Popular Mechanics takes on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

9/11 WTC7 conspiracyPopular Mechanics has a very good article laying waste to the more bizarro 9/11 conspiracy theories — 9/11: Debunking The Myths:

Three and a half years later, not everyone is convinced we know the truth. Go to Google.com, type in the search phrase “World Trade Center conspiracy” and you’ll get links to an estimated 628,000 Web sites. More than 3000 books on 9/11 have been published; many of them reject the official consensus that hijackers associated with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda flew passenger planes into U.S. landmarks.

[…]To investigate 16 of the most prevalent claims made by conspiracy theorists, POPULAR MECHANICS assembled a team of nine researchers and reporters who, together with PM editors, consulted more than 70 professionals in fields that form the core content of this magazine, including aviation, engineering and the military.

It’s a very good examination at the facts and doesn’t stray into speculation, I just wish it had come out sooner than 3 and a half years after the tragedy. No doubt the conspiracy theorists will respond that Popular Mechanics is shilling for the Pentagon/CIA/NSA/Aliens.

Stephen VanDyke

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  1. How many people were fired at Popular Mechanics magazine so that this piece could be written by Micheal Cheroffs cousin? I am getting very very tired of government propaganda being presented as objective news.

  2. Who is Micheal Cheroff? Personally I’m not totally sold on the official story behind 9/11 but I think the debunking done here was very useful in focusing everyone on the real questions behind the event… like who set up all those stock short orders the days before and how connected were the terrorists with the School of the Americas?

    There’s still plenty to be investigated, just don’t let the nuts come up with deluded theories that distract.

  3. Who is Michael Chertoff? Good grief , he is the head of Homeland Security.I don’t know what happened either , but I can tell you what didn’t happen and that is the official story. I don’t believe that one of the hijackers passports flew out of his pocket and landed two blocks away from the WTC for one thing. But the outrageous cover up and secrecy sure points to something going on. If you don’t believe our government covers things up just type in declassified documents cuba, or iraq or chili and see what goes on in their own records

  4. who cares if his cousin wrote it thats making assumptions. i hate my own cousins and would do nothing to help them.

  5. Okay, the government says that titanium melts at 1300 degrees farenheit, when it actually melts at 2880. I have a problem with that. It is odd how they say 1 out of 8 black boxes were recovered and all the planes were disintegrated. Scientifically, this is impossible. Somehow, the passport of one of the hijackers mysteriously flew from within the billowing flames capable of melting steel, aluminum, four black boxes, and bringing the trade center to the ground an hour before the laws of thermodynamics would have done so. These passports are amazing. Had we covered all the planes in these magical passports, I’m sure they’d safely fly through the buildings, land on a big fluffly cloud to let the passengers out, and there’d be no 9/11.

  6. Hm, maybe we should fly a few more planes into tall buildings to see what happens and finally prove or disprove it one way or the other.

  7. Couple points.
    1. Pod a shadow. Not likely. Do a search for a E-10 J-Star. Its a military plane. Has a large pod attached to the bottm of the fuselage.

    2. No melted steel but hot enough to fail. Why did they find pools of molten steel then in the wreckage of ground zero 2 WEEKS later.

    3. Floors pancaking. Nope. Those building fall at a free fall speed. THINK PEOPLE!!

    4.WTC 7 damage? Larry Silverstien the owner is on record as saying “I told them to pull it”(term for controlled demolition)

    5. I am not even going to go into the pentagon or flight 93, but the claims they make are absurd. Planes don’t disappear. And if by chance they did, 6 ton engines made of the hardest materials known to man certainly do not vaporize due to a puny 500 mph crash.

    6. And finally nearly all the sources these guys use are either funded by the goverment, have contracts with the goverment or ARE the goverment.

    This will be removed asap, I have no doubt. For those of you who view this, open your eyes