9/11 movies

the good, the bad and the ugly


There are a number of good documentaries opposed to the Iraq war and other manifestations of the Oil Empire's foreign policies that do an excellent job pointing out the immorality of war while deftly avoiding the reasons the wars are underway.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Hijacking Catastrophe

Uncovered: the Whole Truth about the Iraq War
(the "whole truth" apparently need not mention Peak Oil, or even any mention of oil).

best 9/11 movies

9/11 Citizens Commission
New York City, September 9, 2004 - best compilation of evidence

Cynthia McKinney, John Judge, Mike Ruppert, Kyle Hence, Indira Singh, Nicholas Levis, Jenna Orkin, Barrie Zwicker, and others

911: Press for Truth (best documentary) link

Denial Stops Here: From 9/11 to Peak Oil and Beyond
(best effort to place 9/11 into a larger context)
The Truth and Lies of 9/11
(Michael Ruppert's November 2001 speech in Portland, Oregon)

The Great Deception
January / February 2002, from Barrie Zwicker
The Great Conspiracy: the 9/11 News Special You Never Saw
2005 sequel to The Great Deception, better production values, includes information on the war games but also boosts the "no plane" hoax - included as a bonus with Zwicker's book Towers of Deception
Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11, GNN
The Power of Nightmares (BBC)
The Lone Gunmen (FOX)
Hitler: the rise of evil (CBS)

note: parts of these films might be true, but the mix of accurate claims and errors can be difficult for the audience to untangle. These films include debunked false claims (the "no plane" nonsense) and speculation that puts skeptics on the defensive (demolition theories).

The confusion campaign will probably continue to generate new movies promoting hoaxes and speculation while avoiding the best evidence for complicity.

911: In Plane Site
Pentagon Strike
Loose Change
Confronting the Evidence (reopen911)
Los Angeles Grand Jury
Painful Deceptions
Celsius 9/11
The Pentacon - two reviews
9/11 Eyewitness - review
9/11 Mysteries - two reviews

Denial Stops Here:
From 9/11 to Peak Oil and Beyond - Michael Ruppert

"Denial" contains the best material on the global political implications of Peak Oil, how 9/11 was facilitated to provide the pretext for the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the threat of a World War over the remaining oil supplies. It is film that contains spliced together excerpts of speeches by Michael Ruppert from several lectures in 2004 and 2005. It is not a fancy documentary with exciting graphics, and it is not a guide to personal solutions (for growing potatoes in your yard or putting solar panels on your roof).

"Denial" is the best presentation on the interconnections between Peak Oil and 9/11.


The Truth and Lies of 9/11
Michael Ruppert

Documentary of Michael Ruppert's first public presentation about 9/11 - a speech in November 2001 at Portland State University in Oregon. It is a good summary of the context for 9/11, the financial ties between Wall Street, drug money and the CIA, and the evidence that 9/11 was not a surprise attack to the Bush administration. Most of the basic evidence about 9/11 complicity was known by the time of this presentation. Some pieces of the puzzle were not known until years later - most importantly, the war games on 9/11 that paralyzed the Air Force defenses of New York and Washington. The 9/11 Citizens Commission video in New York on 9/9/2004 (see above) includes a speech by Ruppert explaining how the war games were used to perpetrate the attacks -- which is described in detail in his book "Crossing the Rubicon." www.fromthewilderness.com

9/11 Citizens Commission
New York City, September 9, 2004

The single best video about 9/11. Excellent as an introduction to the best evidence of complicity. Speakers include Cynthia McKinney, Michael Ruppert, Barrie Zwicker, John Judge, Michael Springman, Indira Singh, and others.

A transcript from the event is at

free downloads of the Citizens Commission event are at
911 busters has a lot of great information on line, but it also pushes the no plane hoax (so be careful!).

The DVD can be ordered at www.911truth.org/store/dvd34.htm

The Citizens Commission forum should not be confused with "Confronting the Evidence" - an event in New York City on September 11, 2004 that mixed good and bogus material (a DVD of that event is being pushed by reopen911.org, a hoax site trying to hijack the 9/11 truth issue with fake claims).

Hoaxers involved with the film "In Plane Site" created a booklet in mid 2005 purporting to be the "9/11 Citizens Commission" although their booklet deliberately does not mention the September 9, 2004 event and pushes the "no plane hit Pentagon" hoax.

