Producer of “Loose Change” arrested


Richard Moore

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Producer of 9/11 Conspiracy Film 'Loose Change' Arrested for Deserting the Army

Thursday , July 26, 2007
By Catherine Donaldson-Evans


One of the young filmmakers behind a controversial 9/11 conspiracy documentary 
was arrested this week on charges that he deserted the Army, even though he 
claims he received an honorable discharge.

Korey Rowe, 24, who served with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan and Iraq, told that he was honorably discharged from the military 18 months ago ‹ 
which he said he explained to sheriffs when they pounded on his door late Monday

³When they came to my house, I showed them my paperwork,² Rowe said. ³The cops 
said, 'You¹re still in the system.'²

Rowe is one of the producers of "Loose Change," a cult hit on the Internet 
espousing the theory that the U.S. government and specifically the Bush 
administration orchestrated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The movie is set to be released in about 40 British theaters in late August, 
according to Rowe and fellow filmmakers Jason Bermas and Dylan Avery.

Police arrested Rowe at his house in Oneonta, N.Y., about 10:45 p.m. on Monday 
and took him to the Otsego County jail, where he spent a day-and-a-half before 
he was released, he said.

Rowe was turned over to officials at Fort Drum ‹ the closest military base ‹ who
then booked him on a flight to Fort Campbell, Ky., where his unit is based, to 
try to straighten out why the military issued a warrant for his arrest.

³A warrant for my arrest came down and showed up on the sheriff¹s desk,² Rowe 
said. ³Where it came from and why it showed up all of a sudden is a mystery to 

A spokeswoman for the 101st Airborne said Rowe is in the system as an Army 

³He was listed as a deserter in 2005,² said Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, public 
affairs officer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). ³What we show is 
that he was absent without leave in June of 2005 and was dropped from the rolls 
in July 2005. Š He has been apprehended for being a deserter.²

Rowe said he believes it¹s an administrative error on the part of the military. 
Nielson-Green conceded that could be the case, but said it was all speculation 
at this point.

³Anything is possible,² she said. ³If this is an administrative error, then that
will come out in due process. Š It may be as simple as that, or it may be more 
complicated than that. Errors sometimes happen.²

Rowe said he was sitting in his living room watching the show ³Cops² and 
drinking a beer Monday night when police banged on the door.

³I thought it was the TV,² he said. ³There was f-----g mad cops out there. I 
thought, here we go.²

There were at least five sheriffs on hand for his arrest, Rowe said. They told 
him he had an active-duty warrant from the military.

³They pulled a whole operation. They cut my phone lines. They came from the 
woods. It was crazy ‹ it was ridiculous,² he said.

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin said his understanding was that the arrest 
was much less dramatic and more routine than Rowe described, though he hadn't 
confirmed the details with the officers involved.

"Two deputies went to the house and arrested him," Devlin said. "There was no 
cutting of phone lines or anything like that. ... There¹s nothing to indicate 
there were any issues. It was a standard arrest."

Rowe speculated that he might still be in the system because he didn¹t update 
his address, and characterized the military¹s record-keeping databases as 
ineffective and disorganized. He doesn¹t, however, believe his work on ³Loose 
Change² was a factor in his arrest.

³I don¹t think there¹s any nefarious purpose or political stunt, or that 
anybody¹s trying to shut me up,² Rowe said. ³At the same time, I can¹t be sure 
about that.²

Asked whether Rowe¹s arrest has anything to do with his involvement in ³Loose 
Change,² Nielson-Green said ³absolutely not.²

³We¹ve never even heard of this guy,² she said, adding that she wasn¹t aware of 
the movie until Rowe was arrested and reporters and bloggers picked up on the 

³Loose Change² initially had a prominent American distributor behind it ‹ Dallas
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban of 2929 Productions ‹ but he has since backed out, 
apparently because of nervousness surrounding the film's inflammatory claims.

Actor Charlie Sheen had signed on to narrate the theatrical version of the film,
but he recently said he's taking a wait-and-see approach to whether he¹ll remain
a part of the project.

"Loose Change" makes the shocking claim that the World Trade Center's Twin 
Towers were brought down on Sept. 11, 2001, by the U.S. government in a 
controlled demolition. It also contends that the military flew a missile into 
the Pentagon.

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