10 Facts That Inspired Compelling Conspiracy Theories About 9/11

10. During the 9/11 attacks, President Bush and the Secret Service seemed to act like there was no imminent threat to the President’s life.

Several stock market movements made just before 9/11 give rise to suspicions that particular traders knew the attacks were going to happen. Among these movements, the most dubious involved an unusually large number of put options, a type of insurance for sudden crashes in a stock, placed on the stocks of American Airlines and United Airlines. These were the two airlines whose planes were hijacked on 9/11, and none of the other airlines saw similar unusual movements. Other stocks adversely affected by 9/11, like those of Travelers Insurance and Morgan Stanley, likewise saw unusual volumes on options that resulted in considerable profits for takers when the values of these stocks plummeted after the attacks.
10. During the 9/11 attacks, President Bush and the Secret Service seemed to act like there was no imminent threat to the President’s life.

9. Suspicious stock market trading movements occurred just before 9/11.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s final report on 9/11 was written as if there were no reports of explosions in the Twin Towers. In contrast, a substantial number of people claimed they had heard several explosions coming from these buildings. In fact, more than 100 of the 500 or so members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) present on the site of the attacks that day talked of hearing such blasts. Moreover, other witnesses, including several prominent members of the press, reported the same. For example, the Los Angeles Times, in reference to the South Tower, noted, “There were reports of an explosion right before the tower fell.” Such accounts raise questions on whether or not controlled explosives had been used to bring down the twin towers — a possibility staunchly denied by relevant U.S. government agencies.
9. Suspicious stock market trading movements occurred just before 9/11.

8. Many witnesses claimed to have heard unexplained explosions in the Twin Towers. 

It’s quite difficult to believe that the U.S. Air Force, one of the most advanced air forces in the world, could not have done anything more to defend the Pentagon even if the attack on it by AA 77 came more than 51 minutes after AA 11 had crashed into the North Tower. In fact, the head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), General Larry Arnold, told the 9/11 Commission that the military had been notified about AA 11 being hijacked at 9:24 AM, which is around 13 minutes before AA 77 flew into the Pentagon. Furthermore, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) memo released on May 21, 2003 stated that military officials were in constant communication with air traffic control and law enforcement officials “during the hour or so that AA 77 was under the control of hijackers,” thus implying that the military knew of the troubles of AA 77 soon after they began. However, the 9/11 Commission reported that intercepting AA 77 was impossible because the military had never been informed that the plane had been hijacked. Why the factual inconsistencies?
8. Many witnesses claimed to have heard unexplained explosions in the Twin Towers. 

7. Government agencies’ claims about the collapse of WTC 7 are filled with inconsistencies.

Doubts have been raised on many phone calls that were supposedly made from the hijacked planes on 9/11, two calls in particular identified as being the most questionable. The first was the one received by Deena Burnet, the wife of UA 93 passenger Tom Burnett. Deena told FBI interviewers that she had received several calls from her husband’s cell phone, a fact that she said was confirmed by the caller ID on her phone. In fact, Deena herself wondered how her husband could have been calling her on his cell phone while he was above 35,000 feet in the air as cell phones at the time were not capable of making such calls. Later, the FBI concluded that Tom’s calls were made using a plane phone, but the agency never explained why Deena would lie about seeing her husband’s cell phone number on her caller ID.
7. Government agencies’ claims about the collapse of WTC 7 are filled with inconsistencies.

6. The military seemed utterly defenseless against even seemingly defensible attacks.

Perhaps the most puzzling such call was supposedly made by Todd Beamer, who is often credited as being the passenger most responsible for preventing the hijackers on UA 93 from hitting their Washington D.C. target. According to government data, Todd’s call remained connected for “3,295 seconds”, or close to 55 minutes — meaning the call seems to have remained connected about 45 minutes after UA 93 had crashed. Lisa Jefferson, the GTE supervisor whom Beamer had spoken to, herself described,
6. The military seemed utterly defenseless against even seemingly defensible attacks.

5. Several calls from passengers on the hijacked planes could not have possibly been made.

The 9/11 Commission reported that Hani Hanjour, an al Qaeda pilot, flew AA 77 into the Pentagon by disengaging the plane’s autopilot, executing a three-minute, 7000-foot, 330-degree downward spiral, then flying at 530 mph in between the first and second floors of the Pentagon’s Wedge 1. These maneuvers, several former airliner pilots have observed, could not have possibly been performed by Hanjour, an amateur pilot. In fact, Ralph Omholt, an accomplished former 757 pilot, remarked, “The idea that an unskilled pilot could have flown this trajectory is simply too ridiculous to consider.”
5. Several calls from passengers on the hijacked planes could not have possibly been made.

4. Oddities have been observed in several calls made from the hijacked planes.

Flight data recorders (FDRs) and cockpit voice recorders (CVRs), popularly known as “black boxes”, are instrumental investigating tools in a flight where the circumstances behind a crash are unclear. This was, of course, the case in the planes hijacked during 9/11. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, the black boxes from the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers (Flights AA 11 and UA 175) were never recovered. However, Nicholas DeMasi and Michael Bellone, who both extensively worked in the WTC wreckage, both claimed to have helped federal agents recover three of the four black boxes from the rubble. Furthermore, on September 18, 2001, Governor George Pataki received a memorandum from the New York State Emergency Management Office stating that Investigators had identified the signal from one of the black boxes in the WTC debris.
4. Oddities have been observed in several calls made from the hijacked planes.