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For Heather Bauer, the most important in the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is not the collapse of the Twin Towers in a hell of dust in New York, the gaping hole in the Pentagon or the carcass of ‘an airplane in a Pennsylvania field.

The American is convinced that these attacks are the work of the United States and not of Al-Qaeda, a thesis that will be widely repeated during events in margin of the 20th anniversary of the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people.

“I absolutely question everything, and I wonder what is true in everything we are told about history,” said this housewife from Wisconsin, in the northern United States. , Also convinced that COVID-19 does not exist.

She was 14 on September 11, 2001. For years she believed in the “official” version, until she became interested in the conspiracy theories developed by the QAnon movement.

She now believes the attacks were orchestrated to justify the Iraq war launched in 2003.

She is part of the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which tirelessly discusses on social media “evidence” that the World Trade Center towers collapsed after a controlled explosion. ´là © e, and not because two airliners crashed there.

One of the explanations often put forward is that “kerosene cannot melt steel bars”, and it took explosives to make the towers fall so vertically.

These allegations, developed in great detail for twenty years, have been regularly rebuffed by the press and documentaries.

Several conferences will be organized – with the public – as part of the anniversary to discuss September 11, but also the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.

The 17th edition of the “9/11 Truth Film Festival” in Oakland, Calif., Will air two documentaries on the pandemic including “Plandemic”, which auditors say is rife false information about the virus.

“There are so many things we want to talk about, and we only have eight hours,” says Carol Brouillet, event organizer and founder of the Alliance pour la Vérite. © on 9/11 in Northern California.

The material is not lacking. One of the guests, Ken Jenkins, single-handedly produced dozens of DVDs on the attacks, according to the festival’s webpage.

9/11 conspiracy theories were the first to benefit from the internet explosion and spread much faster than older theses, like those on President Kennedy’s assassination or Neil Armstrong’s foot on the moon.

“America is a remarkably conspiratorial country,” says Garrett Graff, journalist and author of a book on the subject.

With the internet, these conspiracy theses made it easier for those who believed in them to create a network of followers.

These theories “were born precisely when social networks or online media like YouTube made it possible for people to convincingly spread their ideas,” he says. .

The Commission of Jurists for an Inquiry into 9/11 is organizing an online conference for the 20th anniversary, which will also discuss COVID-19.

The event is dubbed “from 9/11 anthrax to pandemic” in reference to envelopes containing this deadly substance sent to politicians and journalists during a few weeks in September 2001.

The link between anthrax and COVID is clear, assures Commission lawyer Mick Harrison.

“Because we have researched US work on biological weapons, we are now concerned that there may currently be an issue with the use of these weapons in the world. country, ”he says.

For Ms Bauer and Mr Harrison, tackling the official version of the attacks is a civic duty.

“I’m trying to make this country better by making government more democratic, more accountable and more transparent,” says Mick Harrison.

September 11 “poses a big problem because we do not yet know the truth of what happened”.

President Joe Biden’s decision to declassify certain documents from the investigation into the attacks, and the possible responsibility of Saudi Arabia, could dispel doubts … or revive theories of the plot.

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