Either Mark Cuban is batshit crazy, or our society is not paranoid enough. Either way, it makes for good conspiracy slingin'. Ok, put your tin foil hats on: Apparently, Cuban is bankrolling a limited theatrical release of Loose Change, the infamous 9/11 conspiracy documentary that's been making the rounds on the internet for a few years. Loose Change posits that the September 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were planned and orchestrated by the US Federal Government, in order to justify military incursions into the Middle East, and Iraq in particular. Why would the federal government do this, you ask? Well, duh. For the oil. I thought we'd gone over this already.
While it's got its detractors, including Popular Mechanics (and mind you, I've not watched any of the countering films, so I'm admittedly biased -what can I say, I'm a sucker for a good conspiracy theory), Loose Change makes some interesting, plausible, and compelling arguments. Considering that either fabricating or taking advantage of a Pearl Harbor-like event was one of the cornerstones of the Project for the New American Century's plan for escalating the Middle East conflict –a plan that has largely been carried out, with disastrous consequences, by George Bush and his neocon cronies, some of who actually helped write the damned plan– the scenario put forth by Loose Change is not all that far fetched.
Just goes to show: you can't trust the government.