I'm writing this piece on 09/09/09. In many parts of the world, this is a very lucky number. In my world, consciousness is that annoying time between naps.
In two days, it will be September 11 -- the anniversary of the Twin Towers tragedy in 2001.
On December 24, 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was in Iraq giving the troops a pep talk when he went into a diatribe about what the world would be like if the USA hadn't invaded Iraq. The speech was carried live on CNN. I was watching it while eating breakfast.
Rumsfeld recounted the series of tragedies caused by the terrorists on 9/11 of 2001 -- four airplanes hijacked by terrorists, the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, the attack on the Pentagon, and so forth. In his remarks, he included a phrase about the tragedy of the airliner (Flight 93) which included these exact words about how sad it was that we had "shot down the plane over Pennsylvania."
That's correct -- the Secretary of Defense had informed the world that Flight 93 had been shot down over Pennsylvania. I nearly fell out of my chair, but was too busy jotting down the exact quote. It had been portrayed on the mainstream news that the passengers stormed the cockpit of Flight 93 causing it to crash.
The following day, a Pentagon spokesman held a press briefing to explain that the Secretary of Defense must have had a slip of the tongue during the speech.
So I did a bit of research.
From newspaper archives following the 9/11 incidents, multiple sources quoted several residents in and around the crash site near Shanksville, Pa., claiming to have seen a second plane -- an unmarked military style jet.
Susan McElwain, 51, lives two miles from the crash site. She witnessed a plane overhead. "It came right over me. It was traveling real fast and low, but barely made a sound, then it disappeared behind some trees. A few seconds later I heard this explosion and saw this fireball rise up over the trees. The plane I saw was heading right to the point where Flight 93 crashed." She described the plane as a white (with no markings) military jet with two rear engines and two upright fins at the side.
Lee Purbaugh, 32, was working on a ridge a half mile away, the only person who saw Flight 93 as it came down. He too spotted a second jet. "It was white and circled the area twice, then flew off."
Tom Spinelli, 28, was working at a marina a mile and a half away. He also saw a white plane. "It was flying around like it was looking for something. I saw it before and after the crash."
Three days after the crash, the local newspaper (Bergen County Record) reported that five witnesses had seen a second plane. Dennis Decker and Rick Cheney, at work when they heard an explosion, ran outside and spotted a "mid-sized white jet, with engines mounted near the tail, flying low. It made a circle then headed out."
Government officials have continually insisted there was never any pursuit of Flight 93.
Earlier that morning on Sept. 11, 2001, two commercial airliners had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.
At 9:24 AM EST, NORAD received notice that American Airlines Flight 77 had been hijacked and was now heading toward Washington DC.
At 9:30 AM, two F-16s were airborne from Hampton, Va., with orders to head for Washington, DC.
At 9:37 AM, American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon.
At 9:28 AM, the FAA learned that Flight 93 had been hijacked near Cleveland.
At 9:35 AM, Flight 93 began making a turn toward the south. At the same time, three F-16s were scrambled with orders to "protect the White House at all cost."
By 9:39 AM, Flight 93 had completed a wide turn and was now aimed at Washington DC.
At 10:03 AM, according to cockpit recordings, several passengers had managed to force their way into the cockpit in an attempt to take back control of Flight 93.
At 10:06 AM, Flight 93 "crashed" in Pennsylvania.
Debris from the wreckage was found scattered over an 8-mile area, including a 1000-pound section of an engine fan found more than a mile from the so-called crash site. This is consistent with an external explosion that separated a half ton section of one of the engines and tore open a portion of the passenger cabin and cargo hold.
Question: How does an airplane that crashes into the ground spread debris over an 8-mile area?
A picture can often be worth a thousand words.
So can a slip of the tongue.
The official government explanation for the series of events of 9/11 simply don't pass the smell test.
There is considerable evidence that the Twin Towers came down in a controlled manner (multiple controlled explosions eye-witnessed by several policemen and others, forensic evidence of explosive demolition materials in all 3 buildings destroyed, etc.). There are many unanswered questions concerning the Pentagon strike (size of the impact area, lack of visual or photographed evidence of an airplane of that size, etc.) There were sizeable financial speculative transactions immediately before 9/11 whereby it appeared that certain wealthy individuals had foreknowledge of the 9/11 events and made incredible financial gains due to the incidents.
The aftermath of 9/11 was a blessing to many. The global elitists who yearn for a one-world government had another plausible reason for a New World Order -- one global rule, one police force, one financial system, etc. The federal government gained more power and control by suppressing individual rights in the name of national security. The military-industrial complex had another excuse to continue weapon proliferation and profiting from warfare. International bankers who profit from collapsing financial systems have another problem to resolve which will enrich them once again. And so on. One man's tragedy is another man's prosperity.
Was the madness of 9/11 really the result of 19 crazed dudes with box-cutters or was there a bigger picture?
So many questions, not enough answers.
Quote for the Day -- "Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing." George Orwell
Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where every answer leads to multiple questions. His blogs appear on several websites, including www.myspace.com/bret1111