Essay title: The Terror Conspiracy
Seven years ago, the unthinkable happened. The September 11, 2001 attacks, as we know it, were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States. I remembered on the date of the 9/11 attacks, the footage of the World Trade Center collapsing was shown over and over again. At the very moment I saw the World Trade Center collapse, I had a thought in mind. I remembered my friend and I had a chat few days afterward and I told him that I think the collapse looked like a demolition.
My friend told me that he is sure the US media will have in depth coverage of the cause of the collapse of World Trade Center. Due to the massive coverage on the 9/11 attack, I grew tired of watching the same thing repeatedly and eventually, I stopped watching topics related to the 9/11 attacks. As time goes by, I have completely forgotten my observation of the footage showing the collapse of WTC until one day, my uncle lend me a DVD, Fahrenheit 911. It was a documentary filmed by Michael Moore which hints the event of the 911 attack was planned and executed by our own Government. Though I found the documentary intriguing, I felt more research is needed before I jump into any conclusion. This lead me to purchase the book â€œThe Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9/11 and the Loss of Libertyâ€, by Jim Marrs, a journalist and former US Army service member. In this book, Jim investigated the inconsistencies, inaccuracies, distortions, and errors that are widely reported as gospel regarding the attacks.
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His book is backed by more than 400 credible sources, including firefighters, police officers, and civilians who were at the World Trade Center that day and architects, engineers, FBI and CIA agents, politicians, and mainstream news stories. Jim is successful at making a compelling case that the US Government is hiding the truth of the 911 attack from the general public. However, there are two problems that bother me in this book. First, in many cases, Jim made statements without definite proof. Also, some sections have minimal ties or even are completely irrelevant to the 9/11 conspiracy. Jim Marrs successfully identifies holes, discrepancies, misrepresentations, lies, omissions, etc.
in the official 9/11 Commission Report. He built a solid case that completely crushes the Governmentâ€™s story on the 911 attack on every level. For example, under the section â€œWhat really happened at the Pentagonâ€, the official story stated a third hijacked airliner, Flight 77, was flown into Americaâ€™s military command center creating a fire that killed more than 185 persons and caused a section of the west wall to collapse. However, many people in the Pentagon at the time of the attack believed a bomb or bombs had exploded inside the building.
Following were some of the direct quotes from Jimâ€™s book; â€œA bomb had gone off. I could smell the cordite. I knew explosives had been set off somewhere,â€ stated witness Don Perkal. Another witness, John Bowman, said, â€œmost people knew it was a bomb.â€ â€œIt smelled like cordite, or gun smoke,â€ recalled Gilah Goldsmith while Mike Slater said â€œI knew it was a bomb or something.
â€Also, Jim said, â€œas of today, no one had produced any photographs of Boeing 757 fuselage, jet engines, seats, luggage, or other recognizable debris.â€ Later Jim asked â€œwhy has no one within the government produced any photograph of the wreckage of Flight 77?â€In addition, there are the startling problems with the holes in the Pentagon. Photos taken immediately after the impact on the Pentagon, before the walls collapsed 30 minutes later, show a hole that was too small to accommodate the girth of a 757, even if you carefully parked it there.
The author stated, â€œThe Boeing 757 has a normal wingspan of 124 feet, 10 inches and a height of a 44 feet, 6 inches and the exterior body width is 12 feet, 6 inches. Yet the hole in the Pentagon cited as the entry point was under 20 feet wide, barely enough to accommodate the width of the craftâ€™s body. Also, the holeâ€™s height was about 20 feet, less than half the height of the 757.â€Thirdly, the time of the attack has also been modified several times by Pentagon spokespersons. The first reported the explosion at 9:48am, and over the intervening months, the time was lowered to 9:37am, as stated in the 9/11 Commission Report . However, Jim stated that neither of these times comes close to what appears to be the correct time of 9:32am, as determined by witnesses at the scene.
Jim concluded this section by repeating his stand; simply showing the public the wreckage of the aircraft could end such conjecture. However, over these years, such photos still had not been forth coming. This is very true. The Government can simply provide photos of wreckages of the flight and end all the conspiracy.