Lockdown

The Quiet Before the Storm

The Hekmaht’s Palace, Amarna

“Your excellency. Are you not watered?”, asked Kahen.

Khet looked visibly annoyed by this. “Yes! You have given me enough! Now leave me be!”

“Oh, but my Hekmaht!”, continued Kahen.

“Leave my quarters at once. Go and annoy the High Priest, for I am sick of your constant clinginess to me. What gives?”

“My Lord, it is because I had a vision”, replied Kahen, praying that Khet would stay around him more. He needed to get closer with him.

“Oh really?”, asked Khet, sloshing his goblet in his hand, and raising an eyebrow at Kahen.

“Yes my Lord! It was of the Gods of the Desert, and I-“

“Save it for the High Priest, and leave me alone. I need to have a nap”

“But my Lord!”

Khet gave “the look” to his guards, and Kahen hastily left the room. He walked past a priest of Elidem in the corridors of the palace, and held his shoulders.

“Bless you, my brother, but I must ask you for a favour”, said Kahen.

“No favour comes without price. For price funds the joys in life, which I admire and worship.”

“Would… one hundred heads of Gold be sufficient?” The priest’s eyes lit up.

“And what kind of party requires such payment? Such lavish services? A royal wedding?”

“Elidem has given me a vision, my friend. He has told me to prepare the greatest festival for myself and the High Priest. After we are done, all others are to join the party”

“The High Priest? Elidem? Of course I shall support you! You are too generous, for I would have done this for far less. Is this for the whole city afterwards?”

“Let it be what pleases Elidem”

“Yes, yes, yes!”, replied the priest. “I can do this for you,

Kahen smirked at the side of his face. “Excellent, excellent. Make the preparations, and I shall come to you again in seven days. You may have an instalment of 20 heads now”

Kahen gave the priest a heavy bag of gold coins, which he clutched greedily.

“Will do!”, replied the happy priest, rushing out.

Kahen walked out of the palace walls. It was the late evening, and the red, luscious sun was smothering the horizon, creating a beautiful swirl of colours that burst from every cloud. He admired the colours, but it also reminded him of great chaos. The godfire of the Sun would soon come into contact with the Earth. Then? He would be amongst the great Sefetres, ruling the new Earth.

The initial ceremonies had already been completed. In order to gain her trust, he had committed more and more nefarious deeds, from murdering a cat to dementedly murdering his own daughter. With each of these acts, more of Sefetres’s spirit poured into him. He did not know it, but he had been controlled. Corrupted. Charmed. Sefetres was too powerful for him to resist. Any reasonable man would never trust such a wicked and cruel goddess, yet the mind of the once wise and mighty Kahen had been mushed, destroyed, and replaced with dark thoughts. He was Sefetres’s vessel into the City of Amarna. Indeed, every city had the same gates, and the same seals on them. The ones on Amarna were the most grand – the High Priest had to be protected from Sefetres at all costs.

A great ritual was lead by the High Priest. He would bless the eagle seals on the gates, for Sefetres was too fearful of the eagle after being scarred by Memiken. The High Priest’s blessings gave them power, as did the Order of Memiken.

Remove these two, and the city’s magical barrier that rejected Sefetres would be decayed. Or so, he believed.

Sefetres had never entered Amarna since the first seal ceremony was held. It was in Memiken’s interest to protect the city, and the other gods were inclined to agree. Therefore, they taught the ceremony of protection to the city. Memiken made it a ceremony to be done by all, with the public and every priest. This was so that a corrupt High Priest could not fake the ceremony if he somehow removed the Order of Memiken.

The Order of Memiken originally lived overground in the city, until the Aleterites destroyed their temple. The Memikenites did the same, but the Aleterites were protected by the nobles, and so no such destruction took place. It is said that the Order of Memiken live outside the city, creating tunnel systems to their hidden location.

This was a problem. In order for Kahen to destroy the city, then he would need to destroy the order. Additionally, he would need to trick the priests and High Priests.

This would be too difficult. He decided, therefore, that he would have to murder the High Priest, and take his position. Then, he would change the layout of the ceremony when the order was subdued. This would be done with greater support of the Aleterites. Then, Sefetres would unleash a great plague upon the city. The country would be in ruins, and he would rule over it all.

“Oops!”

A child smashed into Kahen while chasing his friend, breaking his train of thought.

“It’s nothing”, smiled Kahen.

The child was more careful for a few seconds, and rushed ahead across the street. Kahen watched him with curious eyes, and then walked towards his home.

Little did he know, that he had been followed.

The Temple of Memiken, outside Amarna

A man wearing yellow robes with a cyan headpiece and bracelet with an engraving of Memiken ran into the temple, panting, and out of breath. The guards looked at him, and he showed them his open palm.

“It’s late”, says the guard.

“Yet the flower blossoms”.

The guards let him into the temple. People were prayed by some braziers of incense, until he raised his hands. “Crisis! Crisis! Please!”

The prayer ceased, and all the people in prayer stopped. The people glared at him in a small sense of annoyance.

“I have heard of the most terrible treasonous plot! Please!”

“What is it?”, said the Head Priestess of the temple.

“It involves Kahen. He can never become priest. I have uncovered potentially the most sinister event in the world’s history since the murder of Ledela”

“The poor man is grieving. His suspicious activities could be misread”

“I thought placing her body in a crypt outside the city was incredibly unusual… if he worshipped Hetoph, then why not use a pyre? Therefore, I broke into the crypt”

“You WHAT?!”, exclaimed the Priestess. “If people find out, we’ll get worse persecution than we do now!”

“Is it better than S taking over the city?”

The Priestess was silent.

“Come to the crypt with me. I swear with my life that it is exactly as I spoke of”

The Priestess looked concerned, but the man was incredibly serious, and he had been the messenger for many years. It would be unlike him to suddenly lie.

“Come”, said the Priestess to many other high ranking priests, as well as some guards. “We are going to the crypt”.

Entrance of the Crypt of Sarya, Amarna

“How the hell did you get past the guards the first time?”, whispered the Priestess.

“The same way we find out way to the temple”, replied the messenger. “Second entrance”.

They followed him into a pottery shop. It was late at midnight, and he opened the door with relative ease.

“You can’t just break into people’s shops like that!”, exclaimed the Priestess.

“It’s my shop…”

The messenger removed some tiles and wooden board from his floor, and lit a lantern. He then squeezed down the hole, and the other Memikenites followed him. Here, they entered the tunnel system of the crypt.

“How does the corner of your shop lead to a crypt?”, asked the Priestess.

“Former coroner’s and burial building. They didn’t patch the place up very well, and I did some digging when I smelled a rat”.

They entered the crypt, to see a stone coffin and seven canopic jars. The messenger opened them, and took out the organs. They had been damaged by some sort of weapon.

“This wasn’t a sickness. Sarya had been murdered.”

“That may be a scandal, but it is not the greatest crisis since the murder of Ledela…”

“Hush! Now open the coffin!”

The group pushed off the top stone, and inside were the weapons to kill Sarya. The colours of Sefetres, the dried blood, the engraved name KAHEN… It was clear what had happened.

“You were right…”, said the Priestess trembling.

“Of course I was right. I warned you. Let’s clean this up before we are seen, and then get the heck out of here”

“Of course”, said the Priestess. “I just never thought it’d be this bad.

The Temple of Memiken, Outside Amarna

The Priestess stood before the temple. Practically every important follower had packed themselves in the building for the extremely important discussion. Rumour had spread of the discoveries, and it was vital that it did not reach Kahen. This must be a secret, only held my devout Memikenites.

“We have found proof that Kahen has murdered her daughter with tools of Sefetres, made specifically for him!”, announced the Priestess in a sudden, surprising everyone around her. Then, when they heard the words, there were utterances. She raised the tools that Kahen had used, and the room gasped.

“Kahen is not the loyal priest we thought he was. In fact, we can assume his actions. Now I realise why he has been warming up the Aleterites. He wants to wipe us out to destroy the seal. It can be assumed that he wishes to interrupt the Ceremony of Protection.

“We must warn the Hekmeht!”, exclaimed a man.

“No. He will probably tell Kahen, who will cover up his tracks, or say we planted it here. He’ll think we’re just trying to undermine the Aleterites. We must destroy Kahen and his evils before it is too late.”

Footsteps and clunking could be heard near the temple.

“What the hell is that?”, asked the priestess.

Men in brown and yellow robes, wielding swords, clubs, and hammers closed in on the temple. They started smashing down statues, and the congregation began to flee. Kahen was amongst them, riding a horse.

“Don’t let them flee! They have stolen from me! Theives!”

He chased most of the fleeing people on his horse, and cut them down with his sword.

“Who the fuck told him where the temple is?!”, screamed the Priestess.

The messenger ran to the Priestess’s horse, but she did not wish to ride it.

“I will be rewarded by Memiken”, she said, falling to her knees in prayer, before she was dragged away by guards.

The messenger jumped onto the horse with another priest, and fled as fast as he could. The guards of Memiken were far too outnumbered to make any reasonable resistance. Soon, the temple was destroyed, and the once great statue of Memiken was in a state of disarray. There were only ruins, and the mob looted whatever they could find.

Sefetres took off her helmet, and looked at Kahen, still holding a hammer. “You have done. Now desecrate this site”.

Kahen walked to his ceremonial tools that were stolen, and he cleaned them. Sefetres gave him seven jars, and performed the same ceremony that he did on his daughter. Sefetres then chanted some unholy prayers, and the rotting body was placed into a well.

By the end of the ceremonies, everything valuable had been looted or broken. The Aleterites were horrified by the scene, and could only watch in terror.

“Mehahda shaphdem alehak”, said Sefetres.

The Aleterites forgot about the scene entirely, and began to walk home with their newfound riches. When they were gone, Sefetres looked at Kahen.

“You please me, Kahen. Have you prepared the fake Memikenites for the ceremony?”

“Yes”, said Kahen.

“And have you made the preparations for the High Priest?”

“Of course”.

“Very good. Then at the end of the ceremony, you must announce “Praise Sefetres!”

“But they will kill me!”, replied Kahen.

“I will protect you”.

High Priest Temple, Amarna

“By Hetoph I am sick!”, announced the High Priest. He had accepted the invitation to the great festival that Kahen had announced. It really was great, and the whole city seemed to love him for it. For some reason, though, the High Priest felt terribly ill, and could not get out of bed.

“Can you still do the Ceremony of Protection? Will you get better in time?”, asked the Hekmeht.

“I doubt I will be getting much better at all”, said the High Priest.

“Then whoever shall do the ceremony?!”

“It is your choice”, says the High Priest.

“Then I suppose it must be Kahen. I shall inform him”.

Kahen did not look like he once looked. He was paler, more easily scared, more aggressive, more neurotic. He was able to hide this, mostly, but he was horribly corrupted. When the messengers rushed to him with the news, a smile crossed his face.

“Excellent”, he said. “I shall perform the ceremony.”

All the priests for the ceremony had been bribed, or were faked. Any who would not comply had faced various “accidents” throughout the past weeks or so. Now, it was ready, and the whole city was prepared. The Hekmeht watched intently.

While each ceremonial object was used correctly, the incantations were all entirely fake. A few people noticed, but it was too late.

“PRAISE SEFETRES!”, boomed the High Priest, ripping off his fake clothes to reveal a lighter yellow and green cloth underneath. The people screamed, as the guards next to Kahen stabbed him. The other priests were killed for being imposters. The Hekmeht was terrified, and the streets were rioting. Sefetres did not save him – she was a liar. And now the city would pay.

“THERE IS NO PROTECTION! WE HAVE BEEN TRICKED! WHERE ARE THE MEMIKENITES!”

The Hekmeht ordered that each city be placed on lockdown, that no one ever leaves the cities, save for the messengers. The governors would have to rule each city themselves, and be placed under heavy security. No foreign merchants were allowed in the nation. No foreign diplomats would be allowed. He did not know the extent of the damage, but he knew that if the Sefetresite evil spread beyond the nation, then the country would be forever destroyed. Everyone was quarantined, and the body of Kahen and his assistants were completely and utterly burnt. The nation was on lockdown, and it would be until every last trace of the evil had been stamped out.

L2JOvC interlude season will go Live on 01/07/2017 Saturday 17:00 GMT+3.

The game play is based on a routine of events which will run constantly one after another, each event has its own unique set of features. The event routine includes maps, faction events, mini events and a chance for a boss event at the end of each routine. The Portal NPC will display statistics from past events as well as personal player statistics. Every weekend there's also a unique retail like event running.

Maps Longest time events with biggest kind of goals to accomplish. Maps will end faster if their goal is achieved. A raid boss will spawn 5 minutes before the map ends. Currently implemented map types are: * Battlefield – Transfer as many bases as possible from the enemy to your team by killing them. * Capture the Flag – Steal as many flags as possible from the enemy and deliver it back to your base. * Domination – Rule a certain area on the map for as much time as possible by having more players in it than the enemy. * Escort – Protect an NPC from the enemy team while it makes its way from one point of the map to another. * Fortress – Use the Capture Fort skill on the NPC inside the fortress to capture it for your side. * Siege – Kill the king inside the castle in order to capture it and prevent the enemy from killing your king. * Team VS Team – Kill as many enemies as possible to score for your team.

Faction Events After a map ends a faction event will start. Faction events are divided into 2 realms, each team will get its own realm. The teams are not able to see each other, the first team to complete the event goal wins. The score bar will show both teams the progression of each team. Currently implemented faction events: * Blood Castle – Pass all 3 stages by killing all monsters and then killing the Seer boss at the end. * Clear the Chamber – Kill all the monsters before the enemy does. * City Under Attack – Be the first to kill 50 invading monsters. * Kill the God – Be the first to slay the enemy god. * Rescue the Princess – Kill the boss at each stage in order to free the princess. * Search the Beast – Find and kill the hidden beast. * Lair of the Snowman – Get through all the snowman to kill the Ice Queen at the end. * The Magician's Tower – Weaken the magician by killing all its minions and then kill him. * Wisdom Test – Answer correctly as many questions as possible to weaken the boss and kill it.

Mini Events A mini event will start after a faction event. Players will have 3 minutes to register before the mini event will start. These are usually short time events with small objectives to complete. Currently implemented mini events: * Battlefield – Use the Capture Base skill on each NPC in order to capture it for your side. * Bomb Fight – Use the Bomb skill to spawn NPC that explodes after 3 seconds and kills all surrounding enemies. * Death Match – Make the biggest amount of kills in order to win the event. * Hunting Grounds – Use the bow to shoot enemies and turn them into your side. * Korean TvT – Survive more rounds than the enemy in order to win. * Last Man Standing – Survive the event in order to win. * Lucky Chests – Open as many chests as possible in order to win. * Humans VS Mutants – Make as many mutant kills or kills as a mutant as possible. * Raid in the Middle – Kill the boss while staying safe from the enemy team. * Russian Roulette – Each round try to guess which chest won't die in order to win. * Simon Says – Say exactly what Simon says each round in order to win. * VIP TvT – Kill the enemy VIP while keeping yours safe. * Humans VS Zombies – Be the last to survive the apocalypse.

Boss Events After every mini event there's a chance a grand boss event will start. Chance depends on amount of players online and day of week. There are 2 types of boss events: Team VS Team and Free for All. FFA will start only if there's not enough players for a TvT. In order to increase your chance for better rewards, you must take a vital part in the event. Currently implemented boss events: * Antharas * Baium * Core * Frintezza * Orfen * Queen Ant * Sailren * Valakas * Zaken

Weekend Events These type of events are a mimic of the retail ones. They will run every weekend from Friday to Monday. These events will grant extra boost and fun to everyone. Currently implemented weekend events: * Change of Heart – Collect 9 heart pieces in order to play a paper, rock, scissors game and win rewards. * Heavy Medals – Collect medals to increase your event rank, better event rank means better rewards. * Letter Collector – Build up words from letters, the more words the better rewards you'll get. * Master of Enchanting – Try to enchant a staff as high as possible for better rewards. * Playing with Fire – Get ingredients for making fireworks, the more fireworks you make the more rewards you get. * Power of Love – Collect Tokens of Love and trade them for a reward. * Squish the Squash – Collect Pollens and use them to buy/grow a seed, better squashes means better rewards. * Zaken's Curse – Pigs will spawn randomly during maps, killing pigs results in getting rewarded.

Buffs * AIO buffer with 7 premade editable schemes. * Option to restore default schemes. * 4 hours buff duration. * Buff slots 20+4. * Summons restore buffs when resummoned. * Buffs kept after death (including toggles). * Cubics casted on self are kept after death and last for 4 hours. * Anti buff griefing system. * Symbols and Event buffs do not take a buff slot. * Cancelled buffs return after 7 seconds.

Enchanting * Retail enchant rates. * Only blessed enchant scrolls available. * Safe enchant +3 (+4 full body). * Max enchant +16. * Life stones chances: Low 3%, Mid 6%, High 9%, Top 12%.

PvP * PvP rewards with EXP/SP/Adena/Items which players can use to make progress ingame. * Players get rewarded according to damage done on enemies when they die. * Players can be spoiled for extra rewards. * Debuffs and heals also count as damage. * Players get rewarded for resurrecting (limited to 5 minutes per player). * Healers, tankers, supports and summoners can gain PvP points by EXP.

