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February 11, 2004
9-11: This Kind Of Thing Paralyzes Me
Gail Sheehy has a comprehensive narrative account of what family members of 9-11 victims and others know about what happened that day.
Because I have an active and inquisitive mind, my mind freezes up often with this much information. Too many questions in different areas flood my brain. There are some elements to the story that raise the red flags of skepticism:
-- A bomb with wires showing on board a plane?
-- Atta's name comes up on the flight log?
-- Was the country truly acting without a plan for such a disaster?
But I think these questions have more to do with how the story is told, rather than flaws big enough to discard the whole notion.
The claim that Atta's name showed up on the flight manifest - well it only appears that is the claim on the first read. In fact, it doesn't quite say how the name Atta comes up. It could have been one of his many aliases that got connected back.
I think the multiple planes were there because no way in their wildest dreams did the terrorists think all their plans would work so effortlessly and flawlessly, without some snag and some corner of American intel. catching and stopping some aspect of it.
It's at times like these when I wish everyone in the country TRULY was after what's best for the country.
I don't need to blame Bush for how the military and intelligence and the American Government reacted on the day of September 11, 2001.
I just want answers.
In fact, I'll go so far as to say, if you've been paying attention and you still don't want more answers about what happened that day than you are a sorry excuse for an American citizen.
At 8:46 a.m., Mr. Woodward lost contact with Amy Sweeney—the moment of metamorphosis, when her plane became a missile guided into the tower holding thousands of unsuspecting civilians. "So sometime between 8:30 and 8:46, American must have known that the hijacking was connected to Al Qaeda," said Mike Sweeney. That would be 16 to 32 minutes before the second plane perforated the south tower.
Read much more here.