NEW YORK (Dec. 3) - A French author who suggests that the Sept. 11 attacks were devised by a faction of the U.S. military is planning to promote his book on a tour that will begin in New York City.
Thierry Meyssan's book, ``9-11, The Big Lie,'' also suggests that the Pentagon was hit by an American missile, and not a hijacked airliner.
USA Books, a subsidiary of the book's French publisher, said he could launch the tour as early as this month. The dates have not been set, according to Asad Lalljee of USA Books, but the publicity blitz is likely to include interviews with several major TV news shows that have expressed interest.
In the book, the left-wing author suggests that the attacks were plotted to promote a U.S. military agenda that included waging war in Afghanistan.
The French press ridiculed the book, but it became a best seller in France for three months. The English version has not seen the same success, but Lalljee said 5,000 copies have sold without any marketing in the past six weeks since it was made available.
The Pentagon has called the allegations in the book ``more than insulting.''
Lt. Col. Ken McClellan, a Defense Department spokesman, said Monday he was appalled that Meyssan is planning a U.S. visit.
``Certainly there's a market for any sort of trivialization of history,'' McClellan said. ``That doesn't make it less of a tragedy.''