The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction

The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction

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The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or FictionThis incisive documentary analyzes the extreme, yet persistent, theories that cloud the memory of our national tragedy. Experts in engineering, intelligence and the military scrutinize 9/11 conspiracy theories. Based in large part on a breakthrough expose by Popular Mechanics. Produced by the authoritative NBC News Productions.

The tragedy of the attacks of 9/11 is ours to share; it is ours to remember; it is ours to understand. Yet, our memory and understanding were clouded almost from the first horrible moment Flight 11 struck the north tower. No-one could believe such a brazen and simple attack could be so tragically effective.

Disbelief quickly gave way to conspiracy theories and suspicions. These ideas from the fringe found a fertile breeding ground on the Internet and today many of them, through the power of almost infinite repetition, have nearly gained the status of truth.

The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction exhaustively examines some of the most persistent of these theories: that the World Trade Center was brought down by a controlled demolition; that a missile, not a commercial airliner, hit the Pentagon; and that members of the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks in hopes of creating a war in the Middle East.

Each conspiracy argument is countered by a variety of experts in the fields of engineering, intelligence and the military. The program also delves into the anatomy of such conspiracies and how they grow on the Internet. A must see if you regard Loose Change, Final Cut as a credible documentary.

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Andrew Ness
3 months ago

go watch 9/11: A New Pearl Harbor on BitChute

2 years ago

If this is the establishments attempt at debunking the science behind the 9/11 conspiracy theories they fall well short. I find the "experts" answers on most theories less convincing than the theories themselves. Apparently their main argument is that we must all be delusional. How is that a scientific explanation? As well it seems the collapsing of building 7 is conveniently forgotten.

2 years ago

Thanks for stating before anything else, Alex Jones is one of the most vocal in the group. Way to discredit the movement before getting it to it. Also, if it is fact or fiction why does the cover say myths? Looks just like the popular mechanic book.

Phillippe de Gavaux
2 years ago

If you don't believe that stupidity is widespread enough to elect a carnival barker to the US presidency, just read the angry comments here. Most will say they don't support Trump, but that is not the point. They are just as gullible. Let's look at the list of those in on the cover-up: Every individual of every agency and branch of the government involved in the investigation, NIST, every news outlet, every scientist and engineer and other related fields who has written peer reviewed studies or has peer reviewed studies done on the physics of the destruction. So who are these courageous experts? They have never read the NIST report. They will say they have but they have not. They will say the have read the report by the 9/11 Commission but they have not. They do research by googling 911 conspiracies. I am quite quite confident that most of them believe in multiple conspiracies, because it is not the facts of the Twin Towers attacks that attracts them, but they very idea that the world is not what it seems.

Bill Bob
3 years ago

Complete and utter BS. NIST and PM are part of the cover up. Fabricating testimony to support their narrative with no basis in fact, These people need to do hard time as do the devils who orchestrated it.

April TM
3 years ago

These experts are all liars. It is the "truth movement"(family members of 9/11 victims- the ones who didn't sign non disclosure agreements) that raised funds for sick & dying 1st responders of 9/11. The government wouldnt even give insurance to responders for 10 years+. It is clear the gov doesnt care or they would have gotten medical care for the 1st responders. Watch yt video: "Lecture: Gelatin, The B-Thing"

3 years ago

The worst documentary I've ever watched. It doesn't explain or prove anything, it's just personal attacks and "believe us" mumbo jumbo. 9/11 The New Pearl Harbour documentary shreds this garbage into pieces.

William Mize
3 years ago

Bldg 7 collapsed and BBC reported it before it happened

William Mize
3 years ago

They should lock up all of em bush Cheney rice trump Yu know guliani was involved he cordinating the rescue then the headquarters mystery was reported on BBC before it fell not after duh Americans are some stupid people and I think I was an American

3 years ago

Popular mechanic...came up in the 1st paragraph. Said it all. This is one stitched up story. PM have a story and they are sticking to it, thanks to their back pocket theres no reason to change it.