Class Balance No effect in olympiad: * CP/HP/MP Potions will regeneration 40 MP instead of 120 on healers. * FOI duration reduced to 8 seconds and cannot be used in boss events anymore. * Prayer is a self buff. * Blow damage bonus reduced from x2 to x1.4 * Removed full lethal. * Cat/Pony buffs are self/owner only and increased to 4 hours. * Snipe duration reduced to 30 seconds. * All Fear/Stun duration reduced to 2 seconds. * All Mute/Paralyze/Root duration reduced to 4 seconds. * All Debuff/Sleep/Weakness/Betray duration reduced to 10 seconds. * Mana Burn power doubled. * Increased the amount of targets a warlord can hit by 5. * If a player gets resurrected by others in events, only HP will be restored to 70%. * Armor Mastery penalty enabled. * A summoner cannot send his summon to attack if target cannot be seen by the owner. * Reduced the range at which summoner can send his summon to attack from 2000 to 1600. * Reduced magic critical rate by 75%. * Reduced magic critical damage by 25%. * Reduced duelist force skills damage by 25%. * Reduced tyrant force skills damage by 10%. * Reduced archer critical damage by 15%. * Destroyers cannot take down more than 40% of target's max CP+HP in a single hit. * Destroyers cannot take down more than 10% of flags/unicorns HP in a single hit. * Increased warlord damage by 25%. * Increased summon damage by 20%. * Increased human tanker damage by 20% when not wearing a bow. * Increased elf/dark elf tanker damage by 50% when not wearing a bow. * Energy Stones cannot be used to increase force. * Necromancer summons doesn't require a corpse to be summoned. * Necromancer summons can only be buffed with speed buffs. * Heroic Valor is target self. * Heroic Miracle duration reduced to 8 seconds. * Hero Rod/Scepter heal chance reduced from 3% to 1%. * A healer cannot resurrect other healers in maps and mini events. * Mass resurrection is disabled in events. With effect in olympiad: * Aggression/Aura of Hate reuse delay increased from 3 seconds to 15 seconds. * Force Barrier reuse delay increased from 10 minutes to 15 minutes. * Mirage reuse delay increased from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. * Dash reuse delay increased from 8 seconds to 16 seconds. * Arrest range increased from 150 to 400. * Revival can be used at 15% HP instead of 5%.

More Balance Changes * Gear dependent rewards – higher/lower rewards depends on killed target gear. * Team balance based on Elo/Count. * Anti farm / AFK systems. * Bonus buff for people who die too much without making kills. * Bonus buff for losing team during an event.

Olympiad * Only 1vs1 class irrelevant matches available. * Time left until olympiad period ends shows up for players upon login. * Runs only at Friday/Saturday/Sunday 18:00 GMT +2 until 22:00 GMT +2. * Weekly cycle with 1/4 rewards, heroes every Monday. * Fights regardless of player's faction. * Minimum participants needed is 5. * Registration to olympaid is open only for players with at least rank 5.

Parties * 5 Members maximum inside events. * Increased EXP/SP/Adena rewards when playing in party. * Party limiting to 28 points max, so a party cannot become too strong. * Healers count as 15 points, tankers as 12 points, anything else 0. * Brown title color for party members.

Clans * No clan penalties. * 10 members maximum in main clan. * 5 extra members for every royal guard/royal knight the clan has. * 2 clans maximum in an alliance. * Free leveling up to level 2. * Levels 3, 4 and 5 requires SP and quest items (buy able from GM shop). * Levels 6, 7 and 8 requires reputation points. * Only same faction can be invited to clan or alliance. * Weekly retail like Aden castle siege for clans with a variety of rewards. * Clan wars – clans can declare war against clans of opposite faction.

Voiced Commands * .info – used during events to show the top players, the score of each team, the goal of the current event and to see own score. * .playalone / .playinparty – turn on/off random parties while joining events. * .shotsoff / .animon / .animoff / .allanimoff – show/hide animations, use if have client lags. * .scoreon / .scoreoff – show/hide the score bar during events. * .msgon / .msgoff – show/hide killing streak messages on screen. * .radaron / .radaroff – show/hide player radar in events. * .setpin / .changepin / .writepin – manage character-level security pin code. * .elo – if used on others can show others Elo points, otherwise shows self Elo points. * .joinparty – auto join a party during an event.

Features * Starting level 76 with 3rd class (including sub classes). * Max level 80 (including sub classes). * Free class change and subclass. * Players can take any subclass, regardless of their main class/race. * Starting gear B-grade. * Rebirth system with skills as rewards. * Free noble after 3rd rebirth. * Unique achievements system with levels and amazing rewards. * Global vote reward system for Adena. * Personal vote reward system for temporary passive skill. * Double EXP/SP event at random times during the day. * Player ranks system. * Killing spree system. * Events voting system. * Announcements upon raid bosses/grand bosses spawn/death. * Full GM shop with gifts system. * Grand master for sub classes, clan/ally management, skill learning and more. * Toggle skill for CP/HP/MP instead of potions. * Return skill for all classes instead of SoE. * Special town for both factions for improved server economy. * Offline shops with dedicated store zone. * Trade chat is faction only chat. * Shout and Hero chats will show player's faction. * Players can duel in town. * Services NPC (Name/Gender change, Faction change etc). * Training Dummy NPCs to test your class from different perspectives. * Tablet of Information NPC shows useful tips, info and boss status. * Free warehouse and freight. * All NPCs available in town. * 10 seconds spawn protection. * Increased weight/inventory/private store slots. * No death penalties and no exp loss. * Max 1 client per PC can login. * Pin code security upon character login. * Mini games – Poker, Lottery and Casino. * Wedding with gotolove and extra skills. * Spoilers can spoil players for extra rewards.

9/11 Truth Megapost

I've been looking into 9/11 for a few months now and I decided to throw together some of my most compelling information and links and share. Please share your thoughts and any additional info.

World Trade Center – Flights 11 and 175

WTC 7

World Trade Center Building 7 was a 47-storey, fireproofed, steel-frame building completed in 1987. On 9/11 2001, it was hit by debris from the North Tower WTC 1 collapse at 10:28 AM. The official government narrative claims that this debris ignited fires that burned for several hours and weakened WTC 7 until it collapsed at 5:20 PM. This narrative has been doubted by skeptics who have studied the collapse — notably the 2,800+ Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911). Noting the sudden initiation of the collapse, the complete destruction of the building, the lack of structural resistance, freefall speed, and symmetrical fall into its own footprint, AE911 insists WTC 7 was brought down via controlled demolition.

Government's Inaccurate WTC 7 Collapse "Simulation"

The 2004 9/11 Commission Report did not mention WTC 7. After complaints from architects and engineers about this anomalous collapse being swept under the rug, the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a formal WTC 7 study, initially attempting to blame internal diesel tank fires and denying freefall collapse speed. However, with AE911 Truth pointing out calculations of freefall speeds from video, and that diesel fires could be ruled out by lack of smoke, NIST was forced to concede on both of these points before their final 2008 WTC 7 report.

Still, NIST officially claimed that WTC 7 collapsed "primarily from normal office fires." By ignoring sheer studs and other structural components of this modern steel-frame building, NIST concluded that the failure of column #79 somehow initiated a sudden universal "progressive collapse."

Here is NIST's computer model of the initiation of collapse alongside video of the actual collapse. Does it match?

Video: https://youtu.be/pmdcMb5D9gM

AE911 Truth asked to see the data behind this simulation to understand how NIST reached their conclusions. Their request was denied because it might "jeopardize public safety."

NIST Letters Denying Requested Info:

https://cryptome.org/nist070709.pdf

https://cryptome.org/wtc-nist-wtc7-no.pdf

Larry "Pull it" Silverstein

Owner of the WTC buildings Larry Silverstein says that he decided loss of life in WTC 7 was so heavy that he should just "pull it." Whatever that means!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p34XrI2Fm6I

Silverstein built and owned WTC 7 since 1985, and acquired the WTC towers in July 2001. After 9/11, he fought in court for a double insurance payment, claiming there were two terrorist "occurrences." He didn't win the $7.1 billion double payment he was hoping for, but he was awarded for 1 & 1/3: a payout of $4.55 billion.

Other interesting statements by Silverstein:

  • his wife thankfully reminded him of his dermatology appointment on 9/11 and insisted he go, making him skip his customary breakfast at the top of WTC 1 that morning: https://youtu.be/9ScGZCqEyGM

  • Regarding the new replacement building for WTC 7, "the first design meeting was in April of 2000." … 17 months before it was destroyed?: https://youtu.be/j-_WYHwUtcI?t=28

What Was In WTC 7?

WTC 7 consisted exclusively of government agencies and financial institutions, including the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, as well as Secret Service and CIA offices.

http://www.wtc7.net/background.html

Previous High-Rise Fires

Before and since 9/11, no steel-framed high-rise buildings have ever collapsed from office fires. We are told that on that day, three did: WTC towers 1, 2, and building 7.

Past examples:

1991, Philadelphia, PA – One Meridian Plaza burned for 18 hours, gutting 8 of 38 floors. A FEMA report said "beams and girders sagged and twisted," but "continued to support their loads without obvious damage."

2004, Caracas, Venezuela – Parque Central building burned for 17 hours, gutting 20 of 50 floors. It did not collapse.

A segment on previous high-rise fires: https://youtu.be/l0Q5eZhCPuc?t=746

A 9 minute video, Steel Buildings Don't Collapse From Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnnjIzamnJo

Of course, WTC 7 was hit by debris, which did some damage. Also, WTC 1 and 2 were hit by airplanes, but they withstood those impacts well, like they were designed to.

1993 Seattle Times Article, "Twin Towers Engineered to Withstand Jet Collision”

John Skilling, WTC head structural engineer:

Our analysis indicated the biggest problem would be the fact that all the fuel (from the airplane) would dump into the building. There would be a horrendous fire. A lot of people would be killed… The building structure would still be there.

Full article: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930227&slug=1687698

January 2001 Interview with WTC Construction Manager

WTC Construction Manager Frank DeMartini:

The building was designed to have a fully loaded 707 crash into it. That was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door—this intense grid—and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting.

Video of interview: https://youtu.be/1pvEge5HPJU

Note: The Boeing 707 and 767 aren't "apples and oranges", see the stats compared here: http://www1.ae911truth.org/faqs/655-faq-9-were-the-twin-towers-designed-to-survive-the-impact-of-the-airplanes.html

Frank DeMartini died in the towers on 9/11.

Aman Zafar Photoset

Aman Zafar took hi-res photos on 9/11 from a distance across the Hudson River — some of the best photographic evidence from that day. They show pretty clearly how undamaged the lower 90ish and 75ish floors of the towers were. Were these massive marvels of modern architecture really so fragile that one to two hours of fires fuelled by office furnishings and jet fuel (essentially kerosene) in the top floors was enough to suddenly reduce thousands of tons of structural steel and concrete into clouds of dust and a pile of debris barely taller than the lobby?

Note the upward and outward ejections of debris. Could fire and gravity do that?

Photoset: http://www.amanzafar.com/WTC/

Fire and Steel Temperature

Even if we're generous and claim the fires burned as hot as 1500°F (which is unlikely — though NIST claims 1800°F), they would have to heat thousands of tons of structural steel beams to at least 1000°F for significant weakening. These beams would be fireproofed and would meet building codes created to protect against fires. Is it plausible that fires could do this to the buildings in just 56 minutes in the case of WTC 2 and 1 hour and 42 minutes for WTC 1?

Fire Department Tapes

The tapes of FDNY comms show firefighters ascending the stairwell of the South Tower WTC 2 and dealing with "two isolated pockets of fires" at the 78th floor. They are convinced they "should be able to knock it down with two lines." The firefighters have no concern about collapse, even to the last minute. This doesn't sound like they are discussing a building with 1000°F raging fires burning so intensely throughout that they could have heated the beams on every floor — in an under an hour — to weaken them enough to initiate an immediate total collapse with negligible structural resistance.

FDNY Tapes: https://youtu.be/VGzMnmWYec0

David Chandler Analyses North Tower Explosions

Some of the clearest footage of explosives at WTC 1.

Video: https://youtu.be/nUDoGuLpirc

South Tower Collapse Compilation

A compilation of WTC 2 collapse footage where the use of controlled demolitions is apparent.

Video: https://youtu.be/qhyu-fZ2nRA

Raw 9/11 Footage from Hotel Window

This footage from a hotel window across from the WTC towers shows a close-up view of the lower floors, demonstrating how undamaged they were. Note: Some graphic images of jumpers, bodies.

Video: https://youtu.be/kZi4o2OBLEI

Some points of interest:

@14:40 – "can hear more explosions!"

@19:15 – News in background is unsure of what has hit the Pentagon

@19:40 – Sparks emitting from corner of tower

Eyewitness Accounts of Explosions

A compilation of eyewitness accounts of explosions at the WTC.

Video: https://youtu.be/TY5pg2n95ko?t=4580

Barry Jennings – Witness From Inside WTC 7

Barry Jennings witnessed explosions inside WTC 7 that left him trapped in the stairwell. His testimony contradicts the official NIST report that there were "no witness reports" of explosions. NIST's draft WTC 7 report was released 2 days after Jennings passed away in unclear circumstances 2008.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=4919

WTC 7 Collapse Foreknowledge

Firefighter Foreknowledge

At least 60 firefighters demonstrated foreknowledge of the collapse of WTC 7 at 5:20PM. More than half of them spoke in certain terms (i.e. “is coming down” vs “might”). Considering no steel high-rise building in history had ever collapsed from fires (except the Twin Towers that morning), how were they so certain that this modern, 1987, 47-story, fireproofed steel-frame building would collapse? It seems they may have been told by somebody.

Graeme MacQueen has looked into this a bit:

(9 pgs) Article: http://www.journalof911studies.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2008MacQueenSeven.pdf

Discussion of this at the 2011 Toronto Hearings: https://youtu.be/xqqelDq4P48?t=3630

With ReThink911: https://youtu.be/rNJ6WYFwR-o

News Foreknowledge

Jane Standley of BBC reported on the collapse of WTC 7 (AKA the Soloman Brother's Building) at 4:54 PM — 26 minutes BEFORE it collapsed. The building is visibly standing behind her as she reports it has collapsed. BBC "loses connection" with her mid-conversation. BBC's official explanation for this was that they received an erroneous report from Reuters on a confusing day.

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltP2t9nq9fI

Later, BBC contacts Standley again for a report. She describes the situation but when they bring up WTC 7 (@ 2:12), the audio cuts out. Coincidence?

Video Clip: https://youtu.be/gsqAHhTWEH0?t=40

CNN Report the collapse 67 minutes early:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpWK8IwJH0w

ABC News:

another building in the World Trade Center Complex, which was not struck by an airplane, is in danger of collapsing…

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaNHuwGAG1I

NBC News, reporting upcoming collapse 26 minutes early:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDkUZo2QVLE

CNN shows emergency workers at WTC7:

"Keep your eye on that building, that thing's comin' down!"

"The whole thing is about to blow up. Move it back!"

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU_43SwWD9A

Fox 5 Reports Collapse < 1 min early. After reporting it collapsed, they cut to a live feed, and it comes down live on screen:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDDZANw9isI

Not foreknowledge, but an interesting observation from Dan Rather at CBS:

For the third time today. Its reminiscent of those pictures we've all seen too much on television before when a building was deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite.

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koUl7arMncs

PNAC Describes Benefits of "a New Pearl Harbor" in 2000

The Project for the New American Century, a neo-conservative think-tank that included many Bush Administration members such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, wrote a report in September 2000, a year before 9/11, called Rebuilding America's Defenses. It outlined a plan of massive military expansion, with a goal of ultimately fighting and winning "multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars" to consolidate US global hegemony.

They stated that their ambitious

process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.

Full text (see page 51 for quote): http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

Zelikow Describes How US Gov Could Exploit a Major WTC Attack in 1998

Philip Zelikow was a member of George HW Bush's National Security Council during Desert Storm, co-author of a book with Condoleezza Rice in the mid-90s, and would go on to be part of George W Bush's transition team, as well as the author of National Security Strategy 2002 AKA the "Bush Doctrine" of pre-emptive warfare. Despite these conflicts of interest, he would become the executive director of the "independent" 9/11 Commission.

In 1998 — nearly three years before 9/11 — with Defense Department bigwig Ash Carter and former CIA Director John Deutch — Zelikow co-authored a paper in Foreign Affairs entitled "Catastrophic Terrorism":

If the device that exploded in 1993 under the World Trade Center had been nuclear, or had effectively dispersed a deadly pathogen, the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to describe it. Such an act of catastrophic terrorism would be a watershed event in American history. It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peacetime and undermine America's fundamental sense of security, as did the Soviet atomic bomb test in 1949. Like Pearl Harbor, this event would divide our past and future into a before and after. The United States might respond with draconian measures, scaling back civil liberties, allowing wider surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects, and use of deadly force. More violence could follow, either further terrorist attacks or U.S. counterattacks. Belatedly, Americans would judge their leaders negligent for not addressing terrorism more urgently.

Full Text: http://web.mit.edu/~Chemistry/deutch/policy/1998-CatastrophicTerrorism.pdf

Emergency Crew Arrived in NYC For Terror Drill Day Before 9/11

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was holding a terror drill set for 09/12. Personnel arrived in NYC on 09/10.

