9/11 – Then as a Farce
by Liam Scheff
An excerpt from “Official Stories” Chapter 4: “9/11 – A Perfect Tuesday Morning”
The Salomon Brothers Building Has Fallen. Almost.
Building 7 of the WTC complex, a 47-story modern skyscraper, fell at free-fall speed, a pure, perfect demolition. It came down at 5:20 in the afternoon. It had some scattered, isolated fire damage. and some damage from falling debris on one side. No one was injured in the total collapse, because the firefighters knew it would be coming down. But not because buildings usually came down from mild damage and a few limited fires.
They knew because they were told; they got the word from Larry Silverstein. He said, “Pull it.” And he did say that, too and he even says it on video. You can write him and ask him what he meant, if you want to be lied to.
After he said, “pull it,” the building fell downward at free-fall speed, in a perfect sheet – twenty stories just hanging together, sliding down as though they were being cranked into a box beneath the surface. The descent ended as a three-story pile of metal pieces, ready to be towed away. It was clearly imploded. Why? Because of what it contained. But we’ll get to that.
At a few minutes to five that day, the BBC broadcast live video feed from Jane Standley in New York. The anchor said that Building 7, the Salomon brothers building has fallen. “Jane, what more can you tell us about the Salomon building and its collapse.” She replied, “Well, only really what you already know. Details are very, very sketchy.” She went on to describe the scene in New York, but all the while, on camera, you can see just behind her head and over her left shoulder, Building 7 standing tall in the skyline. This went on for a couple minutes. It’s clearly a live feed with smoke and activity in the background and a slight shift in angle as the camera moves. They’re still talking when the video begins to cut out and disappears. The anchor says, “Well, unfortunately, I think we’ve lost the line with Jane Standley in Manhattan. Perhaps we can rejoin her and follow that up later.”
“Later,” as in, after the building collapses in 20 minutes?
At 4:20 pm, CNN reporter Aaron Brown told the live audience that Building 7 of the WTC “had collapsed or is collapsing.” The video showed the WTC complex. Building 7 stood erect and strong, like a good building will. He seemed to have no clue as to which was building 7. Why should he have? His role was to report that it was down. He just got the pages too early.
The answer to the question you want to ask is simple: Because it was scripted, from the start. That’s how they knew to report that the building had collapsed. Because it was supposed to have collapsed. It was probably supposed to have been hit by the airplane that got off-script over Pennsylvania, the one that was shot down… but, hold on, we’re getting there.
Then as a Farce
Every good counter-argument has one really shitty piece of official evidence to mock and deride. In the 9/11 official version, it is Hani Hanjour. Hani was supposed to have piloted the jumbo jet into the Pentagon. And let’s just have fun with it.
It’s fair to say that the official flight path defies sanity, reason, brevity, logic and physics. In the official version, the maybe five-foot-four Hanjour, after beating into submission the six foot-four ex-Navy pilot (Charles Burlingame, whose family said, “What the fuck are you talking about? That NEVER would have happened!”) took the controls of the jumbo jet liner and without air-traffic assistance, turned it back from the Ohio/Kentucky border, flew into the airspace of the seat of United States Government in Washington and directly over the most important military building in the world – without being shot down.
After passing over the Pentagon and leaving it behind, he apparently changed his mind and from 8,000 feet made a 3,500 foot per minute descending 270° hairpin turn with a 250,000 pound machine, at 400+ miles per hour, while operating the vertically and horizontally arrayed, redundantly complex flight computer and data systems on the massive 757 instrument panels. He knocked over a couple of light posts and levitated over the lawn at 530 miles per hour, finally managing to wedge the plane into the ground floor of the Pentagon, without bothering the grass stretched out in front of it, at all.
On the other hand, if you parked a 757 next to the Pentagon, rested it on its engines with its landing gear retracted, the nose would be about fifteen feet above the ground. If you wanted to make a hole in the ground floor with the wings and fuselage, the engines would have to be plowing through dirt to get there. Which is one of many reasons why a lot of people think that what hit the Pentagon was a missile.
For example, air-traffic control watching the approaching object said that given the speed, maneuverability and that impossible turn, that it was a military plane. Some eyewitnesses reported that it exploded before it hit the building. Cordite, a military explosive, was smelled in the air by witnesses. Whatever hit the Pentagon smashed the segment that was nearly empty, because it was at the end of a retrofitting – a reinforcement of the structure to resist – yes! Terrorist attacks.
The Pentagon hit was so suspicious to the eye that FBI swept the lawn of all evidence, then visited each of the proximal hotels and businesses for videotape of the impact. They gathered at least 80 videos that we know of – and buried them. No, we’ve never been permitted to see any moving video from the impact.
In 2006, under subpoena, the government released two video clips, running at one frame-per-second, from over-exposed, low-res video. They show no plane, only a fiery explosion. “Keep ’em guessing,” is their motto.
Nineteen terrorists. Five per plane, except for the Pennsylvania crash, which had 4. Crews of 6, 7, 9 and 11 people. Passengers per plane (official version): 33, 51, 53 and 76, plus hijackers. (And it was Shanksville, with 33 passengers – the smallest number – that supposedly had a passenger rebellion).
Let’s act it out: You need at least three, probably four terrorists to kick down the cockpit door and attempt to hold two large, well-trained men at bay, to rip them off of their consoles, away from the control stick – all without giving them a chance to hit the “alarm” button. Because, officially, not one airplane transmitted a hijack alert when it was taken over. And not one pilot grabbed the stick, said, “Over my dead body!” and did a barrel roll, throwing everybody in the plane around like gum balls.
Put yourself on the plane. Three guys with plastic knives and/or box cutters are trying to take over the cockpit. There are at least five crew members trying to stop them, plus two or three really big guys (pilots) who would rather flip the plane over than hand it over to some nutters screaming “Allah!” These hijackers have no guns at all. No guns. They are not a threat at a distance, you can throw punches from the side and behind and even if they spin and try to cut you, all they can do is make you bleed a little while somebody else punches their lights out.
Every guy or girl with an ounce of testosterone charges to the front. You see what’s happening and your adrenaline takes over. You jump up and throw fists and pile on top of whoever is threatening. Two, three of you are punching him repeatedly. He’s done. You climb up to the front, pull the remaining bad guys into the throng of fists – and it’s over. Crisis averted. Now the only thing you have to do is to keep the crowd from murdering the hijackers.
Four or five hijackers, no guns, officially. And the report of “box openers,” came alongside reports of “plastic knives.” Not that any box-cutters or plastic knives were found at any of the crash sites. Neither were the black boxes for the WTC planes. That’s right, no black boxes, says the official story. Although firefighters on the ground in New York claim they did recover the boxes and even published a book about it. The black boxes for the other two flights were deemed “unusable.” Then in 2006, a bit of flight path data was released from one of them, but nothing else.
We owe “box openers and plastic knives” to one man – Attorney General John “hide the boobies” Ashcroft. But check the news record for the reports as they spun in and you find real violence on the planes: A gun, a bullet wound, a slashed throat, chemical sprays (mace) and strapped-on bombs. Did all of that get through security? (Who ran security? We’ll get to that).
But officially, box-cutters and plastic knives. What if none of it is true? What if no one had to hijack the planes, because somebody else was flying them? Sound impossible? We’ll get to that, too.
(Continued in Chapter 4 of “Official Stories.”)