I fully understand that this will be a very controversial post (perhaps the most controversial post in DefCon’s history) and I’ve even been reluctant to post it (opting to leave it sitting in pending drafts for quite awhile). But even if it causes some to cease their readership of this blog, the truth needs to be told.
For almost a year now I’ve been revisiting the events of 9/11/01, without prejudice or preconceived notions, and I have come away shocked with what I have discovered. The more I look into the events of that day the more I am convinced that we have not been told everything about what occurred on that September morning almost eleven years ago.
So when this short book written by professing Christian Leslie Haskin (detailing her escape from one of the three WTC towers that fell on September 11, 2001) became available for free on Kindle (from the longer book Between Heaven and Ground Zero), I download it. I was curious to read a survivor’s account of that day to see if it corroborated more with the government’s official version of the events of that day, or instead, with that of the mounting evidence pointing to a conspiracy of the magnitude never before seen in this country.
In this book, Haskin tells of her upbringing in a Christian home, her eventual turning from the faith, and how the events of September 11, 2001 brought her back to her faith in God. Haskin has written a few other books and she’s been a guest speaker around the country (and has even appeared on The 700 Club). But it was the details of her escape from WTC Tower One that I was most interested in and she did not fail to deliver. What I read in her account contradicts the official version of what happened on that day, and corroborates the evidence pointed to by conspiracy theorist’s (term not used pejoratively) to prove that not everything we’ve been told to believe about 9/11 is true.
As for the book itself, I found that the placement of Scripture throughout it seemed to be sporadic and random and it became somewhat distracting. Oftentimes the verses cited were completely out of context with the storyline. I also did not find the writing to be as polished as it could have been, as the jumping back and forth between 9/11 and other events in her past didn’t flow well to me and seemed somewhat disjointed. And the overuse of ellipses was very taxing, offering an unprofessional appearance and tone to her writing.
I also wouldn’t recommend this book on the grounds of theological meatiness as it is weak on doctrinal distinctions. I understand that this book is not meant to be a theological tome, but with the profuse employment of Scripture throughout it I would have hoped for a little more solidness in the biblical message she was trying to convey, instead of the man-centered, Hallmark card flavor it carried.
You can read more reviews of the book here where others had similar criticisms about the book.
But in spite of my above cited dissatisfaction, I still highly recommend this book because of the valuable information contained within it as the author details the things she saw, smelled, heard, and felt during her escape from the terror in her tower; things that should cause every American to ask questions without fear of being marginalized with ad hominen attacks pejorative labels like “crazy conspiracy theorists.”
So what is it in Haskin’s book that contradicts the official governmental 9/11 conspiracy theory and instead supports an alternative 9/11 conspiracy theory?
First you need to know the official story (the government’s conspiracy theory) regarding the collapse of the Twin Towers, and then the alternate theories, in order to better understand the weight of Haskin’s testimony.
The offical conspiracy theory: According to what we’re told, the jet fuel from the two airplanes that crashed into the upper portions of the Twin Towers burned so hot that it compromised/melted the steel structure on those floors which eventually led to both towers collapsing in similar pancake fashion from the top down. This, of course, does not explain why the third tower (WTC 7) collapsed at 5:20 pm on the evening of 9/11 in spite of the fact that it was never struck by an airplane, nor did it have jet fuel accelerant to feed its fires (which was to blame for the collapse of the other two towers).
The alternate conspiracy theory: Based on a plethora of eyewitness testimonies, survivor testimonies, news reporters on scene at Ground Zero, video captured by numerous sources, etcetera, there was an explosion immediately preceding the impact of the first plane in WTC 1 that emanated from deep in the bowels of the building, described by witnesses to have come from the basement. Then, after the first plane hit, more explosions took place throughout the building, including other areas well below the area of impact, including the lobby.
If, as the offcial conspiracy theory suggests, the towers were brought down by the remaining jet fuel that was somehow not consumed in the enormous fireball upon impact, and there were no explosives in lower portions of the buildings, then there should have been absolutely no explosions, felt, seen, or heard in the lower portions of the towers. However, as noted, numerous witnesses contradict the official account, and one of those, whether she realizes it or not, is Leslie Haskins.
Haskins was working on the 36th floor of WTC Tower One on that morning, well below the impact area that affected floors 92 to 98, yet the following accounts from her book details things that, if the government’s conspiracy theory were true, she should have never seen as she attempted to escape the building by descending the stairwell away from (not ascending toward) the impact site almost sixty stories above.
Please consider the following quotes from the book. (Page numbers are not included as the following quotes are taken from the e-book version.)
“Large bangs resonated from the north side of the office. Each time they were so sudden and so random that I nearly jumped out of my skin.”
“The smoke got thicker, and people were just running to get away. The explosions were so loud and so threatening.”
Why were there numerous random “bangs” and “explosions” heard? Why was there smoke where the author was on the 36th floor nowhere near the impact zone? What were people “running to get away from on those lower floors?
Next Leslie Haskins describes a scene that she observed in her office on the 36th floor:
“The windows were shaking, and glass exploded from everywhere. Those gorgeous natural wood-grained desks, chairs, and symbols of status went right out the window, literally. They violently and in succession freed themselves through our once sealed and privileged views.”
The plane’s impact 90 stories high caused glass to explode and furniture to be hurleonion the area of the 36th floor?