FEMA Member Tom Kenney on CBS:

To be honest with you we arrived on late Monday night [Sept 10th] and went into action on Tuesday morning…"

Video: https://youtu.be/5EVIfwYKbM8

Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

The reason Pier 92 was chosen as the command center is because on the next day, on September 12th, Pier 92 was going to have a drill. It had hundreds of people here from FEMA, from the federal government, from the state, from the state emergency management office, and they were getting ready for a drill for a bio-chemical attack… The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within 3 days, that was 2 1/2 to 3 times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center.

Video: https://youtu.be/vmPwwd1NdiU

Drills Simulating Hijacked Planes Confuse Air Traffic Control

War games diverted much of the Northeast US air defense to Alaska, while other war games simulating hijacked airplanes flying into buildings confused radar operators on 9/11.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=1422

The Lone Gunmen Pilot

In March 2001, 6 months before 9/11, the pilot episode of the X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen aired. The premise: the heroes unravel a government conspiracy to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center to increase arms sales.

Just an odd coincidence? Make of it what you will.

9/11-relevant highlights from episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdhoc0PRr8

WTC 7 Evaluation

Structural engineer Dr. Leroy Hulsey and his students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are in the midst of conclusively debunking the bogus official claims of the NIST report with their two-year WTC 7 Evaluation. Using a sophisticated computer model of WTC 7, down to each beam and rivet, they have concluded that "normal office fires" could not have caused the collapse that occurred. Their report will be released August 2017.

WTC 7 Evaluation Website: http://www.wtc7evaluation.org/

WTC 7 Evaluation Intro Video: https://youtu.be/C-VNjYXU-CE


Pentagon – Flight 77

Official Story

The official story tells us American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked at 8:51 (5 minutes after the first WTC strike) and, piloted by terrorist Hani Hanjour, flew without being intercepted for 45 minutes. Over the Pentagon, it pulled a high-speed 330-degree turn before knocking over five light poles, accelerating to 853 km/h, skimming above the Pentagon lawn to strike into the first floor of the building at 09:37. 64 died on the plane, 125 in the Pentagon.

Hani Hanjour's Flying Skills

Pilots say this would be an extremely difficult manoeuvre and would be nearly impossible for an inexperienced pilot like alleged hijacker Hani Hanjour, whose flight instructors said he could barely handle a Cessna weeks earlier in August.

US Navy Top Gun and 27-year commercial pilot Ralph Kolstad has studied the official flight path and says,

I have 6,000 hours of flight time in Boeing 757s and 767s and I could not have flown it the way the flight path was described… Something stinks to high heaven!

Newspaper articles quote Hanjour's flight instructors saying he "could not fly at all" and was "a terrible pilot." In the summer of 2001, a New Jersey flight instructor "declined a second request" to take the alleged would-be hijacker in on a small-plane flight "because of what he considered Hanjour's poor piloting skills."

(Quotes from David Ray Griffin's book, The New Pearl Harbor: Revisited)

Pentagon "Plane Crash" Surveillance Video

Although the Pentagon was arguably the most secure building in the world, this is the only publicly available footage of the alleged crash of Flight 77, released almost five years after the incident in May 2006. (A second camera right next to this one captured nearly identical footage that was also released). This footage does not prove that a plane hit the building.

Video: https://youtu.be/zac9vt3a4Ug

Unmarked Lawn

Considering the supposed rapid descent to ground level and the low first-floor impact site, it is odd that the plane didn't leave any marks on the Pentagon lawn.

Pictures of lawn:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Pentagon.Nach_Einsturz.Rasen.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/8.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/5.jpg

Cable Spools

Some have suggested these cable spools — unhit by the plane — were directly in the flight path.

Photos:

http://i.imgur.com/ShDuD.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/6.jpg

Lack of Plane Debris

CNN Reporter on 9/11:

from my close-up inspection, there's no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon… The only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand. There are no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage, nothing like that anywhere around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon…

Video: https://youtu.be/7BNqgNvUhRQ

Interview with April Gallop – A Pentagon employee who experienced the blast and crawled out of the blast hole to the lawn. Gallop says she

didn't see any evidence of metal, airplane seats, no luggage. Nothing that would give me any indication that it was a plane that had hit the building… There was nothing on the inside that would give me any indication that there was a plane.

Video: https://youtu.be/EIy9hjB3DGk

Interview with and exclusive footage by freelance cameraman Bob Pugh, who was at the Pentagon minutes after the explosion. @06:20 –

I'm looking for wreckage, and I don't see anything discernible. I can't find a piece of anything that I recognize. I can't see the tail, I can't see the wheels, I can't see the engines, there's no chairs, there's no luggage, there's no logo…

Video: https://youtu.be/-xtEJ4zrIPM

Gas Station Security Camera Footage Confiscated by FBI

December 11, 2001 National Geographic Article, "Three Months On Tension Lingers Near the Pentagon": A CITGO gas station employee who worked on 9/11 says the gas station's security cameras were close enough to the Pentagon to have recorded the moment of impact:

I've never seen what the pictures looked like… The FBI was here within minutes and took the film.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Article, 11 Dec 2001: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/12/1211_wirepentagon.html

For reference, here is the unobstructed view of the Pentagon from CITGO Gas Station: http://www.rense.com/general63/unob.htm

C-Ring "Punch-Out" Hole

Alternately described in official government accounts as being created by the nose of the plane or the landing gear, this large round hole was located on the inside of the Pentagon's C-ring, several layers inward from the outer wall. Is this plausible? What really caused this?

Aerial view showing location of hole: http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/aa73fce2-9d8c-489b-97be-c31b2b61d4a7.jpg

Photos of hole:

http://www.rense.com/general63/Grandpunchoutcut.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/16.jpg

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta's Testimony

Dick Cheney's Timeline

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified to the 9/11 Commission about his experience in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) bunker under the White House on 9/11.

Mineta said he arrived in the PEOC bunker at 9:20, and Vice President Cheney was already there at that time.

The 9/11 Commission Report ignored Mineta's testimony and wrote that Cheney arrived 38 minutes later at 9:58 (and thus AFTER the Pentagon attack). Multiple others have also made statements suggesting Cheney was in the bunker earlier.

Stand-Down Order?

Most importantly, Mineta mentions

a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, 'the plane is 50 miles out'… 'the plane is 30 miles out'… When it got down to 'the plane is 10 miles out,' the young man also said to the Vice President, 'do the orders still stand?' And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, 'of course the orders still stand! Have you heard anything to the contrary?'

Video: https://youtu.be/qjR0gGXV-04

Were they talking about a stand-down order telling the fighters or anti-air not to engage?

At the very least, while the 9/11 Commission Report attempts to paint a false narrative suggesting US leadership was unaware, confused, and unable to make decisions in time that morning, the facts seem to suggest they had a lot more knowledge and control than is admitted.

Video Removed From 9/11 Commission Website

Video of Mineta's testimony was originally available on the 9/11 Commission website, but it was removed. When questioned about this the National Archive said it must have been lost in a "snafu." It has since been recovered and is now widely available on the internet.

Wedge 1 an Unlikely Strike Location

Why would the terrorists strike Wedge 1 of the Pentagon? The section directly opposite would have been a much richer target and easier to approach. It was public knowledge that the Defense Secretary's office and the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and those of other top-ranking officers, were located on the opposite side of the explosion zone.

Instead, Wedge 1 had obstacles on its approach (a raised street with signs, light posts, the Pentagon control tower), and was, according to the LA Times:

a portion of the building that had already been renovated. It was the only area of the Pentagon with a sprinkler system, and it had been reconstructed with a web of steel columns and bars to withstand bomb blasts. The steel reinforcement, bolted together to form a continuous structure through all of the Pentagon's five floors, kept that section of the building from collapsing for 30 minutes–enough time for hundreds of people to crawl out to safety.

The area struck by the plane also had blast-resistant windows–2 inches thick and 2,500 pounds each–that stayed intact during the crash and fire. It had fire doors that opened automatically and newly built exits that allowed people to get out… While perhaps 4,500 people normally would have been working in the hardest-hit areas, because of the renovation work only about 800 were there Tuesday, officials said.

LA Times, 16 September 2001: http://articles.latimes.com/2001/sep/16/news/mn-46435

Is this the spot terrorists would have chosen to strike?

Citizen Investigation Team's (CIT) Study

With a series of straightforward interviews with 13 independent eyewitnesses of the low-flying plane at the Pentagon on 9/11, who are certain about what they saw, Citizen Investigation Team demonstrates that the government's oft-repeated official story of a southern Flight 77 approach was impossible. All 13 witnesses — including two police officers — are sure the plane flew directly over the Navy Annex and North of the CITGO gas station. This suggests the official flight path is false, and the knocked over light poles on the bridge south of the Pentagon and the path of internal damage were staged.

Images of CIT Witness Flightpaths vs. Official Story:

http://www.citizeninvestigationteam.com/pics/closest-north-path-still-misses-poles.jpg

http://www.citizeninvestigationteam.com/pics/north-south-citgo.jpg

In the section from 59:40 to 01:13:30 in the video "National Security Alert" below, CIT interviews a cab driver, Lloyde England, whose cab was supposedly hit by a light pole knocked over by Flight 77 during its approach along the official-story southern flight path. Featured on the news, his cab windshield was smashed but his hood was oddly undamaged considering the forces at play. After persistent questioning by CIT, England eventually admits his role in a conspiracy to stage the incident:

This is too big for me, man. This is a big thing… I'm not supposed to be involved in this. This is for other people. People who have money… It was planned.

Hi-res photo of Lloyde England's cab at Pentagon: http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/1-1.jpg

A news segment on Lloyde England, from the beginning to 01:28. (The remainder of this video identical to the end part of the longer doc below. I recommend watching it there with more context): https://youtu.be/iAL9gJMSX6M

(1 hr 21 mins) CIT Documentary – National Security Alert – the 9/11 Pentagon Event: https://youtu.be/_HlUmmPBoLg


Shanksville, PA – Flight 93

Barren Crash Site

Many witnesses remarked on the lack of debris at the Shanksville crash site. Like the Pentagon, there were no bodies, no identifiable pieces of fuselage, wing, or tail section, no luggage, or seats visible at Shanksville. News mentions a second crash site, 6 miles away, adding to the confusion.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=3981

Flight 93 Shot Down?

Witness John Fleegle mentions he saw the lights flicker, then heard engines roar, heard a large boom and saw a "big ball of fire" in the air.

He saw a plane flying away that might have been a fighter, but it was flying into the sun and difficult to see.

Later he told his story to a retired Air Force member who suggested:

that plane was shot down… they zap the radar frequency on everything before they shoot. That's why your lights flickered."

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWcdSyyppHI

Furthermore, while the 9/11 Commission Report claims that shootdown authorization was not received until 10:25 — well after the crash of Flight 93 at 10:03 – 10:06 — other accounts dispute this.

National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke wrote that shoot-down authorization was received between 9:45 and 9:50, and a CNN report that aired before the Commission Report was released suggested a similar timeline.

(The official story is that the passengers, inspired by passenger Todd Beamer's phrase "let's roll", stormed the cockpit and attempted to reclaim the aircraft before the hijackers drove it into the ground.)

Debris Photos

There are some pictures of supposed Flight 93 debris that were released during the 2006 trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. They don't look very convincing of a plane crash either.

Photos: https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=C7A45234-155D-451F-67A019C294E6A905

A lot of the 9/11 evidence released during the 2006 Moussaoui trial is sketchy, nonsensical, or contradictory to previously touted official storylines.


9/11 Commission

Commission Delayed

Historically, when major disasters have occurred, governments have quickly created independent commissions to investigate.

Number of days before an investigative commission was formed:

Titanic – 6

Pearl Harbor – 9

JFK Assassination – 7

Challenger disaster – 7

9/11 – 411

Barry Zwicker's Criticism

Media Critic Barry Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception, on the 9/11 Commission:

the term 'whitewash' doesn't do justice to the report of the 9/11 Commission. 'Omission-riddled inventive cover-up,' maybe.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkUWErM1E-o&t=1973s

Executive Director Philip Zelikow

The widows of 9/11 victims complained publicly after the Bush administration appointed Henry Kissinger as the 9/11 Commission Director. Kissinger was replaced with Philip Zelikow, a man with many conflicts of interest. This video explains Zelikow's deep connections to Bush and how he was a key member of the 9/11 cover-up.

Video, Corbett Report, 9/11 Suspects: Philip Zelikow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1VtozvvG4c

Chairman Thomas Kean Statement

9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean:

we think that in many ways the Commission was set up to fail.

https://youtu.be/YCbl7_yWryo?t=118


Miscellaneous

$2.3 Trillion in Pentagon Spending Unaccounted For Day Before 9/11

On September 10th, Donald Rumsfeld pointed out that $2.3 trillion in Pentagon spending was unaccounted for. He spoke of the need for change to a wasteful bureaucracy. But things changed the following morning:

Video: https://youtu.be/H_p92dECEpQ?t=10

Israeli Spies

A very interesting four-part Fox investigative series on Israeli spies in America and possible links to 9/11. Concerns that US intelligence wiretapping was compromised by Israel.

Video: https://youtu.be/LbkQddEDPs0

Insider Trading

ABC News, 20 September 2001.

Before 9/11, put options were purchased betting against stocks of United Airlines, American Airlines, and Marsh & McClellan (based on the floors of WTC 1 that were struck). Somebody made millions.

Video: https://youtu.be/QUHZcUwHrJ8

Indira Singh and Ptech

Indira Singh was senior risk management consultant at JP Morgan Chase bank in 2001. She was seeking to equip the bank with enterprise architect software that would provide "god's eye" visualization, mapping, and analysis of transactions, interactions, systems, processes, and personnel in the bank. Many recommended a small Quincy, MA company called Ptech. Their list of clients included the White House, Secret Service, FBI, IRS, NATO, IBM, the Postal Service, and the FAA.

However, Singh became reluctant to use their software when she discovered that Ptech's top investor was Saudi Al-Qaeda financier Yassin Al-Qadi, who had been placed on the US terror list in October 2001. Singh's research further linked Ptech to the CIA network that armed the Mujahideen in the 80s. When she told the FBI, they weren't particularly alarmed. In fact, they even actively blocked an investigation against Al-Qadi.

Ptech's relationship with the FAA is particularly interesting.

Bonnie: Could you describe the relationship of PTech with the FAA? PTech worked with the FAA for several years, didn’t they?

Indira: Yes… They were looking at, basically, holes in the FAA’s interoperability with responding with other agencies – law enforcement – in the case of an emergency such as a hijacking.

… how they would respond in case of an emergency… if anyone was in a position to understand where the holes were, PTech was, and that is exactly the point: if anybody was in a position to write software to take advantage of those holes, it would have been PTech.

Bonnie: Was there a reference to PTech having operated in the basement out of the FAA?

Indira: Yes. Typically, because the scope of such projects are so over-arching and wide-ranging, when you are doing an enterprise architecture project, you have access to how anything in the organization is being done, where it is being done, on what systems, what the information is. You have carte blanche.

If it is a major project that spends several years, the team that comes in has, literally, access to almost anything that they want because you are operating on a blueprint level, on a massive scale. So, yes, they were everywhere, and I was told that they were in places that required clearances. I was told that they had log-on access to FAA flight control computers.

Video, Corbett Report: Ptech and the 9/11 Software: https://youtu.be/LIUgxMC8PwM

Corbett Report Article: https://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20090717_cyber_911.htm

Full 2005 interview with Indira Singh on Bonny Faulkner's "Guns and Butter": https://youtu.be/Oe_tl8VnkTo

FBI Agent Robert Wright's Investigation Into Al-Qaeda Financier Al-Qadi Impeded

In the mid-1990s… two Chicago-based agents were assigned to track a connection to Chicago, a suspected terrorist cell that would later lead them to a link with Osama bin Laden. Wright says that when he pressed for authorization to open a criminal investigation into the money trail, his supervisor stopped him.

"Do you know what his response was? 'I think it's just better to let sleeping dogs lie,'" said Wright. "Those dogs weren't sleeping. They were training. They were getting ready." …

The suspected terrorist cell in Chicago was the basis of the investigation, yet Wright, who remains with the FBI, says he soon discovered that all the FBI intelligence division wanted him to do was to follow suspected terrorists and file reports — but make no arrests.

"The supervisor who was there from headquarters was right straight across from me and started yelling at me: 'You will not open criminal investigations. I forbid any of you. You will not open criminal investigations against any of these intelligence subjects,'" Wright said.

Even though they were on a terrorism task force and said they had proof of criminal activity, Wright said he was told not to pursue the matter.

In 1998 al Qaeda terrorists bombed two American embassies in Africa. The agents say some of the money for the attacks led back to the people they had been tracking in Chicago and to a powerful Saudi Arabian businessman, Yassin al-Kadi. Al-Kadi is one of 12 Saudi businessmen suspected of funneling millions of dollars to al Qaeda and who had extensive business and financial ties in Chicago.

Yet, even after the bombings, Wright said FBI headquarters wanted no arrests.

