This has been on my mind lately, too. Media keeps telling us there had to
be an amazing amount of planning and sophistication involved in this. But
let's look at the facts:
They need 18 people - there's hundreds of militant organizations in the
world who could put up that many, easily. Bin Laden alone is rumored to
have at least a few hundred, up to 3 thousand.
Pilot training - 4 people had to know how to fly a plane into the
building - not land it, not take off, just crash it. Four of them could
easily have been to flight schools, and to learn the landscape, they could
have taken helicopter tour in manhattan, for instance and used flight sims
to learn the area near Washington. Could any of the hundreds of militant
groups have much trouble with this? Nah.
Money - tickets to US for 18 people, flight school fees (that are
fairly cheap here in US), and tickets to target planes. This is the only
requirement that narrows down possible perpetrators a bit. But not much -
you're talking about a hundred thousands or so - these same 18 people
could have made that money working at a department stores as clerks for
Weapons - apparently, terrorists simply concealed knife-like objects
during airport security check. They could have been made of hard types of
wood, or ceramics. There's nothing particularly sophisticated about this.
Takeover - reports indicate terrorists threatened torture of flight
attendants to gain access to the cabins.
And finally - this was specifically noted on tv that attacks were
extremely well synchronized. Ummm.. come again? If that was so, planes
would be hijacked within 5 minutes of flight from targets all 4 at the
same time, and they'd all crash into them after these 5 minutes of flight.
That would be synchronisity. You know, make it 10 minutes, even. As we all
know, the 3rd plane crashed into pentagon about an hour after the first
plane, and the 4th didn't make it to its target at all because passengers
had the time to find out about attacks via cell phones and mount a
counter-attack. If government knew what it was doing, 3rd plane wouldn't
even reach the target, as it's beacon was turned off at about the time of
the first attack (correct me if I'm wrong) and even though jet fighters
were shadowing the 3rd plane as reports say, they didn't get there in
This is perhaps the most shocking thing about this catastrophe - it was
quite easy to do and it never occured to anti-terrorist US forces to plan
for this. The reason this doesn't get mentioned right now is simply
because the country is shaken up too badly as it is, they can't just say,
"whoops.. you pay us billions in taxes and we can't even stop 18 arabs
with knives from blowing up pentagon and two biggest skyscrapers in NY -
sorry". Unless I'm missing something here - I wish I was - but am I? No -
FBI is too busy tracking down weed shipments.
Rainy "Collect all zero" Day