Skeptical Sunday: 9/11 Conspiracy
America loves conspiracies. Many people think that JFK was the victim of a large-scale assassination plot. Others believe the U.S. military has hidden alien artifacts at some remote, desert locale. Now, recent polling results indicate that a substantial fraction of the public suspect that the calamity that befell the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 was at least partly due to a cabal of government and industry interests. An inside job, in other words.
We hear the arguments from the author of a web site claiming government involvement in 9/11, and from several experts about how plausible this conspiratorial view might be, and why unconventional theories are so quickly embraced. Also, Phil Plait gives the low-down on one of the most looney of conspiracy theories: the claim that astronauts never set foot on the moon.
It’s Skeptical Sunday, but don’t take our word for it.
- Michael Berger, spokesperson for the organization 9.11 Truth.org
- James Bennett, author of web blog “screw loose change”
- Najib Abboud, Associate Principal at Weidlinger Associates, New York
- Nicolas Lemann, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, New York
- Mark Fenster, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Florida, and author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture
- Phil Plait, astronomer and author of Bad Astronomy