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.
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:
Pat from Fujinomiya, Japan has the opposite view:
Mac, from Coventry, Connecticut, brings up Operation Northwoods, a past example of the government contemplating just this type of action: