Part 1; My Ignorance. September 2001 to January 2002
My initial reaction to the 9-11 attack was "What do you
has been meddling in other nations' affairs, especially the Mideast,
decades. I was not surprised that the Arabs decided to retaliate.
On September 14th I posted an article on the Internet
about our Mideast policy and how we are fools for letting ourselves get
dragged into Israel's fight with the Arabs.
On Sunday, September 16th, I was at somebody's house
who has a TV (I
don't have a TV). I finally saw the titillating television reports
the event; specifically, the brief video segments of the airplanes
into the towers. Newscasters were repeating them every few minutes,
with remarks about the Evil Arabs. I was told that there had been no
in the broadcasts since September 11th. Apparently, the reporters were
determined to permanently burn the information into the memories of the
American people, and the American people were apparently happy to let
From September to the beginning of January I
occasionally posted messages
on some newsgroups in which I complained about our Mideast policy. I
the impression that I was in a very small minority for believing that
policies were causing trouble for us.
By October or November (I don't remember when) I
discovered the Google
news groups. One person posting messages had the screen name of
He often complained that we should not trust our government; that
was suspicious about the September 11 attack. What was suspicious about
Arabs retaliating? I didn't see anything strange about their desire to
attack us; rather, it seemed like a normal human reaction.
Geeman often provided a link to his website and other
Web sites. Occasionally
I would look at some of the sites he was directing us to.
One of the sites Geeman pointed us to was an article
by Jim McMichael
with the title “Muslims Suspend The Laws Of Physics”. The title
to me that it was an article about a magic act. An image appeared
in my mind; an image of a group of Arabic magicians in colorful
who were performing such anti-gravity tricks as levitating a woman.
the photos showed the World Trade Center, not a magic act. I failed to
grasp the connection.
As I read the article I quickly realized it was a
rebuttal to an article
about the World Trade Center attack, but I did not know which article
was a rebuttal to. Then I came to remarks about the floors of the World
Trade Center not appearing to fall like a stack of pancakes. Apparently
he was responding to somebody who claimed the floors fell like
Visions of pancakes appeared in my mind, and I wondered what pancakes
to do with our meddling in the Middle East and our bombing of
Why was he discussing pancakes and the laws of physics when we should
discussing a new government and a new foreign policy? The article
silly, and I started skipping through it quickly, rather than carefully
reading each word.
Conclusion; the Internet is lousy for dispensing news
None of us enjoy reading text on a computer monitor; rather, we resist
reading Internet documents. If a Web site does not immediately make
to me, I tend to quickly skim through it. Some people are worse than I
am. I know a person who, when I told him to read something on the
would usually respond "print it." He didn't even want to print it
McMichael could have put the answers to life on his
Web site, but since
the images of a levitating woman and a stack of pancakes did not make
to me, I probably would not have noticed.
Also, the Internet is lousy for dispensing photos
Geeman's web site had a picture of something he referred to as “Global
Hawk”. I never heard of “Global Hawk” before. The phrase gave me
of a large bird that flies all over the planet. He posted a small
of it, but it was of such low quality that I could not figure out what
it was a photograph of. It looked like a toy airplane with a big
nose. The nose reminded me of those fake noses that are attached to
that people wear as a joke. I glanced at the photo and skimmed through
a few of his remarks about it, but since the photo did not make sense
me, I did not pay much attention to his text description.
Now that I know what a Global Hawk is I can clearly
see it in Geeman's
photo, but at the time I had no idea what it was. This brings up
problem with the Internet. If a photograph is of such low quality that
we cannot immediately understand it, many of us will dismiss it.
many objects are so complex that we need to see large, high resolution
photographs. Unfortunately, it is not practical to post large
on the Internet. (See Figure 9-15 on page 105 of Painful Questions, and
compare it to the Internet versions to see what I mean.)
Conclusion: The 9-11 info is ignored
The Internet has been promoted as a replacement to paper, radio, and
but it is a terrible method of providing information to people because
we do not enjoy reading text on a computer, and because photos and
are terrible quality. The Internet is useful for research, because in
cases a person will force himself to search through documents. However,
the vast majority of people will never use the Internet as a news
Therefore, most people will never realize that the Internet is full of
information about the 9-11 attack.
If a person wants to provide information about the
9-11 attack to the
public, he will fail miserably if all he does is post documents on the
Internet. I am proof of that statement; I saw some of the sites that
information about the 9-11 attack, and I dismissed them.
The best method to reach the public is television, but
programs is beyond the ability of a single individual. An individual
working by himself can only produce a paper book.
