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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What We Needed! 9/11 Percipient Witnesses!, February 2, 2007
This review is from: 9/11 Mysteries - Part I: Demolitions [Clamshell Case] (DVD)
"9/11 Mysteries" is a film that has come along at the right time to supply a critical element to the ongoing debate over what really caused the collapses of the World Trade Center buildings.

I have recently been viewing some of the ongoing Internet debates surrounding various books and films on 9/11. A recent debate involving two passionate devotees of opposing views ultimately turned on "my experts are better than your experts." The argument was fine-tuned at one point on whether one college professor was sufficiently "peer reviewed" and how much criticism was generated within the ranks of his colleagues for his opinions.

"9/11 Mysteries" invokes a breath of fresh air into the ongoing debate. This is perhaps an ironic way of stating the point in view of the difficulty of breathing at all at Ground Zero, but this has been accomplished with this brilliantly revealing documentary, and for a fundamental reason.

The term used in court trials that has been proven most effective in winning over juries is that of "percipient witnesses." The American Heritage Dictionary defines percipient as having the power of perceiving. This element is precisely what is needed in the ongoing 9/11 debate. The steady u-turns away from confronting this critical element is what prompted the restlessness and boos from the families of victims at hearings conducted by the official 9/11 Commission.

The Commission's persistent bobbing and weaving away from the nitty-gritty of what occurred that unforgettable day is what has prompted a savvy Washington area viewer of current political events as Amazon reviewer Robert Steele to state in his review of "9/11 Mysteries" that the 9/11 Commission Report constitutes "a whitewash" and is "actually criminal in its negligence."

Those are strong words, but the severity of the entire pattern of events leading up to the Commission's final report justifies harsh conclusions. For instance, after the greatest tragedy of its kind in U.S. history it would be considered a "no brainer" for a Commission to be immediately established to determine what went wrong with an eye toward correcting any actions or failures to act that made the nation vulnerable to such attacks along with an eye toward punishing perpetrators.

Remember what happened? Actually nothing. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney initially stonewalled against such an investigation. The threadbare reason advanced was that such an investigation would distract and detract from the advancing effort to fight terrorism in the U.S. and globally.

Does this make sense? After such calamities occur in New York City the answer is to ignore those events and never investigate them, all in the interest of fighting prospective future terrorism.

If an enemy surfaces and engages in a method of attack the answer is to skip past that initial attack and not investigate it because doing so will only distract from future efforts to fight that enemy. In short, seek to thwart your enemy by not investigating the bloody devastation he unleashed. Does this so-called reasoning contain even a shred of logic?

So now "9/11 Mysteries" surfaces in the picture and provides that breath of fresh air into the debate. This film goes beyond the "gotcha" debates of "my experts are better than yours" by displaying the action right down there at Ground Zero from those, to use that term again, percipient witnesses.

What did the First Responders, those New York firefighters risking their lives to save others, have to say? What did those percipient witnesses among those who were fortunate to escape from the devastation alive as well as sidewalk witnesses have to say?

The one word that reverberated with steady and alarmed repetition among the ranks of the devastated and the responders was "explosion." Time and again, from the lips of responders as well as other percipient witnesses, that word "explosion" was stated with unvarying repetition.

The film provides the best photography I have viewed to date of what actually happened. At one point we are asked to pay close attention and listen. Yes, the sounds appear very clearly. We need no experts to tell us, this is something we actually experience as we step into the shoes of individuals at Ground Zero on that fateful September 11.

Two major names that surface repeatedly in the film, and from whom hopefully much more will be heard in the steady pursuit of truth concerning 9/11 are William Rodriguez and Scott Forbes, both of whom worked at the World Trade Center. Rodriguez, in fact, was the last person to escape from the flaming wreckage alive.

The courageous Rodriguez not only speaks of a series of explosions he heard, consistent with the theory of building destruction through controlled demolition; he proceeds one step further and mentions the fear that enveloped him when he heard sounds of explosions beneath him in the basement.

It was confirmed with expert comments and other analysis that a ground floor explosion is consistent with accepted current controlled demolition practices. In the process of that discussion the "pancake theory" presented by the mainstream media as an explanation of how the 9/11 tragedies occurred is dismissed. Had that occurred Ground Zero would have been covered with far more debris.

Experts also debunk the accepted theory that the 9/11 tragedies occurred as a result of planes crashing into the buildings by explaining that the temperature of the buildings was no more than 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. A cataclysm such as what occurred could only happen if the temperatures were at the 2,500-degree level.

There is much explanation as well over the survival of other large buildings that endured fires without collapsing. Footage is shown of a building in Spain that endured in the midst of a 20-hour fire.

Scott Forbes provides some of the most thought provoking analysis of the film. He explains how much activity was occurring in the building where he served as a supervisor. This hub of activity occurred just before 9/11 and was never explained. Forbes recounts that only because he was off on 9/11 did he survive. Instead he watched the tragic events from the window of his nearby apartment.

"9/11 Mysteries" is the first volume of a series in which producer Avatar will tackle other areas of continuing interest into the causes of the tragedies. After having witnessed this comprehensive effort, the sooner the better.

There is a reason to be intimately concerned about this issue - the survival of our nation.

The longer one explores the more ludicrous the official "rush to judgment" instant account becomes of mainstream media commentators and journalists reporting in lockstep the Bush Administration official explanation.

This "explanation" would have us believe that one man in an Afghanistan cave with a cell phone and computer reeked the devastating human tragedies in concert with a cadre of "aviators" who learned just enough to crash planes into buildings while, luckily for us, leaving letters and other sure fire identity clues around for us to find. Enough, that is, to render all of them instantly culpable.
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