Former students are asking why some are calling it a “conspiracy theory” to believe that George W. Bush was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In the aftermath of 9/11, many people believed that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were behind the attacks.
It’s been a hot topic in the media and in politics, with President Donald Trump making a few statements that have been criticized as conspiratorial.
But there are also some who believe that some conspiracy theories are just wrong and that it’s a good thing to be skeptical.
The former students and others are speaking out about their experiences in college and beyond.ABC News talked with some of them and found that there are certain common ground in their views that many people in this country would disagree with.
In college, you think you’re in a conspiracy, but the truth is you’re just being honest,” said student Jodi Gavigan.”
I’m a former political science major.
I don’t have a lot of power in my life, so I feel like I’m in this weird limbo,” said former student Kristine B. Johnson.ABCNews talked to a few former students about what it was like to be a member of a political conspiracy theory group at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1990s.
We are at the intersection of political, academic, and cultural identities.
We are students in an environment where we don’t get to know each other, so we don, like, see each other a lot.
We feel like, if we were just a bunch of weirdos, we would be really stuck together,” said Gavigans mom, Kristin.ABCNEWS: What are some common themes that people bring up when they discuss the September 11, 2004 terrorist attacks?
What happened was the World Trade Center towers were destroyed by the airplane that was hijacked, and we had a massive fire that started in the North Tower of the World Towers.
The South Tower that was hit was hit by a truck and then the tower that was damaged by the truck and burned to the ground, and so it was really like a firestorm that was unleashed, and there was a massive explosion that happened.
So, we had that huge fire that hit the South Tower, and the North tower that that destroyed, and then it was an earthquake.
And we had this huge firestorm and a tsunami and a hurricane and all of this stuff.
We were just like, oh, shit.
It was just, it was a lot.
“What’s more, people weren’t just being paranoid.
They were looking at the events as being orchestrated.
And that’s what I think that they were saying, you know, they were thinking, you are seeing these things, so this must be orchestrated.
I mean, I mean they had no idea what was going on.
We had no way of knowing that it wasn’t a planned attack.
It was an unprecedented event.
And I think it was part of a bigger agenda, in my opinion, that had to do with trying to get rid of President Bush, and getting rid of the Muslim Brotherhood and getting away from the United Nations.
And it’s very much part of what you’re talking about in the conspiracy theory, but it’s not the same thing.ABC NEWS: How did you feel about the reaction of some of the students?
I mean, you don’t want to think of yourself as paranoid, but that is what I felt.
I remember I was in a fraternity house in Philadelphia, and one of the guys I was with was really pissed.
He said, “Well, you’re a conspiracy theorist.
You’re a crazy one, because you think that we were involved in this conspiracy.
And you’re right.
It is a conspiracy.
You are just a crazy person.
“And I felt like that was my only answer.
And so, I didn’t like it, and I was like, “Why would you be so upset about it?
You know, I’m just being a little kid, and you’re supposed to be thinking, I don, you just said something that’s crazy.
“I felt that I had to keep going and keep talking, and it was important to me that the whole fraternity would see that there was something going on, and that I was being a good person.
And there was also a lot that I thought was kind of interesting.
But at the end of the day, I just said, I guess it’s just not worth it.
And then the next day I found out that it was not the truth.
It just wasn’t.
I guess it would be like if I were a professor who was saying, “I can’t believe all these things that are happening, but I still want to go ahead and publish a paper because it’s the truth.”
It would be very hard for me to say, “Okay, that’s a problem,” because you would just go ahead, and people would believe it.