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What is a conspiracy theory and why do people believe them?

Research one specific conspiracy theory to explain how these theories work and why people believe them. the government allowed 9/11.

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Danielle Robertson
Mrs. Keeley
ENG 111.0016
11 April 2021
Annotated Bibliography
The 9/11 attacks of 2001 took the United States of America by surprise, and by extension,
the whole world. Four passenger planes were hijacked and crashed, leading to the collapse of the
Twin Towers. The event was devastating as it led to the demise of about three thousand people.
The government declared that notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the attack.
Osama was already on the FBI’s most wanted list. He made an announcement that he was indeed
not responsible for the attack. However, the United States government insisted on guilt on the part
of Osama. Some conspiracy theorists believe that this was just a smoke screen that was used as a
distraction for the real agendas of the United States government. The position among theorists is
that the United States government allowed or orchestrated the attacks to facilitate their occupation
in oil rich Arab countries and the subsequent exploitation of the oil reserves.
Works Cited
Channel 5. Was the US Government Behind 9/11?! | Conspiracy | Channel 5. 19 November
2020. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRKawaGWlDw.Channel 5.
The video ‘Was the US Government Behind 9/11?’ posted by Channel 5 gives the
details of the 9/11 terrorist attack. It was on the 11th of September 2001 when four
passenger planes were allegedly hijacked by a terrorist cell. The planes crashed into the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington DC. The twin towers collapsed and
resulted in the death of 3000 individuals. Official records claim that Osama Bin Laden
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was the man responsible for the attack. Some, however, believe that the attack was a
distraction by the United States Government, and a trigger meant to justify war against
Saddam Hussein of Iraq. This war would grant the United States access to Iran’s oil. The
video was found through a search on YouTube for documentaries covering the 9/11
incident. The credibility of the piece is not only affirmed by the views of renowned
conspiracy theorists but also by scientific research. It relates to my topic in that it gives
details of the events of the 9/11 attack and how the United States government proceeded
to deal with the matter. It shows a progression of events that gives better insights and
perspective into the incident. The video also gives verifiable evidence, rather than merely
being based on opinions and superstition.
Asquith, Christina. Who really blew up the twin towers? The Guardian. 05 September 2006.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2006/sep/05/internationaleducationnews.highere
ducation. 07 April 2021.
The article by Christina Asquith tells the tale of a man who has endeavored to
expose the 9/11 attacks as an ‘inside job’. The author intimates that the attacks were the
doing of powerful individuals in the White House who had interests in Iraq. They
orchestrated the attacks to justify occupation in Iraq and exploit oil mines, increase
military spending unnecessarily and give more powers to Israel, their allies. The attacks
were simply a smoke screen meant to divert attention to the alleged atrocities of Osama
Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. It was too sophisticated an attack, the article highlights,
to have been pulled off by Iraqi terrorists. The article was found by identifying credible
news sources and then sifting through the articles the website had on the 9/11attacks. It
was chosen since it relates the beliefs of and observations of a scholar who has dedicated
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time and resources to unearthing the truth. It also gives the view of American authors,
who persisted in the quest to reveal the truth despite rejection of their ideas by the
masses. The article relates to my topic since it seeks to reveal the parties that were really
behind the 9/11 attacks.
Reagan, David Dunbar, and Brad. Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand
Up to the Facts. USA: Hearst Communications, Inc., 2006.
The book, ‘Debunking 9/11 Theories: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up
to the Facts’, by David Dunbar and Brad Reagan contains responses to the conspiracy
theories revolving around the terrorist attacks. The book was written based off an earlier
article published to the same effect. It tackles several conspiracy theories, highlighting
their weaknesses and why they ought to be disregarded entirely. The text highlights that
mere skepticism is acceptable, but theorists have descended into paranoia. Theorists have
based their opinions on unreliable images and reports and the evidence of witnesses
whose credibility is not confirmed to build their cases. This, in the authors’ views, is a
proper method to utilize in the analysis of such a matter. The text was found through a
search of the University of Oregon Library System and was chosen since it presents
arguments as to why conspiracy theories should not be relied on. The book relates to the
topic of choice since it presents arguments against conspiracy theories. The argumenta
are based on expert witness testimonies and the accounts of reliable witnesses. The
authors did extensive and comprehensive research to formulate the text, hence this text
would be instrumental to the topic.

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