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Even going on 10 years after the event, there are a number of people who still cling to the belief that the government was either behind the 9/11 attacks, or at that it allowed them to happen for some nefarious reasons.
A more recent conspiracy theory movement is the so-called birther movement
Which consists of people who believe that Barrack Obama is not Constitutionally qualified to be President, and that there is a conspiracy to hide this fact.
I picked these two examples because they're the most current conspiracy theory movements in this country. But there are a number of older ones, such as theories around the attack on Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination and the Moon landings.
It seems that Americans have a soft spot for conspiracy theories, across the entire ideological spectrum (9/11 Truthers tend to come from a different place, politically, from Birthers). My belief is that conspiracy theories are attractive to people because they give the illusion of control and explain away events that people don't like. I guess for some people, believing that the Bush administration was behind the 9/11 attacks in order to make their buddies in the military-industrial complex more rich is a more attractive answer than the real truth.
I've personally never had the misfortune to know any conspiracy theorists. Does anyone here know any such people personally?
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