More than 50 speakers and 30 films are planned for a gathering in Chandler this weekend of people who believe various conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"For people who may just have a question about 9/11 or have a gut feeling that something is not really right, I would encourage them strongly to attend this conference," said Jim Marrs, a Texas journalist and author who is one of the speakers.
"They will learn from people who have devoted much time out of their lives to study the issues and who can provide some hard and startling information," he said.
The conference - 9/11 Accountability Strategies & Solutions - runs Friday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in downtown Chandler.
The conference is a project of 911 Truth of Arizona, one of about 35 state organizations in the country.
"We've had conferences, and they've all been about more and more evidence," organizer Kent Knudson said. "We have so much evidence that it's totally overwhelming that 9/11 was some kind of an inside job, and we demand a new investigation.
"Another conference about evidence is pointless. We want to have a conference about accountability, about legal and political strategies. We're going to plow new ground."
Knudson hopes up to 1,000 people from around the country will attend.
Speakers include Darrell Anderson, an Army veteran who served in Iraq; Kevin Barrett, an associate lecturer in Islamic and Arabic studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Phil Berg, a lawyer who investigated voting irregularities in Florida in 2000; Jack Blood, a radio talk-show host and newsletter publisher; Col. Robert Bowman, a decorated fighter pilot in Vietnam and specialist in national security, and Steven E. Jones, a retired physics professor at Brigham Young University.
Jones contends the collapse of the World Trade Center towers was a controlled demolition.
Also speaking will be Peter Phillips, a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University in California and director of Project Censored.
Marrs, who has written about the Kennedy assassination and other topics, said there are problems with the official story of Sept. 11.
"No one has offered up any proof of who these hijackers actually were," he said. "According to the European media, half (of the alleged hijackers) are still alive in the Middle East, meaning their identities were stolen."
Another question, Marrs said, is that if a terrorist group is trying to infiltrate the U.S. and slip in weapons of mass destruction, why have the borders not been secured?
Darlene Heavlin, manager of the San Marcos, said the hotel landed the conference through the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"All hotels in the Phoenix area bid for it," she said.
Heavlin said the hotel does a lot of business with national associations that are more low profile.