Just what hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 at 9:03 a.m.? That’s
the question that I sought to answer as I visited New York for the excellent 911
conference (“Confronting the Evidence”,
9/11/2004) held at the Grand Ballroom
which was sponsored by Jimmy Walker.
I’m sure that most people have heard what some
are saying. They point out that when Flight 175 entered the South Tower no
part of it broke off. The
argument they make is that because a plane is largely aluminum it should have
produced major confetti with its impact against the South Tower’s steel exterior.
Then there’s the overly-simplistic observation that the damage seen in some photos of the
other (North Tower) did not match
the footage obtained by the Naudet Brothers. I trust that
everyone remembers the Naudet Brothers. Their documentary ‘911’ is an inspiration.
Conspiracy nutters also mention that there’s no known recording of
Flight 175’s impact with the South Tower. Oh, we’ve got the object's deceleration and
the explosion covered. But
the actual, gut-wrenching sound of a largely-aluminum fuselage making contact with
steel at an estimated 450 mph was never revealed to the public by anyone.
Having read these idiotic theories (no, actually having written some of them) I
arrived at Lispenard and Church Streets in New York in the early afternoon of
9/11/04. It is an attractive location; and quite famous. This was where Jules Naudet
captured Flight 11
striking the North Tower three years before. (The Naudets also publish a shot of someone
watching the North Tower hit. Not bad considering they were
ostensibly videotaping a Fire Chief inspecting a gas leak.)
About a half hour later I am standing on the sidewalk outside of Engine 7 Ladder 1, the
firehouse on Duane Street where the Naudet Brothers were shooting their documentary
about a rookie firefighter. The Naudets were so enthralled with their simple,
colorless "probie" that they spent months shooting
candid video of the firemen at this firehouse. I merely
look at the firehouse from the outside for several angry minutes before
heading to Ground Zero.
Upon arriving I see people pouring in for the demonstrations which are taking place
on the three-year anniversary of the most tragic day in US history. A large
number of bikers are riding endlessly around the block, showing the
American flags attached to their finely-tuned machines. I ask many people whether they
saw the object which struck the South Tower. Since most of the people I speak to
are tourists very few answer in the affirmative.
Finally I encounter a young, pretty French girl. She tells me she saw Flight 11
strike the North Tower. I ask her a few questions and she is not comfortable
answering them. However, she tells me that only when she saw the explosion on
the North Tower did she know it was a plane. I interpret her remarks
to indicate that she may not have seen Flight 11 at all. (Perhaps she knows
that what she saw more closely resembles a
Flying Pig than a commercial jet?)
Soon afterwards I speak to a man who tells me he saw a windowless, gray
cargo plane strike the South Tower. We talk at length and he makes this point very clear
I talk to another man who tells me
he saw a commercial jet strike the South Tower. I ask him a couple of questions about
what it looked like and he quickly gets frustrated and terminates the conversation. I
try to talk to a couple of other eyewitnesses but they won’t talk to me. I
then hail a cab and head uptown for the Grand Ballroom event.
In the cab I come to the conclusion that someone other than Osama bin Laden sent a
grey cargo plane into the South Tower. Meanwhile, the TV networks aired video of
a CGI plane striking it. As
absurd as it sounds, what eyewitnesses saw strike the South Tower must
have been different than what TV audiences saw. This explains why so
many eyewitnesses are reluctant to talk about a visual spectacle which
rivals the Hindenberg disaster. 911 was actually a news media hoax, a
monumental PsyOps campaign that was inflicted upon the Human Race
by the corporate US media.
I’ll leave to the eyewitnesses to come forward and describe what they saw.