Thierry Meyssan

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Thierry Meyssan
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Thierry Meyssan at the Axis for Peace conference, 2005
Born
Talence, Gironde, France
NationalityFrench
OccupationJournalist

Thierry Meyssan (French: [tjɛʁi mɛsɑ̃]) is a French journalist, conspiracy theorist[1][2] and political activist.

He is the author of investigations into the extreme right-wing, particularly France's National Front militias, as well as into the Catholic church.

Meyssan's book 9/11: The Big Lie (L'Effroyable imposture) challenges the official account of events of the September 11 terrorist attacks.[2]

Career[edit]

Meyssan is president of the Voltaire Network, which had been a respected independent think tank prior to the publication of 9/11: The Big Lie. His reputation helped raise his conspiracy theory to prominence.[2]

Meyssan has been noted as using cross-citations of other conspiracy theorists' works in order to lend the appearance of credibility to his ideas. Regarding the events of 9/11, Meyssan cited Webster Tarpley; Tarpley cited David Ray Griffin; and Griffin cited Meyssan.[3]

Publication of The Big Lie[edit]

In 2002, he published a book on the September 11 terrorist attacks, with the English translation titled 9/11: The Big Lie. Meyssan argued that the attacks were organized by a faction of the US military–industrial complex in order to impose a non-democratic regime in the United States and to extend US imperialism.[4] It is one of "the first wave of book-length conspiracy speculations" in France and Germany about 9/11.[5]

A follow up to his first book titled L’effroyable Imposture II (The Big Lie 2) accused Israel of carrying out the assassination of Rafic Hariri.

Response[edit]

French media quickly dismissed the contents of the book, and a Pentagon spokesperson also deprecated the book.[2]

In 2005, the U.S. State Department declared Meyssan a persona non grata due to his active promotion of misinformation about the United States.[6]


Works[edit]

  • La Protection des homosexuels dans le droit européen de Collectif, Projet Ornicar éd. (Paris), 1993, ISBN 2-910209-00-8.
  • L'Intégration des transsexuels de Collectif, Projet Ornicar éd. (Paris), 1993, ISBN 2-910209-01-6.
  • Charles Millon, le porte-glaive de Collectif, Golias (Lyon), 1999, ISBN 2-911453-39-5.
  • L'Énigme Pasqua, Golias (Lyon), 2000, ISBN 2-911453-88-3.
  • Terrorisme en soutane : Jean-Paul II contre l'IVG par le Réseau Voltaire pour la liberté d'expression, L'Esprit frappeur (Paris), 2000, ISBN 2-84405-141-3.
  • 9/11 The Big Lie, Carnot Publishing (London), 2002, ISBN 1-59209-026-5.
  • Pentagate, USA Books (New York), 2002, ISBN 1-59209-028-1.
  • Os Senhores da Guerra, Frenesi (Lisboa), 2002, ISBN 972-8351-67-4.
  • Foreword (with Jean Ziegler), Le Cartel Bush, Timéli (Genève), 2004, ISBN 2-940342-05-9.
  • Politicamente Incorrecto, postface by Fidel Castro, Ciencias sociales (Cuba), 2004, ISBN 959-06-0640-7.
  • Foreword (with José Saramago), El Neron del siglo XXI, Apostrofe (Madrid), 2004, ISBN 84-455-0258-1.
  • L'Effroyable imposture 1 & Le Pentagate, Nouvelle édition annotée, Demi-lune (Paris), 2007, ISBN 978-2-9525571-6-0.
  • Resistere alla menzogna in Zero, Perché la versione ufficiale sull'11/9 è un falso (avec Giulietto Chiesa), Piemme (Milan), 2007, ISBN 978-88-384-6838-4.
  • L'Effroyable imposture 2. Manipulations et désinformation, Editions Alphée-Jean-Paul Bertrand (Paris), 2007, ISBN 978-2-7538-0239-1.
  • Before Our Very Eyes, Fake Wars and Big Lies: From 9/11 to Donald Trump, Progressive Press, 2019, ISBN 978-1615770120

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riding, Alan (22 June 2002). "Sept. 11 as Right-Wing U.S. Plot: Conspiracy Theory Sells in France". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d Henley, Jon (1 April 2002). "US invented air attack on Pentagon, claims French book". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Aaronovitch, David (19 December 2009). "A Conspiracy-Theory Theory". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  4. ^ Meyssan, Thierry (2002). L'Effroyable imposture. Carnot Editions.
  5. ^ Peter Knight "Outrageous Conspiracy Theories: Popular and Official Responses to 9/11 in Germany and the United States" New German Critique, No. 103, Dark Powers: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory in History and Literature (Winter, 2008), pp. 165-193 Published by: Duke University Press Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27669225 Retrieved 30 January 2018 16:25 UTC
  6. ^ Paul, Jonny (17 October 2010). "Iran-funded book accuses Israel of Hariri assassination". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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