The List: Your Guide to Goofy 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Today marks the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, a day of profound shock and grief that, unsurprisingly, also sparked a string of outrageous conspiracy theories. We’ve compiled a list of the five best—and by best, we mean compelling, impossible or just flat out stupid—9/11-related conspiracy theories. And yes, people actually believe this stuff.

Theory #1: Bombs not Planes

CBS Philly might have added fuel to the 9/11 “truther” fire today with its report on “Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth.” The article features an interview with a mechanical engineer who said he and some 2,000 colleagues do not believe it is scientifically possible “for an office fire to be hot enough to melt steel girders and columns.” Instead, they believe there were pre-planted charges in the World Trade Center, meaning controlled detonations leveled the buildings—not planes.

Theory #2: A Plane Hit the Pentagon? Prove it.

Yes, something hit and damaged the Pentagon on 9/11/2001, but truthers aren’t convinced it was a plane. Many argue there is no way to prove that a plane hit the Pentagon because we don’t see a direct image of an airplane in the security footage, nor do we see one in post-crash photos. And some of these “no planers” even believe airplanes never hit the World Trade Center either. (No, we’re not joking.)

Theory #3: The Hijackers Live!

Reports of the 9/11 hijackers turning up alive and well post-crashes started cropping up just days after the event. How did they survive? Was it magic? Superpowers? Who knows, but many still believe that the hijackers are living free and happy in various countries throughout the world.

Theory #4: Bush Let it Happen

Ah yes, the infamous “blame Bush” tactic. Some truthers believe Bush was aware of the coming attacks but did nothing to stop them because of oil interests in the Middle East. Here’s what Bill Maher had to say about that:

“[That George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks] is an absurd sentence because it contains the words ‘Bush’ and ‘knowledge.'”

Theory #5: Bin Laden Buried in … Delaware?

In March 2012, WikiLeaks released emails from shadow-CIA firm Stratfor that suggested Osama Bin Laden’s body was never buried at sea as the U.S. government claimed. So where was it? In Dover, Delaware—duh!

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  • http://lastshredsofsanity.com ShanLastShredsOfSanity

    These are the same people who believe that Sandy Hook was a hoax and that the U.S. government killed innocent children to perpetuate said hoax. Some of the “truthers” also believe that the passengers on the planes were put on different planes and subsequently murdered by our government so that dummy planes loaded with bombs could be flown into the towers.

    The stupidity is astounding.

    • onesolution

      Your right your stupidity is astonuding.

      • http://lastshredsofsanity.com ShanLastShredsOfSanity

        Says the idiot who doesn’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your.”

        YOUR stupidity continues to be utterly astounding.

        • ColinB

          A mere grammatical error by onesolution, but the concept was right. If you researched these theories of ‘false flag’ events you might be astounded. However I suspect you’re not so much a ‘disbeliever’ as much as a ‘I don’t want to believe’ person. Plenty of you, and in most cases not as intelligent as the conspiracy theorists. The person who wrote the article is a typical arrogant twit, thinking themselves humorous and clever, not realising most knowledgable people would laugh at them, not with them.

  • Jane Yavis

    If it’s conspiracy theories at their finest,,,,,turn on Local Talk Radio Wanna-Be’s who perpetuate their patriotism as they interview Birther, Thruther and anti-Obama Crackpots all day every day.

  • sdfsdfsdf

    And.. What about Building 7. Sorry too hard to handle for most of sheeps.

  • WWJ

    To the stupid “F” that wrote this article in an effort to once again distract from what really happened. There are over 2000 architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, physicists, etc. most of them with Ph.Ds. that have examined the video evidence, the physical evidence as well as listened to the eyewitness testimony They have all come to the same conclusion===> the buildings that collapsed on 9/11 did so as a result of controlled demolition not office fires as was the official report from the usual foxes watching the hen house (i.e. NIST/9/11 Commission). The smoking gun in all of this is the molten metal at ground zero. The temperature required to melt the steel infrastructure of those buildings would be about 2800 deg. F. The official cause as reported by NIST that office fires and the burning of jet fuel caused the collapse is about 1500 to 1600 degrees short of this temperature. PLEASE WITH YOUR VAST ARSENAL OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE DEFEND YOUR SIDE’S POSITION THAT OFFICE FIRES CAUSED THIS DESTRUCTION. HOWEVER, BEFORE YOU STICK YOUR FOOT IN YOUR MOUTH UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE HISTORY OF ALL HIGH RISE OFFICE FIRES IN THIS COUNTRY NOT ONE OF THOSE FIRES RESSULTED IN THE COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF A SINGLE BUILDING.