• At the time this article was first published (June 2002), no photographs of the Pentagon showed firefighting foam in use.  To this writer's knowledge, none had ever been published.  Months after this article was published, Geoff Metcalf came up with full color pictures showing a layer of white stuff on the Pentagon lawn like November snow.  Years later, anyone looking back could not know when those pictures first appeared, and no one could say whether they were genuine or simply "Photoshop history."  The followup article, The Seven Minute Fire, may help to sort this out.  This collection of photographs will assist with evidence.
  • Also at the time of publication, all external links were alive and functioning.  But the Internet is a dynamic forum.  Webmasters sometimes change or remove pages and entire web sites sometimes disappear.  Whenever practicable, we have cached copies of the originals.

Pentagon Rescue 1: Open Bloody Questions

Part 1 of a four-part article
by Carol A. Valentine
President, Public Action, Inc. http://holocausts.org/
Copyright June 2002
May be reproduced for non-commercial purposes

"There cannot be any survivors; it just would be beyond comprehension."
— Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense, speaking of missing Pentagon personnel on September 11, 2001 — just nine hours after impact.

An Essay in Five Parts:

  1. Pentagon Rescue 1: Were They Rescued from the Fire?
  2. Pentagon Rescue 2: Were They Rescued from the Collapsing Building?
  3. Pentagon Rescue 3: Internecine Warfare and a Purge
  4. Pentagon Rescue 4: The Big Picture
  5. Pentagon Rescue 5: The Seven Minute Fire


Were They Rescued from the Fire?

June 23, 2002 — The recent movie Black Hawk Down deals with an important lesson — the military has two jobs.  The military must destroy the enemy's forces and it must ensure the survival of its own soldiers.  "Black Hawk Down (Leave No Man Behind)" dramatizes a story of survival: the heroic efforts of soldiers who attempted to rescue their fellows who were trapped behind enemy lines in Mogadishu, Somalia.  The rescuers themselves became trapped, and they, too, needed to be rescued. 

For about 140 minutes, Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") deals with how much soldiers — from the generals down to the enlisted man — care about each other.  We see soldiers risking their lives to get their wounded buddies, risking grenades, risking machine gun fire, risking rockets, risking belligerent mobs — all to rescue other soldiers.  We hear dialogue that goes like this: 

"Medivac! Medivac!"
"No man gets left behind,"
"You all right?"
"No man gets left behind,"
"We won't leave you behind,"
"If he don't get to the hospital in ½ hour, he's in trouble!"
"No man gets left behind." (Bowden & Nolan)

At one point, two soldiers are talking about a helicopter crash.  The dialogue goes something like this: "There can't be any survivors," says the first man.  The second replies: "We don't know that, we gotta go back and look!"

At the conclusion of the movie, soldier hero Sgt. Hoot Gibson is asked why he risks life and limb in these military actions: Is he a war addict?  Hoot replies:   

"It's about the man next to you."

Camaraderie, being a team member — that's what the US military is about.

Or is it?

What would you think of a military that refused to rescue its soldiers from certain death — and then abandoned its control of the battle ground to civilians?

Who would support such a military?

As you read this article, keep in mind that on September 11, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was General Henry Hugh Shelton.  Shelton is a former Commanding General of the 101 and 82nd Airborne Divisions.  He is a former Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps, and a former Commander in Chief of the Special Operations Command.  It was Special Operations that conducted the "Black Hawk Down" mission in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Let's have a look at Shelton's career highlights.

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Here's what you need to know:  On September 11, the top commander of the entire US military machine was intimately familiar with aircraft, aviation fuel fires, aircraft rescue, and the ideals depicted in Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind").

However, those who directed the 9-11 rescue at the Pentagon did these amazing things:

Meanwhile, the Pentagon front office made a media spectacular of the fire.  Donald Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials wrung their hands and cried, "How awful! How awful!" for days, stoking public passions for war.

We believe that the desperate and exhausted rescuers we saw on TV intended the best and were trying to save lives.  But they were relying on the leadership to make the decisions, and those leaders were operating on a different agenda.  Among those people were:


In researching and composing this article, we used government and quasi-government sources, including:

Here are the major points in this part:


Let us begin by accepting one of the Official Truths of 9-11: American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, and exploding jet fuel caused an inferno.  The fire obviously threatened the lives of those still in the building, and it threatened to spread.  It had to be put out quickly.

