Fifteen years ago, on 11 September 2001, two planes flew into the towers of the World Trade Centre.
The terrorist attack would remain in the world’s collective consciousness for years to come and become a pivotal moment in US foreign policy.
Some media outlets continue to perpetuate conspiracy theories about the attack, theories which have been repeatedly discredited.
Here are a few of those myths:
1. The controlled demolition theory
This theory claims that the 'attack' was an inside job done by the US government to gain approval for the war in Iraq. It goes that the plane was empty, and the event was nothing more than a controlled demolition, with bombs planted in the buildings' base.
The theory has been debunked by several experts who argue that the building's structural integrity was fatally compromised as a result of the planes' impact.
2. The £1.7 ($2.3) trillion cover up theory
The second theory the Daily Star felt compelled to cover was the one which claimed £1.7 trillion 'disappeared' from the budget and in order to cover it up the government used one of the four hijacked planes to fly into the World Trade Centre and make people forget about it.
The 'proof' is that one day before the attack, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld apparently said:
According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions
Rumsfeld never said the government lost the money, only that its spending was not properly tracked.
3. The Aliens theory
'The aliens did it' is largely how this theory goes.
Needless to say, people weren't pleased with the Daily Star's line of enquiry...
indy100 has reached out to the Daily Star for comment.