AboveTopSecret.com conducted a survey of its members and visitors, asking their opinions of several generalized statements related to the possibility
of conspiracies related to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. WIth the largest active conspiracy theory discussion board, and over 40,000 daily
visitors, AboveTopSecret.com represents an interesting slice of "Internet opinion". The survey is by no means a scientific study of general opinions
related to 9/11 conspiracies, but a few interesting conclusions have emerged.
We asked our members and guests a series of eight questions that progressively advanced from somewhat mild ideas of a 9/11-related conspiracy, to
full-fledged deep conspiracies. As of November 1, 2006, 51,790
respondents have completed the survey, with a near equal mix of regular
AboveTopSecret.com discussion board members, and unregistered visitors.
Question One: General Conspiracy?
Our first question asked, "Do you believe there are one or more conspiracies related to the events of 9/11/2001?
" Three quarters of
all respondents indicated they do indeed feel there is some level of conspiracy. The remaining respondents were evenly split between uncertain and
believing there are no conspiracies. While at first glance, the large number of respondents believing in conspiracies may seen appropriate for a
"conspiracy theory" website, we are somewhat surprised at the relatively small percentage indicating "no". Given the broad reach of
AboveTopSecret.com, and the high visibility of some "debunking" members, we expected the "no" response to be higher.
Question Two: What Conspiracy?
Our second question asked, "Do you believe the events of 9/11/2001 where perpetrated solely by extremist terrorists?
" While 61% of all
respondents indicated "no", the typical response of those who follow conspiracy speculation, 21% indicated "yes". This may seem somewhat at odds
with the first question. Typical conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11 attacks involve parties other than the "official story" terrorists showcased
in the news media. Our next question might explain the nature of the surprising response to second question.
Question Three: A Mild Scandal or Cover-Up?
Our third question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, are covering up foreknowledge of
the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001?
" Among all possible conspiracy theories related to 9/11, this most basic of cover-up theories has been
the generally "palatable" for many people, and is reflected in the response. Representing our highest score of all questions, 79% of all respondents
feel the specific terrorist attacks were anticipated within the U.S. government. Only 9% of all respondents feel that this cover-up theory is
Question Four: A Deeper Conspiracy?
Our fourth question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, played any role in aiding,
organizing, training, or equipping the terrorist groups and/or individuals who attacked on 9/11/2001?
" As we delve into the possibility of
deeper conspiracies, the responses reflect a lesser certainty. A common theme among many deeper conspiracy theories is the possibility that the
terrorists or terrorist groups were "sponsored" with the objective of initiating the attacks on 9/11. At 58%, more than half of all respondents feel
this is a likely common thread related to 9/11 conspiracy theories. The respondents answering "no" and "not certain" are nearly equally split with
22% and 20% respectively.
Question Five: A Deep Government Plot?
Our fifth question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, had direct involvement in making
the attacks of 9/11/2001 appear to have been perpetrated by extremist terrorists?
" Continuing to move into deeper and more intense conspiracy
territory, the responses indicate a slight decrease in certainty. The idea that covert government groups carried out the attacks of 9/11 and
positioned evidence to point to extremist Islamic terrorists is not uncommon in many "conspiracy theory circles". However, it represents attributes
of the more extreme conspiracy speculations. A smaller slice of respondents indicated "not certain", and the "no" responses increased to 26%.
However, the majority believe this may be true as 56% responded "yes" to this concept.
Question Six: The Unthinkable?
Our sixth question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, organized a controlled
demolition of the World Trade Center buildings (including WTC7) in concert with the passenger airline collisions?
" Because of the nature of
the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, a popular theory among the most intense conspiracies involves the possibility of a pre-planned
controlled demolition of the World Trade Center towers. While this theory is supported by an amazing number of websites with a staggering degree of
detail, exactly half of all respondents agree with this extreme theory.
Question Seven: Deep Conspiracies and Deep Deception?
Our seventh question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, organized a missile strike on
the Pentagon and fabricated evidence to make it appear as though a 757 struck the building?
" The responses to this question surprised us more
than any other. Perhaps the most visible, most discussed, and most examined conspiracy theory surrounding 9/11 is the concept that a cruise missile
(or other munition) caused the damage at the Pentagon. However, the responses to this question represents a startling statistical dead heat, with no
Question Eight: Is The Conspiracy Still Under Way?
Our eighth and final question asked, "Do you believe persons within the United States government, or government agencies, are planning future
events designed to appear as terrorist attacks?
" The most popular reoccurring idea among all conspiracy theories related to 9/11, from mild
to extreme, is that the events support the need for a war economy, culture of government secrecy, and the rise of the "police state" in response to
the "war on terrorism". An extension of these theories is the need for a continued enemy in the form of terrorism and future staged terrorist
threats or attacks. More than half of all respondents agree while only 21% disagree with the idea that orchestrated terrorist events will occur in the
While these questions represent only general ideas and are asked of visitors to a conspiracy theory website, we can safely conclude the following
"A majority of the survey respondents believe in a moderate degree of conspiratorial complicity from cover-up to direct involvement by factions
within the United States Government, or government agencies, in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Certainly, such a statement is not a surprise. However, on the surface many of the more popular discussion threads on AboveTopSecret.com appear to
involve a more balanced outlook, or in some cases, a degree of "conspiracy debunking". While the tone of some discussions may seem as though deep
conspiracies are not generally supported, it's clear that this survey indicates a deep belief in a serious conspiracy by the members and visitors of
Related AboveTopSecret.com Discussion Threads:
9/11: A Boeing 757 Struck the Pentagon
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