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Monday, August 23, 2004

The 9/11 Cell Phone Mystery

"Hello! Hello! Can you hear me?" I would guess that if you use a cell phone at all, this is the sequence you have gone through many a time. To the industry's credit, over the years the quality of the cell phone communication has improved considerably, as has the coverage. However, the whole technology was designed to provide connectivity on the ground, with the assumption that retransmitting towers can be placed relatively close to the cellular phone they are to service. Another major assumption is that the user would only be moving at ground speeds. On the ground, it is reasonable to assume pretty much that any and every vehicle a cell phone user would travel in would move no faster than a bullet train whose speed is about 300 km/h (roughly 200 mph).

All of the above makes it all the more surprising that according to the official version of the events of 9/11 a number of doomed passengers managed to place calls from their cell phones which appear to have gone through with nary a glitch. In this report Michel Chossudovsky provides a review of cellular technology's capabilities, with the emphasis on the state of that technology on 9/11/2001. The author's basic conclusion: the placement of the cell phone calls the doomed passengers are alleged to have placed was highly unlikely if not outright impossible.

Some inquiring minds with a knack for practical experimentation have tried to assess the usability of cell phones on board of an aircraft. What they have discovered largely backs Mr Chossudovsky's assessment.

As I have said before, the 9/11 report is likely at the very best incomplete. The data referenced by Michel Chossudovsky, A.K. Dewdney et al. seems to enhance that notion.


Jenna said...

Yes, the 9/11 report is much less than incomplete.. some of it is outright lies.

Boris Epstein said...


I have yet to see an outright lie in the official 9/11 Report. I am not saying there are none,- but I presume people (and documents) innocent untill proven guilty.

However, as I've already said, the numerous holes in that report are so significant as to make me feel that I can view it as irrelevant and misleading. If a fair court hearing were to be conducted on the subject of that report, I believe it would have to be rejected out of hand.


Anonymous said...

A very interesting piece that gives one pause -- even the ferrets of truth in government are no better than the makers of propaganda, eh? Why am I not surprised?!

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