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The United States is a republic of many. But on September 11, 2001, a shock felt around the world jolted us to the core and the people of a nation stood together to become one. Drunk with unity, we did not question. Those of us who thought to question did not use their voice for fear of being labeled as a terrorist or unpatriotic. As time passed, imagination wandered, intensity built, anger materialized. We concocted a multitude of scenarios and alternative explanations to satisfy individual curiosities to ease the mind. We sought truth. Sensible answers to unfathomable questions. Happenings that seemed so preposterous and far-fetched had to have deeper explanation. This issue of Conte gathers true, first-hand accounts of what people saw and did on that day and the days to follow. We contrast those experiences with conspiracy theories to present a platform where stories can be shared and new ideas are generated. We, as a nation, deserve answers. Whatever our beliefs, whatever our conclusions we regretfully cannot undo what has been done. But we can stand together to honor those lost. features 04

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911 CONSPIRACY THEORY Examination Providing Alternate Theories On What Really Happened According To Civilians What is going on? How did this happen? Who is responsible?

You woke. You showered. Maybe grabbed some breakfast, maybe went to work. Somewhere during your morning routine, the unthinkable happened. Either you watched, heard or experienced a plane fly into a building. The events that followed were hazy at best, as a million things flew through your mind. Aside from being there and possibly fighting for your life, other questions ran through us in those first few moments: What is going on? How did this happen? Who is responsible?

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For some, the questions never end. Before any of those questions could be answered another plane flew into another building. And another. And a field. Shortly after, a building collapsed. Another building collapsed. And another. Four planes. Two skyscrapers hit. Three skyscrapers fell. The dust lingered. Naturally, most of us are skeptics. We hear things, start to piece everything together, only the pieces don’t quite fit. There are questions left unanswered. A finger was pointed at al Qaeda. Scared and angry we listened implicitly and one person’s closure was another’s doubt.

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What adds believability to this theory is the numerous eye-witness accounts by reporters, firefighters and civilians that they heard explosions right before each tower collapsed.

But what’s more interesting is these three buildings that collapsed on September 11, 2001, are the only three buildings in history to collapse from fire. On May 4, 1988, a 62-story building in LA burned on four floors for three hours. On February 23, 1991 a 38-story building in Philadelphia burned on eight floors for nineteen hours. On October 17, 2004, a 56story building in Venezuela burned for over seventeen hours on twentysix floors. None of these buildings collapsed. Even on February 13, 1975, before the North Tower had a sprinkler system, a fire broke out on the eleventh floor and spread from floors nine through fourteen. Not even then, did the building collapse from the fire.

The South Tower was the second tower hit and the first to go down. The plane hit the southeast corner allowing most of the jet fuel to explode outside the building. The North Tower was hit straight on and had already been burning for about thirty minutes. The South Tower burned for 56 minutes, the North Tower, for 102 minutes before they fell.

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Theory #1:WTC 1, 2 and 7 Destroyed in Planned Demolition This theory is based on how these towers fell. The twin Towers each completely collapsed in about ten seconds and WTC7 in about six and a half seconds seconds. These were all steel structures and the twin towers were struck with planes in the higher floors. Gordon Ross, a mechanical engineer, stated the fall of the towers should’ve been more asymmetrical. As a steel building, the upper sections would’ve twisted down and away from their lower portions. Instead, the top fell through, completely straight to the ground, taking the path of greatest resistance. It seems odd and unnatural that two 110-story towers only took ten seconds to fall this way. For such a chaotic and dramatic impact, all three fell too perfectly, evenly and with such grace.

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Another interesting fact is that both CNN and BBC reported WTC7 collapsing just after 4:00PM, only WTC7 collapsed at approximately 5:20PM. Both reporters had the building in the background over their shoulders in the footage. Theory #2: Pentagon Attacked by Cruise Missile The theory here questions whether a plane even hit the Pentagon. Why? Because there wasn’t really any debris from a plane and what was found was completely inconsistent with a Boeing 757. For example, the 757 has two engines – one under each wing. Each engine is about nine feet wide, twelve feet long and weighs six tons. These engines are made from titanium, which burns at 1688 degrees Celsius. Jet fuel, when in an oxygenated environment will burn at 1000 degrees Celsius. Neither engine was found at the site. In fact, the official report indicated the entire plane was vaporized. How can this be when its scientifically impossible for titanium to melt at 1000 degrees Celsius? If twelve tons of engine went barreling through the Pentagon at 530 MPH, the inertia should’ve sent the fuselage through the building, tearing the wings off on impact. Also, the damage to the Pentagon was a sixteen-foot hole in the outer wall. Not even the windows next to the hole were damaged. There was no trace of damage from the wings or the vertical stabilizer. Eyewitnesses even said there were no marks on the lawn, which means if a plane hit, it would’ve had to go from being airborne right into the four-story building with absolute precision. The FBI confiscated all the area surveillance tapes before anyone knew what had happened and only five shots were released, not one showing a clear image of a plane. Theory #3: U.S. Air Force Deliberately Takes Out Passenger Jet Colonel Bob Maar said, “The words I remember clear as day are, we will take lives in the air to preserve lives on the ground,” when talking about military tracking of flight 93. This is inconsistent with the official speculation about the passengers overthrowing the hijackers and sacrificing their own lives for others. But even if the military took flight 93 down, there would still be wreckage at the crash site. However, like the Pentagon, the site was extremely sparse. It was reported that pieces of clothing and papers scattered the site for up to six miles, yet, no plane debris. How could fabric and paper survive yet the entire airplane just vanished? The only other evidence of a crash was a large crater where it may have hit the ground. 10 CONTE

