Entry for September 11, 2006

This photo by Rob Howard, was taken at Rector Street and Broadway, as he leaned out his window and caught the moment before the second plane’s impact. The photo was part of Vanity Fair editor David Friend’s  Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Today,  Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now aired a program,  9/11 Debate: Loose Change Filmmakers vs. Popular Mechanics Editors of “Debunking 9/11 Myths.” The photo ran with the March 2005  story in Popular Mechanics ,as an example of  a shot some claim proves that the 9/11 attacks were a U.S. military operation.

On March 16, attorneys wrote  Dylan Averys, complaining that he  used footage from the Naudet brothers’  copyrighted  documentary to make his internet film, Loose Change, , which maintians the government was responsible for 9-11.   My guess is tht Avery has made a bundle.  On July 12, Avery noted on his blog that he was editing the Naudet’s footage out of his film and readying it for a theatrical release.  The film, made for $6,000, retails for $17.95, along with a plethora of related merchandize.   Jason Bermas, reasearcher for the film tells Goodman,

I’d just like to thank you for the opportunity to take on the government’s lies and Popular Mechanics, which is a Hearst yellow journalism publication’s lies, as well. And I would just say, look for yourself. This is an open field, and for the first time in history, we have a crater and no plane there.

James Meibs, editor-in-chief of PM has to say about Loose Change:

 it shows how slickly made this film is, how compelling it is at asking a series of sort of hanging questions and putting some spooky music behind it and making it sound as if someone’s covering up these facts. But a brave researcher can dig down and put all the pieces together. In fact, there’s answers to all those questions….And if there’s areas that don’t, let’s continue to dig. We should be skeptical. We should ask questions. By all means, we fully support the effort to get to the bottom of any remaining questions. 

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