Inside a 9/11 'Truther' Convention - ABC News


Inside a 9/11 'Truther' Convention

March 08, 2010 6:30 PM

Chris Bury and producer Katie Hinman did just that this weekend -- attending a convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, alongside hundreds who share a collective distrust of the official explanation for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

As they will report tonight, the attendees come from several different viewpoints, knitted together in this "movement" largely online.

We talk to conference organizer Betsy Metz, who tells us there is "absolutely a cover-up," and the producers of "Loose Change" a conspiracy theorist film that is among the most downloaded videos in Google history.

Our presence was met, as you will see in tonight's segment, with some resistance. For obvious reasons, the "truther" movement has clashed with many in the mainstream media.

John Patrick Bedell, the gunman killed in last week's Pentagon shooting, had previously posted comments online that questioned what really happened in 2001. Those at the convention disavowed Bedell's act of violence.

The picture above is one of several photos recently released by the New York City Police Department. You can see a full slideshow HERE.

UPDATE: Embedded below is the segment, "The Truther Movement," which as you can see from the comment thread has already has provoked quite a bit of debate.

The mainstream media is ill informed

when it comes to 9/11 information and 9/11 history - they don't seem to have access to even a small percentage of the information we've unearthed, and they don't want to have it - so it all get's reduced to a soundbite at the end, that the "conspiracy theorists" are just trying to make something complicated, out of a very simple act by a bunch of hijackers. They appeal in the end, to the dummy, the ignorant, the misinformed, and in so doing, they simply remind us that we have work to do - so many people just do not have access to the information, including MSM people who turned a blind eye in preference towards the myth, the propaganda they sold all along. The only premise of their argument however, that the government would not and could not ever do such a thing, isn't a valid argument. The other one they're trying on now, is - we'll be arguing about it forever, and the truth will never be known - when all the while the physical record of the actual occurance, of the destruction of the world trade center towers and buildings 7, is right in front of our very eyes.
On the 11th day, of every month.

ABC's Very Clever Manipulation Of Its Audience

At one point during the "Nightline" segment, a conference attendee is asked what he does for a living when not questioning the official story. His answer: playing music at his local church (the editor then mockingly cuts to the interviewer for his expression). The attendee also unwisely claimed to be an uncredentialed scientist.

Meanwhile, Richard Gage and his organization of credentialled supporters were completely ignored by ABC.

The major media can longer be excused as being ignorant of the 9/11 controversies. By all appearances they seem complicit in the cover-up.

"I'm a scientist"

That was Sander Hicks..

The Eleventh Day of Every Month

"I'm a historian"

These are unbelievable things to say in an interview of this sort if you're not qualified. And especially if you've just said your main job is playing music in church. Also maybe people should be very careful about smiling at all in interviews with the press. It must be hard though, speaking to someone as obnoxious as the ABC guy, not to smile in attempt to get him to 'lighten up' or whatever.

Dylan, Korey and Coleen seemed aware that anything they said could be used as evidence against them.

I'm not aware of Sander's style, and assume this was a minor misstep.. it will good to see the full versions of these interviews. It seemed like he realized what he'd said after he said it.


In truth, scientists and historians existed long before credentials, but I understand the point that the claim of being a scientist by someone who is not credentialed can be used against us. Sander Hicks is also a writer and activist.

Not ill informed...completely ignorant!!

Chris Bury states in the segment, "Their film peddles some largely discredited arguments, claiming that jet fuel was not hot enough to melt the steel structure."

This is a point on which truthers, debunkers and the official government reports agree. The jet fuel fires came nowhere close to melting the steel structure of either WTC1 or 2. The fact that Nightline and Chris Bury are unaware of this fact shows how completely ignorant they are on the matter of 9/11.

They did interview 9/11 Co-Chair Lee Hamilton, who is also not up to speed on any 9/11 related knowledge. In an interview once he said, "What caused the collapse of the buildings, to summarize it, was that the super-heated jet fuel melted the steel super-structure of these buildings and caused their collapse."