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Gordon Ross a mechanical engineer Evidence Destroyed Examination Usually crime scenes are taped off, fully investigated and evidence documented. But in an article in Providing he 125 year-old Fire Engineering by report Themagazine official Alternate editor Bill Manning refers to the current stated ithewas odd andthen unnatural Theories nvestigation of the Twin Tower collapsesindicated as, “a half- the What baked On farce.” Four companies were contracted in entire plane was Really New York City for debris removal. It happened strict supervision GPS were eunder official reportand how allunits three fellinstalled perfectly Happened vaporized. How n every truck. One guy was said to have taken too According the indicated can this be? ong of a lunch break and was removed immediately. To Civilians This allowed for no independent investigation,

One person’s closure ntire plane was is another’s ...evenly . . . and with such grace. aporized. How The official report doubt. can this be?

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as the debris was shipped overseas for melting. Understandably so, it would’ve been a constant reminder of recent events, but still a little strange. The remnants could’ve been taken somewhere for analysis or a privacy fence could’ve gone up around he site. We have to learn from incidents through nvestigation to determine what types of codes hould be in place and what are the best practices or high-rise construction,” Manning told the Daily

indicated the entire plane was vaporized. How

Theory #4: U.S. Government Destroys Evidence at the One Site That Has Any Usually crime scenes are taped off, fully investigated and evidence documented. But in an article in the 125 year-old Fire Engineering magazine by editor Bill Manning he refers to the then current investigation of the Twin Tower collapses as, “a half-baked farce.” Four companies were contracted in New York City for debris removal. It happened under strict supervision and GPS units were installed in every truck. One guy was said to have taken too long of a lunch break and was removed immediately. This allowed for no independent investigation, as the debris was shipped overseas for melting. Understandably so, it would’ve been a constant reminder of recent events, but still a little strange. The remnants could’ve been taken somewhere for analysis or a privacy fence could’ve gone up around the site. “We have to learn from incidents through investigation to determine what types of codes should be in place and what are the best practices for high-rise construction,” Manning told the Daily News. “The World Trade Center is not the only lightweight, core construction high-rise in the U.S. It’s a typical method of construction.” Fear. Perhaps that’s why these questions have yet to be answered. When the wounds were fresh, the answers given were acceptable. One, because we were all in shock, any information seemed to pacify us and two, you would’ve been deemed unpatriotic to stand up and go against what was being said. There was such a surge of camaraderie after the dust settled and that fear was keeping the media from asking the toughest of the tough questions. We just want answers.We still haven’t gotten them so our search presses on. If the government has nothing to hide, then why won’t they address and explain these specific inquiries? Terrorist attack or our own country’s betrayal, the devastation that happened on September 11, 2001 still occurred. Do we have a right to the truth? Absolutely. The truth won’t undo the pain but at this point it has the potential to help some of us move on.

Fear. Perhaps that’s why these questions have yet to be answered.

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1,609 Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks

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Number of employees who died in Tower One


19,858 Body parts found


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David At the time I was living in Manhattan and was going to work. When I got to Broadway, I saw a black cloud. It didn’t look like smoke to me, because it was so incredibly thick. I was about three blocks from my office when this woman came walking towards me and was looking right at me. When I looked at her, she just looked a little off. She’s said, “I just saw a plane hit the world trade center.” I didn’t know what to make of it. She looked like a normal person. She didn’t look crazy. She was very attractive. I didn’t say anything and I kept walking. Based on that, I didn’t go into my office right away. I walked another extra block or two to get to West Broadway because I knew you could see the buildings. When I got there, there was this gaping hole with smoke pouring out of it. I jogged back to my office and while talking to my sister on the phone - That’s when the second plane hit and I saw this enormous fireball fill the sky. My closest friend at the office and I went down to the street and saw the second gaping hole and the fire and everything coming out. We stood there for the next hour and a half and the streets filled with people. All the rumors were going. Some cars had stopped and had the radio playing and that’s where we heard the pentagon had been hit. It was absolutely awful standing there watching this happen and as the hour and a half went on and they both fell. The streets were packed with people just watching in shock. After that, I walked back home. As I was walking up, you’d see all the people covered with soot. They looked like ghosts walking up the street, covered with the dust. You didn’t know what it was at the time, then when you got home and watched TV you found out what it was.