ABC News, December 2002, "FBI Called off Terror Investigations": http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=131907

Documentaries

(30 mins) Stand for the Truth: A Government Researcher Speaks Out – Recently released. Former NIST Employee Peter Ketcham reviews the 9/11 investigation and explains how it was a sham: https://youtu.be/GvAv-114bwM

(1 hr 50 mins) 9/11 Exposed 2nd Edition (2015): https://youtu.be/4Nmj6t51Wz8

(2 hrs 4 mins) 2011 "Toronto Hearings" at Ryerson University – AE 9/11 Truth discusses some of their best evidence for controlled demolition: https://youtu.be/xqqelDq4P48?t=720

(58 mins) Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out: https://youtu.be/Ddz2mw2vaEg?t=356

(1 hr 38 mins) Loose Change 9/11: an American Coup (2009): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x26mumq_loose-change-911-an-american-coup-2009-documentary_shortfilms

(15 mins) Solving the Mystery of Building 7 – Narrated by Ed Asner. Delightfully low production value and kitschy. But intriguing. He's a bit of a slow talker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nyogTsrsgI

(2 hrs 18 mins) The Full AE911 Documentary: Structural engineers, firefighters, demolitions experts, etc. speak about 9/11 and the holes in the official report: https://youtu.be/mK86S-HZxTE?list=FLv31V0HsG3ivqkj9r5_dhDA

(1 hr 21 mins) Citizen Investigation Team Documentary – National Security Alert – the 9/11 Pentagon Event: https://youtu.be/_HlUmmPBoLg

(5 pgs) Article: Europhysics News: 15 Years Later – on the Physics of High-Rise Building Collapses: https://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2016/04/epn2016474p21.pdf

A Warning From History – President Eisenhower 1961

17 January 1961, in his presidential farewell address, Dwight D. Eisenhower decided to warn the American people about the potential dangers of the military-industrial complex. Considering the state of the country since 9/11, his words are more important than ever.

We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, 3 and 1/2 million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment.

Now, this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence: economic, political, even spiritual, is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development, yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.

Our toil, resources, and livelihood, are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the counsels of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence — whether sought or unsought — by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals. So that security and liberty may prosper together.

Video: https://youtu.be/8y06NSBBRtY

Even Longer Six Flags Great America Trip Report 6/12/17

The weekend before I went to Six Flags Great America, me, my mom, and my sisters Maia and Olevia visited my oldest sister Marisa and her husband Dev in Chicago. This was the first time I got to see their newest place, which was further north in a more suburban area. Saturday we did absolutely nothing, and Sunday we went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens, which we only did a small part of due to the 80°F heat being a little too much.

Monday was when I went to Six Flags Great America, and I went with four other people: Maia, Olevia, Marisa, and my cousin Eric. This was my second time ever going to the park: last time was on a crowded Friday last year with my mother, who does not like roller coasters and gets motion sick easily. The fact that she even rode some of the coasters with me, hell, took me there in the first place spontaneously, is a testament to her love for me. Eric had gone on many school field trips to SFGAm, but hadn’t been in a while, at most, he’d last been there since X-Flight opened, but before the opening of Goliath.

Before we got to the park, we had to go to Kinkos to print out our tickets, which Marisa was able to get for a few dollars less than the online price, since Six Flags sells discounted tickets to the law firm she works for. It seems bizarre at first that they'd sell tickets to a law firm, but maybe this is how they prevent lawsuits.

One thing to note about the entrance to Great America was that there was a maze of switchbacks at the security checkpoint, which I had previously thought only happened at La Ronde because of its reputation as a terrible dumpster fire just outside of Montreal. Because the park wasn't busy, they weren't much of a hassle though.

The first ride of the day was Dark Knight, because it had the lowest capacity of any of the coasters as far as I know. I noticed that the preshow room was just something you walked through instead of a proper preshow, maybe on busier days they actually keep people there but I wouldn't know. The line started just before the security camera where it puts Joker minion masks on you, which is a pretty cool effect, but I don't get why that's there since IIRC, you're supposed to be escaping the Joker while on the metro. I was surprised to learn there was an omnimover style station, but I guess it's not that expensive to add them. I got into the front row of my car with Marisa, and Olevia in the back left, and Eric and Maia sat in the front and back of another car, which was pretty strange, especially since they were sitting on the same side.

The straight ride experience, excluding theming, was fun. The hairpin turns are slightly disorienting, and there's decent floater on the drops.

The theming was kinda confusing. I had no idea what most of the walls next to the turns were supposed to be except for the bit with mannequins of Joker minions holding guns, and maybe there was a train that almost crashed into us. None of it seemed like stuff a subway train would do anyway. The best set piece was a bunch of broken pipes on both sides of one of the drops that sprayed water into our faces. The ending, where you sit on the brake run, seemed like the part where they ran out of budget; all it is are some cheap disco lights followed by Batman saying some stuff that you can't even hear. I might ride it next time I'm there just so I can try and pick up on more of the set pieces I missed. Despite not having been to Kennywood in a few years, I'd say Exterminator is the better Wild Mouse in a box because the premise is simple (you’re a giant rat escaping a factory building being cleared out by pest control), and the spinning was good on my ride from what I recall.

I wanted to ride Superman: Ultimate Flight next, but the ride was closed (I guess it wasn’t done testing for the day). So I figured why not go to the big new roller coaster for this year, The Joker FREE FLY COASTER? Unfortunately for us, the ride was closed, which I thought had to do with the part recall S&S issued, but /u/Guy_With_A_Stick told me that one of the block sections failed and required the ride be shut.

So instead went to V2: Vertical Velocity, and I made sure to go to the back row by recommendation of Guy With a Stick, but suddenly, the ride broke down. The train was stopped on the portion of the launch track outside the station, and I decided to wait it out. But just outside the station I saw Batman: The Ride dispatching trains, and I figured it was a better use of our time to ride the invert that was actually functioning at the moment. To my surprise, most of the theming still works. In the Gotham City Park section of the queue, you can hear children cheering in the most annoying manner possible, and the fountain in the center actually spews water. The grungy section behind the mock work walls also has speakers playing police chatter, and the cop car crashed into a hydrant is still there (i think the lights even work). Then there’s the station, which has four tvs showing security cam footage of the sewer section of the queue, and a couple more showing off dated CGI renderings of Batman things, including a POV of Batman: The Dark Knight at SFNE.

The actual ride experience was great. While I was in the second to back row instead of the back row this time, it didn’t feel much different from that ride, still delivering a relentless, positive G-laden experience. On another note, this was the first time I noticed B:TR was running without the wheel assembly covers most inverts have, which it apparently hasn’t run with for years.

I decided to try V2 again, but Maia thought the ride was still closed, because the ride hadn’t dispatched at the time. Thankfully, the ops managed to dispatch before I could be persuaded that it wasn’t going to be open. Once again, I queued up for the back row, and noticed that the op in the control booth was having way too much fun. Compared to Cedar Point, where the ops don't really say anything outside of “Launching in 3, 2, 1,” the op was doing routines to catch riders off guard. Well, really there was one. On the train before me I heard:

“I’m gonna tell you guys a story that really helps with the ride,” she said. “Really calms the nerves.” The flow of her routine is broken by her asking the ops to get into position and her giving the all clear. “So once upon a time there was this ride called V2, and the riders went,” followed by the first launch. When the train pulled back into the station, she said “And they all lived happily ever after.” When Maia and I boarded the back row, the op started with, “You guys wanna hear a funny joke?” and proceeded to never follow up on that. She just gave a generic spiel for the launch.

While V2 may not have a functioning holding brake, I’d still consider it better than Wicked Twister for the weird hangtime/airtime thing that happens on the back spike. Like, I definitely felt like I was out of my seat, but I didn’t feel like I was pressed up against the restraint. The launches didn’t compare to Wicked Twister’s full power launches, though.

I told everyone I wanted to go straight to Goliath, but we saw Little Dipper and decided to ride. Initially, Marisa wanted to ride in the front row, but I told her that u/Noxegon never rides front row on a kiddie coaster because children really like the front row, so we sat a little further back. There wasn’t anything remarkable about the forces, as it was designed for kids, although Marisa kept acting like she was terrified to mess with me.

While I wanted to go straight to Goliath after that, and maybe get Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets on the way, we didn’t have water on us, and Olevia was feeling dehydrated, so we had to find a stand selling water somewhere in Yukon Territory. Most of the stands were still closed though, so we went into the Mooseburger Lodge, which we then quickly left upon realising it was more of a sitdown place. Thankfully, the beer cart in the outdoor seating area was open, and we got some water there. While I wish Marisa didn’t force me to drink water right that moment, it was probably for the best.

We finally queued up for Goliath, which I felt the line could’ve gone a little quicker as the grouper at the Flash Pass/single rider merge point was leaving a lot of space on the stairs, but we still got on. One of the things that I didn’t notice at my last visit was that Goliath’s station is so small that there can't really be large queues for each rows, so seating is assigned. While I wish I had been able to get back row, since I got front last time, I still went for the back-most row of three assigned; row eight. I could’ve gone in row six for the meme, but I wanted the best airtime possible, especially on that drop. And boy was I not disappointed.

While even in the front Goliath’s drop was more intense than Millennium Force’s, it was much crazier this time around. The first overbank is pretty cool, with some head choppers with the supports, but what I remembered as a very weak pop of airtime on the one airtime hill was now a strong ejector moment. I don’t remember much of the dive loop that followed; it was probably cool, but to me it doesn’t stand out as much as the massive zero-g stall right after. One would expect the stall to have crazy hangtime, but it doesn’t, rather it just feels like you’re upside down yet rightside up at the same time. The turn afterwards is my least favorite part; the way it’s shaped makes it seem like you might get airtime on the two bumps, but there’s none. The rise into brakes gave some strong floater. Everyone in my party agreed it was the best ride at the park.

In the gift shop I noticed a cool Goliath shirt. Well, it was basically my Maverick shirt, but the triangles were orange, and a silhouette side view of Goliath’s lift hill replaced the one of Maverick’s drop. I also saw a member of Ohio Valley Coasters wearing a Top Thrill Dragster shirt with a similar design on one of their Instagram posts, so I assume that there’s one company who makes this design for any coaster. I still think the Maverick shirt is the best on out of those because the colors mixed better with the dark blue.

Marisa decided we should get something to eat after that, and we were initially all set on Johnny Rockets. At first, she didn’t realize that it was a Johnny Rocket’s because she could only see the section of the stand that “Burgers” and thought it was a generic Six Flags eatery, but I told her I knew there was a Johnny Rockets in that location, and I proved her wrong. “Never doubt Frank,” Maia said. Unfortunately, there was no air conditioning, so we instead went to the Mooseburger Lounge. The burgers were nothing special, probably could’ve benefitted from a little more heat, though.

Because Dark Knight and Little Dipper were my 48th and my 49th, I decided to immediately head to American Eagle, since it was probably the best coaster that I hadn’t ridden my last visit. For those that haven’t been to the park, be prepared to take a trek, you’ll have climb a set of stairs that stands on the platform where their ugly, industrial looking skycoaster resides, cross a bridge over a maintenance road, walk down stairs to the surprisingly ornate station building, and then split off to your preferred side. Only the Red side was operating on my visit, and I learned that American Eagle’s trains have the weird wings on the sides like Le Monstre. I sat in the front of the third or fourth car, however I had a fun time despite not sitting in the best seat possible. The airtime was pretty good, and the shuffling in the helixes was weird, but nothing painful.

Next we went to X-Flight. Even though Eric said he remembered the ride, he didn’t ride it for some reason. Olevia sat out on this one. Marisa complained about the lack of shade in certain areas of the queue, which, yes, it did suck, but I’ll take the sprawling queue through the infield of the ride where you can get some great shots of the compact layout over Gatekeeper’s maze of mostly unshaded switchbacks, provided I had to wait the same amount of time, which thankfully wasn’t much. Maia thought that it was possible that the queue was unshaded in some areas because the train was close enough to provide a breeze. That being said, the crew on X-Flight was probably the second-worst crew there, first being V2’s. One of the ops forgot to give a thumbs up for the dispatch, and then later, open the airgates for us.

Compared to last time, X-Flight felt more forceful, with two of the helixes providing pretty good Gs. It also helped that I was sitting on the left wing, because it made the wing over drop very cool. Marisa told me she couldn’t handle the twisty inversions on X-Flight and Batman, which I don’t really get, but there has to be a reason.

Our next ride was Demon. Because the ride doesn’t get much of a queue, it’s kind of a trek too, but not to the same extent as American Eagle or Viper. I could faintly hear the 22 minute soundtrack composed for the ride playing in the station. I forgot to put my phone in my back pocket, but thankfully, my phone survived the course. The drop gives ejector, and the loops are quite forceful. The tunnel following them has a really cool light effect. The ride turned into hot garbage following the drop out of the midcourse. The transition into the corkscrews was taken so fast my neck slammed into the OTSR and the resulting corkscrews and helix just felt uncomfortable. I have a feeling Mariott enclosed that transition with a rock just to hide how horrible that transition is. While it was just horrendous, I don’t think I can rank it lower than Corkscrew at CP, because that whole ride was entirely flaccid and awkward, instead of having a good first half and a horrendous second half. At the very least, Marisa thought it was trash, although everyone else probably felt the same way.

Because the ride was new for 2016 when I was there last, the queue for Justice League 4D: Battle For Metropolis was so long and not covered by the Gold Flash Pass that I skipped out on it. This time, the queue was only slightly outside the entrance to the building, and the part just outside was thankfully in the shade. The queue wasn’t as well themed as I thought it would be. You first have a room that’s mostly empty, save for a few banners and a TV playing the video explaining the ride’s premise, and then you go into another room that explains some of the things you’re going to shoot on a billboard (pay attention to this; because this isn't like your classic Sally dark ride, there’s no visible targets on the things you need to shoot). Then there’s the loading station you see the Cyborg animatronic. Strange that the ops have to hand you your 3D glasses instead of grabbing them at a specific point in the queue like Spiderman at Universal Islands of Adventure.

I would write a long detailed synopsis of the ride experience, but then again, those of you who haven’t ridden it might want to not be spoiled. I will say though, the practical sections are really good, and the screens, while a little blurry, have a good sense of depth. Be prepared to be a little dizzy after the ride, I had to take a moment to reorient myself with my surroundings.

I did this in Southwest Territory, the best themed section of an already decently themed park. The massive church building in the center of the area looks great, and the surroundings are nice. I considered doing River Rocker, their swinging ship ride, and Ricochet, their Huss Swing Around (especially for the meme), but I was getting exhausted from all the heat, and I deserved a break. Originally, I was supposed to ride Giant Drop with Eric, but he wanted some time in the shade, and Maia didn’t like her time on Power Tower and Drop Tower: Scream Zone because the wind got knocked out of her out right after the drop on both occasions, and Olevia and Marisa were too scared.

Before I talk about the ride experience, I will note that the theming for Giant Drop is surprisingly good. The queue is made to look like this artificial canyon, and it even starts in the dark. There’s also some derelict mining equipment sectioned off in the queue. There’s a sign just outside that implies that the ride is just some giant mining elevator.

Anyway, Giant Drop is probably the best drop tower I’ve ever done. It’s cool how the cars get progressively faster as they reach the top, and the drop is intense. I was out of my seat for much longer than i had anticipated. I wish I had gone for one of the cars facing into the park, since there really isn’t much to Gurnee outside of SFGAm. I hope Larson/ARM towers are just as good, if not, better.

The day before I went, a member of the r/rollercoasters discord told me that he went to SFGAm and Raging Bull’s notorious trim brake was off and that he got the best airtime on it. Sadly, the trims were on, and I could tell by the gentle woosh coming from the brake as the train passed over it. That didn’t stop me from having fun. Even with the trim there’s airtime. You have the crazy ejector first drop, the trimmed hill gives small bit, then there’s the pop of the midcourse (which is probably the strongest moment of airtime in the ride besides the drop), the airtime hill after, and then there’s two other ones that are hard to pinpoint. I rode this two times; once near the back, and once in the back by myself with 3 very scared kids, who asked the ops to push their lap bars a notch tighter.

Even though I was much more energetic than the rest of my party, the heat was getting to me, and I just wanted to ride two things before leaving; Viper and Superman: Ultimate Flight. I had heard the back row was an amazing experience from Guy With a Stick and /u/pinwheelguy, so I went to that row. While there was very good floater airtime, the crazy laterals that I had remembered from my last visit were absent, and the overall experience just felt kinda uncomfortable. When I said that I was disappointed in the discord server, Guy With A Stick, pinwheel, and Airboss were all shocked.

Because it was so dead in the park, and operations were generally better than last year, there was barely a line for Whizzer and so I queued up with Maia. Last time I was there, all three trains were in service and constantly stacking, however this year, one was on the transfer, but the ops were dispatching a train as soon as the other hit the very end of the brake run it seemed. At first I thought I was going to have to sit in the same seat as her, much like I did with my mom last year, but thankfully, I got my own seat and man was it spacious. The ride was just as I had remembered it; a smooth and somewhat forceful family coaster. Oddly, the roughest part of the ride was the station.

Finally we got to Superman, and while walking there, I was concerned because it didn’t seem like it was running, and it wasn’t. Some technical issue prevented people from boarding, however test trains were being sent out, so I was hopeful that we would get on. Eventually the ride was opened, however certain seats weren't available. Compared to last time, the pretzel loop didn't feel quite as intense, but I had a little more fun with the turns. Maybe if I sat more towards the back, I would feel the force of that pretzel loop. Hopefully I get to do a larger scale B&M flyer like Manta or Tatsu.

