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June 17, 2004

I Have Discovered An Error!

I've been reading the 9-11 Commission report (pdf file here), and have discovered a very, very serious error. They describe how the idea for the 9/11 attacks came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Originally he wanted Al Qaeda to hijack ten planes, and planned on piloting the tenth himself:

The centerpiece of his original proposal was the tenth plane, which he would have piloted himself. Rather than crashing the plane into a target, he would have killed every adult male passenger, contacted the media from the air, and landed the aircraft at a U.S. airport. He says he then would have made a speech denouncing U.S. policies in the Middle East before releasing all of the women and children passengers.

Obviously this isn't true, because it makes no sense. One thing we know 100% for sure is the hatred around the world for the US has nothing to do with what the US government does. It has to do with what America is. So Mohammed might have made a speech, but it would have denounced "democratically elected government... freedom of religion... freedom of speech... freedom to vote and assemble and disagree."

I hope the 9-11 Commission fixes this mistake soon, because otherwise Americans might become confused.

Posted at June 17, 2004 03:42 PM | TrackBack

Like the possibly dead Mohammed, I am an America hater. It's not, as Jonathon points out, what we do. It's who we are. Some of us are Rotarians and the rest of us clearly are not.

Posted by: Harry at June 18, 2004 09:40 AM