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Commentary Last Updated: Feb 23rd, 2007 - 01:47:03

Deconstructing the Naudets� propaganda film
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor

Feb 21, 2007, 01:09

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Calculate the odds. Two French filmmakers, the Naudet brothers, are filming a documentary about a young, probationary fireman, Tony Benetatos, on September 11, 2001. Before the awful events yet to come, Tony is left alone at the 100 Duane Street fire station while Jules Naudet, the firemen and truck swing left from station, drive to the first corner, turn right onto Church Street, and drive seven blocks north to Lispenard Street and Church to investigate the report of an exterior gas leak.

Then, while the fire team is investigating, Jules Naudet doesn�t film them. For some reason, he turns his camera south, carefully finds a clear view, past the 440-foot high AT&T building, of the Twin Towers. Then, with a nano-window of six seconds in which to catch Flight 11 stream from behind the AT&T building at 450 mph, he catches perfectly the last two seconds of the hit into the North Tower at 8:46.30 am, what�s commonly known in the film business as �The Money Shot.� So, calculate the odds.

To lend reality to the shot, Jules pans 90 degrees to the east. The pan ends with the exact centering of the North Tower in the frame (though the South Tower is right behind it, a degree more to the east). But the North Tower is centered pristinely before Flight 11 zooms from the north to southwest to slam the focused Tower at the 94th floor. Calculate the odds of putting your camera lens exactly where Flight 11 would make a perfect bull�s-eye. That is, unless the event and direction of the stolen flight was known to you for enough time to practice at the perfect location to shoot, almost from straight behind it.

Jules Naudet picked a spot where he didn�t have to move his camera or himself to catch the target and the plane, and without catching undue attention. The camera had to be on the target to catch the hit in perfect focus. What�s more, this kind of lightning does not strike once on this tragic morning, but twice on given targets.

Gedeon Naudet, Jules� brother, just happens to be standing at the bottom of the South Tower 18 minutes later with his perfectly still camera looking up at exactly where Flight 175 zooms through the frame into the South Tower 2 at 9:02:59 am, leaving a gash from the 94th floor to the 78th. He said he �accidentally� captured the South Tower hit, while filming the crowds watching the North Tower.

Consider doubling the odds. And also that the filming of this so called �probie� documentary began in January of 2001, giving everyone time to practice, orchestrate, and create the invaluable evidence of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. Consider that unlike the JFK parade/assassination, 26 seconds of which were caught on film by dress-maker Abraham Zapruder with his Bell and Howell 8-millimeter camera, 9/11 was a totally unexpected event. This was everyday reality -- with the Naudets waiting at the right time and place for the unreal to happen.

What�s more, if you were a foreign terrorist who wanted to kill the maximum number of people, why would you hit the Towers so high and allow all those in the floors below a chance to escape. Wouldn�t you climb and dive-bomb into the lower floors and seal exits as much as possible. Or was someone or some others exercising by design a perverse form of human damage-control to this heinous act? Don�t the numbers of New York�s 9/11 deaths, 2,749 (including 19 non-manifested terrorists) curiously compare to Pearl Harbor�s 2,117? The latter started WW II, the larger number The War On Terror (TWOT), for the obscenity it is.

Today, there is ample evidence to show that the Towers were blown up top to bottom to pulverize them into falling at the speed of gravity, 10 seconds for the South Tower after burning 56 minutes, 9 seconds for the North Tower after burning 102 minutes. Nevertheless, the drama of those plane shots was and is indelibly etched in the eyes of the world, blinding many to the more potent forces that took the Towers down. Unfortunately, we have yet to pinpoint exact names of those responsible for the massive internal bombings. With the Naudets, we know the players, including reputed participants from the Duane Street Fire Station and upwards.

In fact, this information comes from Leslie Raphael�s Jules Naudet�s First Plane Shot Was Staged -- A Clue to the Truth of 9/11?. Raphael�s 65-pages of relentless essay and photographic evidence also includes a great deal of information about the Naudets� past and disappearance, as well as reputed involvement of personnel from the New York Fire Department. Raphael also includes shots and information taken by other photographers and videographers, debunking the myth of the Naudets� shots as the only ones available.

