press articles on BBC's "9/11 Truth debunking" documentary

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The Guardian (London) - Final Edition

February 17, 2007 Saturday


LENGTH: 108 words

HEADLINE: the Guide: Television Sunday 18: pick of the day

BYLINE: Clare Birchall


9/11: The Conspiracy Files

9pm, BBC2

Better than average documentary about the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. All the big conspiracy peddlers feature including 23-year-old Dylan Avery whose online film, Loose Change, has become a cult phenomenon, Jim Fetzer, founder of Scholars For 9/11 Truth, inflammatory talk show radio host Alex Jones, and Frank Spotnitz, an X-Files writer who penned an episode of The Lone Gunmen uncannily similar to the events of 2001. The questions and theories are debunked one by one with patience, but images unable to be contained by narrative linger, such as the charred remains of the World Trade Center in a hangar.

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The Guardian (London) - Final Edition

February 17, 2007 Saturday


LENGTH: 664 words

HEADLINE: The Guide: Charlie Brookers screen burn

BYLINE: Charlie Brooker


'Bush is an idiot who's dragged America's name into the mud and crapped all over it'

Mark Twain once said that a lie can travel halfway round the world before the truth can put its socks on. Now, thanks to the internet, a lie can travel round the world, head home, take a dump, watch the entire Lord Of The Rings trilogy on DVD, make supper and die of old age before the truth has opened an eyelid. It's not Twain's fault. In his day the internet was made of string.

Chinese whispers spread online faster than any computer virus. I know this better than most because I was at the centre of one a few years ago, when I ended a Screen Burn column by recycling a very old tasteless joke (a variant of a graffiti I first saw during the Thatcher years), and within minutes half the internet seemed convinced the Guardian was officially calling for assassination.

My inbox overflowed with blood-curdling death threats, and it was all very unfunny indeed - a bit like recounting a rude joke at a dinner party, only to be told you hadn't recounted a joke at all, but molested the host's children, and suddenly everyone was punching you and you weren't going to get any pudding. I've had better weekends.

Incidentally, in case the entire internet is reading, it seems prudent at this point to unequivocally state that I've never wanted to see ANYONE murdered, injured, or even lightly bruised. Not even Mac owners, and frankly they're pushing it.

As anyone who read the original column will know, I'm not a huge fan of Bush. He's a dangerous idiot who's dragged America's name into the mud, and crapped all over it, grinning as he does so. As for Americans themselves, I can honestly say I've never met one I didn't like. Maybe I'm shallow, maybe it's the accents. But really - every single one of them: lovely.

So, having established that a) I don't like Bush but b) I love Americans, it's time for a third revelation - namely c) I don't believe 9/11 was an inside job orchestrated by the Bush administration. Which is a pity, because I love a good conspiracy theory, and that's a humdinger.

Thing is, people like me will eventually be in the minority if the Chinese whisperers have their way. I'd like to think tomorrow's excellent documentary 9/11: The Conspiracy Files (Sun, 9pm, BBC2) will redress the balance - but I doubt it, since the story it tells (ie the real one) isn't half as exciting as the other story doing the rounds (ie the bullshit cuckooland version).

In cool, measured tones it steadily dismantles the Loose Change conspiracy theory until there's nothing left to see besides a slightly snotty young director and a few unhinged talking heads. No rational person could watch this and come away thinking otherwise.

But whoops: people aren't rational. They believe what they want to believe, and when evidence mounts to the contrary, dig their heels in and refuse to change their minds, like dogs that won't be dragged through a doorway. Sometimes the sheer pressure of all that stubbornness causes them to lose their senses completely and become creationists, at which point they're beyond help.

But there's still hope for the 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Their hearts are still in the right place, even if their brains have fluttered off to spaceland. One day they'll return, like butterflies, and all will be well.

Here's what really happened on 9/11. A terrible crime was committed by a group of determined terrorists. Appalling mistakes were made both before and after the terrible crime. The terrible crime was capitalized upon. The world was shit before the terrible crime, and got steadily shittier afterwards. That's it! So please, please, stop pissing your pants about controlled demolitions and the like - you're wrong. You're wrong! And it's OK to be wrong. You can still distrust or even hate the government. But on this one? You're wrong. And continuing to bang on about it isn't heroic, it's embarrassing. The rest of the world isn't asleep. You're just dreaming out loud.*

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Sunday Times (London)

February 18, 2007, Sunday

SECTION: FEATURES; Culture; Pg. 60

LENGTH: 195 words

HEADLINE: Pick of the day

BYLINE: John Dugdale


The Conspiracy Files: 9/11 (BBC2, 9pm)

Dylan Avery, the director of the internet film Loose Change, believes the American government was either criminally negligent

on September 11, 2001, or directly involved

in the terrorist attacks. The radio host Alex Jones is convinced it was involved, arguing there was "an inside job by the neocons".

Despite its title, this film shows no interest

in how a conspiracy might have operated - whether, for example, the Whitehouse used

the hijackers as its tools, or carried out the attacks by other means. Rather it looks at individual claims and debunks them. The failure to intercept the hijacked planes, the narrowness of the hole in the Pentagon's wall, the similarity between the World Trade Center's collapse and a controlled demolition, the apparent presence of United 93 debris far from its crash site - experts and eyewitnesses explain that all are non-suspicious.

All that is conceded to those who dispute the official version is that intelligence agencies had information they failed to act on and were part of a post-9/11 conspiracy to cover up their blunders. Later programmes deal with the Oklahoma bombing and David Kelly's death.

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We're wrong!

Well,I guess that's the final word on 9/11.Charlie Booker says we're wrong. Obviously he has done a lot of research to make a definitive statement like that. I guess we'd better all go back to trusting the authorities and stop questioning things that don't make sense. The problem is, there's that nagging doubt that just won't go away. In a million years I will never understand how building 7 collapsed without explosives. And i can not for the life of me believe that it is possible to recreate that event without explosives.But hey, my mind is open and I am open to any REASONABLE explanation.

desperation, your name is Charlie Booker

and Charlie Booker, you had better keep your solicitor's number handy. we will not forget this favor of yours to the perpetrators of 9/11. Providing aid and comfort to terrorists is not something we take lightly across the pond.

you've chosen.... poorly.


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Oprah Winfrey, Big Bird, and

Oprah Winfrey, Big Bird, and now Charlie Booker...the real perps behind 9/11?

Why don't you grow up?