SBS's 9/11 Hatchet Job
By Peter Meyer
[Comments in italics were added 2012-02-12.]
The government and corporate-controlled TV networks never do any documentary about September 11th without attempting to debunk any questioning of the official story by labelling it "conspiracy theory". For example, the London-based Mentorn TV produced a documentary about "conspiracy theories" which dealt with 9/11. It was broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 in September 2004 and a person who watched this program commented:
The Channel 4 documentary was awful, much worse than I'd feared. It was indeed the Mentorn production ... Although it was on for an hour they only got round to addressing two pieces of key evidence. The first was the tiny hole in the Pentagon and the virtual absence of any wreckage. The notion that something other than a 757 hit the building however was dismissed because of the eyewitness reports, which presumably are more reliable than material evidence. The small hole was explained away as being caused by the plane collapsing like an umbrella when it hit the wall.
The other crucial piece of evidence they briefly looked at was the fact that the towers collapsed at the speed of free-fall. The idea that bombs brought down the buildings in a controlled demolition was countered only by the tired old argument about burning fuel melting the foundations. They had the gall to conclude that conspiracy theorists were guilty of fuzzy logic!
Most of the programme was taken up with lengthy meanderings about some of the lesser, circumstantial evidence: the lack of a military response, the arrested Israelis, the Bush-bin Laden connection and the stock market fluctuations in the days prior to 9-11. On this latter point they concluded that al Qaeda made millions from the operation, but saw nothing noteworthy in the fact that the Bush administration has refused to release the names of those who made the transactions. Altogether a rather depressing hour's viewing.
And now from Australia we are getting more of the same. On 2005-01-18 the "multicultural" and "progressive" SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) TV, a government-funded offshoot of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is airing a program called "September 11 Didn't Happen".
Cutting Edge: September 11 Didn't Happen
Apart from the ludicrous choice of title SBS's description of this program immediately reveals that they have no intention of presenting a balanced and unprejudiced account of the evidence for and against the official story regarding the events of 9/11.
Their description begins by saying (quotes from the SBS page are in red) that their "documentary" "explores the wild imagination of conspiracy fanatics." Not just "conspiracy theorists" this time but "conspiracy fanatics". They seem quite unaware that a "wild imagination" is more correctly attributed to the framers of the official story. [The late] Gerard Holmgren has made this point clearly in his article Debunking Conspiracy Theorists, where we read:One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they "hate our freedoms."
Never a group of people to be bothered by facts, the perpetrators of this cartoon fantasy have constructed an elaborately woven web of delusions and unsubstantiated hearsay in order to promote this garbage across the internet and the media to the extent that a number of otherwise rational people have actually fallen under its spell. ...
These crackpots even contend that the extremist Bush regime was caught unawares by the attacks, had no hand in organizing them, and actually would have stopped them if it had been able.
The SBS web page goes on: "In his popular book, The Big Lie, French author Thierry Meyssan exposed an extremely fanciful theory on September 11." Actually Thierry Meyssan's website, Hunt the Boeing!, was the first to draw attention to the fact that there is no evidence, and in particular, no photographic evidence, of a Boeing 757 hitting the Pentagon. Go to his website and look for yourself. Or look at the photos given on the web page on this Serendipity site, The Pentagon Crash Site. Then decide whether Thierry Meyssan's observations can be correctly described as a "fanciful theory".
SBS claims: "These books [published in France and Germany] have had devastating effects in their home countries." Devastating, that is, to belief in the official story, a concoction of lies intended to delude the world into supporting the US government's supposed justification for its attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, and for its suppression of civil liberties and dissent within the US.
"In Germany, for example, one person out of five thinks that the [US] government itself was involved in the attacks." You could take this as an indication that Germans are intelligent, more so than Australians and Americans. For example, here is one German's contribution to 9/11 research: German Engineers Help the USA
SBS goes on: "Also in Germany, reporters meet Thierry Meyssan's publisher, Frenchman Pierre Krebs, who is president of an extreme right pagan sect, called the 'Thule Seminar'." So what? Let's examine the "logic" implicit here:
- Meyssan's book presents evidence allegedly refuting the official theory of 9/11.
- Meyssan's book is published by a company headed by someone who is president of an extreme right pagan "sect".
- Therefore the evidence presented by Meyssan in his book is unreliable.
Even an idiot can see that the third statement does not follow from the first two. [Well, maybe not, since obviously SBS believed that its Australian viewers were all idiots.]
Rather than examining the evidence that Meyssan presents, SBS deflects attention from it to the character of Meyssan's publisher. This is so grossly intellectually dishonest that SBS must think all their viewers are morons who cannot detect such a blatant attempt to fool them.
