Hollywood and 9/11: The Movies and TV Dramas Resembling the Terrorist Attacks That Were Being Produced in September 2001

The famous Hollywood sign

"It represents capitalism. It represents freedom. It represents everything America is
about. And to bring those two buildings down would bring America to its knees."

- Line from Nosebleed, a movie originally set to start being
filmed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

A significant number of movies and television dramas were being produced at the time of the 9/11 attacks, which had storylines with some remarkable similarities to the events of September 11, 2001. These storylines featured incidents such as terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, terrorists hijacking a commercial aircraft, and terrorists causing a jumbo jet to crash in New York.

The movies and TV shows would have featured some famous actors, and were being made for major companies, such as CBS and 20th Century Fox. Furthermore, employees of the military and other U.S. government agencies are known to have assisted in developing the storylines of some of these productions. Unsurprisingly, after September 11, the movies and TV shows were either canceled or significantly rewritten so as to remove any resemblance to the 9/11 attacks.

The existence of these movies and TV dramas, at the very least, disproves claims that the 9/11 attacks could not have been foreseen. It is worth considering, however, whether these productions served a more sinister purpose in relation to 9/11, albeit unknown to most of the people working on them.

This article examines seven movies and television dramas that were in production at the time of the 9/11 attacks, which all had notable similarities to aspects of what happened on September 11. These proposed movies and TV shows received some attention after September 11 because of their resemblance to the attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. Newsweek even commented that the amount of movies and TV shows about terrorism being made at that time "makes you wonder if this [i.e. terrorism] wasn't an obsessive theme in the culture even before September 11." [1] However, no one suggested that there might have been a more sinister reason for there being so many productions about terrorism. Instead, their existence was treated like a simple coincidence.

A number of movies and TV shows that were being produced at the time of the 9/11 attacks are notable because they featured acts of terrorism in New York or, specifically, at the World Trade Center.

A movie that is particularly striking is Nosebleed, which would have been about a terrorist plot to bomb the Twin Towers. [2] It was going to feature the well-known martial artist and actor Jackie Chan as a window washer at the World Trade Center who uncovers the plot and tries to thwart the terrorists. [3]

The script for Nosebleed was initially written in 1999 by Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner, and developed after that. Zicherman and Metzner had also come up with the film's storyline. [4]

A line reportedly in the script indicates that the fictitious terrorists intended to cause the Twin Towers to collapse--like what actually happened on September 11. A terrorist would say of the WTC: "It represents capitalism. It represents freedom. It represents everything America is about. And to bring those two buildings down would bring America to its knees." [5]

Nosebleed would have been a major film. It would have cost $50 million to $60 million to make, according to Variety magazine. [6] In May 2000, it was reported that Renny Harlin, who previously directed action movies such as Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight, was in talks to direct it, although whether he was subsequently taken on as director is unclear. [7]

Not only did the plot of Nosebleed have similarities to the 9/11 attacks, but a scene for the movie was scheduled to be filmed at the top of one of the Twin Towers at 7:00 a.m. on September 11. [8] The filming would have taken place at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the North Tower, according to Jackie Chan, but it was canceled. So instead of being at the WTC, Chan was in Toronto working on another movie, The Tuxedo, on September 11. [9]

Had the filming gone ahead as originally scheduled, Chan and the other people involved would likely have died, since everyone who was in Windows on the World when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on September 11 was trapped and subsequently died. [10] Chan told one newspaper, "I would probably have died if the shooting went ahead as planned." [11] He said that on September 11, after he learned about the attacks on the WTC, he was "like a walking dead man" for the rest of the day. [12]

It is unclear why the filming at the WTC was canceled. According to some reports, it was because the script for the scene there was late. [13] According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was because Chan "didn't want to make Nosebleed without a finished script." "The action was good, but, somehow, the script not ready," he commented. [14] But Chan gave a different explanation to the Boston Phoenix, saying: "The studio didn't really like the script of Nosebleed because it was not perfect yet. So my manager said: 'Don't worry. If you do not like this film, we can do Tuxedo. You will meet with [Steven] Spielberg to see if you like it or not.' Then I met with Spielberg and I say I will do Tuxedo, because I trust Spielberg." [15]

Unsurprisingly, work on Nosebleed was put on hold after 9/11 and the movie has never been made. [16]

Another movie was, like Nosebleed, notable because--as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described--its plot featured "New York, the World Trade Center, and terrorists." [17] Till Death Do Us Part would have been a comedy starring the well-known actors Billy Crystal and Michael Douglas. Its storyline, according to Newsday, was "about two fathers, soon to be related by their children's marriage," who have to take on "a terrorist bent on creating havoc in New York City." The movie would have included "a significant scene that was to take place at the Windows on the World restaurant" at the top of the North Tower. [18] It featured "a big World Trade Center scene with terrorists," according to Crystal, who added, "Funny, but the whole story was about that." [19]

