular conflicts. In both texts, the conflicting perspectives arise from the way the naïve public views the world and the way that the government and media view the world through their particular agendas.
In “Wag the Dog”, the plot relies on the alleged sexual impropriety of the president and the way in which particular political powers and the media intervene. In the film it is clear that the audience is seeing two perspectives, that of the public and the private. Though, in the film, Levinson draws the audience in to the political powers. Through the motif of the omnipresent television screen and the use of double images and sounds, the audience is able to see the media and government’s manipulation. Though this is sidelined by Conrad Brean’s rhetorical question of “what difference does it make if it’s true?”. This question further allows the audience to understand the manipulative techniques of certain power players and the way in which they see the world. The characterisation of Brean and his costuming of a ratty jacket, battered hat, bow-ties with striped clashing shirts, gives him a misleading appearance of incompetence and harmlessness. As a...
...Documentary and fictional aspects of the film Fahrenheit 9/11
“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.”(web quotes) This quote by Alfred Hitchcock contains some truth, but in past decades the documentary genre has become more than just factual information about real people and places. It has become a mode for opinion and bias. In Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, the “creative use of actuality” (film ed. Grierson) in its editing, style and source information all serve Moore’s argument and thus the directors view.
Documentaries are films that inform truth with factual evidence in contrast to narratives that employ fictional events. The conventions of this genre are what make it creditable and serious. Non scripted interviews, narration, objectivity and actual footage are some of it key tenets. With this being stated, logic would dictate that any deviation from these conventions could jeopardize the film’s documentary credibility. This is the basis of what makes Fahrenheit 9/11 controversial Critics hold that Moore’s film uses flimsy and misleading evidence. He manipulated images and words to shape a perspective and finally does not offer a balanced view to the audience.
Evidence of this can be found in David Kopel’s Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11. He argues with a list of fifty nine counter facts that...