Thierry Meyssan

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

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 about the National Front militias, which are the object of a parliamentary investigation and caused a separation of the extreme right-wing party), as well as into the Catholic church (Opus Dei, for example).

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


In 1994, Meyssan became a staff member of the Radical Party of the Left (PRG), a centrist political organization, and he participates in the campaign of Bernard Tapie (1994 European elections) and Christiane Taubira (2002 presidential elections).[citation needed]

In 1994, he founded the Voltaire Network and also created Project Ornicar, associations promoting freedom of expression and thinking, of which he is currently president.[citation needed]

From 1996 to 1999, he worked as substitute coordinator of the National Committee of Surveillance against the extreme right, which held weekly meetings with the 45 major political parties, unions and associations belonging to the French left-wing in order to draw up a common response to escalating intolerance.[citation needed]

Between 1999 and 2002, Meyssan replaced Emma Bonino in the leading post of the Anti-prohibitionist Radical Coordination, an international organization aiming to decriminalize drug use as a means to cut organized crime's main source of income.[citation needed]

Publication of The Big Lie[edit]

In 2002, he published a book on the September 11 terrorist attacks9/11: The Big Lie—in which Meyssan argues that such attacks were organized by a faction of the US military–industrial complex in order (1) to impose a non-democratic regime in the United States and (2) to extend US imperialism. The book was translated into 28 languages.[3] It is one of "the first wave of book-length conspiracy speculations" in France and Germany about 9/11.[4]

His following book was Le Pentagate, a book arguing that the attack against the Pentagon was not carried out by a commercial airliner but a missile. The central thesis of the book is that a Boeing 757 did not hit The Pentagon. This was heavily criticised by other prominent 9/11 Truth Movement members such as Jim Hoffman.[5]

He started a campaign at the United Nations to initiate an international investigation commission to revisit the general consensus regarding the 9/11 attacks, but he was not able to reach his objective. There was little support, except from the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council.[citation needed]

2011 Libyan civil war[edit]

On 22 August 2011, Meyssan while stuck at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, reported live, by voice, to the Russian television network RT (formerly known as Russia Today). He claimed that the Attorney General of the International Criminal Court was lying and that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi had not been taken prisoner. He also claimed that loyalist forces had regained ground. The next day, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appeared in public, but the loyalists looted the land they had released. At the same time he described that he felt in danger, accusing other CNN and BBC journalists at the hotel of being spies from the CIA and the MI6, who were allegedly giving information on objectives to the NATO and the NTC militias.[citation needed] That same day, Meyssan reported that U.S. agents, disguised as journalists at the Rixos hotel had marked him for assassination. He then stated that the identities of these spies would be released in due course.[6][original research?] Five countries offered protection to Meyssan and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in their embassies, but they were unable to reach any of them, because of the heavy fighting around the hotel and the encirclement of some of those embassies by NTC militias[7][8][original research?]

Later activities[edit]

In November 2005, Meyssan presided over the Axis for Peace 2005 Colloquium, which gathered over 130 participants from 37 nations in order to discuss the international situation and call a people's mobilization in favour of international law and world peace and against the neoconservative trend.[citation needed]

Meyssan believes the Beslan massacre was thought out and perpetrated by the CIA, through the terrorist leader Shamil Basayev, who Meyssan insists was a CIA strawman. The purpose of the massacre in Beslan had been, claims Meyssan, an attempt by the US to gain control of the resources of the Caspian Sea.[9][original research?]

In recent times, he published several stories claiming Donald Trump is the victim of a "campaign that has been scientifically organized against the President of the United States", orchestrated "by the sponsors of Barack Obama [and] Hillary Clinton".[10][original research?]

Meyssan is currently living in Damascus, Syria.[citation needed] He is columnist for the main Syrian newspaper, Al-Watan.[citation needed].


  • 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


  1. ^ Riding, Alan (22 June 2002). "Sept. 11 as Right-Wing U.S. Plot: Conspiracy Theory Sells in France" – via
  2. ^ Henley, Jon (1 April 2002). "US invented air attack on Pentagon, claims French book" – via
  3. ^ "The Big Lie, Thierry Meyssan". 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ 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: Accessed: 30-01-2018 16:25 UTC
  5. ^ Jim Hoffman, The Pentagon No-757-Crash Theory: Booby Trap for 9/11 Skeptics, 9/11 Research blog (first published: 7 October 2004. revised: 15 November 2004).
  6. ^ Thierry Meyssan and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya under death threat in Tripoli Voltaire Network, Tripoli, Libya. 22 August 2011.
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  8. ^ Tripoli: Voltaire Network concerned about the death threats hanging over Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network, Tripoli, Libya. 22 August 2011.
  9. ^ Thierry Meyssan, "Beslan: the mystery clarified one year later," (7 September 2005).
  10. ^ Voltaire network: The Clinton system to discredit Donald Trump 1 March 2017

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