Updated 2007 February 13
It was widely rumored following 9/11 that President Bush publicly claimed he was watching TV in his limousine when he saw the first plane hit the Twin Towers. If true, this was an amazing statement, because there is no record of that event being broadcast live over TV.
Why should it have been?
was no reason for a TV station to be showing live images of the Twin
Towers before the first plane crash. How could the President see
what didn't exist? I assumed that the rumors were not accurate and
thought no more of it.
Let us not be
naive. To my knowledge, Mr. Bush has never offered a public
explanation for this statement; but, there can be no doubt that,
should he be pressed to do so, he would say that he was confused in
his recollection because of the emotional drama of the day and that,
"obviously," he must have been mentally visualizing video replays of
The two impacts were eighteen minutes
apart. By the time of the second impact, there were multiple cameras
to capture it from diverse angles and, from that moment forward,
television viewers were inundated with replays of these images. The
same plane was viewed from several locations, creating the
impression that they were different planes.
As their cameras were recording an interview on the street with the Twin Towers in the background, the first plane came into view and smashed into its target. It was an amazing coincidence that a camera should be rolling at that precise spot at that historic moment. However, this video was not shown on TV on 9/11. In fact, it was first shown on American TV over CBS on March 11, 2003, six months after the event.
So, the fact remains that, even though
many people by now have seen the video of the first plane, they did
not see it on 9/11. Yet, it is no wonder that they believe they did.
The drama and horror of the event is so intense that, for most of
us, everything has become blurred into a mental montage of repeated
airplane crashes, smoke and fire, collapsing buildings, and
desperate people. I don't see why the President, who is not noted
for mental clarity, should be any different.
Such a technically complex operation
could not have been executed in less time. Only demolition experts
and military teams with years of training and experience can do
that. Jihad terrorists could never have pulled it off. Furthermore,
demolition teams could not have swarmed over the buildings'
superstructures without the full knowledge and cooperation of their
owners and managers.
It also should be remembered that Marvin Bush's last year on the board at Stratesec coincided with his first year on the board of HCC Insurance, formerly Houston Casualty Co., one of the insurance carriers for the World Trade Center. And it should be remembered that the owner of the World Trade Center, Larry Silverstein, collected almost twice the amount from his insurance than he paid for the buildings just a few months previously, yet, the insurance companies did not contest the claim.
It's all an amazing coincidence, isn't it?
For more information about these
coincidental connections, see
I would set the master plan into motion
and then let my generals and lieutenants take care of the
implementation. The last thing I would want is a team of technicians
and assistants aware that I was watching a TV image of the side of a
building in anticipation of a "surprise" terrorist attack.
That being the case, I think we should
not waste time on the closed-circuit TV theory when there is so much
hard evidence elsewhere that simply cannot be plausibly denied. We
do our cause a disservice when we get away from the provable facts
and wander into the realm of conjecture. It's in that realm that we
lose credibility and look silly to the very people we are trying to
reach with the truth.
President Bush says "I saw the first plane"...