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4.27.2005

Actress criticized for questioning Sept. 11 attacks

Article and analysis is from Signs of the Times

Last Updated Tue, 26 Apr 2005 19:25:47 EDT
CBC Arts

NEW YORK - The website of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has been flooded with negative posts after she suggested the U.S. is partly to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks.

Gyllenhaal, 27, said in an interview last week that America "is responsible in some way" for the suicide skyjackings.

Her comments came prior to the debut of The Great New Wonderful, a film about New Yorkers coping with the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001.

Her official site was choked with critical posts, prompting the editor to turn off the electronic forum.

"I have taken away the comments system, because it's gotten too outta hand," the editor wrote.

In a statement, the star of such films as Secretary and Donnie Darko said Sept. 11 was "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world. Because it is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict."

"Not to have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray the victims of 9/11," she added, saying she grieves for "everyone who suffered and everyone who died in the catastrophe."

In another message, the site's editor stressed that the young performer did not say the U.S. deserved the attacks.

Gyllenhaal plays Emma in The Great New Wonderful, one of a number of movies soon to land in theatres or currently in production that touch on Sept. 11. [...]

Comment: Regular readers of the Signs page and other alternative news sites are well aware of the high probability of U.S. government complicity in the Sept 11th attacks. Yet consider the massive negative reaction this actress received from her fans when she merely mentioned that U.S. foriegn policy might in some indirect way be responsible for bringing these attacks upon American soil.

This shows how divorced from the truth most average Americans are as to the actual culprits behind the September 11th. The media is dominated by government propaganda, news from other countries doesn't make it onto the nightly news unless it has to do with US presence in other countries, they are brought up to consider the US as the end all and be all, and whenever alternate voices appear that attempt to deliver real news, COINTELPRO goes into overtime to discredit or divert the source. Only 18% of the US population supported Bush in the Terry Schiavo case. Over 50% think he's lying about Saddam's WMD. Obviously many Americans do not support the Bush agenda. But they are, as John Kaminski put it in the article we posted yesterday, like deer frozen in the headlights.

Because of that, they are for the most part incapable of confronting 9/11 head-on.

Elements within the U.S. and Israeli governments staged the biggest fraud against the American people and got away with it. 3,000 of thier own citizens were murdered for political gain, and most citizens will go to their grave, never for a moment doubting the official version to be true. It is left to a small minority of people who refuse to take government propaganda at face value, are courageous enough to do research, ask important questions, and to continue to publish the truth of this fraud for as long as they are able. May these numbers grow in the days ahead.

This was her first statement according to the fan site:

"I think what's good about the movie is that it deals with 9/11 in such a subtle, open, open way that I think it allows it to be more complicated than just 'Oh, look at these poor New Yorkers and how hard it was for them,' because I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt with allows that to sort of creep in."

This was her official statement on her previous statement:

" 9/11 was a terrible tragedy and of course it goes without saying that I grieve along with every American for everyone who suffered and everyone who died in the catastrophe. But for those of us who were spared, it was also an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world. Because it is always useful, as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict. Not to have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray the victims of 9/11."