Till Death Do Us Part was being made by Warner Brothers and Franchise Pictures, and was written in 2000 by Nat Mauldin, whose previous work included writing Dr. Dolittle, the 1998 comedy starring Eddie Murphy. [20] Filming was set to begin on November 17, 2001. [21] The movie was put on hold after September 11, but it was subsequently rewritten and was released in May 2003, renamed The In-Laws and with Crystal no longer starring in it. [22]

A big-budget television drama was being developed at the time of the 9/11 attacks, which, like these movies, centered on terrorism in New York. NBC was working on a five-hour miniseries, called Terror, about a series of al-Qaeda attacks in the city. The show would have been a crossover between the network's three Law & Order series (the original show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and was going to be broadcast in May 2002. [23]

Terror would have followed an Osama bin Laden devotee who goes from an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan to New York. There, he detonates explosives in the subway under Times Square, killing over 1,000 New Yorkers. [24] Investigators then discover a terrorist release of anthrax, and the storyline would subsequently include the threat of a release of smallpox. [25]

Dick Wolf, the creator of Law & Order, put forward the idea for the show. When he was asked, early in 2001, if he had any suggestions for a miniseries, Wolf answered, "Terrorism in New York City." This, according to Los Angeles magazine, was a story he had "long wanted to do." When Wolf told Neal Baer, one of Law & Order's executive producers, about the miniseries, Baer said the show should specifically be about bioterrorism.

By June 2001, Wolf had written a 40-page outline for Terror. [26] By August, Wolf and his colleagues were "deeply involved in the story," according to Baer. [27] Filming was set to begin on September 24, less than two weeks after 9/11. [28]

On September 11, before the attacks took place in New York, Baer and some of his colleagues were at a facility only a couple of miles from the World Trade Center doing "preproduction planning" for the show. [29] Terror was canceled a week later, in light of the 9/11 attacks. [30]

Other movies and television shows being produced at the time of the 9/11 attacks stand out because their storylines featured terrorist events that resembled specific aspects of 9/11: an aircraft hijacking, a plane crash, and an attack in the U.S. that leads to a wider conflict, like the actual "war on terror."

One of these was a TV miniseries called World War III, which would have been about "how an act of terrorism on United States soil expanded into global conflict," according to the Dallas Observer. Bryce Zabel, a longtime television writer and producer, who was elected as chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in August 2001, was working on this show. He was scheduled to meet with executives at the cable channel USA Network on September 13, 2001, to present the details of his miniseries to them.

Zabel consulted the U.S. military while working on the storyline for World War III and apparently considered scenarios resembling the 9/11 attacks. He has recalled: "My partner and I had worked carefully with the Air Force and some Pentagon war planners to figure out the possible scenarios by which such a conflict [i.e. a world war] could come into being. The irony is that we had sort of rejected something as radical as what just happened [on September 11] as being a little too much."

Zabel has not said what kind of terrorist attack he eventually decided to incorporate into his storyline. But he noted a similarity between what his show envisioned and what happened on September 11, saying the 9/11 attacks meant that "the cautionary tale we hoped to tell in fiction ended up becoming a cautionary tale told on the evening news." [31]

Zabel's miniseries was canceled in response to the 9/11 attacks. But, possibly referring to the similarity between its storyline and the "global war on terrorism" that began after 9/11, Zabel said, two weeks after September 11, that World War III would have "reflected exactly what's going on in the world right now." [32]

One movie that was in the pipeline on September 11, called WW3.com, would have involved cyber-terrorists causing a Boeing 767--the type of plane that hit the Twin Towers--to crash just a few miles from the World Trade Center.

Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox had been working on WW3.com since 1998. The movie, according to Variety, would have featured "a high-concept, special effects-laden storyline involving cyber-terrorists who have declared war on the United States." [33] It was written by David Marconi, who previously wrote Enemy of the State, a 1998 thriller starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

Marconi said his screenplay for WW3.com was "incredibly prescient about the events of September 11." He described the storyline as "a blueprint for disaster." Notably, the movie's climax would have featured a Boeing 767 crashing into a Simon and Garfunkel concert in New York's Central Park.

Marconi was assisted by experts from the National Security Agency (NSA) while he was working on the screenplay. He has recalled that these experts were "more than helpful in laying out situations not dissimilar from what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon" on September 11. On the day of 9/11, one of them even phoned Marconi and said to him: "Turn on the TV. It's happening." Marconi has not said whether the scenario of a 767 crashing into Central Park was suggested to him by someone at the NSA. [34]

In August 2000, it was reported that WW3.com would be produced by Luc Besson, the well-known French film writer, director, and producer. [35] The film was shelved after 9/11, but the script was rewritten and made into the fourth Die Hard movie, Live Free or Die Hard, which was released in 2007. [36]

20th Century Fox also worked on Deadline, a movie that would have involved an aircraft hijacking. Few details are known about this film. It was, according to the Los Angeles Times, "in top-secret development" before September 11. All that has been reported of its storyline is that it featured terrorists hijacking a commercial aircraft.