Haskin then describes scenes and occurrences that she should not have experienced almost sixty floors below the impact zone unless there were explosions in, or near, the offices on the 36th floor:
“Hundreds of would-be evacuees were desperately searching for acceptable escape routes, digging holes through walls, racing through corridors, and transferring from one stairway to another to avoid the large holes where floors were missing or in flames. As we approached the central stairwell, the ceiling started to collapse into the reception area. An explosion forced fire through closed elevator doors with an angry swoosh . . . . I had never seen fire so angry.” (Ellipses mine)
Eventually, Leslie Haskins, along with countless others, began descending the stairwell to get out of the building. As she was going down the stairs (increasing the distance between her and the impact zone of the airplane) she observed the following:
“We descended slowly and stopped at almost every landing to make room for others entering the stairs. Slower still we moved to the left or to the right to accommodate the injured or avoid large puddles and holes. At one point, there was a woman burned to the bone.”
The plane struck the building over 90 floors up, so why in the world are there injured people (including the burned woman) entering the stairwell from floors below Haskin’s offices that were located on the 36th floor?
The author continues her tale:
“A few flights down, I guess near the twenty-seventh floor, an Asian man positioned himself at the entrance of his office. He was clearly terrified, and he yelled for us to leave the stairs. He and his colleague ran back and forth from an open window to the stairs, as if measuring the degree of devastation from one place to the other. He yelled that he had heard of fires beneath us and that it was too dangerous to continue downward.”
Fires below the 27th floor? According to the offical story of what happened that day, that man surely had to be mistaken.
“As the minutes passed, the fumes became more intense. As we got closer to the bottom, my eyes burned more. Even with my lids shut.”
Then, there’s the following incredibly disturbing observation from the author. Please do not skim over this but read it very, very carefully. Remember, the plane struck the tower in floors 92 to 98. Here is the author’s horrifying description of what she saw on the twentieth floor, over seventy floors below the plane’s impact:
“I’m guessing that about the twentieth floor is where it happened. The heat was making me tired and I wanted to regroup. We stopped for a minute and someone opened another door. Unwittingly, I stuck my head in for cleaner air and there he was. A man stood staring. It was a cold and blank look. He said nothing; trapped behind what was once probably a wall, his stare mesmerized me. I remember it being a mindless gaze with complete shock occupying the part of his flesh where his face used to be. There was no fire or smoke near him. Just huge chunks of broken glass, mangled and exposed wires out of their places, furniture upside down, cables and pieces of the wall lay everywhere. Both large and small fragments of glass and other objects pierced the once perfectly papered walls. Crashes of more devastation howled from somewhere on that floor and the recognizable vociferous crackle of fire. I examined him closely from the stairs. His face . . . contorted like abstract art. His eyes . . . fixed on nothing. His mouth was wide and silent. His head rested between two small columns while his body was crooked and oddly twisted off to the side. He had been decapitated.”
How does an airline impact 70 stories above, cause not only the damage that Haskin observed to the room, but the decapitation of a human being in that room?
As Haskin continued descending the stairs (and would have been getting farther away from the chaos and destruction above if the official story was true), she experienced more explosions and screams:
“I’m not sure just when it happened, but somewhere around the ninth floor I noticed that the screams and the bangs, the explosions, and the grinding metal all blended into one constant and excruciating opus as panic escalated to pandemonium when the building suddenly rocked again.”
And more explosions affecting those in the stairwell:
“Explosions undoubtedly sealed more exits, trapped more people, and it became increasingly difficult to tell if we were still alive.”
“There was a small tremor. It lasted only a few seconds but I guess it caused the building to twist more because some doors that were previously open, slammed and jammed shut.”
Then as Haskin finally exited the stairs, she observed more damage:
“I believe I exited the stairs at the plaza level but barely recognized it. No more was the concourse aglow with life. There were no sounds of hurried feet, rustling newspapers, or laughter and morning gibberish. Its voice now was the crackle of fire and random explosions. From every angle, it was crushed and dying, slightly grayed from smoke, defeated, crumbling, and slaughtered by glass bullets of injustice.”
While in the plaza area, the author observed:
“People were running frantically trying to get away from the explosions and flames.”
Why in the world are people in the lower level plaza area running from explosions and fire? The official story is that there were no explosions in the building; that the fire from the jet fuel over 90 stories above is what caused the structure to fail from the top down, and collapse perfectly upon itself in almost free fall speed. But as you can see from Leslie Haskin’s testimony (like so many other eyewitnesses and survivors), explosions and fire were heard, felt, and seen all throughout the building, not just where the official report says the fires were.
With the damage supposedly solely occurring where the plane hit, Haskin should have never seen the following in the lower level plaza:
“A large mound of something charred lay near the elevators. A woman, I think, lay near it. A small amount of blood was near her neck area. Her legs splayed out awkwardly, and her eyes were shut, but not completely; they had rolled back as if she was unconscious. Her arm lay to her side and her chest rose and dropped rapidly.”
Nor should anyone be on fire:
“I saw small crowds hurrying toward the sky bridge that connected the World Trade Center to the Financial Towers. . . . I turned and saw a tall, thin man. At first, I didn’t recognize what he was doing, but I’ll never forget his eyes. They were hazel in color and full of panic. I realized he was on fire. His skin looked as if it was dissolving off his bones. Flames covered a large part of his body. He ran from the stairs and toward me. Another man was chasing him and hitting at him with his bare hands—trying to squelch the flames.” (Ellipses mine)
Because the author’s account contradicts the official story, some may suggest that Leslie Haskin is “lying” or was simply “mistaken.” I do not believe that and I would not be so quick to besmirch her character (nor what she endured) in such a flippant way. Hers is just one of a plethora of voices of witnesses and survivors that have told of their experiences on that day, and their testimonies (as well as the mounting tide of evidence) suggests something starkly different than the official story we’ve been told to believe.
“Condemnation before investigation is the height of ignorance.”