Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Volunteer Firefighter Eric M. Jones, Marine Maj. Dan Pantaleo, Army Staff Sgt. Chris Braman, and Ms. Sheila Moody

One of the most distressing aspects of the "big lie" known as 9/11 is the part of the falsehood comprised of fake heroism. In Arlington, scores, even hundreds, of medals were issued to honor participants for their duty and courage in rescuing their fellow officemates. However, since only 49 victims were admitted to hospitals, as we are told in an amended Arlington County After-Action report, there are too few casualties to supply all of the military and civilian employees in the Pentagon who wish to lay claim to rescuing them---let alone leaving any left over for the narratives of the professional firematics and public safety responders who manned the triages and the transports.

Evidence points out that men like Lieutenant General (Dr.) Paul Carlton Jr., Surgeon General of the Air Force, and USAF Master Sergeant Noel Sepulveda, could not have undergone the heroics attributed to them in the narrative. Likewise for the navy, a clear case can be made that Lieutenant Commander David Tarantino and Capt. David Thomas are frauds.

But the most egregious example of unearned honor arising from the deceitful storytelling must belong to a cell of working-class and enlisted conspirators who were outed in a photo caption in the Washington Post on September 14th 2001. Since not a single image emerged following the attack on the Pentagon anywhere in the national news record that was captioned identifying anyone prior to this image's distribution, we can judge the advent of the publicity as having been a significant tactical mistake.

In the Washington Post's online essay, America Under Attack: Aftermath, this image is identified:
U.S. Marine Dan Pantaleo carries a Marine Corps flag that escaped damage during the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Also on hand, from left: firefighter Eric Jones, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Braman and Capt. Jared Hansbrough.
This "rescue" of a Marine Corp flag from the cleaved offices was a major narrative element in the days subsequent to 9/11. It received vast amounts of press coverage for its buoyant symbolism, and it literally made heroes out of at least two of the four men. Inexplicably, when Representative Curt Weldon entered an honorific into the Congressional Record, he mentions only three:
"Volunteer firefighter/paramedic Eric Jones, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Braman, and Marine Corps Major Dan Pantaleo were featured rescuing a Marine Corps flag from the burning Pentagon on the front pages of newspapers and magazines around the world. It is this image that will remain in our memories as a symbol of American patriotism, unity and strength."16
So what happened to Capt. Jared Hansbrough I wonder? Maybe he was smart and tried to maintain a covert status--Googling him brings up only two minor references---so, kudos, if you're CIA, Jared! I mean...oops.

Jones and Braman as running buddies, with Pantaleo as group leader, were bonded in some fashion before this image was taken---if only through advanced briefings. They were operating at a marked level of security and access. To my mind, it is clear they are co-conspirators to the plans hatched out of the Secretary of Defense's office, an exercise, which became the violent event that took 184, ostensibly innocent, lives.

I'll begin with Eric M. Jones, and a good jumping off place there is his own self-penned expression of what he experienced. This can be found in two places---in essentially what was a self-plagiarization. The earlier of the two was his peppy Diary of Sept. 11 Pentagon Hero12 from July 15, 2002, which ABC News posts online---I suspect because they were willing to pay the most. An edited-down version, darkly retitled, Hell's Heroes: A Personal Memoir of September 118 was published that fall by GW Magazine, the alumni magazine for Jones' alma mater, George Washington University.

Eric M. Jones

Jones' involvement began, he says, because, "I am a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving near the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it. I stopped the car and ran to the site." Although he doesn't claim so himself, multiple sources---UPI, AP, The Washington Times, American Forces Press Service, a DoD press release---state that Jones saw Flight 77 impact the Pentagon. An article in Washington Informer7 says that Jones was driving on Interstate 395 on his way to school. "I realized then my skills as a firefighter and paramedic might be helpful as initial rescue personnel had yet to arrive. I pulled into the South parking lot and ran and ran toward the damaged area."

(From Ron Harvey's Pentagon Eyewitness List "They saw the aircraft," Oct. 19th 2002)
"Eric M. Jones, 25, a medical student at GW University and volunteer firefighter with the Hyattsville unit of the Prince George's County, Md., Fire and EMS Department, "was driving through nearby Arlington, Va., when he saw the plane slam into the Pentagon's northwest outer wall."34
Strangely, Jones doesn't mention his second big moment in his memoir either, but the DoD put it this way:
"He stopped his car and made his way to the impact area. By this time, the initial response firemen had arrived and were attempting to stop the blaze at the point of impact. Jones saw one fireman in grave danger on a ladder; his suit was on fire. Without hesitation, Jones pulled the burning fireman from the ladder to safety."3
This important anecdote never made it into the Arlington County After-Action report either. But a central conclusion the report did concern itself with was the major problem self-dispatching volunteers created within the chain of command. But for some reason, officials allowed Jones to stay and serve independent of that command.

I doubt any claims from eyewitnesses on I-395 who say they saw a plane strike the Pentagon. How Jones navigated his way to the scene so quickly without foreknowledge is also questionable. His story about the fireman on the ladder is highly doubtful. If we needed a clincher, the DoD advisory3, which says, "Jones then entered the building through the impact opening and began helping people," will do nicely for its absurdity. The photographic record of the damage makes this unlikely.

Jones' report states clearly that after only 15 or 20 minutes helping at the scene, a retreat was ordered because of mistaken fears of another plane inbound. The remainder of his 72 hours at the Pentagon was spent, he says, "working with the Army mortuary affairs unit and the FBI to locate, mark, and remove the bodies." How an unknown, uncredentialed, unconnected, and unvetted self-dispatched volunteer firefighter from another county in a different state wound up tasked with such recovery operations is never explained. Jones seems like a quick study though. He says on the morning of the 14th, "some members of the FBI asked Chris Braman and me to go in and assist them, since we had been in numerous times and knew what to expect." How they navigated the notoriously labyrinthine building without lights or power is one thing---how security clearances could be ignored for accessing some of the most top-secret departments in the United States government, is another.