Deadline was reportedly being produced by James Cameron, the renowned director of movies such as Titanic and The Terminator. It was written by brothers Peter and David Griffiths, who also wrote Collateral Damage, a movie about terrorism starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that was released in 2002. [37]

Deadline was put on hold after 9/11. [38] It was revived in 2008, with the new name Nagasaki Deadline. At that time, Variety reported that the storyline "centered on an emotionally damaged FBI agent who must decipher historic events in a desperate race to avert a terrorist plot." It is unclear if this was the original storyline of the movie or if the plot was changed after September 11. [39] Five years later, the movie has still not been made.

One production is notable because, although it did not feature a terrorist attack, its storyline centered on the investigation of a plane crash, just as the 9/11 attacks led to the investigations of plane crashes. Furthermore, Osama bin Laden would have been mentioned in it.

Fall From the Sky was to have been a TV movie for CBS. Although being made for television rather than cinema, it had a large budget, of $7.2 million. [40] It was written by Nicholas Meyer--who previously wrote several of the Star Trek movies--and Brian Rehak, and would have starred Forest Whitaker, the award-winning actor of such movies as Bird and The Last King of Scotland.

Fall From the Sky would have told the story of the crash of a new type of passenger aircraft in which hundreds of people die, and the investigation that follows. Whitaker was to have played the National Transportation Safety Board official who leads the investigation. [41]

The storyline, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, looked at "the meticulous process of gathering scientific evidence after the tragedy." [42] It also "dealt a lot with the [Federal Aviation Administration] and issues of concealment," Whitaker said. [43] The TV movie, according to Meyer, would show "the political pressures brought to bear on the investigation." [44]

Furthermore, the storyline included investigators examining the theory that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the crash. [45] According to Meyer, it would transpire that terrorists were not to blame.

Filming was scheduled to begin in Winnipeg, Canada, around the start of October 2001 and the TV movie was in preproduction in September that year. [46] However, CBS canceled Fall From the Sky shortly after 9/11. [47]

The fact that these movies and television shows were in production at the time of the 9/11 attacks, at the very least, disproves official claims that no one could have predicted what happened on September 11. What we know of the storylines of these productions shows that some scriptwriters, and people working for government agencies who assisted them, did indeed envision scenarios resembling the 9/11 attacks. The storylines are also evidence that some individuals may have had foreknowledge of the attacks--a possibility that should certainly be investigated.

It is also plausible that these movies and TV shows served a more disturbing purpose. Might, for example, rogue individuals working for U.S. government agencies have used a particular film or television show as a cover, to help them prepare the 9/11 attacks?

When considering this possibility, it is worth noting that there has been a long history of collaboration between government agencies and the entertainment industry. Former CIA officer Robert Baer described this relationship, saying, "All these people that run [film] studios, they go to Washington, they hang around with senators, they hang around with CIA directors, and everybody's on board." [48]

Furthermore, government agencies have, for many years, employed entertainment liaison officers to influence the image of them portrayed in the media. The FBI set up an office in the 1930s to improve its image in movies, radio programs, and television shows. The Department of Defense established a similar office in 1947.

The CIA was the last major government agency to establish a formal relationship with the movie industry. It set up a basic entertainment program in the early 1990s and employed its first entertainment liaison officer in 1996. Other agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service, similarly have motion picture and television offices or employ official assistants to the media. [49]

The CIA and the military have cooperated on numerous Hollywood productions. The Pentagon provided its "full cooperation" for movies such as Top Gun (1986), True Lies (1994), Air Force One (1997), Transformers (2007), and Iron Man (2008). [50] And the CIA helped shape such movies as Enemy of the State (1998), Bad Company (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and The Recruit (2003). [51]

Although it only employed its first liaison to the entertainment industry in 1996, the CIA has been working with Hollywood since the 1950s. [52] Jerry Naylor, a country singer and veteran of the entertainment business, revealed that he was first recruited by the agency in 1968, and subsequently "used his international fame as cover to work as a secret agent for the CIA" on more than 100 occasions. Naylor believes other celebrities must have similarly been employed by the agency. "I think using celebrities from Los Angeles and Hollywood for covert operations is probably something that the CIA liked to do," he said. "I doubt I was the only one." [53]

Furthermore, retired CIA intelligence officer Antonio Mendez (who was played by Ben Affleck in the movie Argo) wrote that when he was head of the agency's disguise section, between 1974 and 1979, he "engaged the services of many consultants in the entertainment industry." These included makeup artist John Chambers, who won an honorary Academy Award for his work on the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes. [54]