Part 2; My awakening, January 2002
At the beginning of January Geeman posted a remark on the newsgroup
that finally got through to me. I do not remember exactly what he
but he was complaining that there was something suspicious about the
in which the towers collapsed.
Up until January 2002, whenever I saw a photograph of
the World Trade Center
attack I could not see the steel or concrete. Rather, visions appeared
in my mind of the fighting that has been going on in the Mideast for
and I saw Americans rushing to Afghanistan to toss bombs on mud shacks.
In other words, when I looked at the World Trade Center attack, my mind
saw only angry people, war, and violence.
Something Geeman posted in January caused me to look
at the attack from
the point of view of what actually happened to the towers, and how it
happened, and how
the towers collapsed. I began searching the Internet for photographs
descriptions of the attack and collapse. Since I was now doing
I was paying more attention to the Internet sites.
I quickly understood what people were complaining
about. The 9-11 attack
had a lot of suspicious aspects to it, and it appeared as if somebody
it was going to occur. Sometime in the second week of January I posted
a document at my website that discussed some of these suspicious
Part 3; My attempts to help; January and February,
I began sending e-mail messages once in awhile to people, informing
them that those towers collapsed in a strange manner. I sent messages
people who appeared to have some interest in this attack, or who should
have some interest in this attack, such as Harry Brown of the
Party, a couple of talk radio stations in my area, David Duke, and even
Matt Drudge. I also sent a message to Tim Wilkinson of the University
Sydney in Australia, one of the "experts" who claims that a fire
the towers. I also posted remarks on various newsgroups.
My e-mail messages never seemed to have any effect on
anybody, so I
continually rewrote the message under the assumption that perhaps it
just poorly written.
On the 18th of January I was looking through some of
and I came across an article that seemed familiar. This article
that explosives were used to destroy the towers. The explosives did not
seem to be the familiar aspect of this site, however. Rather, the
about pancakes and Muslim magicians seemed familiar. It was that
by Jim McMichael with the title “Muslims Suspend The Laws Of Physics”.
Now, in mid-January, I understood what he was complaining about,
I still had not figured out what the pancakes had to do with the
In February I discovered that the editor of Fire
was calling the investigation of the World Trade Center “a half baked
and another article was asking people to send e-mail to their
to demand an investigation. I responded by sending e-mail messages to
government officials, and other people.
Fire Engineering Magazine had been complaining for one
month by the
time I noticed them. How can anybody say news travels fast on the
when such important news takes a month to get to me, and it still
reached the majority of people?
Also in February I began looking through the lists of
graduate students at some universities in an attempt to find professors
students who seem interested in steel buildings, concrete, and physics.
I then sent e-mail messages to them pointing out that there is
strange about the collapse of the World Trade Center, and they ought to
look into it, possibly even making it a project for the students. I
about 100 of those e-mail messages in February. I also sent a couple
to a few people at NASA, and to somebody named Wallace who did a
analysis of the plane hitting the Pentagon.
There are sites on the Internet that post problems for
solve for fun, so I turned the World Trade Center collapse into a
problem. (Page 80 of the Painful Questions book shows it) Specifically,
I challenged them to determine whether or not it is possible for the
in the World Trade Center to become pulverized without an additional
source. However, of all the sites I told of this puzzle, only one in
found it interesting enough to post on their site.
Part 4; The Pentagon Crash; March, 2002
On the 27th of February a Canadian in Montreal who is fluent in
both English and French sent me an e-mail message about a site in
that claims a truck bomb exploded at the Pentagon. About one hour later
he sent me an e-mail message that contained the English translation of
I cannot read French, but I looked at that French site
it may have had pictures I could make sense of. I saw a photo, but it
not seem to have any value, and the page did not scroll down, so I
the site of no value. I did not bother trying to figure out what the
translation said because I was busy at the time, and it would have
some effort on my part. I dismissed the site as unimportant.
On March 4 I received an e-mail message from an
American news group
(the APFN) that Flight 77 never hit the pentagon. They provided a link
to a site that had photos and descriptions. The site asked readers to
the Boeing”. This site had an unusual trick of scrolling (actually,
to the left when I clicked the mouse on a certain part of it.
I considered this site to be very interesting. I
emailed the link to
a few people, including that Canadian I just mentioned. He responded by
telling me that
he was certain that he told me about that site the previous week. I
through my e-mail to see if he had indeed sent me the link, and I found
that he had sent me a site in France with a slightly different address.
I compared his French site to the English version, and I discovered
they were identical.
I then realized that my inability to read French was the reason I never
noticed that the pages scrolled left and right instead of up and down.