Do journalist do research anymore? Apparently not

The official story thrives off ignorance.

"The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."
- Aldous Huxley -

Go right ahead and show those pictures

Please, ABC, be our guest and show those World Trade Center photos. And while you're at it, be sure to remind your audience that it was jet fuel fires that brought the towers down. That will satisfy everyone, no doubt, and won't make anybody the least bit interested in learning more about the 9/11 truth movement.


They're gonna go ahead with it.

These cretins are too stupid to realize that their negative publicity is still publicity. The facts are so stark that defenders of the official story come off like imbeciles and fools.

They dig their own graves.

Become the laughing stock of humanity these MSManipulators

Well, you can be sure that more people in this world of the international 911 Truth movement will be seeing the unedited videos! The egg on their faces (ABC's) will be for all to see but the fools on on the hill, or should I say, just on the shill. Just the rest of the planet knows better, and that is in the literal sense. These MSM people might as well be acting out Alice in Wonderland, for the"" value we really get. All "information" is bleached and starched, into nothing, into, homogeneous worthlessness. The impotent facade of "news" the MSM attempts, is becoming more and more tragically laughable. The presses are supposed to be one of the main foundations of our democracy. That pillar is being eaten by worms now.

The most severe form of learning disorders are owned by those that "already know everything."


May the MSM continue to descend at free fall acceleration. Their own credibility continues to pulverize in mid-air.

Thank God for the internet. The internet really does rule. Thank God for 911 Blogger, and the rest of the bright spirits among us.

The most severe form of learning disorders are owned by those that "already know everything."

Please repost link

I am not clear on what the link is for the unedited video. Can someone repost it and indicate what it is?


9/11 truthers attend Treason in America


Tom, thanks for the clip, not nearly as much

of a hit job as I had feared when I saw the full interview w/the LC lads.

I liked how a wide spectrum of regular folks were seen. All the bumper stickers and books may well have prodded some to muse...."hmmm, I wonder what all the fuss is about, perhaps I'll do a bit of my own research".

That a "housewife" would plunk down 20 grand will also tell joe 12 pack that many normal people care very deeply. And Bobby Mac was shown briefly mentioning his son, w/another seperate word of some families involved.

The more I dwell on how our fears were not fully realised, it seems like a positive.
ABC may be getting the message: those found to be accomplices in the cover-up will be dealt with harshly in time. They may be trying to save their future existence.

As my Mom(RIP) who was politically active her whole life since being a member of "Youth for Stevenson as a teen was very fond of saying, "All publicity is good publicity"

How to Handle Chris Bury

I agree that this wasn't as much of a hit piece as I thought it would be. The ABC reporter did needle both Coleen Rowley and Dylan and Korey with the same relentless question about did the government murder its own citizens, etc. Bury used the clips where Coleen, Dylan and Korey were a bit flustered even though they answered eloquently anyway. Since Bury had an agenda which seemed to come straight out of CIA, FBI torture training and interrogation, the better way to handle him and reporters like him is to doge the question completely and speak to the irrefutable facts. Just launch into any number of ironclad arguments such as anyone who thinks a building can fall at free fall, the speed of gravity without demolitions being placed is ignorant of basic physics; there were multiple witnesses to explosions going off before the planes hit and so on. Denying a reporter's irritating questions will then get him annoyed and hopefully will get him to change tactics. Take a page out of the theater of the absurd - the dialog or questions and answers don't have to match.

TV ads - 30 second spots for $50-$100

I predict that purchasing TV ads for a local venue which promote AE911Truth will be part of our gameplan in the near future. 30 second spots for $50-$100 are very realistic, even alongside programs such as Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" when purchased in a locality. Along with that gameplan, we could probably gain an "infomercial timeslot" to play a 9/11 film.

great exposure.. next steps..

There must be something that we can do that will reach a consensus for the 9/11 truth movement to expand to the next level. What can we do all together to make such a difference?

