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Heir spending fortune on 9/11 theory

Published December 7, 2005

TAMPA - The twin towers were brought down by explosives planted inside the buildings. A defense missile, not a commercial airliner, crashed into the Pentagon.

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and other government officials "actively participated" in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and are willing to carry out a similar attack again. And all along, the American media deliberately have not reported the Truth.

Jimmy Walter came home to Tampa on Tuesday with a laundry list of conspiracy theories, a public relations team in tow, tons of cash to spend on advertisements and polls and a panel of experts who agree the government's account of Sept. 11 is a sham.

"I'm trying to stop the real terrorists," the 58-year-old, eccentric son of home building tycoon Jim Walter said during a morning news conference in the lobby of the Don Vicente de Ybor hotel. "It wasn't 19 Arabs who did this."

The Tampa event marked the latest stop on his world tour - he has already appeared in Madrid, London, Paris, Rome and other European cities - to convince the public that the Bush administration helped perpetrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

On Tuesday, he brought along a former government economist, a survivor of the World Trade Center attacks, a radio host who produced a video documentary about the Pentagon crash and a man who published a book claiming that explosives were used at the Pentagon and the twin towers.

In recent months, he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads in newspapers and TV stations, particularly in New York, calling for a new investigation.

Walter and his passionate band of fellow conspiracy theorists are making a swing across Florida. Tonight, on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack (another conspiracy itself, he says) the group will present its views and screen a video at Tampa Theatre calling for the 9/11 investigation to reopen.

[Last modified December 7, 2005, 00:33:18]

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