Friday, January 27, 2006

Revelations in the 9/11 oral histories

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, "12,000 pages of oral histories rendered in the voices of 503 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, were made public," and published by the New York Times. The oral histories include testimony such as:

Firefighter Richard Banaciski: "[T]here was just an explosion [in the south tower]. It seemed like on television [when] they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions."

Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory: "I saw a flash flash flash [at] the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building?"

Paramedic Daniel Rivera: "[I]t was [like a] professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear 'Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop'."

Dr. David Ray Griffin examines these oral histories, and other less widely known reports, in an article published by the He asks, "why did we have to wait for this court-ordered release to learn about these testimonies? Should not they have been discussed in "The 9/11 Commission Report," which was issued over a year earlier?"

Dr. Griffin is the author of "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions." He alleges there are over 100 lies in the The 9/11 Commission Report.

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