Yesterday I purposefully avoided adding to the babble commemorating the fourteenth anniversary of 9/11. In my opinion, joining in would have amounted to celebrating the willful ignorance and cowardice of the American public.
The question of “whodunnit” has been repeatedly submitted to Americans in opinion polls, and there has been remarkably little movement over the years and no clear majority of outrage about the government’s complicity in the attacks which—based on common sense and the facts established—appears self-evident:
• The first of three Zogby polls was conducted in late August 2004 on 808 randomly-selected residents of New York State. It found that 49% of New York City residents and 41% of New York state citizens believe individuals within the US government “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act.”
• The second major Zogby poll was conducted in May 2006. It was a telephone interview of 1,200 randomly-selected adults from across the United States, consisting of 81 questions. Some of the questions asked include the following:
“Some people believe that the US government and its 9/11 Commission concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks, saying there has been a cover-up. Others say that the 9/11 Commission was a bi-partisan group of honest and well-respected people and that there is no reason they would want to cover-up anything. Who are you more likely to agree with?
Responses: 48% No Cover-up / 42% Cover-up / 10% Not sure
“World Trade Center Building 7 is the 47-story skyscraper that was not hit by any planes during the September 11th attacks, but still totally collapsed later the same day. This collapse was not investigated by the 9/11 Commission. Are you aware of this skyscraper’s collapse, and if so do you believe that the Commission should have also investigated it? Or do you believe that the Commission was right to only investigate the collapse of the buildings which were directly hit by airplanes?”
Responses: 43% Not Aware / 38% Aware – should have investigated it / 14% Aware – right not to investigate it / 5% Not Sure
“Some people say that so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success. Other people say the 9/11 attacks were thoroughly investigated and that any speculation about US government involvement is nonsense. Who are you more likely to agree with?”
Responses: 47% Attacks were thoroughly investigated / 45% Reinvestigate the attacks / 8% Not Sure
• The third major Zogby poll regarding 9/11 was conducted in August 2007. It was a telephone interview with a target of 1,000 interviews with randomly-selected adults from across the United States, consisting of 71 questions.
The results of the 2007 August poll indicate that 51% of Americans want the US Congress to probe President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the 9/11 attacks and over 30% of those polled sought immediate impeachment. While only 32% sought immediate impeachment of Bush and/or Cheney based on their personal knowledge, many citizens appeared eager for clear exposure of the facts.
In addition, the poll also found that two-thirds (67%) of Americans say the 9/11 Commission should have investigated the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. Only 4.8% of the respondents agreed that members of the US government “actively planned or assisted some aspects of the attack.”
• The Newsweek magazine poll “What America Knows,” conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, regularly asks American citizens a wide range of questions relating to world events both past and present, and a number of more trivial questions of general knowledge. On five occasions the following question has been asked: “Do you think Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was directly involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001?”
September 2003 responses: 47% Yes, 37% No, 16% not sure.
January 2004 responses: 49% Yes, 39% No, 12% not sure.
September 2004 responses: 42% Yes, 44% No, 14% not sure.
October 2004 responses: 36% Yes, 51% No, 13% not sure.
June 2007 responses: 41% Yes, 50% No, 9% not sure.
• The first 9/11 poll carried out by The New York Times and CBS News was conducted in May 2002. The same 9/11-related question was asked again in April 2004 and October 2006. The 2002 and 2006 polls were apparently published for the first time not by the NYT or CBS, but by polling researcher Angus Reid Public Opinion. The 2004 NYT/CBS poll is available at nytimes.com (Question 77).
The 2004 poll was conducted by telephone with 1,042 adults nationwide in the United States. The 2006 poll was conducted by telephone on 983 randomly-selected citizens of the United States. One of the questions was: “When it comes to what they knew prior to September 11th, 2001, about possible terrorist attacks against the United States, do you think members of the Bush Administration are telling the truth, are mostly telling the truth but hiding something, or are they mostly lying?”
May 2002 responses: 21% said “telling the truth”, 65% said they are “mostly telling the truth but hiding something”, 8% said they are “mostly lying”, 6% not sure.
March 30–April 1, 2004 responses: 24% said “telling the truth”, 58% said they are “mostly telling the truth but hiding something”, 14% said they are “mostly lying”, 4% not sure.
April 8, 2004 responses: 21% said “telling the truth”, 66% said they are “mostly telling the truth but hiding something”, 10% said they are “mostly lying”, 4% not sure.
• A poll from July 2006, sponsored by Scripps Howard and conducted by Ohio University, surveyed 1,010 randomly-selected citizens of the US. The survey found that 36% thought it somewhat or very likely that US officials either participated in the attacks or took no action to stop them because they wanted the US to go to war in the Middle East. It made some statements relating to some of the 9/11 conspiracy theories and asked respondents to say whether they thought that the statements were likely to be true.
Federal officials either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to prevent them because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East.
Responses: 59% “not likely”, 20% “somewhat likely”, 16% “very likely“
The collapse of the twin towers in New York was aided by explosives secretly planted in the two buildings.
Responses: 77% “unlikely”, 10% “somewhat likely”, 6% “very likely”
The Pentagon was struck by a military cruise missile in 2001 rather than by an airliner captured by terrorists.
Responses: 80% “not likely”, 6% “somewhat likely”, 6% “very likely]
• In November 2007 Scripps Howard surveyed 811 Americans about their beliefs in several conspiracy theories and asked this question: How about that some people in the federal government had specific warnings of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings. Is this very likely, somewhat likely or unlikely?
Responses: 32% “Very Likely”, 30% “Somewhat Likely”, 30% “Unlikely”, 8% “Don’t Know/Other”
These are not the only polls conducted in the US since 9/11.
• A 2007 poll by Rasmussen Reports found that: “Overall, 22% of all voters believe the President knew about the attacks in advance. A slightly larger number, 29%, believe the CIA knew about the attacks in advance. White Americans are less likely than others to believe that either the President or the CIA knew about the attacks in advance. Young Americans are more likely than their elders to believe the President or the CIA knew about the attacks in advance.”
• A 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center found that of more than 1,000 American Muslims, 40% agreed that “Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks,” while 28% disagreed. Of the 28% that disagreed, 7% believed that the US government is responsible.
• A September 2009 National Obama Approval Poll by Public Policy Polling, found that 27% of respondents who identified themselves as Liberals, and 10% as Conservatives, responded “yes” to the question, “Do you think President Bush intentionally allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place because he wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East?“
• A March 2010 poll conducted by the Angus Reid Public Opinion organization found that 15% of respondents found theories that the World Trade Center was brought down by a controlled demolition to be credible. Anywhere between 6% and 15% of respondents found credibility in claims that United Airlines Flight 93 was shot down, that no airplanes hit the Pentagon or the World Trade Center.
From all these polls, even when you take into account a 3%-5% margin of error, it is clear that the majority of Americans obstinately refuse to believe that their government was behind the attacks and is lying to them. The majority of people are not following the evidence. If they did reach a rational conclusion, they’d be faced with an answer that would so seriously undermine what they would prefer to believe about America, they could not go through the motions of a “normal” day.
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