SBS insinuates that only someone who is an "extreme right pagan" (whatever that is) would want to deny the official story concerning the Pentagon. Yet there are hundreds of websites which expose this story as a pack of lies. For a list of just some of the websites which do so see Relevant Pages on Other Websites. Very few, if any, of the authors of these websites could be labelled an "extreme right pagan". SBS has ignored the facts and reasoning presented in these websites.
In describing their documentary SBS continues: "In Egypt, reporters hear about a persistent rumour that the four thousand Jews who worked in the World Trade Centre had apparently been told not to go to their workplace on the day of the attacks." A "documentary" which pays any attention at all to unsubstantiated rumours thereby reveals that it has no respect either for the truth or for its viewers. [Perhaps this "rumour" derived from this.]
But why does the SBS program even mention this rumour? It is because it wishes to insinuate that opponents of the official 9/11 story are motivated by anti-Semitism. This is slander of the basest sort. The rumour referred to is indeed mentioned on some websites, but in my The World Trade Center Demolition and the So-Called War on Terrorism (which is full of evidence that the official story is false), and in hundreds of other websites which present evidence that the US government lied about 9/11, there is no mention of this rumour, precisely because it is simply a rumour with no supporting evidence (except that in the list of names of the nearly 3000 people who died when the Twin Towers collapsed there are remarkably few Jewish names). Yet SBS seems to make this rumour a central item in their so-called documentary, ignoring the abundant and real evidence that 9/11 was an inside job.
SBS continues: "Also in Egypt, reporters collected an amazing testimony from Montasser Al Zayad, an advocate of jihad and friend of the number two in Al Qaida. His testimony definitely shatters conspiracy theories." Here the SBS web page sinks to a new low. "Amazing testimony" (was it presented in a court of law?) from someone hitherto unknown, "an advocate of jihad" (SBS hopes that its viewers will erroneously equate "jihad" with "terrorism") and a "friend of the number two in Al Qaida" — as if the makers of the program were privy to the personal relations of the person referred to, presumably the semi-fictional Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi (see Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi?). Whenever the US and its media puppets such as CNN and Fox (now apparently SBS as well) want to raise the level of fear among the people, in order to support the US's military aggression and its imperialist aims, they trot out some video allegedly by Osama bin Laden or his supposed number two (or in this case, a friend of number two), declaring that, yes, it was they who were responsible for 9/11. But by now the world has grown weary of such frauds.
On 2005-01-16 Gerard Holmgren sent this message to SBS:
From: Gerard Holmgren
Subject: Sept 11 didn't happen
I refer to these comments at http://www.sbs.com.au/whatson/index.php3?id=923:
[[explores the wild imagination of conspiracy fanatics]]
[[Thierry Meyssan exposed an extremely fanciful theory on September 11.]]
[[His testimony definitely shatters conspiracy theories.]]
Whoever wrote this piece of tripe should do a little basic research.
The fact that the US govt planned and carried out S11 itself is a proven fact, only contested by the kind of uninformed lunatics who spout the rubbish above.
If you want to read some real research go here.
http://members.iinet.net.au/~holmgren/truth.html [This page is not in the Wayback Machine and seems to be lost.]
For a brief summary of what really happened on Sept 11:
http://members.iinet.net.au/~holmgren/manufactured.html [This page is also lost.]
Everything in the summary is backed by the documentation in the first link.
Journalism is supposed to be about research not spouting stupid clichés like "conspiracy theories."
Anyone who, after being exposed to even a minimal amount of alternative information, still thinks that Arabs hijacked planes and flew them into buildings is a complete idiot.
I challenge anyone on your research team to deconstruct the research linked above and find any factual errors, any unsourced hearsay, or any illogical arguments built upon the established facts.
Unlike SBS journalists, I know how real research is conducted.
SBS should be ashamed of itself for its continuing complicity in attempting to cover up one of the biggest lies of the last 100 years.
In fact it seems that SBS has done very little (perhaps no) original research for its "documentary". Their program seems to be simply an English version of a program made by Antoine Vitkine and Barbara Necek, originally shown on the French TV channel Arte on 2004-04-13, entitled: "Le 11 Septembre n'a pas eu lieu" [That page has disappeared and Arte prevented the Wayback Machine from archiving a copy.] English translation: "September 11 Didn't Happen" Hardly a coincidence, ne convenez-vous pas? The third paragraph of SBS's web page is entirely a translation of parts of the French description of the program given on the Arte web page. (See also the English translation at http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jpdesm/pentagon/pages-en/ine-arte0.html.)
With the broadcast by SBS of this program on 2005-01-18 SBS destroyed whatever reputation it had for fair and honest reporting, and showed itself to be just another mouthpiece for the power elite which believes it controls the world and which attempts to control the beliefs of millions of people by means of disinformation and outright lies broadcast by their media puppets. As said above, SBS should be ashamed of itself for its complicity in the cover-up of the information relating to the murder of nearly 3000 people on September 11th, 2001.
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