Cortney O'Brien

Tonight, in a small art gallery in Syracuse, NY, filmmakers will try and convince local residents that the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001, was more or less an inside job. Their documentary, “9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out,” theorizes that the horror and destruction were not caused solely by terrorist hijackers:

Local residents will have a chance to hear arguments supporting that view at a showing of "Experts Speak Out" produced by the organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The film is scheduled to be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Admission is free.

The film calls for another investigation of the World Trade Center collapse, asserting that the collapse was not caused only by fire from the jets that crashed into the towers, but by explosive devices set off within the buildings.

Richard Gage, Founder and CEO of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, described as a “non-profit organization made up of over 1,000 technical and building professionals,” offers these narrating nuggets throughout the film:

“Tribute lights in the New York skyline, an annual memorial to the lives lost on 9/11. Yet, there’s still more light that needs to shine, revealing truths that their family members deserve to know.”

“Ignoring the World Trade Center evidence is no longer an option.”

“How do two planes, bring down three skyscrapers?”

Other “experts” in the documentary question the collapse of World Trade Center 7 - a third building that fell that fateful morning. Robert Bowman, Ph. D., claims this third collapse looked identical to a controlled demolition of an intact building, "I mean, that's what I call a smoking gun."

That's what I call a conspiracy theory and someone who needs to get a hobby.

Just as frustrating as the content of the documentary, is the location of the film's screening. The ArtRage gallery’s mission is described as such:

The ArtRage mission is to exhibit progressive art that inspires resistance and promotes social awareness; supports social justice, challenges preconceptions and encourages cultural change. Our goal is to provide ArtRage visitors with an experience that encourages the breakdown of boundaries so that people can see themselves in the work and then in one another. And that, we believe, is the seed of a movement for cultural and social change.

Too many people today treat the 9/11 anniversary as an opportunity to recognize “social justice,” as if that was the moral of the story. Contrary to what some may believe, American exceptionalism was not to blame for what happened on 9/11. Some nations have a radical hatred for us that can't be explained by us looking in the mirror.

I’ll never forget September 11, 2011, when I was tabling during my senior year of college and offering ribbons to my peers to wear and recognize the anniversary, as well as post-its for them to write encouraging notes to display on a whiteboard. The majority of students chose to wear pink or rainbow colored ribbons instead of the red, white and blue ones I offered more eagerly, seemingly more interested in accepting other cultures than embracing patriotic solidarity when we needed it most. As for the whiteboard, “God bless our troops” notes were overshadowed by those reading “love and peace.”

Conspiracy theory films like "Experts Speak Out" are insulting and inflammatory. As we approach the 13th anniversary of the tragic terror attacks, let us remember the victims and our real enemy.


Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is Townhall's Associate Web Editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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