Art Olivier is a former mayor of Bellflower, California. He was the Libertarian candidate for Vice President in the United States presidential election in the year 2000 as the running mate of presidential candidate Harry Browne. Olivier ran uncontested for Governor in the 2006 California Libertarian primary. He received 114,329 votes in his race against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the general election. Olivier criticized Governor Schwarzenegger for passing a budget that was “30% larger than the one that got Governor Davis recalled just three years ago”. In 2012, Olivier wrote and produced the thriller film Operation Terror, which depicted an alternate version of the September 11 attacks in New York City, 2001. The movie’s plot centered on a group of American government insiders that organized and assembled a group of people to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In writing Operation Terror, Olivier used dialogue taken from transcripts of the investigation by the 9/11 Commission and based the film’s characters on real-life players in the 9/11 attack.
Operation Terror puts together many of the recorded under reported events of the 9/11 attacks. The movie includes Able Danger, the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, BBC announcing the collapse of Building 7 before it happened, nano-thermite in the World Trade Center, the empty hole in Shanksville, the small hole in the Pentagon, Dick Cheney in the White House EOC, and the NASA facility in Cleveland. Even though there are fictional characters mixed in with the real perpetrators and victims, viewers will discover more truth in this feature film than they would by watching a decade of nightly news programs.
The film premiered on September 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, and received the Honorable Mention Award at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality and won the Genre Film: Thriller award at the International Movie Awards. The film’s director, Paul Cross, was also nominated for Best Director at the Fajr International Film Festival. The film was also an Official Selection in the Riverside International Film Festival 2012, the Monaco Charity Film Festival 2012, the New Horizon International Independent Filmmakers Festival 2012, and the Baghdad International Film Festival 2012.
At the Fajr International Film Festival, Director Paul Cross was competing against directors such as Kevin MacDonald, Dejan Zechevich, Marius Holst, Rachid Bouchareb and Cannes Film Festival winner, Roschdy Zem. Cross has recently written the published novel, A Counterfeit Priest, and he is the recipient of the prestigious title of Kentucky Colonel which was bestowed on him by the Governor of Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. He also has a day named after him in his home town in Kentucky.
I spoke with Art Olivier yesterday and asked if we could have an interview. Here is what followed.
Marco Battaglia: Do you have any additional plans for distribution of your film?
Art Olivier: No, I had about 25 distributors interested in the film at the American Film Market but they all backed away. A couple of the distributors told me that they could make money on Operation Terror but the consequences of promoting such a controversial film could have devastating effects on their companies.
MB: Did you have any trouble finding a crew and actors to perform in your movie?
AO: No. There is no shortage of actors in LA. We interviewed about 1000 actors to get our 75 paid actors. Only the director and myself had a copy of the entire screenplay. I was afraid that if some of the studios knew what the movie was about that they may cancel on me at the last minute and I would still be on the hook to pay the cast and crew. When I ran for governor, half of my scheduled appearances were canceled at the last minute. The organizers of the events that were not canceled told me that they received a phone call from the Schwarzenegger campaign threatening or bribing them to cancel my appearance at their event.
MB: Have you learned anything post completion of your script that you would go back and change if given the chance?
AO: I’ve learned a lot more but what I have learned would be too complicated for a movie.
MB: Do you think that Donald Trump will continue to question the events of 911 now that he will become our next President?
AO: No, seeing how much media coverage he received during the primaries, it appears that he was the chosen candidate.
MB: Do you know if any 911 victims surviving family members have seen your film? If so have any of them given you any feedback?
AO: Bob McIlvaine bought a couple of DVD’s but I have not heard from him.
MB: What are some things that you learned while running as a VP candidate for the LP?
AO: That the strength of the LP is at the state and local level.
MB: Have you ever been to Iowa?
AO: I visited Iowa shortly after the 2000 election.
MB: Did you ever think that you would see a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (William Weld) nominated to be the VP candidate for the Libertarian Party?
AO: Unfortunately yes.
MB: Do you think that Weld is genuine in his turn to the LP?
AO: No. My guess is that he was put in the campaign to help control it. If Trump was not getting enough support, they could have promoted the Johnson/Weld ticket.
MB: Since you have remained in your community after serving as mayor and running for Governor and VP do you feel that those in your locale are more receptive to Libertarian ideas?
AO: Yes, the press used to try to scare voters away from me by labeling me as a Libertarian but since the residents liked lower taxes and better service, those attacks backfired and many people in the community now consider themselves libertarian.
MB: Do you have any projects in the works currently?
AO: I wrote the screenplay “Rachel Forever” about Rachel Corrie. I met with investors in Tehran and the producer got commitments of about $2 million for production but nothing has happened since for over a year. I have made some no budget, cutting edge videos on how the world really works that can be seen at youtube.com/OperationTerror
MB: How can one best acquire your film?
I must add that Mr. Olivier’s film is an intriguing piece of cinematic history in that it depicts events that more closely fit the under reported facts of the events of 911 than the narrative that was provided by the United States Government and by many in major media outlets and elected political positions. I have seen many low budget films and this is easily one of the finest low budget films that I have ever seen. If you would like to distribute Mr. Olivier’s film I would be more than happy to put you in touch with him. As always if you have a suggestion for a story or an interview subject please reach out to me via a message to the Iowa Free Press social media or at email@example.com
By the way…..Rachel Aliene Corrie was an American woman that passed away at age 23 at the Palestinian Najar hospital after suffering injuries sustained via a bulldozer. For additional information on Rachel Corrie you may refer to http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/
In the years since the events of 911 some of the more notable public figures that have gone on the public record as questioning the events of the day include Willie Nelson, Geraldo Rivera, Jesse Ventura, and Judge Andrew Napolitano. For more than 13 years, 28 pages documenting specific indications of foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers were hidden from the American people. Declassified on July 15, 2016, the 28 pages revealed a web of interconnections linking Saudi government officials, members of the Saudi royal family, suspected Saudi intelligence operatives and 9/11 hijackers. Information that was once redacted included that:
- An unlisted phone number linked closely to Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan ,the ambassador to the United States, was found in the phone book of al Qaeda associate Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan.
- Zubaydah also had a phone number for a bodyguard at the Saudi embassy in Washington who was under an FBI investigation prompted by his suspicious behavior in approaching U.S. intelligence community personnel.
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