9/11: Press for Truth


“We felt the country was at risk from terrorists and from incompetence…and maybe worse.”

— Lorie Van Auken, September 11th Widow

Out of the grieving thousands left behind on September 11th, a small group of activist families emerged to demand answers. In 9/11 Press For Truth, six of them (including three of the famous “Jersey Girls”) tell for the first time the powerful story of how they took on the powers in Washington—and won!—compelling an investigation, only to subsequently watch the 9/11 Commission fail in answering most of their questions.

The families eventually found an ally in Paul Thompson. Dissatisfied with the incomplete picture of September 11th presented in most news reports, Thompson became a citizen journalist of sorts. He stitched together thousands of rare overlooked news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences into a definitive Complete 9/11 Timeline (published by Harper Collins as The Terror Timeline). Press For Truth is adapted in part from his acclaimed work, which revealed to the families a very different picture of the road that led to the attacks and the resulting War on Terror, one that still today raises important and pressing questions.

Press For Truth premiered theatrically in September 2006 in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. With the help of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters, it was rolled out for a limited release in over fifty cities across America as well as Canada, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Japan.

The movie was immediately hailed by critics and enthusiastically embraced by a groundswell of concerned people worldwide who felt that the 9/11 Commission and the western news media had failed to account for many important issues. For these thousands, Press For Truth was the rational, skeptical, mainstream motion picture examination of the events of September 11th they had been eagerly awaiting.

On the fifth anniversary of the attacks, Press For Truth aired throughout the Middle East on the Al Jazeera television network. It was soon purchased by TV stations in Spain, Norway, Poland, and all of South America.

In February 2007, Press For Truth received it’s U.S. television debut on satellite channel LinkTV where it will be airing repeatedly throughout this year. The DVD is now available for rent at Netflix or Blockbuster.com and for purchase at Borders, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody, Suncoast, Amazon.com, and many other outlets nationwide.

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9/11: Press for Truth
Produced by

John Duffy

Written by

Paul Thompson, Kyle Hence, Ray Nowosielski

Narrated by

Michael Pritchard


The Jersey Girls, Paul Thompson

Distributed by

Ryko Distribution

Release date(s)


Running time

85 minutes





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9/11: Press for Truth is a 2006 documentary film about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, directed by the American filmmaker Ray Nowosielski, and partially based on The Terror Timeline, by Paul Thompson.

Development and Release

Filmmakers Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy first became interested in making a film about 9/11 when they found Paul Thompson’s The Complete 9/11 Timeline online in spring 2003. After obtaining funding, they met Thompson in September 2004, who agreed to let them adapt his work.

The filmmakers also met Kyle Hence, who had co-founded 9/11 Citizens Watch, an advocacy organization which monitored the activities of the 9/11 Commission on behalf of the public and was in close contact with the 9/11 Family Steering Committee. He agreed to join the production as executive producer (eventually also becoming a co-producer and co-writer), and in the spring of 2005, helped them get interviews with three of the famous “Jersey widows”.

Production ended in December 2005, with post-production completed in July 2006.

The film premiered theatrically in September 2006 in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. It received a simultaneous limited DVD release in over fifty cities across America as well as Canada, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Japan. In February 2007, 9/11: Press For Truth received it’s U.S. television debut.


9/11: Press for Truth follows three of the Jersey Girls (widows of individuals killed in the attacks) as well as other family members in their search for answers about what really happened on 9/11. Among their questions were:

The film uses archive news footage, press conferences and newspaper clippings to document the unwillingness of the George W. Bush administration to provide answers to the families’ questions or support a full independent investigation. It also shows how the mainstream media avoided asking the politicians the toughest questions. The film can be roughly divided into three sections:

The 9/11 Commission and the Family Steering Committee

The first part of the film shows how the 9/11 family members took it upon themselves to pressure the government into eventually forming the 9/11 Commission. The families set up the 9/11 Family Steering Committee to monitor the Commission, providing them with hundreds of well-researched questions for which they expected answers.

The film shows how the government continued to obstruct the investigation, including:

  • Henry Kissinger, the original Chairman of the Commission, was forced to resign due to a possible conflict of interest [1].

  • The White House refused to release documents that the Commission requested.[2]

  • George Bush and Dick Cheney refused to testify in public, and only agreed to meet with the commission together, behind closed doors and not under oath.

Lorie Van Auken, one of the Jersey Girls, estimates that only 30% of their questions had been touched upon in the 9/11 Commission Report. The film mentions the following omissions from the Report:

  • The total collapse of Building 7 was not mentioned.

  • The World Trade Center steel, which may have proved beyond doubt how the total collapses occurred, was destroyed before it could be forensically examined. [3]

  • There was no mention of the money that was wired to lead hijacker Mohammad Atta on September 10th, allegedly by order of the Head of the Pakistani ISI (which is funded in part by the CIA). The Report stated that the issue of who funded the attacks is “of little practical significance.” [4]

Government Prior Knowledge

The second part begins by introducing Paul Thompson, an investigative journalist who has collated mainstream news reports into an interactive online resource, the The Complete 9/11 Timeline (later released in book form as The Terror Timeline).

Thompson discusses evidence that shows that the government were aware of the threat of planes being flown into buildings, and were given warnings by 14 different countries about imminent Al Quaida attacks, some mentioning multiple plane hijackings and targets including the World Trade Center. He also describes the August 6th PDB (Presidential Daily Briefing) entitled “Bin Laden determined to strike inside United States.”

The War In Afghanistan

The final part of the film looks at the US invasion of Afghanistan, discussing in detail how the Bin Laden family, along with top members of Al Quaida and the Taleban, repeatedly escaped [5] while being surrounded by US forces, eventually fleeing to Pakistan. It also looks briefly at the Soviet-Afghan War and how the Afghanistani Muhajadeen, the precursor of Al Quaida, were funded by the CIA to fight Soviets.

See also


  1. ^ PBS NOW – Unanswered Questions. The 9-11 Commission
  2. ^ Associated Press “White House is said to ignore 9/11 panel” (27th October 2003)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]

External links

Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11:_Press_for_Truth


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