News Flash: 62% Of U.S. Believes In Reality

2 comments November 25th, 2007at 07:01pm Posted by Eli

The NY Post reports the shocking details:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found.

And that’s not the only conspiracy theory with a huge number of true believers in the United States.

The poll found that more than one out of three Americans believe Washington is concealing the truth about UFOs and the Kennedy assassination – and most everyone is sure the rise in gas prices is one vast oil-industry conspiracy.

Sixty-two percent of those polled thought it was “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that federal officials turned a blind eye to specific warnings of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Shocking! Whatever could those people be thinking of??? Oh, right:

1) Bush received intel briefing on Aug. 6, 2001 entitled “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US.” The briefing specifically warned to “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks,” particularly targeted at New York.

2) CIA Director George Tenet briefing Condoleezza Rice and other top administration officials on July 10, 2001 about a specific urgent and looming threat from al Qaeda.

3) An FBI agent in Phoenix sent a memo to FBI headquarters on July 10, 2001, which advised of the “possibility of a coordinated effort” by bin Laden to send students to the United States to attend civil aviation schools.

Note to NY Post: I don’t think it qualifies as a “conspiracy theory” when there’s actual documented evidence…

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Republicans,Terrorism


  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 27th, 2007 at 3:30 am

    Depending on what you think “specific” means, I might or might not agree with the 62 percent. The government certainly had warning though, and could have looked into several leads more closely than they did. If they’d been paying attention, they’d have probably realized there was a plot afoot to hijack an airliner. (Don’t forget the warning from Minnesota about a guy who was taking flying lessons, but wasn’t interested in landings).

    Whether the neglect was due to incompetence or fecklessness is another question. My guess is the latter. It’s hard to believe they wouldn’t have understood those warnings, no matter how incompetent they were.

  • 2. Eli  |  November 27th, 2007 at 6:52 am

    That’s about where I’m at. They aggressively ignored the warnings (Al Franken’s “Operation Ignore” chapter is very compelling) because they knew an attack would be politically beneficial and give them the opportunity to invade Iraq.

    I’m not sure they realized just how bad it would be, but I dunno that that would have made much difference.

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