9/11 attacks: 3 strongest and most controversial conspiracy theories that still linger on

| Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 12:04
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Conspiracy theorists believe that the United States government itself was involved in the attack on the twin towers

New Delhi: The September 11 terror attack in the United States marked a decisive turn in the century for how the world would perceive terrorism from thereon. The twin towers being razed to the ground and thick, cancerous gusts from the falling debris engulfing New York City is still etched intimately to the minds of the people. But with three decades gone since the attack, there is a genial acceptance of the attack, mainly because global terrorism is a raging phenomenon threatening the very existence of the modern civilization. However, the most shocking instances do not come without provoking many other controversial elements with it.

Conspiracy theorists believe that the United States government itself was involved in the attack on the twin towers. If not the government, they believe that it was an organisation bent on achieving a new world order. While most conspiracy theories have been ridiculed or shut down, there are few which raise serious questions about the actual narration of the incident.

1. Bombs were planted inside the twin tower

Expert architects and scientist are sceptical about how an aeroplane crash against the twin tower could result in the eventual demolition of both the buildings. They argue that the plane's fuel cannot produce enough heat to melt the steel frames of the structure. On top of that, witnesses recount stories about how they heard loud explosions inside the building from where they attempted to escape. Theorists believe that bombs must've been planted at different locations to execute the demolition.

2. The stock market predicted the attack before it occurred

Briefly before the September 11 attacks occurred, an "extraordinary" amount of put options on stocks of United Airlines and American Airlines were placed, airlines which would be imminently hijacked en route to New York. Traders in the then stock market and insurance firms believed that there was a tip off of the attack which meant that investors would profit from the tragedy.

3. Attack at the Pentagon did not come from a plane

The damage caused by the plane crash at Pentagon does not add up to the facts, experts believe. Conspiracy theorists say that the impact holes inside the Pentagon were smaller than the damage that could've been caused by normal commercial Airlines. And as the Pentagon was wary of the approaching plane, theorists ask why the plane was not shot down before it crashed. Peculiarly, the crash occurred in a vacant part of the building where renovation was taking place. 

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs.

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