this to everyone you know!"
hoaxes, lies, ran rampant after terrorist attacks
In the Internet age, perhaps the greatest source of misinformation
is the Forward button.
Following September 11, the email rumor mill went into high-gear, churning
out conspiracy theories, urban legends and multiple accusations of people
celebrating the acts of terror. Some of the worst and most forwarded
What Happened on 9/11
A truck bomb, not an airplane, blew up the Pentagon. Comes with
pictures as "proof."
A man rode the rubble down the World Trade Center collapse and
Victims were found still belted into their airplane seats in
an apartment near Ground Zero.
A Bible was unburned in the Pentagon blast zone and protected
the areas around it.
During the post-Sept. 11flight ban, President Bush arranged
to fly Osama bin Laden's relatives out of the United States.
Bush convened an Office of the Presidential Prayer Team to get
one percent of Americans to pray for Bush regularly.
A few years ago, Israel released future Sept. 11 terrorist Mohammed
Atta from custody at the insistence of the U.S. State Department.
A man witnessed a group of Jews standing on the New Jersey
side of the Hudson River waiting for the planes to hit. When they did,
they high-fived and took photos of themselves celebrating in front of
the destruction, thus proving that Israel was behind the terrorism.
A nurse saw employees in a local Middle Eastern restaurant celebrating
on September 11. (This email rumor has led to the financial ruin of
the establishment, the Wall Street Journal reported.)
Arab employees of Dunkin Donuts across America burned American
flags on September 11.
A Budweiser distributor refused to service a 7-11 outlet where
he saw employees celebrating.
Amazon.com is partnered with a pro-Palestinian website.
Osama bin Laden owns Citibank.
Osama bin Laden owns Snapple.
Osama bin Laden owns the primary supplier of the food additive
Retired U.S. Air Force General Dick Hawley promoted warfare
and racial profiling in a speech. (It was actually an adapted column
by humorist Larry Miller.)
John Glenn penned a column blasting neglect of the US military.
(It was actually a Canadian radio broadcast from 1973.)
Oliver North warned the world about Osama bin Laden during
the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings.
Upon visiting Ground Zero, a reporter asked Muhammad Ali how
he felt about sharing a faith with the terrorists. He replied, "How
do you feel about Hitler sharing yours?"
You can read more hoaxes on the War on Terrorism at http://
www.snopes2.com/rumors/rumors.htm and http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blxterror.htm.
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