After our ride, we met up with Olevia, who sat that ride out, checked out the gift shop at the front of the park, found nothing cool, and left. Just outside the gates, we basked in the cool mist coming from the waterpark, and then drove back to Marisa’s place.

Compared to my last visit, I rode every coaster at Six Flags Great America except for Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets, which, while it would've boosted my count to 53, wasn't a big loss. I wish I rode more of the flats, especially Fiddler’s Fling so I could see how a Schwarzkopf Calypso compared to a Mack Calypso, but I don't think anyone would’ve been interested.

9/11 Truth Megapost

I've been looking into 9/11 for a few months now and I decided to throw together some of my most compelling information and links and share. Please share your thoughts and any additional info.

World Trade Center – Flights 11 and 175

WTC 7

World Trade Center Building 7 was a 47-storey, fireproofed, steel-frame building completed in 1987. On 9/11 2001, it was hit by debris from the North Tower WTC 1 collapse at 10:28 AM. The official government narrative claims that this debris ignited fires that burned for several hours and weakened WTC 7 until it collapsed at 5:20 PM. This narrative has been doubted by skeptics who have studied the collapse — notably the 2,800+ Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911). Noting the sudden initiation of the collapse, the complete destruction of the building, the lack of structural resistance, freefall speed, and symmetrical fall into its own footprint, AE911 insists WTC 7 was brought down via controlled demolition.

Government's Inaccurate WTC 7 Collapse "Simulation"

The 2004 9/11 Commission Report did not mention WTC 7. After complaints from architects and engineers about this anomalous collapse being swept under the rug, the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a formal WTC 7 study, initially attempting to blame internal diesel tank fires and denying freefall collapse speed. However, with AE911 Truth pointing out calculations of freefall speeds from video, and that diesel fires could be ruled out by lack of smoke, NIST was forced to concede on both of these points before their final 2008 WTC 7 report.

Still, NIST officially claimed that WTC 7 collapsed "primarily from normal office fires." By ignoring sheer studs and other structural components of this modern steel-frame building, NIST concluded that the failure of column #79 somehow initiated a sudden universal "progressive collapse."

Here is NIST's computer model of the initiation of collapse alongside video of the actual collapse. Does it match?

Video: https://youtu.be/pmdcMb5D9gM

AE911 Truth asked to see the data behind this simulation to understand how NIST reached their conclusions. Their request was denied because it might "jeopardize public safety."

NIST Letters Denying Requested Info:

https://cryptome.org/nist070709.pdf

https://cryptome.org/wtc-nist-wtc7-no.pdf

Larry "Pull it" Silverstein

Owner of the WTC buildings Larry Silverstein says that he decided loss of life in WTC 7 was so heavy that he should just "pull it." Whatever that means!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p34XrI2Fm6I

Silverstein built and owned WTC 7 since 1985, and acquired the WTC towers in July 2001. After 9/11, he fought in court for a double insurance payment, claiming there were two terrorist "occurrences." He didn't win the $7.1 billion double payment he was hoping for, but he was awarded for 1 & 1/3: a payout of $4.55 billion.

Other interesting statements by Silverstein:

  • his wife thankfully reminded him of his dermatology appointment on 9/11 and insisted he go, making him skip his customary breakfast at the top of WTC 1 that morning: https://youtu.be/9ScGZCqEyGM

  • Regarding the new replacement building for WTC 7, "the first design meeting was in April of 2000." … 17 months before it was destroyed?: https://youtu.be/j-_WYHwUtcI?t=28

What Was In WTC 7?

WTC 7 consisted exclusively of government agencies and financial institutions, including the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, as well as Secret Service and CIA offices.

http://www.wtc7.net/background.html

Previous High-Rise Fires

Before and since 9/11, no steel-framed high-rise buildings have ever collapsed from office fires. We are told that on that day, three did: WTC towers 1, 2, and building 7.

Past examples:

1991, Philadelphia, PA – One Meridian Plaza burned for 18 hours, gutting 8 of 38 floors. A FEMA report said "beams and girders sagged and twisted," but "continued to support their loads without obvious damage."

2004, Caracas, Venezuela – Parque Central building burned for 17 hours, gutting 20 of 50 floors. It did not collapse.

A segment on previous high-rise fires: https://youtu.be/l0Q5eZhCPuc?t=746

A 9 minute video, Steel Buildings Don't Collapse From Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnnjIzamnJo

Of course, WTC 7 was hit by debris, which did some damage. Also, WTC 1 and 2 were hit by airplanes, but they withstood those impacts well, like they were designed to.

1993 Seattle Times Article, "Twin Towers Engineered to Withstand Jet Collision”

John Skilling, WTC head structural engineer:

Our analysis indicated the biggest problem would be the fact that all the fuel (from the airplane) would dump into the building. There would be a horrendous fire. A lot of people would be killed… The building structure would still be there.

Full article: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930227&slug=1687698

January 2001 Interview with WTC Construction Manager

WTC Construction Manager Frank DeMartini:

The building was designed to have a fully loaded 707 crash into it. That was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door—this intense grid—and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting.

Video of interview: https://youtu.be/1pvEge5HPJU

Note: The Boeing 707 and 767 aren't "apples and oranges", see the stats compared here: http://www1.ae911truth.org/faqs/655-faq-9-were-the-twin-towers-designed-to-survive-the-impact-of-the-airplanes.html

Frank DeMartini died in the towers on 9/11.

Aman Zafar Photoset

Aman Zafar took hi-res photos on 9/11 from a distance across the Hudson River — some of the best photographic evidence from that day. They show pretty clearly how undamaged the lower 90ish and 75ish floors of the towers were. Were these massive marvels of modern architecture really so fragile that one to two hours of fires fuelled by office furnishings and jet fuel (essentially kerosene) in the top floors was enough to suddenly reduce thousands of tons of structural steel and concrete into clouds of dust and a pile of debris barely taller than the lobby?

Note the upward and outward ejections of debris. Could fire and gravity do that?

Photoset: http://www.amanzafar.com/WTC/

Fire and Steel Temperature

Even if we're generous and claim the fires burned as hot as 1500°F (which is unlikely — though NIST claims 1800°F), they would have to heat thousands of tons of structural steel beams to at least 1000°F for significant weakening. These beams would be fireproofed and would meet building codes created to protect against fires. Is it plausible that fires could do this to the buildings in just 56 minutes in the case of WTC 2 and 1 hour and 42 minutes for WTC 1?

Fire Department Tapes

The tapes of FDNY comms show firefighters ascending the stairwell of the South Tower WTC 2 and dealing with "two isolated pockets of fires" at the 78th floor. They are convinced they "should be able to knock it down with two lines." The firefighters have no concern about collapse, even to the last minute. This doesn't sound like they are discussing a building with 1000°F raging fires burning so intensely throughout that they could have heated the beams on every floor — in an under an hour — to weaken them enough to initiate an immediate total collapse with negligible structural resistance.

FDNY Tapes: https://youtu.be/VGzMnmWYec0

David Chandler Analyses North Tower Explosions

Some of the clearest footage of explosives at WTC 1.

Video: https://youtu.be/nUDoGuLpirc

South Tower Collapse Compilation

A compilation of WTC 2 collapse footage where the use of controlled demolitions is apparent.

Video: https://youtu.be/qhyu-fZ2nRA

Raw 9/11 Footage from Hotel Window

This footage from a hotel window across from the WTC towers shows a close-up view of the lower floors, demonstrating how undamaged they were. Note: Some graphic images of jumpers, bodies.

Video: https://youtu.be/kZi4o2OBLEI

Some points of interest:

@14:40 – "can hear more explosions!"

@19:15 – News in background is unsure of what has hit the Pentagon

@19:40 – Sparks emitting from corner of tower

Eyewitness Accounts of Explosions

A compilation of eyewitness accounts of explosions at the WTC.

Video: https://youtu.be/TY5pg2n95ko?t=4580

Barry Jennings – Witness From Inside WTC 7

Barry Jennings witnessed explosions inside WTC 7 that left him trapped in the stairwell. His testimony contradicts the official NIST report that there were "no witness reports" of explosions. NIST's draft WTC 7 report was released 2 days after Jennings passed away in unclear circumstances 2008.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=4919

WTC 7 Collapse Foreknowledge

Firefighter Foreknowledge

At least 60 firefighters demonstrated foreknowledge of the collapse of WTC 7 at 5:20PM. More than half of them spoke in certain terms (i.e. “is coming down” vs “might”). Considering no steel high-rise building in history had ever collapsed from fires (except the Twin Towers that morning), how were they so certain that this modern, 1987, 47-story, fireproofed steel-frame building would collapse? It seems they may have been told by somebody.

Graeme MacQueen has looked into this a bit:

(9 pgs) Article: http://www.journalof911studies.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2008MacQueenSeven.pdf

Discussion of this at the 2011 Toronto Hearings: https://youtu.be/xqqelDq4P48?t=3630

With ReThink911: https://youtu.be/rNJ6WYFwR-o

News Foreknowledge

Jane Standley of BBC reported on the collapse of WTC 7 (AKA the Soloman Brother's Building) at 4:54 PM — 26 minutes BEFORE it collapsed. The building is visibly standing behind her as she reports it has collapsed. BBC "loses connection" with her mid-conversation. BBC's official explanation for this was that they received an erroneous report from Reuters on a confusing day.

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltP2t9nq9fI

Later, BBC contacts Standley again for a report. She describes the situation but when they bring up WTC 7 (@ 2:12), the audio cuts out. Coincidence?

Video Clip: https://youtu.be/gsqAHhTWEH0?t=40

CNN Report the collapse 67 minutes early:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpWK8IwJH0w

ABC News:

another building in the World Trade Center Complex, which was not struck by an airplane, is in danger of collapsing…

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaNHuwGAG1I

NBC News, reporting upcoming collapse 26 minutes early:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDkUZo2QVLE

CNN shows emergency workers at WTC7:

"Keep your eye on that building, that thing's comin' down!"

"The whole thing is about to blow up. Move it back!"

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU_43SwWD9A

Fox 5 Reports Collapse < 1 min early. After reporting it collapsed, they cut to a live feed, and it comes down live on screen:

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDDZANw9isI

Not foreknowledge, but an interesting observation from Dan Rather at CBS:

For the third time today. Its reminiscent of those pictures we've all seen too much on television before when a building was deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite.

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koUl7arMncs

PNAC Describes Benefits of "a New Pearl Harbor" in 2000

The Project for the New American Century, a neo-conservative think-tank that included many Bush Administration members such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, wrote a report in September 2000, a year before 9/11, called Rebuilding America's Defenses. It outlined a plan of massive military expansion, with a goal of ultimately fighting and winning "multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars" to consolidate US global hegemony.

They stated that their ambitious

process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.

Full text (see page 51 for quote): http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

Zelikow Describes How US Gov Could Exploit a Major WTC Attack in 1998

Philip Zelikow was a member of George HW Bush's National Security Council during Desert Storm, co-author of a book with Condoleezza Rice in the mid-90s, and would go on to be part of George W Bush's transition team, as well as the author of National Security Strategy 2002 AKA the "Bush Doctrine" of pre-emptive warfare. Despite these conflicts of interest, he would become the executive director of the "independent" 9/11 Commission.

In 1998 — nearly three years before 9/11 — with Defense Department bigwig Ash Carter and former CIA Director John Deutch — Zelikow co-authored a paper in Foreign Affairs entitled "Catastrophic Terrorism":

If the device that exploded in 1993 under the World Trade Center had been nuclear, or had effectively dispersed a deadly pathogen, the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to describe it. Such an act of catastrophic terrorism would be a watershed event in American history. It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peacetime and undermine America's fundamental sense of security, as did the Soviet atomic bomb test in 1949. Like Pearl Harbor, this event would divide our past and future into a before and after. The United States might respond with draconian measures, scaling back civil liberties, allowing wider surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects, and use of deadly force. More violence could follow, either further terrorist attacks or U.S. counterattacks. Belatedly, Americans would judge their leaders negligent for not addressing terrorism more urgently.

Full Text: http://web.mit.edu/~Chemistry/deutch/policy/1998-CatastrophicTerrorism.pdf

Emergency Crew Arrived in NYC For Terror Drill Day Before 9/11

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was holding a terror drill set for 09/12. Personnel arrived in NYC on 09/10.

FEMA Member Tom Kenney on CBS:

To be honest with you we arrived on late Monday night [Sept 10th] and went into action on Tuesday morning…"

Video: https://youtu.be/5EVIfwYKbM8

Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

The reason Pier 92 was chosen as the command center is because on the next day, on September 12th, Pier 92 was going to have a drill. It had hundreds of people here from FEMA, from the federal government, from the state, from the state emergency management office, and they were getting ready for a drill for a bio-chemical attack… The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within 3 days, that was 2 1/2 to 3 times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center.

Video: https://youtu.be/vmPwwd1NdiU

Drills Simulating Hijacked Planes Confuse Air Traffic Control

War games diverted much of the Northeast US air defense to Alaska, while other war games simulating hijacked airplanes flying into buildings confused radar operators on 9/11.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=1422

The Lone Gunmen Pilot

In March 2001, 6 months before 9/11, the pilot episode of the X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen aired. The premise: the heroes unravel a government conspiracy to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center to increase arms sales.

Just an odd coincidence? Make of it what you will.

9/11-relevant highlights from episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdhoc0PRr8

WTC 7 Evaluation

Structural engineer Dr. Leroy Hulsey and his students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are in the midst of conclusively debunking the bogus official claims of the NIST report with their two-year WTC 7 Evaluation. Using a sophisticated computer model of WTC 7, down to each beam and rivet, they have concluded that "normal office fires" could not have caused the collapse that occurred. Their report will be released August 2017.

WTC 7 Evaluation Website: http://www.wtc7evaluation.org/

WTC 7 Evaluation Intro Video: https://youtu.be/C-VNjYXU-CE


Pentagon – Flight 77

Official Story

The official story tells us American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked at 8:51 (5 minutes after the first WTC strike) and, piloted by terrorist Hani Hanjour, flew without being intercepted for 45 minutes. Over the Pentagon, it pulled a high-speed 330-degree turn before knocking over five light poles, accelerating to 853 km/h, skimming above the Pentagon lawn to strike into the first floor of the building at 09:37. 64 died on the plane, 125 in the Pentagon.

Hani Hanjour's Flying Skills

Pilots say this would be an extremely difficult manoeuvre and would be nearly impossible for an inexperienced pilot like alleged hijacker Hani Hanjour, whose flight instructors said he could barely handle a Cessna weeks earlier in August.

US Navy Top Gun and 27-year commercial pilot Ralph Kolstad has studied the official flight path and says,

I have 6,000 hours of flight time in Boeing 757s and 767s and I could not have flown it the way the flight path was described… Something stinks to high heaven!

Newspaper articles quote Hanjour's flight instructors saying he "could not fly at all" and was "a terrible pilot." In the summer of 2001, a New Jersey flight instructor "declined a second request" to take the alleged would-be hijacker in on a small-plane flight "because of what he considered Hanjour's poor piloting skills."

(Quotes from David Ray Griffin's book, The New Pearl Harbor: Revisited)

Pentagon "Plane Crash" Surveillance Video

Although the Pentagon was arguably the most secure building in the world, this is the only publicly available footage of the alleged crash of Flight 77, released almost five years after the incident in May 2006. (A second camera right next to this one captured nearly identical footage that was also released). This footage does not prove that a plane hit the building.

Video: https://youtu.be/zac9vt3a4Ug

Unmarked Lawn

Considering the supposed rapid descent to ground level and the low first-floor impact site, it is odd that the plane didn't leave any marks on the Pentagon lawn.

Pictures of lawn:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Pentagon.Nach_Einsturz.Rasen.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/8.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/5.jpg

Cable Spools

Some have suggested these cable spools — unhit by the plane — were directly in the flight path.

Photos:

http://i.imgur.com/ShDuD.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/6.jpg

Lack of Plane Debris

CNN Reporter on 9/11:

from my close-up inspection, there's no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon… The only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand. There are no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage, nothing like that anywhere around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon…

Video: https://youtu.be/7BNqgNvUhRQ

Interview with April Gallop – A Pentagon employee who experienced the blast and crawled out of the blast hole to the lawn. Gallop says she

didn't see any evidence of metal, airplane seats, no luggage. Nothing that would give me any indication that it was a plane that had hit the building… There was nothing on the inside that would give me any indication that there was a plane.

Video: https://youtu.be/EIy9hjB3DGk

Interview with and exclusive footage by freelance cameraman Bob Pugh, who was at the Pentagon minutes after the explosion. @06:20 –

I'm looking for wreckage, and I don't see anything discernible. I can't find a piece of anything that I recognize. I can't see the tail, I can't see the wheels, I can't see the engines, there's no chairs, there's no luggage, there's no logo…

Video: https://youtu.be/-xtEJ4zrIPM

Gas Station Security Camera Footage Confiscated by FBI

December 11, 2001 National Geographic Article, "Three Months On Tension Lingers Near the Pentagon": A CITGO gas station employee who worked on 9/11 says the gas station's security cameras were close enough to the Pentagon to have recorded the moment of impact:

I've never seen what the pictures looked like… The FBI was here within minutes and took the film.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Article, 11 Dec 2001: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/12/1211_wirepentagon.html

For reference, here is the unobstructed view of the Pentagon from CITGO Gas Station: http://www.rense.com/general63/unob.htm

C-Ring "Punch-Out" Hole

Alternately described in official government accounts as being created by the nose of the plane or the landing gear, this large round hole was located on the inside of the Pentagon's C-ring, several layers inward from the outer wall. Is this plausible? What really caused this?