This week I plan to file the 9/11 crime into my court system, and write a letter about it for local newspapers, blogs, etc. If there is just a few of us, dozens, hundreds or thousands, such actions will take the hard evidence and places it on record before those taking sworn oaths to protect the US Constitution. This campaign could have a second leg.. If we only get off the mark.. set.. go..

Take action and invite the peace movement:

Explosive Evidence:

A Call for Truth Over Treason

9/11 Crime - Misprision - Citizens Action

Stop War by exposing the 9/11 Cover-up

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My comment to ABC

I just watched it. It wasn't all bad but still not acceptable enough for our so called "Fourth Estate."

ABC, you can only get away with this propaganda BS for so long. While you didn't mention Popular Mechanics by name, you DID say that the movement relies on a series of "discredited ideas" and you were in fact absolutely WRONG when you said that Hani Hanjour's incompetency as a pilot were among these ideas. Likewise, the argument that the WTC was destroyed with explosive demolition has not been discredited. Once again, as Jon Colman noted above, the Popular Mechanics propaganda has been thoroughly debunked by David Ray Griffin in the book "Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory."

I have to at least give you kudos for acknowledging the FBI whistleblower Colleen Rowley, although Mr. Bury was trying to sandwich her into a corner with a loaded question rather than honestly let her speak.

And I have to at least give you kudos for featuring (briefly) family member Bob McIlvaine.

And I have to give you kudos for airing the movement's disavowing of any violence.

But ultimately, in the end, it was mostly a shameful attempt to acknowledge 9/11 truth while at the same time marginalizing it as being "largely discredited" and declaring that we'll be arguing about 9/11 for the next hundred years.

Not to mention that the Pentagon shooter was what inspired you to even do this story and lead in with it.

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Just stays at zero after clicking. FWIW

Hopefully this still holds out to be true...

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Their Mud isn't sticking

very well. Any rational person can see that he/she should research this subject now-- that there is SOMETHING to it. So to all those who have ventured to the web, we welcome you!

Many of us have posted comments on NY Times, CNN, ABC, and The Washington Post.

As someone already said, "They are getting CLOBBERED on their own comments page."

Truth vs truther

God, I despise that moniker, 'truther". Jesus Christ was a "truther" I suppose, but the term is a pejorative. Let's not use it to describe ourselves. We are a movement, like the anti-war movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-Death Penalty Movement. Imagine Sister Helen Prejean being described as an "anti-deather"? Or Martin Luther King as a Civil-Righty" or Daniel Berrigan as as "war-whiner"...Same thing people. WE are the "TRUTH MOVEMENT"

I see your point, but

I've noticed that when I embrace the "truther" label, it ceases to have it's perjorative connotation. The people who use the truther label seem to be disarmed when I make the term my own. These are just my observations, however.

Not sure...

... if it is pejorative as such, at least not very much. After all, it contains the very positive word "truth" + the active ending "er". I suggest you English-spekers use it proudly - make it "your own", as the other replyER notes.

What he meant to say:

"Netanyahu: My father was well aware of and approved of 9/11 attacks in 1990s"


my thoughts too...


Article about the differences in tone and content between ABC and RT:

The key to successful truth actions lies in not insulting your target audience or promoting speculation as hard fact.


Having watched these a couple of times I think the RT piece was really, really good. It was like '911 news' or something. Nice to have a bit of meta-meta-analysis too.

RT is putting out some great stuff at the moment.

Another carefully constructed hit piece. As expected.

ABC, just like the WaPo, are part of the status quo. They are part of the problem, not the solution. This was clearly a hit piece.

Truth, like a flower through a crack in the concrete sidewalk, will find the sun.

these msm turds

are not interested in evidence or truth, they have an agenda, a purpose, an intention to smear and malign the quest for truth and justice ... they are demonstrably propagandists, the loaded questions, the emotive language, the dishonest editing of interviews, the bias, the bigotry, the prejudiced stereotyping, the attempts to ridicule and discredit by association, the refusal to present evidence, the false assertions ..

I intend to edit a piece from the videos made available here to show just how pathetic and dishonest this mainstream approach to 9/11 really is...