9/11 domestic conspiracy theory

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The 9/11 domestic conspiracy theory is a conspiracy theory which asserts that George W. Bush or U.S. intelligence agencies knew, in advance, about the September 11, 2001 attacks, and allowed it to happen or even caused it, providing an excuse to launch their War on Terrorism (see Project for the New American Century.) This theory is not to be confused with beliefs that parts of the U.S. government may have had some prior warning of the attacks but did not act due to error or incomplete information. Like most conspiracy theories, this one is generally derided by authorities as being unsubstantiated.

Some advocates of this theory claim that, on the day of the terrorist attacks, Israeli workers were warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center (see Zionist conspiracy theories regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks) and that key government officials were warned not to fly on aircraft heading through New York and Washington airspace. Some important government officials were forewarned not to go on any planes about a day or two before the attack began. No evidence has ever been offered in support of these theories, although Attorney General John Ashcroft was earlier in 2001 warned off commercial flight "for the rest of his term" by the FBI [1] (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/07/26/national/main303601.shtml); Willie Brown, mayor of San Francisco, was warned the day before against flying [2] (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/09/12/MN229389.DTL); and several "top Pentagon officials" cancelled 9/11 travel plans the day before.

Some believe that immediately after the September 11 attacks, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was already seeking evidence to put the blame on enemies which were already targets of the administration: Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Retired General Wesley Clark has alleged pressure on himself to participate in this effort, but has failed to provide evidence which has drawn criticism.

Advocates also claim that Bush has not allowed a proper investigation of the attacks (as of October 2003, the bipartisan commission continues to be barred from certain "key intelligence" documents by Bush, and is considering subpoena power [3] (http://reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3690122) [4] (http://www.courier-journal.com/cjextra/editorials/opin-top1028-3880.html).)

The theory is also supported by the story of Delmart Vreeland, a career criminal on the run from fraud charges in Michigan, who claims to have been a spy for the Office of Naval Intelligence. While in Canadian custody on August 11-12 of 2001, Vreeland claims he wrote a note which listed a number of targets such as the Sears Tower, World Trade Center the White House and The Pentagon. The note also said: "Let one happen. Stop the rest!!!" (the notes which were in an evidence locker on the morning of September 11, can be seen here (http://www.guerrillanews.com/wildcard/thenotes).)

Some theories even claim that the Bush administration knew where the eventual 19 hijackers were the whole nine months before 9/11. Prior to 9/11, the administration had a huge plan on taking out Islamic terrorist network al-Qaida, but like all operations before then, it would have to have an enormous just cause to justify their plan. The theories then argue "Why not an attack on America?". The administration would therefore probably not only allow such an attack to occur on U.S. soil, but would actually help it along, giving the hijackers plenty of support in their training in flight simulators across the country. Then, when the attack on 9/11 had finally occurred, the excuse would be there for the administration to toy with at will and therefore could play out their operations in Afghanistan in order to oust Osama bin Laden. With the "success" of 9/11, the administration could therefore fake the WMDs excuse in order to go to war with Iraq, in order to oust Saddam Hussein, who Bush would want dead for his almost successful assassination attempt on his father (a former president) in 1991. However, theorists claim that this time the administration was caught when Bush claimed that Iraq was supposedly getting uranium isotopes from countries in Africa. George Tenet of the CIA claimed the comment was incorrect which opened up the credibility gap on Bush that eventually opened up the debate on WMDs in Iraq when they weren't found.

Conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones have compared 9/11 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, referring to the widespread belief that the US government had advance knowledge of that attack, which propelled the nation into World War II. They also frequently contrast the terror attacks with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which is generally believed to have been started by the Nazis in order to manipulate public opinion. Some also refer to the now declassified Operation Northwoods documents, which include a recommendation to capture and destroy a commercial plane supposedly "full of college students off on a holiday" (really an unmanned drone), and other similar schemes, to get the public opinion against Cuba.

Some critics say that the Bush administration did not follow its own protocols for dealing with hijacked planes, updated in June 2001 (see links below).

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