Archive for April, 2007

April 12th, 2007

Airline Pilots re 9/11 truth

Below is a recent press release from an airline pilots’ 9/11-truth organization. I found it at Axis of Logic:

but you can go the pilots’ site as well:

The pilots say they recently got hold of the NTSB study (2002) of American Airlines Flight 77 (supposed to have hit the Pentagon) thru FOIA, and that the analysis therein seems to clearly say that the large plane that passed that way that day was too high:

(a) to have knocked down the 5 or 6 light poles,

(b) to have appeared in the Pentagon security camera footage, and

(c) to have hit the Pentagon. (See press release)

I do remember seeing reports of at least one eyewitness who supposedly said that the large plane that day actually flew OVER the Pentagon as the attack occurred and landed at Dulles shortly after. These reports fed speculation that what hit the Pentagon was a military drone or missile launched by and/or controlled by the larger plane.

The 9/11 commish report acknowledges that an air force electronic surveillance/command plane was over the Pentagon when it was hit. A bit of the pilot’s testimony is in the report; his name is public.

He was also in the air earlier that morning (same plane) over Shanksville, Pa when whatever happened there happened. I’ve never seen any satisfactory account of this fellow, esp as to how, in a lumbering plane, he was able to be so on-the-spot — twice — while the fighter jets it seems were not.

I don’t mean that the picture is now clear. Just that it continues to make too little sense to be credible.



Contact: Robert Balsamo


Pilots for 9/11 Truth, an international organization of pilots and aviation professionals, petitioned the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) via the Freedom of Information Act to obtain their 2002 report, “Flight Path Study-American Airlines Flight 77″, consisting of a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file and Flight Path Animation, allegedly derived from Flight 77′s Flight Data Recorder (FDR).

The data provided by the NTSB contradict the 9/11 Commission Report in several significant ways:

1. The NTSB Flight Path Animation approach path and altitude does not support official events.

2. All Altitude data shows the aircraft at least 300 feet too high to have struck the light poles.

3. The rate of descent data is in direct conflict with the aircraft being able to impact the light poles and be captured in the Dept of Defense “5 Frames” video of an object traveling nearly parallel with the Pentagon lawn.

4. The record of data stops at least one second prior to official impact time.

5. If data trends are continued, the aircraft altitude would have been at least 100 feet too high to have hit the Pentagon.

In August, 2006, members of Pilots for 9/11 Truth received these documents from the NTSB and began a close analysis of the data they contain. After expert review and cross check, Pilots for 9/11 Truth has concluded that the information in these NTSB documents does not support, and in some instances factually contradicts, the official government position that American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001.

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, which relied heavily upon the NTSB Flight Path Study, American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon at 9:37:46 AM on the morning of September 11, 2001. However, the reported impact time according to the NTSB Flight Path Study is 09:37:45. Also according to reports, American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon and by doing so, struck down 5 light poles on Highway 27 in its path to the west wall.

The information provided by the NTSB does not support the 9/11 Commission Report of American Airlines Flight 77 impact with the Pentagon.

Pilots for 9/11 Truth is committed to discovering the truth surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. We have contacted both the NTSB and the FBI regarding these and other inconsistencies. To date, they have refused to comment on, correct, refute, retract or offer side-letters that might explain the discrepancies between what they claim are the data extracted from the FDR of AA Flight 77 and the official story alleging its crash into the Pentagon.

As concerned citizens and professionals in the aviation industry, Pilots for 9/11 Truth asks, why have these discrepancies not been addressed by agencies within the United States Government? Why have they falsely represented their own data to the American people? Pilots for 9/11 Truth takes the position that an official government inquiry into these discrepancies is warranted and long overdue. We call upon our fellow citizens to write to their Congressional representatives to inform them of these discrepancies and call for an immediate investigation into this matter. For more information please visit


Robert Balsamo
4000+ Total Flight Time
Former: Independence Air/Atlantic Coast Airlines

Glen Stanish
15,000+ Total Flight Time
American Airlines, ATA, TWA, Continental

Captain Russ Wittenberg (ret)
30,000+ Total Flight Time
Former Pan Am, United
United States Air Force (ret)
Over 100 Combat Missions Flown

John Lear
Son of Bill Lear
Founder, creator of the Lear Jet Corporation
More than 40 years of Flying
19,000+ Total Flight Time

Captain Jeff Latas
USAF (ret)
Captain – JetBlue Airways

Ted Muga
Naval Aviator – Retired Commander, USNR

Col Robert Bowman USAF (ret)
Directed all the “Star Wars” programs under Presidents Ford and Carter – 101 combat missions

Alfons Olszewski
Founder Veterans For Truth
US Army (ret), Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief

Robin Hordon
Former Boston Center Controller
Commercial Pilot

John Panarelli
Friend and fellow aviator of John Ogonowski
Capt. AA #11
11,000+ Total Flight Time

Eastern Metro, Braniff, Ryan International, Emery
Worldwide, Polar Air Cargo

Lt. Colonel Shelton F. Lankford
United States Marine Corps (ret) – 10,000+ Total Flight Time 303 Combat Missions

Captain Dan Govatos
10,000+ Total Flight Time
Former Chief Pilot of Casino Express airlines, Director of Operations Training at Polar Air

George Nelson, Colonel USAF (Ret.) Licensed Commercial Pilot and Aircraft Mechanic

Dennis Spear
Army Aviator (ret)
7000+ Total Flight Time Operations Officer, Aviation Safety Officer

Captain Joe H. Ferguson
30,000+ Total Flight Time (ret) USAF (ret)


April 12th, 2007

The moon has been privatized

Making a mint out of the Moon

by Nick Davidson, BBC Horizon

The MoonThe Moon is the only natural satellite orbiting Earth

From his office in Nevada, entrepreneur Dennis Hope has spawned a multi-million-dollar property business selling plots of lunar real estate at $20 (£10) an acre.

