What Really Happened on 9/11?

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Yesterday, I posted an article, “World Trade Center Building 7 and Conspiracy Theories.”

As a trained historian, I am interested in lots of major events in history that served as national or worldwide turning points. I ask the following questions:

1. What happened?2. How do we know what happened?3. What led up to the event?4. How did the government report the event?5. How did it subsequently explain the event?6. How did the major media handle the government’s explanation?7. Who has benefited from the event?8. Who has benefited from the official government explanation?9. What are the alternative explanations?10. Who would benefit if any of them became widely accepted?

These are all legitimate questions. The toughest one to answer is #1. You might not think that this is the case, but it is.

Let’s consider the collapse of the North tower, the second to collapse.

The narrator does not notice the steel pillar. The person who edited the video added a call-out to show us what the narrator missed. The narrator was watching the falling building. He did not notice the pillar and its strange disappearance.

The pillar seems to disintegrate into dust. In any case, it does not topple. It falls straight down.

Into what?

There are extended debates over what happened to the non-New York City planes. Where is the wreckage?

Here is the problem: there is no agreement about what happened. Where there is evidence of unexplainable events, the information does not get out. Only because of video sites has this ignored information reached a small segment of the population.


If a rich person or organization gave me a large amount of money to investigate 9-11, what would I do with it?

First, I would hire a lawyer to see what control the donor would have over the results. If I trusted him, I would advise him to set up the funding from a trust on the Isle of Man. That is because I would assume that the results would be damaging to the U.S. government and representatives of the government on 9-11.

Second, I would hire two or three programmers skilled at creating interactive Wikipedia-type sites. These sites would be the central resources of the project.

The most important resource for comprehending 9-11 (or any other complex historical event) is the division of labor. Wikis are the chief tools of this process. Wikipedia has taught us this.

I would begin with two sites: (1) a timeline site; (2) an engineering site. I would ask for submissions on two topics: (1) when did each part of the sequence take place? (3) What could not have taken place according to physics?

I would not ask how 9-11 was organized or why. I would ask only when events happened, where they happened, and what could not possibly have happened.

Why create these two sites? To shut down rabbit trails.

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September 2, 2011

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