Saturday, April 08, 2006

New York magazine article - The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll

This 7,000 word article covers a lot of ground and touches on most of the aspects of 911 that need further investigation. It asks questions.

But it is a big article and my bet is that most people won't be able to read the entire thing without drifting off. While it is heartening to see that at least the issues are being covered, it must be pointed out that this is primarily an investigation of the people who are "conspiracy theorists" more than of the "conspiracy" itself. For example, the article finishes up with a faux comic categorization of the theories which has the effect of minimizing the information presented earlier. This is a shame. It is almost as if the author felt a need to do this consciously or not so as not to leave themselves vulnerable to be called a believer in the subject of their investigation.

The author, Mark Jacobson, has his own incredible story about 911, which makes the flippant, and nearly derisive tone of his article difficult to understand. If he doesn't get the fact that someone's action to take down WTC 7 could have cost his life if he had been closer to the building when it fell or some part of the building hit him. But he wrote the story, so needless to say it is on his mind.

Hours later, I sat down beside another, impossibly weary firefighter. Covered with dust, he was drinking a bottle of Poland Spring water. Half his squad was missing. They’d gone into the South Tower and never come out. Then, almost as a non sequitur, the fireman indicated the building in front of us, maybe 400 yards away.

"That building is coming down," he said with a drained casualness.

"Really?" I asked. At 47 stories, it would be a skyscraper in most cities, centerpiece of the horizon. But in New York, it was nothing but a nondescript box with fire coming out of the windows. "When?"

"Tonight . . . Maybe tomorrow morning."

This was around 5:15 p.m. I know because five minutes later, at 5:20, the building, 7 World Trade Center, crumbled.


I screamed, unsure which way to run, because who knows which way these things
fall. As it turned out, I wasn’t in any danger, since 7 WTC appeared to drop
straight down. I still have dreams about the moment. Even then, the event is
oddly undramatic, just a building falling.

Elsewhere in his article, Jacobson writes,
Yet it is difficult to deny the allure of this movement. The conspiracist has
always relied on a degree of magical thinking. As Marshall McLuhan would swear
if he weren’t dead, there has never been a more conspiracy-ready medium than the
Net. It is an exhilarating serendipity that every surfer has felt: the glorious
synchronicity in the way one link handshakes the next, the sensation of not
knowing how you got there but being sure this is the right place. Such
miraculous methodology cannot simply be random. For the moment, it feels like

Feels like truth? Sounds like denial to me ...


At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who did it?

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

who did it?

the shadow government
people inside the the u.s. gov


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