The Great Conspiracy:
the 9/11 News Special You Never Saw
Barrie Zwicker

The sequel to The Great Deception, it is a much more indepth and updated account of the events of 9/11, includng interviews with key researchers, footage from the International Inquiry in Toronto, and more background about the pattern of staged pretexts for war (such as the Reichstag Fire).

Official description:

THE GREAT CONSPIRACY: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw is a 70-minute sequel to The Great Deception. That is a ground-breaking 44-minute video also by Barrie Zwicker. He was the first mainstream journalist in the world to go on air (in January 2002) and ask hard questions about the official story of 9/11. The Great Deception is a compilation of his series of seven commentaries on 9/11. In The Great Conspiracy, Zwicker updates and expands his critique. He analyses the use of fear to befuddle the public. He deconstructs the so-called “war on terrorism.” He examines in depth the failure of the military on 9/11 and George Bush’s highly inappropriate behaviour that day. He finds the 9/11 Commission to be a total coverup operation. Throughout, he analyses the role of the mainstream media as complicit in keeping the public massively misinformed and befuddled. And he suggests what we can do. Those who have seen both works find them complementary.

updated version includes discussion about the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. Hopefully, a future version will remove the short segment showing a photoshopped compound image purporting to be evidence that Flight 77 did not hit the Pentagon.


The Great Deception
Barrie Zwicker, Vision TV

VisionTV Insight Mediafile with Barrie Zwicker "The Great Deception"

This film, aired in January and February 2002, was the first televised documentary challenging the official story of 9/11. It was produced by Vision TV of Toronto, Canada, a non-profit, multicultural network. The Great Deception was the first film to show the notorious footage of George W. Bush reading to second graders while the twin towers burned, footage later shown in Fahrenheit 9/11.

"The Great Deception" is an excellent introduction to the issues of the "stand down" of the Air Force (grounding the fighter plane interceptors) and George W. Bush's apparent disinterest when told that the towers had been attacked (he stayed in a second grade classroom reading with students for another half hour instead of acting as Commander-in-Chief).

Events of historic importance, reported as authentic, but which were faked
Commentary by Vision TV media critic Barrie Zwicker
First aired Monday, 14 January 2002 on VisionTV
Program: VisionTV Insight--the MediaFile Edition

When you’re watching a news report, have you ever had the feeling that something’s fishy? That the event is not as it appears, and not as reported? I get that feeling fairly often. Sometimes I’m just being paranoid. Hey, nobody’s perfect. But other times that skeptical light bulb goes off for a good reason. ...

from the description:

Why didn’t the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA succeed in stopping the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington? Have the mainstream media failed in their responsibility to ask searching questions about the events of that day? Vision TV has released two video programs that examine these questions.

THE GREAT DECEPTION - The War on Terrorism - An Alternative View.

Media critic Barrie Zwicker, the host of VisionTV Insight: Mediafile, is one of the few North American journalists to offer an alternative viewpoint on the Sept. 11 tragedy. In this provocative six-part series of Mediafile commentaries, he challenges the official explanation for the attacks and considers the troubling implications of America’s new war.
Poring over a wealth of published material, Zwicker finds much that has gone unexamined – from the apparent breakdown of American air defenses on Sept. 11, to the longstanding ties between U.S. intelligence and Osama bin Laden. He also takes a hard look at the actions of President George W. Bush in the midst of the crisis. And he ventures to ask what role U.S. oil interests may have played in these events.
Zwicker’s carefully researched analysis has prompted more e-mails, letters and phone calls than any single program in the VisionTV’s history. Ultimately, it compels the viewer to ponder the unanswered question: Whose interests are really served by the “war on terrorism”?
40-minute VHS Cassette. Original Broadcast dates January 28th. and February 4th. 2002.

ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS - The War on Terrorism - An Alternative View
Have the mainstream media failed to ask tough questions about September 11? They have generally accepted the official story, but sceptics believe there are still many unanswered questions. VisionTV Insight: Mediafile tackles this contentious issue in a provocative panel discussion that features American investigative journalist and whistle-blower Michael Ruppert, along with journalist and former Commissioner for the Somalia Inquiry Peter Desbarats, ethicist Phyllis Creighton and the former chair of Canada's Security Intelligence Review Committee, Ron Atkey. Rita Deverell, Executive Producer of VisionTV Insight, moderates the discussion.
54-minute VHS Cassette. Original Broadcast date March 14th. 2002

order "The Great Deception"

The Power of Nightmares


available for free viewing at www.archive.org/details/ThePowerOfNightmares

Part I: Baby It's Cold Outside news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3755686.stm

Part II: The Phantom Victory news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3951615.stm

Part III: The Shadows in the Cave news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3970901.stm

The making of the terror myth
Since September 11 Britain has been warned of the 'inevitability' of catastrophic terrorist attack. But has the danger been exaggerated? A major new TV documentary claims that the perceived threat is a politically driven fantasy - and al-Qaida a dark illusion.
Andy Beckett reports Friday October 15, 2004 The Guardian

Thom Hartmann 'The Power of Nightmares': Hyping Terror For Fun, Profit - And Power www.commondreams.org/views04/1207-26.htm


In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.
The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.
In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.
It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media.
At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists.
Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world.

Unanswered Questions from 9/11

Aftermath is a good introduction to some of the key issues of complicity, but it excessively "busy" in its overuse of graphics and fancy editing (the producers used to work for MTV). It is a nice introduction to the key analysts Michael Ruppert, Michel Chossudovsy, John Judge, Peter Dale Scott, Riva Enteen and David McMichael.

The DVD version of this film is better than the video tape, it contains an extra half hour of interviews that are more comprehensive than the presentations in the film

Both the DVD and the video have footage from the premier showing in San Francisco on April 21, 2003 -- a panel with Michael Ruppert, Peter Dale Scott and Riva Enteen (three of the interviewees in the film) that has amazing summations and a great question / answer session.

The premier showing had nearly 1,000 people in the audience, with hundreds more turned away for lack of seating.


best seen with the short

S-11 Redux (a humorous, serious look at the media coverage of 911)

download at: www.guerrillanews.com/redux/

or get GNN's DVD "Ammo for the Info-Warrior" a collection of short films, including the award winning "Crack the CIA"

On April 21, 2003, the film AFTERMATH: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM 9/11 by Guerrilla News Network had its premier showing in San Francisco

See www.deceptiondollar.com/AfterMath.htm for more on this historic event.

Following the film there was a panel discussion with three of the interviewees in the film:

-- Michael Ruppert of From the Wilderness (author of the forthcoming book "Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil"),

-- Peter Dale Scott (author of several books, including the most recent "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina")

-- Riva Enteen of the National Lawyers Guild.

The video includes a bonus excerpt from the panel discussion that evening - however, it does not include the opening remarks of the moderator, Canadian journalist / media commentator Barrie Zwicker.

Zwicker's 2002 film "The Great Deception" is at least as good as Aftermath, and an excellent introduction to the issues of the "stand down" of the Air Force (grounding the fighter plane interceptors) and George W. Bush's apparent disinterest when told that the towers had been attacked (he stayed in a second grade classroom reading with students for another half hour instead of acting as Commander-in-Chief).