Jones' next big moment came at an emotional nadir on the third day, he said,
"For some reason, we looked up at the hole in the building and saw an amazing and beautiful sight. In front of us, hidden from view from most angles, standing proud and tall amidst total devastation was an apparently intact U.S. Marine Corps flag."
Given how hokey and contrived every aspect of the Pentagon attack story was unfolded, especially the emotionally manipulated themes, this flag rescue is not so bad. Marine Maj. Dan Pantaleo seems to have had some rank on the scene. Jones says,
"The major was great at organizing recovery operations, communicating with fire department and law enforcement agencies, and looking after rescue workers. He helped arraign for President Bush to come over and speak with us."
There was no ulterior motive for this flag initiative either. Jones tells us that Pantaleo and Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Braman, "respectfully declined media interviews, and they had no interest in anything other than getting the flag safely to headquarters." This "particularly impressed" Jones, who nonetheless didn't feel equally constrained. He seems handpicked, in fact---a media-ready civilian with deep roots in military culture. Attractive, young, personable, a go-getter, his grandfather was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, while his father was a Vietnam war hero, who today is a successful businessman. Jones' appearance on Oprah with Sheila Moody was a smash hit. However, his live interview on CNN on the first anniversary of the attack---headlined, 9/11 Hero: Discussion With Eric Jones, was something else, as exemplified by this exchange:
WOLF BLITZER: When you ran inside to rescue people, was that just your adrenaline, your instincts? Did you think about it, or you just moved?

ERIC JONES: I think I just moved. Every I was with, we were just going back in, and you could hearing people calling out, you could hear people banging on yelling to saved. It just seems like the right thing do. There wasn't really another option.17
That Jones, like George Bush, could find a benefit deriving from 9/11 can not be doubted. Nationally recognized as a hero, awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest award the military gives to civilians.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

He was honored in December 2001 by being asked to carry the Olympic torch to the White House.11, 18, 20, 22,
One writer, Joe Elam, ending an article, 9/11 Hero's Valor Stems from Heroic Parentage, with this paragraph:
"Fearlessness, altruism, wanderlust and adventure seeking blend harmoniously in his character. Eric Moreland Jones is destined for bigger things in life. It is strange why some of the area universities with Medical Schools are not offering any scholarship to this young man aspiring for a medical degree in emergency medicine and trauma surgery. Who knows if Eric will become another Ben Carson, the world famous pediatric neuro surgeon at Johns Hopkins?"7
When a firefighter friend recognized Jones' photograph on the front page of the Washington Post, he called and asked him if he wanted to join a group of firefighters going to New York to help relieve the "exhausted" New York Fire Department. However, this begs the same question about self-dispatching that marks Jones' presence at the Pentagon.

I am reminded of a local story about volunteer firemen from Westhampton Beach, NY who were prohibited from going into New York City with their equipment. For regional firefighters, the desire to go in to help out was nearly overwhelming. But the captain of the local fire department had received a directive from officials denying local volunteers access. Ground Zero was locked down almost immediately after the attack with strict controls. For righteous reasons, several firemen disobeyed their orders and went in anyway. They faced stern disciplinary measures as a result. I question how Jones and Company acted with such insider privilege in accessing the site.

The experiences Jones relates from his time in New York are the usual sentimental talking points and memes, but written in a highly exaggerated style. Some of his paragraphs are patently ridiculous. A case in point:
"As I was returning some equipment, I walked through an area I had been previously. It was part of the shopping arcade in the still standing adjacent building. The first night I arrived, I had noticed dozens of cash registers still there, still filled with twenty and fifty-dollar bills. Though the money was in plain view of the hundreds of people, both civilian and rescue personnel, who walked through the area daily, nobody had touched it! Similarly, jewelry stores, clothing stores, and electronic stores remained unlooted. A Ritz camera store, covered in debris and surely destined for demolition, had dozens of wrappers from disposable cameras on the floor. That did not surprise me, because I had seen many people taking pictures of the site for their own memories. What surprised me was the pile of wadded up money on top of the dusty cash register and on the counter. People were taking the cameras and film, but they were leaving money because, despite the devastation, they did not want to feel as if they were stealing. I spoke with an iron worker who had returned to leave ten dollars for a disposable camera he had taken a few days earlier. That day was the first time he had left the site and was able to get some money."12
It is in such doubly absurd statements like these that I realize Jones did not author this dairy/memoir. Much looting did in fact occur---like the firemen who soon after the collapses went to the yacht basin and "expropriated" an American flag off of a vessel because they needed a mood change. And picture taking was absolutely controlled in both Arlington and new York---try finding an image of the south face of Building 7 during the day of September 11th, for example. The overwrought sentiments must stem from some secret cult of NSA or CIA writers, who delight in telling lies diametrically opposed to the truth. We had no idea that people could stoop so low on a scale so vast, and we better wake up to the fact their lies are often 180 degrees from the truth.

So Jones' 15 minutes of heroism can be fairly proven to be entirely a fictitious construction. What about his remaining 71 hours and 45 minutes on site at the Pentagon? He says he was "working with the Army mortuary affairs unit and the FBI to locate, mark, and remove the bodies."

But in a Feb. 5, 2002, DefenseLink News Article, Old Guard Honors Battlefield Tradition, by Linda D. Kozaryn, General John Keane, Army vice chief of staff, had this to say about honor and military duty:
"We had a formidable task ahead of us to find the remains and remove them. We went to see the fire marshal and the special agent in charge and told them that as far as we were concerned, this was a battlefield and those were our dead. We have a way of dealing with this. On the battlefield, we take care of own and that's what we intend to do here. We intended to remove (all the remains) using United States Army soldiers to do it. That's our tradition. That's our custom. So we asked the fire and rescue people to call us when they located (remains.)"46
The whole house of cards begins to crumble at this point from the inconsistencies in logic and principle. So much double talk has gone into finessing this issue of victim's remains---it is likely that none of the supposed Flight 77 passengers died at the Pentagon. This may also be true for some or many of the Pentagon work force fatalities. This is the only possible explanation for the secrecy and duplicity afoot.

But the dead are mere ministerial details compared to the manufactured stories of heroic live rescues, which were central to the upcoming narrative of American retaliation. The ultimate meaning to understand about 9/11 lies in the illegal and immoral wars that stemmed from it.

A single person was said to have been rescued, only to die in the hospital. She was 35-year-old Antoinette Sherman, a civilian employee of the Army. She died at 5:18 a.m. on September 18th at Washington Hospital Center, of burns received at the Pentagon, and I mourn the unmistakable reality of her loss. U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Braman was the man credited in the attempt to save her life.

If Eric Jones is entirely a fake, made-up creation, could the same be true of other rescuers? I think so. The details of Sgt. Braman's rescue of Antoinette Sherman sleep with the fishes, but his other big save of the day was supposedly Sheila Moody. Paired together, Braman and Moody prayerfully went on the Oprah Show, then like so many other survivors, Braman was launched out onto the Christian motivational speaker circuit.53

A problem in this narrative pairing though, is it appears to have been an afterthought, and early contradictory information in the record waits to be uncovered beneath its veil of robot.txt.

It would seem, Firefighter Alan Wallace was Moody's intended suiter for the role of savior.

