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“9/11 Truth Movement”, Pentagon Strike”-Video and Griffin hits Washington Post
On the second international “9/11 was an Inside Job” day, Carol Morello (WP) revealed the real identity of “W” aka Darren Williams, who created the worldwide popular “Pentagon Strike” flash video, reported about the 9/11 Truth Movement and mentioned David Ray Griffin as one of the successful 9/11 truth book authors:
“We discussed the theories,” said Philip D. Zelikow, the commission’s executive director…you know government is not nearly competent enough to carry off elaborate theories
Conspiracy Theories Flourish on the Internet
By Carol Morello
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 7, 2004; Page B01
Working from his home office in a small town in England, Darren Williams spent four weeks this summer making a short but startling video that raises novel questions about the 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
The video, “9/11: Pentagon Strike,” suggests that it was not American Airlines Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon, but a missile or a small plane.
With rock music as a backdrop, the video offers flashes of photographs taken shortly after impact, interspersed with witness accounts. The pictures seem incompatible with damage caused by a jumbo jet, and no one mentions seeing one. Red arrows point to unbroken windows in the burning building. Firefighters stand outside a perfectly round hole in a Pentagon wall where the Boeing 757 punched through; it is less than 20 feet in diameter…
Propelled by word of mouth, Internet search engines and e-mail, the video has been downloaded by millions of people around the world.
American history is rife with conspiracy theories. Extremists have fed rumors of secret plots by Masons, bankers, Catholics and Communists. But now urban legends have become cyberlegends, and suspicions speed their way globally not over months and weeks but within days and hours on the Web.
“The dissemination is almost immediate,” said Doug Thomas, a University of Southern California communications professor who teaches classes on technology and subgroups. “It’s not just one Web site saying, ‘Hey, look at this.’ It’s 10,000 people sending e-mails to 10 friends, and then they send it on.”
The Pentagon video could be a case study. Williams created a Web site for the video, www.pentagonstrike.co.uk. Then he e-mailed a copy to Laura Knight-Jadczyk, an American author living in France whose books include one on alien abduction. Williams, 31, a systems analyst, belongs to an online group hosted by Knight-Jadczyk that blends discussions of science, politics and the paranormal.
On Aug. 23, Knight-Jadczyk posted a link to the video on the group’s Web site, www.Cassiopaea.org. Within 36 hours, Williams’s site collapsed under the crush of tens of thousands of visitors. But there were others to fill the void.
In Texas, a former casino worker who downloaded the video began drawing almost 700,000 visitors a day to his libertarian site. In Louisiana, a young Navy specialist put the video on his personal Web page, usually visited by a few friends and relatives; suddenly, the site was inundated by more than 20,000 hits. In Alberta, traffic to a cabdriver’s site shot up more than sixfold after he supplied a link to the video.
Across thousands of sites, demand for the video was so great that some webmasters solicited donations to pay for the extra bandwidth.
“Pentagon Strike” is just the latest and flashiest example of a growing number of Web sites, books and videos contending that something other than a commercial airliner hit the Pentagon.
Most make their case through the selective use of photographs and eyewitness accounts reported during the confusion of the first hours after the attack. They say they don’t know what really happened to American Airlines Flight 77 and don’t offer other explanations. The doubters say they are just asking questions that have not been answered satisfactorily.
The ready and growing audience for conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been particularly galling to those who worked on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, the bipartisan panel known as the 9/11 commission.
“We discussed the theories,” said Philip D. Zelikow, the commission’s executive director. “When we wrote the report, we were also careful not to answer all the theories. It’s like playing Whack-A-Mole. You’re never going to whack them all. They satisfy a deep need in the people who create them. What we tried to do instead was to affirmatively tell what was true and tell it adding a lot of critical details that we knew would help dispel concerns.”
… The belief that the government is lying about the Sept. 11 attacks is coming from both the right and the left. Experts say more than suspicion of the Bush administration is at work.
… David Ray Griffin considers himself an unlikely recruit to what is called the “9/11 Truth Movement.” The retired theologian, who taught religion for three decades at Claremont School of Theology, initially dismissed the notion that it was not an airliner that hit the Pentagon. But after visiting several Internet sites raising questions about the attack, he ended up writing a book. “The New Pearl Harbor,” published in the spring, argues that a Boeing 757 would have caused far more damage and left more wreckage strewn around the Pentagon.
“There are reasons why people doubt the official story,” he said. “There are photographs taken, and there is no Boeing in sight.”
Suspicions formed as the Pentagon still smoldered.
For 2 1/2 years, the attack on the Pentagon has been discussed and researched by members of Knight-Jadczyk’s online group, the Quantum Future School.
The group’s talks formed the basis for articles in which Knight-Jadczyk argues that after the attack on the World Trade Center, eyewitnesses at the Pentagon were predisposed to see a large airliner. She believes that the Pentagon was attacked by a smaller plane and that members of the Bush administration were somehow complicit because it was beneficial for war-profiteers and Israel.
Interviewed by telephone from what she said is a 17-bedroom castle outside Toulouse, where she lives with her Polish physicist husband and five children, Knight-Jadczyk acknowledged that her group is considered “fringe.”
Knight-Jadczyk, 52, a Florida native, has been a psychic and a channeler. She is now involved in experiments in what she calls “superluminal communication,” which she described as involving “time loops” that would enable people to communicate with their former selves.
Knight-Jadczyk said she never imagined anyone outside her group would ever view “Pentagon Strike.”
“The fact everybody’s been sending it to his brother and his cousin, almost frenetically, reflects the fact that there is a deep unease,” she said. “They don’t come out and say it. They don’t want to be accused of being with terrorists, anti-American or anti-patriotic. But they still feel something’s wrong.”
Bret Dean of Fort Worth said he considers it “baloney” to question whether a plane hit the Pentagon. But he also believes that the government ignored warning of the attacks.
After posting a link to the video on his libertarian site, www.freedomunderground.org, Dean recorded more than 8 million hits. At least one came from inside the Defense Department, he said.
“I don’t think the video is an instigator,” said Dean, 45, a former casino worker. “It’s a symptom. A lot of people don’t trust the government’s explanation because the government’s classified all the information.”
Asked if there were unreleased photographs of the attack that would convince the doubters, Zelikow, of the 9/11 commission, said, “No.”
“The question of whether American 77 hit the Pentagon is indisputable,” Zelikow said. “One reason you tend to doubt conspiracy theories when you’ve worked in government is because you know government is not nearly competent enough to carry off elaborate theories. It’s a banal explanation, but imagine how efficient it would need to be.”
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New exhibition, book commemorate Tennessee Williams centennial
Who: The Historic New Orleans Collection with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
What: “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams,” an exhibition and catalogue
When: January 11–April 2, 2011
Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 410 Chartres Street
Where: Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter
How: This exhibition is free and open to the public; details are available at www.hnoc.org.
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Why: In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to present “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.” The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the famous literary author.
Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screen. The exhibition showcasing this famous literary author also includes correspondence, Playbills, and family photographs documenting Williams’s talent for drawing from life to create some of the most compelling characters in American theater history.
The exhibition marks the first time Hirschfeld’s drawings have been pulled from collections around the country to give an account of the work of Tennessee Williams, famous literary author. The companion catalogue includes a foreword by film critic Rex Reed and essays by cocurators Mark Cave of The Collection and David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams” will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 2, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday; no admission is charged. An opening reception honoring this famous literary author will be held Friday, January 14, when gallery hours will be extended until 6:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception at 533 Royal Street until 8 p.m. Visit www.hnoc.org for information on other programming. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the work of the famous literary author.