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Did a Plane Really Hit the Pentagon?

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...

Jamie McIntyre reporting on 9/11

(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.
freedomunderground.org (I was dismayed but not surprised that the link to this is now dead)

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Anonymous March 18, 2013 6:12 pm (Pacific time)

Where is some actual evidence from you conspiracy people? If you had any we would see it in a court of law. There would be a massive public uproar. You have nothing and you will always be marginalizing your credibility.

DJ There have been many conspiracies of business and government and the two working together throughout history. Until whistleblowers or key elements appear, often by accident, your criticism could have been leveled st them as well. Consider the Watergate "conspiracy". Until it began to actually unravel, it was easy to say that there was no conspiracy and it was just anti-Nixon people acting out. There are far more frayed edges hanging out on the Bush/Cheney activities and it's going to be a matter of luck and we'll have to wait months,  more likely years, before a breakthrough appears. 


Anonymous March 16, 2013 8:56 am (Pacific time)

Having spoken to two first responders from DC who were in Oregon as guest speakers at my grandson's firehouse, they provided first hand witness to the jet crashing into the Pentagon. Because of highly classified material that could have been blown out of this massive building, intense security was set up immediately. I believe many of you conspiracy buffs also don't believe that passengers helped prevent another enemy plane attack and helped crash their aircraft in Pennsylvania. Aso please note, personality Sarah Olson was talking to her husband Solicitor Ted Olson as the aircraft crashed into the Pentagon and the tower pings registered that call and several others on the jet. Had you any evidence to the contrary, am sure Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi would be in your corner. Sigh. Seems you will go to your graves with this unproven and absurd conspiracy, along with praying that BUSH/Cheney be prosecuted. I just love it! It's like a case study from te Journal of Abnormal Psychology where the subjects are sure everyone besides them are crazy rubes.

I recall when the building piece was brought

I'm amused by your blind faith position, not one person who ever takes that route will ever be able to wage a good argument, sorry.


Anonymous March 15, 2013 9:33 am (Pacific time)

Tis crash happened in an area where there are many high density commuters. There were many eye witness reports, but then we have people who were not there, and they say it was not a passenger jet...so who to belive? Gimme a break, for you conspiracy whackos assume everyone is as dishonest and as looney as you are.


Anonymous March 14, 2013 1:27 pm (Pacific time)

Having spoken to two first responders from DC who were in Oregon as guest speakers at my grandson's firehouse, they provided first hand witness to the jet crashing into the Pentagon. Because of highly classified material that could have been blown out of this massive building, intense security was set up immediately. I believe many of you conspiracy buffs also don't believe that passengers helped prevent another enemy plane attack and helped crash their aircraft in Pennsylvania. Aso please note, personality Sarah Olson was talking to her husband Solicitor Ted Olson as the aircraft crashed into the Pentagon and the tower pings registered that call and several others on the jet. Had you any evidence to the contrary, am sure Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi would be in your corner. Sigh. Seems you will go to your graves with this unproven and absurd conspiracy, along with praying that BUSH/Cheney be prosecuted. I just love it! It's like a case study from te Journal of Abnormal Psychology where the subjects are sure everyone besides them are crazy rubes.

I recall when the building piece was brought to the Marion County Fire Dept in Brooks.  This article is not intended to disrespect anyone, You are not addressing the question, how can you have a plane that turns into liquid yield 'body parts and uniforms' that a government spokesman claims to have handled, in a bio waste hazard arena?  And for God's sake stop claiming that people were talking on their phones from the plane, that is impossible, they don't work in flight, think about it.


Anonymous March 14, 2013 9:00 am (Pacific time)

Hundreds of everyday people saw the passenger jet crash into thePentagon. Radar tapes from several different locations also showed it's impact grid coordinates. You have what evidence that proves otherwise?

I will republish my article today about the evidence, there is no lack of it, and in fact none of it backs the govt. version.  There were not hundreds of witnesses and large numbers claim it was not a 757 but a much smaller plane which the evidence does substantiate.  

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