Ordinarily, water is used to douse building fires.  But Water does not extinguish a liquid petroleum fire.  The fuel floats on the top of water and continues to burn.  Instead of water, special foams have been developed that float on the surface of the fuel and cut off the oxygen, suffocating the combustion.  The technical literature states that water is not "appropriate" for "Class B" fires.

"Class B comprises fires of liquid fuels - more precisely of the vapors in equilibrium with the liquids, such as oil, gasoline, alcohol, paints, varnishes, tar, grease … Contrary to Class A fires, Class B fires proceed at the surface of the fuel, where to a more or lesser degree, the vapor phase of the liquid acts as the actual fuel.  Appropriate means of extinguishing: powders, CO2, foam." [emphasis added] — Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (the largest university in Belgium with 58,000 students enrolled)
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Since aircraft are usually loaded with fuel, aircraft rescue and fire suppression routinely uses foam.  As PBS (hosted at the University of Michigan) tells us:

"… in a real crash, firefighters would use aqueous film forming foam (AFFF).  The chemicals in AFFF mix with water and are "fluffed up" into a foam, but they won't mix with the fuel in a jet crash fire.  This means the water can float on top of the fuel and smother the fire. [emphasis added]

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In the above pages, notice the emphasis on speed in fighting fires.  Aviation fire-and-rescue people have only about two minutes to rescue passengers before it is too late to help.  And foam is THE tool of choice because it puts out liquid fuel fires efficiently.

FAA regulations require civilian airports to have firetrucks equipped to spray foam, and in the year 2000, the FAA cited the Detroit City Airport (now called "Coleman A. Young International Airport") for not complying with that regulation.

According to newspaper reports, Detroit City Airport firefighters had been asking airport fire department for more foam because their supplies were low, but for weeks the firefighters received no response.  Then, shortly after midnight June 21, Secret Service agents notified City Airport firefighters to expect First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to arrive the next day on a Lear jet.  Mrs. Clinton would be in Detroit for a $1,000 a person fund-raiser for a New York Senate campaign. 

The next day the firefighters got the 150 gallons of foam they had been requesting. 
(Detroit News, "FAA criticizes City Airport for Violations,"  November 5, 2000.

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We have established that knowledgeable fire fighters never use water to fight petroleum fires.   However, here is what happened:

"Outside, the Arlington County police and fire departments arrived and started securing the area and pumping water on the blaze."   ("September 11 at the Pentagon," American Forces Press Service, October 11, 2001.
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But look at this photo from the Military District of Washington's webpage,

Fire truck 345 from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department throws a stream of water into the collapsed point of impact as smoke billows from the Pentagon shortly after an airplane slammed into the west side of the building.  Click to enlarge.

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Why is the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department spraying water on the Pentagon fire, when FAA regulations require airport firefighting trucks to use foam?  It is inexplicable — unless, of course, you consider the entire "rescue" mosaic.

For photographs of the Pentagon fire, see Water Sprayed on Pentagon Fire.


So much water had been poured into the building, the Pentagon later hired Munters Moisture Control Services to help get rid of it.

"'Millions of gallons of water flowed throughout the building after the attack,' said Joe Kelley, Munters district manager in the Washington DC area.  In some places water was 18 inches deep on the floors."

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What was the result of spraying water on a jet fuel fire?  Predictably, the fire continued to spread.

Defense Link stated that the attack on the Pentagon occurred at 9:38am and, as smoke billowed, evacuation began.  Arlington County police and fire teams arrived and pumped water on the blaze.  Helicopters flew the seriously injured to hospitals.  Then, Defense Link reported, the portion of the building to the right of the initial impact area collapsed.

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The CNN 9/11 timeline states:

"10:10 a.m.: A portion of the Pentagon collapses."

