The claim that American Airlines Flight 77 did not hit the Pentagon has been widely promoted, e.g. in the video Loose Change, but has been hotly disputed within the 9/11 Truth movement. The larger of the two scholars’ groups, headed by Steven Jones, rejects it. Below is a collection of links to writings by people in the 9/11 Truth movement who oppose the Pentagon no-757 theories.
First, on Jim Hoffman’s websites:
- On his 9-11 Review site: Pentagon Attack Errors, including, among others: ERROR: ‘The Pentagon Attack Left Only a Small Impact Hole’; see also Coverup at the Pentagon
- On his 9-11 Research site: The Pentagon Attack: What the Physical Evidence Shows and The Pentagon Strike: Mysteries Persist in Pentagon Attack, plus also his review of Volume 2 of Loose Change
Though he disputes the no-757 theories, Jim Hoffman does believe that the Pentagon attack was an inside job. (See his collections of writings about the Pentagon on 0-11 Review and on 9-11 Research On the latter site, see also his list of 9-11 Anomalies.)
Why did authorities seize and suppress evidence that could show exactly what happened? The answer that occurs to most skeptics is that the government is trying to hide that the crash involved an entirely different kind of aircraft than a Boeing 757. However, the overwhelming support among eyewitness reports for the idea that a twin-engine jetliner crashed into the Pentagon suggests a different answer: perhaps the perpetrators suppressed the evidence to feed the no-Boeing theory in order to divide and discredit the skeptics.
More generally, Jim Hoffman has theorized:
Disinformation aimed at skeptics of the official story is more subtle than the simple promotion of that story to the masses. It may consist of ideas with no basis in evidence packaged as shocking new findings that supposedly prove the involvement of insiders. Its effect is to discredit the larger body of 9/11 research through guilt by association with its sensational and unscientific approach. An example is the idea that Twin Towers were not hit by Flights 11 or 175 but rather by completely different objects, such as military planes with missile-firing pods.
Below are writings by other people in the 9/11 Truth movement disputing the Pentagon no-757 theories:
- Flight of Fantasy: Flight 77 Didn’t Hit the Pentagon by John Judge
- The Pentagon Crash: Why the No-757 Crowd is Making an Ass out of Itself by Joe R.
- Pentagon misslie hoax and Pentagon Truth on the “Oil Empire” site, which also contains a short history of “No Planes” hoaxes
- Evidence: The Pentagon Attack on the website of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice (Steven Jones’s group)
I personally have not yet studied the Pentagon crash in depth. (I’ve given higher priority to studying what happened to the World Trade Center.) However, because the no-757 idea is so hotly disputed, especially by some of the 9/11 Truth movement’s most thorough researchers, I think it best that any introductory 9/11 Truth literature and videos steer clear of this claim and focus instead on stronger evidence against the official story.
Furthermore, although I wouldn’t be as quick as some people are to conclude that particular theories are deliberate disinfo, I do think we need to be extra cautious about promoting any idea that contradicts large bodies of eye-witness testimony. The Pentagon crash was seen by thousands of people stuck in traffic on nearby highways. If a lot of these people specifically remember seeing a large passenger jet, and if one of the main things they’ve heard about the 9/11 Truth movement is the notion that the Pentagon was hit by something other than a jetliner, then obviously we’re going to look like a bunch of loonies to all these thousands of people and their friends, thereby discrediting the 9/11 Truth movement to many people in and around Washington, D.C.