DOD Releases 9/11 Pentagon Footage

I’ve been trying to post this all day, but keep getting caught up in other issues. There is now so much out there that I’d use Google or Technorati to get the full load of commentary about the United Flight 77 video being released today. Judicial Watch gets the big props on this one, as they are the one who really pushed for the release of the film. From their release:

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that Department of Defense released a videotape to Judicial Watch at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon that shows American Airlines Flight 77 striking the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The Department of Defense released the videotape in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act request and related lawsuit.

“This is in response to your December 14, 2004 Freedom of Information Act Request, FOIA appeal of March 27, 2005, and complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia,” wrote William Kammer, Chief of the Department of Defense, Office of Freedom of Information. “Now that the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui is over, we are able to complete your request and provide the video.”

Judicial Watch originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request on December 15, 2004, seeking all records pertaining to September 11, 2001 camera recordings of the Pentagon attack from the Sheraton National Hotel, the Nexcomm/Citgo gas station, Pentagon security cameras and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Department of Defense admitted in a January 26, 2005 letter that it possessed a videotape responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. However, the Pentagon refused to release the videotape because it was, “part of an ongoing investigation involving Zacarias Moussaoui.” Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on February 22, 2006 arguing that there was “no legal basis” for the Defense Department’s refusal to release the tape.

“We fought hard to obtain this video because we felt that it was very important to complete the public record with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Finally, we hope that this video will put to rest the conspiracy theories involving American Airlines Flight 77. As always, our prayers remain with all those who suffered as a result of those murderous attacks.”

Here’s the video:

Stephen Gordon

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  1. The Good:
    Finally, after many years, pressuring the government to release this evidence has finally worked. Now if we can only get the 5000+ photos and videos we are requesting from NIST…

    The Bad:
    The pentagon hit is such a minor issue compared to the towers. Likely, this will amplify focus into this event. The “Conspiracy nuts” versus “Sheeple” debates will be further intensified over this red herring.

    The Ugly:
    If this is the government’s ace in the whole to demolish conspiracy theories… they failed. The video shows little except the fireball (which was released 4 years ago).

    All and all… a big “whoopee” that allowed the government to attack the truth movement while putting forth little to nothing.

    that’s just my 2 cents on it

  2. A couple notes:

    As far as I can tell, there’s only a single frame — two at most — that shows the “plane” on camera, but it’s such a blur that I can’t make out what it is. I’m sure it will be be dissected ad nauseum over the next few days.

    And exactly *why* was this classified at all? How could this *possibly* be sensitive evidence in the Moussaoui case?

  3. this is complete crap….saying the video is ‘released for the first time’ and that we’re ‘finally seeing what happened’

    this is the same video everyone has been seeing for the last five years…with the same blurry piece of crap that couldn’t possibly be a plane…..

    does the american government really have that little respect for the intelligence of the general public…

    or maybe i’m overestimating the publics intelligence because everyone seems amazed at this amazing new footage that is five years old

  4. I’m not with the conspiracy crowd, but I couldn’t help feeling a little weirded out when CNN Headline News kept repeating the stupidest theory of a missile as the most notable conspiracy theory for the Pentagon hit.

    But what really kills me is that this tape posed some dire security threat to the U.S. and couldn’t be released for 5 years. A MeFi commenter said it best about the whole reasonable questions dodge that’s been going on.

  5. the plane in the video is to small and why does that light pole disappear as cop car goes by as somebody posted on huffington post that’s how i got to looking at this again and it looks they cut some out from when they released the first time this just makes the water a little more cloudy please stop embarrassing use Americans and let us make are own opinion let us see all the footage stop hiding stuff from us we are not all little baby’s or stupid like you think we are or is it a conspiracy until you release it all this administration has no credibility honesty and integrity what a joke

  6. My college roommate is now fairly high up at NSA. He said it was at his insistence and direction that the Pentagon was being reinforced for blast protection when it was hit by the airplane.

    It was hit in an area only partially reinforced and still being worked on for reinforcement (the work would have been completed soon). The area reinforced had much less damage than the area not reinforced yet. My friend felt his actions in advocating and overseeing the reinforcement helped save some lives from that attack.

  7. If it was a plane, why not release some real footage?

    I’m no conspiracy monger, but I sure as fuck don’t believe the state.

  8. What footage? The particular cameras in use here capture only two frames a second. So that’s all there is to see.

  9. Rick Rajter

    Why were remnants of the plane found in the Pentagon after the crash? Were they planted by the government? There must have been hundreds, no, thousands or maybe millions of people in on the conspiracy. I had no idea secrets could be kept by that number of people. Are they all afraid the government agents assigned to kill people that leak secrets are going to get them?

    What will it take to convince you that 9/11 was what it was and the holocaust actually happened? We also landed on the moon several times, the Hubbell telescope is real, computers exist and Howdy Doodie was only a puppet.

  10. I don’t care about conspiracy, but this video reveals strictly nothing…It might not even be the pentagon being shown! There is no proof of a conspiracy pretty much, but this video remains unrevealant…The plane looks like a cessna on the video…

  11. Julian,

    Don’t care about the pentagon (that much), would rather focus on WTC 1, 2, and 7. But you’d rather attack the strawman yes/no?

