9/11 revisited: Why September 11th conspiracy theories survive: Why do some believe the 9 11 Twin Towers collapse was a conspira

Pathetic hit piece for the anniversary- it may reinforce the 'faith' of some OCT believers, but not likely to deflect skepticism in any people without an attachment to the OCT, or even any who
are the least bit skeptical of the news media's objectivity, which is the vast majority of people these days. It may get some to go looking for info, it's so obviously biased and avoiding the issues.

9/11 revisited: Why September 11th conspiracy theories survive: Why do some believe the 9 11 Twin Towers collapse was a conspiracy
By JAMES DAY - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9/11 conspiracy theories continue to abound
9/11 revisited: Eight years on, belief in a conspiracy theory is stronger than ever. Why won't we accept the most plausible explanation?

There are more than 50 9/11 conspiracy theories circulating, while putting '9 11 conspiracies' into Google attracts more than 600million web hits – 217million more than '9 11' on its own. Why the fascination with secret agreements?

'Belief of conspiracy theories is incredibly widespread. For example, nine out of ten people still think JFK was assassinated as part of a conspiracy,' says Dr Patrick Leman, a psychologist from Royal Holloway University and a leading figure in the study of conspiracy theories.

'There are two main reasons why people believe in the unbelievable. First, they see a gap in their understanding and fill it with ambiguity rather than a trusted account. This is because there is a human need to associate major events with a major cause. We don't want to believe only 19 people could have carried out 9/11 – because it was big, something big must be behind it.

'Second, belief in conspiracy theories is highest among those on the peripheries of society. Those not part of the mainstream are more likely to engage in conspiracy theories as a way of being part of something.'

The latest 9/11 theory comes from a paper entitled Active Thermitic Material Discovered In Dust From The 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, Open Chemical Physics Journal, Vol.2 (2009).

The study, led by Dr Niels Harrit, of the University of Copenhagen, alleges that the destruction of the twin towers, and the lesser remembered Tower Seven, was caused by nano-thermite, a mixture of aluminium and rust powder that reacts to intense heat, producing molten iron and an explosion.

The substance, it is claimed, is useable as a rocket propellant and contains more energy than dynamite – and more than ten tonnes are estimated to have been found near Ground Zero. Thermite can be bought by anyone, but the nano process is a strictly military (and still experimental) affair.

A copy of the paper has been sent to the FBI and Dr Harrit says the response has been 'surprisingly receptive'.

Other theories allege the twin towers were destroyed by controlled explosions, that a missile fired from inside the US rather than a plane hit the Pentagon and that United Airlines flight 93 was shot down instead of crashing.

Possibly the most interesting, though, is that 47-storey Tower Seven housed a secret bunker from where 9/11 was orchestrated and that it was destroyed by a controlled explosion to bury the evidence. This is based on the Department of Defense (DOD), CIA and US Secret Service all having offices there.

Added to this, floor 23 was a New York City command centre on standby for civil emergencies – but it had already been evacuated.

Experts, though, are sticking to cold, hard facts. Professor Anthony Glees, director at the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, says: '9/11 was the work of a group organised and funded by al-Qaeda; the context in which they were radicalised and trained as suicide fighters was that of the Taliban.

'Trouble is, some people continue to believe the conspiracy in question was not organised by al-Qaeda but the CIA. Like all untrue conspiracy theories, this is palpable nonsense.'

Dr Lars Berger, lecturer in politics and contemporary history of the Middle East at the University of Salford, adds: 'All the theories brought forward by those who tried to instrumentalise public shock about 9/11 were done for financial and political goals, and have been thoroughly debunked.