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One-Third of Americans Believe the U.S. Government Allowed 9/11 to Happen

December 26, 2006 | 9,172 views

According to a poll conducted by Scripps News Service, a full one-third of Americans think that the U.S. government either carried out the 9/11 attacks themselves, or intentionally allowed them to happen in order to provide a pretext for war in the Middle East.

The government's pattern of deception on such issues as weapons of mass destruction, secret prisons, and illegal wiretapping has allowed alternate theories about 9/11 to flourish.

The theories are mostly promoted by the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement. The movement has grown in response to the Internet-distributed documentary "Loose Change," which purports to debunk the official story of 9/11. "Loose Change" has now been watched by millions of viewers.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The headline of this article may sound pretty provocative, but it's a fact that one-third of Americans believe in some variation of the 9/11 Truth Movement. Considering the government has allowed the NSA to conduct searches of domestic phone records and bank records and made countless intelligence blunders regarding weapons of mass destruction, it's hard for some people not to believe in a conspiracy.

This aritcle generated more discussion than any previous article on Vital Votes where opinion on this issue was sharply divided. Nick, from New York City, opines:

"To think that our government allowed 9/11 to happen is just plain absurd. What is not absurd is to finally understand why it happened."

Pat from Fujinomiya, Japan has the opposite view:

"Only a third of Americans think 911 was a conspiracy? Good grief! Just about everyone I know of overseas does! Wake up, America! Conspiracies are a constantly observable fact of life. And America is heading swiftly in the direction of Mogadishu."

Mac, from Coventry, Connecticut, brings up Operation Northwoods, a past example of the government contemplating just this type of action:

"The plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism (such as hijacked planes) on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

"The proposal was presented in a document entitled Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba, a collection of draft memoranda written by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) representative to the Caribbean Survey Group. The document was presented by the JCS to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13 with one paragraph approved, as a preliminary submission for planning purposes.

"... There may or may not be government involvement [in 9/11]. The point is, elements in government have proven capable of wishing to inflict harm on Americans 'for the greater good.' People should never be so complacent as to harbor a blind trust of government. Most in the 9/11 truth movement simply want to know the truth from the facts. Is that so much to ask?"

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