By Barrie Zwicker, Herbst Theatre,

I think it could help the panelists, and myself, to orient our remarks better, if you'd respond to four questions. Your responses will shed light on, collectively "where we're at," in this room tonight, on 9/11.
First question (and on all questions, take your time, answer honestly). Hands up, when you're ready, how many here are pretty sure that elements of the U.S. government not just knew, but actively participated in the hijackings of 9/11, were, in a word, complicit?
(Observers and myself think about 80% of audience put hands up.)
Second question, hands up when you're ready, how many here believe that by and large the official 9/11 narrative is valid - namely that one evil man and a small group of co-conspirators carried it off, catching the intelligence, the military, the airlines, everybody, essentially off guard?
(I recall only a scattering of hands go up.)
Third question, how many believe, to condense the situation into two words: "Bush knew."
(Again, many hands went up, probably more than 50%, but I realized later that this question overlapped question #1.)
Final question, how many haven't raised your hands yet?
(A few hands went up.)
Thank you.
Now I am not one of your neutral moderators. To begin with maybe I should be called your immoderator. Although after my opening remarks here, I will magically metamorphose into a semi-shrinking violet to fulfill the rest of my moderatorly duties in the usual fair and impartial way.
But out of the gate here - I believe the official narrative about 9/11 is a Big Lie, with a capital B and a capital L.
My offering is that 9/11 was what the anarchist Bakunin called "the propaganda of the act." That it was "Reichstag Fire 2001." That it was the greatest deception of its kind ever foisted. And that's saying something, in light of the long and totally-neglected history of this kind of war-triggering deception perpetrated by powerful special interests to sway public opinion in favour of deadly agendas that almost always result in serious grief for just about everyone.
My offering is that 9/11 was arranged to jump start the so-called war on terrorism, which in turn is the cover and heat exchanger for hot wars, these being the toxic tip of the machinery for world domination. At the levers is a clique of neocons that has hijacked this country's foreign policy at the behest largely and to the benefit mainly of Big Arms and Big Oil, with the rest of the worst at the top, giving the thumbs-up and boarding the gravy train.
Judging by your response to the questions I posed, the focus tonight within the general subject 9/11, may tend to be:
Not whether the take on 9/11 is along the lines I've expressed, but on the who's and the how's and the what-to-do's.
I hope we'll find time to address visions of a better future, one much freer of vast dark tax-funded bureaucracies of deceit, deception, assassination and destabilization of civil societies abroad -- and at home, in your country, and in mine.
A prerequisite for opening up a wider path to that better future is that a larger percentage of the hypnotized public than at present have its patriotic trance broken and be willing to question the provenance of 9/11 and its iconic power.
The hypocritical verbiage and bald false assertions of George Bush and his dark cabal of reactionary revolutionaries and oiligarchs who "mix greed, inept economic management, business corruption, crony capitalism, triumphalist Pentagon sable-rattling and Axis of Evil foreign policy theology," have been deconstructed by most people around the world. (By the way, I don't want to be accused of plagiarization. Most of what I just said is a direct quote from Kevin Phillips, a leading Republican theoretician.)
Money power, firepower and propaganda power are all spilling out of the closet.
What's still mainly hidden in the closet, is the power of deception and the extent of deception. And the single deception which, if exposed in a politically-relevant way, would have the most impact, is the most brazen deception of all, 9/11. That's why this meeting and others like it are crucial.


Film AfterMath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 draws overflow crowd
By Joyce Lynn
Online Journal Contributing Writer

