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A little nail for the 9/11 Pentagon conspiracy theory coffin

A public interest group called Judicial Watch petitioned the US Justice Department to release the only known "videos" of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11th. Judicial Watch hopes that the release of this video will put the conspiracy theories regarding to the Pentagon attack to rest, but sadly, I'm not convinced that it will.

The "video" is in fact a collection of sequential still shots from a Pentagon security camera; tinfoil hatters will simply claim that the video was doctored. And in fact, it would not be tremendously difficult, given the strobe-light effect that the video gives to the events. In both videos, the aircraft appears in exactly one frame (at 1:26 in the first, and at 0:24 in the second) which is followed by the fireball caused by the crash. Even in the one frame where it appears, the airliner doesn't particularly resemble a passenger jet as much as it looks like a prop in a poorly thought out Coors Lite commercial.

The moment in video 2 where the aircraft is visible The moment in video 1 where the aircraft is visible

(fancy red boxes indicating position of Flight 77 by yours truly)

I admire Judicial Watch for their efforts, and I can imagine that they're somewhat disappointed that the videos obtained for the public through their hard work are so equivocal. Occam's Razor and some blurry, low-res time elapse photos are not going to sway those who really believe that there's more to the story.

Related links:

The videos, hosted by Judicial Watch

BBC coverage

An excellent rundown of 9/11 conspiracies in New York Magazine

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17 May, 2006 12:49 AM - Posted by | Just a thought.., News

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