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Clear the Skies - 9/11 Air Defense
Clear the Skies - 9/11 Air Defense
Director: Peter Molloy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 0min

The very idea of the United States being attacked by air was unimaginable and unexpected. On the morning of September 11, 2001, 14 fighter planes, dispersed among seven bases, were responsible for the country's mainland ai...  more »


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Director: Peter Molloy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/23/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

You'd Have to Be A Truly Deficient Human Being to Call This
D. Klees | United States | 05/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As someone who was living in the Washington area on "9/11", watching this program was hard at times, especially knowing in advance what the end result would be. That said, I would recommend it to anyone who would like to understand what went on during that morning in September 2001. For those who would like to see a flip-side to this story, I would recommend the very gripping (and sometimes disturbing) film The Hamburg Cell, which details the lives of the hijackers (yes, they were real people contrary to what some seemingly disturbed individuals would claim).

As an aside, I feel compelled to point out one thing related to the assertion made by a previous reviewer that, "This is a propaganda film designed to prop up the US Government's official story about 9/11." Since someone would have to be seriously deficient as a human being (I'm talking about being a truly moronic sicko) to actually hold the view that there was no terrorist attack on that day, and I'm sure that characterization does not apply to the previous reviewer, we can safely assume that their claim was not meant to be taken seriously and should be disregarded.

Even if it was meant seriously, there is a key point that any reasonable person would be happy to take into account. "Clear the Skies" was produced by the British (yes, that's British) Broadcasting Corporation. Seeing as propaganda is one of the few things America excels at producing domestically, why would the U.S. government outsource it to the British?

In any case, as with most dubious conspiracy theories, the key argument against it is the sheer number of people who would have to have been involved. Considering that things like Watergate and Iran-Contra were handily exposed in periods with far less media saturation, it strains credulity to believe that something of the scope 9/11 theorists envision would not have come to light. Some true patriot with inside knowledge would have talked by now, because that's how actual conspiracies (e.g. Watergate, Iran/Contra) come to light."
Clear the Skies; Fantastic Documentary
K. Almeida | California | 09/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Clear the Skies - 9/11 Air Defense; This is a fantastic documentary and behind the scenes look at what occurred on September 11, 2001. A very compelling look at our President and military's response to the terrorist attack upon our nation."
Great Timeline of 9/11
Kenneth F. Schoeni | Longmont, CO United States | 01/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is a must for those that want to understand the timeline of events for Sept. 11th. It is a very good
depiction of how the events of that day were dealt with
and how the continuity of government plan is supposed to work.
Kudos to ALL the air traffic controlers who put everything on the ground safely in just a matter of hours!"
Interesting Documentary re:9/11
Paul A. Marsh | Ottawa, Ont. Canada | 08/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This play by play by American officials detailing their response on 9/11 to deal with the immediate threat posed from the air was very interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by how candid some of those officials were in their interviews. These were people who were actually engaged in the response that day, including the military, police, journalists and others from political circles. Dynamic film footage of events enhanced the points covered in the interviews.

As an aside, it was also interesting to read the various reviews and stances taken by others who have seen this documentary. Whether one agrees with all of the information provided by those interviewed, or leans more towards a conspiracy theory, I highly recommend "Clear the Skies: 9/11 Air Defense" to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the tragic events of that day.

For those hard of hearing, there were no subtitles available with this dvd.