Aerial view showing location of hole: http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/aa73fce2-9d8c-489b-97be-c31b2b61d4a7.jpg

Photos of hole:

http://www.rense.com/general63/Grandpunchoutcut.jpg

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/16.jpg

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta's Testimony

Dick Cheney's Timeline

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified to the 9/11 Commission about his experience in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) bunker under the White House on 9/11.

Mineta said he arrived in the PEOC bunker at 9:20, and Vice President Cheney was already there at that time.

The 9/11 Commission Report ignored Mineta's testimony and wrote that Cheney arrived 38 minutes later at 9:58 (and thus AFTER the Pentagon attack). Multiple others have also made statements suggesting Cheney was in the bunker earlier.

Stand-Down Order?

Most importantly, Mineta mentions

a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, 'the plane is 50 miles out'… 'the plane is 30 miles out'… When it got down to 'the plane is 10 miles out,' the young man also said to the Vice President, 'do the orders still stand?' And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, 'of course the orders still stand! Have you heard anything to the contrary?'

Video: https://youtu.be/qjR0gGXV-04

Were they talking about a stand-down order telling the fighters or anti-air not to engage?

At the very least, while the 9/11 Commission Report attempts to paint a false narrative suggesting US leadership was unaware, confused, and unable to make decisions in time that morning, the facts seem to suggest they had a lot more knowledge and control than is admitted.

Video Removed From 9/11 Commission Website

Video of Mineta's testimony was originally available on the 9/11 Commission website, but it was removed. When questioned about this the National Archive said it must have been lost in a "snafu." It has since been recovered and is now widely available on the internet.

Wedge 1 an Unlikely Strike Location

Why would the terrorists strike Wedge 1 of the Pentagon? The section directly opposite would have been a much richer target and easier to approach. It was public knowledge that the Defense Secretary's office and the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and those of other top-ranking officers, were located on the opposite side of the explosion zone.

Instead, Wedge 1 had obstacles on its approach (a raised street with signs, light posts, the Pentagon control tower), and was, according to the LA Times:

a portion of the building that had already been renovated. It was the only area of the Pentagon with a sprinkler system, and it had been reconstructed with a web of steel columns and bars to withstand bomb blasts. The steel reinforcement, bolted together to form a continuous structure through all of the Pentagon's five floors, kept that section of the building from collapsing for 30 minutes–enough time for hundreds of people to crawl out to safety.

The area struck by the plane also had blast-resistant windows–2 inches thick and 2,500 pounds each–that stayed intact during the crash and fire. It had fire doors that opened automatically and newly built exits that allowed people to get out… While perhaps 4,500 people normally would have been working in the hardest-hit areas, because of the renovation work only about 800 were there Tuesday, officials said.

LA Times, 16 September 2001: http://articles.latimes.com/2001/sep/16/news/mn-46435

Is this the spot terrorists would have chosen to strike?

Citizen Investigation Team's (CIT) Study

With a series of straightforward interviews with 13 independent eyewitnesses of the low-flying plane at the Pentagon on 9/11, who are certain about what they saw, Citizen Investigation Team demonstrates that the government's oft-repeated official story of a southern Flight 77 approach was impossible. All 13 witnesses — including two police officers — are sure the plane flew directly over the Navy Annex and North of the CITGO gas station. This suggests the official flight path is false, and the knocked over light poles on the bridge south of the Pentagon and the path of internal damage were staged.

Images of CIT Witness Flightpaths vs. Official Story:

http://www.citizeninvestigationteam.com/pics/closest-north-path-still-misses-poles.jpg

http://www.citizeninvestigationteam.com/pics/north-south-citgo.jpg

In the section from 59:40 to 01:13:30 in the video "National Security Alert" below, CIT interviews a cab driver, Lloyde England, whose cab was supposedly hit by a light pole knocked over by Flight 77 during its approach along the official-story southern flight path. Featured on the news, his cab windshield was smashed but his hood was oddly undamaged considering the forces at play. After persistent questioning by CIT, England eventually admits his role in a conspiracy to stage the incident:

This is too big for me, man. This is a big thing… I'm not supposed to be involved in this. This is for other people. People who have money… It was planned.

Hi-res photo of Lloyde England's cab at Pentagon: http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/pentagon/images/1-1.jpg

A news segment on Lloyde England, from the beginning to 01:28. (The remainder of this video identical to the end part of the longer doc below. I recommend watching it there with more context): https://youtu.be/iAL9gJMSX6M

(1 hr 21 mins) CIT Documentary – National Security Alert – the 9/11 Pentagon Event: https://youtu.be/_HlUmmPBoLg


Shanksville, PA – Flight 93

Barren Crash Site

Many witnesses remarked on the lack of debris at the Shanksville crash site. Like the Pentagon, there were no bodies, no identifiable pieces of fuselage, wing, or tail section, no luggage, or seats visible at Shanksville. News mentions a second crash site, 6 miles away, adding to the confusion.

Video: http://dai.ly/x26mumq?start=3981

Flight 93 Shot Down?

Witness John Fleegle mentions he saw the lights flicker, then heard engines roar, heard a large boom and saw a "big ball of fire" in the air.

He saw a plane flying away that might have been a fighter, but it was flying into the sun and difficult to see.

Later he told his story to a retired Air Force member who suggested:

that plane was shot down… they zap the radar frequency on everything before they shoot. That's why your lights flickered."

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWcdSyyppHI

Furthermore, while the 9/11 Commission Report claims that shootdown authorization was not received until 10:25 — well after the crash of Flight 93 at 10:03 – 10:06 — other accounts dispute this.

National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke wrote that shoot-down authorization was received between 9:45 and 9:50, and a CNN report that aired before the Commission Report was released suggested a similar timeline.

(The official story is that the passengers, inspired by passenger Todd Beamer's phrase "let's roll", stormed the cockpit and attempted to reclaim the aircraft before the hijackers drove it into the ground.)

Debris Photos

There are some pictures of supposed Flight 93 debris that were released during the 2006 trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. They don't look very convincing of a plane crash either.

Photos: https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=C7A45234-155D-451F-67A019C294E6A905

A lot of the 9/11 evidence released during the 2006 Moussaoui trial is sketchy, nonsensical, or contradictory to previously touted official storylines.


9/11 Commission

Commission Delayed

Historically, when major disasters have occurred, governments have quickly created independent commissions to investigate.

Number of days before an investigative commission was formed:

Titanic – 6

Pearl Harbor – 9

JFK Assassination – 7

Challenger disaster – 7

9/11 – 411

Barry Zwicker's Criticism

Media Critic Barry Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception, on the 9/11 Commission:

the term 'whitewash' doesn't do justice to the report of the 9/11 Commission. 'Omission-riddled inventive cover-up,' maybe.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkUWErM1E-o&t=1973s

Executive Director Philip Zelikow

The widows of 9/11 victims complained publicly after the Bush administration appointed Henry Kissinger as the 9/11 Commission Director. Kissinger was replaced with Philip Zelikow, a man with many conflicts of interest. This video explains Zelikow's deep connections to Bush and how he was a key member of the 9/11 cover-up.

Video, Corbett Report, 9/11 Suspects: Philip Zelikow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1VtozvvG4c

Chairman Thomas Kean Statement

9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean:

we think that in many ways the Commission was set up to fail.

https://youtu.be/YCbl7_yWryo?t=118


Miscellaneous

$2.3 Trillion in Pentagon Spending Unaccounted For Day Before 9/11

On September 10th, Donald Rumsfeld pointed out that $2.3 trillion in Pentagon spending was unaccounted for. He spoke of the need for change to a wasteful bureaucracy. But things changed the following morning:

Video: https://youtu.be/H_p92dECEpQ?t=10

Israeli Spies

A very interesting four-part Fox investigative series on Israeli spies in America and possible links to 9/11. Concerns that US intelligence wiretapping was compromised by Israel.

Video: https://youtu.be/LbkQddEDPs0

Insider Trading

ABC News, 20 September 2001.

Before 9/11, put options were purchased betting against stocks of United Airlines, American Airlines, and Marsh & McClellan (based on the floors of WTC 1 that were struck). Somebody made millions.

Video: https://youtu.be/QUHZcUwHrJ8

Indira Singh and Ptech

Indira Singh was senior risk management consultant at JP Morgan Chase bank in 2001. She was seeking to equip the bank with enterprise architect software that would provide "god's eye" visualization, mapping, and analysis of transactions, interactions, systems, processes, and personnel in the bank. Many recommended a small Quincy, MA company called Ptech. Their list of clients included the White House, Secret Service, FBI, IRS, NATO, IBM, the Postal Service, and the FAA.

However, Singh became reluctant to use their software when she discovered that Ptech's top investor was Saudi Al-Qaeda financier Yassin Al-Qadi, who had been placed on the US terror list in October 2001. Singh's research further linked Ptech to the CIA network that armed the Mujahideen in the 80s. When she told the FBI, they weren't particularly alarmed. In fact, they even actively blocked an investigation against Al-Qadi.

Ptech's relationship with the FAA is particularly interesting.

Bonnie: Could you describe the relationship of PTech with the FAA? PTech worked with the FAA for several years, didn’t they?

Indira: Yes… They were looking at, basically, holes in the FAA’s interoperability with responding with other agencies – law enforcement – in the case of an emergency such as a hijacking.

… how they would respond in case of an emergency… if anyone was in a position to understand where the holes were, PTech was, and that is exactly the point: if anybody was in a position to write software to take advantage of those holes, it would have been PTech.

Bonnie: Was there a reference to PTech having operated in the basement out of the FAA?

Indira: Yes. Typically, because the scope of such projects are so over-arching and wide-ranging, when you are doing an enterprise architecture project, you have access to how anything in the organization is being done, where it is being done, on what systems, what the information is. You have carte blanche.

If it is a major project that spends several years, the team that comes in has, literally, access to almost anything that they want because you are operating on a blueprint level, on a massive scale. So, yes, they were everywhere, and I was told that they were in places that required clearances. I was told that they had log-on access to FAA flight control computers.

Video, Corbett Report: Ptech and the 9/11 Software: https://youtu.be/LIUgxMC8PwM

Corbett Report Article: https://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20090717_cyber_911.htm

Full 2005 interview with Indira Singh on Bonny Faulkner's "Guns and Butter": https://youtu.be/Oe_tl8VnkTo

FBI Agent Robert Wright's Investigation Into Al-Qaeda Financier Al-Qadi Impeded

In the mid-1990s… two Chicago-based agents were assigned to track a connection to Chicago, a suspected terrorist cell that would later lead them to a link with Osama bin Laden. Wright says that when he pressed for authorization to open a criminal investigation into the money trail, his supervisor stopped him.

"Do you know what his response was? 'I think it's just better to let sleeping dogs lie,'" said Wright. "Those dogs weren't sleeping. They were training. They were getting ready." …

The suspected terrorist cell in Chicago was the basis of the investigation, yet Wright, who remains with the FBI, says he soon discovered that all the FBI intelligence division wanted him to do was to follow suspected terrorists and file reports — but make no arrests.

"The supervisor who was there from headquarters was right straight across from me and started yelling at me: 'You will not open criminal investigations. I forbid any of you. You will not open criminal investigations against any of these intelligence subjects,'" Wright said.

Even though they were on a terrorism task force and said they had proof of criminal activity, Wright said he was told not to pursue the matter.

In 1998 al Qaeda terrorists bombed two American embassies in Africa. The agents say some of the money for the attacks led back to the people they had been tracking in Chicago and to a powerful Saudi Arabian businessman, Yassin al-Kadi. Al-Kadi is one of 12 Saudi businessmen suspected of funneling millions of dollars to al Qaeda and who had extensive business and financial ties in Chicago.

Yet, even after the bombings, Wright said FBI headquarters wanted no arrests.

ABC News, December 2002, "FBI Called off Terror Investigations": http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=131907

Documentaries

(30 mins) Stand for the Truth: A Government Researcher Speaks Out – Recently released. Former NIST Employee Peter Ketcham reviews the 9/11 investigation and explains how it was a sham: https://youtu.be/GvAv-114bwM

(1 hr 50 mins) 9/11 Exposed 2nd Edition (2015): https://youtu.be/4Nmj6t51Wz8

(2 hrs 4 mins) 2011 "Toronto Hearings" at Ryerson University – AE 9/11 Truth discusses some of their best evidence for controlled demolition: https://youtu.be/xqqelDq4P48?t=720

(58 mins) Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out: https://youtu.be/Ddz2mw2vaEg?t=356

(1 hr 38 mins) Loose Change 9/11: an American Coup (2009): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x26mumq_loose-change-911-an-american-coup-2009-documentary_shortfilms

(15 mins) Solving the Mystery of Building 7 – Narrated by Ed Asner. Delightfully low production value and kitschy. But intriguing. He's a bit of a slow talker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nyogTsrsgI

(2 hrs 18 mins) The Full AE911 Documentary: Structural engineers, firefighters, demolitions experts, etc. speak about 9/11 and the holes in the official report: https://youtu.be/mK86S-HZxTE?list=FLv31V0HsG3ivqkj9r5_dhDA

(1 hr 21 mins) Citizen Investigation Team Documentary – National Security Alert – the 9/11 Pentagon Event: https://youtu.be/_HlUmmPBoLg

(5 pgs) Article: Europhysics News: 15 Years Later – on the Physics of High-Rise Building Collapses: https://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2016/04/epn2016474p21.pdf

A Warning From History – President Eisenhower 1961

17 January 1961, in his presidential farewell address, Dwight D. Eisenhower decided to warn the American people about the potential dangers of the military-industrial complex. Considering the state of the country since 9/11, his words are more important than ever.

We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, 3 and 1/2 million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment.

Now, this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence: economic, political, even spiritual, is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development, yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.

Our toil, resources, and livelihood, are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the counsels of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence — whether sought or unsought — by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals. So that security and liberty may prosper together.

Video: https://youtu.be/8y06NSBBRtY

Mohammed Ayub Pandith – DSP J&K police lynched to death. [P]

Various links on MSM. Posting some. Very graphic.

(This one above references official tweet by J&K police)

From the article: Srinagar mob lynch senior cop Ayub Pandit

The body of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandit was recovered on Friday morning from outside the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the old city where he was attacked. When hundreds were busy in prayers during the holiest night of the Muslim calendar called the 'Shab-e-Qadr' at the largest city mosque, a group of miscreants attacked Pandit at his post.

"The officer was on frisking duty at the Jamia Masjid. He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him," informed sources told IANS.

"He tried to free himself and even fired in self-defence, injuring three. But the mob managed to lynch him," the sources said.

Reports said Pandit's security guards ran away after they found the mob too large to be handle. Pandit belonged to Khanyar area which is adjacent to Nowhatta where he was killed.

He had been at the mosque post for quite sometime and many locals who regularly visited knew him.

Policemen posted in the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police do not wear uniform as a matter of service regulation.

Can security guards/campus cops put out warrants?

Rolled a stop sign on my campus the other day, little bit down the street I noticed a campus cruiser coming up behind me (nobody gets stopped for this intersection…they must be bored in the summer). Threw on his blue lights, I kept going for a bit, hesitating between pulling over and planting my right foot through the next green light onto the highway and getting off campus out of their jurisdiction. Tags weren't registered with the school so no harm coming my way from internal disciplinary services had I gone for it. Guy told me he was "this close" to calling in a "felony evasion" on my plates when I got stopped, with a warrant out and everything.

Important stuff:

  • No "memorandum of understanding" with local/state PD
  • Its a _____ College "Special Police" department, i.e. security guards, not a legitimate PD
  • They can detain people on campus but not off
  • Private school. Not sure if that's important but I feel like there are differences between public and private police forces, in the context of what campus/building/etc they patrol

Kind of wishing I'd ran for it considering how much of a dingus the guy was. Wondering if I'd have been off scot free or he actually could have called it in for a failure to stop/evasion with the actual po po.

I want to post my story but I don’t know if it could be considered “horror” by /r/nosleep mods & community. Also, any reviews are more than welcome!

Dry Season

“Will there be anything else, sir?” the butler inquired as he slid a glass tumbler across the desk and set down a tall ice pail with a bottle of liquor.

“No, that’ll be all. Thank you,” the old man replied as his fingertips combed down his black unkempt beard.

“Very well then,” James retorted as he turned away. His tall, lanky frame began pacing towards the solid oak door near the left corner of the room. As he approached, however, the butler stopped with his hand hovering just around the brass knob. James dropped his head and bit his lip for a moment, fixated on the loose ends of the fur rug below him. He clasped his hands together and cleared his throat.

“Sir,” he began as he turned back towards his master. “I’ve been here quite a long time and I’ve never worried about…. job security.” James sighed as his soft brown eyes finally rose to meet his. His long crooked nose cast a shadow on the far side of his paled face. James croaked as he noticed his master staring through him. He knew his master did not enjoy these sorts of conversations.

