In their new book, The Eleventh Day: the Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan tell us that “the identity of the perpetrators is not in doubt.” But the two make several questionable assertions and omissions of fact which undercut their belief that members of Al Qaeda carried out the attacks.
Summers and Swan spend little time addressing the validity of the alleged cell phone calls from airplanes. Supporters of the official theory claim that the calls were real and that they prove the presence of hijackers on the airplanes.
The authors could have analyzed the claims of AK (Alex) Dewdney on this subject. Though they do mention Dewdney on other topics (such as flight by remote control), they say nothing about his experiments in the use of cell phones on airplanes, which he called the “Project Achilles Report.” The report shows the difficulty of the use of cell phones on planes, especially at the levels the planes allegedly hijacked were flying at.
Another glaring omission is the conduct of World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein, whose name does not appear in the book’s lengthy index. Silverstein said that he “pulled” Building Seven, a slang term for bringing down a building by explosives. His remarks are often cited by those who believe insiders within our government acted on 9/11 because the building would have had to have been prepared for demolition prior to the event.
The two authors also fail to question why Verizon employee Lisa Jefferson did not record her alleged conversation with alleged Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer. It was from Jefferson that we heard of the now-famous battle cry “Let’s Roll!”, which Beamer supposedly told other passengers before attacking the hijackers.
So what is their proof for their theory about the perpetrators?
Take their analysis of what happened at the Pentagon. They tell us about photographs published in the Defense Department’s “Pentagon 9/11,” which show “some debris” outside the building. But they fail to give any indication as to when the debris, such as mangled metal with the marking “AA” for American Airlines on it, actually arrived.
They bring out the story told by Tamara Carter by saying that she arrived at the scene “two days later” and saw plane parts. This story also fails to address the matter of timing.
They also tell us that Boeing part numbers “reportedly” had part numbers consistent with the airplane that allegedly crashed. Sorry, “reportedly” does not help me to discount theories offered by critics who believe parts were planted.
Their other attempt to prove their theory about the perpetrators involves put-downs of leading theorists. “There is more that one should know about them,” say the authors as they call one out for holding an unpopular opinion about the Waco tragedy, another for having used LSD and yet another for using biblical principles to economics. I am not sure of the connection of these facts to the subject at hand.
Anthony Summers has written brilliantly about the JFK assassination and other subjects before. But his failure to confront alternative theories to the official one about 9/11 in an even-handed way disappointed me. I cannot recommend this book.
Dean T. Hartwell
Author of Facts Talk but the Guilty Walk: the 9/11 No Hijacker Theory and Its Indictment of Our Leaders