May 7, 2003--The greatest deception ever launched. That is how Canadian broadcaster Barrie Zwicker described the U.S. government's "official" version of 9/11 at an activist-organized event in San Francisco April 21.
A hand-vote indicated a majority of those who packed Herbst Theatre, which is directly across from the city's Civic Center, agreed with him.
Zwicker called the government's story of 9/11 "The Big Lie" and likened it to the Reichstag Fire which Adolph Hitler and the Nazis used to launch their murderous attacks against people they deemed undesirable. Some historians believe the Nazis, not the Dutch Communist found guilty and executed, started the German Parliament fire. A day after the February 27, 1933, fire, the German government suspended civil liberties. A month later, the Parliament granted Hitler dictatorial powers.
Zwicker said the 9/11 deception was "perpetrated by powerful special interests to jumpstart the war on terrorism," which he called the "toxic tip" for world domination, and was leveraged by neo-conservatives in the U.S. government who have "hijacked U.S. foreign policy at the behest of Big Arms and Big Oil."
Media critic of Canada's non-profit Vision TV, Zwicker produced the video The Great Deception, which analyzes the events of 9/11 and received the largest response of any television program in Canada.
The event featured the film AfterMath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 by award-winning producers Guerilla News Network and a panel of experts who also appeared in the film: Michael Ruppert, editor of From the Wilderness; Peter Dale Scott, University of California at Berkeley professor emeritus, co-founder of UC Berkeley's Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and author of Drugs, Oil, and War; and Riva Enteen, program director for the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Questions the film addresses include: What did the Bush administration know and when; why did the U.S. military fail to intercept the hijacked planes; what ties did the U.S. military and intelligence agencies have with the terrorists and their supporters?
San Francisco-based activists who call themselves the TruthCommission911, headed by Carol Brouillet, organized the event in the three weeks the U.S. was invading Iraq. The event was aimed at attracting the attention of the corporate media, which perpetuates the government cover-up of 9/11.
The size of the crowd stunned even the seasoned experts on the panel.  Several hundred people were turned away at the box office for lack of space. A similar program the next night in Palo Alto, California, attracted five to six hundred people.
Zwicker asked the audience for a show of hands about four questions. How many believe, he asked, that elements of the U.S. government not only knew about but also participated in 9/11? How many believe the official narrative—a guy with a white beard living in a cave in Afghanistan . . . ? How many believe G.W. Bush knew? How many do not know? A majority—possibly 80 percent—answered affirmatively to Zwicker's first question.
A GNN parody of government and media titans parroting war proclamations was also shown. The audience booed when Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein praised the war effort. The day after the event, it was announced that a company in which Feinstein's husband Richard Blum is partner received a large contract to help rebuild Iraq.
Ruppert said "only" a stand-down of the national defenses could have allowed 9/11 to happen. He said the hijack coordinator on duty September 11, 2001, was taking orders from the Pentagon and the government has shrouded this person's identity in secrecy.
Mary Schiavo, former inspector general for the Department of Transportation and an aviation disaster attorney who appears in the GNN film, says that in the year 2000, the Air National Guard scrambled fighter jets to intercept U.S. planes which were off course 80 to 100 times. On 9/11, when four planes were hijacked, these procedures and those of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) were not followed.
Scott declared the U.S. had double agents in al Qaeda and Project Bojinka, a 1995 plan attributed to Osama bin Laden's network to hijack U.S.-bound commercial airliners and crash them into landmarks, including the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Scott does not believe Bush said, "We are going to blow up the World Trade Center," but, said Scott, "because of the increasing involvements with double agents and their handlers, 9/11 was a disaster waiting to happen."
Enteen said the Bush administration is creating fear to justify "their repressive legislation" like the USA PATRIOT Act and to perpetuate the war on terrorism and dissent.  She said Morton Sobel, who was a defendant in the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg trial and spent 18 years in jail, told her government repression is worse today than during the McCarthy period in the 1950s.
Calling the U.S. a fascist state, Ruppert said only a "top-down change of the criminal, corrupt system will suffice." Scott said that "a minority regime is governing acquiescing majorities." He said there are "two strong allies: The Truth—go after it—and world opinion. We have to be part of that alliance and draw strength from them."
Enteen said the way to feel safe and secure was not Homeland Security legislation but a change in U.S. foreign policy.
Zwicker called the American people "ignorant of the extent of the deception about 9/11" and urged the media's hypnotic hold on the public be broken so people can begin to "even question" 9/11.
Copyright © 2003 Joyce Lynn
Joyce Lynn is a journalist and was a political reporter for eight years in Washington, DC. She is editor of the Political Diary . She can be reached at politicaldiary @hotmail.com

International Citizens Inquiry into 9/11

May 2004, Toronto, Ontario

9/11 Open Your Eyes - The War On Terror Is A Lie by Snowshoe Films

"Speaker after speaker, from the 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani, the heroine of the 9/11 truth movement, to poets, philosophers, scientists, fighter and commercial pilots, former FBI agents, musicians, analysts, activists, politicians and lawyers, journalists and filmmakers, they assembled, each bringing pieces of the puzzle, and questions about September 11, 2001 -- what happened, what didn't happen, other pretexts for US wars, the history of it's false flag operations and cover-ups, lies and treason by the ruling kleptocracy."
- Roy and Karen Harvey, co-producers of this documentary.

Culled from 45 hours of testimony at the International Citizen's Inquiry into 9/11, held in Toronto, Canada, May 25-31 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center and at University of Toronto's Convocation Hall.


San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11

March 26 to 28, 2004, Herbst Theater, San Francisco

all video clips available for download at http://911busters.com (a site that has a lot of good information, but also promotes the "no plane hit Pentagon" hoax)

A half hour documentary summarizing the Inquiry is at www.globaloutlook.ca/videos.htm

SF 9-11 International Inquiry, Documentary of Phase One

TUC Radio http://tucradio.org

San Francisco audio tapes: Opening Press Conference (excellent group effort), Thompson, Lynn, Ruppert, Heinberg, plus interviews with David Ray Griffin and Greg Palast and a tape of the "Behind Every Terrorist There Is a Bush" comedy benefit in February.

9/11 Visibility video page



Short videos about 9/11
Hitler: the rise of evil

CBS drama aired in May 2003 on how Hitler rose to power. It has an excellent sequence on the Reichstag Fire and how it was used to suspend civil liberties in Germany.



