Washington, United States:
For Heather Bauer, the September 11 anniversaries are about something other than the fallen Twin Towers, smoking wreckage in the Pentagon, and a crashed plane in a Pennsylvania field.
Rather than the accepted version of events – that al-Qaeda carried out the attacks – she believes the US government was primarily responsible. That is one of the falsehoods promoted at various events to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11.
“I’m questioning absolutely everything now and I wonder how much or what we’ve been told about history is even really true,” Bauer told AFP. So does Covid-19, which she doesn’t believe exists.
Bauer, a Wisconsin housewife, was 14 when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.
She believed the official story for years, but after getting caught up in QAnon conspiracy theories, she looked at the story of 9/11 again. She now believes the attacks were orchestrated to justify the war in Iraq that followed in 2003.
She is a committed supporter of the 9/11 Truther movement. Members tirelessly discuss online what they see as evidence that the Twin Towers fell through controlled demolition, not because commercial planes flew into them.
Those claims have been developed in great detail over the past 20 years and have been debunked just as painstakingly by documentary makers and journalists.
The general idea, including the oft-cited “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” argument, is to prove that some entity must have placed explosives in the towers because they couldn’t collapse so cleanly when hit by planes.
‘Unique conspiracy country’
Personal conferences planned by the Truther community for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 will also discuss the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.
The 17th edition of the “9/11 Truth Film Festival” will take place at a theater in Oakland, California and will be streamed online, featuring two documentaries about the pandemic, including “Plandemic,” an unmasked documentary full of falsehoods about the virus.
Carol Brouillet, the event organizer and founder of the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, said, “We have so much we want to discuss, and only eight hours.”
The amount of truth content of 9/11 is, as Brouillet said, enormous.
One of the festival’s speakers, Ken Jenkins, has produced dozens of 9/11 DVDs alone, according to the event’s webpage.
Conspiracy theories about 9/11 were the first to take advantage of widespread Internet access, spreading much faster than previous alternative interpretations of history, including about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the moon landings.
“America is a uniquely conspiratorial country,” said Garrett Graff, journalist and author of a book on the subject.
With the Internet, he said, not only could 9/11’s theories of truth have greater and faster reach than previous conspiracies, but they also enabled those who believed in them to network much more effectively.
‘Anthrax against the pandemic’
“9/11 conspiracies came at the right time when social media and online media like YouTube really started to allow people to spread these ideas in big, colorful and compelling ways,” he added.
Like Brouillet’s group, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry will hold a 20th anniversary conference and a Covid-19 discussion.
The event is called “From 9/11 Anthrax to the Pandemic,” in reference to letters containing the toxic substance sent to journalists and politicians for several weeks in September 2001.
For Mick Harrison, an Indiana attorney and the commission’s trial director, the link between 2001’s anthrax and today’s Covid-19 virus is clear.
“Because we’ve researched the history of US work on bioweapons for the anthrax case, we are now concerned that there is an ongoing problem with the use of bioweapons in this country,” Harrison said.
Asked about why they are fighting to topple a well-established 20-year-old story, Bauer and Harrison both said they saw it as a civic duty.
“I’m trying to make this country better by making its government more democratic, accountable and transparent,” Harrison said.
“9/11 is a big problem in that regard because we still don’t know the truth about what happened.”
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