In a fascinatingly early and comprehensive piece by David Maraniss published on page one of the Washington Post on September 18th, Maraniss introduces 49 individuals by name from all aspects of the 9/11 events. Titled, appropriately, "Steve Miller Ate a Scone, Sheila Moody Did Paperwork, Edmund Glazer Boarded a Plane: Portrait of a Day That Began in Routine and Ended in Ashes," Moody and Wallace are paired in context, and the public relations value of this could not have been accidental. She goes first,
"Sheila Moody, in Room 472, heard a whoosh and a whistle and she wondered where all this air was coming from. Then a blast of fire that left as fast as it came. She looked down and saw her hands aflame, so she shook them. She saw some light from a window but could not reach it and could not find anything to break it with in any case. Then she heard a voice. "Hello!" a man called out. "I can't see you." Hello, she called back, and clapped her hands. She heard him approach and sensed the shoosh of a fire extinguisher and then saw him through a cloud of smoke, the rescuer who would bring her out and ease her fear that she would never get to see her grandchildren."43
The article only places Wallace nearby, at the exit point for rescuers,
"About 9:40, Alan Wallace...looked up and saw a jetliner coming straight at him. It was about 25 feet off the ground, no landing wheels visible, a few hundred yards away and closing fast...Wallace could hear voices crying for help and moved toward them. People were coming out a window head first, landing on him."43
However, in his undated personal essay ( dates the original page April 8, 2002. It was taken down October 3, 2003) where he shares his 9/11 experience, Wallace makes the connection with Moody more explicate,
"I do not think I went into the building any further than 20 feet. I would see fire and spray the extinguisher on it. It makes a very loud noise when being discharged and I did so several times. Out of nowhere, I heard the clear voice of a woman yell “hey!” She had heard the sound of the fire extinguisher and realized she was near another person. She did not sound panicked. I yelled back “I can’t see you” and she clapped her hands. I was waving my flashlight. I did not go after her, and later I questioned my courage about why I hadn’t."

"Several days later, I noticed an article in the Washington Post which mentioned me. It also described a woman, Sheila Moody, who heard the swoosh of a fire extinguisher from someone, called out, and was answered by and rescued by a firefighter. I do not remember making contact with her. I believe it was my fire extinguisher she heard, but I also believe she was intercepted by another firefighter. But had I not had the fire extinguisher but had taken the garden hose attached to the fire station, she might not have known she was very near the outside of the building and near rescuers."
Out of such tiny narrative acorns grow the mighty oaks of history. To uproot it, we will need to prove that Braman was unlikely to have been at this location at this time by finding contradictory evidence in the record, along with further supporting evidence that Alan Wallace was here---windows located beside the fire station where he worked, which served as an exit route for several people. Wallace says,
"I was later told by a civilian rescuer that I helped him climb into the window of the Pentagon where most of the victims exited the building. I don’t remember helping him up. But I definitely remember him being there. I feel he was instrumental in organizing the rescue effort at this area of the Pentagon. At the time, I described him as a civilian 35-40 years old wearing black jeans, black polo shirt with a red logo on the shirt. In April, 2002, I learned that the identity of this ‘civilian’ was Blair Bozek. He turns out to be a Lt. Col. USAF, (Ret.). He was one of the SR71 Spy plane pilots. Ha!"30
He is talking about, Lt.Col. Blair Bozek, a Reconnaissance Systems Officer who flew 70 missions in the hush-hush Blackbird aircraft, including the "11,000 mile, 10.9 hour-long 'Giant Scale II' mission in 1988." Earlier he flew as a Weapons Systems Officer in F-4 Phantom II's. Bozek is now a senior defense analyst with SAIC and he has "supported the Director of Air Force Test and evaluation in the Pentagon since May of 2001."

Alan Wallace provides the sorts of details that truth is constructed from:
  • forgetting that he gave someone a boost up through a window
  • giving away the credit for organizing the rescue
  • feeling shame at his lack of courage to go any deeper into the smoky interior
  • not being afraid to mention his fear
  • casually offering up the name of a likely operative
  • one which could then be cross referenced by others)
  • and in making it perfectly clear for the record that he didn't see a plane impacting with the Pentagon building..
Russell Pickering's website, Pentagon Research, posts an otherwise identical version of Wallace's story, which he tells us "was originally taken from a now broken link at the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters website." However, one small difference is apparent: Blair Bozek's named is misspelled as Blair Booze. This sort of feint has CIA fingerprints all over it, in my opinion.

This misspelling of names has a long tradition in covert life. In an article found at, little known because of it, the normally reliable Jim Garamone misspells Sheila Moody's name by calling her Sheila Mundy.
"Sheila Mundy had just started her second day on the job at the Pentagon when the plane hit. A personnel specialist, she told Rumsfeld of an incredible rescue.

After the explosion, Mundy and another woman struggled to reach a window in an attempt to flee the building. Neither had a clue what had happened nor that a gaping hole had been blown in the building, she said.

"A soldier, I believe his name was CPL Burns, he came in with a fire extinguisher," Mundy continued. "I heard him say, ‘Is anybody in there?’ And I said, ‘Yes, we’re here!’"

The smoke was too thick for Mundy to breathe. She had to clap her hands to get the corporal’s attention. "He came toward the sound, and he put out the flames between us. I stepped over some of the rubble, and he led me outside," she said.

She told the corporal about the other woman inside. The man turned around, went back in and rescued her. "He’s an angel to have come in to get me," Mundy concluded."48
I don't think this was a simple mistake. Moody's cute reference to a "Corporal Burns" sounds like code to me. Garamone had written an article and taken a photograph just the month before, when Mrs. Rumsfeld visited Moody in the hospital on September 13. 55 How did he then get her name wrong when writing on October 7th?48 Someone seems to be using Moody to make a deliberate veiled statement here. Would Moody have gotten both the name and the rank wrong?

Alan Wallace was at the location where Sheila Moody's rescue occurred. So, where was Chris Braman working when the attack on the Pentagon occurred?

In Earl Swift's extraordinary work in The Virginian Pilot, in a four-part series that began September 8, 2002, we are given a carefully worded backhanded hint of the location of "the 45-seat restaurant that served the Army's top brass," where Chris Braman did his work, like "cater[ing] a twice-weekly prayer breakfast." Swift references the food facility, saying,
"One floor down and 200 feet clockwise around the mammoth Pentagon doughnut [from the kitchen,] in the big room of cubicles occupied by the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, the moment felt significantly different."41
The personnel office is dead center in the violent-event strike zone, between Corridor 4 and the firewall dividing wedges 1 and 2. This would mean Braman's workplace is on the third floor, and well south of Corridor 4. So, did Braman exit out of Corridor 4 right into the heart of the action? Well, no.