July 1, 2003

Fiddling Around While New York Burns

"The Memory Hole has made available a copy of the video taken of Bush on September 11 the moment he was allegedly informed of the second crash at the World Trade Center. It is an eery, strange thing to see. It's reminiscent of the Zapruder film, a grainy, unclear, wobbly image of a unique, horrific moment, the moment the "president of the United States" is informed that the country is under attack. And he just sits there, like a bag. Inert. It's soooo weird! It's hard to see his facial expressions clearly, to try to ascertain what is going on in his head. What was he thinking while he is sitting there? What can he be thinking? He's the president of the United States. Why doesn't he act? Why doesn't he do something? How can he just sit there? He's the one person who has the power to do something and of all the people in the whole country who knew what was happening, he was probably the most inert. This is something you have to see just for its colossal bizarreness."
-- David Cogswell


The Lone Gunmen

Fox TV's fictional show aired March 2001 (a sequel to the "X-Files") about a group trying to stop a government conspiracy to remote control crash a jet into the World Trade Center under the cover of a war game exercise turned real. It is probable that this abyssmally acted show was a means to discredit the 9/11 complicity paradigms by ensuring that people would think the idea was just a bad science fiction show plot.

Evidence for remote control and wargames is at www.oilempire.us/remote.html and www.oilempire.us/wargames.html


Exclusive Interview with a National Commissioner on 9/11

Sander Hicks Interviews DC Power-Lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste!

The Bush/bin Laden Connection?
"No Comment."

Daschle Threatened by Cheney over 9/11 Inquiry?
"I have no Comment."

Venice Flight School and the connection to Ben-Veniste's former client, the CIA drug-runner Barry Seal?
"Not central to us getting started."

Sanders Hicks, Independent Network News, from his interview of 9/11 Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste: "If Mohammed Atta was an Islamic Terrorist, why was he doing cocaine and going to strip bars with Americans just before the 9/11 attacks?"


Download the free video and see for yourself the low level of curiosity the 9/11 Commission had for the topic.



DC 9/11 -- Bush's revisionist propaganda film

A "mind-numbingly boring" propaganda film
A 9/11 widow reviews last night's Showtime film about President Bush's actions on and after that fateful morning.

