Monday, December 25, 2006

9/11 conspiracy sounds convincing

After watching this movie, I know I have to question even the things I take for granted. I know that most of the people in the world are dumb, and it's hard not to believe that they're brainwashed when you turn on Fox News, but I sometimes have trouble believing conspiracy theories. Perhaps that's because I hardly ever take the time to look into them. That movie expresses the issue much better than I ever could - I request that you watch it in full. Please. Use the internet to research as you go.

First you must acquaint yourself with the timeline of the pivotal day. The North Tower was hit by Flight 11 at 8:46 AM. Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 9:03. At 9:59 the South Tower collapses, and at 10:28 the North Tower collapses. At 5:20 PM, the 7 World Trade Center collapses - a building which was not hit by any airplanes, and which was further away from the Two Towers than many of the buildings which are still standing today (though it has been rebuilt). It had a couple small fires in it. Curiously, it was also owned by Larry Silverstein, the owner of the Two Towers who collected an enormous amount of insurance money. The building, as the movie shows, contained offices for the Department of Defense, the CIA, and emergency response agencies (FEMA was one, I believe, as well the NYC Office of Emergency Management). As Dr S. Shyam Sunder said, NIST's lead WTC disaster investigator, "We are studying the horizontal movement east to west, internal to the structure, on the fifth to seventh floors.” and then added "But truthfully, I don’t really know. We’ve had trouble getting a handle on Building No. 7".[10]

I checked out the Wikipedia article on the 9/11 Commission (and many others) and found this:

Even after Kissinger resigned, the White House was often cited as having attempted to block the release of information to the commission [8] and for refusing to give interviews without tight conditions attached (leading to threats to subpoena [9]). The Bush Administration has further been accused of attempting to derail the commission by giving it one of the smallest independent commission funding levels in recent history ($3 million [10]), and by giving the commission a very short deadline. The White House insists that they have given the commission "unprecedented cooperation".

While President Bush and Vice President Cheney did ultimately agree to testify, they did so only under several conditions:

  • They would be allowed to testify jointly;
  • They would not be required to take an oath before testifying;
  • The testimony would not be recorded electronically or transcribed, and that the only record would be notes taken by one of the commission staffers;
  • These notes would not be made public

Quite curious.

tells us why no F-16s were around to take down the planes.

Anyway, watch the movie and tell me your thoughts.

Not to say that I believe there was a conspiracy, but it is something that I would like to see seriously refuted. But I haven't been able to find a serious discussion on their points. Please point one out to me if you find it.

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