Swift's Virginian Pilot piece tells us,
"On the Pentagon's third floor, a chef dashed into Staff Sgt. Chris Braman's office, eyes wide, asking: What do we do? Braman ran past the man into the kitchen, which still had lights, and shut off the stoves. The hall was crowded with people running and shouting and ordering evacuation. In the time it took Braman to lock the kitchen door, they were gone. He was alone.

"He walked the empty halls and stairs and kicked open an emergency door on the Pentagon's northeast side. A crowd had gathered at the Remote Delivery Facility, where little more than an hour before he'd been unloading groceries. All eyes seemed to be on something beyond his view, around the Pentagon's curving perimeter.

"Braman started toward the throng. On the way he encountered a Pentagon police officer trying to carry a wounded soldier and a baby. The cook took the baby, whose hair had been singed, and who didn't make a sound on the 65-yard walk to a first-aid station.

"It was there that Braman got his first glimpse of the new wedge's outer wall. Flames shot from the windows and a large, irregular hole in the limestone. Smoke erupted in plumes that folded over themselves, curled into tubes, swirled into dirty brown twisters. Braman handed off the baby and without thinking, ran for the breach."41
In a scene from the movie 12 Angry Men, deliberating jurors measure out the steps a crippled man has to take to get out of bed, timing his travel down a long hallway. Braman will have to close down his facility in response to an unknown crisis, then travel across the entire distance of the building internally---from the south west corner to "the Pentagon's northeast side." He has to deal with the crowds, while gathering information along the way. He doesn't encounter an opportunity to be of service until he's outside, where he takes a baby from a policeman, (and possibly its soldier-mother?) delivering it to a triage "65 yards" away. Then he'll have to make a mad dash for "the breach" to successfully complete three separate missions.

In a surprisingly controversial assessment, the Arlington County After-Action Report states,
"At about 9:55 a.m. on September 11, Captain Gibbs [...] observed what appeared to be a slight structural movement at the initial impact area. He ordered everyone out of the building. Within minutes, the upper floors collapsed onto those below. Captain Gibbs’ quick and decisive action prevented serious injuries to firefighters in a part of the impact area where there were no surviving victims."
Criticism of this conclusion contends that this most sober of documents got the monumental fact of a partial building collapse of the Pentagon wrong by 15 minutes, mixing up warnings of a collapse with the actual event. But work I've done analyzing local television coverage in D.C. leads me to believe that at least two stations cooperated in shielding the timing of the collapse, delaying "live" coverage of the event for 15 minutes.

Even Sgt. Braman admits he cut it close,
"Braman went on to say that his "training and belief in God" allowed him to accomplish the mission at hand without fear or hesitation. Two minutes before the building collapsed, Braman made his final trip into the building and pulled out his last
survivor, Sheila Moody, who dubbed him her 'guardian angel.'"31
but accepting 9:38am as the time of a crash, and a 10:00am building collapse, would leave only a 28 minute window of opportunity.

But in the public record, the only infant figuring in the narrative, at least on this side of the Pentagon, is April Gallup's baby boy. It is said that Gallop and her child made an escape out of the blast hole itself. However, in this well-known Carmine Burgess photograph, baby-boy Gallup is seen as traveling north.

In any event, since each side of the Pentagon is 921 feet long, a triage "65 yards" away from the Remote Delivery Facility could only indicate the brief triage set up alongside Route 27, which for some reason constitutes the majority of the photographic record, and all of the video record, of the medical response that day.

Chris Bauman is found piggybacking onto other bits and pieces of the narrative too. Compare the following two references by Lt. Col. Ted Anderson:
"Lt. Col. Ted Anderson kicked open an interior door and with the help of two others, carried a heavy woman out of the building and boosted her through the broken window. Then back inside a dark corridor, Anderson said he saw a flash go by and realized a man's clothes were on fire. He tackled the employee and rolled him on the ground to extinguish the flames."25
"Anderson was picking himself up, “when I noticed a brilliant flash of orange light shoot past me like a jet. I didn’t know if part of the roof was falling down or what. But whatever it was, it bounced up against the window in front of me like a rubber band. I suddenly realized it was someone on fire—a guy. The whole front of him was on fire, and I realized he was trying to find his way out of the building, and he must have thought that window was a door. The sergeant and I jumped on top of him, and smothered the flames, and grabbed him—his feet and hands, anything we could grab—and pulled him out of the building."51
with an identical reference in Swift's Virginia-Pilot article attributed to Braman:
Outside the new wedge, Staff Sgt. Chris Braman and another rescuer, an Army lieutenant colonel, clambered through a broken first-floor window and into the E Ring's fiery wreckage. Just inside, Braman saw a bright light, and turning, discovered that it was a man engulfed in flames. The man sprinted for an unbroken window, bounced off the glass and flopped to the floor. Braman and the colonel pounced on him, smothered the fire with their bodies, then threw him to rescuers outside.39
Sheila Moody has gotten more and more imprecise recollecting her role in her rescue, especially with the timeline. At this year's anniversary, in a perceptive piece in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, she just went with plural guardian angels.
"Moody also is looking forward to meeting one of her rescuers, retired firefighter Alan Wallace. She and Wallace have been exchanging holiday cards ever since, she said, but will be meeting face-to-face for the first time.

“Even today, there are still bits and pieces of the events, the timeline of things that happened, that are still fuzzy to me,” she said. “And I’ve talked to the sergeant (Chris Brayman) quite a few times, but I’ve never talked to any of the other rescuers that were there that day. So I’m very anxious to sit down and talk to him."33
Obviously she misspells her angel's name in the interview, which the reporter neglects to fact check.

And what of U.S. Marine Dan Pantaleo? Not much public-source information is available, which may or may not itself carry meaning. In this 2001 video link, he is running the Olympic torch around the Iwo Jima Memorial and looking good. However, in this photograph taken at the Citgo gas station during his rescue of the Marine flag a few months before, he and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Braman wear two of the most moronic expressions I have ever witnessed on a grown up of either gender. Even their biceps can't redeem them. This is God's work at play, and it is the image I will always remember them by.