John Rizzo, a senior CIA lawyer, stated in 2007 that the CIA has "a very active" network of people in Hollywood, helping "in whatever way they can to give back." [55]

It is also worth noting that movies had, long before 2001, been used as a cover for covert operations, so if this tactic was utilized by those who planned 9/11, it would not have been the first time a movie served such a purpose. For example, from 1978 to 1982, Jerry Naylor worked on the research and production of a movie called The Bounty Hunter, which, Naylor has claimed, was a cover for monitoring terrorists in the Lebanon. [56]

A better known example of the tactic was the subject of the Oscar-winning movie Argo. On that occasion, the CIA helped rescue six American embassy workers who were trapped in Iran during the 1979 to 1981 hostage crisis by disguising them as a Canadian film crew that was supposedly scouting the country for shooting locations.

The team running the operation set up a fake production company called Studio Six Productions, with offices in a suite on the old Columbia Studio lot in Hollywood. The company soon announced its first supposed production--a science-fiction movie called Argo--and arranged for full-page adverts in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter to publicize it. Using the cover of the Hollywood production company and the movie, the CIA was then able to get the six embassy workers out of Iran.

Studio Six Productions appeared so convincing that by the time it closed, several weeks after the rescue, it had received 26 scripts, one of which was from Steven Spielberg. The Hollywood community only learned about the deception behind the company and its planned movie 17 years later, when the CIA decided to go public with the story. [57]

Seeing how movies had previously been successfully used as a cover for covert operations, we can imagine how films and television shows with plots resembling the events of September 11 might have served as a cover for some of the preparations for the 9/11 attacks. For example, a person working on one of these productions could have used their position to obtain information that would otherwise have been unavailable to them and might have been beneficial for planning 9/11.

Jackie Chan has revealed how his involvement in the movie Nosebleed, about a terrorist plot to blow up the Twin Towers, enabled him to learn about the World Trade Center buildings. "We had visited the location before September 11," he said. "The producer. My manager. We had dinner upstairs. We were getting all kinds of information. I was going to play a window washer, so they were telling me things like how many windows the building had.'' [58] In his preparation for the movie, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Chan learned the "secrets" of the Twin Towers, such as "how air pressure was regulated with doors that might be useful as gags in one of his trademark fights," and "which sides of the buildings one could work on to avoid the wind." [59]

Considering the opportunities the movie thus provided, might Nosebleed have been used by someone who, while working on the film, was secretly involved in planning 9/11 and using their work on the movie as a cover, in order to find out information about the Twin Towers? This person might, for example, have been able to learn about security at the World Trade Center and the layout of the towers, which would have been useful information for anyone who wanted to plant explosives, so as to cause the buildings to collapse on September 11.

Since the movie Till Death Do Us Part, like Nosebleed, would have featured "New York, the World Trade Center, and terrorists," it seems plausible that a person involved in its production could similarly have used their position to obtain information about the WTC.

A production like the TV movie Fall From the Sky could have provided different opportunities for a person who was secretly helping to plan the 9/11 attacks. Since Fall From the Sky would have been about a National Transportation Safety Board official and the investigation of a plane crash, a person working on it might have been able to obtain information that would be useful for covering up the truth of what happened on September 11 in the aftermath of the attacks.

They might have learned what kinds of investigations would follow the plane crashes on September 11 and how the National Transportation Safety Board would respond. Such information could have helped the group planning 9/11 determine how to obstruct the investigations that would follow the attacks.

The experiences of those who worked on NBC's miniseries Terror, about a series of al-Qaeda attacks in New York, illustrate the many opportunities a television show or movie about terrorism could create for someone who wanted to gather information on the subject.

Those working on Terror did a lot of research, particularly on bioterrorism, for the miniseries. They talked to "top law enforcement people on the state, federal, and local levels" about the subject, according to Dick Wolf. [60] Neil Baer talked to experts at the Rand Corporation think tank and hired a consultant from Stanford University in California. [61]

Those involved with the miniseries also consulted experts at the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia. At one point, Baer said, the FBI talked to them, because their "accumulation of so much information raised a red flag." Baer said that as a result of their research, "We knew a lot of things most people didn't know, because we spoke with so many experts all over the country." [62]

It is worth noting, however, that it would surely only require a small number of complicit individuals for a movie or television series to be used to help with planning the 9/11 attacks. In her book The CIA in Hollywood, Tricia Jenkins noted that when the CIA wants to influence a particular production, its involvement with that production is "shadowy and difficult to trace, especially since its interactions often take place only between two well-placed individuals, either in person or over the phone." [63]

If a movie or TV show was serving as a cover for those planning the 9/11 attacks, most people involved with it would therefore, presumably, have been unaware that they were being used by individuals with murderous intentions, and would have just thought they were working on a normal production.

