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Did a Plane Really Hit the Pentagon?Tim King Salem-News.com
I remember national news reports, or should I say accounts, of the plane having "bounced" off the lawn in front of the Pentagon before it struck. I remember just nodding my head, it wasn't something to question at the time...
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - (This article was first published in March 2006, when people were beginning to ask more and more questions about the inconsistencies in the official story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.)
I had a friend ask the other day if I'd heard about the strange circumstances behind the crash of the Boeing 757 jet into the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. What he told me sent a chill down my spine, I almost wish I could have gone longer without knowing it.
I had not paid attention to that particular aspect of September 11th in detail, it was a tragedy among other national tragedies that day. I just remember being so overwhelmed and shocked that it wasn't only New York, that other locations in the U.S. had also been struck.
In response to my friend's inquiry, we began looking into it. Considering that our nation and our people are at war in another land, and that their sacrifices are connected to September 11th, it is only fair that Americans have a full and complete disclosure of what happened that day.
The idea of a Boeing 757, literally a monster of an aircraft, striking the building at over 500 MPH only two feet above the ground, and only boring a hole into the building is, at best, a bitter pill to swallow.
I remember national news reports, or should I say accounts, of the plane having "bounced" off the lawn in front of the Pentagon before it struck. I recall just nodding my head - it wasn't something to question at the time.
The thing is, and it's a simple question, why isn't there any wreckage? Whatever it was that struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on September 11th made only a small entry in and through the Pentagon's fortified walls. A 757 is longer than a football field, what happened to it?
Many witnesses in the area reported hearing something that sounded more like a missile.
The only camera footage publicly released by the government shows only a flash of an object, and it is only a fraction of the length of a Boeing 757.
According to reports, a rooftop camera that was mounted on the nearby Sheraton Inn was seized along with all recorded footage and that footage has never been released. Why?
I suppose the reason that this whole explanation sits so poorly with me, is that for many years I have been an aircraft crash site researcher. I have climbed many mountains to see, photograph and document the wreckage of aircraft, both military and civilian. One of those research projects was a PBS documentary on a WWII bomber that crashed in Oregon in 1943.
Even relatively small planes like jet fighters leave behind huge amounts of wreckage. A 757 is just too big to disappear. At 500+ MPH, wreckage might have scattered for a mile or more.
Another point is that a flying object that is nearly level to the ground at striking point is still going 500 MPH when it initially contacts the ground. It slows down rapidly, but nothing slows from that speed too rapidly.
There is no doubt that a Boeing 757 disappeared that day.
But when we began searching around the Internet and seeing that others are asking the same question, we felt obligated to ask you to do the same thing.
As Americans, we all have an obligation to ask questions.
Below is the site and report that caused me to take the idea seriously.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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