Conclusion: Email is worse than paper mail
It is easy to scan through a stack of paper mail. If you are busy,
it is easy to lay aside the mail and look through it on another day.
scanning e-mail messages is annoying on our eyes, and it is more
because we see only a small piece of one message at a time.
The worse aspect of email is that if we are busy and
decide to put a message aside
for some other day, we can easily forgot about it.
That person in Canada could have E-mailed me a link to
a site that had
the answers to life, and he could have sent me the English translation
in a separate message. But because I was busy that day, I would have
at the French site and then dismissed it.
Part 5; Is anybody listening to us? March, 2002
In March I added a document to my site about the Pentagon attack.
By this time I had about 10 different pages on different suspicious
of the 9-11 attack.
I never mentioned my documents to any of my neighbors,
friends, or relatives,
nor did I discuss the 9-11 attack with any of them. Part of the reason
was that I was curious to find out how long it would take before they
out about my documents on their own. But nobody ever asked me; nobody
Near the end of March I decided to talk to some
and relatives about the 9-11 attack. I discovered that not
that I personally knew had seen any of the Internet
sites that discussed
the 9-11 attack. Some of these sites supposedly received millions of
every month, but I do not know even one person who has seen even one of
By the end of March I decided I was wasting my time
with my Internet
documents; that I will never have an effect on the general public. I
also coming to the conclusion that I am wasting my time sending e-mail
messages to university professors. Nobody with a technical background
fires, steel buildings, or seismology seemed to have any interest in
the collapse of the buildings or the seismic data.
Conclusion: the Internet is mainly entertainment
The Internet is primarily an entertainment system. Millions of people
e-mail to past jokes to their friends, for example. A joke can reach so
many people on the Internet so quickly that it creates the impression
the Internet is an incredible method to spread information to the
However, only jokes spread to large numbers of people; not serious
People resist reading lengthy e-mail messages, and they resist messages
that require seriously thought. The end result is that entertainment
reaches the entire world within days, but one year after the 9-11
only a tiny fraction of the population has received email about it.
anybody who tries to spread information about 9-11 via e-mail is going
The thousands of Americans who discuss 9-11 on the
Internet make up
perhaps 0.0002% of the American population. The information never gets
to the “common person”.
I had posted a lot of documents on the Internet,
contacted a lot of
people, but what good did I do? Jim McMichael posted his document
I posted mine, but has it changed the world for the better?
I felt as if I was in a neighborhood where a fire was
burning, but the
firemen were playing poker and most other people were watching
I felt as if I, McMichael, Geeman, and a few other people were trying
extinguish the fires by ourselves, but unless we get more assistance,
fires will destroy the neighborhood. Somehow the people who were
an hour each evening with Tom Brokaw must be convinced to leave their
for a few minutes to help us.
I decided that the only way to reach the general
public is with a paper
book. We can give books as birthday and Christmas presents, and we can
show books to our friends and relatives. This should expose the general
public to the suspicious aspects of the 9-11 attack.
The 9-11 attack is one year old already, but not much
has happened yet.
Will my book change the situation? Or will I have to add another entry
to this document about my failure to reach people via books? Will I
be wondering if the only way to get the attention of the "general
is to hire Hollywood stars? Perhaps if Britney Spears or Liz Taylor
say something about 9-11....
At the beginning of February, 2002, I was thinking that perhaps
the groups of people who had been complaining for many years about our
Mideast policies would be interested in demanding an investigation of
World Trade Center attack. David Duke and the "World Church of the
are two examples. I posted a few messages at the newsgroup of the World
Church of the Creator. To my amazement I discovered that some of the
dismissed the possibility that the attack was a scam. They responded
such an event was not important to them. How could
an attack of this magnitude
not be important to a group of people who claim to be opposed to our
in the Middle East? I came to the conclusion that the World Church of
Creator has been infiltrated with Mossad, CIA, and/or FBI agents.
The odd behavior of the members of the World Church of
the Creator made
me wonder how many other groups have been infiltrated. Perhaps
Tim McVeigh belonged to such a group, and perhaps the FBI infiltrators
convinced McVeigh to blow up the building in Oklahoma City. In such a
the FBI would have supplied the explosives and technical assistance,
was the patsy.
Update: After I wrote this page I
was informed that General Partin, an explosives
expert for the US military, explained years ago that Tim McVeigh was a
that the fertilizer bomb could not have done the damage. The truck bomb
was just for show; the building had explosives in it.
Have you heard of General Partin? If not, search for
info on the Internet about
his report. There are videos and books about this and other issues that
likely shock you. Who is telling the truth about these issues? Should
trust the FBI? Or people such as General Partin?