Canadian critic challenges official
TV's Barrie Zwicker presents his own findings
By Chris Brisbane
In a hot and stuffy meeting
room at the University of Toronto, Barrie Zwicker made his case.
veteran media critic likes to refer to himself as a “9-11
skeptic.” He believes the United States government was complicit
in the massacre of its civilians on Sept. 11, 2001.
“People who criticize, they haven’t done their homework,” Zwicker
said. “All they can do is say, ‘You’re a conspiracy theorist.'
All they can do is just call names. They never raise anything of substance.”
And substance is just what Barrie Zwicker has to provide.
On Nov. 12, Barrie Zwicker of Vision TV presented his series, The
Great Deception: Unanswered Questions Around September Eleven, at U
Hart House. In his series, originally aired less than five months after the
9-ll attacks, Zwicker examined and commented on the "official" version
and evidence of the Sept.
evidence and findings.
Zwicker has conjured many of his own questions. But now, as a result of his
own research, he is content with making assertions.
“I think a lot of the questions have been answered,” Zwicker said. “For
instance, the question of whether an airliner crashed into the Pentagon has now
been answered by all sorts of physical evidence. If you do spectrometry analysis
of the pictures of the fire, [it’s clear] an airliner did not go in.”
believes the United States was complicit in the massacre of its own
assert its hegemony over an oil-rich region of the Middle East. To
accomplish this, the U.S. was willing to sacrifice its own citizens
and place the blame for their deaths on foreign interests, notably
the world's chief terrorist (as identified by the U.S.), Osama Bin
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Boeing 757 could not perform such manoeuvres
Zwicker asserted that the Boeing 757-200, American Airlines Flight
77, did not perform the manoeuvres which it apparantly did before
crashing into the
He believes that a remote-controlled, unmanned U.S. military plane
crashed into the Pentagon.
Boeing 757-200 has a wingspan of 124 feet, length of 155 feet and
a height of 18 feet.
Sept. 12, 2001, CBS News reported, “Radar
shows that Flight 77 did a downward spiral, turning almost a
complete circle and dropping
the last 7,000
feet in 2 1/2 minutes.” However, such manoeuvres are
only possible by smaller or military airplanes.
O’Brien, an air traffic controller at Washington's Dulles
International Airport, commented on the 270-degree turn that she
witnessed the aircraft
ABC News. “The speed, the manoeuvrability, the way that
he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced
that was a military plane.”
Seibert, Steve Patterson and Lon Rains, witnesses who were close
to the Pentagon, said the aircraft that passed them appeared
sounded much smaller than a 757,
which also produced a screaming, high-pitched sound.
from the Pentagon’s west wing on Sept. 11 show
that the damage was approximately 90 feet wide across the first
level, 13 feet wide
second floor and not higher than 26 feet. A Boeing 757’s
wingspan is 124 feet and 10 inches high. The tail of a 757
is 44 feet and
6 inches high.
reports concur that Flight 77 struck the Pentagon at an angle
of approximately 45 degrees, which should have
increased the width of damage to
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this in mind, Zwicker wants to know:
can we see the impression of the wings and tail on the impact area
of the Pentagon, which
impact at the World Trade Centre?
can we see the Boeing’s wings,
engines or tires in photographs of the Pentagon on Sept. 11?
there anywhere we can see the approach of a 200,000-pound
757 (which apparantly flew
less than yard above the ground) in or around the Pentagon?
Zwicker is also troubled by the fact that data from the flight
data recorder and voice data recorder for Flight 77, recovered
by the FBI, has
yet to be
released to the public. Also, the footage from several surveillance
videos, also recovered
by the FBI, has not been released.
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Two crashes could not cause WTC collapse
Zwicker also believes that the collapse of the World Trade
Centre towers could not have been caused by the two airplane
He says it is probable
that a demolition or implosion, controlled by U.S. authorities,
higher than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit are required to weaken steel
(the enormous beams and columns of the World Trade Centre
were fire-resistant steel). However, testing has shown that steel frame structures
hydrocarbon-fueled fires indicate steel never exceeds 680 degrees
in building fires.
smoke from both buildings was very dark when they collapsed, suggesting
that the fires had cooled down, which was corroborated
by Orio J. Palmer, a New York Fire Department batallion chief,
when he called for two engine companies to assist him on the 78th
tower, 10 minutes
before it collapsed.
addition, molten steel was found seven floors below the ground
at the World Trade Centre site and Building 7, which indicates
temperatures surpassed 2,800
degrees Farenheit to result in such melting. Extremely
high temperatures cannot be explained resulting from the ignition of jet fuel.
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Failure of military response
Zwicker cannot make sense of the lack of U.S. military response. On
Sept. 11, the U.S. military had an hour and 23 minutes to protect Washington,
D.C., after the first communication loss by ground
control with an aircraft.
Logan Airport Air Traffic Control lost contact with American Airlines
Flight 11 at 8:14 a.m. EDT. That plane would later
the north tower at the
World Trade Centre at 8:46 a.m. EDT. In the event of
loss of radar contact or radio communication with an airplane, Federal
air traffic control to call for immediate military
- The Pentagon was not protected by fighter jets from
Andrews Air Force Base (less
from the White House and Pentagon), jets from Langley
Air Force Base
(which did not fly at their top speed of 1,500 miles-per-hour)
and it was not defended
its own anti-aircraft weaponary.
addition, the F-15s which flew to lower Manhattan from Otis Air
National Guard Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, did not travel
at their top speed of 1,875 miles
per hour. The F-15s were only scrambled at 8:44 a.m.
EDT and were too late to intercept American Airlines Flight 174, which crashed
9:03 a.m. EDT.
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9-11 skeptics have proved their case, Zwicker
Zwicker said the onus is
now on those who believe the "official" version of events.
He maintained that the 9-11 skeptics have proven their arguments
by examining photographs,
of onlookers and doing spectrometry analysis.
“You come with your evidence [and] prove it,” he said. “The
shoe is on the other foot now in respect to many things about 9-11. Those who
want to say that the U.S. Air Force just didn’t happen to take timely action,
it’s up to those people who claim that there’s
some rational explanation for that, to come forward
with that explanation.”
Lara Baker, a U. of T. student who organized Zwicker's presentation,
said she was
dissatisfied after seeing how the U.S. government
reacted in its press conferences -- its failure to
present persuasive intelligence information and physical evidence.
“Nobody really knew who to blame,” Baker said. “Was it the
fault? Was it the the fault of a terrorist organization?
I think it was at this point when I realized that this mechanism of finding
and lack of accountability on behalf of the Bush
I really started to question what was really going on.”
complete transcripts of Barrie Zwicker's Great Deception