The 9/11 Attacks Presented by: Nelly Gordpour MEDIA 180 Instructor: Melissa Saucedo
On September 11th, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets, intending to fly them in suicide attacks into targeted buildings. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including all 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
Both towers collapsed within two hours and falling debris, combined with fires that the debris created in the surrounding buildings, led to the partial or complete collapse of all the other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, also causing major damage to ten other large structures in the immediate area of the complex. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon, leading to a partial collapse in its western side.
The US quickly blamed al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group's leader, Osama bin Laden, who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In their final report, the 9/11 Commission found the hijackers had recently purchased multi-function hand tools and assorted knives and blades. A flight attendant on Flight 11, a passenger on Flight 175, and passengers on Flight 93 said the hijackers had bombs, but one of the passengers said he thought the bombs were fake. The FBI found no traces of explosives at the crash sites, and the 9/11 Commission concluded that the bombs were probably fake.
The towers pancaked when they collapsed however the building was designed specifically to be able to withstand multiple collisions. The way the towers collapsed were very similar to a planned demolition – it did not look like an accident. It is no coincidence that the second tower collapsed exactly the same way as the first. The buildings collapsed to dust, not even a telephone could be found. Many people reported hearing a loud “explosion.” It was deliberately destroyed.
No evidence of an airplane was ever found in the Pentagon. The government reported that the jet fuel must have vaporized everything, including the engine made of steel and titanium alloy. However, bodies were reportedly found and identified. How could bodies survive, but extremely dense metal not?
The explosion was said to be caused by Jet fuel… However, molten steel was found in the rubble even 5 weeks after the attack burning at 2000 degrees, which is 500 degrees hotter than jet fuel even burns at. Molten steel is created during normal demolitions through the use of Thermite, which gets so hot that it burns through steel. Analysis of the steel from the WTC wreckage revealed not only traces of Thermite, but also Thermate, which is a patented brand of Thermite commonly used in demolitions.
The Federal Aviation Administration received 52 warnings of al-Qaeda 6 months prior to the 9/11 attacks.
In the 2 years before the attack, NORAD conducted exercises using hijacked airplanes as weaponscrashing into Pentagon and the World Trade Centers
When Bush and Cheney were questioned by the 9/11 Commission, they did so under their own terms. Firstly, it should be noted that they were asked to be questioned separately, but instead refused to do it without being questioned together. No transcripts or recording of any kind was allowed. They were not under oath. No family or press were allowed to attend. …Suspicious, no?
Works Cited • Zeitgeist: The Movie. Dir. Peter Joseph. GMP LLC, 2007. DVD. Netflix. Web. Mar. 2013. <http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/70106739?strkid=1111825067_0_0&trkid=222336&movieid=70106739>. • The 9/11 Commission Report. Rep. Web. Mar. 2013. <http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf>.