The fact that numerous movies and television dramas with storylines resembling the events of September 11 were in production at the time of the 9/11 attacks is surely something that requires closer examination, especially in light of the history of cooperation between government agencies and the entertainment industry. And yet, after receiving some attention in the aftermath of the attacks, these productions have been largely forgotten.

There are numerous questions that could be considered as part of a new investigation of 9/11. For example, which individuals came up with the scenarios resembling aspects of the 9/11 attacks for the storylines of these movies and TV shows? Some of the writers have said that scenarios similar to what happened on September 11 were suggested to them by employees of the NSA and the military. So who were those employees and what exactly did they suggest?

Investigators could presumably discover more details of the plots of the TV shows and movies, and obtain copies of the scripts. And it would surely be worth researching whether other productions with storylines resembling the 9/11 attacks were being worked on in September 2001.

Inquiries may well reveal a different story behind the terrorist attacks of September 11 than the official account we were led to believe.

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[2] Some news reports after September 11 claimed that the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building was the terrorists' target in Nosebleed. However, these claims were likely incorrect, as all reports before September 11 stated that the World Trade Center was the target.
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[47] Army Archerd, "Gotham Events Should Shine."
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[55] Tricia Jenkins, The CIA in Hollywood, p. 94.
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[58] Robert Denerstein, "Training Gives Chan Natural Kick." Rocky Mountain News, September 28, 2002.
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[61] Diane K. Shah, "Brotherhood of the Wolf."
[62] "Critical Issues in Writing About Bioterrorism."
[63] Tricia Jenkins, The CIA in Hollywood, p. 69.

Great research!

Great research thanks! There's also that TV pilot (!) episode "The Lone Gunmen" that didn't make the list - this was aired about a year prior to 9/11, and involved the extraordinary scenario of a false flag terrorist attack involving rogue elements within the US Government remotely controlling a commercial jet and flying it into the top of the World Trade Center - ?/!!. The story's hero managed to avoid the accident at the very last second. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3WW6eoLcLI

I imagine that many of us in this board are plenty aware that Hollywood has been actively targeting and demonizing Arabs (Muslims) for the last 65 or so years, portraying this demographic as the "other boogeyman" alongside the "evil Soviets". Jack Shaheen's exhaustively researched encyclopedic book and accompanying documentary "Reel Bad Arabs" is a good example in numerous illustrations of such. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko_N4BcaIPY

With such a long established, broad negative background and psychological indoctrination firmly embedded in the mainstream American consciousness, selling a series of wars against Middle Eastern nations for their natural resources has never been much of a problem. Selling the "19 Arab hijackers and a guy in a cave 10,000 miles away" fairytale, on the sole grounds that "they hate our freedoms" was a piece of cake... "Course they did it, who else could have?"

Mass Media Foretold 9/11

Wow, what a great article! I might add some of these facts to my 9/11 Documentary. I can't believe Jackie Chan almost died!!! He's one of my favorite action movie stars! You know, Jermaine Jackson gave an interview and said that his brother, Michael Jackson, was scheduled to be in the Twin Towers at 8am on 9/11. So that's TWO celebrities who would have died that day.

This article is great in showing how there were 7 films in the works eerily similar to 9/11. And they cancelled them! There are many films that were NOT cancelled, because the Mass Media has been doing this for a VERY long time! And these are all documented and verifyable. My film is dedicated to showing how 9/11 was foretold in the Mass Media years before this event. If you're interested, you can visit my website to see the trailer!


This ought to be interesting!


Richard Anthony Graves

Awarded high honors with a college degree in the Music and Video Business, Richard felt drawn to create a video on a topic for which he feels passionate about. He's been researching 9/11 topics since 2001, and is compelled to share what he found with the world! It is his hope to reverse the silence which has been imposed on this subject.

Talented in many fields, Rich was a recording engineer, musical composer, and professional musician. As a hobbyist he performs close-up magic and studies the works of illusionists known throughout history. He has performed in-depth research into law, philosophy, religion, and history. His talents will enrich this film.

...Along with others involved in the project.

About the Movie (from YouTube)

A movie the Mass Media doesn’t want you to see!

This captivating, feature-length, documentary film examines, in detail, the mystery of “coincidences” leading to the event on September 11, 2001. It explores the Mass Media prior to, and leading up to, that fateful day. It will weave together a tapestry of movies, T.V. series, cartoons, commercials, books, comics, games, music albums, magazines, advertising, brochures, publications, posters, paintings, novelty items, and even U.S. Currency, to reveal secret messages that foretell 9/11 years before it happened.

This will be the first full-length documentary of its kind to explore these topics. This film is not just another documentary about 9/11, nor is it a “conspiracy theory,” but attempts something much more ambitious and provocative.