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The American Forces Press Service coverage continues:

"Fire continued to burn the Pentagon and spread in unrenovated sections.  Flames ignited core materials in the layered roof and were particularly difficult to get at.  Pools of aviation fuel would ignite occasionally and create thick black smoke over the building …

"AT 6:00 p.m., with the building still on fire …"
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This photo shows firefighters from the Alexandria Fire Department spraying water on the debris.

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Makes one wonder, doesn't it?  Perhaps all these firefighters knew what we don't — maybe there was no aviation fuel in the Pentagon that day… no aviation fuel means no airplane, no airplane means no truth in the Official Story.  That's one explanation.

April Gallop, an Army administrative specialist whose office was approximately 35-45 feet from the site of Flight 77's alleged area of impact, was working at her desk at the Pentagon on September 11.  She heard a loud explosion and was covered with debris.  She describes what she saw as she fought her way of the ruins: no passenger seats, no luggage, and no evidence of jet fuel.  See her interview (now banned by YouTube):

Original caption by those who uploaded the interview: "In this 2007 interview by CIT April Gallop describes how she was only a few dozen feet away from the alleged impact point of the Pentagon on 9/11 and barely survived. Her traumatic story of survival along with her two month old baby who was with her at the time is compounded by the utter failure of the government to provide the adequate assistance she needed to recover and put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Please visit http://www.CitizenInvestigationTeam.com for more information."
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Andrews Air Force Base (home of Air Force One) is 9½ miles from the Pentagon as the crow flies.  Bolling Air Force Base is 1½ miles from the Pentagon.  Quantico Marine Base (home of Marine Helicopter Squadron One) is 23 miles from the Pentagon.  Each of those bases had airport firefighting equipment and trained teams at the ready.  Where were they when the Pentagon needed them?


(This subject will be covered in detail in Part 5: The Seven Minute Fire.)

There should have been no problem getting aviation fire fighters from Andrews, Bolling, or Quantico to the Pentagon to put the fire out and rescue their comrades.  The soldiers in Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") did not hesitate to crash through enemy lines, through crowds throwing grenades, through machine gun fire, rocket launchers, armed militia, etc., to rescue their comrades.  The servicemen at Andrews, Bolling, and Quantico were in friendly territory.  All they had to do was travel a few miles along the Beltway or Interstate 95. 

So did the "leave no man behind" military show up to rescue their Pentagon comrades?  No, it didn't happen.

As the photo in the September 24, 2001, Business Week (pg. 47) shows, the US military was organized enough to have soldiers drive an armored personnel carrier (APC) down Wall Street in New York during the 9-11 crisis, but not organized enough to send military aviation firefighters to the Pentagon.

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Let's take a step back and look at what was happening before the event at the Pentagon.  Let us rely on the DoD's own news service, the American Forces Press Service (AFPS).

According to AFPS, the morning of September 11 saw the folks at the Pentagon sitting around watching the WTC towers burn on CNN.

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When CNN announced the NYC strikes were an act of terrorism, did any of the Pentagon folks take appropriate action?  Did they say:  

"You don't suppose they'll send planes over here, do you?  After all, those people are terrorists, and this is the Pentagon.  We'd better call Andrews Air Force Base and get some air cover …" ?

No, the Pentagon folks just "exchanged shocked glances …"  And presumably continued to watch the drama unfold on CNN.

"911?  HELP!

BLAM!  Flight 77 (allegedly) hits the Pentagon.  What was the response?  The American Forces Press Service report tells us:

"Outside, the Arlington County police and fire departments arrived and started securing the area and pumping water on the blaze"

But AFPS does not tell how the Arlington County Fire Department was alerted to the situation.

It may be that the Arlington County Fire Department had an agreement with the Pentagon to handle emergencies.  Obviously that agreement was made to handle everyday fires started by exploding Pentagon coffee pots or file cabinet fires.  But should the Arlington County Fire Department handle acts of war on the Pentagon?  The suggestion is just not credible.

And Pentagon personnel knew that the September 11 events were acts of war.  They were watching CNN, and CNN had just told them. 

No, the Pentagon officers should have ordered air cover for DC when the first news from New York broke.


