September 2020: Nineteen years have now passed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In the time since then, many people have heard the “truther” conspiracy theories about the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City. But conspiracy theorists claiming an “inside job” didn’t stop with the World Trade Center.
When Popular Mechanics published our cover story debunking 9/11 myths back in March 2005, the editors also tackled the conspiracy theories about the attack on the Pentagon. Here is that part of the report.
At 9:37 am on 9/11, 51 minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon was similarly attacked. Though dozens of witnesses saw a Boeing 757 hit the building, conspiracy advocates insist there is evidence that a missile or a different type of plane smashed into the Pentagon.
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Big Plane, Small Holes
Claim: Two holes were visible in the Pentagon immediately after the attack: a 75-ft.-wide entry hole in the building’s exterior wall, and a 16-ft.-wide hole in Ring C, the Pentagon’s middle ring. Conspiracy theorists claim both holes are far too small to have been made by a Boeing 757. “How does a plane 125 ft. wide and 155 ft. long fit into a hole which is only 16 ft. across?” asks reopen911.org, a Web site “dedicated to discovering the bottom line truth to what really occurred on September 11, 2001.”
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to the Facts
The truth is of even less importance to French author Thierry Meyssan, whose baseless assertions are fodder for even mainstream European
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