History is nothing more than competition between stories, one of which eventually wins out after the first-hand witnesses are gone. The winning story is not necessarily the truth, but the story that addresses the inadequacies that its people face.
Myths become a part of history. One of the longest-running myths is that Paul Revere rode a horse all night to warn the colonialists that the British were coming. This legend merged with history after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem called the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”
But Longfellow wrote the poem almost one century after the alleged fact. The real story was that Revere was captured early in the night and detained by the British. So history gave us a hero, a face to put with our revolt.
Even worse was the myth of Nathan Hale. The real Hale served as a spy for George Washington’s army and was captured by the British. He was hanged in the presence of British loyalists.
The myth, perpetuated in grade school readers for years, has Hale asking the loyalists for a Bible the night before his execution. They deny it and they also deny him a chaplain. And right before he goes to the gallows, Hale is quoted as saying, “I only regret that I have but one life to live for my country.”
How do we know this is a myth? We know because it is highly unlikely that the British would let word out of such a heroic statement that would have bolstered the spirits of the colonialists, especially by identifying a colony as a “country.” And it is also unlikely that they would have given sympathizers access to Hale or the execution.
It isn’t too hard to see through these myths, so why do people believe them? It has to do with the land that we stand upon.
When confronted with truths about the Founders of our nation holding slaves or leaders of the United States mistreating Indians, some people respond by looking for justification for these actions. They look for the heroism and bravery they believe about Revere and Hale and conclude that we are “God’s chosen people.”
This brand of mythology continues to this day. They perpetuate policies that do not serve the same public that laps the lies up.
Most people believe the myth that Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attacks of 9/11. Stating and re-stating this untruth has become a convenient way for our leaders to steer the public away from the real perpetrators of the crimes of that day and for continuing an unending battle called the “War on Terror.”
This myth is just as transparent as the ones about Revere and Hale. Bin Laden is not even on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for 9/11 and has never confessed to the crime. But blaming bin Laden shifts the blame to someone else and brands a whole group of people called “al Qaeda” as our targets.
It also adds to our own self-image as the “good guys” who have followed Destiny in conquering the “bad guys” (usually people of color) in getting the land we have and the right to use force whenever we want to. Anything can be justified.
Even the myth that God gave us the land we live and lie for.
Questions and Answers about Planes without Passengers
Q: Why would the plotters decide to allow the passengers to live?
A: There may be more to this plot that has not been discovered yet. There are also many places to put people who have been presumed to have died in this manner, such as underground bunkers alleged to exist. The plotters may need them again.
Q: Why does it matter what struck the buildings?
A: If we can determine that planes other than Flights 11 and 175 hit the World Trade Center, we can easily rule out the official theory. We can also begin to identify those who had the capacity to send other aircraft. We can start to get the truth as to how passengers were used as well. It provides a necessary shift in perspective away from old thinking.
Q: Why does it matter if Flights 11 and 77 were not scheduled?
A: Common sense tells us it would be difficult for passengers to learn about a plane that has not been scheduled to fly. It should get our suspicion that anyone on the plane is probably a part of the plot. And it also implicates American Airlines as part of the plot because someone in the company had to have arranged the plane.
Q: Wouldn’t this plot involve too many people keeping secrets? Wouldn’t someone tell?
A: The first question is impossible to answer. If secrets have been kept by several people, we would not, by definition, know. But we do know that secrets have been kept for long periods of time, such as the fact that the United States started the fighting against North Viet Nam at the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.
Planes without Passengers Timeline of 9/11 Events
Appendix B – Timeline
Codes for Sources:
HC = historycommons.org
BTS = Bureau of Transportation Statistics
R=9/11 Official Report
DS=Der Spiegel magazine; BG=Boston Globe
CM=Local Cleveland media
All times Eastern time zone
7:30 A.M. – Passengers seen waiting in line in front of Gate 26 at Boston (DS)
7:40 A.M. – 11 “pushes back” from Gate 26 in Boston (BG)
7:45 A.M. – 11 “wheels off” from Gate 32 according to anonymous airport employee (BG)
7:58 A.M. – 175 with tail # N612UA “pushes back” from Gate in Boston (BTS)
7:59 A.M. – 11 “wheels off” from Boston (HC, DS)
8:02 A.M. – 93 “pushes back” from Gate in Newark (HC)
8:09 A.M. – 77 “pushes back” from Gate in Dulles (R)
8:14 A.M. – 175 “wheels off” from Boston (HC)
8:20 A.M. – 77 “wheels off” from Dulles (HC)
8:23 A.M. – 175 with tail # N612UA “wheels off” from Boston (BTS)
8:25 A.M. – 1989 “wheels off” from Boston (BTS)
8:28 A.M. – 93 “wheels off” from Newark (BTS)
8:42 A.M. – 93 “wheels off” from Newark (HC)
8:42 A.M. – some sources say this is the time of 175’s first sign of deviation from flight plan
8:46 A.M. – World Trade Center 1 (north tower) struck (HC)
8:52 A.M. – Air Traffic Controllers lose contact with 175
9:03 A.M. – World Trade Center II (south tower) is struck (HC)
9:35 A.M. – 93 nears Cleveland, then turns south away from it
9:37 A.M. – Explosion at Pentagon (HC)
9:45 A.M. – FAA orders all planes to land
10:03 – 10:10 A.M. – Crash at Shanksville, PA (seven minute discrepancy) (HC)
10:10 A.M. – First plane of two mystery planes (1989) lands in Cleveland (USA)
10:45 A.M. – Second plane of two mystery planes (175) lands in Cleveland (CM)