Mr Hope exploited a loophole in the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and he has been claiming ownership of the Earth’s Moon – and seven planets and their moons – for more than 20 years.

These are “truly unowned lands”, he says. “We’re doing exactly what our forefathers did when they came to the New World from the European continent.”

Hope says he has so far sold more than 400 million acres (1.6m sq km), leaving a further eight billion acres still up for grabs.

Buyers include Hollywood stars, large corporations – including the Hilton and Marriot hotel chains – and even former US presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. George W Bush is also said to be a stake holder.

Mr Hope claims to be selling 1,500 lunar properties a day. He allocates land by simply closing his eyes and pointing to a map of the Moon. “It’s not very scientific but it’s kinda fun,” he says. It is fun that has already made him $9 million (£4.5 million).

No government has yet recognised the lunar sales as legally binding

The next race to exploit the Moon was started by President George Bush in January 2004, when he committed the US to returning to the Moon by as early as 2017. He said the US aimed to establish a long term lunar base by around 2020.

“We’re talking about not just going there to stay three days,” says Nasa rocket engineer Dr John Connolly. This time, he says, “we’re talking about the idea of learning to live there.”

Other countries are also making plans. China – which has already successfully launched two manned space missions – has announced a similar timetable.

Russia, for nearly 50 years one of the world’s leading space powers, may not be far behind. Europe, Japan and India have also expressed an interest.

Behind all this lies a growing belief that, within a matter of decades, the Moon will be much more than a scientific outpost; it could become a vital commercial frontier.

Large private companies and rich entrepreneurs have also seen a new business opportunity.

One of the biggest is US space contractor Lockheed Martin, which is currently developing technologies that will enable future lunar residents to exploit the lunar surface.

In particular it is working on a process which will convert moon dust into oxygen and water. It may even be able to turn it into rocket fuel.

“Just like we use resources here on Earth in order to live off the land – you can do the same thing on the Moon,” says Lockheed Martin’s Dr Larry Clark.

But this is peanuts compared to what scientists believe is the real prize lying in the moon rocks. Data collected from the Apollo Moon landings have indicated that large deposits of an extremely rare gas called helium 3 are trapped in the lunar soil.

Scientists believe that this helium 3 could be used to create a new source of almost inexhaustible, clean, pollution-free energy on Earth.

One of them is Dr Harrison Schmitt, a member of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and the only trained geologist ever to walk on the Moon. Mr Schmitt was in a “geologist’s paradise” walking on the Moon.

“A metric ton of helium 3 would supply about one-sixth of the energy needs today of the British Isles,” he claims.

Plans are already afoot in the US and Russia to strip-mine lunar helium 3 and transport it the 240,000 miles (385,000km) back to Earth.

The Moon, claims Prof Jerry Kulcinski of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, could become the Persian Gulf of the 21st Century.

“If we had gold bricks stacked up on the surface of the Moon, we couldn’t afford to bring them back. This material – at several billion dollars a ton – is what makes it all worthwhile.”

Not everybody is happy with the idea of exploiting the Moon.

Edgar Mitchell was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 lunar mission. He is worried that, in our rush to exploit it, we could also destroy valuable scientific information.

“As far as how the universe works, we’re just barely out of the trees. Until we know what the Moon is really all about, the idea of trying to commercialise it is, in my opinion, a misplaced idea,” he argues. Yet he is almost a lone voice.

“The Moon is such a rich scientific destination, I think we need to look at it just the way we do the South Pole,” explains Dr Connolly.

“We should go there, find everything there is to find out scientifically. There are a number of resources that we know can be of great benefit.”

April 12th, 2007

Euro killing dollar

A euro was buying about $1.35 today, having debuted in the (late?) 90s at about 80 cents.   Travel to Europe for Americans may be receding into the Gilded Age when only the rich could make the trip.  Triste.

April 11th, 2007

Why have stocks done so well since Iraq war began?

Rev Shark de Porre, a trader, noted this morning:

“Yesterday the Dow finished higher for the eighth straight day in a row. The last time such a streak occurred was in March 2003 when the war in Iraq commenced. The big difference back then was that the market had been downtrending for nearly two years before it turned up. It has pretty much been in an uptrend ever since then.”

Why would major war in the mideast have this effect on the american stock markets?

April 10th, 2007

A Retrospect

Posted in Goodbye to All That, Reading by ed


THERE’s A TIDE in the pleasures and prospects of men,

Once it flows to its summit, then ebbs back again:

The bark of our fortunes is founder’d and lost,

Our feelings are wither’d, our friendships are cross’d

Yet still, ‘mid the trials of loitering years,

There’s a calm amid storms, and a joy among tears,

On turning from sands where our wreck has been cast,

To that spring-tide of fortune, that dream of the past,

Where memory recalls, with the outlines of truth,

And the tints of Elysium, the hopes of our youth

(A warbler of Paradise wore in his wing

The pencil that color’d those visions of spring):

Canst thou not recall from the thoughts of the mind

That blissful illusion (’tis long left behind),

When the rainbow’s mild colors were beaming and clear,

And the voice of the charmer spoke soft in thine ear?



Robert A. Slaney, Esq.
Member of Parliament