44 At the Pentagon, fear and anger, Scripps Howard News Service By M.E. Sprengelmeyer and Ryan Alessi, Sept. 11, 2001
45 Pentagon Fire Out; Interim Morgue Set Up, Washington Post, By D'Vera Cohn, Sept. 12, 2001
55 Mrs. Rumsfeld Shares Sympathy, Good Wishes With Attack Victims, American Forces Press Service, By Jim Garamone, Sept. 13, 2001
43 September 11, 2001: Steve Miller Ate a Scone, Sheila Moody Did Paperwork, Edmund Glazer Boarded a Plane: Portrait of a Day That Began in Routine and Ended in Ashes, Washington Post, By David Maraniss, Sept. 16, 2001;
25 Heroes saved lives in Pentagon, 9/11 Army News Service, By Gary Sheftick, Marcia Triggs Sept. 19, 2001
50 Survivors, public try to cope, Washington Post By Donna St. George and Avram Goldstein, Sept. 24, 2001
54 Attack victims relate stories, Army Communicator, Voice of the Signal Regiment, by Jim Garamone, Fall 2001 Vol. 26 No. 3
10 Army Hero Recalls Pentagon 9-11 Rescue-Recovery Efforts, American Forces Press Service, By Gerry J. Gilmore March 13, 2002
16 Recognition of Public Safety and Military Personnel Efforts on September 11, Congressional Record Extension of Remarks E1885 the Hon. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives, Oct. 12, 2001
32 Pentagon Honors Its Heroes Army News Service, Official Site of the Defense of Freedom Medal, by Staff Sgt. Triggs, Oct. 25, 2001
49 Never Leave Them Behind: Pentagon Staffers Who Ran Back Inside to Save Their Colleagues, Nov. 2, 2001
36 Army Ranger Pulled Survivors From Pentagon Debris, Transcript CBS Evening News with Dan Rather By Dan Rather and Sharyl Attkisson, Nov. 16, 2001
51 Washington’s Heroes: On the ground at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Newsweek Web Exclusive Nov. 23, 2001
21 Headline: Eye On America (September 11/Jones) The recovery work of graduate student/paramedic Eric Jones, CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 2001, (Washington: Sharyl Attkisson)
18 CNN Live Event/Special Bush Speaks at Olympic Torch Bearing Ceremony, Transcripts, Aired December 22, 2001 - 08:17 ET
20 President Welcomes Olympic Torch Runners to White House, Remarks by the President at 2002 Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony, The South Lawn, The White House Press Release, 8:27 A.M. December 22, 2001
11 Sept. 11 Heroes Carry Torch in D.C., KSL TV Eyewitness News at 5, By Bruce Lindsay December 21, 2001
22 Bush Honors Area's Faces of Courage: 37 Torchbearers Continue Olympic Flame's Journey Into District, Washington Post, By Michael Amon December 23, 2001
24 Olympic Ceremony Honors Pentagon Heroes, American Forces Press Service, By Linda D. Kozaryn December 21, 2001
31 Local Hero Christopher Braman Joins DCMA in CFC Victory Celebration Ceremony Defense Contract Management Agency Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, By Dianne Ryder, February 2002
46 Old Guard Honors Battlefield Tradition, DefenseLink News Article By Linda D. Kozaryn, Feb. 5, 2002
52 Pentagon Burn Victim Gets Purple Heart Award, The 700 Club, By Tim Branson, March 15, 2002
9 DoD Honors Private Citizens, The Official Site of the Medal of Valor, By Arlo Wagner July 12th, 2002
3 "Sept. 11 Heroes to Receive Medal of Valor" U.S. Dept. of Defense Press Advisory No. 129-02, July 12,2002
10 Army Hero Recalls Pentagon 9-11 Rescue-Recovery Efforts, American Forces Press Service, By Gerry J. Gilmore March 13, 2002
6 Two Civilians Honored for Sept. 11 Heroics, United Press International, July 12, 2002
12 Diary of Sept. 11 Pentagon Hero: Stubborn Defiance, By Eric M. Jones, ABC News, July 15, 2002
5 Defense Honors Private Citizens for Pentagon Heroism, (Steve A. DeChiaro and Eric M. Jones receives Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor) American Forces Press Service, By Jim Garamone July 15, 2002
4 Pentagon Heroes Receive Medals, Associated Press Online, By Derrill Holly, July 15, 2002
1 2 receive Medals of Valor for aid; Helped in rescue after terror attack, The Washington Times, July 16, 2002
2 Another Medal for Valor is in order.(Letters) The Washington Times, By Charles P. McDowell, Reva, Va., July 20, 2002
8 Hell's Heroes: A Personal Memoir of September 11th, GW Magazine (George Washington University Alumni) Fall 2002
35 Remembering Sept. 11: Pentagon Soldier Became a Hero on Sept. 11, The Columbian, Olympia Wash. By Nichole Gress Sept. 9, 2002
17 CNN Live Event/Special 9/11 Hero: Discussion With Eric Jones, Transcripts, Aired 12:42ET September 11, 2002
14 'It feels good seeing they rebuilt it' 'Hard-hat Patriots' Honored at Pentagon, Rocky Mountain News, By M.E. Sprengelmeyer; with Tara Copp and Jennifer Sergent of Scripps Howard News Service, September 12, 2002
23 'Mystery Flt 77? Fuselage? Part at Pentagon,'
15 America Remembers--Heroes: Eric Jones; 'Heroic efforts, horrific memories, Grad student joined Pentagon and Ground Zero rescue efforts', 2002
26 9-11 hero recalls Pentagon tragedy, Pointer View Weekly Newspaper for the Members of the West Point Community, By Master Sgt. Jon Connor September 6, 2002
40 Out of Nowhere: Inside the Pentagon on 9/11, The Virginian-Pilot, By Earl Swift, Sept. 7, 2002
41 Inside the Pentagon on 9/11: Trial by Fire, The Virginian-Pilot, By Earl Swift, Sept. 8, 2002
37 Trial by Fire Without Warning, An Airliner had torn into Pentagon Offices Crowded with Workers. The
Minutes that Followed Decided their Fate, The Virginian-Pilot Norfolk, VA) By Earl Swift, September 8, 2002
42 Inside the Pentagon on 9/11: Life after Death, The Virginian-Pilot, By Earl Swift, Sept. 10, 2002
39 Inside the Pentagon on 9/11: The Call to Duty, The Virginian-Pilot, By Earl Swift, Sept. 9, 2002
29 Sheila Moody's Story American Forces Press Service, By Linda D. Kozaryn Sept. 9, 2002
19 GW hero reflects on rescue, The GW Hatchet-An Independent Student Newspaper, by Julie Gordon September 12, 2002
7 9/11 Hero's Valor Stems from Heroic Parentage, Washington Informer, By Joe Elam, September 18, 2002
28 Rebuilding at the Pentagon: Limestone, sweat, and the will to prevail, U.S. News & World Report, By Angie Cannon, November 3, 2002
30 Actual Account of Fire-Fighter Alan Wallace
34 Ron Harvey's Pentagon Eyewitness Compilation "They saw the aircraft," October 19th 2002
47 WRAMC provides support following Pentagon attack, Stripe, by Bernard S. Little, Sept. 5, 2002
48 Attack victims relate stories, American Forces Press Service, by Jim Garamone, Oct. 7, 2002
53 One Year Later: How Campus Crusade for Christ responded to the attacks on America, Worldwide Challenge Magazine, By Jennifer Abegg, Sept./Oct. 2002,
38 For Soldier and Hero, 'So Much Death' Eventually Took Its Toll, The Washington Post, By Philip Rucker, May 4, 2008

33 9/11 memorial opens Thursday at Pentagon: Former Whitesboro resident will be there Utica Observer-Dispatch By Staff and Wire Reports Sept. 08, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mark Faram's Fat Lady Sings with Paul Haring at the Piano

The photographic record of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, is almost completely devoid of cross references. Players in the narrative are seen in the images by which they are known, but then never again viewed accidentally or casually, as incidental backdrops to other action. One of the only examples I am aware of is in this scene of a helicopter landing in the middle of Route 27, in front of the damaged building, about to load a casualty aboard. In it, we can see a distracted Father Stephen McGraw, the lead matinée idol of the medical triage vignettes taken by Mark Faram, scenes which took place several hundred feet north of here.

