September 11, 2006

"Near Shanksville, Pa., Local 'Ambassadors' Tend to Flight 93 Site" - Wall Street Journal

Snippet. Also printed at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Journal Gazette. See archived article here. (emphasis mine)

By Jeffrey Zaslow
September 11, 2006
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. -- On Sept. 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 fell from the sky and crashed in a field three miles from Chuck Wagner's house.
At the site, ambassadors show visitors a photo taken by local real-estate agent Val McClatchey. She lives just over a mile from where the plane fell. At 10:03 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, she was in her living room, watching TV coverage of the World Trade Center attacks. A loud boom shook her house. She grabbed a digital camera that was by her front door.

The photo she took shows a mushroom cloud rising into a blue sky, with a neighbor's barn in the foreground. The FBI says it is the only known image taken within seconds of the crash. Ms. McClatchey, 50, says, "If I knew how much chaos it would create in my life, I might have just deleted it."

Accusations about her photo have spread across the Internet. Conspiracy theorists say the photo actually depicts a bomb blast, or that the cloud suggests the plane was shot down by the U.S. government. Others charge the photo is a phony. It is hard, she says, to see her name on the Internet alongside the words "total fraud."

The ambassadors feel for Ms. McClatchey. If bloggers would come to Shanksville, "they could talk to a hundred people who saw that same cloud that day," Ms. Glessner says.

Notice that the WSJ mentions this controversy of Val's photo along with Flight 93 being shot down. No where did I ever say that the anomalies in her photo suggest Flight 93 was shot down. I've been suggesting for a while now that all the "shoot down" rumors of Flight 93 were specifically started by the government on the day of 9/11 to distract people from the realization that Flight 93 did not crash in Shanksville.
Also notice Ms. Glessner's quote that "a hundred people" saw the same cloud that's in Val's photo. Do you really believe a hundred people saw the plume in Val's photo, but only Val managed to take a pic of it?

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