Tragedy can teach us many things. Some of the lessons we draw from September 11, 2001
For starters, jets flying 450+ M.P.H. into steel buildings make
no noise on
impact. This is verified with two sources. If you rent the Naudet Brothersís documentary ď911Ē, fast-forward
the tape to where the firemen investigate the
Seconds later Gedeon Naudet
presumably shoots American Airlines 11 (AA 11) flying into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). We
hear the sound of the plane. We hear the explosions. We hear people yelling with
astonishment. However, there is no audio of the impact.
Similarly, CNN broadcast footage which shows the same anomaly. (This is
said to be from an amateur shooting from the Battery; i.e., the
famous shot of United Airlines 175 striking the South Tower seen from the south.)
In the audio sequence we hear the sound of the jet plane arriving,
the explosions and then people reacting with horror at the spectacular fireball. However,
there is no impact sound.
All of the other footage that the TV networks aired of planes striking the WTC
disaster is silent. There appears to be no audio of the impacts of either
Flight 11 or Flight 175 striking the World Trade Center.
Another lesson learned from 9-11 is that jet planes flying 450+ M.P.H. into steel
buildings do not have
break off and fall to the ground below. Letís begin with the already-mentioned
CNN video from the south. When reviewing the videotape we can see that UA 175
actually enters the South Tower without any part of a wing, no part of the fuselage,
not even a beverage tray breaking off on impact.
Previous experiments on land with heavy objects (e.g., cars, rockets) striking walls at high
speed all show large amounts of metallic confetti produced at the juncture of the
unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. Still,
all of the video footage aired by the news networks capture UA 175 striking
and entering the South Tower like a hot knife cuts through melted butter. The extent
to the trauma caused from the plane's impact with the building is typically a
single flash which quickly appears and disappears in the span of a single frame.
Another surprise with the video footage of UA 175
striking the South Tower is that it is silver. This
is the color of American
Airlinesís fleet. Unfortunately, United Airlines has a
grey and dark-blue
Strangely, UA 175 is also not
the Sun. For example, sometime during the day of 9/11/01 CNN broadcast more ďamateurĒ footage of
UA 175 from a position east of the WTC. In this footage we see the jet arriving in
silhouette. It remains in shadow until it disappears into the South Tower.
Yet, UA 175 presumably struck the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. on 9/11/01. It was a
beautiful day. The Sun was coming low and to the east at that hour. When shooting
UA 175 from the same compass point it should not be in
silhouette as it arrives. Now, perhaps the WTC blocks its light as
UA 175 draws near. Still, with UA presumably hundreds of feet away from the
Twin Towers there is nothing to block the eastern light. The video footage with it
arriving from this compass point should not be showing a jet in silhouette.
Shooting video of jet planes which are not affected by sunlight and
which do not leave any sound (or material) behind when colliding with immense steel towers
might be a challenge for some videographers. However, most of the known amateurs
who managed to shoot this highly unique catastrophe
of zooming-out just prior to the arrival of the moment of maximum visual interest.
spectacular footage of
UA 175 striking the South Tower that is currently
being sold by
Camera Planet. We see (silver) UA 175
arriving. It quickly disappears behind a building. The camera operator suddenly
executes a manual zoom-out. The zoom is accomplished in only one second. A small
fraction of a second after the camera is zoomed-out UA 175 briefly reappears (in shadow). Then it
strikes the South Tower and a spectacular fireball results.
Whatís unusual about this? Let's remember how they are made.
Zooms are either made manually or automatically. Manual zooms are made by reaching for
the lens and turning it. Automatic
ones are accomplished by reaching for and then holding down a button on the
camera. The Camera Planet zoom-out was made in one second suggesting
that it was a manual zoom.
The camera operator starts out presumably holding the camera
with two hands, using the stronger of the two as the primary one. While holding it
this way he follows the once-in-a-millenium-low-flying jet coming in to
strike the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The moment the plane
disappears from view he grabs his lens and radically alters the picture. Fortunately,
this alteration concludes milliseconds before the plane reappears. There is no
problem with grabbing the lens and turning it without hesitation in the correct
direction. The zoom-out also doesn't go too far. Finally, the subject
does not need reframing mid-way through it. (I'm assuming the author
is male because a man takes credit in Camera Plant's voiceover.)
Perhaps this footage was simply a miraculous fluke. Curiously, almost all of
the other footage that the TV networks broadcast of UA 175 striking the South Tower
features an interesting zoom-out just as the action gets most interesting. New York City
was chock full of amateur videographers that day who are highly skilled at
making zooms midway through sensational subject matter.
CNNís infamous view from the south shows the camera is
the WTC in relative close-up as the North Tower
burns. Suddenly, the amateur shooting it expertly zooms out. A second later
UA 175 arrives.
aired by the TV networks from a vantage point east of the WTC show
the North Tower close. Then the camera zooms-out, briefly waits and UA 175 arrives.
the lucky Czech immigrant construction worker who managed to shoot both
the North and South towers getting hit (between taking the Brooklyn Battery tunnel)
has allowed his video to be screened exactly once on network television (09/13/03, Good
Morning America. Also Fox News
that his agent, Walter Karling,
will not give out his phone number and will not speak to the Associated Press.). Still,
Hlavaís footage of the South Tower hit, which was very similar to CNNís footage from the
follows the pattern.
Hlava features a close-up of the North tower burning. Then
he expertly zooms out just as UA 175 arrives.
Why did all of these amateur videographers risk losing their subject zoom-out
just as UA 175 arrives? Didnít they feel that the subject matter was already of intense
interest to them? Surely this scene didn't need dramatic embellishment added.
The lessons learned from 9/11/01 are unbelievable. The video
documentation reveals that jets can fly into steel
buildings silently and as efficiently as a hand enters a glove. The Sun also
doesn't shine on UA 175; UA 175 remains largely shrouded in shadow even when it is
videotaped from the direction of the morning light on a cloudless day. In addition, there are
many amateur videographers in New York city with proven credentials with live
rival the professionals who cover the Super Bowl. Space precludes
mentioning other serious logical problems with the footage.
Either all of these things are true or the TV networks
screened video sequences that were fabrications. Thus, tragic events
of international consequence are no longer being covered by the
news media today. They are being manufactured with needed deceptions
taken care of with the assistance of the national news media.
Cinema has come along way since Billy Bitzer was shooting innovative
footage for D.W. Griffith at the Biograph studio.