It might be comforting to think that Rumsfeld, Shelton, and the top brass were all out playing golf that day and not on hand to see what was going on, but that was not true.  The American Forces Press Service (AFPS) tells this story:

"One area never closed: the National Military Command Center.  Rumsfeld and the senior leadership repaired to the facility and monitored DoD activities worldwide.  At one point, smoke grew so thick in the faculty that there was talk of evacuating, but Rumsfeld scotched it."
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What is the National Military Command Center, mentioned above?  See:

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So the top commanders of each of the services were on site.  Each of the services uses aircraft and HAD to know that water does not extinguish aviation fuel fires.  Yet all of them let the farce continue.


Had the fire been put out quickly with foam, Rumsfeld would have lost valuable public relations mileage.  The "stubborn" fire at the Pentagon was just one facet of a campaign designed to whip the American pubic and military into a bloodlust for a war on Islam.  From a propaganda viewpoint, the higher the casualty list, the better.

The American Forces Information Service describe the press gala on September 11 this way:

"Across Washington Boulevard from the Pentagon, the press set up shop at the navy Annex Exchange gas station and broadcast the fire fighting activities.  With Correspondents' Corridor closed, reporters dictated stories using cell phones.  TV trucks with antennae showed up and eased some of the communications problems. 

"At 6:00 p.m, with the building still on fire, Pentagon officials announced Rumsfeld would have a press conference in the Pentagon.  Buses arrived at the gas station to take reporters, photographers and videographers to the Pentagon.

"Inside the River Entrance of the building the smoke hit like a physical force.  People could not see to the end of the hallways and it was tough to breathe.  The smell of burning insulation and electrical wiring permeated the briefing studio. 

"As Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Henry Shelton, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, ranking minority member Sen. John Warner, and Army Secretary Thomas White came into the studio, one side of the building was still on fire."

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"Rumsfeld expressed his sorrow over the loss of life at the building …"  Do you believe Rumsfeld felt any grief over those he was doing nothing to help?


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Emergency rescue experts say earthquake victims who are buried in debris can survive up to 12 days (more below).  Rumsfeld held his September 11 press conference at 6:42 p.m., approximately nine hours after impact.  He made this statement:

"There cannot be any survivors; it just would be beyond comprehension."

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How could Rumsfeld KNOW that no more survivors would be found in the Pentagon debris?  Earthquake victims can survive in the rubble as long as 12 days?  At this point, the Pentagon victims had only been buried nine hours.  Why the hurry to pronounce them all dead?

Gen. Shelton was at Rumsfeld's side during this press conference (at Rumsfeld's right in photo above).  He uttered pious statements about "barbaric terrorism carried out by fanatics against both civilians and military people, acts that have killed and maimed many innocent and decent citizens our country."  However, Gen. Shelton did not say a word about the rescue efforts that were murdering survivors.

He said:

"I will not tell you up front, I have no intentions of discussing today what comes next, but make no mistake about it, your armed forces are ready." (Source above.)

Yes, our armed forces were ready, all right, Mr. Rescue Shelton.  Ready to let civilian firemen squirt water on an aviation fuel fire while men died under the debris.  And you stood by and watched … you watched it going on for days …

Aside from Rumsfeld, who spoke about the rescue efforts?  Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who uttered this inanity: "Our intense focus on recovery and helping the injured and the families of those who were killed is matched only by … [rah, rah, war, war] …"


No survivors were found on September 12 and 13, or on any other day thereafter, just like Rumsfeld predicted.

"As of Thursday morning [September 13], about 70 bodies had been removed from the buckled section of the Pentagon as search-and-rescue workers toiled around the clock with little hope of finding more survivors.  Anyone who might have survived the initial impact and collapse could not have survived the fire that followed."  ("Pentagon Says About 190 People Dead," September 13, by Robert Burns, AP Military Writer, Associated Press)

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Remember heat travels UP, not down.  Those still buried in the rubble may well have been protected from the fire above them. 

On September 14, the Pentagon announced 126 DoD personnel were dead.   On September 15, the figure was lowered to 124 because two people had been double-counted.  On October 11, 2001, when President Bush spoke at a Pentagon memorial service, he confirmed 125 DoD deaths.  ("Memorial Service Honors Pentagon Victims," American Forces Information Service, Oct. 11, 2001.)

