Distortion of Fact, by Andrew Burfield

Claims 1-10


 

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4.      The omission of the fact that the publicly released flight manifests contain no Arab names (23).

 

As previously stated, the 9/11 Report identifies nineteen hijackers and allocates them to the four flights hijacked on 9/11.  The report does not make any specific reference to the Flight Manifests.

 

 

The claim inherent in the allegation is that the publicly released flight manifests contain no Arab names.

 

 

This is perhaps one of the most straight forward claims to investigate.  Put simply, the flight manifests remain the property of their respective airlines, and none of the four flight manifests have ever publicly been released by the airlines.

 

Although this alone is enough to reject the inherent claim, to fully investigate the claim it is necessary to why Dr Griffin makes this allegation.

 

On March 30, 2006 David Ray Griffin gave a lecture entitled The Myth And The Reality at Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, California.

 

http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/2006/911-Myth-Reality-Griffin30mar06.htm

 

Another problem in the official account is that, although we are told that four or five of the alleged hijackers were on each of the four flights, no proof of this claim has been provided. The story, of course, is that they did not force their way onto the planes but were regular, ticketed passengers. If so, their names should be on the flight manifests. But the flight manifests that have been released contain neither the names of the alleged hijackers nor any other Arab names.29

 

The footnote for this remark leads us to the follow web addresses:

 

www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/AA11.victims.html

www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/UA175.victims.html

www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/AA77.victims.html

www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/UA93.victims.html

 

There’s a clue in the web address itself – these are lists of victims, not passenger manifests.

 

Furthermore, the portal to the victim list pages (which also include a page for the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon) states:

 

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and the crash of United Airlines flight 93, officials across the country are working to piece together lists of victims.

 

While the official number of those missing and dead will inevitably rise over the next few weeks, authorities from American Airlines, United Airlines, the Department of Defense, the New York City Medical Examiners Office and the New York City Fire Department, have released partial lists. They are linked below.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/main.html

 

A closer inspection reveals that these lists not only exclude the hijackers (who for obvious reasons are not considered victims) but are indeed partial lists, and do not include all of the passengers.

 

AA77’s victim list only names 50 of the 53 passengers (excluding hijackers) onboard.

UA175’s list only names 47 of 51 passengers (excluding hijackers).

UA93’s list only names 26 of 33 passengers (excluding hijackers).

 

On July 31, 2006 the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia took the unprecedented action of publishing all of the trial exhibits from United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui online at their website.

 

The following web pages link to all 1,202 exhibits admitted into evidence during the trial of U.S. v. Moussaoui, with the exception of seven that are classified or otherwise remain under seal. This is the first criminal case for which a federal court has provided access to all exhibits online. The exhibits were posted on July 31, 2006.

 

http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/notablecases/moussaoui/exhibits/

 

Amongst them was Prosecution Trial Exhibit OG00010 – Presentation for Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald.

 

http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/notablecases/moussaoui/exhibits/prosecution/OG00010.html

 

The exhibit is a flash animation constructed from the flight manifests which identifies the names and seat numbers of all of the crew and passengers on each of the flights hijacked on 9/11.

 

A .zip file can be downloaded from the site, or alternatively the animation can be watched at:

 

http://www.911myths.com/html/official_manifests.html

 

Alternatively the following page has still images produced from the flash animation:

 

http://www.911myths.com/html/official_manifest_images.html

 

The names and seat numbers of all nineteen hijackers are identified in this court exhibit.

 

It is clear to see that Dr Griffin’s assertion simply is not true, and his misrepresentation of the CNN lists is an example of the level of dishonesty Conspiracy Theorists will resort to in order to reinforce their theories.

 

For a more in depth look at the flight manifest claim, I recommend the following excellent site:

 

http://www.911myths.com/html/no_hijackers_on_the_manifests.html

 

 

The inherent claim that the publicly released flight manifests contain no Arab names is rejected.

 

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