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By Kristen Breitweiser

Sept. 8, 2003 | The film "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis," which premiered Sunday night on Showtime, is a mind-numbingly boring, revisionist, two-hour-long wish list of how 9/11 might have gone if we had real leaders in the current administration. This film is rated half of a fighter jet -- since that is about what we got for our nation's defense on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Despite the title, the film only budgets approximately 10 minutes to the actual morning of 9/11. Most of the movie is spent cataloging the myriad Cabinet-level debates as to whether to declare "war" against terrorism and how to effectively sell that to the American people.
It is understandable that so little time is actually devoted to the president's true actions on the morning of 9/11. Because to show the entire 23 minutes from 9:03 to 9:25 a.m., when President Bush, in reality, remained seated and listening to "second grade story-hour" while people like my husband were burning alive inside the World Trade Center towers, would run counter to Karl Rove's art direction and grand vision.
Remember the aircraft-carrier photo op? Bush is a man of action; in fact, he is an action hero. Except, of course, when it really counts, like in those early morning hours when this country was under attack and our commander in chief was drinking milk and eating cookies with second graders. Can you imagine one of those second-graders years from now when they are asked where they were on the morning of 9/11? They will simply say, "I was sitting with the president reading him a story."
It also confuses me that the filmmakers would allot so much time to the war posturing in Afghanistan because that, too, has been a failure. President Bush is quoted in the fictional drama as saying he will take Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." But, I'm sorry, have we captured him? And why so much time spent on this war plan anyway? I thought there was a copy of it on the president's desk the day before 9/11? So what's all the fuss about? Why all the Cabinet meetings with all the dignified speak?
The real Condoleezza Rice apparently didn't know planes could be used as weapons, but she is portrayed in the movie as a woman who knew an awful lot about bin Laden and al-Qaida by 8 p.m. on the evening of the attacks. The real FBI was caught flat-footed by bin Laden and the 19 hijackers, but in the movie they gather the names and photos of the hijackers very rapidly. I guess their "networking" problems, like Rice's bin Laden knowledge, got "cleaned up" by the evening of 9/11 in the movie version.
It's also interesting to watch the fictional versions of Ari Fleischer and Karen Hughes "strategizing" and "orchestrating" to make President Bush look like a strong leader. Who knew that it was such hard work to frame the president as an empathetic, strong and competent leader in the face of the nation's worst tragedy? Forgive my naiveté, but I never knew how meticulously planned the president's every single word and movement were. And if his words are that carefully and painfully chosen, just how did those 16 words get into his State of the Union address anyway? But I digress.
What is so "off" about the film is that it is too slow, too methodical, too calm. There are no suit jackets hanging over chairs, no 5 o'clock shadows, no empty coffee cups strewn about, no shirt-sleeves rolled up, no people pulling all-nighters. No tempers flaring. No panic. No raw emotion. Nothing but a lot of talking, walking and more talking, and the occasional workout session by the president -- who knew he could bench-press so much weight?
When juxtaposed against the recently released transcripts of 9/11 phone calls from inside the towers, the administration's attitude doesn't look good. How could they all be so relaxed? So unemotional. How could any of them even sleep? Why weren't they worried about a second wave of attacks? How did they know for sure that there was not another attack soon to follow? Why were they so uninterested in the rescue and recovery efforts? Maybe this would explain why the Environmental Protection Agency couldn't be bothered to monitor the air quality of lower Manhattan. Nobody cared. If the administration is this relaxed facing the nation's worst tragedy, are they asleep when they negotiate healthcare reform?
Just as an aside, I especially liked the tender moments shared between the president and first lady, particularly when she mentioned the atrocities the Afghan women faced under the rule of the Taliban. We -- the 9/11 widows -- have requested meetings with the first lady to discuss our goals for the 9/11 Independent Commission. She never answers. Honestly, we take offense that Mrs. Bush will fly halfway around the world to meet with Afghan women and yet she won't meet with us. All we want to do is make this nation safe for our children.
I did learn some things in the film. First, I didn't realize that it took President Bush until Friday afternoon to visit New York. Frankly, I don't remember much of the month of September 2001, but why would the administration want to publicize the fact that it took the president so long to visit the place terrorists had attacked? Are we buying the story that it was for national security reasons?
And since we are talking about the visit to ground zero, I found it particularly offensive that there was so much posturing about how to get the best photo op. The worst part comes when the president meets a young mother and child who are desperately searching for their missing husband and father. President Bush takes the picture of the child's father and signs his name across it, telling the young girl, "When your daddy comes back, tell him you met me." For a child and wife facing the devastating loss of a loved one who very likely has just been burned, crushed and buried in rubble, meeting the president doesn't rightly matter. Nor does it matter having his signature scrawled across a photo that you wanted to display on a wall of missing victims -- something that would have offered at least a glimmer of hope.
Miscellaneous things that surprised me included the fact that the film perpetuates the big fat lie that Air Force One was a target. Forgive me, but I thought the White House admitted at the end of September 2001 that Air Force One was never a target, that no code words were spoken and that it was all a lie. So what gives?
Also surprising is the debate about whether the military may or may not have shot down Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. You would think that the president of the United States would know the answer to this query, and yet a shoot-down is raised as a possibility and never definitively answered -- even to the president.
There was also no mention of the Saudi royals and bin Laden family members who were allegedly flown out of the country in the first few days after the attacks. I guess that got left on the cutting room floor.
Not surprisingly, there is no mention of accountability. Not once does anyone say, "How the hell did this happen? Heads will roll!" I was hoping that, at least behind closed doors, there were words like, "Look, we really screwed up! Let's make sure we find out what went wrong and that it never happens again!" Nope, no such luck.
Finally, with the abundance of creative license taken in the film, I was surprised to see that it didn't take better "care" of Donald Rumsfeld. On the morning of 9/11, Rumsfeld remained at his desk -- apparently unaware that we were under attack until the Pentagon was hit, a full hour after the WTC. Why the film editors decided not to rewrite this history I don't know -- maybe in real life, thanks to recent developments in Iraq, Rummy will be leaving soon to spend more time with his family.
I watched this film with three of my widow friends. We have spent the last two years fighting this administration to try to get answers to the many questions that plague us about 9/11. When they're finally answered, our questions will undoubtedly make this nation safer than it was on that morning. But our reality is that our husbands are never coming home. We are left to raise our children without them. Too bad Showtime can't rewrite our history of 9/11 -- that would be something worth watching.
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About the writer
Kristen Breitweiser is a 9/11 widow. She is a co-founder of the group September 11th Advocates and is a member of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission.


