New Green MP Paul Manly denies links to 9/11 truther movement after comments resurface

Green Party MP-elect Paul Manly openly questioned the “corporate media’s” coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and whether there is additional evidence that would reveal a different explanation for the attacks.

Global News has obtained audio from two interviews Manly did in 2007 and 2011 on the Unbought and Unbossed podcast hosted by conspiracy theorist Raymond Geisler. In those interviews, Manly says if you “speak up on certain issues” you open yourself up to attack.

“If you come out with a statement that says it’s all bunk, they’re going to take that one 15-second clip and they’re going to deride you with it and then discredit you in the eyes of the Canadian public,” Manly said in the 2007 interview.

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In an interview with Global News this weekend, Manly said he isn’t part of the 9/11 truth movement, which questions the explanation and motives of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“There are a lot of conspiracy theories when it comes to 9/11 and I do not subscribe to them,” Manly said.

“But when people remember the official story of 9/11 it was that Saddam Hussein was directly involved with the bombings of 9/11. We now know that is not true.”

On April 29, 2007, former U.S. central intelligence director George Tenet admitted on 60 Minutes that the United States “could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al-Qaeda for 9/11 or any operational act against America, period.”

Manly’s first interview with Geisler was done six months later in October 2007.

“I mean we’re here on the left coast, in a kind of lefty town, but you go to other places and try to find somebody in middle Canada, like middle America, that is skeptical and you’re not likely to,” he said on the podcast. “And so how do you crack that nut?

“We have all our independent media. Like, I know this has been going on for a while and I know, I’ve seen lots of this evidence and I’ve heard from lots of these people and watched lots of these videos and read lots of this information, but it’s still not scratching the surface.”

Manly told Global News he was skeptical about the United States’ claims that Hussein, the former Iraqi president, was involved in the attacks.

“That was the time I was having this discussion, and it was also the time that information was coming out about the Iraq War and what was true and what wasn’t true. You are trying to parse through so much information on complex issues and trying to figure out what is true,” Manly said.

“I just don’t buy into conspiracy theories based on how people see things happening.”

Supporters of the 9/11 truth movement dispute the commonly accepted account that Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Centre towers, which collapsed as a result of those crashes

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