But in another view of the same scene taken by the Christian fundamentalist wedding photographer Paul Haring, found on his home web page here, we also see Father McGraw, this time walking away on the other side of the guard rail---but near him, we see an enormously obese woman who figured as a victim in the same medical triage scenes taken by Mark Faram. (For some reason, seven of Haring's images were posted on a Military District of Washington army web site.)

We can't see the face of the obese woman in the most famous image taken by Mark Faram, which received wide distribution.

But in a much higher resolution image which was released by the military we can clearly make out her facial features and the pattern on her white tee-shirt.

These two images, taken in close tandem, show the obese woman in a static position, resting forward as if leaning on her foreleg. Since in the widely distributed image we are told that the kneeling figure of Father McGraw is ministering to a badly burned man whose view is blocked by the woman and a medical responder, it is strange to find all the players in the second image rearranged except for the obese lady victim. In fact, to find such an extremely large human hanging in a state of stasis in such an awkward pose creates a feeling of kinetic tension, which I think is contrived. I have always called her "Hemorrhoid Lady" as a result. Since the nearby "Mr. Suspender Man" is holding aloft an IV bag in both pictures, even though the business end of the IV doesn't appear to be operative, I've long considered these images to be of a faked scene.

So imagine my shock when I found a second image showing the obese woman just standing there unattended. Is she waiting in line for a super heavy duty helicopter to airlift her in a supply of Tucks® medicated pads? Given the enormous disparity between the hundreds of responders versus the score or so of wounded casualties who escaped the Pentagon building that morning, doesn't this ignoring of a central figure in the ranks of the wounded (in fact, hers is one of the few faces we ever see of a wounded person,) represent a profound dereliction of duty? How many hero military responders received medals that day again?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Allan Dodds Frank: Foreknowledged CNN Correspondant In On the Conspiracy.

In an elegant proof, yet another media figure in on the conspiracy is revealed through his expression of a pre-planted talking point absurdly at variance with reality.

Also revealed is the failed original timing for the destruction of Building 7.

CNN 11:07am

Aaron Brown: In New York, Allan Dodds Frank joins us on the phone, in lower Manhattan. Allan

Allan Dodds Frank: Aaron, just a…two or three minutes ago there was yet another collapse or explosion—I am now out of sight. A good Samaritan has taken me in on Duane Street—at a quarter to eleven there was another collapse or explosion following the 10:30 collapse of the second tower, and a firefighter rushed by us estimated that 50 stories went down. Um, the street filled with smoke, it was like a fire…a, like a forest fire roaring down a canyon. Now as I think Patty has said, and others told you, all of Manhattan—all of downtown Manhattan—is covered with thick white ash and building material. The ambulances have been coming now from as far as Long Island. All the rescue workers are being equipped with gas, or face-filter masks, and firefighters have been arriving even by pickup truck. Otherwise the streets now are deserted.

Aaron Brown: Allan, thank you. Allan Dodds Frank.

Twice on September 11th---on CNN at 11:07 in the morning, and then televised on the BBC 30 minutes before the actual collapse at 5:20pm---pre-planted talking points went off before pre-planted explosives did.

Can you believe the ineptness of the bit players who moonlighted the collapse of Building 7 onto the scheduled demolition of the World Trade Center towers?

(Hat tip to shoestring911.)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Why Did the Pentagon Relocate the Air-Traffic Tower in the Year Preceeding 9/11?

In this pre-1998 photograph we see a smaller tower and ancillary structure well to the south of a newer and larger scaled structure built to house the firefighting truck (although for all practical purposes the truck is always left outside on duty.)

In April 2000, we still see the old air-traffic tower, south of the fire station and even south of the entrance between corridors Four and Five, flanked by large trees.

Three months later, in July 2000, temporary fencing related to the renovation has been reduced significantly, revealing a drive that skirts the front of the building from north to south.

But a year later, in the aerial image taken by Maxho on August 25, 2001, we see a new, larger tower built north of and contiguous to the fire station. The old site can be seen as infilled with darker asphalt, which also fills in a grassy patch beside the fire house. In this way, I believe, an attempt has been made to disguise the new construction as resembling the old. To attribute a motive for the change, I would have to say the old tower was relocated out of the way of an impending strike zone.

All of these images were downloaded off Russell Pickering's site. That the area underground was the locus of strange and powerful weaponry is a dawning realization for some. In many images, a semi-circular line can be seen in the lawn directly in front of the strike zone. In reality, this was a depressed area which filled up with water during the fire fight. Russell Pickering wrongly characterizes the line apparently as tire tracks.

But in the uncropped and higher resolution image that Pickering posted dated August 25, 2001, available at, the line can be clearly made out as a deeper, well-watered green.

And in this high-resolution image of the aftermath of the attack, not only the line but some apparent function can be determined. It seems as if hoses are draining water either toward or away from this installation. And the blue-tarp tent which was located front and center close by mid day of September 11th, may have a relationship or connection to this underground actively.

The Pentagon's mechanical plant, even after complete reconstruction as part of the renovations, still goes by the antiquated name of Heating & Refrigeration Plant, or in other words---H&RP, or HAARP, and quite the installation it appears to be too. Perhaps it has a weaponry function in addition to a climatology one. More shall be revealed!

Courtney Platt: Another Christo-Fascist Extremist Working the Pentagon on 9/11 (Along with Paul Haring)

While the FBI was putting real journalists in handcuffs, or holding them at gunpoint when they happened to get too close to the action at the site of the impact in the western face of the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, law enforcement inexplicably allowed an uncredentialed pedestrian wedding and nature photographer access, a foreign resident of the Cayman Islands, who was given free range over the entirety of the secured scene to photograph at will the devastation and response.

