9/11 Unveiled (part 9 of 10): The Pentagon

by Enver Masud


There is little if any hard evidence, available to the public, that American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 flying from Washington Dulles  International Airport, crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

At the Dept. of Defense (DoD) News Briefing on September 12, 2001, American Airlines, Flight 77, Boeing, Dulles, and passengers were not mentioned.

Standing in front of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Jamie McIntyre, CNN’s senior Pentagon correspondent since November 1992, reported:

From my close up inspection there’s no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon. . . . . The only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand. There are no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage—nothing like that anywhere around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon. . . . It wasn’t till about 45 minutes later . . . that all of the floors collapsed.

Arlington County Fire Chief Ed Plaugher, incident commander at the Pentagon on September 11, corroborates Jamie McIntyre’s report. At the September 12, 2001, DoD briefing, when asked: “Is there anything left of the aircraft at all?” said: “there are some small pieces of aircraft … there’s no fuselage sections and that sort of thing.”

Victoria Clarke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs—“presenter” of the DoD briefing, did not contradict Plaugher. National news media failed to follow up on Plaugher’s comment.

Another question put to Chief Plaugher at the September 12, 2001, DoD briefing was:

Chief, there are small pieces of the plane virtually all over, out over the highway, tiny pieces. Would you say the plane exploded, virtually exploded on impact due to the fuel?”

“I’d rather not comment on that,” replied Plaugher.

How did “small pieces of the plane” end up “out over the highway” when the plane is reported to have disintegrated inside the Pentagon after it crossed the highway? If it disintegrated outside the Pentagon why is there nothing that looks like a Boeing 757 on the Pentagon lawn? If it disintegrated either inside or outside the Pentagon what caused the hole in C-ring?

When asked, “Have you removed the bodies?” Chief Plaugher replied, “We have no information on any type of casualty or body counts at this time.”

Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who from her fifth-floor, B-ring office at the Pentagon, witnessed “an unforgettable fireball, 20 to 30 feet in diameter,” writes in 9/11 and American Empire: Muslims, Jews, and Christians Speak Out, that she was called for stretcher duty as she and others

stared in disbelief at a smoking gash in the Pentagon . . . But no person or thing emerged from that side of the Pentagon. We heard that survivors and injured folks were being rescued from the inside, . . . and out the River exit into ambulances.

Kwiatkowski continues that there was

a strange absence of airliner debris, there was no sign of the kind of damage to the Pentagon structure one would expect from the impact of a large airliner. This visible evidence or lack thereof may also have been apparent to the secretary of defense, who in an unfortunate slip of the tongue referred to the aircraft that slammed into the Pentagon as a ‘missile’.

Barbara Honegger, military affairs journalist and former White House policy analyst, writes NORAD’s

Gen. Larry Arnold, revealed that he ordered one of his jets to fly down low over the Pentagon shortly after the attack that morning, and that his pilot reported back that there was no evidence that a plane had hit the building.

Questions about what hit the Pentagon on September 11, continued to be raised at the Dept. of Defense News Briefing on September 15, 2001.

Honegger adds an intriguing statement:

Multiple standard-issue, battery-operated wall clocks . . . stopped between 9:31 and 9:32-1/2 on September 11. . . .

The Pentagon was attacked by bomb(s) at or around 9:32 a.m., possibly followed by an impact from an airborne object significantly smaller than Flight 77, a Boeing 757.

Fort Meyer Fire Department Unit 161 was reported on fire at the Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. (National Fire Protection Association Journal, November 1, 2001).

“Captain [Michael] Defina drove onto the heliport and directed Foam Unit 331 to set up there, where Fort Myer Unit 161 had established a hydrant water supply.” National Airport’s aircraft rescue firefighters “knocked down the bulk of the fire in the first seven minutes after their arrival”.

The hole in the Pentagon wall—prior to the collapse of the roof—is too small to accommodate a Boeing 757, and supporting columns seen in photographs appear to be bowed out, not in—which is what one would expect from the impact of a Boeing 757.

If only the fuselage penetrated the Pentagon, then the wings would have remained outside. But no large debris—anything resembling the Boeing 757 wings and fuselage—is visible on the Pentagon lawn, and the lawn itself shows no sign that a Boeing 757 skidded across it or struck it.

The engines of the Boeing 757 would have survived the impact and heat. An engine from a plane that struck the World Trade Center was shown on network television, and so was an engine from American Airlines Flight 587 which crashed shortly after takeoff from New York on November 12, 2001.

