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Friday, December 17, 2004

Debunking and Rebunking September 11 Conspiracy Theories

By J.M. Berger

You would think that everyone would be able to agree on the details of an event viewed live on television by millions of people as it happened.

But the "official story" of September 11 has been attacked in almost every particular — from the early warning signs to the identities of the perpetrators, even the very basic question of whether planes actually crashed into buildings.

Writing for the Library, INTELWIRE's J.M. Berger takes a hard look at some of the most-discussed September 11 conspiracy theories, ranging from the absurd to the frighteningly credible.

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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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