Since major news organizations like the Washington Post had no direct access to this area or the highway fronting it for any of their staff photographers or journalists, in a 13-image photo essay Attack on America: The Pentagon, they relied on two up-close photographs taken by a Courtney Platt and a Paul Haring, with the credits for the two photos labeled "for," rather than a standard agency "AP," "Reuters," or "The Washington Post" imprimatur of staff work.

The professional distinction was probably lost on the general public---that is until July 2, 2008, when Courtney Platt posted a flickr file containing 16 previously unknown images he claims he took at the Pentagon that day, along with extensive commentary, which seems directed to the question of his credibility in authoring the one image that found its way into the Washington Post. He tells us:
"On September 11th, 2001 I was at National Geographic Magazine headquarters in Washington, D.C. editing two assignments with the esteemed editor Bert Fox."
He says he was "ordered to evacuate the building" after seeing TV images of the second jet crashing into Tower 2, and "by the time I reached my hotel just up the street, smoke could be seen rising from the Pentagon." So he "began the 2 1/2 mile fast march toward the smoke," and
"after doing 'my duty' to document the scene for history, I followed the instructions of an FBI agent to move to the other side of the road."
But here is a central implausibility, as at no time does Platt say the FBI questioned his access or presence there, nor did they ask for his help, such as copies of the images to aid the investigation. Instead, they were polite enough to wait until he was finished to shoe him away. He goes on:
Later that evening I caught up with Tom Kennedy who used to be the illustrations editor hiring me at National Geographic. Now the editor of the Washington Post, Tom was kind enough to use this image in their web site coverage at:
Now here is a central inconsistency. Platt's commercial web site states he has done five photo shoots for the prestigious National Geographic Magazine, but "Down the Cayman Wall," from November, 1988, is the only work that predated 9/11/01. Others that came after, such as "Golden Age Treasure", March 2002; "Henrietta Marie Slave Shipwreck," August 2002; "Battle of Trafalgar" Oct. 2005, might even be interpreted as being rewards for services rendered. What Platt was doing in Washington D.C. on 9/11/01 with Bert Fox is a mystery and investigators should determine the comprehensiveness of his credits. If Platt had only a single (outdated) credit from 1988, did Tom Kennedy remember him from 13 years before?

In any event, the National Geographic Magazine is already fully implicated in the conspiracy of Arlington 9/11, by lending its stature to the false Flight 77 victim's narrative.

Now, here we can begin an analysis of the actual images themselves, although Platt warns
"I have ignored these images for too long and now wish to share them as a part of our history that needs to be remembered. Do not steal my images for use on any crazy conspiracy theory web sites! I will prosecute you if you do."
You talking to me? To this I reply, "Bring it on Courtney!" I could use the publicity of a good court fight and I can think of no better way of bankrupting myself than by ruinous legal fees in standing up for a history which does indeed need recollecting. Platt was oblivious to his patriotic "duty" to help explicate understanding of that history for seven years. He may also want to acquaint himself with Fair Use Notice. Instead of showing heroism, he now proffers
"Here are a few selects, shown to the public for the first time (aside from one frame printed in the Washington Post the next day)."
A FEW SELECTS! From a fresh evidential standpoint, one image stands in a league apart---Platt's view of an automobile on Route 27 that was damaged, he says, from falling aircraft debris.

Platt theorizes
"This piece of what I think is an actuator motor for the leading edge extension of a Boeing 757, bashed into a car on the road about half a mile in the opposite angle of approach of the plane to the building...perfectly consistent with what really airplane hit the building!"
However, this same "aircraft part" is known from a second, similar image, found on a page of Russell Pickering, where it is listed as "photographer unknown." If you look closely you will see that the tightly encasing crime-scene tape has been rewound between the two shots. And apparently, when photographing "actuator motors," disparate photographers are equally drawn to filming it in a tightly cropped view. But what doesn't make sense is if this odd piece of debris is worthy of recording, why not the adjacent (we assume) damaged automobile? Since this detail of damaged cars exists in the written narrative record, how is it that the only image of it was taken by Platt, who was too lazy or disinterested to make it available for seven years? Russell says, "I have heard rumors that this is a flap slat actuator."

Platt says:
"This aerial view of the scene that day has my notes showing where some of the following shots were made. Note where the car and wing actuator were... right where they should have gone after the plane flew in through the street lights from the other angle. It's perfectly consistent with all of the other evidence already given for a 757 airplane."
Here is a good example of why homosexuals should have been allowed to serve in the military before they attempted such a complicated myth-making and story-telling psy-op exercise! Without gays life has all the verve of a TV program like Let's Make A Deal. Here the idea of an aerial image on which to make contemporaneous notes is good professional detail, however, this image is unlikely to have surfaced within the brief time frame allotted, so a more believable choice would have been a Google map printout.

Platt says of the following image

"One of several street lights that were clipped off by the Boeing 757, AA Flight 77 in the last few seconds before impact to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The angle of approach is perfectly consistent with all of the eye witness accounts of the attack."
I mean, this is an awful lot of narrative detail to be putting together across a wide span of space. Looking at that trash in the highway, would I put two and two together and visualize the flight path of a 757 based upon clipped light poles? I don't think so, and in fact, this talking point is so heavily repeated by so many supposed eyewitnesses, one would think it was the central facet of the day's events. I'm more curious about all that damned brown grass.

And lastly, Platt repeatedly references the casualties by saying things like,
It was extremely emotional for me, as I'm sure it was for all present, when I realized that despite the tremendous amount of emergency support on site, there was nobody left coming out alive after the initial, immediate survivors had escaped the building, long before my arrival.
He captions the next photo by saying
"After shooting the burning building I turned my attention to all of the emergency personnel and equipment that was standing by. I literally cried when I realized that, despite the amount of help on hand, there would be no more survivors coming out at this point. If you survived this, you probably got out in the first 15 minutes. Beyond that the smoke and fire would have already gotten to you as it continued to spread and the building collapsed."
So why does he proffer an absurd image depicting a demonstrably false and exaggerated scene of triage in the center of the damn highway??? The trashy mayhem is faux art directed---NOBODY used this site for medical treatment! NADA! The truck, conveniently parked to block the view, and then the EZ-Up shade tent! Try to image an EZ-Up shade tent being erected in New York City that day! I distinctly remember in a video shot, another EZ-Up shade tent that was erected in the grassy middle of the cloverleaf, BEFORE THE SECTION OF BUILDING FELL! Somebody must have recognized how much this said DRILL, rather than emergency, (and I don't mean, Drill, Baby, Drill! On edit: God loves me. Paul Haring took a shot of it, although after the Pentagon collapsed.)

The red-color triage mats could indicate "Airway obstruction, cardiorespiratory failure, significant external hemorrhage, shock, sucking chest wound, burns of face or neck," but the triage here along Route 27 was a "staged event" rather than a "staging area."

