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Coverup at the Pentagon

A rapid mop-up operation commenced around the Pentagon immediately following the attack, including the seizure of videos from adjacent businesses and a suspiciously rapid clean-up of debris. The suppression of evidence has continued ever since, with the public still lacking access to the contents of the black boxes, photographs inside the Pentagon prior to its clean-up, video from nearby cameras, and information about any analysis of the aircraft debris. The meaning of this systematic suppression of evidence may be quite different from what skeptics of the official story frequently assume.

Videos Seized

Within minutes, the FBI had visited at least two of the only private businesses whose video cameras might have captured the attack:

  • FBI agents visited the Sheraton Hotel Sheraton National Hotel to confiscate film from a security camera that some hotel employees had been watching in horror.
  • FBI agents visited the CITGO gas station and under the flight path of the attack aircraft to confiscate film from a security camera that may have captured the attack.

In addition, there are questions about the fate of video from traffic-monitoring cameras along adjacent highways. None of the confiscated video has been returned to the businesses or released to the media or public.

Disturbing the Crime Scene

Meanwhile, at the Pentagon, people in office attire were seen combing the lawn, and moving scraps. The rapid response at the crime scene contrasts with the remarkable inaction of Pentagon officials before the attack as they watched Flight 77 approaching the capital for over 30 minutes.

Photographer Mark Faram arrived about ten minutes after the explosion and was able to find only one piece of aircraft debris that was large enough to stand upright, which he photographed (left). The piece appears to lie about one hundred feet north of the plane's flightpath. The piece does not show signs of abrasion or singeing.

Some have said the metal looks too thin to be from the pressurized hull of a 757. However, a 757's hull is less than two millimeters thick. Some have suggested that the color does not match the shiny aluminum finish of American Airlines jets. However, the image has limited color and brightness resolution, making the surface look less shiny. Note that the red areas look flat compared to the sky-blue background.

Dick Eastman pointed out that the scrap of debris matches an American Airlines 757, but that its condition and position were not consistent with the crash of such a plane, suggesting that the piece was planted. In the image on the right, he shows that the piece matches the skin of an American Airlines 757-200 fuselage from the upper starboard side just aft of the front door. However, its position and condition contradict the official account of the crash: it was photographed far to the left of the flightpath though it was from the right side of the aircraft, and it showed no signs of abrasion or shearing though it was from near the front of the aircraft.

The Pentagon Video Frames

In early 2002, five frames from a Pentagon parking lot security camera overlooking the impacted west wall were released. The first frame shows what appears to be a small aircraft obscured by a post in the foreground, and a vapor trail behind it. The second frame shows the vapor trail and a bright white explosion.

The video frames fueled theories that the Pentagon was hit by a small attack drone rather than a large jetliner. Curiously, few asked what end the people who released the images were seeking to advance, and whether the images were edited. The perpetrators of this fraud appear to have exploited several subconscious mechanisms to gain uncritical acceptance of the images' authenticity.

Even if the video frames looked real they would be of almost no value as evidence, given their source. But they show signs of forgery.

e x c e r p t
title: Evidence the Images Were Edited
authors: 911research.wtc7.net

There are many peculiar features of the video images. Some have possible explanations, such as the red glow in front of the helicopter control tower being the result of ionized air from the explosion. We note three features that appear to have no explanation other than that the images were fabricated. In the following we refer to the individual frames using the captions in the cropped set: plane, impact, #2 impact, #3 impact, and #4 impact.

  • impact has an elevated brightness throughout the image, not just in areas that would be illuminated by the explosion.
  • impact has peculiar patches of color on the pavement.
  • #2 explosion shows a roughly conical explosion whose vertical axis lies deep within the building.
  • #3-#5 explosion show sunlight-illuminated lawn that should be darkened by shadows from the explosion.

Coverup of What?

There is no question that officials have systematically suppressed evidence pertaining to the Pentagon attack. It is not clear, however, exactly what officials are hiding. Skeptics of the official story frequently assume that the suppression and destruction of evidence were carried out because the Pentagon was not hit by a jetliner. However, it is also possible that the cover-up was designed to bait skeptics into supporting the no-jetliner theory in spite of the fallacies of nearly every argument made for it.

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The FBI confiscated video from the gas station just under the flightpath of the aircraft attack attack.
Men wearing ties moved around crash debris.
Donald Rumsfeld did nothing to stop the attack, but was on the scene after the attack.
Dick Cheney attempted to confuse Meet the Press viewers into thinking that "intercept" means "shoot down".
The 5 images leaked by the Pentagon had a profound effect on speculation about the Pentagon attack.
Some events cited as evidence of a cover-up have obvious innocent explanations. For example, the laying of gravel to a site in preparation for heavy construction is quite normal.
Some people assumed that these men were carrying away a concealed object from the crash. However, this analysis by Russell Pickering shows that the blue object is, in all likelihood, a tent.