It will reveal not only how the media foreshadowed the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon , but foreshadow the same details as well (i.e., "terrorists" would be involved; planes would be the weapons; the Twin Towers would collapse while the Pentagon would be damaged; this event would be referred to as "9-11"; the destruction of the WTC would be called "Ground Zero"; and more).

As unbelievable as it sounds, these facts are undeniable. However, the "reason" for these facts are still a mystery. Is it because of coincidence, synchronicity, deduction or foreknowledge? Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain. This film will be visually stunning, have intense music, compelling narration, thought-provoking messages, and will hold your interest throughout.

Whether or not you believe the official story of 9/11, you’ll find this documentary invaluable. Whether the facts presented in this movie are just a coincidence, or proof of foreknowledge, this film will open up your mind to a hidden world you never knew existed.

9/11 Foretold is also a platform for discussion about these issues and the events surrounding September 11, 2001.

Be sure to post a 911blogger entry

Richard or Kenneth or JoAnn,
Be sure to post a 911blogger entry when the film is released, along with a link to this entry by Shoestring.

When released

Yes,. I'll make sure to do that, Tom.


Another excellent article from Shoestring:
Rehearsing 9/11: How Training Exercises Foretold the Attacks of September 11: http://911blogger.com/node/19225

More info:

On the "The Lone Gunman", if I remember correctly, Dean Haglin was interviewed by Alex Jones and he said the script or idea came from the CIA.

Hiding in plain sight, lesser magic, predictive programming... leading the story.

Lone Gunmen Pilot Episode

Thanks for the good words, bloggulator and jkeogh. I know about The Lone Gunmen pilot episode. You can in fact watch this in full, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRtqQLMAZek. (The plot about a jumbo jet coming close to crashing into the WTC is near the end of the episode.) I chose not to include this in my article, as I wanted to focus on films and TV shows that were in production on September 11. The Lone Gunmen was broadcast six months before then.

There were also some thriller novels that appear to have predicted elements of the 9/11 attacks. You can read about these in some of my previous blog entries:

Aviation Thriller Novel Predicted Plane Hitting WTC and Other Aspects of 9/11:

New York's Terrorism Task Force Predicted Terrorists Crashing Planes Into the World Trade Center Before 9/11:

Future 9/11 Commissioner Fantasized About Crashing Plane Into Building:

Philips Ad

Check out this ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ_HNdFaIpU

Ren & Stimpy: The World Trade Center is destroyed as a character is counting "9-11"


The rest is interesting, and then the poster throws in their "observation" about the piece of toast. Seems like a good way to distract from the more interesting part of that clip.

News Anomalies of 11-22-63

ABC/WFAA (Dallas)- Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Speech, morning of 11/22/63(carried live): just before JFK is scheduled to come out of the pantry area, the announcer starts going into detail about the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley by Leon C zolgosz, who he describes as "a man with a long history of mental illness"(?);

Documented in "Evidence for Revision." This is almost on a par with network announcements of Building 7's demise before-the-fact on the day itself.

The Medusa Touch

Also check out "The Medusa Touch" (1978) which includes a scene of a remote controlled passenger jet crashing into an office building.

You can see the clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVzY3RSrI3k

The movie was produced by Arnon Milchan. According to Wikipedia " Mr. Milchan is also a former key Israeli intelligence operative from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s"

It is going on until now

I see the series "Bones" sometimes. There is a team of brilliant FBI experts solving criminal cases based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology.

The episode ‘The Patriot in Purgatory’ focuses on a dead homeless man, who died due the longterm effect of the plane-impact in the pentagon. In the team is "Dr. Jack Stanley Hodgins IV". "He is portrayed by T. J. Thyne." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Hodgins_%28Bones%29

He plays a character, who is normally open for al kinds of strange "conspiracy theories". But just during this episode, he says, that "he’s been through all the conspiracies, he can’t find any that make can make sense of what happened on 9/11 other than what actually happened." That was clearly propaganda.

"Bonestheory" http://bonestheory.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/the-patriot-in-purgatory-post-episode-discussion/

Thanks, Shoestring

I wonder how much of this is the product of the cultural memes of the time, But it is interesting that some of the writers/producers did research for their story line, talking to "top law enforcement people on the state, federal, and local levels." I've found that certain CIA and FBI leaders intentionally hyped the threat of terrorism from al Qaeda while simultaneously failing to investigate or stop terrorist plots.

More Than Just Coincidence

I really think these movies and TV shows had some significance in relation to the planning of the 9/11 attacks. There are just way too many "coincidences" here. Whatever the truth is, I am sure it will come out when there is a new investigation of 9/11.

Don't forget "Pearl Harbour"

released in summer 2001.