James Gray
5 years ago

Watch the interviews of people downtown(Youtube has all of them.)that witnessed the planes that hit the towers. They all said that the aircraft they witnessed were not commercial aircraft because they didn't have any passenger windows and were grey in color. Not silver. passenger planes have Windows,and don't give me any **** about the witnesses are remembering wrong, because they had just seen it,it was very fresh in their memories. The day that slime Bush was elected I was working in a kitchen. When we heard that he had won the election I said to my co-workers."Mark my words. We are going to war with Iraq." This was before he was even sworn in as Commander in Chief. Why do people think that something like this is so far fetched!? It isn't! It happened with Pearl harbor,and it happened in the gulf of Tonkin! blind sheep! Everyone! Did you know (and there is a file obtained by a freedom of information request if you don't believe me,look it up.)that the CIA had a plan to train a bunch of Cubans in the sixties to storm downtown Miami and blow up, shoot civilians with AK 47's and scare the whole country into supporting an invasion of Cuba? Did you know that? No I am guessing. Well they did and there is proof Google it,and then apply some vasoline to your necks and pull your heads out of your a****! That false flag attack in Miami thankfully never happened because Kennedy was a good man,and scraped it. Also there is a retired Army General that believes this was a false flag operation. Passenger jets don't crash into buildings or the ground and leave no evidence as to what they were! You can look that up too. Search Google images for jumbo jet crash sites and guess what you will see? You will see no matter how horrible the crash wings,fuselages,seats, all that sht. And Diana you can go **** yourself with a big rubber dick! It isn't our fault you are ignorant and can't think for yourself.

Diana Rice
5 years ago

I do not at all understand how anyone with a brain can believe these conspiracy theories. I have read everything i can on this. Our government may have done some things we dont like but if you believe they would kill 3000 citizens for some crazy reason you need to move out of the USA

Mark Gaboury
6 years ago

Way to go, Popular Mechanics. Make the conspiracy nuts look as stupid as Alex Jones' haircut.

6 years ago

I really like and appreciate your blog post.Thanks Again.

6 years ago

This is one of the worst documentaries I've ever seen, and one of the most biased, prolly because it's from the media, who are controlled by the people responsible for the 911 event in the first place.

Drscottyjones .
9 years ago

The 'expert' claims that us, the lame public think that because the pentagon hole was small and round, a jet wouldn't fit, and that us lame-o's expect a cartoon hole the shape of the jet, and that is just ridiculous. However the holes that the jets left in the towers were shaped liked the jets, so where is the ridiculousness there? Am I missing something? or is it the 'experts' that are missing something?

9 years ago

LMFAO!!! At the end of episode 1, Michael Schirmer states that " Here's the claim, here's the answer, here's the claim, "here's the answer, by the end, they've got nothing to stand on, boom, end of story." Sooooo, what FACTS have you got that can substantiate your religion? Quick question - " WHERE did noah put the air conditioning unit to keep ALL Polar animals at the right temperature? No evidence, no proof, just a story that's been handed down from generation to generation with some bits added, some omitted, depending on which way they wanted to steer the OFFICIAL storyline to suit private and political agendas. Yet, YOU believe the bible... Far more evidence to substantiate claims of an Inside Job / Cover Up, yet you refute this... Well done. LMFAO!!!

9 years ago

what a terrible doco. it's vague, propaganda doesn't cut it.

Bruce Abercrombie
9 years ago

Someone cynically observed, "if 911 attack was government organized, implemented, and covertly controlled then the smartest guys are in power" !

9 years ago

9/11's explanation was PROVEN to be a totally fabricated and ridiculously obvious LIE, and the report that was offered to the people was full of lies and misinformation. Not one report otherwise has been given that isn't proven to be full of misinformation. All one has to do is look at the pentagon and the damage that is impossible to have been caused by a plane. The evidece is overwhelming. Now that proves nothing i know... but why did they lie about that? ANd that is only one of countless holes in the story that were explained with elaborate lies. WAKE UP!

10 years ago

Conspiracy Theorists are some of the most ridiculous, insane and delusional people on the planet. Conspiracy theories aren't theories at all. A theory is something proven. A scientist comes up with a theory...and proceeds to prove it wrong. Then presents it to other give them a shot at proving it wrong. If it stands up to hundreds of different tests...then it is accepted, Conspiracy theories on the other hand..are just questions. Investigate 9/11, demand answers. 9/11 was probably the most investigated incidents to ever happen. The research has been done and the facts are there. Taking an event like what happened that day, and twisting it to fit your paranoid, delusional agenda makes me sick. The fact of the matter is it REALLY happened, it killed REAL people, it tore apart REAL families. The fact that sick people like Alex Jones are capitalizing on turning the deaths of thousands of people into an industry of paranoia makes me want to puke.

