September 11th 2001. The plan to destroy symbols of American power began when 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijack 4 planes that were flying above the US. American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre, United Airlines Flight 175 was crashed into the south tower, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the US military headquarters in Washington D.C, the fourth plane crashed into a field near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,996 people died, 200 fell or jumped, 247 died on planes and 55 were killed in Pentagon. This tragic event had major impacts in other countries, as well as New Zealand. These long and short term social, economic, political and military consequences changed New Zealand as a country. Its impacts can be still seen today. It all started during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War over Palestine. In the end, the Israelis won the control over Palestine, displacing hundreds of thousands of Arabs. This soon led to the 6 Day War. Israel had a hugely successful military campaign against the Arab nations. The war was a military disaster for the Arabs but it was also a massive blow to the Arabs morale. Here were four of the strongest Arab nations systematically defeated by just one nation. In 1980, Afghan Rebels, Mujahideens, launch a gorilla campaign against the occupying Soviet Army. By Spring 1986, Operation Cyclone enabled America to successfully provide Mujahideens with weapon and finance. By spring 1987, Osama Bin Laden, the son of a billionaire, joined the fight, which soon led to the withdrawal of the Soviet Army; immediately turning Bin Laden into a hero. Bin Laden soon forms a radical Islamic group called Al Qaeda, also known as ‘The Base’. This group consisted of men who fought alongside Bin Laden whose main goal was to spread their extreme Islamic beliefs throughout the Muslim world and to fight the jihad, ‘Holy War’, against infidels such as western civilization. The ultimate humiliation of Bin Laden took place...
...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...
...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...
...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...
Ms. Erin Sullivan
The Day We Went To War!
This essay will tell stories of limitless loss and sadness. One of the darkest days in american history. A death toll just under 3000 US citizens and 19 islamic radicals. Some called it the biggest terrorist attack in history.This tragedy has since been dubbed the name 9-11. This paper will contain info taken from my sources. What conspiracy theorists say happened, what the government said happened, and straight facts about it.
Some conspiracy theorists suggest the government had something to do with 9-11. An “extraordinary” amount of put options were placed on United Airlines and American Airlines stocks, the same airlines that were hijacked during the attacks. They think traders were tipped off to the attack. Others say that the “attack” was actually a planned demolition. Some witnesses say they heard explosions; additionally scientists say plane fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt the steel frame of either of the towers. After 9-11 a documentary named “loose change” stated that the terrorists were alive in other countries.however it was dismissed on account of two people can have the same name. However it raised a good point. How did the hijackers passports survive the explosion? how can paper survive an explosion that brought down buildings?...
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...