Russell Brand ‘open-minded’ about who was behind 9/11 attacks

The Guardian – By Press Association – Friday 24 October 2014

Russell Brand: ‘Do you trust the American government? Do you trust the British government?’ Photograph: Ian West/PA

Comedian refers to ‘interesting’ relationship between Bush and Bin Laden during appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight programme.

Comedian Russell Brand said he was “open-minded” about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks during a second appearance on BBC2’s flagship Newsnight programme.

In the wake of his last interview with Jeremy Paxman, Brand – who has written a book entitled Revolution setting out his views for political change – highlighted what he described as the “interesting” relationship between the families of former president George W Bush and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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Pressed by Davis on comments in his book about the 9/11 attacks on New York, Brand refused to rule out the possibility that the American government was behind them – and went on to accuse the BBC of promoting an “anti-Islamic narrative” in its coverage of this week’s attack by a gunman on the Canadian parliament.

“I think it is interesting at this time when we have so little trust in our political figures, where ordinary people have so little trust in their media, we have to remain open-minded to any kind of possibility,” he said.

“Do you trust the American government? Do you trust the British government? What I do think is very interesting is the relationship that the Bush family have had for a long time with the Bin Laden family.

“What I do think is very interesting is the way that even the BBC report the events in Ottawa to subtly build an anti-Islamic narrative. I think that’s very interesting.”

Brand then appeared abruptly to change tack, saying that he did not want to discuss “daft” conspiracy theories.

During the course of the interview, the comedian repeatedly cut across Davis’s attempts to press him in detail about his views, telling the presenter: “Mate, I don’t want to follow you down blind alleys about silly administrative quibbles.”

At one point Davis was reduced to almost pleading: “I’m trying to take you seriously.”

On Thursday night, Brand appeared at a Guardian live event with the author and commentator Owen Jones. Explaining his call for a revolution, he told the audience: “Democracy has been taken away from us.”

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