    You can’t believe secrets can be kept by that many people? Doesn’t the CIA/NSA nullify that claim? They are certainly a large organization and we don’t know much of what goes on behind the scenes.

    The Manhattan project had over 1000+ scientists onboard

    But I’ll play your game.

    To convince me 9/11 really happened the way the government wants me to believe (Al-CIA-duh), I’d have to know how
    1) Al Qaeda laced the buildings with bombs
    2) Al Qaeda told NORAD to stand down
    3) Al Qaeda told the secret service NOT to immediately remove Bush from the school he was at

    If they can explain even 1 of these 3 I’ll be impressed.

    Now your turn. What would it take to convince YOU that the official theory is horse shit?

    anxiously waiting…

  12. Remnants of the plane? Found at the Pentagon?

    What Remnants are you talking about? I thought everyone’s big problem with the whole situation was the lack of remnants at the Pentagon.

    Either way, regardless the Pentagon video shows nothing new it’s crap. There were SEVERAL cameras trained all over the damn thing some real time instead of every 2 seconds.

    If they’re really so concerned about assuaging fears they’d show us the proof.

    Either way, the real issue as Rick is supposing here is the towers.

    Scientifically our theories for how they collapsed make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  13. Hahaha, I fished out an old hard drive from just post 9/11 and I had a copy of the frames from this video ALREADY.

    Perhaps I should’ve released it to the press!

    Funnily enough the copy that I have the projectile looks much shorter, also, this vid shows a clip of what I’m talking about same video originally released somewhat shorter looking projectile.

    I don’t really know what I believe, but I hardly believe the official story. That’s for damn sure.

  14. Julian,

    Perhaps it is the facts that have come out about how FDR had information about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, prior to and the day of the invasion, before it happened, and did nothing. It was a strategic move to rally the American public.

    It also doesn’t help that in WWI, prior to the U.S. joining, the Germans warned civilians to not board the Lucetania, which was carrying military arms to Europe. This made it through the censors to a few magazines, yet the public was not warned. For some strange reason, the Lucetania travelled through waters known to have German U-boats, was not going full speed (even though it could outrun any U-boats), and was not zig-zagging to avoid torpedoes. Given how this one event changed Amerikan sentiment about the war, I find it hard to believe it was not a calulated move.

    Given WWI and WWII, I do not believe that the govt would not themselves or through deliberate inaction, cause an event like 911.

    Mike R.

  15. Mike R,

    You left out the fact that the British Navy, to this day, threatens to fire on anyone attempting to dive and examine the Lusitania — presumably since doing so would reveal the munitions in its hold and finally lay to rest the notion that it was just an “innocent passenger ship.”

    Tom Knapp

  16. Umm, I think that somone owns salvage rights to the Lusitania and is planning a dive soon. From Wikipedia: “In June 2005 the owner of the wreck of the Lusitania, Gregg Bemis won his high court challenge with the Irish State and is now in a position to legally inspect the liner.”

    In any event, “Years after the incident, British documents revealed that the ship was in fact carrying munitions for the Allies. The Lusitania was transporting 4.2 million rounds of Remington .303 rifle cartridges, 1,250 cases of shrapnel shells and 18 cases of fuses. And according to the Discovery Channel, at the outbreak of the war in 1914 the Lusitania had been fitted with a broadside for potential use by the Royal Navy.” – from

  17. This conspiracy crap that some libertarians insist on promoting will never work to our advantage in furthering the cause. Which mainstream citizens will we convince to abandon the other parties? Some of you are right in there with the goofy ideas that end up sabotaging other minority parties. No wonder most people refuse to take libertarians seriously as they generalize to all of us for the beliefs of a small minority of you so called libertarians.

  18. that is not a light pole which “disappears”. it appears to be an electric barricade, such as found at parking lots at airports etc. the car, presumably, caused it to open, and it closed behind the car. look at the shadow. also, there’s no light atop the pole.

    I don’t believe the govt story about much of anything regarding 911. don’t need to go into it here, as it’s so obvious to most thinking people. but don’t muddy the waters with weird stories about a disappearing light pole, and how that shows there are missing frames, etc.

  19. Julian

    Did we really land on the moon? Does it matter? Has anyone died over this being yes/no? I frankly don’t give a shit.

    As for the libertarian party, I care about truth first and foremost. And you’ll note, that the LP doesn’t even mention the conspiracy theories… so you’re worried about nothing.

    Then again, nothing new…

  20. I never landed on the moon, but I suspect a few other people did. It was a secret government program that they never publicly admitted to, that put three men on the moon on July 20th, 1969. Unfortunately, the files regarding this conspiracy remain unavailable, and we may never know who exactly was on the moon or what they were doing there.

    As for the Pentagon, I found this particularly interesting: There’s commercial airliner wreckage, and LOTS of it, in the Pentagon. Complete with pictures. Clearly the government is trying to cover up the fact that a commercial airliner crashed into the Pentagon.