9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip

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This September marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, one of the biggest terrorist atrocities of the 21st Century. Nineteen hijackers, all members of Al Qaeda, crashed four planes on American soil, leading to the deaths of 2,973 innocent people. This horrific event has generated a multitude of conspiracy theories that contradict the official findings of the US government's investigation into the events of that day. Andrew Maxwell, a comedian, believes in the findings of the official investigation, which claim the responsibility for the attack lies with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. He thinks the conspiracies theories are unsubstantiated nonsense. So in this film he offers to take five young Brits, who believe some of these conspiracy theories, on a road-trip from New York to Washington. They visit Ground Zero where two planes hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, home of vast American defence HQ and Shanksville in Pennsylvania where United 93 crashed. Each of them believes different elements of the conspiracy theories. Charlotte, a North London nanny who witnessed the attacks, thinks the American government is responsible. She can't believe the hijackers, barely out of flying school, could have steered jetliners into the Twin Towers with such deadly accuracy. Rodney a health worker who studied biochemistry suspects the collapse of the towers was not caused by the planes that went in to them and he wants to get to the bottom of the science. Student Emily, an active member of the 9/11 Truth Movement, thinks the US government was forewarned of the attacks and yet ignored the intelligence allowing it to happen. Shazin, a qualified surveyor, wants to find out how the passengers on United 93 could have made phone calls to loved ones from a plane. And Charlie, an ex-banker thinks 9/11 was an excuse for the US Government to go to war with Iraq. Andrew Maxwell thinks all five of them are wrong and wants to change their minds by confronting them with the facts. So as the bus criss-crosses the east coast of America he tries to convert them to his point of view. He wants to prove to them that 9/11 was no conspiracy and that sometimes the truth, whilst not easy to accept, is staring you right in the face. In order to do so, he takes them to meet experts, the chief air traffic controller on the day, demolition specialists, voice morphing engineers and he gets them to conduct scientific experiments and even fly an aeroplane. Finally they meet a mother who tragically lost her son, to listen to her account of what it was like to live through this monumental tragedy. Andrew believes it is easy to judge world events from the safe distance of a computer screen in your bedroom but not easy when you are brought face to face with the real human stories behind them Andrew Maxwell fights an exhausting battle for the truth and in his mission to convert his fellow travellers there are rows, falling-outs and tears. But there are also moments of tenderness, empathy and warmth.

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  • Knox Harrington

    Also, victims and family members crying does not prove that the official government story is true, its a plea for empathy from the audience. 

  • knox harrington

    Ok, this comedian states that an INDEPENDENT commission found it was the work of a bunch of guys in caves... 9/11 commission was overseen by Bush and Cheney directly; conflict of interest, and Cheney told NORAD to stand down that day... I don't think this guy knows the facts

  • Princess Diana

    There is no point trying to reason with conspiracy theorists, they are beyond convincing. Let them live in their fantasy world. Look out there's a CIA agent behind you.

  • Yeah_right...

    Now I am sure... It was an inside job! Best thing was the mole ex-military who was so obviously planted so that someone would be convinced. He's acting was awful. (He was a military, turned to pacifist... then to truther, then debunker) WTC7 being neglected... And the fact that there were hundreds of reinforced steel columns designed to withhold SEVERAL impacts of airplanes on any given time. And worst use of thermite ever seen on camera.

  • zedsdead

    30 seconds in and the host has already accused of 9/11 skeptics? as 'wanting' to believe the US government was responsible. Of course, many children also want to believe that their father is a rapist...

  • Ted

    thank you BBC for reinforcing my belief that 9/11 was an? inside job.

  • LawfulRebellion

    What happened to the question "what was molten steel doing at the base of the towers and removed from inquirys evidence" or "how was it possible for BBC to report collapse of WT7 when WT7 was still standing in the background of news reporter" or "why are some of the hijackers? still alive if they were on the planes" etc etc etc..

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