Conspiracy Theorists Leaflet in front of "World Trade Center" opening in Tampa by Mitch E. Perry08/09/06
Today Paramount Pictures released the film â€œWorld Trade Centerâ€?, directed by one of the most controversial and talented filmmakers in America, Oliver Stone.
But unlike other Stone films, â€œWorld Trade Centerâ€? is NOT considered to be controversial â€“ however â€“ the topic certainly is.
A Scripps Howard poll released last week reported that one-third of Americans now believe the U.S. government had something to do with the 9/11 attacks.
Today some of those people took the opportunity of â€œWorld Trade Centerâ€?â€™s opening to leaflet in front of theatres across the country to give them information on websites that discuss alternative theories to the 9/11 Commission Report on that day of tragedy.
Activist Carol Brulay said she and other 9/11 conspiracy theorists are somewhat disappointed in Oliver Stoneâ€™s film , in that it does NOT address any of the alternative notions (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?from the towersâ€?)
David Slesinger helps run the website 911courage.org â€“ and organized a nationwide conference call for activists to discuss their day of leaf leting. He says one of the leading points of contention among critics of the 9/11 Commission is the molten steel in World Trade Center Building #7, a third collapsed skyscraper which was not hit by a plane (roll tape#2 o.q.â€? Defense language Instituteâ€?)
Other theories are more political in natureâ€¦.
Peter Zarkony from North Carolina says the biggest evidence of government involvement is what he calls their â€˜persistent coverupâ€™ (roll tape#3 o.q.â€?speculationâ€?)
And Zarkony says he canâ€™t understand why the President and Vice President refused to speak to the 9/11 Commission under oath (roll tape#4 o.q.â€?testifying under oathâ€?)
Others on the call mentioned how President Bush delayed for months in agreeing to allow for a commission, but was prompted to by the family members of many 9/11 victimsâ€¦
Among those leafleting literature in Tampa was Mia Hamel, who went in front of the University Mall Theatre near the USF campusâ€¦She was arrested and then later released, provided she not return in front of the theatre...
Hamel seized on what other conspiracy theorists seize on â€¦..The Project for The American Century (roll tape#5 o.q.â€™along with thatâ€?)
A new book â€œDebunking 9/11 Mythsâ€? â€“ an indepth investigation by Popular Mechanics magazine has just been published. In the Foreward to the book, Arizona Senator John McCain writes that The 9/11 Conspiracy movement exploits the publicâ€™s anger and sadness, and traffics in ugly, unfounded accusations of extraordinary evil against fellow Americans.
WMNF will speak to an editor of that book later this month.
For more links to other 9/11 conspiracy websites, go to 911courage.org