FX's 'Rescue Me' Pushes 9/11 as 'Massive Neo-Conservative' Conspiracy

The 9/11 terrorist attacks were part of “a massive neo-conservative government effort” to enable “American global domination,” a character on FX's "Rescue Me" argued on Tuesday night's episode. In the drama about firefighters in New York City, firefighter “Franco Rivera,” played by actor Daniel Sunjata, a real-life 9/11 “truther,” laid out his theory for a French journalist interviewing firefighters for a book on 9/11 first-responders. As noted in a February NewsBusters post, in a New York Times story about the then-upcoming storyline, Brian Stelter reported the ludicrous theory “may represent the first fictional presentation of 9/11 conspiracy theories by a mainstream media company (FX is operated by the News Corporation).”

During the episode, “Franco” outlined the four-point plan by the Project for a New American Century, starting with how Bush-Cheney “came to power with plans already made to attack Afghanistan and Iraq.” Second, “we have to make huge technological advances with our armed forces, that for some reason include the capability to fight wars from outer space.” Third, “huge increases in military spending” to the neglect of “sick and dying first-responders, 9/11's heroes, who can't even pay their light bill let alone their medical bills.” Fourth, “we changed the definition of pre-emptive attack so we can unilaterally bomb the shit out of, invade and occupy countries even if they pose no credible threat or had nothing to do with 9/11.” Finally:

How you going to put it into action? I mean, the American people are never going to go for shit like that, right? You're damn straight. No, what you need is an event, an event that gets everyone's heads turned around the right way. What you need is a new Pearl Harbor.

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The Project for the New American Century is so powerful they haven't posted anything on their Web site since 2005!

Actor Daniel Sunjata (IMDb page), is a believer in the conspiracy he espoused on the program created by left-wing actor/comedian Denis Leary in which he stars as New York City firefighter “Tommy Gavin.”

In a photo with the February New York Times story, Sunjata sported a shirt emblazoned with “INVESTIGATE 9/11.” Two years ago he authorized the posting of a “New 9/11 Truth Statement from Daniel Sunjata.

The “Franco Rivera” character in a scene with the female French journalist on the April 14 episode of Rescue Me on FX, the start of what will be an ongoing storyline:

What you're going to hear from me you're not going to hear from anybody else because my opinions, well, let's just say they're not popular. 9/11? Inside job, plain and simple, all you got to do is connect the dots and I'm not talking about the dots everyone's already heard about. I'm not talking about Bush sitting in that school reading a book about a goat to those kids for seven-and-half minutes after he was told the news. Everybody knows that.

I am talking about a massive neo-conservative government effort. It's been in the works for over twenty years. You ever hear of PNAC -- Project for a New American Century? Well, according to them the end goal of their effort is American global domination. 'Full Spectrum Dominance,' they call it. Now, the first question that pops to my mind is how do you pull that off in this day and age? Well, according to them, you do it in four steps.

First, we must control the world's oil, especially the oil in Central Asia and the Middle East. Now, I don't have to remind you that Bush-Cheney, they came to power with plans already made to attack Afghanistan and Iraq.

Number two: We have to make huge technological advances with our armed forces, that for some reason include the capability to fight wars from outer space.

Number three, surprise surprise: Huge increases in military spending to pay for the above, a hundred and thirty billion dollars a year worth. Now, never mind the sick and dying first-responders, 9/11's heroes, who can't even pay their light bill let alone their medical bills and a lot of whom ended up homeless because of it. I guess there's just not enough room in the budget for that.

Number four, and this is key: We changed the definition of pre-emptive attack so we can unilaterally bomb the shit out of, invade and occupy countries even if they pose no credible threat or had nothing to do with 9/11.

One problem: How you going to put it into action? I mean, the American people are never going to go for shit like that, right? You're damn straight. No, what you need is an event, an event that gets everyone's heads turned around the right way. What you need is a new Pearl Harbor. That's what they said they needed. You're looking at a guy who went to 58 funerals in 26 days, I can tell you that is sure as shit what they got.

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Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center