One photo from the Pentagon crash site shows what could be an engine part about 30 inches in diameter outside the Pentagon. Another photo shows what could be an engine part (its size is difficult to determine) inside the Pentagon.

These parts, and other debris on the Pentagon lawn, that could identify Flight 77 have been withheld.

According to George Nelson, Colonel, USAF (ret.), serial numbers on aircraft parts could confirm the plane’s identity.

Col. Nelson writes:

In all my years of direct and indirect participation, I never witnessed nor even heard of an aircraft loss, where the wreckage was accessible, that prevented investigators from finding enough hard evidence to positively identify the make, model, and specific registration number of the aircraft—and in most cases the precise cause of the accident.

This is because every military and civilian passenger-carrying aircraft have many parts that are identified for safety of flight. . . . these parts are individually controlled by a distinctive serial number and tracked by a records section of the maintenance operation and by another section called plans and scheduling.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Aidan Monaghan for “documentation confirming the recovery and positive identification of debris from the commercial aircraft allegedly used in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001”, David M. Hardy of the FBI’s Records Management Division, on September 24, 2007, replied “the material requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure”.

Photos and videos of the Pentagon—which may be viewed at twf.org/911.html—reveal yet more curious sights: a trailer, light poles, and a highway sign in front of the damaged area still intact after a Boeing 757 is alleged to have flown through there; a computer monitor which survived the fire that is alleged to have vaporized the Boeing 757, but left human bodies in good enough condition to be identified; “50 FBI officers” walking “shoulder-to-shoulder across the south grounds of the Pentagon, picking up debris and stuffing it into brown bags” (Washington Post, September 12, 2001).

Then there’s the testimony of Norman Y. Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation, that Vice President Richard B. Cheney may have given a do not shoot order to facilitate an attack on the Pentagon.

In response to a question by the Vice-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Mr. Mineta states:

There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand? ”And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”

Five video frames initially released by the Pentagon raised more questions than they answered—no Boeing 757 was visible. Videos released on May 16, 2006, pursuant to a FOIA request by Judicial Watch, are as inconclusive as the first five frames.

Prosecution Trial Exhibits P200023 through P200041 of the Pentagon, presented in United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui (2006), reveal even less than the photographs available on the Internet (twf.org).

On September 12, 2001, the Washington Post reported two phone calls from Barbara Olson to her husband Theodore Olson—42nd Solicitor General of the United States: “She called from the plane while it was being hijacked,” he said.

The 9/11 Commission Report states these two calls were made between 9:16 and 9:26.

However, exhibit P200054 contradicts the Solicitor General’s account. It shows that Barbara Olson made only one “unconnected call”—it lasted for 0 seconds.

Further doubt has been cast on the official account of Flight 77 by Pilots for 9/11 Truth founded by Robert Balsamo. They claim that “video captured by the parking gate cam is in direct conflict with the Aircraft Flight Data Recorder data released by the NTSB.”

The 9/11 Commission Report animation (July 2004) shows an aircraft flying south of the Navy Annex, and the video captured by Pentagon security cameras shows an object flying level before striking the Pentagon. The NTSB data animation (January 2002), according to the pilots’ organization, shows an aircraft flying north of the Navy Annex, not levelling off, and being too high to have hit the Pentagon.

Eyewitnesses interviewed by the Citizen Investigation Team—Pentagon police officers Sgt William Lagasse and Sgt Chadwick Brooks—confirm seeing a plane flying along a path north of the CITGO gas station which sits east and slightly north of the Navy Annex.

The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to respond to an October 24, 2005 FOIA appeal, filed by Scott A. Hodes for 85 videotapes of the September 11, 2001 crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

And there are unresolved issues regarding the complex maneuver executed by the alleged pilot of Flight 77, and the identities of the alleged hijackers.

CBS News reported: “Radar shows Flight 77 did a downward spiral, turning almost a complete circle and dropping the last 7,000 feet in two-and-a-half minutes. . . . the complex maneuver suggests the hijackers had better flying skills than many investigators first believed.”

The New York Times (May 4, 2002) reported that Hani Hanjour “could not fly at all.”

Also, Hanjour’s “name was not on the American Airlines manifest for the flight because he may not have had a ticket” (Four Planes, Four Coordinated Teams, Washington Post).

How then did Hanjour get on the flight, and how was he able to approach the Pentagon?

“Only a military aircraft, not a civilian plane flown by al Qaeda, would have given off the ‘Friendly’ signal needed to disable the Pentagon’s antiaircraft missile batteries as it approached the building” writes Honegger.

