Sept. 11 Images Hard to Believe
Letter to the Editor / San Francisco Chronicle 18may2006
Editor — Thanks for that great front-page photo aof something apparently heading toward the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 ("Dramatic images released showing hijacked plane crashing into Pentagon,'' May 17 [below] ).
I'm sure it will allay the fears of those few, well, millions, who doubt the "official story'' — that a novice pilot who could barely fly a Piper Cub handled a complex passenger jet over hundreds of miles of tightly protected airspace, the last 50 miles the most secure in the world, executed a complicated 270-degree turn while simultaneously dropping thousands of feet, and finally skimmed in at ground level to hit the backside of the Pentagon farthest from important people such as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. There are those who weren't even convinced it was an airplane that hit the Pentagon. Surely this photo is the thing that will shut them up for good.
On the other hand, some few doubters, well, millions, also have "problems'' with many other parts of the official Sept. 11 story. The problems, they might say "impossibilities,'' are so many that they could not possibly be listed, even by category, here. Interested readers will find it easy to read about or view on the Internet. To those doubters, I say: "Bush and Cheney are honorable men. Could you possibly entertain, even for a minute, a version of Sept. 11 in which these paragons of public service would countenance killing thousands of their fellow citizens for selfish political goals?''
Remember, belief in the system is what keeps us going; and thanks again for the photos!
FRED WOLTERS Guerneville
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source: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/18/EDGDOIJKRE1.DTL 18may2006
ROBERT BURNS / AP 16may2006
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The images, recorded by Pentagon security cameras outside the building, were made public in response to a December 2004 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a public interest group. Some still images from the video had previously been leaked and publicly circulated, but this was the first official release.
The airplane is a thin white blur on the video as it slams into the Pentagon at ground level. Almost instantly a white flash and a huge orange fireball appear on the video, followed by a tower of gray-black smoke. One of the videos shows a Pentagon police car driving in the direction of the impact point shortly after the plane hit.
Traveling at an estimated 530 mph, the hijacked plane plowed into the southwest side of the Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. EDT, shortly after two other hijacked airlines were flown into the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York. The attack set off fires in a portion of the Pentagon and killed 125 people inside, in addition to the 59 passengers and crew and the five men who hijacked the plane after it took off from nearby Dulles International Airport.
Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of the American Airlines plane, said in a telephone interview that she realized Pentagon officials were compelled to release the videos under the Freedom of Information Act. But she said the images provide no new information about what happened that day.
Ms. Burlingame said she doubted that release of the videos would do anything to dispel the many conspiracy theories, including the claim by some that the Pentagon was hit by a missile. The Pentagon videos provide only the briefest glimpse of the plane as it hits the building; the images were recorded on cameras designed to record license plates of vehicles entering the Pentagon grounds and were too slow to capture the airplane's approach.
The Pentagon had previously refused to release the videos, saying they had been provided to the Justice Department as evidence in any criminal proceedings.
"We fought hard to obtain this video because we felt that it was very important to complete the public record with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
Cheryl Irwin, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said families of the victims of the Pentagon attack were not consulted before the videos were released on the Pentagon's Web site.
- Two videos at www.defenselink.mil/pubs/foi/
source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/05/16/national/w095930D05.DTL&type=printable 18may2006