‘New World Order’ doc raises more questions than it answers


ROBERT W. BUTLER
McClatchy Newspapers
December 21, 2009

“9/11 was an Inside Job.” You’ve seen the bumper stickers.

Now Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel’s “New World Order” attempts to explain the conspiracy theorists who see a dark cabal of international heavy hitters behind – well, behind everything.

[efoods]This feature-length doc is only half successful. It plunges us into the world of true believers who picket the annual meetings of the Bilderberg Group, a secretive bunch of elite industrialists, heads of state and political thinkers. It takes us to a mountaintop radio station in Utah, where a former big-city cop warns that American law enforcement is being molded into a repressive police state.

It especially takes us into the media empire of Alex Jones, radio talk show host and tireless documentary maker, who maintains that 9/11 was cynically planned to lead us into a fascist future in which the rich and powerful crush our cherished rights.

Jones, who embraces the bombast of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh on the air but is considerably more contemplative off, thinks of himself not as an entertainer but as a reluctant prophet waging “a revolution of peaceful information.” Watching this documentary, you don’t doubt his sincerity. Or his paranoia. Spotting a car on the road behind his, Jones immediately declares it “military intelligence.”

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