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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 interview. ...


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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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No it doesn't. It's all the workings of some very imaginative people. (These guys claim to be the source, but they don't claim it is any more than a coincidence.) Spelling of OSAMA Let's start with the spelling of OSAMA when you fold the note: This can be done with any US bill that has a 0 in its denomination; i.e. the $10, $20, $50 and the $100 ...


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The passport of Satam al Suqami who was on American Airlines flight 11 was recovered. From the 9-11 Commission report The passport was recovered by NYPD Detective Yuk H. Chin from a male passerby in a business suit, about 30 years old. The passerby left before being identified, while debris was falling from WTC 2. The tower collapsed shortly afterwards. ...


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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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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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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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No it wasn't, While the terrorists used the Gregorian calender to communicate the date of the attack, they used it in its form known throughout the rest of the world: dd/mm/yyyy and not the American form mm/dd/yyyy. So that it forms the 11/9 and not 9/11. Here is how Mohamed Atta transmitted the date of the attack to the operatives (source): As the Saudis ...


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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 fuel ...


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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 essence of this conspiracy theory seems to be that the BBC was part of a greater conspiracy of 9/11 in which reports were scripted in advance of actual phenomenon, and in particular that the WTC-7 building fell as part of a planned demolition, and the BBC report of the building falling came from a script prepared for the conspiracy. TL;DR: While it ...


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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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No. There was one commission member, Max Cleland, who "blasted" the White House and claimed a cover up. He withdrew as a commission member and was replaced by Bob Kerrey. Aside from Max, I can find no evidence of any of the other members "going on record" to admit a government cover-up. The full 9/11 report is available online (PDF) and the commission ...


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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.org/entity....


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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 America" because ...


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The two videos¹ that @BeReasonable cited show that Donald Trump was there on or before the thirteenth. NBC News interview, near the WTC rubble, September 13, 2001, talking about his having "hundreds of men working inside". German News interview, near Ground Zero, September 13, 2001, talking about having been to Ground Zero, having 100 men working on the ...


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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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Very probably, yes. The thing is, the NIST report does not claim, absolutely definitively, what it is, because no one took sample of the stream of metal at the time if was flowing. They "conclude" that it probably was, because it's a logical explanation of the observed metallic flow. Lacking a direct sample as evidence, they could only speculate and give ...


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