10 years ago

Seemingly biased documentary. You cannot talk about evidence and science without covering Architects and Engineers for 9/11.

10 years ago

Are you guys who support a 9/11 conspiracy theory also members of the pro gun lobby.
That would be consistent thinking.

p.s I am not in USA thank goodness so I won't get shot by some clown carrying a bazooka he is not competent to use safely.

10 years ago

I've read the past year of posts here and found you arguments to be logical, factual and thoughtful. I also found your patience with what can only be described as rabid dogs to be almost saint-like. Nice work and thank you.

10 years ago

The proponents of conspiracy have more factual support than the dismissers.

The dismissers basically say - it is hard to believe our own government could do such a thing to their own people. And, in case If the government did so, we are all kind of guilty for supporting such government. This is why it didn't happen that way.

The proponents ask questions and compare events to known physical laws and historical facts. The logic is less and less popular hobby in US.

The bottom line: if that was done by US government - we probably would never find out, because all possible evidence was quickly destroyed.

If the muslim radicals did this all by themselves, they were lucky beyond any believe. If you call death a luck.

10 years ago

alot of people argue for and against the conspiracy theories, lets also not forget who has the most motive here. As time goes on the truth will be more clear once you can put world events in perspective, you just might realize all along that the government has been using everyone for their backdoor plans. Let the government fight their own wars and leave the people out of it. I dont see an invasion or any threat of an invasion only radicals telling everyone what to do or what to believe. If you notice, ever since the great depression there has been one event after another after another leading to the policies we have today, i would expect once the afghanistan situation is over there will conveniently be another crisis for yet another political agenda.

10 years ago

One person posting half the comments on this link "Batshit" is his/her name.
It is trying desperately to convince people the Popular Mechanics, NIST, Government story is 100% true ! Such a pathetic attempt to manipulate facts and discredit others points of view. Batshit (batvette), whatever your name is, just go away, no one give a rats ass what you think. You TROLL !

Wild Wind
10 years ago

So much noise here. Let me zero in on few key points... What witnesses saw the planes crash into DC, or PA? Were black boxes found on either site? If not, what explanation - esp for PA which was a run of the mill plane crash. Why no debris?

One documentary claims the govt wanted to kill a govt group residing in WTC (infighting). Any further info on that? Also claimed the planes were switched and real planes safely landed (everone warned to keep quiet)

I have doubts with conspiracy theory due to incredibly complicated nature of pulling off such a stunt.

Lack of combustion at Pentagon is one point I find most bizarre.


10 years ago

It amazes me that some actually believe 9/11 was planned,executed, and covered up by the same folks who couldn't even "find", WMD evidence in Iraq.

To believe that out of all the people who would have to be involved, not one had a crisis of conscience before or after is absurd. The only plausible explanation is that everyone involved are full-blown psychopaths, capable of planning and committing mass murder, which goes beyond absurd and becomes laughable.

10 years ago

The people behind this video are out to discredit doubters. I say that because these clever people themselves are not so gullible as to blindly accept the governments explanations. And yet they laugh at the doubters. Therefore they are not credible.

10 years ago

its kinda like a choose your own adventure world

10 years ago

I am a political science student, and I also play as an investigative journalist and live muisc DJ on a northern CA non-profit/free speech radio station. I mostly play various documentaries (a few pulled fom this amazng site) which have been audio recorded. After watching this, I can honestly state that the "facts" the "experts" use to refute the 'truthers' seems, at best, to be shallow fact one response was (the experts denying the truthers claims about the demolition idea vs the official account) " They have simply overlooked the facts." THATS ALL THEY STATE! wtf? To me, giving a 3rd grade response does not convince a fairly intelligent person who can CRITICALLY THINK - If I refute the idea that 2+2 = 4, and I state the reason is baically,"Because I said so" - would you believe me? So, it should come as no shock when our "experts" use 1st grader tactics - THAT ONE ONE IN ONE HUNDRED could possibly be convinced that there was not more going on than our Govt. would lead us (or try to anyway) to believe......It's like the Repubicans using GOD as a way to hook the religious people into voting for them EVEN THOUGH THE WORD GOD DOES NOT EXIST IN OUR US CONSTITUTION! GLAD to see so many not falling for the Republican rhetoric... REMEMBER IN NOV FOLKS -hey remember who was in office when 9/11 happened? DONT FORGET THIS NOV 2012!