9/11 Disinformation


Painful Deceptions by Eric Hufschmid

A video supplement to the book Painful Questions An analysis of the September 11th Attack

The author's websites www.hugequestions.com and question911.com promote hoax websites regarding 9/11 complicity issues. Mr. Hufschmid also promotes silly claims about "no moon landing."

Painful Deceptions is not a film to introduce people to the 9/11 scandal. It is a very low budget production, very sarcastic. If you get this film, keep your skeptical mind engaged, not everything in the film is true.


Mr. Hufschmid is questioned about his Pentagon Missile / Global Hawk theory, and declines to provide evidence for his assertions, responding with strange insults instead of documentation.

The Company We Keep
by Michael B. Green, Ph.D.
Version 1.2, February 15, 2006

I frequently use the pictures in Painful Questions to show receptive folk that the Towers were exploded, but urge them not to read the book itself because it is so full of misinformation and peculiar reasoning. I do not wish to burden the reader with details of his forensics, which are often roughly right but written with peculiar or bizarre commentary guaranteed to alienate many readers. ....

Hufschmid also denies that a Boeing hit the Pentagon. Joël van der Reijden, a very rational gentleman whose website is now http://home.planet.nl/~reijd050/JoeR/home.html, presented a powerful case that a Boeing did hit the Pentagon, and engaged Hufschmid in debate. Hufschmid refused to answer any of the substantive points ....

Hufschmid is also a Holocaust denier, and proud of it. In a January 6, 2006 essay, he wrote, “People who question the official story of the Holocaust are not Holocaust Deniers. Rather, they are Holocaust Truth Seekers, or HoloHoax Exposers.” www.erichufschmid.net/Separating_truth_from_lies.htm.

9/11: In Plane Site The DVD cover for this film that uses fake evidence in support of a real conclusion tacitly admits that the film is just a bad joke hidden in plain site.
Pentagon Strike A video that was posted to numerous websites in late summer 2004 supposedly documents the "no plane" at the Pentagon claims. This film is slick propaganda that avoids most of the evidence, flashes quickly from point to point, distracts the viewer with rock music (perhaps a type of "bait" to snare youthful web surfers?), and would not qualify as forensic evidence in any courtroom. It is "disinfotainment."
It is possible that Pentagon Strike is a "sequel" to In Plane Site. Plane Site did not manage to snare many members of the 9/11 Truth movement due to its annoying style and bizarre claims based on blurry images of dubious authenticity. However, the "no plane crash at Pentagon" hoaxes have been more successful in infiltrating the skeptics efforts, and "Pentagon Strike" was spread widely through the internet. Fortunately, most of the best writers about 9/11 complicity issues recognize that "no Boeing" claims were a dirty trick to discredit 9/11 skepticism.
Los Angeles Citizens' 9-11 Grand Jury
October 2004
some good presentations and some ridiculous nonsense.
Jim Hoffman's (wtc7.net, 911review.com) debunking of disinformation hoaxes from Christopher Bollyn (American Free Press) was removed from the video file of his presentation, since Hoffman pointed out that Mr. Bollyn was promoting numerous claims that are not supported by any evidence.
Hoffman's effort at peer review convinced the "Grand Jury" members to remove the "no Boeing hit Pentagon" hoax from their conclusions, yet his full presentation on the 911busters site. (The primary organizer of the "Grand Jury," Ms. Lynn Pentz, has been promoting the "In Plane Site" hoax film and has not been receptive to effort to fact check claims of complicity and ensure peer review in the 9/11 truth movement.) Another presenter claimed that Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber," is really Osama bin Laden -- a silly claim that makes 9/11 skeptics look incompetent. http://911busters.com/LA_GJ/index.html

Loose Change

Loose with Truth

9/11 Eyewitness

Rick Siegel's 9/11 Eyewitness:
Sensationalism and Pseudo-Science
911eyewitness is a DVD by Rick Siegel purporting to teach the truth about the attack on the World Trade Center. Instead of elucidating the truth, however, the piece seems designed to hide the reality of the explosive demolition of the Twin Towers by surrounding footage of the demolitions with a vermeer of vapid claims and pseudo-scientific analysis. The DVD teaches us that helicopters were instrumental in Towers' destruction and that it was a "nuclear attack".

9/11 Mysteries

www.911mysteriesguide.com (anti-demolition theory debunking of the film)

(pro-demolition theory debunking of the film)