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Originally posted by Pockets
Hitting the statue of liberty is only going to send a message, a message that had already been sent at three other sites
The Statue of Liberty can never be replaced.
The towers were not anywhere near capacity at that time of the morning, whereas at say 11 AM, or 2:30 PM there would have been more people in the towers, and more people on the streets.
For example, if mass casualties were the objective, as one would suspect from other terrorist attacks and bombings, just keeping those planes in the air longer or even taking later flights would have increased the amount substantially. The towers were not anywhere near capacity at that time of the morning, whereas at say 11 AM, or 2:30 PM there would have been more people in the towers, and more people on the streets.
Flight 93 took off 41 minutes late from Newark (since live in NJ fly out
of Newark - delays are common, rated one of worse aiports in country)
Originally posted by jprophet420
The intent was obviously to cripple the economy. If anyone besides me remembers the tech sector was already very bad off to begin with.
Flying the planes into the bottoms of the towers would not have made much sense as the chance of hitting the target would decrease greatly if aiming for the base. The only real difference between hitting the bottom of the towers would be 10,000+dead and trillions of dollars in mayhem vs 3,000+dead and trillions of dollars of mayhem.
As far as box cutters go they were the perfect choice. Even Seinfeld had a pre 911 routine joking about the razor blade disposal slot in airplane bathrooms. Razors weren't banned from airplanes pre 911 and guns were.
Also, the original estimates of casualties projected was 10-15 thousand. That was on most news sources.
[edit on 24-8-2009 by jprophet420]
As far as weapons go there are reports of at least one gun, and I stated a way of getting weapons on the plane in my 1st post.
Members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States passed around and examined a Leatherman-style utility knife on the second day of a two-day hearing. Also known as the 9/11 commission, the group is an independent, bipartisan panel investigating the attacks on New York and Washington.
A staff member testified that the hijackers purchased at least two such knives and that they weren't found in belongings the attackers left behind.
To help screeners before 9/11, the airlines had developed a guide that classified box cutters as restricted, staffers said. But pocket utility knives with less than 4-inch blades were allowed, they said, and the guide provided no instruction on how to distinguish between those knives and box cutters.
The hijackers of Sept. 11, 2001, blasted Mace or pepper spray at flight crew members and passengers to keep them away from the cockpits and wielded knives in their orchestrated takeovers of the aircraft, according to a report issued Tuesday by the commission investigating the attacks.
The report provides the most comprehensive picture yet of what the commission called the common strategy the terrorists used to commandeer the four airliners that were flown into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
The commission concluded that the hijackers made bomb threats on at least three of the four planes and shot pepper spray on at least two flights. Passengers calling from cell phones noted the use of box cutters on only one flight, the report said. The commission also said it was skeptical of an earlier report that a gun was aboard one plane.
Read more: www.sfgate.com.../c/a/2004/01/28/MNGQ04JEEH1.DTL#ixzz0PA18GnJv
Originally posted by king9072
Any other forum, I would expect this. This forum though, of all... it's amazing to see such blatant frivolity and ignorance.
[edit on 24-8-2009 by king9072]