How did George Bush carry out the 9/11 attacks without the people's permission?

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The most important answer to this question is that the question itself assumes a “fact” that is not true.  The question assumes that President Bush was behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  This is a complete falsehood.  There are, of course, many conspiracy theories that say that the 9/11 attacks were not really devised and carried out by Islamist terrorists.  However, there is no evidence that these conspiracy theories are actually true.  There are at least two reasons why these are ridiculous.  First, it is inconceivable that the American government would commit such an act against its own people.  It is true that the government has done bad things in the past, but these acts were committed against foreigners or against minorities within the country.  There is no example of the government ever killing thousands of random Americans while doing something that would make the US look weak and vulnerable.  Second, it is even less credible that the government could carry out and then cover up such an operation.  The American government is well-known for being unable to keep secrets.  This operation and cover up would have taken thousands of people to pull off.  How is it that, almost 15 years later, no one has come forward to talk about how they were part of the conspiracy?  So, this question assumes as fact something that is completely outside the realm of possibility.

Now, if Bush had ordered these attacks, the US governmental system makes it easy for presidents to do some things “without the people’s permission.”  The president has control over the executive branch, which includes the military and many other government agencies that could have had a hand in a conspiracy like this.  The president does not need the permission of the people to order military personnel and other government officials to do various things.  Therefore, if Bush had wanted to do something like this, he would not have needed “permission.”

However, Bush did not order the attacks.  This is a conspiracy theory that still exists, but it is one that has no basis in truth.

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