Friday, May 26, 2006

Two films based on hoaxes.

The films The Da Vinci Code and United 93 have one thing in common. What is that?

According to Simon Jenkins, 26 May 2006, in The Guardian :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1783426,00.html

The use of the word "fact" to open The Da Vinci Code is a lie.

The "priory" was a well-attested hoax by a French con man in the 1950s.

The hoax was given credence by a misguided BBC Chronicle programme and then by the writers of a 1982 bestseller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

It was then lifted lock, stock and drivel by Brown and called a fact.

We have met Mr Jenkins, we like him, and on the subject of the Da Vinci Code we agree with him.

The Da Vinci Code is based on a hoax.

The parchments of Rennes le Ch√Ęteau, concerning the alleged Priory of Sion, were part of a hoax by a man called Pierre Plantard.

Plantard got a friend to make the fake parchments which he then used for the fake priory story in 1956. (See Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel, The Da Vinci Hoax, 2004.)

LiveScience.com - Voice of Reason: Exposing the Da Vinci Hoax

Joanne Laurier, at wsws, 12 May 2006, wrote the following about the film United 93 :

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/may2006/unit-m12.shtml

Greengrass places titles at the end of the film, commenting on various facets of the 9/11 events.

Why could he not have similarly begun his film with titles conveying the fact, for example, that in 1979 the US commenced giving financial and military backing to the Islamic fundamentalists engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul?

Or why not a title indicating that Osama bin Laden was essentially on the CIA payroll in the early 1980s, through Pakistani intelligence?

Why not a reference to the 500,000 Iraqis who died as a result of US-led sanctions or Washington’s unstinting support for the suppression of the Palestinians?

...The most plausible explanation is that powerful forces within the US military/intelligence complex felt a terrorist incident on American soil would help shift public opinion, permitting the ruling elite to embark on a long-planned campaign of military intervention in Central Asia and the Middle East, as well as attacks on democratic rights at home.

Was United 93 shot down?

The September 13, 2001 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported:

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-26.htm

"In a morning briefing, State Police Major Lyle Szupinka confirmed that debris from the plane had turned up in relatively far-flung sites, including the residential area of Indian Lake [two and a half miles from the crash site]."

Flight 93 "headed down...rolled onto its back," and crashed, leaving a smoldering crater.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette again:

"[Indian Lake marina employee John] Fleegle said he climbed on the roof of an abandoned cabin and tossed down a burning seat cushion that had landed there. By Wednesday morning, crash debris began washing ashore at the marina. Fleegle said there was something that looked like a rib bone amid pieces of seats, small chunks of melted plastic and checks."

Seats and bones don't fly two and a half miles from a crash. Their location could indicate an initial explosion, such as that from a missile hitting a plane.

The following is from : 911 on Trial

In the Pentagon, a top secret team drew up a plan to simultaneously send up two airliners painted and numbered exactly the same, one from a civil airport in America, the other from a secret military airbase nearby.

The one from the airport would have military personnel on board who had checked in as ordinary passengers under false names.

The one from the airbase would be an empty drone, a remote-controlled unmanned aircraft.

Somewhere along their joint flight paths, the passenger-carrying plane would drop below radar height, and disappear, landing back at the airbase and unloading its occupants in secret.

Meanwhile, the drone would have taken up the other plane’s designated course. High over the island of Cuba, it would be exploded in mid-air after broadcasting an international distress call that it was under attack from enemy fighters.

The world would be told that a plane load of blameless American holidaymakers had been deliberately shot down by Fidel Castro’s Communists – and that the US had no choice but to declare war and topple his regime.

This ‘agent provocateur’ plan – code named OPERATION NORTHWOODS and revealed in official archives – dates from 1962 when the Cold War was at its height.

: 911 on Trial

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