9/11 conspiracy program stirs cable-access debate

9/11 conspiracy program stirs cable-access debate
Nashoba Publishing Online

GROTON -- A program exploring an "insider job" theory for the 2001 collapse of New York City's World Trade Center is making some Groton Channel viewers uneasy.

They say they have problems with the station airing the video, given that Groton Channel operates out of a public school, Groton-Dunstable Regional High. Others argue that the issue is a matter of free speech.

Either way, residents are getting a crash course on how a public-access station operates: They have no control over what's shown, providing that it meets legal standards.

Dunstable resident Joan Simmons calls "9/11: Blueprint for Truth" mere "propaganda" that doesn't belong on the station.

John Ellenberger, who serves on the town's Cable Advisory Committee, said that by law, what goes out on the air cannot be censored. Groton Channel officials stress that the station must air any materials that residents ask to be broadcast.

In the videotape, Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect, argues that somebody must have detonated explosives inside the World Trade Center towers to make them collapse after terrorists crashed planes into the buildings. The video has been airing every Monday night.