Italian filmmaker urges international tribunal to probe Sept. 11
The filmmaker/EU parliamentarian says an international investigation would settle minds, once and for all.
Berlin -- Giulietto Chiesa, Italian filmmaker and European parliamentary deputy whose dramatic 2007 documentary ZERO casts doubt on the official American version of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, feels an international tribunal could "establish the truth about the events."
Chiesa was in Berlin this weekend for a screening of his film which features, among others, novelist Gore Vidal and playwright Dario Fo as well as retired American professor of philosophy David Ray Griffin, who advances conspiracy theories that contradict mainstream accounts of events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Federal Aviation Administration controllers, US Air Force pilots, military commanders and physicists also appear in the critical documentary, which the director hopes will create "political awareness" of the "faulty" official investigation into the events by the 9-11 Commission.
"Some of the individuals appearing in the film are former FBI and CIA agents, people who have in a sense taken a very big risk in speaking out," said Chiesa. "I am very grateful to them because they have done a big job."
"The film would not have been possible without them," he noted, adding that ZERO had been seen in France and Belgium at individual screenings, and by more than 20,000 people in Italy. But so far, the film has not gained a distributor in Europe.
Chiesa, one of Italy's most respected journalists and for more than 20 years a La Stampa foreign correspondent, told his Berlin audience that a 9-11 international tribunal could serve a useful purpose.
"If feelings were strong enough, a positive result could be obtained but it would not happen immediately," he said. "So far, it's been the US administration that has won the information fight and obtained their result -- unfortunately."
"Our task is to inform millions of people of the true situation," he added. "Everybody should be involved in this struggle with a tribunal or commission helping once we win approval for the idea."
Chiesa said Russian television is to give prime-time airing to his film on the eve of this week's seventh anniversary of the attacks.
"That means that 30 million Russian citizens will learn the truth about what happened, which is a very big result for me," he said.
Chiesa, whose documentary was first screened to a large German audience at the Goethe Institute in Munich in May, was clearly delighted at his reception in Berlin.
One of a panel of six experts debating the topic in Berlin, Chiesa said he was eager for his film to gain more public support and become a "multiplicator" across Germany: "If that happens, it means we are making politics in the right sense of the word."
Andreas von Buelow, a controversial former German Minister of Technology, and former state secretary in the Defense Ministry, was another of the Berlin participants who said further investigation was needed into the attacks.
"One of life's characteristics is that governments are prone to lie in order to achieve their agendas," he said. "The Americans told us that in Iraq, Saddam Hussein had something to do with al-Qaeda, which was absolutely untrue. Even the CIA knew this. Then, they told us that Saddam Hussein was preparing weapons of mass destruction, which was also untrue, so they have been lying all over the place and are still fighting there. Meanwhile, a million people have been killed."
Asked if there was any prospect of a policy change once the next US president was elected, he replied bluntly "No!"
Juergen Elsaesser, 51, a Berlin-based journalist and author whose latest book is titled Terror Target Europe: The Dangerous Double Game of the Secret Services, spoke of the huge contradictions in the official US version of the attacks.
"Critics find themselves accused of conspiracy theories but the biggest conspiracy is to be found in the official Sept. 11 version of the US government which maintains that Osama bin Laden, from a cave in Afghanistan, along with 19 young Arabs, combined to carry out the most perfidious attack in the history of mankind," he said. "That just doesn't add up. For me, the most important contradiction is how the air defenses of the greatest military power on the planet failed to prevent such attacks occurring and that no interceptor fighter planes or rocket systems were ever activated."