By KEVIN CROWE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL IIIDistrust it? Who would ever do such a mean, ol' thing in light of its completely lawful behavior?
Scripps Howard News Service
Friday, November 23, 2007
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think it is possible that some federal officials had specific warnings of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings, according to a Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll.
A national survey of 811 adult residents of the United States conducted by Scripps and Ohio University found that more than a third believe in a broad smorgasbord of conspiracy theories including the attacks, international plots to rig oil prices, the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the government's knowledge of intelligent life from other worlds.
The high percentage is a manifestation, some say, of an American public that increasingly distrusts the federal government.
"The kind of anxieties or mistrust of the government that might have been expressed as a belief in UFOs has shifted," said political science professor Jodi Dean. "Now people are worried about things that are much realer to them."Yeah. And the fact that people said, "Oh, we hear bombs going off inside the building." Not to mention the slight, niggling fact the it wasn't, um, theoretically possible for burning jet fuel to collapse a steel-framed building. But who's counting.
But one decades-old theory continues to thrive. Forty-two percent of the American public still thinks some people in the federal government might have known about the assassination of Kennedy in advance.
"I'm amazed that it's as high as it is," said Vincent Bugliosi, whose 1,632-page book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" was published in May.
Yeah. I'm amazed that Mister Buglioni, Bugliosity, whatever, didn't know that E. Howard Hunt said on his deathbed, "Oh, by the way, I was in on the Kennedy assassination."
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