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"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you." Likely false. (As elaborated in the linked video, watch it in whole for a strong rebuttal of the claim, and others.) On 9/11, Donald Trump was sitting in his office in Trump Tower, and actually phoned in an ...


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We don't need the video evidence. Even without the footage from many angles, there is a plethora of eye-witness accounts testifying that a plane hit the South Tower. Here's a small sample. At that time Chief Ganci was behind me and he thought there was another explosion in the north tower and that's when I turned around and said Chief, listen, there is a ...


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This has been a widely debunked claim. At best, it is based on second- and third-hand reports of people seeing some people on the rooftops that they assume were Muslims and were celebrating. Snopes has a piece about it. Donald Trump insisted he witnessed television footage "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey "cheering" the 9/11 attacks, despite the ...


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Other examples? There's a list of buildings which have collapsed due to fire here: Historical Survey of Multi-Story Building Collapses Due to Fire. Scanning this document, to include only building which are made of steel (and not e.g. reinforced concrete), shows only two: Alexis Nihon Plaza Montreal, Canada Steel frame with composite steel beam and deck ...


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No. According to a 2005 report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): The number of billions of miles driven and the number of fatalities on US roads increased slowly [data from Table 1 and Table 2]: 2000: 41,945 fatalities over 2,747 billion miles. 2001: 42,196 fatalities over 2,797 billion miles. 2002: 43,005 fatalities over 2,856 ...


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The footage of the South Tower hit exemplifies several anomalies, including a Boeing 767 flying at an impossible speed, an impossible entry into the building There is ample documentation and physical evidence of aircraft parts at and near the WTC site in the day after crash that seem improbable without there having been an impact. http://911research.wtc7....


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you are finding few hits in your search because the original sources used the phrase "fuel consumption calculator" and didn't know the name of the person. See the 9/12/2001 Boston Globe article Boston arm of terrorist group being sought : Some clues may have been a copy of the Koran, an instructional videotape on flying commercial airliners, and a ...


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There seems to be some circumstantial evidence to back up his claims. First, to be fair, neither of those quotes say "on 9/11". But he was at least in the area near ground zero in the days following 9/11. Here is an interview he gave with a German reporter on 9/13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoYXihwcp8c And here's an interview he gave on the same ...


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The OP asks: Did thousands of Muslims celebrate the attack on 9/11 in New Jersey? Was video of this celebration broadcast on TV? In case neither is true, is there proof of celebrations that involved more than a handful of people somewhere in the US? I think that there is an implicit question underlying this post which must be answered ( ...


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I'm going to quote from the comment of @Fizz. It seem the most obvious explanation is that the operator had stopped filming to save tape because nothing interesting was happening for a while. And when the building started falling they resumed... about a second too late to catch the initiation. This is the explanation: the video was obtained from the ...


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No. There are alternative explanations for observed characteristics of the collapse consistent with a fire induced collapse. Why the collapse resembled a controlled demolition When discussing the similarity of the collapse of WTC7 to a controlled demolition, 3 points are often raised. Symmetry: The building was asymmetric. The damage was asymmetric. So how ...


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Snopes has a picture of Trump near ground zero 7 days after the attacks, so Trump's core claim from this speech -- that he was there -- is true. Though as Snopes points out, very little about what he actually did there is verifiable.


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It was hasty, and based on mistaken intelligence, but it was coordinated: They knew about the WTC and the Pentagon They (some of the command and control people) mistakenly thought that another airliner was incoming down the Potomac They launched fighters on what I'd call a "ready or not, here I come" basis, to intercept http://www.historycommons....


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Yes, Fox did broadcast the series. A 7 May 2002 Salon article explains what happened: Just about the same time that KHOU was stabbing in the dark, reporter Carl Cameron of the Fox News Channel was beginning an investigation into the mystery of the art students that would ultimately light the way into altogether different terrain. In a four-part series on ...


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No. The link is to an oil trading company, not a technical source, and the reference provides no source for the information. "Maximum burning temperature", is not a standard measure for specifying jet fuel. Jet fuel specifications from ExxonMobil list many requirements and test methods, but do not mention "maximum combustion temperature", or any similar ...


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No The Plasco Building in Tehran On January 19. 2017, this 17-storey steel-framed building abruptly collapsed after burning for several hours, officially killing 20 firemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTrUk9AECIs The Windsor Tower in Madrid This was a 29 storey building with outer steel columns and a concrete core. A strong mechanical floor was at the ...


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The youtube video replays this part over and over again, here is the "flash" under the plane alleged to be a missile launch. Obviously this is a greatly enlarged portion of a video recorded from a few blocks away. It is far too small for there to be any resolution of the details of the aircraft. A credible alternative explanation might be that this is the ...


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The video appears to be from the LSDYNA NIST Model of the WTC 7 collapse. From the NIST website itself, we have the link to this video, which I have linked to the time in which a very similar simulation appears. The video is also available from Wikimedia Commons, where the entire video, in its parts, are available to view. While the original sources from ...


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Many of Osama bin Laden's family were protected by the FBI in the days following the attacks, but did not leave until the flight ban was lifted. CBS News gives a readable account of the events in late September 2001: They left the country on a private charter plane when airports reopened three days after the attacks. The allegations that they were ...


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Welcome to Skeptics SE! The report that you are looking for is available online for free here. What you are interested in is this quote. The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations ...


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According to HistoryCommons.org, the rule in place to notify the Secretary of Defense was in place since at least 31 July 1997 HistoryCommons.org has a page titled "Context of 'June 1, 2001: Revised Hijacking Procedure Outlines Defense Department Responsibilities'". From this page, it provides a link to a document from the Joint Chiefs of Staff ...


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This isn't a complete answer, but among the many videos at https://www.nist.gov/photos-videos-and-simulations there are several copies of the same footage that was used in the YouTube video. NBC1 Restricted clip_2.avi in Organized Photos and Video Clips / VideoClips / NBC Restricted - 2 Tapes / NBC Restricted Tape 1 and NBC2␣Restricted␣tape␣clip_6.avi in NBC ...


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The English text in the first link seem to be the bloggers own translation of the passage, at least if I understand what he writes correctly. This could very well be a biased translation since the blogger wants to prove that the texts makes a certain prediction. I found a separate English translation of the passage for comparison. The Messiah Texts: Jewish ...


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Although he initially denied involvement he later claimed responsibility, according to the New York Times reporting on a video released by Bin Laden in 2004: [Bin Laden] accused Mr. Bush of "misleading" the American people three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Al Jazeera Web site said, and added that "we decided to destroy towers in ...


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According to the Washington Post article A horrifying look into the mind of 9/11’s mastermind, in his own words quoting James E. Mitchell : But perhaps the most riveting part of the book is what KSM told Mitchell about what inspired al-Qaeda to attack the United States — and the U.S. response he expected. Today, some on both the left and the right argue ...


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I hesitate to answer, and thereby somehow "validate" such a poor quality question, but here goes: This video, from a security camera at a nearby parking lot, captures the time period of the incident. (I don't say it shows the "instant" of the crash, because it's a once-per-second "video" and hence shows about a half-second before the crash and then, in the ...


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