An indictment of certain FDNY personnel

Somehow the Naudet Brothers chose the Duane Street firehouse for their documentary out of 51 in Manhattan, 224 firehouses in New York City. Supposedly, Duane Street was picked because their �old friend� James Hanlon worked there. We don�t know for sure how they ended up as �old friends. They met a couple of years after the Naudets moved to New York in 1989. Hanlon was an actor then, who became a fireman in 1994, a year before the brothers graduated from New York University�s film school.

Antonios �Tony� Benetatos was selected for the documentary from some 99 Fire Academy students whose progress the brothers had been following. Hanlon explains, �We got Tony assigned to my firehouse, one of the biggest in the city.� Curiously, The Fire Academy was based at Randall�s island in the East River and is rented out by the Fire Department as a film location, with fire trucks and equipment also available.

So how was all that managed, by an ordinary firefighter and two French filmmakers, with permission to film from January 2001 to September 2001? We are told they were waiting for a big fire. Well, they certainly got one. Does this documentary background sound more like fiction, especially without a known film deal? Interestingly, Duane Street�s former Battalion Chief Pfeifer was promoted to deputy assistant chief of the department after 9/11. Unfortunately, his brother Kevin was one of the 343 FDNY fatalities.

In 2002, 9/11 the Filmmakers Commemorative Edition finally appeared from the Naudet brothers, not the �probie� documentary. The anomalies of the film veered from fact to fiction, shots that didn�t happen to ones that did, with narration by none other than ex-actor Jim Hanlon, who it seems was never even there. The myth has been duly deconstructed by Leslie Raphael.

Meanwhile, the feature film Seamus, written and directed by the Naudet/Hanlon team, produced by Daniel Bigel, and heralded by Variety magazine in 2004, never materialized. None of the events they were invited to involved making a public appearance, being photographed or interviewed. With the exception of an update to the �9/11� film, they seem to have dropped off the radar. In May 2006, lawyers for the Naudets (nowhere to be seen) and Hanlon (Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz PC) forced Dylan Avery, who has become a media superstar for his and his partners� Loose Change, to remove the Naudets footage under copyright law.

The Emmy and Peabody laureates have gone back to private obscurity, without the world noticing or caring. If they are innocent, why don�t they, won�t they surface? Raphael has invited them to challenge him for any wrong-telling in his piece. He hasn�t heard a word, from them or any other media folks for this exceptional piece of work.

Other photographers and videographers of 9/11

Pavel Hlava had his video broadcast by ABC News. It was taken from the Brooklyn entrance to the Battery Tunnel as Flight 175 hit the South Tower from the southeast side, with the North Tower already smoking.

Hlava is a 40-year old Czech from Ostrava (originally from Brno) who came to the US illegally in 1999. He was with his 45-year old brother Josef, who had previously lived and worked in New York, and was on his third visit. They were in a Ford Explorer SUV driven by Pavel�s employer, Russian-born Mike Cohen, about to enter the tunnel at 8:46 am, detouring from a construction job to film the disaster for the Hlava family in Europe.

Wolfgang Staehle, born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1950 and a New Yorker since 1976, installed two webcams in his loft apartment on Ludlow Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which became part of his installation 2001, his first show since 1990. His work involved the taking of panoramic photos of the Manhattan skyline every four seconds, transmitting them to Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea to be projected on a 10 by 25 foot screen, along with two other huge images from Germany.

One of his pictures allegedly captured American Airlines Flight 11. It is considered an addition to the previous non-canon. The thing is why did Staehle allow the Naudet exclusive to go unchallenged for years, and why was he so unknown to members of the press?

There are still more, who are responsible for what might properly be said to round-out this massive PSYOPS Production, including the work of Rick Recorla and Evan Fairbanks, plus some 15 film/DVDs from Attack on the Wires, Heroes of Ground Zero, The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer, In Memoriam to The Man Who Predicted 9/11, Clear the Skies, The Falling Man, The firefighters� Story, The Flight that Fought back, The Plane that Hit the Tower, and Panorama, no mean feat of high schlock disinformation.

The Naudets� piece obviously sits on top of the pile, though it all has a vile odor of corruption. In any event, Leslie Raphael�s web piece is a blast of fresh river air tainted with the fishy. Check this one out before it too is gone with the wind, the rubble of 9/11, the rodents who participated in it, and the souls who innocently lost their lives in it, or trying to save others, or even just clearing the site. You will find Raphael�s ire and relentless questioning uplifting, particularly in an age dumbed down by the non-questioning sheeple of major media.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York, not too far north of Ground Zero. Reach him at Special thanks to Leslie Raphael for his fine work.

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