9/11 Bloglines -NewStatesman: "Meet the No-planers"
Monday 11th September 2006
They believe there weren't any planes on 9/11, just missiles wrapped in holograms - and there weren't any London terrorists on 7/7 either. The new-wave conspiracy theorists aren't green-ink types: they're educated; they have secret service connections; they live in Highgate.
At first sight, David Shayler and Annie Machon's home in Highgate - the leafiest of London's leafy suburbs - looks like a picture of middle-class respectability...
...Then you notice the curiosities. On the table sits a document about the "controlled demolition" of the twin towers. The shelves hold books titled The 9/11 Commission Report: omissions and distortions and The New Pearl Harbor: disturbing questions about the Bush administration and 9/11. There's a stack of colourful leaflets advertising a club night called Truth 9/11, to take place in Brixton in a week's time...
The 9/11 Truth Campaign tries to distance itself from the green-ink loons who have been spreading rumours about 9/11 ever since the first plane slammed into the World Trade Center. "In London we meet socially on the first Monday of every month...
...Its activists - many of whom are fairly well-to-do, and who include lecturers, film-makers and other whistle-blowers - pore over footage and photos of the events of 9/11, furiously debate them online, and argue that, scientifically, the official version of events doesn't add up.
...I ask Shayler if it's true he has become a "no planer" - that is, someone who believes that no planes at all were involved in the 9/11 atrocity. Machon looks uncomfortable. "Oh, fuck it, I'm just going to say this," he tells her. "Yes, I believe no planes were involved in 9/11." But we all saw with our own eyes the two planes crash into the WTC. "The only explanation is that they were missiles surrounded by holograms made to look like planes," he says. "Watch the footage frame by frame and you will see a cigar-shaped missile hitting the World Trade Center." He must notice that my jaw has dropped. "I know it sounds weird, but this is what I believe."
...What about 7/7? Some in the 9/11 Truth Campaign aren't "really into 7/7", in Belinda's words. But Shayler is. He recently finished making 7/7: mind the gap, a film in which he suggests that, given the late running of trains on that fateful day last year, the four bombers could not have blown themselves up in London at the times claimed. He also believes that the closed-circuit TV image of the four men entering Luton Station is a "Photoshop job - a forgery, and a bad one at that"...
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Dutch 9/11 Truth Site: If only the moon could talk...
ABC's 9/11 Docudrama: When Do the Facts Matter? - Newsweek
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TheNation: The 9/11 Conspiracy Nuts
ADL: Five Years Later, Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Live On
Update: DC 9/11 Truth Anniversary Events
"New" Video Purports to Show Bin Laden Planning 9/11
NY Review of Books: "why would anyone use real planes?"
09/07: TotalRadio with special edition about Reynolds/Wood at NPR
Abby Singer At Ground Zero: "9/11 Conspiracy Wars"
09/08: Dylan Avery apparently on DemocracyNow!
Ex-CIA Christison: 9/11 was "Inside Job"
Times of India: US professors claim 9/11 an inside job
st911-M. Morrissey: "A Reply to Time"
9/11 as Theatre
2002 "9/11 Petition" reached almost 30.000 signatures