Wolfowitz chilling speech

Paul Wolfowitz- "Pearl Harbor- SURPRISE-COURAGE" June 2001 West Point Commencement

Port Authority, aeronautics borads, etc

In 1998 I read a letter into the record at the Manhattan Borough Presidents Office as a member of the Helicopter Noise Coalition of NYC. Present also, the Port Authority, both airport officials, local and federal regulators. I said, UN security told me they want a no fly zone and our group wanted a no fly zone due to noise and safety issues. I also said a terrorist could drop a charge targeting the WTC ( which was pretty close to the cover story) . They all heard me, an ordinary citizen with a hunch.
When a meeting was held after the event years later, I read the same letter, and officials were squirming.

"Back To The Future" Movie - (odd 9/11 messages)

Someone in our Dallas Group sent out this link.
(I am not sure what to make of it. Some parts might be a stretch.)

9 - 11 Prediction. in Hollywood Movie (BACK TO THE FUTURE)

tangental history

Did your movie watch you before you watched it?

Did your movie watch you before you watched it?

Chuck Norris - Early 2002 "The President's Man 2: A Line..."

( In 2000, the Chuck Norris film "The President's Man" was released.)

Then in early 2002, CBS aired a TV Movie entitled "The President's Man: A Line in the Sand" starring Chuck Norris.
Originally, it was to be called "The President's Man: Ground Zero"

According to "Trivia" on IMDB.... Originally sub-titled Ground Zero but was changed after the 9/11 attacks. However the TV channel "Universal" still uses Ground Zero as the subtitle.
Because the plot revolves around a nuclear device in a major U.S. city, the term "Ground Zero" seems appropriate.

Writing Credits (WGA)
Bob Gookin
John Lansing
Bruce Cervi

Evidently, the filming dates were
10 May 2001 - 1 June 2001

Wikipedia states:
...It was first shown on CBS on January 20, 2002. The film was directed by Norris' son Eric Norris and co-produced by his brother Aaron Norris.[1] …
Secret agent Joshua McCord (Chuck Norris) is assigned by President Adam Mayfield (Robert Urich) to prevent a band of terrorists from setting off a nuclear device in a U.S. city. McCord has to infiltrate the terrorists' headquarters and disarm the bomb....


The January 16, 2002 issue of "Variety Magazine" had this article by Steven Oxman…
The President’s Man: A Line in the Sand
It turns out that Chuck Norris isn’t just a television star but a psychic: This CBS telepic depicting an attempted terrorist attack on the U.S. by a Saudi national based in Afghanistan was filmed in May. Of course, in this version, Norris and his secretive can-do team stop the nuclear bomb that’s been smuggled into the country from exploding with a lone second left on the clock. Then he gives Osama — or rather, Rashid, which is what the not-really-disguised Osama Bin Laden is called here — a good ol’ whuppin’. Sorry to give away the ending, but it’s the only way to do full justice to this alternate reality television, where the good guys always win because the machine guns always miss them. Norris-land has never seemed so unreal, or so appealing...

...In the screenplay by John Lansing and Bruce Cervi, the president (here played by Robert Urich) is publicly threatened by the leader of a terrorist group, the one responsible for the African embassy assault, the USS Cole attack, and the first (alas) World Trade Center bombing (who could they possibly be referring to?). If the U.S. doesn’t release the men who’ve been tried for that latter event, Rashid will explode the nuclear bomb his son has smuggled into the country.

Only Joshua and his team can capture Rashid and then stop the bomb from destroying an American city. That premise, of course, also means that others can’t do it, and in this case that refers to the White House staff, the U.S. military, the FBI and all other elements of the government, which come off as ineffective, if not incompetent. This may not be intentional, but it certainly is a disheartening portrait if one thinks about it....

Variety Magazine and others leave out some interesting aspects to the film.
(Note that these words are mentioned in the film: Sadam, Afghanistan, Taliban, World Trade Center, even Tim McVeigh)

The beginning of the film takes place in West Africa (but you can tell it is filmed in Texas) where missiles are blown up. The President is called by Chuck's team and told "We have located and neutralized Sadam's missile storage in West Africa."

Senator Kay Baily Hutchinson is in the film at the President's round table when he decides to bomb the Afghanistan compound of the Taliban terrorist Rashid.

The Taliban of Afghanistan are portrayed as evil bad guys in the film.

Chuck Norris is a Texas University Professor (when he is not 'The President's Man', a secret identity) who explains to his students about the Taliban jihad agenda. (Filmed in front of SMU but without the SMU logos). When a student suggests nuking a country supporting terrorists (such as Rashid), Chuck points out that "We can't condemn all Arabs for the actions of a few, just like we can't condemn all Americans for the actions of men like Tim McVeigh...." Chuck goes on to say that there are over a billion Muslims, but a very, very small percentage are radicals who want a jihad.

