Thursday, November 02, 2006

FBI to release to Judicial Watch Doubletree Hotel video

The FBI has agreed to release to Judicial Watch a videotape obtained from the Doubletree Hotel near the Pentagon by November 9, 2006.

Note that the hotel where the employees of the hotel were watching the video in shock when the FBI came and confiscated it was not the Sheraton but the Doubletree.

Also, it is important to note that in most cases, the FBI didn't in fact show up instantly as often reported but showed up within an hour or more. However, they did confiscate the approximately 85 videos very quickly (faster than the US military responded to hijacked planes!) and most importantly have kept them secret, releasing only 3 useless videos to the public (including this Doubletree video).

Perhaps you can get some idea of what the Doubletree video may show by looking at this image which shows a view from the hotel's restaurant which comes from the hotel's website here.

However, it is very likely that the Doubletree video may not show Flight 77 actually hitting the Pentagon as indicated by the FBI agent's statement below. It is possible that the Doubletree video shows the plane in the tight corkscrew descent before it hit the Pentagon.

"September 9, 2005: Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division files a DECLARATION describing her search for records responsive to Bingham's FOIA request. Maguire admits to determining that 85 videotapes in the FBI's possession are "potentially responsive" the the request, that she personally viewed 29 of the tapes, and that she located only one videotape that showed the impact of Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Maguire also refers to "one videotape taken from a closed circuit television at a Doubletree Hotel in Arlington Virginia," but states that it did not show the impact of Flight 77.

September 26, 2005: Hodes files a request seeking "copies of 85 videotapes in the possession of the FBI described in the declaration of Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire dated September 7, 2005."



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