Newly released Pentagon video is missing something
May 17, 2006
– The media coverage of the newly released Pentagon video was predictable.
One by one, America’s free press stepped up to the camera, microphone, or keyboard to tell the American people
that the Pentagon on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the
military headquarters building, killing 189 people in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
I heard the
news of the newly released video from my wife. She came home from work and told
me that she had just heard on the radio that the Pentagon released new video that actually showed AA Flight 77 crashing into
the Pentagon. That’s how the talk radio show she was listening to reported
it – that the newly released video showed the airplane crashing into the Pentagon.
Intrigued, I turned on CNN because it runs top headlines every 15 minutes, hoping to catch the video clip. I also sought the clip on the Internet, which turned out to be where I saw it first. With great anticipation, I clicked on the link to the video clip, hoping that it would remove my doubts
about what happened at the Pentagon on September 11th.
|Pentagon: September 11, 2001 - Click to enlarge
|Where is AA Flight 77? Where is the debris?
Over the last
12 months, I have become a reluctant non-believer in my government and it’s account of 9/11. In some ways, I wish I didn’t know what I now know – that the 9/11 Commission Report isn’t
worth the paper its printed on, the NIST final draft on how the Twin Towers collapsed – the pancake theory –
is woefully inadequate, and nobody from the government has yet to explain how World Trade Center Building Seven collapsed
at freefall speed onto its footprint – after nearly 5 years! Adding
to my disbelief is the fact that the federal government has yet to produce any tangible evidence that would stand up in a
court of law, which proves that American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
|Scaled image of gov't account of Pentagon - 9/11
|Click to enlarge. Shouldn't there be debris?
pleasant having these doubts so seeing a video that would have dispelled at least some of my distrust for the federal government
was a welcomed proposition. As I watched the video clip on the Internet I must
say, I thought I must have clicked on the wrong link. It looked exactly like
the video that was being played by the U.S. media in September / October 2001. I
tried a new Internet search, clicking on a different link this time with the hope that the first link was somehow a mistake. As I watched the video again from another Internet news source, I quickly lost all
hope again. Turns out, the newly release video was no better than the first. It offered no new information. About
this time, the CNN cycle had run its course, and I watched the video on TV. As
the commentator built the segment, my blood began to boil – “Newly release video of AA Flight 77 crashing into
the Pentagon…” is how CNN presented the clip. Throughout the day,
FOX, NBC, ABC and CBS all presented the video the exact same way.
Either I’m blind
or insane, but I’ve watched the video at least 20 times and have yet to see American Airlines Flight 77 in the clip. If anybody out there has actually seen the airplane in the video, please let me know
because I have yet to locate it. How the major media outlets in the United States
can, with clear consciences, present this newly released video as tangible evidence of a Boeing 757, traveling at 520mph and
crashing into the Pentagon between the first and second floors, is beyond comprehension.
What ever happened to hard-hitting, aggressive reporting and the seeking of verifiable truths? Why would the major media not be asking the questions that tens of millions of Americans are asking –
where’s the plane?
The newly released
Pentagon video is missing something indeed – an airplane. The government
alleges that a wide-body airliner, a Boeing 757, crashed into the Pentagon, however it has yet to produce not one piece
of hard aircraft evidence to support its allegation. The Pentagon crash site
was in plain view. Picture after picture of the so-called crash site have been
seen worldwide, and each image of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 begs the question – where is the airplane? Where are the airplane parts – anything whatsoever that is hard evidence
that an airplane crashed at that location? Where is the common aviation debris
that has been found at every other accessible crash site since man began to occasionally fall from the sky?
|Debris: Pan Am Flight 103 - Click to enlarge
|Boeing 747 - Lockerbie, Scotland
In his article,
911 and the Precautionary Principle: Aircraft Parts as a Clue to their Identity, George Nelson, Colonel, USAF (ret.), an aircraft accident investigator with thirty years experience, points out that
every military and civilian aircraft has hundreds, if not thousands of parts that are individually controlled by distinctive
serial numbers and tracked by a records section of the maintenance operation and by a section called plans and scheduling. I can attest to this fact first hand. I
served in the Marine Corps for over ten years in the Marine Corps Air Wing. I
was an airframes technician. I worked on the Harriers – AV8A, AV8C, and
lastly – the McDonnell Douglas AV8B. As an airframes tech, I was charged
with flight controls – rudders, flaps, ailerons, elevators, wheel well doors, etc., and the components that make these
flight controls function – actuators, hinges, cables, etc. I also dealt
with rigging of the flight controls as well as the overall maintenance of the entire fuselage.
