Proof at last, 911 conspirator captured…
OK, people still continue to send me helpful information about how the twin towers couldn’t have been brought down by aircraft and fires, there must have been some conspiracy involving charges being placed in the building. I’ve explained at length why the “aeroplanes brought down the towers” theory works just fine, it’s simple and fits the observed evidence. Let’s try another tack…
OK, conspirators decide they are going to crash airliners into the WTC and then blow up and collapse the buildings. That means that tons of explosives and miles of wire have to be installed in the buildings. And not only installed secretly, but installed in such a way that they won’t be found. (People would presumably notice explosives stacked in the corners and detonating wires strung around.) This would involve compromising the building’s security somehow, I mean these buildings were not only guarded 24 hours a day, there would be contractors, employees, tenants, and maintenance people coming and going at all hours of the day. Yet somehow our crack team of agents manages to get in there, cut all sorts of holes in the walls, place all these charges, string all these wires…and not a single person saw anything even remotely suspicious. Tens of thousands of people who worked in these buildings in the weeks and days before 911 survived, yet not a one has come forward to say they saw something funny going on?
But OK, we’ll just assume we have a team of super agents who like ghosts managed to get all these charges set up perfectly and secretly. What then? Well, two airliners have to hit the buildings. Um, it should be obvious that things could go wrong with this part of the plan. What if one of the planes missed or was crashed by the passengers? I mean, our hypothetical conspirators are going to have a hell of a time hiding the evidence if one of the towers doesn’t get hit. And even then, the planes have to hit each tower at an exact location. Too high, and it’s going to look awfully suspicious when the charges go off many stories below the point of impact. Too low, same problem. And of course your plane can’t strike where the charges are because that would do unknown damage to the charges and their detonation system.
I other words, for this proposed conspiracy to work, a huge operation has to be carried out in complete secrecy in one of the busiest buildings in one of the busiest cities in the world. All without being detected or even leaving evidence on a security film in the neighbourhood. Then two planes have to be hijacked and flown with exact precision into the towers, all in coordination with whoever is on the ground setting off the charges, and without causing any damage to the pre-placed explosives.
Any number of things could go wrong with this plot. The chances of everything perfectly every step of the way is minuscule. More importantly, why in the name of God would anyone even attempt to do something this risky? Do the people that came up with this conspiracy theory even think about what they are proposing? For this proposed plot to work almost every agency in the government would have to be involved, how else could they ensure that no neighbourhood security footage showing the plotters was found afterwards? And of course they have to completely control access to the debris at every step of the way, I mean who knows what incriminating evidence might survive the collapse.
And then they had to convince the hundreds of plotters, each and every one, that it was necessary to murder thousands of Americans for…what exactly? If someone came to you with a plot to murder a few thousand of your fellow citizens, would you go along? I mean there might be a few people in the administration capable of this sort of evil, but the experts they needed to do this all went along when approached? This is crazy, the conspiracy theorists are claiming that not only did a huge group of people try to pull off the most complex conspiracy in history, that managed to do so without a hitch and destroyed every shred of evidence in the process?
I’m sorry, but if this was presented as a movie script, Hollywood would reject it as too unbelievable. I wish people would think about what they were proposing before they spent so much time rejecting the most obvious explanation. It’s easy to pick and choose evidence that supports your theory, any crackpot can do that. It’s a lot harder to come up with a viable theory of your own. Please, I challenge any 911 conspiracy theorist to come up with an even faintly plausible scenario that can explain how the the demolition charges were set in complete secret, and the planes crashed into the precise locations necessary to pull off the deception. A theory that doesn’t involve aliens please.
I apologize for the tone of this post, but this is very frustrating to me. Partly because unlike a lot of people I have some background in engineering and explosives and I don’t have any problem with the idea that the collapse was the result of the impact and the fires. Partly because I’m tired of people who have no background in construction or anything reality based earnestly telling me I’m wrong. And mostly I’m frustrated because this silliness distracts from the real conspiracy, that Bush and his administration used 911 as a pretext to launch their misguided plan to reshape the Middle East in their own image and cement America’s place as the greatest empire in history.
(The above still image from the infamous Alien Autopsy “hoax” film of the nineties is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, it is central to illustrating the post, and it is an iconic image. Credit: Copyright © Ray Santilli.)