Debunking 9/11 Myths

Debunking 9/11 Myths

Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand up to the Facts : Includes New Findings on World Trade Center Building 7

Book - 2011
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"A decade after the World Trade Center disaster, rampant speculation abounds on what actually happened. Wild talk flourishes on the Internet, TV, and radio. Was the Pentagon really struck by a missile? Was the untimely death of Barry Jennings, who witnessed the collapse of Tower 7 and thought he heard 'explosions," actually an assassination? Not everyone is convinced the truth is out there. Once again, in this updated edition, Popular Mechanics counters the conspiracy theorists with a dose of hard, cold facts. The magazine consulted more than 300 experts in fields like air traffic control, aviation, civil engineering, fire fighting, and metallurgy, and then rigorously, meticulously, and scientifically analyzed the 25 most persistent 9/11 conspiracy theories. Each one was conclusively refuted with facts, not politics and rumors, including five new myths involving the collapse of 7 World Trade Center and four longstanding conjectures now considered in the context of new research."--Publisher's description
Publisher: New York : Hearst Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781588165473
Characteristics: xxiii, 216 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Reagan, Brad
Dunbar, David 1953-


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Feb 11, 2018

I know about the conspiracy theories, OK? But this book lays out very clearly to me why none of them are true, and inspired me to actually read the commission report (which I have done, review later).

Popular Mechanics took a lot of grief for it, including in the sense of people "griefing" them. But they lay out the reasons that the government is right, showing the engineering and physics of what really happened on that day.

It's comforting sometimes to believe in conspiracies. But Occam's Razor says the most likely explanation is usually a correct one, and Popular Mechanics shows how there don't need to be bombs to have modern, open space paper-heavy office buildings fall when they're hit by huge modern jets laden with fuel. They explain how modern airplanes work, and that the takeoff and landings are the hardest part - the parts the hijackers didn't need to worry about, since they didn't care about either.

(And by the way, this is backed up by pilots I know and any really good episode of Air Disasters, for goodness' sake. To willingly fly a plane into something, you just have to be already in the air, have some familiarity with instrument layout in that plane and how to fly once in the air, and a big enough target.)

They explain just fine what happened to the Pentagon, to WTC7, and to the Twin Towers. For example, I keep wondering why it's not obvious to people that steel doesn't have to melt to soften. Put a cup full of chocolate pieces from a candy bar on your laptop and wait - they won't melt except perhaps at the bottom, but they will soften enough to bend them. To lose building integrity, you just need steel to soften. This book explains clearly how and why the fire got intense enough to soften the steel, and once it started to go the entire building lost its integrity. This isn't rocket science, folks.

Similarly, they explain why there wasn't a cartoon-like airplane-shaped hole in the Pentagon. The wings just aren't that strong. They'll get ripped off and disintegrate, and that's exactly what the investigators found. I don't know why this doesn't make sense to people. Try pushing a balsawood plane through a few sheets of paper stapled together and you get the same thing, except the force you exert isn't enough to disintegrate the wings when they come off.

Understand that I told people before the 2000 election that we'd be at war within ten months - missed by just a bit. I am primed to believe the worst of our government! But while I believe that there were people who leaped to take advantage of this event, I don't think there were bombs. I don't think the planes were secretly flown to some Air Force base somewhere and the people on board taken off and then killed or whatever. Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity - and I do believe that government was stupid. But I don't need to believe in the conspiracy theories. The facts are enough by themselves.

Want facts? Read this. Five of five stars.

Sep 10, 2017

Dr. David Ray Griffin said in one of his public lectures on 9/11 the following: "The Zelikow Commission wrote "The 9/11 Commission Report", it is sold on the Amazon, and people give 5 stars to it, saying it reads like an exciting crime story. Indeed, it would merit 5 stars, if it were put into the right category, i.e. FICTION. I could not find a single true sentence in it." [And I am saying that Dustbin Laden was a James Bond in disguise. He did play it well, didn't he? Well, don't forget that Pres. Truman is known to have said: "I am the greatest actor of America."] Now, about Popular Mechanics and Building 7 "collapse." It was not hit, and yet, the fire broke out on Floor 26, which floor had bullet-proof windows. Silverstein, the owner of the building said on a video I saw: "The Fire Dept said they were not sure they could contain the fire, so I told them: 'let's pull it.' " "Pull it" means: demolish. Later on he tried to explain away this slip of his. I saw on other video that the 47 story high Building 7 had the world's thickest I-section steel columns to hold it up, it would never collapse just so. And there is a video, you can watch it, it's in the VPL collection: "9/11 - A Blueprint For Truth." There a senior architect proves that the 2 towers and Building 7 were demolished with explosives - and it needed weeks beforehand to place the demolishing charges inside. And in that video an eyewitness said he saw the person who did the demolishing with a remote-control device. First he told people to move away, then he pushed one button, waited a few seconds (to allow time for the thermite to melt the thick columns), and then he pushed another button and the building collapsed in classical demolishing style. Finally, about the 2 towers. In the video "Why The Towers Fell" an "expert" tells the theories of "pancaking" and "destroyed core columns" to explain the "spontaneous" "collapse" of the 2 towers, and both theories are blatant lies with blaring omissions and distortions of facts. So, remember what Dr. Griffin said in a public lecture: "the 9/11 Commission Report is pure fiction - I could not find a single true sentence in it."

Sep 03, 2017

The Muslim people have been vilified for something they had nothing to do with. Terrorism is a lie! 9/11 was an intricately planned demolition... a money making venture! This book is an embarrassment!!!

Aug 20, 2015

[Remember when Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law was arrested during the Clinton administration, then deported back to the Mideast? Remember when the military was ordered to stand down at Bora Bora to allow al Qaeda and OBL to be flown out by the Pakistanis - - orders directly from Dick Cheney?]
Congressional after-action reports indicate the CIA and FBI were fully aware of what was to come on 9/11. The DIA had been warned by Julie Sirrs, an intrepid analyst, whose data they would confiscate as they forced her out of the agency. It is now certain that the NSA was also aware of what was to come. The Senate's summary of the CIA torture report [still classified] points to one individual, whom we now know to be Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein, as the CIA person who sat on the information, then would later order the torture of innocent people to extract false confessions!
So the CIA, DIA, NSA and FBI were aware that 9/11 was to take place? Follow the money: $2.3 trillion unaccounted for in DoD funds, and the auditing team responsible for uncovering that amount is almost completely wiped out on the morning of 9/11/01 at the Pentagon? Follow the money: those corporations' computer/comm centers which were hit by the two jets crashing into the WTC Towers, experienced anomolous amounts of outgoing traffic during the 12 to 16 hours prior to the morning of 9/11. Follow the money: worth of offshore hedge funds was valued at $2 trillion prior to 9/11/01, an shortly thereafter doubled to $4 trillion.

Mar 28, 2014

This book has been discredited from the time it was published. I am surprised you actually have this piece of garbage on your shelves!


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