10 years ago

Pretty weak and biased effort to debunk 9/11 Truthers. A few things that stood out to me were the comparison to Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory instead of what we KNOW WAS a false-flag operation, the Gulf of Tomken incident which was used as a justification for the Vietnam war. Also no mention of the mechanism of collapse of the super-strong central cores of towers 1 and 2. Finally, although it may be possible that nothing remained of the aluminum fuselage and wings after hitting the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania at 400 mph the same could not be said for the massive titanium engines yet the documentary failed to address the absence of engine wreckage at those sites. The program also did not even speak to, let alone debunk the (LIHOP) theory that the government knew that attacks were coming but purposely did nothing to prevent them.

10 years ago

Kevin Ryan : A New Standard of Deception, while a little dry seems well researched, backed by facts and physics. Then adds a lot of insight into who these investigating teams are and their back ground.Information and study of know facts,leads to many questions and more informed opinions.

10 years ago

I am glad to see this. There is so much garbage going around. People seem to want to blame Bush and America for this. Crazy!

10 years ago

I see only talking heads giving their opinions of what happened, little or no science backing their theories, it seems to me that the conspiracy theorist have a more compelling case. Weak effort on Popular Mechanics park. Insider trading not addressed ? Building 7 collapse explanation was a joke at best. Only convincing if you really want to believe.

10 years ago

1 The Twin Towers were destroyed faster than physics can explain (at free fall speed "collapse").
2 They underwent mid-air pulverization and were turned to dust before they hit the ground.
3 The protective bathtub was not significantly damaged by the destruction of the Twin Towers.
4 The rail lines, the tunnels and most of the rail cars had only light damage.
5 The WTC mall survived well, witnessed by Warner Bros. Road Runner and friends.
6 The seismic impact was minimal, far too small based on our comparison with the Kingdome controlled demolition.
7 The Twin Towers were destroyed from the top down, not bottom up.
8 The demolition of WTC7 was whisper quiet and the seismic signal was no greater than background noise.
9 The upper 80 percent, approximately, of each tower was turned into fine dust and did not crash to the earth.
10 The upper 90 percent, approximately, of WTC7 was turned into fine dust and did not crash to the earth.
11 File cabinet with folder dividers survived.
12 Office paper was densely spread throughout lower Manhattan, unburned, often along side burning cars.
13 Vertical round holes were cut into buildings 4, 5 and 6, plus a cylindrical arc into Bankers Trust and into Liberty street in front of Bankers Trust.
14 All planes except top secret missions were ordered down until 10:31 a.m. (when only military flights were allowed to resume), after both towers were destroyed, and only two minutes after WTC 1 had been destroyed.
15 Approximately 1,400 motor vehicles were towed away, toasted in strange ways, during the destruction of the Twin Towers.
16 The order and method of destruction of each tower minimized damage to the bathtub and adjacent buildings.
17 Twin Tower control without damaging neighboring buildings, in fact all seriously damaged or destroyed buildings had a WTC prefix, and no others.
18 The north wing of WTC 4 was left standing, neatly sliced from the main body which virtually disappeared.
19 The WTC1 and WTC2 rubble pile was far too small to account for the mass.
20 The WTC7 rubble pile was too small and contained a lot of mud.
21 Eyewitness testimony about toasted cars, instant disappearance of people by "unexplained" waves, a plane turning into a mid-air fireball, electrical power cut off moments before WTC 2 destruction, and the sound of explosions.
22 There were many flipped cars in the neighborhood of the WTC complex near trees with full folliage.

