9/11 Remembered

BudLiteGood morning, y’all. I guess everyone remembers where you were on September 11, 2001, sort of like November 22, 1963. National tragedies seem to freeze us all in time and give us the most vivid memories of the exact day and hour.

I was working our “Gentlemen’s” vending business down in Florida and I’d taken Mulva along for the ride. Mulva had expressed an interest in going over to Cassadaga to visit some mediums she had heard about. Mulva was searching for the “truth” and was leaving no stone unturned. We’ll get to that story another time, but for now we’ll try to deal with my search for truth in a much more finite area.

I was dragging kind of slow that day, and was just about to turn off the TV in the motel we were staying in, when the headline came across the CNN channel that a plane had struck the World Trade Center North Tower. I sat down on the edge of the bed and watched in morbid fascination for the next several hours. About 15 minutes after the first plane struck, a second plane struck the World Trade Center South Tower. We sat horrified as we watched closeups of people running from the building, people jumping from windows. It was horrible, horrible horrible, and we could not turn away. Fifty six minutes after being struck, the South Tower collapsed in what appears to most people as a controlled demolition. About thirty minutes later, the North Tower collapsed on itself, again, looking like a controlled demolition.

Now, there have been books and movies and all sorts of histories written about what happened, I just can’t shake what I actually saw. If one were to ignore the fact that these buildings are designed to survive fire, and that the only fuel available for a fire after the initial crash was office furniture and paper, then there’s no way the steel of that building melted. To have it melt in such a synchronized way is beyond my comprehension. If you’ve ever seen pictures of a plane crash, there is that initial burst of flame as all of the fuel burns, after that it’s just whatever materials that are left that are flammable. Office furniture burning on the ninety third floor is not going to generate enough heat to melt steel fifty floors below. To me, it is also logical that things would tilt in the direction of the weakness. What I’m saying is, if you knock out one of the legs of a chair, it’s going to lean that way. Both buildings kind of had a corner taken out, sort of like the leg of a chair, and yet the buildings pancaked on themselves just like we’ve watched controlled demolitions do. I can’t ignore my eyes.

A plane hitting a tall building is not without precedent. The Empire State Building was struck by a B25 Bomber back in 1945. The building did not lose it’s structural integrity, and certainly did not pancake on itself. Are our building standards and materials that much weaker today?

I also can’t ignore the fact that building seven in the World Trade Center complex was not struck by a plane, but yet, suffered the same fate, a controlled demolition. I have some questions and observations about building seven:

1) If fire caused Building 7 to collapse, it would be the first ever fire-induced collapse of a steel-frame high-rise.

2) Building 7’s collapse was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.

3) According to a Zogby poll in 2006, 43% of Americans did not know about Building 7.

4) It took the federal government seven years to conduct an investigation and issue a report for Building 7.

5) 1,700+ architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation into the destruction of Building 7, specifying that it should include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives.

6) Numerous witnesses say the possibility of demolishing Building 7 was widely discussed by emergency personnel at the scene and advocated by the building’s owner.

7) Building 7 housed several intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center, more commonly known as “Giuliani’s Bunker”.


With reference to number 6 above, here is a video of the complex manager saying that they had decided “to pull it”, which is a phrase used in a controlled demolition. If the buildings were all wired for demolition, the questions become who and why?

After the attack on the Pentagon, my BS meter went into total alarm mode. First, there’s the Rumsfeld remark that the Pentagon had been struck by a missile. Second, there is no damage to the Pentagon attributed to the wings hitting with great force. Considering how weak and light the fuselage is compared to the wings, one would have expected to see damage done to the Pentagon by the wings. There was certainly a big hole where the fuselage supposedly went through. Lastly, where are the engines? The one thing that will survive a plane crash is the engines. There are none outside of the Pentagon.

There are a million questions I have, but the most important is why did we retaliate against Iraq, our friend, and not Iran, the country that sponsored terrorism? Was Bush so dyslexic he couldn’t tell the difference? Lastly, if we needed to attack somebody for what feels like an inside job, why not Saudia Arabia where all of the terrorists were from? 

9/11 makes the Kennedy assassination look like a Hardy Boys mystery. 

I need to call my sponsor.

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