9/11 Conspiracy Claims and Answers: A Quick Guide

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This page is intended for people who may not have a lot of time to spend researching these issues, or who may have only a peripheral interest. These are my brief recommendations, in order, for places to find accurate information. Compiled August, 2007, updated late 2008.

An email, with my response, that covers many of the common newcomer questions and misconceptions about the WTC collapses.

My video WTC Not a Demolition shows how absurd those claims are from an audiovisual standpoint. There's an index with direct links to the different video segments here.

As of mid-to-late 2008, the most prominent truther group is Richard Gage's Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. It's founder and members are beyond incompetent. Read about their madness here.

1) Popular Mechanics "Debunking the Myths" magazine cover story March, 2005
This article was inspired by full-page ads calling for a new 9/11 investigation that were placed in the New York Times and other papers by "no-planer" conspiracist Jimmy Walter. Walter claims he spent $5 million funding such efforts. Why he didn't use that money to fund an actual investigation, only he knows. He has since left the "truth" movement. The Popular Mechanics book Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts is only about 120 pages and is backed by the opinions of hundreds of experts.

2) NIST's Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about their WTC investigation––And Update, Dec. 2007

3) 911myths.com By far the best single source of in-depth analysis on the web. Site deals mainly with "people" issues: who did what and when.

4) Did Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda admit responsibility for the 9/11 attacks? Yes, repeatedly.

5) The conspiracists are focusing on WTC building 7 more than ever. Since their other ideas have dried up and the final engineering report on building 7 hasn't been issued yet, it's a speculation playground for them. The first responder accounts of the massive fires, damage, and expected collapse of that building that are in my paper put to lie the claims that the building wasn't in grave condition and shouldn't have collapsed.

6) The History Channel Documentary "The 9/11 Conspiracy Theories: Fact or Fiction?" is an excellent 90-minute analysis of the major conspiracy claims that includes interviews with many witnesses and experts.

7) Since it's likely that someone new to these issues has learned about them through videos made by conspiracy theorists, I recommend the counter-videos produced by JREF forum members either as antidote or prophylactic. The video being pushed by the conspiracists more than any other is 9/11 Mysteries. "The Doc's" 9/11 Mysteries Guide and video refute every claim.

It's been a long time since I've seen anyone recommending the video Loose Change, but the LC guys are likely to get lots of attention when their "Final Cut" is released. MarkyX's "Screw Loose Change" video, which contains work from my Loose Change Viewer Guide, gives a good idea of just how capable these "researchers" are.

Any doubters about what happened to flights 77 and 93 should read the witness accounts on my pages about
8) The Pentagon and
9) Shanksville

Going deeper, there's

10) The 9/11 Commission report which is very readable and well-sourced, and

11) Chapter 1 of the NIST report on the collapse of the Twin Towers (pdf), which is a summary of the other 9,750 pages and is written for the layman.