The above is especially true with regard to a documentary such as the evolving work-inprogress documentary Loose Change (2005-2009), an internet blockbuster seen by around 100 million people, where the director argues the case that explosives were planted in the World Trade Centre and that the American air force was too busy with war
games to react properly to the attacks.
«Her former employer knew disturbingly much about the terror attacks in advance»
Another documentary with a perhaps equally daring hypothesis is 9/11 Press for Truth (2006), which has been screened on television channels all over the world. It centres on four widows who lost their husbands in the terror attacks and who, during their research, become convinced that the US Government let the terrorists slip through US security barriers all too easily. Both documentaries carry within them a rare and necessary sceptical outlook on the events that took place on 9/11, 2001. During the ten years that have passed, we have seen other documentaries giving insights into a movement of 9/11-sceptics growing in numbers in the backwaters of the war on terror. One such documentary is Zero – An Investigation into 9/11 (2008) in which Nobel Laureate, Dario Fo, expresses his doubts about what actually happened; and in the documentary, The
The Elephant in the Room (2008), by Dean Puckett, we witness the impact similar doubts have made on a young generation of Britons – in the film we are also confronted with new information about lapses in the security system of the World Trade Centre in the days preceding the terror attacks, information which will probably stay unconfirmed for the foreseeable future.
A much ignored documentary in the same vein is Kill the Messenger (2006) by Mathieu Verboud and Jean-Robert Viallet where we meet a former FBI translator who, despite gagging orders from federal authorities, feels compelled to reveal to the public that her former employer knew disturbingly much about the terror attacks in advance. All the above-mentioned documentaries belong to a new class of blasphemous internet classics, downloaded by thousands, perhaps millions of people, but frowned upon by official media. The assassination of Osama bin Laden in April is the latest development in the ring of events emanating from the 9/11 attacks.
In this issue of DOX, we chose to highlight two documentaries that might shed new light on and tell a different story about the main suspect behind the attacks. Osama bin Laden. The Power of Nightmares (2004) and Fabled Enemies (2008) by Jason Bermas scrutinise two fundamental elements in the construction of the story about bin Laden and ask: who provided the evidence that Osama bin Laden was the leader of Al-Qaida, and why was he not wanted by the FBI for being responsible for the attacks on 9/11?