And I learned an interesting factoid about the difference between military and civilian triages Triage: Beyond Red, Green, Yellow, Black.

In both Military and Civilian Triage models, victims with clearly lethal injuries or those who are unlikely to survive even with extensive resource application are treated as the lowest priority. However, the Military model treats that those with the least serious wounds may be the first treatment priority, because the priority is to get as many soldiers back into action as possible. While the Civilian model treats those with the most serious but realistically salvageable injuries are treated first because the ethical priority is to maximize survival of the greatest number of victims.

Since in the context of 9/11 the attacks were an ongoing and unknown threat, maximizing the military response would have been supremely important in the thinking of service members. But what of the "service agreements" between Arlington County fire responders and the Pentagon, and the "working relationships" between ACFD and the FBI? Which model did they use? Doesn't the absurdity of all this start to get you down?

Courtney Platt and Paul Haring have something else in common, along with so many others involved in the Pentagon, Shanksville, and New York plots, and a thread at Progressive Independent, Fundie Xians and 9/11, lists over 65 such individuals at just the Pentagon alone. This would be their self-identification proclaimed as fundamentalist or evangelical Christians---a unifying and corrupting "team building" attribute in my opinion, and an organizing principle, for the working class participants at least. Especially since the goal was to at various levels, blame extremist Muslims for the crime. Like knows like; the shadow knows; and Washington sure is a company town.

Haring took 16 images, which can be found at his personal wedding-photographer web site.
His bio says he works as a photo editor and photographer for Catholic News Service in Washington, but prior to this gig he "spent almost five years as a photographer covering the U.S. military." It is unclear if Haring was with CNS at the time of the 9/11 attack, but we are told "he was one of the first photographers on the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon." His "background in photojournalism, especially covering religion" sounds as loose a credential as "covering the U.S. military."

Now this would make Russell Pickering's page, where he describes Paul Haring as a "Pentagon Staff Photographer," as possibly a dissembling feint. The title seems as made-up as the credentials. I am glad Haring is successful at "capturing dynamic images from ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms and other sacred events." However, 9/11 at the Pentagon was not a sacred event.

I think it is a terrible black eye for the Washington Post to have outsourced two of 13 images in its online photo essay to a pair of religious-nut wedding photographers. I hope they achieve forgiveness through confessing sins of conspiracy or complacency, which remains a very high-level and lovely, perhaps redeeming, Christian precept.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Dewitt D. Roseborough III

Beyond a carefully firewalled presence in Army Reserve Magazine published on October 1, 2001, it took three more years for the single image attributed to Naval Photographer's Mate 1rst Class Dewitt Roseborough recording the devastation and terror at the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, to enter the public record. It did so in an October 2004 article in Airforce Magazine Online, The 9/11 Commission Report clears up some misperceptions about that awful day. Sept. 11, Minute by Minute, which acknowledges "major misperceptions and inaccuracies in the public record." It also proves that three branches of the services know how to share.

But the seeding of Roseborough's name onto the list of individuals who were present and took images at the Pentagon on September 11th, was an example itself of the inconsistency and anomaly of the record.

Roseborough was an eyewitness to the attack, an experience he gave in an interview at the one-year mark to an enlisted sailor's magazine, the September 2002 issue of All Hands (FindArticles)

In the article by Craig Strawser, "Forever Changed," six navy personnel relay their personal experiences of 9/11, although one story, about a sailor deployed on a submarine, was more about the experience of missing the experience. The other four, whether on duty or off that day, shared a televised event with the rest of America more than with Roseborough.

In this strangely minimized context it is no wonder that Roseborough's eyewitness is so little known. It bears reprinting in full:
Shutter Shock PH1(AW) Dewitt Roseborough, Photographer's Mate 1st Class (AW)

Dewitt Roseborough was serving as the Chief of Naval Operations' photographer on the morning of Sept. 11, a day he will never forget."That morning, I was covering a reenlistment in the SECNAV mess at the Pentagon. It was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but the reenlisting officer was late getting down there' he said. "That's because he was watching CNN and saw that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.

"Those who were waiting for the reenlistment didn't know anything about it at the time. They were all just sitting there wondering what could be keeping the officer. Before he could make it out of the office, the second plane hit. "He finally got down there about 9:20 a.m., and told us what happened," Roseborough said. "Although there were a lot of people in shock, we proceeded with the reenlistment?'

It was as he was leaving the Pentagon that the world Roseborough knew changed forever. "I got out into the parking lot, just walking along, and all of a sudden, I hear what I would describe as a 'lion's roar' above my head," Roseborough said.

"It caught my attention, and as I looked up, I heard another roar and I saw this airplane flying low. I thought, 'Oh, my God, this thing is really low.' "I thought it was going to crash onto the highway," recalled Roseborough.

"Just as I thought that, I saw a fireball come from over the Pentagon. I was just standing there dumbfounded, thinking, 'What just happened?'"

As debris floated and flew his way, he realized he needed to take cover. "I ducked under a walkway for what seemed to be a long time, but actually was only about a minute," Roseborough said. "That's when I noticed this woman screaming out in the parking lot. It broke my 'shock state.'" He ran to her and helped calm her down.

"After a while, I said to myself, 'Hey, I've got my camera, I'd better go do some shooting.'" He walked to the grassy area where the Navy Annex is and stood on that hill and started shooting photos documenting the immediate aftermath of the terror attack on our nation's defense headquarters.

"I've asked myself several times over, why, as a photographer, I didn't immediately turn around and start shooting photos when the plane hit? I guess my major concern at the time was with the people that were out there. That's one thing about being in the Navy for the last 20 years, seeing disasters and death; I've been prepared to react in the manner that I did," he said. "I just started making sure everyone was OK."

"The next day, I didn't go to work," he said. "I was still trying to process everything that had happened. I had just witnessed the worst disaster I'd ever seen, up close and personal. I was just trying to piece everything together for a while. It was just an unbelievable thing."

Roseborough summed up his feelings about Sept. 11, by saying that it was just a strange day. "It was like you were watching a movie, but you were the actor; you were in the movie. It was the most incredible thing I've ever witnessed" he said.
Given his tone of veracity and humility, Roseborough's testimony speaks believably to (at minimum) a dual energetic event, and by disconnecting the low-flying aircraft(s) from the explosive fireball which rose over the Pentagon facade, it may also speak to a fly-over theory. However did CIT miss him?

Perhaps it is in his revelatory quality of "knowing/not knowing" (not in the Rumsfeld sense, from Wang Chen's Tao of War, but in the sense of trauma programming,) that by telling his "truth," and being heard, Roseborough becomes truly dangerous.