Thursday, April 16, 2009

Moron the Terror Timeline

Jeez, I almost feel bad about this one, but it's gotta be said. A number of months ago, I was looking into the claims of Barry Jennings, and I noticed that the Terror Timeline got this one right, while all the Troofers get it wrong:

Among them are Barry Jennings, a City Housing Authority worker, and Mike Hess, New York’s chief lawyer who is also a longtime friend of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The two had gone up to the 23rd floor headquarters of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management some time before 10 a.m., but found it empty. (It was evacuated at 9:30 a.m.; see (9:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001.) They headed downstairs but became trapped around the sixth floor by smoke and debris that filled the staircase as a result of the North Tower collapsing at 10:28 a.m.


But... you can probably guess what happened. The Timeline was edited after I posted about it debunking the Troofers. The page I linked to now reads:

Among these individuals are Barry Jennings, a City Housing Authority worker, and Michael Hess, New York’s chief lawyer who is also a longtime friend of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The two had gone up to the 23rd floor emergency command center of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management after the first attack occurred, but found it empty (see (Shortly Before 9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001)

They then headed downstairs but became trapped around the eighth floor by smoke and debris that filled the staircase. After breaking a window and calling for help, they were spotted by firefighters outside. When the firefighters go in, they also find a security officer for one of the businesses based in the building, who is trapped on the seventh floor by the smoke in the stairway. Why this guard did not evacuate earlier, along with the rest of WTC 7, is unknown. All three men are escorted out of the building.


No mention of where the smoke and debris came from. No correction of Jennings' obviously wrong times.

Learn the lesson. If you debunk something using the Terror Timeline, take a screen cap of the page. What did I learn? That the Terror Timeline is as useless as Wikipedia for anything controversial.

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