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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

New Pearl Harbor

As I said earlier, I read the book The New Pearl Harbor, by David Ray Griffin, on the train. Lots of juicy details about 9/11 that never make it into the mainstream media. One of these is the "two-plane theory" for the Pentagon: while some witnesses say they saw a small plane or missile, many others say they did see an American Airlines 757. The physical evidence and the aerobatic maneuver performed by whatever it was that hit the Pentagon strongly suggest that it was a small plane or missile. The "two-plane" theory suggests that a 757 was flown just over the Pentagon at about the same time as the missile struck the building. This one seems pretty far-fetched, but not nearly as much as the official story.

Another theory is that flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to gain control of the plane, may have been shot down by a military jet BECAUSE the passengers tried to gain control. If "Let's roll" had succeeded, it might have blown the cover for the whole sinister plot. The four planes were all scheduled to take off about the same time--but flight 93 was delayed by 41 minutes. This meant that passengers were able to hear about the WTC attacks before 93 reached its target, and thus were the only passengers who fought with the hijackers (depending on what you want to believe about flight 77 and the Pentagon). The military "stood down" while the other planes hit their targets, but the one which might have landed safely may have been shot down.

Another plot element examined in detail is the highly suspicious collapse of the twin towers and WTC 7, apparently the first three steel buildings in history to collapse completely because of fire. The author points out that the tops of both towers fell to the ground just as quickly as they would have had they been dropped through thin air. If the collapse occurred because of weakened structure, all of the floors below would have put up structural, or at least inertial, resistance, which would have caused the collapses to take much longer (and also probably kept them from being anywhere near as complete as they were). Also, the second tower hit was the first one to collapse, and the collapse occurred just as its fires were dying down! The author asserts that all of this is much more consistent with a controlled demolition using explosives placed throughout the towers than with structures weakened by impact and fire. In the afterward to the second edition of the book, the author adds these tidbits:
Marvin P. Bush, the president’s younger brother, was a principal in a company called Securacom, which provided security for the World Trade Center…[T]his company was in charge of security for the WTC between 1996 until September 11, 2001, and that it installed a new security system between 1996 and 2000.

Wirt D. Walker III, a cousin of Marvin P. and George W. Bush, is also a principal in this company, which in the meantime has been renamed Stratesec.

[S]ome WTC personnel reported that “after the security detail had worked 12-hour shifts for the previous two weeks because of threats, five days before 9/11 the security alert, which had mandated the use of bomb-sniffing dogs, was lifted.” This fact is possibly significant because, if the wiring for controlled demolition had been installed earlier, the explosives could perhaps have been affixed during that period.

In the meantime, I have learned of additional reports that may bear on this question. One of these is by a man named Scott Forbes, who has worked since 1999 for Fiduciary Trust… In a personal letter that has subsequently been published, he says:

In 2001 we occupied floors 90 and 94-97 of the South Tower and lost 87 employees plus many contractors.

On the weekend of [September 8-9, 2001], there was a “power down” condition in WTC tower 2, the south tower. This power down condition meant there was no electrical supply for approximately 36 hours from floor 50 up…The reason given by the WTC for the power down was that cabling in the tower was being upgraded…Of course without power there were no security cameras, no security locks on doors [while] many, many “engineers” [were] coming in and out of the tower.
Many, many other interesting pieces of information which remain totally unexplained by the official story. The book is an easy and fascinating read.