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 9/11 conspiracy theory was and the results were astounding. A search of "9/11 conspiracy theory" resulted in almost 250,000 returns. In seeing such a massive return, many like me might wonder why the obvious has to be proven. For example, even though hundreds of firsthand statements were given of people seeing a plane crash into the Pentagon, conspiracy theorists still state that a missile made the hole. This same plane was hauled away, again seen by citizens. And what about the bodies that were removed from the wreckage site, later identified as those were on the plane?...
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