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Remember Rumsfeld's words on September 11:

 "There cannot be any survivors; it just would be beyond comprehension."

So Rumsfeld's predictions came true.  After the first round of victims escaped, there were no more survivors… He's quite a clairvoyant, isn't he?  What are the statistical chances of Rumsfeld being 100% right in circumstances like those?


We all know that when a person is seriously ill or injured, he must be given medical attention as soon as possible.  Delay may cost the victim's life.  That's why we have ambulances, and that's why ambulances have sirens. 

On September 11, three members of a Washington Hospital Center MedStar Transport helicopter team responded to the emergency at the Pentagon.  Several days later, (September 14) they were interviewed by Kathy Fowler of WJLA-TV (ABC Channel 7) in the Washington, DC area.  Luckily, we have a copy of that interview on videotape.

The MedStar pilot and crew were among the very first at the scene, according to the WJLA report.  When they arrived, they were told that another suicide plane was on the way and they should LEAVE.

How does that comport with the Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") philosophy?  Here we have civilians showing up to perform rescues and the military (or whoever was controlling the Pentagon scene then) ordering them to abandon the victims on the pretext of an unconfirmed and unfounded report.

The MedStar people, to their eternal credit, refused to leave.  By the time they did, they had helped eight victims and were taking another to the hospital.  Speaking of the rescued victim, one of the crew told Fowler on camera:

"She hugged me three times and said thank you for saving my life."

Then Fowler told the audience:

"After the crew transferred one patient back to the Washington Hospital Center, they were not allowed to go back because of the restricted air space."

So what we have is this: MedStar arrived and was immediately ordered to leave.  They refused, rescued eight people, took one to the hospital, and were prevented from coming back.

Now who would prohibit a MedStar helicopter to return to the scene of a disaster and take victims to the hospital?  Those MedStar helicopters should have been given military escorts to and from the disaster site.  What could be more important than immediate professional medical care for the 9-11 victims?


Despite what the MedStar people were told, the air space was not quite as restricted as the Pentagon indicated.  Official photographic evidence shows the civilian Park Police were commandeered to transport the injured after the trained and equipped MedStar crews were banned from the site.

It is of utmost importance that the injured should be moved only by trained people.  Improper handling of an injured person can result in his death or permanent paralysis.  In this photo, we see a Park Police helicopter doing "rescue" work.  The Park Police are part of the National Park Service.  They are not trained emergency medical people.  Nor is the helicopter marked as emergency medical.  

Why did they stop MedStar's trained professionals but deploy the National Park Service Police to handle the injured?  Something stinks here.

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Perhaps you think that the MedStar team was chased away because those in charge of the crash site were concerned for the safety of civilians.  If so, recall that civilian firemen were present at the scene, using water on a petroleum-fueled fire.  They were not chased away.

Some, upon learning qualified emergency medical rescue people were turned away from the Pentagon disaster site, may insist there "must" have been a good reason for keeping them out.  But a tree is judged by the fruit that it bears.  So let's look at the fruit.


Area hospitals geared up to handle a large number of injured survivors, and were most surprised when few showed up.

"But only about 80 people were treated at area hospitals, according to Walter Reed officials.  At Virginia Hospital Center in nearby Arlington, over 100 nurses and 50 doctors were called in — 16 times the normal emergency staffing.  They treated 44 victims in the first 24 hours, more than any other hospital in the region.  But it was a mere trickle compared with what they expected.  Inova Alexandria Hospital treated just 22 victims, 16 of whom were released Tuesday.  Six patients were helicoptered from the Pentagon to Washington Hospital Center.  'We got the first wave, says Marion Jordan, director of the hospital's renowned burn unit.  'After than, nothing.'  In the end, his trauma teams treated about as many people as they would from a large house fire." (US News & World Report, Sept. 14, 2001, pg. 51)

What's wrong with this picture?  Then, later on the same page:

"Waiting for survivors  Navy Lt. Charles McGill, 26, who had worked at the Pentagon for just four weeks, joined a group of people who calmly evacuated the massive building, then made his way around the perimeter to where dark, heavy smoke poured out.  He lined up to be a stretcher-bearer.  He and his fellow volunteers, four to a board, were told that during these first hours only survivors would be moved. 'In three hours, no one came out.'" (US news & World Report, Sep. 14, 2001, pg. 51.)

