September 2020: Popular Mechanics’ special report debunking 9/11 myths first appeared in our March 2005 issue, and was subsequently made into a book. Sen. John McCain, who passed away in 2018, penned the forward to the book edition, calling on Americans to come together and reject the baseless conspiracy theories about the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
No American living today will forget what happened on September 11, 2001. Each of us will remember how the serenity of that bright morning was destroyed by a savage atrocity, an act so hostile we could scarcely imagine any human being capable of it. The realization sank into the heart of every one of us: America was vulnerable and under attack. On September 11, evil literally took flight.
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But as 19 men showed the world their worst, we Americans displayed what makes our country great: courage and heroism, compassion and generosity, unity and resolve. We were united, first in sorrow and anger, then in recognition that we were attacked not for a wrong we had done, but for who we are—a people united in a kinship of ideals, committed to the notion that the people are sovereign, and that people everywhere, no matter what their race or country or religion, possess universal and inalienable rights. In that moment, we were not different races.
We were not poor or rich. We were not Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. We were not two countries.
We were Americans.
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy
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