Furthermore, the official account of Flight 77 on September 11, 2001 defies the laws of science.

Calculations based on its Flight Data Recorder (FDR)—obtained pursuant to a FOIA request by
Pilots for 9/11 Truth—show that Flight 77 would have encountered a G-Force of around 33 times its normal weight when it would have to level out, about 150 yards in front of the Pentagon, and fly across the Pentagon lawn at “530 miles per hour” with “the top of the fuselage of the aircraft no more than 20 ft above the ground” (Pentagon Building Performance Report, p14) in order to strike the first floor of the 5-story, 71 feet tall Pentagon.

Had Flight 77 attempted this maneuver, it would have crashed on the lawn in front of the Pentagon.

Just prior to September 11, 2001, a congressional committee was investigating unaccounted funds at the DoD—$2.3 trillion in FY 1999, and $1.1 trillion in FY 2000. The section of the Pentagon destroyed housed records of DoD spending, and the personnel for monitoring that spending.

The Pentagon crash may be the only commercial airline crash in modern history in which most of the available evidence has been withheld from the public. Reporters on the scene were “handcuffed and dragged away” (DoD News Briefing, September 12, 2001).

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19 Responses to "9/11 Unveiled (part 9 of 10): The Pentagon"

  1. Ann  September 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Tim, thank you for posting what is screaming in my head! The passenger list, who, who, who?!

  2. Tim Zerr  September 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Where is the passenger manifest with the deads names? And their relatives? Hasn’t anyone followed this up with interviews? If not was the plane empty except for crew? Seems like without the passengers names and relatives interviews the rest of the evidence is not as strong. How could all that be made up with friends and relatives, and neighbors of the dead all part of the cover-up. Please explain this since I have not really paid attention to it all but it is starting to get my attention. fill in this gap please.

  3. Lem G.  September 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I saw the trajectory path and do major airliner debris or luggage, bodies etc from all the media coverage and my conclusion on 9/11 from that day to a decade later remains it was a cruise missile that slammed into the Pentagon.

  4. REY  September 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    STEWART RESNER there was a plane involved, Witnesses saw a plane flying in the direction of the Pentagon BUT it probably flew over while an explosive or missile did the real job
    PLEASE SHOW US THE FLIGHT RECORDER DATA (BLACK BOX) ANALYSIS .Where IS IT ? SHOW US THE 60 VIDEOS TAKEN FROM ALL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, I have been to the Pentagon many times any body can see the big video cameras attached to the wall on EVERY CORNERS..For WHAT REASON THE VIDEOS ARE CONVENIENTLY “NOT AVAILABLE” WHILE THE WTC CRASH VIDEOS showing the planes crashing into the towers ARE.
    WHERE ARE THE SITS and LUGGAGES ? I have photos of burned dead bodies but these are the people who were inside the offices…
    ANY PILOT WILL TELL YOU IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FLY A 757 at 400 knots 20 Feet above ground
    ONLY THE PRESIDENTIAL PLANES (Air force 1 & 2) AND MILITARY PLANES HAVE AN IFF DEVICE (FRIENDLY SIGNAL) WOULD NOT TRAGER THE MISSILE DEFENSE SYTEM, CIVILIAN PLANES DON’T HAVE IT SO THEY CANNOT GET CLOSE AND IT WAS EVEN WORST BECAUSE THE “FLIGHT 77” HAD ITS TRANSPONDER OFF,WHICH MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ACTUALLY VERIFY IF IT WAS INDEED FLIGHT 77 OR ANY OTHER PLANE (Confirmed by Daniel O Brian a Air Traffic controller) …AND an Aircraft with its transponder off flying in the direction of the Pentagon was going to be intercepted by F16 -18 way before….and of course it did not happen… because CONVENIENTLY there was a breakdown in standard operating procedure with FAA NORAD PENTAGON and P56. these facts are backed up by Norman Mineta testimony before the 9/11 commission…stating that Dick Cheney from the “bunker” let the plane approach just watch it on Youtube…(Title : Norman Testimony before 9/11 commission)

  5. Jeff Prager  September 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    10 years of full time research:
    Global Murderers
    Vast Financial Fraud
    The Physics, Mathematics & Chemistry

  6. spktruth200  September 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Let us not forget it was Rabbi Dov Zahkeim who was the treasurer of the Pentagon…and that Rummy stated this money was missing on 9/10/01…and not one single corporate media (coverupers) or the President or the AG has ever questioned it since. I had an email yesterday that Obama upon taking office was going to go after Bush and Cheney but was told by democrats in the know, they feared the republicans, the GOP, and all those generals who supported bush and cheney and torture, stated they would declare martial law against the american people if Obama looked into…a coup detat…now that makes more common sense as to why Obama and the Justice Dept looked forward not backward. We citizens must insist we not “move forward on 911….but a thorough investigation of 911, but a Citizen Commission be formed….we must get cheney before the old bastard dies…put him under oath. He lied in his book, he has admitted to torture, admitted to war crimes.