* The possibility that a technology exists. Since invention of the microwave for cooking in 1945 and laser beam in 1955*, commercial and military development of beam technology has proceeded apace, so use of high-energy beams are likely

10 years ago

This documentary brought to you by the History Channel; bringers of:

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-The world will end in 2012
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-Nostradamus predicted the future, e.g., by writing about locusts, he was actually talking about WW2 airplanes

10 years ago

One of the biggest evidence of 9/11 was an inside job is its on the dollar bill, just youtube it.

P.s Al Qaeda Doesn't Exist if you would do some research please.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ? Gloria Steinem

10 years ago

Watching History channel/popularMechanics/NationalGeographic/bbc Official Theory proponents hack their way toward creatioNIST 911CommissionTHEORY La La, where critical thinking dies from too much make-up, or desire to please as stools of 911Deep State SCAD ENTERPRISE [FalseFlag] - dynamics of COVER-UP ; one is struck by the terror of 911 in its rawest sense. the death of science. The death of imagination and curiosity. The death of FREE thought and intuition where definition of EXPLOSIVE DEMOLITION, by flick of LS-DYNA secret computer algorithm, changes into 'Thermal Expansion.con':Pinocchio Sunder's "how to bring a complex 81 vertically columned 47 storied steel framed high rise into a pile of nanothermate riddled dust piles in 6.5 seconds:2.25secs At FREE FALL., heralds the new low in propaganda', as if these idiot spokespeople of the neoconazioNIST transmutation have anything but scorn toward 'conspiracy theorists' to offer. These are editorial decisions, programs playing with tactile fact as if their sterile agnotological utterings would or could change the truth of MELTED steel and PULVERIZED concrete and FREE FALL . Areas of concern urgently requiring International investigation as a WAR CRIME.

11 years ago

despite ALL THE EVIDENCES people are still arguing !!! how can you dare deny scientific proofs ???? seriously ?

well now i came up with a conclusion : people don't want the truth !!!!! it's not that they don't know that their gouvernement is (also) curropted , and is manipulated for the sake of israelis .... but for them , ignoring things is much MUCH easier ...

come On , wake up please !

11 years ago

As soon as the government got away with the JFK assasination they knew they could get away with anything...

11 years ago

I don't mean to be callous, however, only 3000 people died in 9/11... yet 800,000 died in Rwanda. Why do the attacks on our monetary-market system get more coverage and action than the real tragedies in life. I guess the only reason that Central African issue wasn't a bigger deal to the world, is because those 3000 in the WTC had more capital than all of Rwanda put together.

11 years ago

This documentary doesn't present a shred of convincing scientific evidence to support the official thesis. It merely seeks to discredit those presenting alternative theses by constantly referring to them as "conspiracy theorists" and "20-somethings."

11 years ago


"The evidence supporting involvement by the CIA, ISI (Pakistan),FBI Director, Elements within MOSSAD, Saudi Intelligence Service, US Air-force Top Brass, NORAD, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Larry Silverstien in the attacks of Sept 11th is profound. The American public and the world have been played."

My question to you is this. If elements of the CIA, FBI, US Air Force Top Brass, NORAD, etc. were involved as you state as if its the unequivocal truth, why is it that more the 10 years after the fact not a single whistleblower has come forward to spill the beans? If 9/11 really was an inside job you'd think there would be at least a few defectors from the evil cabal of elites by now.

miniatures-wargames com
11 years ago

I have also replied to my post.
But why was more than half of my post deleted?

This way it doesn't make any sense.
There were no foul words in it, is it because I criticized the documentary?

miniatures-wargames com
11 years ago

At least the conspiracy videos take the time to explain fully what happened.
This documentary is just a couple of old guys talking.
They simple give an explanation but never make any.

The conspiracy theorists say the building went down in almost freefall.
And that no building ever collapsed due to fire.

The experts say 1100 degrees is enough to make the steel to lose half its strength.

After this comment i did not watch the video any further.
The experts give no proof, no answer to the question and make absolute no sense at all. If the producer or director of this movie still has a job it would surely surprise me.

11 years ago

Popular Mequackery! Utter crap!!!!

11 years ago

this is complete BS anyone who watches this is wasting my guess but nearly start to finish it is absolute bs......

11 years ago

this is absolutly pathetic, just horrible, every 9/11 conspiracy video ive seen is way way way more detailed and professional,,,, by the way no building has fell do to fire, EVER!!!!