In Afghanistan, Rashid has a well equipped, large underground complex about 100 feet below the surface according to the movie. So, of course, the President's bombs have no effect on Rashid.
( comparative - "Donald Rumsfeld, Tim Russert and the Bin Laden Bunker Caves" (40 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgWrnahej2c )

In the TV Movie, the President is briefed by Army intelligence who describes the number of dead and wounded from recent terrorist acts: An embassy bombing, another bombing, the USS Cole and a bombing of the World Trade Center. The FBI Director tells the President that "These are the men my agents apprehended from the Trade Center bombing, Rashid's top Lieutenants." The three men do not look like Saudi Arabs at all. They have a Taliban type turban on their head.

When a person who is aware of the 9/11 Coverup watches the TV movie, there are a variety of aspects which stand out.

"The President's Man: A Line in The Sand" (2002) Original Trailer. (30 seconds)
Don't worry...Chuck Norris kicks-butt on the evil terrorist Rashid in front of Dallas City Hall.

CHUCK NORRIS: The President's Man 2 - Final Fight Remastered HD. (one minute)
Some of the Chuck Norris films and shows were filmed mostly in Texas. This is what drew me to the above mentioned film.
Recently, I came across a few Chuck Norris DVDs and started watching them, many times identifying parts of Texas or its flora.
In fact, in 1970 I used to hunt about 2 or 3 miles from the hilltop ranch house of the Chuck Norris film "Logan's War - Bound by Honor".

Cover for preparations for 9/11?

Thanks for putting together all this information, TomT. I shall have to try and watch this movie sometime. It certainly seems to fit with the main hypothesis of my article: that movies and TV shows served as a cover for some of the preparations for the 9/11 attacks. If a movie or TV show was being made that had similarities to what happened on September 11, an operative could perhaps have got involved with making it. Among other things, they could then have carried out research that would help with the preparations for 9/11 under the pretext that they were just doing research for the movie or TV show.

I was thinking about this possibility just the other day, when I read this article: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/02/princess-diana-bodyguard-sequel-kevin-costner. It points out that around the time of the death of Princess Diana, in 1997, a sequel was in the works to the 1992 blockbuster movie, The Bodyguard. This sequel would have actually starred Diana, whose character was being protected from stalkers and paparazzi by the bodyguard, played by Kevin Costner. If, as many people suspect, Diana was murdered, this movie could have served as a cover for some of the perpetrators and facilitated some of their preparations for the assassination.

The Princess Diana is interesting.

I lean with you about your hypothesis. In fact, it seems like a smart way to pull off an operation.

There comes a point when the word "coincidence" becomes extremely, impossibly remarkable.

Definition - "a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection"

If someone won the Powerball Interstate Lottery for millions, three times...That type of coincidence would surely be suspect.

Screenshots "The President's Man: A Line in the Sand"

A nuclear device was planted at a Dallas refinery by Rashid's men.
While fighting off bad guys, Chuck Norris disarms the nuclear device with only one or two seconds to spare.
Thus, Dallas is saved from nuclear devastation.

The final fight scene takes place in front of Dallas City Hall.
A kick by Chuck Norris sends Rashid flying, twirling through the air.

Large Image - "Rashid" - https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/4/9/9/highres_482909849.jpeg

Large Image - The FBI Director tells the President that "These are the men my agents apprehended from the Trade Center bombing, Rashid's top Lieutenants."

"The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Issue #216: The President’s Man: A Line in the Sand (2002)"

Corbett revisits Government Propaganda Films prior to 9/11

July 9, 2019
The Wacky World of Internal Government Propaganda – #PropagandaWatch at The Corbett Report
"...How about a DARPA video dedicated to defeating the cyber threat from the “fictional” state of “Kuracq?” (<--"Iraq")
Or an internal (fake) news report from a war game scenario about a bioterror attack in the US . . . four months before such an attack took place? Well then you’re in for a treat in this week’s edition of #PropagandaWatch.

Be sure to check the Show notes for links and references.


From "Washington's Blog" - Oct 12, 2014
June 2001 Bioterror Exercise Foreshadowed 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks
At the end of one of these clips, the reporter says: "Iraq might have provided the technology behind the attacks to terrorist groups based in Afghanistan."

"Media Monarchy YouTube Channel" -- https://mediamonarchy.com/
On June 22-23, 2001, just under 3 months before 9/11, the U.S. military held a senior-level war game at Andrews Air Force Base called Dark Winter. The scenario of this bio-terrorism drill was designed to simulate a smallpox attack in three states in which one of these states would be Pennsylvania.
As a part of this war game, scripted TV news clips were made to help make this drill as realistic as possible.

-- 'operation dark winter' 3 --

-- Strategic Cyber Defense --
"2001 DARPA/SPAWAR movie showing DARPA's vision of cyber attack and defense. Look for touch screens everywhere (6 years before iPhone came out), Siri, behavior/anomaly analysis, game theory, fish bowling, autonomic defense, traceback, attack back, graceful degradation, joint military-civilian operations, and more."

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