In response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit, the Pentagon indicated it would release a videotape today of American Flight 77 slamming into the famed office building on Sept. 11, 2001.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch filed suit against the Defense Department in February, hoping to force the Pentagon to release the video to shed light on various conspiracy theories about what happened there on 9-11. Theories have been put forth alleging a government drone or missile hit the Pentagon rather than a hijacked airliner.
According to Judicial Watch, the legal group originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request Dec. 15, 2004, seeking all records pertaining to camera recordings from the Sheraton National Hotel, the Nexcomm/Citgo gas station, Pentagon security cameras and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Department of Defense admitted in a Jan. 26, 2005, letter that it possessed a videotape responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. However, the Pentagon advised that the video is exempt from release because it is “part of an ongoing investigation involving Zacarias Moussaoui.”
Judicial Watch noted in March that the Moussaoui investigation was complete and that the terrorist pleaded guilty in April 2005. This month, Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the 9-11 terror attacks.
William Kammer, chief of the Department of Defense, Office of Freedom of Information wrote to Judicial Watch: “Now that the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui is over, we are able to complete your request and provide the video. …”
“We fought hard to obtain this video because we felt that it was very important to complete the public record with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Finally, we hope that this video will put to rest the conspiracy theories involving American Airlines Flight 77. As always, our prayers remain with all those who suffered as a result of those murderous attacks.”
WND columnist Jack Cashill recently rebutted the idea that Flight 77 did not hit the Pentagon:
“As to why the government had to launch a missile into the Pentagon a half hour after destroying the World Trade Center, there can be no sane answer. In his absurdly influential book ‘The Big Lie,’ French author Thierry Meyssan argues that a satellite-guided missile struck the Pentagon, not American Flight 77 as all real evidence suggests. ‘This attack,’ he writes, ‘could only be committed by United States military personnel against other U.S. military personnel.’ Sure, OK Thierry, whatever.”
The video reportedly will be released at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
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