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Katie It was the closest I’d ever felt to feeling like I was going crazy. I was late for school that day so my aunt was driving me in. There were so many people everywhere, just going ape shit. It was so surreal. You almost felt like you were looking at yourself and it wasn’t actually happening to you, but it was. People were just hysterical and going out of their minds. You feel like you’re in the crazy house. Like it’s a fucking movie or something. When the second plane hit, you just ran. You try to call people and phones don’t work. We tried to get in the car again but there was absolutely no way you could get out of there. So we walked miles back to the Bronx to let everyone know we were okay. Everyone I know lost someone important that day. In a morning, your whole life changed. I’d never been so scared before. I lost a lot of friends and my friend’s brother who was a volunteer firefighter. He died saving people, and people remember him – he was the boy in the red bandana that saved all these people. We didn’t find out about it till much later. I remember sitting there with my friend just waiting for a call and it never comes and you kind of know what happened by then. There was this girl that I really, really loved a lot. Like I said there were so many people and when the second tower was hit, she was running away. People just trampled the fuck out of her. They just crushed her like a car. I remember going to the hospital and she was like, I know I’m going to die. All her ribs were just totally shattered and all her organs were failing. I felt like this is a conversation I’d have with the person I really love when I’m eighty. I was seventeen at the time. I just told her I’ve always loved you. She said, “This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. I’m supposed to get married and I’m supposed to have the kids, the dogs, the house.” I told her when you make it out of here, I’m going to marry you and we’re going to have a house and I’ll do all that other crap too. She died two days later from organ failure and it was probably the worst day of my life.

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Frank I was out on the Island. I got to work just before it happened so I didn’t hear it on the radio. As people were coming into work, they were talking about it. They said the plane had hit the Trade Center. So I thought, its happened before…so I didn’t think it was a big deal. Then ten minutes later, someone said, “Another plane hit.” Five minutes later, someone said, “We’re getting attacked.” But that was it. That was all I pretty much heard or saw about it for most of the day. We just basically sat there wondering what the hell was going on, not having a clue. I didn’t know anything about it until 2:30 in the afternoon, when I went to lunch. I went to a bar because I knew they had a TV. That was the first I saw of it. The first thing that popped into my mind was, wow, what amazing graphics, because it just seemed like a movie. It was just so surreal to even believe that that was what happened. We went home at four. When I was in my car on the way home, every single radio station that I put on was talk. There was no music. That was when it really started to hit me it was pretty serious. My dad is a volunteer fireman for Port Jefferson, about an hour out of the city. A lot of the volunteers out there are also city firemen and were some of the first to respond. They got stopped a few blocks away from the trade center while they were still up. They didn’t know what was going on so they were just holding everybody back. My dad’s truck was waiting so long, the guys got off to see what was going on and figure out what they could do. By this time, there was a line of trucks. When they finally started waving them on, there was a bunch of trucks behind them that just arrived, so they were ready. My dad’s crew wound up going in much later than the other trucks. The trucks that had gone in front of my dad’s were the ones that got crushed when the towers fell. There was one guy, I still don’t think he’s back to normal. The next day, when he went back, was put on eyeball detail and he just walked around with a bag and a long pincher, picking up eyeballs. People were put on head detail, arm detail, leg detail.

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Andrea when I turned on my shower, it came out and the water was red. I was working in an office building in Times Square. People started getting calls on their cell phones, as there were a lot of us from out of town. I was living in Atlanta but I was working in New York throughout the year. They’d heard a plane had crashed into a building. Instinctually, I called my mother in Atlanta. She was hysterical and that’s when I knew something really awful had happened. Then all the grids started jamming and we couldn’t get on the Internet. We heard a plane crashed into the Pentagon, and I thought: oh shit, we’re under attack! I had a moment when I saw the smoke coming up and I was thinking all hell is getting ready to break loose. I thought I might die and I haven’t experienced true love. I feel bad because I wasn’t thinking about all the other people that were involved at that point but in that split second, I remember thinking that. We walked around a lot - that day and the next day. What really stands out in my mind are the police officers, firemen and everyone on duty. How tired, and drained and just how awful everyone looked. In particular, I remember this one firehouse. These two firemen were just sitting there staring into nothing and people were already putting out flowers and they just weren’t moving. We were trying to book a flight to get back to Atlanta. One minute you could fly and the next you couldn’t, so we ended up taking Amtrak back the third day. I met up with some other coworkers who took in this woman who was at ground zero. She didn’t sleep the whole train ride. She was just a wreck, obviously. When we got to Atlanta, she ran off the train. She came back screaming, “They’re not here, they’re not here,” meaning whoever was meeting her. She literally fell on me and just started sobbing hysterically. When I got [to Atlanta] there were so many fire engines and all that kind of stuff. The first couple of days I would just burst out into tears every time I heard a siren.

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