Repeat:  Navy Lt. Charles McGill said:

"In three hours, no one came out."

Then, on the next page:

"At the Pentagon, two trauma teams remain on the scene in two triage tents, with the workers replaced every eight hours.  Lt. Col. James Goff, assistant chief of surgery at Walter Reed, says that no survivors have been removed from the building since the early hours Tuesday." (US News & World Report, Sep. 14, 2001, Pg. 52.)


"[N]o survivors have been removed from the building since the early hours Tuesday."


During Donald Rumsfeld's September 11 press conference, Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White spoke, thus:

"I think it's fair to say at this point that the fire is contained, and will shortly, if not already, be sufficiently controlled to allow entry into the building.  That entry will be supervised by the FBI, who are in charge of the site, assisted by the fire departments that are present.  We, on the Army side, will support them as they go in the building and search for casualties and bring them out …"

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What was White talking about?  Who is the "them" White is referring to?

"… support them as they go in the building and search for casualties and bring them out …"


Obviously White was referring to FBI agents.  The FBI is going to rescue Pentagon personnel from "an act of war!"  But FBI agents are not medically trained, they are not rescuers, and they are not warriors.  They are assassins.  Look at what they did to Melissa Morrison, a 7-year-old Davidian child, when they "rescued" her in Waco nine years ago:


Why would the Army transfer the rescue of Army personnel over to the FBI?  Why weren't soldiers and Army medics rescuing other soldiers?


Shortly after the 9:40 a.m. event, it was announced that the explosion and fire was caused by American Airlines Flight 77, which had been commandeered by terrorists and purposely flown into the Pentagon — conveniently missing the offices of Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs, of course.  Putting out the fire and rescuing the buried victims should have been the first order of business.  Surely the FBI did not need to take control over the site to look for fingerprints on the fuselage or other "clues." So why did the FBI have control of the site?   


We already know that when the 9-11 terror events were taking place, Gen. Shelton was out of the country.  Surely he was informed by phone as the events were unfolding in the US.  Surely he was in a position to issue commands to the armed forces:

"Where are our people?  Buried?  The fire is still burning?  What the Sam Hill is going on?  Put that fire out, pronto, you know how to do it, and get our people out.  Leave no man behind!"

By the time Rumsfeld gave his 6:42 press conference, Leave-No-Man-Behind Shelton was by Rumsfeld's and White's side, silent, when Rumsfeld told the world the FBI had "secured" the war zone and was supervising the [non-] rescue.  Remember, Shelton was a former commander of Special Operations Command, the "Black Hawk Down" people who performed so bravely in Mogadishu. 

Of course Shelton knew about the Mogadishu rescue. The story first appeared as a series written by Mark Bowden, and ran in the Philadelphia Enquirer, in 1997.  It was then published as a book. Here is what Leave-No-Man-Behind Shelton said to the author:

"Your account of the events in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993 is an inspirational and evocative retelling of one of the most significant military operations of the past 10 years.  Though there is heroism and professionalism aplenty, you also bring out the errors and missed opportunities that contributed to the unfortunate outcome of the mission.  Both senior leaders and young soldiers can learn much from this compelling story… Black Hawk Down will occupy an honored place in my personal library."
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Note that Shelton does not commend Bowden for the accuracy of his accounting or call Bowden's story "true to history."

You can rest assured Mr. Rescue Shelton and all the big poohbahs at Rumsfeld's 9-11 press conference saw the movie, too.  Eight hundred top Pentagon officials and military brass attended its Washington, DC premier.  It's hard to imagine the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff missed that event.  This from The Nation, February 25, 2002: 

"The military was so helpful in making 'Black Hawk Down' that it deserves a production credit.  After vetting the script, the Pentagon sent to Morocco (the shooting site) two C-5 transports carrying eight helicopters and more than 100 soldiers from the same Ranger company that fought in the Somalia raid depicted in the movie.  US Army pilots flew the helicopters in the movie's battle scenes, and two retired soldiers who fought in the raid served as advisers to director Ridley Scott.  And the Pentagon has been pleased with the result.  'Powerful,' Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called it after attending the Washington Premier along with 800 other top officials and brass … ("Black Hawk Downer," by Michael Massing, The Nation, February 25, 2002, pg. 5.)

