More From the University of Minnesota
Adri Mehra, the University of Minnesota drama major, who last week pretended to be a Jenga wielding structural engineer, is back with the second in a series on 9/11. This one appears to be somewhat of a free association assignment from psych class:
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2006, I was dreaming that I was falling.
But this wasn't your easily psychoanalyzed, industry-standard flight of Freudian fancy. In this nightmare, I was plummeting to my death in Lower Manhattan in New York City, near Battery Park and the Financial District.
In this guilt-stricken incubus, I left the top floor of the first World Trade Tower behind and was now hurtling through crisp crosswinds in full freefall, hoping against hope that there would be a Federal Emergency Management Agency net to catch me before I hit the asphalt on Liberty Street.
It was one of the most terrifying feelings I'd ever had, conscious or not.
For a bit more lucid and fact filled article, read the rebuttal also published by the student newspaper:
With all this talk of 9-11 conspiracies and controlled demolitions, it may help to add a few more facts to this debate.
Some people have argued that no plane hit the Pentagon, mainly because of the lack of visible plane debris around the building. However, you have to completely neglect the fact that 89 people saw an object hit the Pentagon, and almost 30 of them specifically mentioned seeing an American Airlines jet. A generator in front of the building was gouged and knocked toward the Pentagon, meaning that something flying in the direction of the Pentagon must have hit it. The American Society of Civil Engineers has also written a thorough analysis of the attack and confirmed that the American Airlines jet is what hit the Pentagon.
As for the crash in Shanksville, if you believe that Flight 93 did not crash there, you'd be ignoring the flight data recorder graphs that show its erratic flight moments before crashing, the cockpit voice recorder (available on the Internet) that details the entire conversation in Flight 93's cockpit by the hijackers, the fact that 95 percent of the plane was recovered and the fact that the remains of all victims on the flight were positively identified.