Every single critical component had a unique serial number, and each component removed and replaced was meticulously
recorded. Even the rudder mounts, which are basically a high strength alloy with
a bearing in it, were serialized!
|Pan Am Flight 103 - Recovered debris
|Exploded midair by onboard bomb
The supply side
of Marine Corps aviation was state-of-the-art, even when I served between 1983-1993.
Often, time sensitive parts where removed and replaced – not because they failed, but because the maintenance
instruction said that after a pre-determined amount of flight hours, certain components had to be rebuilt or refurbished. The supply side of the house could pull up a serial number and part number of any
component and quickly print a report that showed the entire history of the part – every single step, every aircraft
in which it was ever installed, every maintenance operation or reworking, everything!
Another important fact that must be recognized is that many of these components, particularly the engine components
– are indestructible. They are made of some of the strongest metals and
alloys known to man; metals like titanium and inkenel. Even when flown into thick,
reinforced concrete as used in the construction of the Pentagon, these metals DO NOT disintegrate and they certainly DO NOT
melt from a jet fuel fire.
|Flight 103: tangible evidence - Click to enlarge
|Debris reassembled during investigation
point about serialized aircraft components and the strength of the materials used to make these parts, as well as the meticulous
record keeping practices of aviation maintenance, wouldn’t be necessary if the federal government - FBI, CIA, TSA, FAA,
or any other agency that gathered and recorded debris from American Airlines 77 would simply release the records and photos
of the components recovered at the Pentagon crime scene. There is no fathomable
reason to not release this information. It is not a matter of national security. The components are no longer part of an ongoing investigation. In fact, matching aircraft components recovered from the crime scene to maintenance records is fairly straight
forward and boring stuff, so why does the government continue to allow millions of Americans to remain suspicious and skeptical
of the U.S. “official” account of 9/11?
|Lee H. Hamilton - 9/11 Commission
|"Overwhelming evidence at Pentagon"
The first sentence
of the Nelson article reads: The precautionary principle is based on the fact it is impossible to prove a false claim. Lee H. Hamilton, a member of the 9/11 Commission said yesterday in response to
the new Pentagon video, “the Commission found overwhelming evidence that American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the
Pentagon.” Funny thing about Hamilton’s comments is that I searched
the 9/11 Commission Report today and found no evidence reported in the Commission’s account of what happened at the
Pentagon on 9/11. Sure, the 9/11 Commission Report tells the same story that
has been told since 9/11 by the government and the media, but not one bit of evidence, by evidence I mean something that
could convict a man in a court of law, that shows the public that AA Flight 77 crashed at the Pentagon is found in the
9/11 Commission Report. As mentioned, tangible evidence of recovered aircraft
components would satisfy doubts once and for all, yet five years later – not one bit of tangible evidence has been presented. Until the U.S. government produces real evidence of actual recovered, serialized
aircraft components that match the maintenance records for American Airlines Flight 77 (Registration number N644AA), inquisitive
Americans will conclude that the government is not producing hard evidence because it is impossible to prove a false claim.
|George Nelson, Colonel, USAF (ret.)
|Ready to debate Lee H. Hamilton
George Nelson, Colonel, USAF (ret.) is part of the seven-member debate team that will debate the government at the National
9/11 Debate to be held in Charleston, SC on September 16, 2006. Lee H. Hamilton
is certainly invited to attend and will be formally invited once contact information for Hamilton is secured. No doubt, Hamilton will be asked to debate Nelson, something the retired Colonel welcomes and the government
most likely hopes to avoid.
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