This excerpt appears in Dean Hartwell's A Fan's Folklore: Six Seasons of Triumph, Tragedy and Tough Luck, available on Amazon
Michael Thurman writes "Forget the towers, the hocus pocus that Hartwell describes around the planes could crack this affair wide open. He doesn't provide all the answers, but his analysis is spot on. He asks the right questions that no one else seems to be asking. Highly recommended." (5/21/12)
R. Rycoff states "There had NEVER BEFORE IN HISTORY been 4 simultaneous hijackings of airliners!!" (5/12/12)
My book, Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11, has now received ten reviews on Amazon. The most recent one, written by "RennMax," says that the book "gets really close to the truth." Read the review here.
My Reply to Robbyn Swan's Response to My Review of "Eleventh Day"
First, here is my review of their book:
Then, here is Ms. Swan's response:
Now, here is my reply:
To Ms. Swan,
I have read your review of my review of your book. I welcome the dialogue on the subject of 9/11.
Your book, and your review, fail to hit the mark that I had expected for you and Anthony Summers. Here are questionable comments you have made and my replies to them:
You state that “Hartwell claims, in the first instance, that we have not analyzed the work of AK Dewdney on the use of cell phones on airplanes.”
What I actually said was that Summers and Swan say “nothing about his experiments in the use of cell phones on airplanes, which he called the ‘Project Achilles Report.’”
Your book mentions in the footnotes Operation Pearl but not Project Achilles. This project shows limited connections for cell phones at high altitudes, with most calls going incomplete, without voice or without connection. Some calls connect, but last no more than one minute and most of these are at low altitudes. My comment “The report shows the difficulty of the use of cell phones on planes, especially at the levels the planes allegedly hijacked were flying at” is consistent with the conclusions of this project.
You also say that “Research reveals that almost all the calls made from the four flights were actually made not from cell phones, but from seatback phones.” Your book (page 114) states that “Mrs. [Barbara] Olson used [a] seat back phone.” Yet airphone records of four calls allegedly made by Barbara Olson show that there was no duration to any of them.
In your review, you say that “we confined ourselves to examining the evidence both for and against the possibility that World Trade Center 7 had been brought down by controlled demolition” as justification for not considering comments made by World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein. But I view comments made by the owner of the property about how the property collapsed to be evidence worth considering. In an ordinary case, if officials learned of a house burning down, they would want to talk to the owner immediately for ideas as to how it happened! Yes, that may not be PROOF, but it is certainly evidence!
You state that “she [Lisa Jefferson] was afraid that it might mean losing the call [from Todd Beamer]” to record it. But what consequence would come of that? Beamer would simply have called again.
And finally, you mention that at the Pentagon, “it was after this impact that the debris arrived – to use Hartwell’s word – on the Pentagon lawn.” But this still does not help the chronology of events there, which are highly significant. I still do not see disproval of the theory that plane pieces were planted. You miss the point on page 112 when you speak of “…photographs [of the remains of aircraft] taken before removal by the FBI.” This statement, even if factual, does not discount the possibility of planted evidence.
Yes, I am a “no-planer.” The failure of even highly-regarded researchers like you and Mr. Summers to challenge my hypothesis only confirms my belief.
Anthony Summers Fails to Confront 9/11 Truth in New Book
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