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Sunday, August 06, 2006

36% Believe 9/11 Was an Inside Job

According to a new poll,

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."
Are these in fact the same exact people as the 37% who believe in haunted houses and astrology?

For the record, this is a good debunking of the conspiracy theory, and Nova had a good documentary with engineers explaining how what looked like a demolition was actually the result of some complicated engineering flaws (also summarize here).

Me, I believe it was the ghosts from an Indian Burial Ground. That place is haunted.

3 Comments:

  • At 2:27 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    According to Rush they're all Democrats.

     
  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Hm, as one of the commenters there pointed out, the Prospect's logic is somewhat flawed, because the mere fact that the poll reflects the electorate does not mean that the 1/3 of conspiracy theorists are not Democrats. It doesn't speak to that issue one way or the other, really. I doubt it's all Dems, because studies show that Republicans are more likely to believe in crackpot anti-government conspiracy theories than Dems, but who knows.

    p.s. by "and studies show" I mean to say, "I'm assuming that studies show, because that's my personal experience"

     
  • At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Huh? Something doesn't make sense. You have a non sequitur.

    If you want to debunk a theory, you need to prove the converse.

    If the theory is "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" then the converse which you need to prove would be something like this:

    "Every federal official fits into one or more of these four categories: (1) was ignorant of the fact that Bin Ladin was about to strike in the US; or (2) took action to stop the attacks; or (3) did not want to invade Iraq; or (4) wanted to invade Iraq, and knew that Bin Ladin was about to strike, and took no action to stop the attacks, but the desire to invade Iraq was not the reason for the lack of action."

    I don't see anything in the Popular Mechanics article that proves, or even attempts to prove, the converse of the hypothesis in the poll.

     

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