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What About the Pentagon?
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What really happened at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?
For over 15 years there has been dispute within the 9/11 truth movement over what, if anything, hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon attack has become more divisive than perhaps any other issue in the 9/11 truth community.
Reviews of what happened at the Pentagon have been fraught with claims of “lack of evidence”, claims of “planted evidence”, claims of “fraudulent data” released by the Pentagon (and associated agencies) and claims of “cherry picked evidence”. All of these claims are nourished by a background of withheld information. Unlike the events at the World Trade Center - which had much of the destruction captured by professional camera crews, amateur videographers and numerous personal accounts - the event at the Pentagon had much less documentation.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, only a few photographs of the pre-collapse exterior of the Pentagon façade were available to the public. Because of the smoke, fire, and firefighting spray, details of the damage were difficult to discern in those early photos. This inevitably led to a number of inaccurate observations and mistaken conclusions.
One such erroneous conclusion was that the point of penetration was an 18 foot opening. If we take a closer look, we see this small opening was confined to the second floor wall and represented only a small portion of the damaged area. Meanwhile, the vast majority of impact damage was revealed in later images as a 100 foot contiguous opening in the first floor facade from column 8 to column 18. So the misperception of a “too small hole” arose from the lack of detail in early published photos.
In the immediate aftermath of the Pentagon attack, video evidence was seized and suppressed. In 2002 five frames from two Pentagon surveillance cameras were initially leaked. This video data was then subsequently formally released in response to a FOIA request years later. Unfortunately this very limited addition to the hard data only added more speculative theories to the already divisive debate raging within the 9/11 Truth research community.
The ambiguity of the initial photographs fueled much speculation regarding what, if anything, hit the Pentagon. One of the first alternative explanations that emerged argued that a truck bomb, not a plane, caused the damage at the Pentagon. Months later, new speculation asserted that it was a missile that struck the building. Later, other explanations emerged, including impact by a Global Hawk, an F-16, an A-3 Skywarrior, a small commuter jet, a flyover to mask pre-planted explosives inside and/or outside the Pentagon wall. These explanations, in many respects, are mutually exclusive, as well as in conflict with the vast majority of the 180 known Pentagon witnesses, and in conflict with physical evidence.
As this evidence section of our website evolves, the events at the Pentagon will be reviewed with a focus on the physical damage and what can be inferred from that information.
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