Debunking 9/11 Myths
On the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I thought it would be fitting to review a book I purchased last month while in New York:
Popular Mechanics published a very well researched cover story about the facts of 9/11 in their March 2005 issue. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that they expanded their team of investigators, broadened the scope of their investigation, and produced a full-length book. It is a must for anyone who has ever rolled their eyes at 9/11 conspiracy theories but has lacked the information to argue against them.
The format is the same as the original article: a myth is presented, and then the raw facts are allowed to speak for themselves. There is no speculation, no assumptions, only evidence. The authors go to the effort of contacting the sources of quotes and interviewing the people who were on the ground, and invariably discover that these people and their expert opinions or eyewitness statements have been mutilated almost beyond recognition to serve the purpose of supporting an insupportable theory.
The book includes a thorough referencing of sources, any and all of which are available to those who perpetuate these fantasies of government conspiracies, evil overlords and megalomaniac politicians. As the facts are so easily at hand, one can only assume that the conspiracy theorists are purposefully ignoring them.
For example, one of the quotes used to strongly support the idea that it was a missile that hit the Pentagon and not a commercial Boeing 757, is this from eyewitness Mike Walters:
I mean it was like a cruise missile with wings. It went right there and slammed right into the Pentagon.
The bit that conspiracy theorists leave out is what Mike said right before that:
I looked out my window and I saw this plane, this jet, an American Airlines jet, coming. And I thought, ‘This doesn’t add up, it’s really low.’
These are the kinds of tactics they use, and as this book shows they are all just as easily refuted. Do yourself a favour: buy the book, read it, and you will have a newfound awe for just how flimsy the support for these theories really is.