“What I mean is, these…. incidents,” James continued, “won’t affect our personal relationship and I hope it does not affect our professional one either,”

His master shook his head as if waking from a trance. “I’ve already seen to it, that, if the worst should happen, you’ll be taken care of,” the tan, bearded man assured him. “It’s the least I could do after all…” Master’s voice trailed off as he noticed the condensation dripping down the length of the bottle. A Russian import he personally requested. And not a cheap one either.

“Thank you, sir. I wish the same good fortune for you,” James replied warmly.

The butler smiled briefly before nodding and retracing his steps. The dim light glimmered off the old man’s pressed ivory shirt and black suit pants. The heavy soles of his freshly polished shoes scraped the hardwood as he made his way back towards the corner of the room. The massive rug, a variety of mammals stitched together, couldn’t dampen the loud creaks following each shift in movement. The old man reached for his glass just as the oak door shut with a heavy thud and the brass lock clicked in place. He noticed how it shined radiantly across his desk. The warm glow from the incandescent lights behind him were in perfect position.

“A moment of reflection,” he laughed to himself. “Or was it refraction?”

The old man squinted his deep brown eyes upon his newly acquired piece of glassware. He tried to recall his teachings long ago when he was just a boy… before his grade school had been boarded up and closed down indefinitely. A time of peace, when he could focus all his attention on learning the intricacies of the natural world through science. He fantasized about being young again with high aspirations for himself. He envisioned he would become a world-famous engineer and inventor of all sorts of useful devices. The engineer he became, however, had little to do with mathematical formulas. Rather, he came to understand the nature of men and mankind, or so he often thought.

The old man set his forest green cap on a button protruding from his desk with the short black bill sliding downward. He then grabbed his prized liquor from its icy chamber. The tall cylinder of brushed steel sweat beads onto the towel below, likely because it hadn’t enjoyed finer company.

“Aged 2 years,” he thought, “…surely much has happened during that time that turned out worse than this.” The man poured his vodka slowly into the stocky tumbler, taking care not to spill. His muscles trembled under the weight of the bottle. Suddenly, his thumb slipped and the bottle collapsed down onto the desk. He muttered something abruptly as the costly alcohol flooded the old hardwood desk and onto the floor below. He first thought to call James but realized he still had cloth napkins in his drawer from all the meals at his desk years ago. The old man always dined alone. He preferred it that way… no one to spoil his meal with idle chatter. He fished out a handful of napkins and unfolded them onto the table. His efforts were largely wasted as nearly half the bottle had emptied on the floor below. Master sighed and itched his beard, partly to dry his hands. Alcohol seeped into his pores and stung his nostrils.

His eyes returned to the sky blue journal sitting on the corner of his desk. Panic set in. The book appeared wet and discolored. Master held his breath. He seized the book and flipped open the cover. The man sighed when he saw only the outermost edge of the pages were wet. The hand writing inside was still legible, safe from his carelessness. He had finally opened the journal, the man realized as his fingers slipped along the cardboard cover. Master set the book down on top of the napkins before him as he righted the bottle and returned it to the ice. The dark bearded man then emptied the glass into his mouth. He swallowed hard with a quick gulp. The man never grew accustomed to the taste of rye vodka, even after all his years of sharing the gesture during formal occasions.

He held the drink in his left while his weaker right hand and forearm pressed down the cover and first page of the journal. He began to read…

“June 1, 2013

Today is my first of many at the Covington Missionary Camp and I could not be more excited! It’s been a long wait since I got the OK from the U.S. government back in January and there were times I thought I’d never make the trip with all that’s been going on in this geopolitical nightmare. Anyway, I’m here! It’s real! This place is so beautiful -it’s nothing short of amazing. Much more to look at than the flat, endless fields of corn in Nebraska. My dear friend Helen asked me to keep a journal of my experiences so that I could share them with her when I return back to the States. I suppose an endless album of Facebook pictures aren’t enough for some people lol. Regardless, this journal is for you, Helen, and I’ll keep you updated as much as I can!

I arrived at camp at approximately 3:30 pm local time after a long trip from the airport in the capital city. It’s so lovely here Helen, you wouldn’t believe it! The weather is warm, there’s no office buildings or skyscrapers or anything of the sort. Local law enforcement was all throughout the town, however. Apparently, a fight broke out between two neighborhoods and my guide, Samuel, was notified before our arrival so we took a different route. “It’s much hotter this time of year,” he warned. “We think it makes our people’s blood boil”, he joked. Samuel told me about his village’s history and seemed very grateful that I was sent to help. I assured him I was looking forward to the opportunity and would do my best.

We stopped at the end of a busy street lined with houses built with a wide variety of materials, some brick, others stone or lumber. None of them looked particularly well kept. Samuel introduced me to my host family, the Garcia’s. There were just four of them, a mother and her three boys. Their father had gone to find work in the capital city, along with several other villagers. I was shown where I would stay in the family’s main room and began unpacking my things from Samuel’s truck. The dirt floor had been packed down so tightly that my sneakers were still spotless after the tour. Damaged and makeshift furniture was found in every room, except the boys’ bedroom where only a few blankets and padding could be found. I realized quickly that these conditions were going to take some time to get used to. Fortunately for me, the Garcia’s were not far from the main well at the edge of town. Not long after introductions, Samuel left to run some errands. I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering about the neighborhood, taking in all that I could about this new culture and its people. The eldest of the three sons, Sebastian, accommodated me. He did not say much, but insisted that he walk with me. He looked to be in his early twenties and a foot taller than the other two. Sebastian said it’s not safe for women to wander the village alone. I welcomed his proposal. We visited the bustling marketplace in the middle of town, a seemingly ancient cathedral, and the medical clinic where I would begin working tomorrow morning. The medical clinic may have been the most modernized building in town, thanks to recent government funding. The staff, who was from all over the world, particularly Russia and Eastern Europe, was very welcoming and showed me around. Sebastian said he would be happy to walk with me each morning to work. We returned home as the sun was beginning to set. Sebastian’s mother, Camila, had prepared dinner for us. Camila explained that shipments of food were sent to her home every two weeks, and the latest delivery came just two days ago. It was mostly processed American style food that I was used to. We shared a large can of baked beans, corn, and potato chips. Camila also prepared fresh tortillas for us. I told the family we enjoyed similar food back home during barbecues, but left out all the other entrees so they wouldn’t think I was boasting. After dinner we played a card game I had never heard of, but it was so much fun! The boys were joking and laughing, even quiet Sebastian. After a quarrel between the younger two boys, Matias and Alejandro, their mother instructed them to go to bed. I’ll have to teach you Helen when I come back! Camila showed me to the main room where I would be sleeping the next several weeks. She reminded me to extinguish the candle in middle of the room when I’m ready to sleep and not hesitate if I needed anything from her throughout the night. I laid out the small lavender blanket you gave me years ago and folded a couple shirts into a pillow cushion. Not much of a bed, but it’ll work for now. It’s so peaceful sitting here alone after a long day of travelling. You can hear the breeze whistling through the cracks in the roof. The moon is bright enough to illuminate the whole neighborhood from my window. I’d say my trip has gotten off to a great start. Goodnight!

 -Sophia 

The bearded man swirled the vodka in his hand before taking a long sip. An automobile engine roared in the distance. It seemed James was leaving for the night. The old man checked his watch… Half-past eight. “A little early for James to be leaving,” he pondered. “Maybe he’s getting too old for night time like myself.” James was twelve years his elder, but one could’ve thought the opposite was true. James never grew out his facial hair for fear it would be “improper” to do so. He fixated on the portrait on the wall ahead of him. A middle-aged man stood tall in the dark velvety backdrop, staring intently off into the distance. His left arm gripped the sword by his side. Twists of dark brown hair fell down his face and behind his ears. His deep brown eyes looked almost entirely dilated in the dim, yellowy light. A desk covered in books and other writings set behind him, no doubt a tribute to the man’s intellect and governance. The bearded man stared at the gold framed painting of his idol. He often asked himself how this hero would react in certain situations, and he would strive to act accordingly. The man had no answer this time. He doubted that the fine-looking hero, who lived so long ago, could have imagined a predicament such as the one staring him in the face. Puzzled and anxious, he refilled his glass and continued.

June 3, 2013

Helen,

I’m so sorry I forgot to write yesterday! We have been incredibly busy trying to run the clinic with so few staff. I suppose they needed me more than I thought! Who knew there could be so many hospitalizations in such a small place! We had a number of people carted in with wounds from a car accident, and many more who claimed to be sick with vague illnesses and symptoms. It’s like a whole ‘nother world outside of biomedicine to these people lol. I’m telling you, Helen, this is nothing like a typical doctor’s office back home. We’re constantly running around, short on supplies, and rushed through appointments with (at best) poor communication strategies. I’m one of the few who don’t need an interpreter and I still struggle making diagnoses…. Maybe I’m not as qualified as I thought. The sanitary conditions are also anything but. It’s challenging, for sure, but I still find myself enjoying the little things, like the smiles on kids’ faces as I wave to them on my walk to work with Sebastian. The natives admit this life is difficult for them, but they just don’t know how good we Americans have it. I feel guilty at times, Helen. It’s been crazy hot here. So hot, the locals are wondering if their crops will hold up. I’ve been avoiding checking the temperature so I don’t dwell on it. There’s plenty of water here that was shipped in from the capital, but my colleagues have instructed that it’s specifically for the locals who visit the clinic, not for staff. I’ve been sneaking drinks here and there during my breaks, otherwise I don’t know how I’d make it. It’s frustrating, really. We’re already sharing food and everything else shipped from the capital, save medical supplies. Bureaucracies be damned lol. I just finished my walk home from work and it’s nearing dark already. Camila prepared dinner so I’m going to join them at the table. Can’t wait to finally eat something since noon!

 -Sophia 

The old man leaned back in his desk chair, kicking the legs gently off the floor and stretched his arms. He stared at the navy ceiling above him. Deep cracks were beginning to form in the plaster. His eyes traced the white lines as they split like lightning on an evening sky. The man’s heels retreated to the ground once again. His dark, heavy boots had surely seen less welcoming territory in their time. The master’s lips whispered as he reread the previous passage. He didn’t want to continue. This was too much, he thought, and entirely unnecessary. Curiosity won him over.

June 5th, 2013

Helen,

It seems I’ve been making a habit of forgetting to keep you in the loop. I forgot to journal yesterday, but there wasn’t too much to be noted… Except there was this ceremony, or happening, rather. One of the government officials from the capital city visited the village. I was working throughout so I only heard about it second-hand. Natives said the man was a representative for them at the capital city where he and other government officials resided. Perez, I think his name was… and maybe Javier was his first name? There was a parade of guards accompanying him down the streets before stopping in front of the main cathedral. The people gathered outside, some cheered while many others heckled the politician. After a brief service inside the chapel, the representative stood outside to give a speech and listen to concerns. Many of the patients I saw today said the man had terrible things to say about the people turning to violence as of late and pleaded for them to find peace amongst themselves. But the crowd grew angry with him and demanded he do more to help them survive the dry season. It was so terrible, Helen, seeing all these people upset with a man who begged for peace and understanding. He had to leave early as several protesters threw rocks and other small items at him. What kind of people behave in such a way? Apparently, there have been a number of stabbings and assaults in the past month and he came to express his concern. I consider myself a public servant to these people and I pray they do not treat me similarly. In other news, things are going well. Maybe I’m getting acclimated to the hectic atmosphere here. The other staff are complaining about being overworked with more patients recently, but many are noncompliant with both our staff and the police. It’s frightening at times. We don’t have a psychiatric unit in the clinic so some with poor mental health are turned away. Last night I helped Camila prepare dinner for the boys. I showed her how we prepare cornbread, sort of, using ingredients from the government commodities that we’re given for the next week or so. It didn’t rise well but the flavor was present lol. I’ve only been out a week, Helen, and I’m beginning to miss you and the rest of the bunch so much. Promise me, we’ll get cheeseburgers as soon as I get back? I have another early morning at the clinic ahead of me tomorrow before the temperature rises so I will try to write again soon!

 -Sophia 

June 6th, 2013

Helen,

You wouldn’t believe what happened today if I told you in person so I’ll write it down for you now. I nearly died today, Helen. This man came into the clinic with a knife… I don’t know why. I think he was trying to kill one of our patients who was resting in one of our makeshift cots. I didn’t see him enter the clinic but I saw him approach the cot the poor man was resting in and pull a knife from his waist band. He and the man were arguing over something…. I wasn’t close enough to interpret what they were saying. He held the knife above his head for a second but fortunately I had moved towards him in time to grab his wrist. He spun around immediately and tackled me to the ground. He was much stronger than me and punched me with his free hand before another staff member was able to detain him. The police came shortly after to take him away. I was so scared, Helen. My face hurts but I’ll be okay… it was the look on his face after he beat me. He was so angry but he seemed confused for that moment. Like he wasn’t sure where he was or why. Thankfully, Nicholas was there to grab the knife from him. It was so awful. This was definitely NOT in the job description. I poured some cool water on a rag and held it under my eye where his fist met. It’s really bruised. I sat in the break room for a while rehydrating until our supervisor –if there was one in the clinic—decided it would be best if I went home for the rest of the afternoon. She also snapped at me for drinking some of the water designated for patients, as if I hadn’t had enough drama already today. Many of the children I passed before that morning were now looking on at me, some whispering and others laughing. For some reason I feel guilty about all this, like it was my fault that man nearly lost his life today. Maybe if I had seen that man enter the clinic, I could’ve helped… I don’t know. Camila opened a small tin can of peaches for me. She’s so good to me and her family. Why can’t others be more like her. Her sons offered to show me the drinking well today and other places at the edge of town, and I’m glad. I’m looking forward to escaping this village, even for a couple of hours.

 -Sophia 

The pea gravel entrenched in the old man’s driveway began to crunch and crackle. Master looked up and listened. “James?” he asked. The man checked the large copper clock hung straight across from his desk and above the mantle. Its black arrows indicated 9:04 PM. “Perhaps, he had forgotten something,” the old man reasoned. “It’s too late for visitors,” he hoped. The crackling grew louder as the vehicle approached his manor. The old man yawned, his breath lifted the journal pages just as gusts of wind lifted the wilting leaves of the many vines covering the exterior of his home. “Thank god he’s back,” the man pondered. “I’m almost out,” he realized as he tilted the bottle again over his cup. He watched the clear liquor effortlessly blunt the corners of the ice cubes as they submerged.

June 9th, 2013

Helen,

I’ve been so stressed lately that I had forgotten to write. I don’t feel like myself…. It’s strange & miserable. I find myself alone often and I could really use someone like you here right now to talk. To make matters worse, it’s become exceedingly dangerous living in this city now. I’m scared, Helen. The rest of the nursing staff assures me that we will be taken care of and I have nothing to fear, but I don’t know. It just makes me so angry and upset being here with these primitive people. Earlier today I lashed out at a patient who instigated a brawl with several patients. I was so mad I wanted to hit him, but I…. just couldn’t. The young man seemed so confused and scared, Helen. I like to think I intimidated him, but I think he was anxious about something else. The more peaceful villagers are being affected too. Just over the past 3 days I’ve attended a handful of suicide attempts, most did not make it. One of those was a girl just 13 years old. Her mother was screaming when she saw all the bandages and blood that and had to be detained by police. I’ve been walking home with Sebastian because I don’t feel safe anymore, Helen. I see more and more people on the streets each day shouting and fighting and starving and crying. Just today I took one of the half-empty gallons of water at the clinic that was reserved for the patients and several men were begging for a drink. When I get to the Garcia’s I watch them from the window. I frequently remind myself: only a week until I’m out of here and can see you again.

 -Sophia 

The winds howled against the stone masonry outside the manor. Lengths of the twisted vine sprung from the house as the wind whipped them like a flag at full mast. Master expected James to enter his room at any second. It had been a minute since his car stopped. Perhaps he was tending to the yard, surely my garden would be damaged by morning. The man emptied the small blocks of ice that remained in his stout glass into his mouth and chewed. He loudly grinded the ice shrapnel between his teeth like a bear treading through snow. “Where is he?” the man asked aloud. His voice reverberated around the dark and quiet chamber. The brave, honorable man in the painting gazed onward, undisturbed by his owner’s emerging concerns.

June 11th, 2013

Helen,

The government official I mentioned the other day, Perez, has declared a state of emergency for the village. We heard it on the radio in the break room this morning. There was a massive riot last night in the center of town. Apparently, the biweekly shipment of government commodities was apprehended by some unknown vigilantes and was nowhere to be found. The starving villagers accused eachother of stealing and fights broke out. Gunshots woke me up in the middle of the night and I knew it was very bad, Helen. At least two dozen people were killed in the riot, and many more were injured. Men, women, and children. Sebastian did not come home last night and Camila was crying inconsolably. She worried her son died but was too scared to leave her home and find out. At the clinic we’ve ran out of gauze, painkillers, and other trauma supplies. There’s simply too many people to keep up anymore. These people need help and all I can do is hold their hand as they die in front of me. My supervisor told me that I would be leaving tomorrow now that the village is in a state of emergency, which seems backwards to me. We need to be given more staff and supplies, not have them taken away. Yet, I’m relieved. My mental health has been suffering too much. I’ve been seeing more and more self-harm victims and I think it’s taking a toll on me because I’ve been getting those thoughts too. They’ve been more persistent in the back of mind but I try to save face in front of my colleagues and patients. I’ve had issues before, but not like this. It’s like I no longer fear pain or dying. It’s almost comforting. My temper is shorter now too. Just an hour ago I learned a patient had wounds from her husband and I needed to be separated from him. I sat in the break room and cried. This isn’t me, this isn’t how this trip was supposed to go. I don’t want to leave this village when it’s so obviously in peril, but I have to. They’ll be picking me up tomorrow afternoon and I’ll have to say goodbye to the Garcias. I hope Sebastian is ok.

