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Preface to Dean Hartwell's upcoming book Planes without Passengers: The Faked Hijackings of 9/11

I do not know if we can ever discover the whole truth about 9/11. I simply present my work as a report that tells what most likely happened to the planes and passengers associated with the event.  I have limited my scope to ascertaining what planes were used, how they were used and the role that the passengers played.

One reading my work will NOT find out, for example, what hit the World Trade Center buildings or the Pentagon.  These and other issues like it are best left to those with specific scientific knowledge and aptitude.  I do, though, say what did not strike them.

We are about to observe the tenth anniversary of this horrific event and attention given to it may never be higher for all we now know.  It is simply a matter of catching that attention while I can.  So now that I have your attention, here is my hope for you: I want you to take what I say seriously enough to read it all and critically enough to challenge it.

What distinguishes this book from others on the topic of 9/11?

The book takes risks to present its case to the reader.  For instance, by suggesting that the passengers were not victims but rather people who knew something about the plot ahead of time will not make this book popular for those who find this sort of talk unsettling.  I follow what I sincerely believe to be the truth knowing that the truth is not always kind because I want to know what happened to the passengers.

What led me to write this book?

In the ten years since the events of September 11, 2001, I have seen those events from different angles.  Until 2005, I never seriously questioned the official version of nineteen Al-Qaeda hijackers and four flights of passengers smashing into landmark buildings and the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  After reading books by David Ray Griffin, Michael Ruppert and others, I started to formulate questions about the Bush Administration's handling of the events.

By 2006, I started to write critically of the official story, citing, among other things, the Bush Administration's failure to keep its initial promise to provide proof of Osama bin Laden's guilt.  The following year, I wrote a long essay about Vice President Cheney's involvement in the crimes of 9/11.  This essay, "Indictment of Conspiracy," became a chapter in a book I published in August 2009 Dead Men Talking: Consequences of Government Lies, which also criticized the official theories of the Kennedy brother murders.

Readers of my previous efforts, such as Dead Men Talking and the essay Misdirection: Following the Plot, Execution and Cover-up of 9/11 Crimes, will note that I have changed my point of view on some issues.  Truth seeking is usually a process of sorting through assertions and I made it a point to post my essays (the drafts of this book) on the Internet to get feedback from people with differing viewpoints, some of which began to appeal to me.

Since that book's publication, I have focused upon what happened to the planes and the passengers.  My key determination was the significance of Bureau of Transportation records indicating that, of the four alleged flights, only United 175 and United 93 were actually scheduled and recorded as having taken off that day.

The Burden of Proof Is on Me

As I have selected the topic and have chosen to indict the official theory with my accusations, I accept the burden of proof.  In general, I will prove that no passengers were hijacked or killed on September 11, 2001.

Specifically, as a way to prove this proposition, I will answer the following questions and more:

How many planes were used in the plot?

Which ones had passengers and which ones did not?

What happened to passengers from these flights after they left the planes?

So here I am with the best story that I have come up with yet about the issues that I believe are most important.  The reader is invited to think critically and make their own conclusion.



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