9/11: Press For Truth (DVD)

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Amidst all the different theories as to what led up to 9/11, what happened that day, and what actions followed it, there is one thing that every BuzzFlash reader can agree upon: The "official" version of 9/11 is a politically fabricated narrative.

We may each have our own theory on the true story, but we know the "official" story is not true.

As to what really led up to 9/11, who were all the parties involved, who financed it, and how the government responded, we can only say as one of the "Jersey Girls" says in this documentary: "They lied, they all lied."

The makers of "9/11: Press for Truth" do an excellent job of combining two key forces that have raised crucial and still unanswered questions about 9/11: the mission of the "Jersey Girls" to know who was really behind the murder of their loved ones -- and the exhaustive 9/11 Terror Timeline assembled by Paul Thompson. Interweaving these two efforts makes for an eye-opening journey through how the Bush Administration and the 9/11 Commission successfully obstructed a fully independent and unbiased examination of the events surrounding 9/11.

One of the great strengths of "Press for Truth" is that it makes such a credible case because it points out how much evidence and how many questions were just flat out shoved aside by the "official" version of 9/11 events, which was created to enhance the political positioning of the Bush Administration and the Republicans. But the film also implies that the Democratic members of the 9/11 Commission didn't want to aggressively pursue a full investigation either. Not to mention that Cheney and Bush tried to prevent even a "stacked" "independent" 9/11 Commission from being created.

"Press for Truth" connects the dots of what we don't know and should know with such tantalizing professionalism that we became angered once again at how we have been given historical revisionism in the form of a heroic Bush myth, rather than a chance at knowing the facts.

"Press for Truth" would probably be considered a mainstream 9/11 theory film because it doesn't imply government planning of 9/11, but it does clealy indicate government negligence leading up to 9/11 and during the day of the disaster itself. Futhermore, it raises questions that leave you strongly thinking that the Bush Administration never really wanted to capture Osama bin Laden -- and willfully let him and hundreds of his fighters escape into Pakistan. The evidence on that score is pretty damning.

The documentary raises the likelihood of close Pakistani intelligence service involvement in 9/11. After the tragedy, the Bush Administration gave Pakistan a pass and decided to use the horrifying event as an excuse to invade Iraq.

This is both an emotionally compelling account, as it is credible.

Is it true? We don't know yet what version of 9/11 is true, because our government will only give us lies, not the facts.

Strongly recommended.

In mid-2002, Paul Thompson, a Northern California native and Stanford University alumnus with no previous interest in the subject of terrorism, became intrigued by several stories regarding 9/11 which suddenly appeared in the press‚€”among them, CBS News' revelation that President Bush was given a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) on August 6th, 2001, warning of an impending attack by Osama bin Laden in the United States involving aircraft. Thompson found himself poring over news of the attacks on the internet and growing increasingly frustrated with how incomplete the story of September 11th was. He began gathering and condensing every credible fact on 9/11, setting a rule for himself that he would only include what he could find in mainstream news sources, and posted those facts online in chronological order.

Today, The Complete 9/11 Timeline consists of information from over 7,000 mainstream news stories on 9/11, each fact immediately followed by sourcing which links back to the original news article. New York newsweekly The Village Voice became the first to bring public attention to Paul's work, but he was eventually featured everywhere from the Esquire "Genius" Issue to Fox News. As Village Voice reporter James Ridgeway puts it, "Paul Thompson's timeline is based on public documentation of what we know "what the world knows" about 9/11. It almost has to be taken more seriously than the 9/11 Commission Report because it's open. There's nothing secret here." In early 2004, Thompson finally quit his job at a San Francisco-based environmental protection group to focus on his timeline full time.

The 9/11 families discovered the timeline early on, and it became a highly-valued tool for research by the Family Steering Committee. When HarperCollins published ‚€˜The Terror Timeline" as a book in late 2004, all four of the "Jersey Girls" wrote an introduction praising it. "Paul Thompson's exhaustive and richly detailed research has now provided the world with a veritable treasure trove of 9/11 information. If you want to know everything about 9/11, you must read [it]," wrote Kristen Breitweiser. ‚€˜9/11 PRESS FOR TRUTH' is based, with permission, on ‚€˜The Terror Timeline', and Thompson served as story adviser to the production.