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9/11 truther gets by Super Bowl security, crashes press conference

02.03.14 at 11:05 am ET

Despite all of the security surrounding MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII, one man skirted by every roadblock and eventually made his way onto national television.

Matthew Mills, an independent journalist from Brooklyn and 9/11 truther, used an old press credential from another event to make his way not just into the stadium, but into postgame press conferences Sunday. When game MVP Malcolm Smith began to answer questions from reporters, Mills found a chance to spread his message about the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

“I just saw my opportunity to get my word out there and I took it,” Mills told The Star-Ledger.

The 30-year-old proceeded to get on stage, grab the microphone and say that the 9/11 attacks were “perpetrated by people in our own government.”

Smith, who looked confused at first, then said, “Check his press pass,” as a public relations person moved Mills off the platform.

Mills said he did not originally intend to spread his message during the game. Originally he just hoped to talk to a few fans outside of the stadium. When he got to Secaucus Junction, though, he saw an employee bus and got on board.

Mills wore an old press pass from a festival he covered that did not look much different from the credentials issued to media members, team employees and other individuals working at the Super Bowl.

Whenever security tried to stop him, Mills used the same fake story.

“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” Mills said. “It was that simple.

“I didn’t think that I’€™d get that far. I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded.”

After making his comments and being forced off stage, Mills was arrested and charged with trespassing. Mills, who was released in the early morning on his own recognizance, is associated with WeAreChange, a group whose goal is “confronting prominent and powerful people with the tough questions the mainstream media doesn’t want to ask.”

A NFL spokesman has stated that all questions regarding the security at the Meadowlands should be directed to the New Jersey State Police.