According to an article in Counterpunch (March 1, 2002), some Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") actors were given Army Ranger Orientation Training at Fort Benning.  ("An Actor Speaks Out — What's Wrong With Black Hawk Down," Counterpunch, March 1, 2002.)

Then the director, Ridley Scott, rushed the film's release after 9-11 (the movie was released on January 18, 2002); Scott earned a Pentagon commendation for doing so.  ("Black Hawk Down," Worker's World, January 31, 2002.)

But what happened on September 11 at the Pentagon is directly opposite to the heroism depicted in the movie.  Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") is obviously what we're supposed to believe — that the lives of the grunt soldiers are precious to the commanders of the US military.  But the observable truth, the truth that can be documented, is just the opposite. 

Shelton, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Zakheim and the National Military Command Center treated the missing Pentagon personnel as dust motes.   Black Hawk Down ("Leave No Man Behind") is obviously a piece of embroidery.  The Pentagon sham rescue is verifiable fact.


"Search and rescue operations are continuing, but they are stymied by at least two fires on either side of the impact area.  Firefighters are directing hoses at the flames — manifested by great plumes of bitter smoke — from the center courtyard of the Pentagon."  ("No Hope of survivors in Pentagon Attack,"  United Press International, September 12, 2001.)

Notice this observation: "Search and rescue operations are continuing, but they are stymied by at least two fires …"  Of course the fires "stymied" the rescue.  So why did they spray water on the fires?

Two and three days after the crash, fire was still a problem at the Pentagon.


"The Pentagon said Wednesday no more survivors are expected to be pulled from the tons of rubble and stubborn fires created by the terrorist attack that collapsed a portion of the building. "'The area of the Pentagon where the aircraft struck and burned sustained catastrophic damage.  Anyone who might have survived the initial impact and collapse would not have survived the fire that followed,' the Defense Department said in a written statement."  ("Officials say no more survivors expected to be found at Pentagon; smoke lingers," Associated Press, April 12, 2001.) Cached http://holocausts.org/911/rescue/obq-ap-09-12-2001


So Rumsfeld and Company permitted water to be sprayed on a petroleum fuel fire, allowed more of the building to become involved in the fire, watched the upper floors collapse, ordered emergency medical help off the scene and failed to order military aviation firefighters to the scene.  Now let's have a closer look at the progress of the fire/media event.

On September 12, we get these reports:

"Fire fighters using water cannons continued to douse the charred building from either side of the impact area."  ("Officials say no more survivors expected to be found at Pentagon; smoke lingers," Associated Press, September 12, 2001.
Cached http://holocausts.org/911/rescue/obq-ap-09-12-2001)
"Smoke from the blackened concrete structure drifted over Washington and a stubborn roof fire continued to burn more than 24 hours after a high-jacked fuel-laden airline slammed into a corner of the five-sided building on Tuesday morning."  ("Pentagon Reopens, Death Toll Uncertain," Reuters, September 12, 2001.
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"The damage to the Pentagon was extensive, compounded by smoke and water damage from tenacious fires that burned for a day and a half after the attack."  ("Pentagon Toll at 190," The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2001,
Source: http://www.ocregister.com/breakingnews/attack/09142001/14nypentacci.shtml)
Cached http://holocausts.org/911/rescue/obq-nyt-09-14-2001)
"Late Thursday, rescuers worked to shore up unsteady parts of the building but flames erupted.  The flare-up sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air over Washington."  ("Flight Data, Cockpit Voice Recorders Found in Pentagon Wreckage,"  FoxNews, September 14, 2001
Cached http://holocausts.org/911/rescue/obq-foxnews-09-14-2001)

Late Thursday, and flames were still erupting — that is almost 60 hours after impact, folks.  How many building fires have you heard about lasting 60 hours?

Continued in Pentagon Rescue 2: Were They Rescued from the Collapsing Building?

Bowden & Nolan
Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden & Ken Nolan, Columbia TriStar, 2001.