  7. bikercliff  September 9, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Is it not true Barbara Olsons husband was also lawyer for the israel spy that was convicted ( pollard)

  8. bikercliff  September 9, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Do you know that police at the pentagon were promoted to other federal police agencies after 9-11, and that agency was infused with much money, talking about the government Printing Office. Was this pay back to keep silence?

  9. Daniel Noel  September 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    “Dishonors America,” eh? Would you care to elaborate on that?

    By the way, this article is not about suggestion, but about compelling evidence that the belief in the official Pentagon 9/11 story is primarily an act of faith. Some 9/11 researchers still claim that the official Pentagon 9/11 story cannot be ruled out completely, but its credibility is about as high as any other important facet of the overall 9/11 story: very low.


  10. RJ  September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    If a plane hit the pentagon there would be vidoe from one of the hundreds of cameras filming at all times. The image would be ingrained in our minds the same as WTC planes. We haven’t seen the video because it doesn’t exist. A missile hit the pentagon.

  11. Daniel  September 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    JAMIE MCINTYRE: From my close-up inspection, there’s no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon.

    The only site, is the actual side of the building that’s crashed in. And as I said, the only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you pick up in your hand. There are no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage, nothing like that anywhere around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon and then caused the side to collapse.

    Even though if you look at the pictures of the Pentagon you see that the floors have all collapsed, that didn’t happenm immediately. It wasn’t until almost about 45 minutes later that the structure was weakened enough that all of the floors collapsed.

  12. Gordon Duff  September 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Perhaps it was ai tiny invisible airliner with rodents flying it, no wings or baggage?
    Who sent you here? Tell them to send someone less stupid next time.

  13. Enver Masud  September 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    With of without eyewitness testimony my conclusion remains: there’s no hard evidence of a Boeing 757 having crashed into the Pentagon.

    The evidence I present in my article at http://www.twf.org/News/Y2010/0911-Pentagon.html summarizes that evidence — official records/reports, and most importantly, the laws of physics.

  14. stewart resmer  September 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    The pentagon was struck by an airliner, any suggestion to the contrary dishonors America.

  15. Brian  September 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Enver, I enjoy your articles but you and I really disagree about what really happened at the Pentagon. I agree with Mike Rivero a plane hit the Pentagon. I’ve placed my evidence numerous times in VT article comment sections and I don’t want to place all of it here but I will place this:

    From his article: Google “Jamie McIntyre” and “9/11” and this firsthand account from 2001 will pop up, in which I utter the fateful words, “I can tell you from my close-up inspection, there’s no evidence of a plane crashing anywhere NEAR the Pentagon.”

    That phrasing – taken out on context – has fueled Internet conspiracies for years, and a fresh crop has popped up ahead of the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

    What the 9/11 deniers intentionally misrepresent, is that I was answering a question about an earlier report that the plane crashed SHORT of the Pentagon, nearby. I was explaining there was no sign of a crash anywhere BUT at the Pentagon.

    But I was there. I saw the thousands of pieces of the plane scattered over the heliport outside the Pentagon. I photographed pieces of the wreckage, photos you can see here.

    One of the photographs shows some of the small pieces of the plane scattered all over on the ground and one looks like part of a cockpit window.

    Brian: Enver, links cause comments to wait in moderation, so please Google this: The Immortal 9/11 Conspiracy Jamie McIntyre.

    Go to the web page and check look at his photographs.

    I’m not being confrontational but please give me an explanation for the thousands of shards of airplane wreckage on the heliport at the Pentagon. I do not believe it’s been photoshopped by Jamie McIntyre and I do not believe after a supposed missile hit the Pentagon people in the false flag cabal ran out there and tossed thousands of shards all over the heliport without being seen; no way. Besides that’s a ridiculous plan. Sure looks like a plane hit the Pentagon, I have other photographs but please explain the heliport photograph.

    Best regards,


  16. Doug  September 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Enver. Well documented…..April Gallop’s testimony supports the findings of those mentioned above.
    Explosions and no wreckage as she existed out of the hole with her son in tow. Doug

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