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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In August of 2006 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published 'Conspiracy theorists blog that Flight 93 photo is fake'

The article contains the following description of treatment of Val McClatchey, the photographer who took "The End of Serenity":
The real estate agent has recently become a target of bloggers calling themselves "9-11 researchers," who are seeking to prove that the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers, pierced the Pentagon and crashed United Airlines Flight 93. "The End of Serenity" has turned out to be their smoking gun.
They have visited Mrs. McClatchey's office and called her at home, posting satellite maps of her property and accusing her of digitally altering her photo to insert a fake smoke plume. The bloggers have picked apart her story, highlighting inconsistencies in different news accounts and questioning her motives.

STATUS: sent to Post-Gazette

Dear Editor,

Your article 'Conspiracy theorists blog that Flight 93 photo is fake'
(8/7/06) describes an unfortunate pattern of harassment of Val McClatchey,
a Pennsylvania 9/11/01 attack witness.  However, the story also does a
public disservice by describing the source of the harassment broadly as
"9-11 researchers," with the same punctuation as the highest-ranking
website challenging the official explanation of the events of 9/11/01 --
'9-11 Research' (911research.wtc7.net).

The 9-11 Research team repudiates any such personal harassment and the
kinds of "analysis" you describe.  Additionally, the claim that "The End
of Serenity" is fake is in the tradition of numerous Internet claims of
the 9/11 jetliner crashes being 'faked' -- claims seemingly calculated
to offend victims and showcase errors of logic, rather than inspire
serious inquiry into the many flaws of the story we've all been told.

Contrary to supporting such views, our website works to debunk many such
claims of fake evidence in analyses of the 9/11 attacks, educating readers
about the real evidence that proves the September 11 attacks were an
inside job.


The 9-11 Research Team:
Jim Hoffman, Webmaster and Senior Editor
Gregg Roberts, Associate Editor
Victoria Ashley, Research Consultant
Jan Hoyer, Media Coordinator