 -Sophia 

Helen,

Something terrible has happened and I don’t know how much time I have left. I’m so scared and angry. But I’m trying to keep calm. I first want you to know that I love you Helen. You’re my dearest friend and I don’t know if I’ll be seeing you again. I was on my way home from the clinic yesterday when I was approached by two older men. Sebastian was still missing so I was all alone. I tried so hard to fight back but they took me Helen. I don’t know where I am, but I know I am not safe. They knocked me unconscious I think… I don’t remember much of the struggle. They have locked me in a basement, I can see light coming through the floor boards above. They told me that if I scream again they will kill me. I don’t know how long I’ve been here but I’m assuming it’s night time with all the candles lit in the room above. One of the men is upstairs, while the other left not too long ago. There was another woman down here when I first woke up, but now she’s gone. She was American too, but younger than me and looked like she hadn’t eaten in over a week. She clung to me at first and was clearly delirious. She kept asking for “Maria”, a woman I assume to be her mother or sister, over and over… We sat together for several hours until the trapdoor opened and one of the men came down. She screamed as they took her and beat her fists into his back. I didn’t think she had any strength left but she was so brave. I’m all alone now… All I have with me is my pack and a little water left in a bottle I grabbed from the clinic. I feel like I’m going crazy… all my thoughts since I was told to leave the village have been so violent and awful. I feel so angry and confused. I’ve been praying since I was locked up here… the old prayers we used to recite during bible studies. I don’t think He’s hearing me and… maybe it’s better that way. The taller man is back now and something is going on upstairs. They’re shouting about poison or a water supply or something. I can’t quite hear so I’ll write more later.

 Love, Sophia 

The old man pressed his lips together as the lump in his throat grew. “What have I done?” he pleaded to the man in the painting. He flipped the cover over the last entry in the journal and put his face in his wrinkled hands. After a few moments, the man gathered himself and stood up from the desk, journal in hand. He walked over to the wardrobe on the right side of the chamber and opened its wide polished doors. Shirts, pants, and coats, enough for at least a dozen outfits swayed as the door flung open. The man pushed apart the laundry in the right corner of the wardrobe and revealed several pairs of shoes lying on top of a cardboard box. Master pitched the shoes aside carefully and grabbed the box. He carried it to his desk and sat back down.

The man wiped his face. He lifted the panels of the light brown container set before him. Inside, a handful of newspaper clippings lay on top of a binder of classified documents and a grey 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, fully loaded. He reached inside for the newspapers and sorted through them once more. The first featured a story about a new drug that claimed to make rodents more aggressive and willing to take risks. Another paper boasted the drug’s effectiveness at “targeting and deactivating certain areas of the subject’s brain such as the emotional processing in the amygdalae and inducing neurosis.” The following paper featured the headline “Rep. Perez, Others Charged with Bribery, Bioterrorism Against Own People”. He gazed imploringly at the picture of him next to the alarming text, taken soon after he was elected. The paper described the collusion between himself and a Russian pharmaceutical company and plans to dissolve an experimental drug in the water supply shipped to villagers during the dry season. The alleged purpose was to further the lucrative research project after it was denied by review boards for human trials.

The last piece of newspaper was the hardest to read. It was a report of the estimated casualties in his village, his people. “The village has been in complete chaos. The food and water shortage led to the villagers raiding everywhere for supplies, especially the new government buildings. The national army was called in to ease tensions, however, two hundred fifteen deaths have been confirmed from the riots and other violent acts during the month of June alone. One of them, a medical volunteer from the United States, was found in Rep. Perez’s home.” “God, why did she have to drink it too?” he asked as he set the papers on her light blue journal. “It was only supposed to be for the worst patients…” The binder was full of documents related to the case, receipts, memos, patient forms, letters from other officials and the drug company in question. He couldn’t bring himself to open it. Suddenly, he heard a loud crash coming from the room next door. It was the front door. Somebody had broken in.

“JAVIER PEREZ!”, an American voice boomed, “COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!”

The man panicked. He knew this day would come but he was not prepared. He looked at the handgun and realized it was time. Quickly, the man gathered the journal and papers and threw them in the cardboard box. He reached in for the pistol and set it aside. He then poured the last of the vodka on top of the papers, soaking the documents below. He dropped the bottle to his side and pulled open the center drawer of his desk. The man dug in his desk as he heard his belongings trashed and more doors broken down.

“JAVIER PEREZ”, the voice repeated, “COME OUT UNARMED AND WE WILL NOT HARM YOU!”

Perez did not believe he would be spared. He knew what he had done and the horrifying consequences were his. Perez shoved the drawer shut as he couldn’t find the matchbox he otherwise saved for cigars. He opened the right drawer, but no luck. Perez realized he couldn’t light the box on fire so he would be caught along with the most incriminating evidence against him. Perez gripped the handgun and calmly accepted his fate.

The voice clamored again, much closer this time, “MR. PEREZ, SURRENDER AND YOU WILL NOT BE HARMED!”

He looked up at the man in the painting and closed his eyes. Police pounded on the chamber door. Perez placed his finger on the trigger and paused. A brief silence overcame the manor. Suddenly, the door burst open and policemen clad in all black filled the room. Only a single shot was fired. The old man hunched forward in his chair with his face laying on the brown box. He was bleeding all over the table. The policemen approached to see why he was unresponsive. They stopped upon seeing the wound on the side of his head and the spent brass cartridge on the floor below. The officers cleared a path for the medic team, but they knew it was too late.

“What do you think, Sebastian?” one of the younger officers inquired. “It’s him…. It’s done,” the detective replied after inspecting the body. He peered into the box and recognized the sky blue journal, turned away from the growing pool of blood. Sebastian removed a cloth from his pocket and picked up the journal. “Detective Garcia! This is a crime scene!” a senior officer barked. Sebastian dropped it on the Perez’s desk and opened the cover carefully with the cloth. He recognized the handwriting –it was Sophia’s. He remembered how he would steal her journal when she left it at his home to see if she had written about him. The detective set the bloody cloth down and twisted open his canteen. His eyes shifted towards the illustrious oil painting of a soldier across the room. Sebastian emptied the rest of the water into his mouth and swallowed. “Dry season…” the detective quipped as he shook the empty canteen towards his partner.

-KH

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Financing a breakaway civilization: A series of scandals involving allegedly counterfeit “bearer bonds” make up the biggest and most under-reported financial story of the 21st century. I’ve attempted to summarize these events for /r/conspiracy’s consumption in the following analysis.

The following is absurdly long because it needs to be. /r/conspiracy has given some attention to pieces of this story, but there never has been a comprehensive overview of the subject here, so I thought I would make an attempt.

Although I'm including links to several different sources, including from “mainstream” as well as alternative media, the majority of the analysis I'm presenting here comes from the research of Joseph P. Farrell, a writer on topics like alternative archaeology, physics, technology, history, and other “strange stuff”. I've also made /r/josephpfarrell for some of his videos and blogs, many of which I will be quoting from in the following analysis.

To being with, here's a brief overview of three essential methodological assumptions of any counterfeiting scheme:

  1. One does not counterfeit something that does not currently exist as a medium of exchange, or that is not convertible into it. One only counterfeits, or mimics, something real.

  2. Similarly, one does not counterfeit 500, 1,000 or 10,000 dollar bills. One only counterfeits what one can reasonably expect to tender to a target group, and thus must tailor its counterfeit function to the target's scale of affluence, and do so without raising suspicion.

  3. One must produce a product of sufficient quality to pass the scrutiny of the target group. One does not go to the expense and effort of producing a fraudulent product that cannot be used because it does not exist, is too large a denomination to be traded with the target group, or is too poor in quality to be traded. Quality must be sufficiently high to ensure first sight acceptance of its authenticity.

Things change a bit when the target group is very wealthy, as securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) become the preferred method. Also, a wealthy target group is likely to be privy to the existence of instruments most don't know exist, and can call upon private intelligence resources to verify information.

But the point remains, one does not counterfeit what does not exist. And an addendum: One does not counterfeit something that the very wealthy do not suspect exists, or know to exist.

Before delving into the various bearer bonds scandals, it's important to mentioned a very relevant historical antecedent to these recent events, namely an extraordinary undertaking carried out by Nazi Germany.

Operation Bernhard was the largest counterfeiting operation in history. Its goal was to replicate the paper of English notes, copy the printing plates to reproduce the tiniest detail, and employ mathematicians to work out the Bank of England's numbering system.

Nazi Germany was trying to erect a hidden system of finance aimed at wrecking the British war economy…they were at war with the British financial elite. It's important to note the connection between financial fraud and intelligence bureaucracies. The SS had essentially created a counterfeiting bureaucracy.

All in all, and these are generally considered to be the most conservative numbers, Operation Bernhard produced a total of 7 million facsimile British pound notes during the war, totally a staggering 135 million pounds. Other estimates range well over 300 million pounds.

Here are some important points about the implications of Operation Bernhard that are relevant to the rest of the discussion:

  1. State-sponsored counterfeiting of undetectable facsimile banknotes had been successfully undertaken on an industrial scale, becoming a significant part of the money supply and were only removed with great difficulty.

  2. Although conceived as economic warfare, it morphed into a virtually inexhaustible means of financing covert activities. Industrial scale counterfeiting became the link between covert operations and research projects.

  3. Access to this type of funding could allow any intelligence bureaucracy and/or secret research entity to become independent of its controlling state and its financial institutions, whether public or private.

  4. In the distribution of the facsimiles, it's necessary to have “neutral points of entry” into the circulation scheme. In the case of Operation Bernhard, Switzerland and the Vatican were used (remember those two places).

According to the research of Farrell, Richard Dolan and many others, industrial scale counterfeiting survived WWII to become the favored method of the independent financing of covert research and operations of what has become often referred to as a “breakaway civilization”. Operation Bernhard survived WWII, at least conceptually, as well as the accompanying Fascist ideology.

According to Farrell, the major factional structure of this breakaway civilization, as far as finances are concerned, are composed of the following:

  1. A “rogue” element within the American military-industrial-intelligence-finance complex with ties to similar oligarchical interests in Great Britain, Japan, Germany, France, etc.

  2. The international criminal underground (Cosa Nostra/the Mafia).

  3. The international Fascist element, or what Farrell refers to as the “Nazi International”.

To introduce the next section, here's an excerpt from an article called Parallel World of Finances that continues to discuss the various incidents concerning bearer bonds:

The invisible financial world is something the majority of people have no idea of. The major part of it is the shadow sector of world financial system, financial institutes and financial operations conducted under the cover of off-shores and falling out of the sight of financial regulators (central banks, ministries of finances, and security and exchange commissions). One can only guess how large it is, there is no way to have a clear picture of what it is like because all the activities are conducted beyond any supervision. No books are kept, and no accounting before state structures exists.

The world dwellers are criminal gangs related to drug trafficking, arms trade, slave trade and so on. It’s not even grey sector activities, but rather “black” economy breaching all norms of penal law. According to experts, the turnover is a few trillion dollars a year…Besides, the shadow sector encompasses various structures that do not hide underground. Many of them openly offer various services to individuals and corporations.

And now, the bearer bonds. Here's a definition from the Wikipedia page on bearer bonds:

A bearer bond is a debt security issued by a business entity, such as a corporation, or by a government. It differs from the more common types of investment securities in that it is unregistered–no records are kept of the owner, or the transactions involving ownership. Whoever physically holds the paper on which the bond is issued owns the instrument. This is useful for investors who wish to retain anonymity. Recovery of the value of a bearer bond in the event of its loss, theft, or destruction is usually impossible.

The first reported case of strangeness concerning the so-called “Morgenthau bonds” became public in 2003. Henry Morgenthau was the US Secretary of the Treasury during the 1930's, when many of these bonds supposedly originated.

From a BBC article: Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud in a case related to fake US government bonds worth $2.5 trillion.

The individuals who were caught said the bonds were related to the “black gold” received from Chiang Kai-shek of China. The story hardly attracted any attention on the part of world media. The bonds were supposedly issued in 1934, a year that will continue to pop up. The word "dollar" was printed on the bonds instead of "dollars". Glaring typos on these various bonds will become a common theme as we explore further.

The following article summarizes the implications of all these weird bond incidents: Secret "Occult Economy" Coming Out of the Shadows?

Yet, although the bonds/notes in the Halksworth case were demonstrably false, they did reveal some rather startling information, that fake bonds were often included amongst large quantities of real bonds so as to preclude the holder from ever being able to cash them.

Indeed, when questioned by the police as to his role in the fake bond scandal, Halksworth responded by telling police that “Deliberate mistakes were often made in such bonds as a security device; ask the CIA.” When the police pointed out that the mistakes were so obvious it looked like a child had made them, Halksworth responded, “Exactly.”

Farrell continues with an analysis on this story here.

So, ye olde plotte thickens, for now we have the involvement of someone with expertise precisely in such bonds and their authentication, alleging that mistakes were deliberately made as “security devices” and that the CIA was involved in this, clearly implying a hidden economy connection.

Further reading: 2.5 trillion in lost 1930's US Treasury Notes? Naïve scam or secret CIA counterfeits?

Who wants to be a trillionare?

The Japanese Bearer Bond Scandal: Mystery surrounding 134.5 “fake” billion US dollars seized in Ponte Chiasso remains

This story is significant enough to be mentioned on the Wikipedia page for bearer bonds:

In June 2009, Italian financial police and custom guards seized documents purporting to be U.S. bearer bonds, totaling $134.5 billion. The bonds were in $500 million and $1 billion denominations, although the highest denomination ever issued by the US Treasury was $1,000,000. It was unclear what the purpose of the fake bonds was; the two men carrying them were not detained after the bonds were seized.

Now if that doesn't raise some questions…here are some more articles on the subject:

Strange Inconsistencies in the $134.5 Billion Bearer Bond Mystery

The following are from Farrell: The strange case of the Japanese Bearer Bonds

More information on the Japanese Bearer Bonds

Update on the Japanese Bearer Bond story, with pictures of the bonds and “certificate of authenticity”

From the first of Farrell's articles:

There were 249 bearer bonds were in denominations of $500,000,000, with ten so-called “Kennedy bonds” each denominated at a value of $1,000,000,000. Some of the $500,000,000 bonds were dated as far back as 1934.

This is where the plot begins to thicken. For one thing, bonds of $500,000,000 denominations did not exist (so we’re told) in 1934, and thus they were deduced to be counterfeits, though, strangely, the Italian authorities at the time of the arrest were waiting for the US Securities and Exchange Commission to make a declaration as to their authenticity.

Moreover, we are informed by a number of internet articles and posts, Bloomberg for example, on this bizarre episode that the bonds were all so well-executed that they were “indistinguishable from the real ones.”

J.S. Kim, in his post on the subject “Strange Inconsistencies in the $134.5 Billion Bearer Bond Mystery,” asks a pertinent question: How can this quality be so good, and “yet the people involved in the alleged forgery be so ill-informed as not to date the bearer bonds with a more recent year that would not immediately identify them as fraudulent?”

The second problem, noted by Kim in his article, is that the $1,000,000,000 denominated “Kennedy bonds” were never known to exist at all. “This discovery defies any logical explanation. Why would expert counterfeiters make 249 bearer bonds with denominations of $500 million apiece, each indistinguishable from the real thing, and then instead of just making 20 more such bonds, decide to make 10 bonds in denominations of $1 billion apiece in a bearer bond design that never has existed? Were the alleged counterfeiters just too lazy to confirm if Kennedy bearer bonds were ever a legitimately issued security? Again, this story makes no sense.”

The number 134.5 billion should be eerily familiar as well: On March 30, 2009, the US Treasury Department stated that the Troubled Asset Relief Program had $134.5 billion remaining, the exact amount of the “stash” seized in Italy.

This fact led some to speculate that, in fact, the bonds, including the so-called Kennedy bearer bonds, were real, but that they had been secretly issued by elements in the American government to keep the economy afloat. Others continued to maintain the counterfeit story. Some began to advance the argument that the Treasury’s announcement in March of 2009 would have allowed two months for forgers to counterfeit the exact amount of bonds and then allow them to be caught, in a murky economic warfare operation.

Are the Kennedy bonds real? Are all these bonds really counterfeit? If they are, the fact they are such excellent copies suggests that whoever was behind it ultimately had to be a nation-state or someone in possession of the genuine article. If they are based on secret “exemplars” then a clear message is being sent to whoever is secretly issuing these bonds: We know the game.

It took US officials two weeks to make a public statement that they were counterfeit. It definitely rattled some people in high up places. Even if they were fakes, they were based on something real that the financial powers did not wish to be known.

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