Great deception

To the Editor:

There will be a film showing at the Southwest Harbor Library on Oct. 1. About what?

Well, you may have noticed that the craziness in our world seems to be accelerating, not heading in a good direction.

Intelligence agencies are gathering and storing data about us. Terrorists, we are told, are a threat to us. Our Constitutional rights to habeas corpus and due process of law have been shredded. We’re body-scanned in airports. Police forces all over the U.S., the IRS, the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies are stocking up on military equipment and ammunition. Millions of innocent bystanders in the Middle East have been killed or displaced; likewise thousands of our soldiers. Libya and Afghanistan are failed states, Iraq is heading there. And we’re bombing Syria.

When you look at each of these and follow their history backwards, you always wind up at one place directly or indirectly, Sept. 11, 2001. Yes, 9/11.

Enter businessman David Hooper. Until three years ago, he hadn’t thought much further than that. To him and to most Americans, 9/11 was about a bunch of Arab terrorists under Osama Bin Laden outwitting our defenses, killing over 3,000 Americans by hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon with planes. Pretty much the end of the story.

But in 2011, Mr. Hooper stumbled on something that didn’t fit that story, and he wouldn’t let it go. Like Alice in Wonderland, he began looking further and further down that “rabbit hole,” as he and others call it. Questions led to more questions. His search put his plans for his next business on hold. It began to strain his marriage and threaten other relationships. How does one talk to people about something that seriously doesn’t fit their view of the world?

In the end, he decided that his only chance to save these relationships and not be considered crazy was to create a film that tracked his journey. Those close to him would be able to see the evidence and connections he had seen by traveling down that same road.

The result was “The Anatomy of a Great Deception.” It succeeded. His family and friends did get the picture. The film was picked up and promoted nationally by an organization of architects, engineers and scientists concerned about what happened in New York City on 9/11,, and is now being shown around the country.

It will be shown at the Southwest Harbor Library on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:15 p.m., with an opportunity for discussion afterwards.

Dick Atlee

Southwest Harbor