By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Despite the fact that there is plenty of visual, documented, and eyewitness evidence the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by Islamic extremists using fully-fueled airliners as guided missiles, conspiracies about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, abound,Â Washington Examiner defense correspondent Jaime McIntyre wrote in his daily email newsletter Wednesday.
“Everyone who is old enough has a story about where he or she was on that bright, cloudless Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Me? I was in my car in the Pentagon parking lot when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York and at my desk in my E-ring office, Rm. 2E772, when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the west side of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. (Donâ€™t look for that room. Itâ€™s not there anymore),” he wrote.
“Everyone has a story.Â Iâ€™ve told mine hundreds of times. Hereâ€™s the short version: I didnâ€™t feel the impact of the plane, though others around me said they did. In fact, I didnâ€™t know a plane hit the building until I saw my producerÂ Chris PlanteÂ reporting it by phone on CNN. He arrived just as the plane hit,” McIntyre added.
[Editor’s note: I was at my desk in mid-Missouri watching the attacks unfold in real time as a correspondent forÂ WorldNetDaily. Like millions of other Americans, I watched as the planes struck the World Trade Center towers and, later, the Pentagon.)
McIntyre notes that after the American Airlines flight flew into the Pentagon, he rushed to the scene with camera in hand and began snapping pictures, only to be arrested, handcuffed, and briefly detained by a Pentagon police officer for violating the rules against taking pictures within the Pentagon.
He goes on to note thatÂ Popular Mechanics published a book, “Debunking 9/11 Myths, “to try to put an end to all the foolishness” regarding conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks — especially one claiming that a missile, not a plane, struck the Pentagon.
[Editor’s note: One of my best friends in the world was active duty Army at the time of the attack, stationed with the Old Guard in Virginia; his unit was ordered to respond and lend assistance to emergency personnel, including search and rescue. He had told me on numerous occasions that they all saw “plane parts” during their efforts — and lot of really horrific things.]
But no matter, McIntyre writes:
In the almost two decades I have engaged with otherwise seemingly reasonable people who donâ€™t believe a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11 and think that the official story is a government coverup, I have yet to have anyone say I changed his or her mind, even though I was there and saw the wreckage and there is no other plausible explanation for what happened to American Airlines Flight 77 after it took off from Dulles airport with 64 people on board.
In fact, afterÂ Popular MechanicsÂ published its evidence-based bookÂ Debunking 9/11 Myths, instead of settling any argument, it was answered a few months later byÂ Debunking 9/11 Debunking, a competing book that continues to promote a false narrative and confuse gullible members of the public. If you search onÂ AmazonÂ for theÂ Popular MechanicsÂ book, youâ€™ll find the other book listed right next to it on the page.
The defense correspondent said that even today, a majority of Americans believe in one conspiracy or another related to the 9/11 attacks.
And he quotes the late Sen. John McCain: “Blaming some conspiracy theory within our government for the horrific attacks of September 11 mars the memories of all those lost that day â€¦ those innocent thousands who deserve to be remembered with honor and truth.â€
McCain’s politics and his hatred for President Trump aside, McIntyre’s point is that in an age where “fake news” is rampant, the last thing we need is to create more of it, especially in the face of overwhelming evidence against the conspiracies.
Rather, on this day in particular, we should be remembering our fallen brothers, sisters, wives, husbands and friends — fellow citizens — how they died, and who was really responsible, all while remaining vigilant and united in our efforts to prevent another attack in the future.
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