15 years on: 9/11/2001

9-11Never forget.

But wait.  That is sanitized.  Where is the reality, the truth of what actually occurred on September 11th of 2001?

Since that fateful Tuesday, I have said that we — Americans — need to see what really happened to the occupants of the Twin Towers.  We need to see and hear and read and understand what truly transpired with the lives of those who were killed that day.  Because, you see, most of these real-life sights and sounds have been sanitized and scrubbed from the media these days; we find such things too disturbing, too graphic.  Our dainty sensibilities might become offended.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to offend.  I am pushback.  I am here to remind you in stark, gravid detail, color and description.  I couldn’t care less if you are a snowflake.  I am here to show you the 9/11 jumpers and the decisions they made.

Here is what happened to the jumpers and those still trapped within the Twin Towers: one million tonstwo billion pounds (2,000,000,000) — of concrete and steel fell down upon citizens of the United States of America, turning human tissue to liquid and leaving most with no way of being identified whatsoever.

9-11-jumperThe science of falling human flesh indicates that an average 200 pound human being, with air resistance, will eventually reach a terminal velocity of around 53 m/s (195 km/h or 122 mph).  The Twin Towers were 1,362 feet tall.  We know that 99% of the terminal velocity for a human will be reached at around 1,880 feet.  Since we also know that Americans did not jump from the top of the buildings but, instead, some stories down, it would be scientifically safe to posit that jumpers reached between 100 and 110 mph at their point of impact with the metal or concrete below.

This is what awaited the jumpers as they took their final step.

9-11-jumper-1A common misconception is that many died mid-jump.  That is incorrect.  The bulk died upon impact; only those who were already suffering from traumatic burns or egregious wounds may — and I say may — have died enroute their impact sites.

For most, at their velocities, they had a full 10 to 14 seconds to impact.  Almost all were completely conscious and, if their eyes were open, they would have seen the World Trade Center become rapidly smaller if they were on their backs, or shockingly larger if they were on their stomachs not unlike a sky diver.  Some may have even had their eyes open upon impact.  Some may actually have had the rush of the air resistance physically rip pieces of burned flesh and clothing from their bodies as they fell.

You are an employee within the World Trade Centers that day.  You would not know what was happening to you, as we know today in hindsight.  You would be confused, in panic mode.  You would either have survived or, trapped on certain floors with others, you would be attempting to locate a way out.

You could have been splashed with Jet-A fuel (Jet-A powers modern commercial airliners and is a mix of pure kerosene and anti-freeze) and set ablaze immediately.  Or you could be surrounded by burning objects and left with only one possible exit strategy: try to somehow knock out a window to the outside world.

Knowing as we do the fire triangle — that is to say, combustion requires oxygen, heat and fuel — we know that when persons trapped in the WTC even managed to break open the windows, the resultant air flow would have enabled flames to burn even hotter by enriching the oxygen content.

Now you have a choice.  Imagine.  You can burn to death via the flames behind you, or you can knock out a window.  If you fail to knock out a window, yes, you burn to death.  If you knock out a window or locate a window aperture already damaged, you have time to contemplate.  Perhaps a few minutes, perhaps a few seconds.  Do you turn to face the flames?  Or do you seek the very thing that keeps you alive and has done so for years?  The open air?

Perhaps now the flames are licking at your back.  You have seen some of your friends, or persons you don’t know, step out into the abyss, their choices having been made.  Again, your choice: do I burn to death or do I simply jump?

9-11-jumper-2And that, you recognize with finality, is the sum total of your life.

Here is how and where you end.

You did what you did, you loved who you loved, you accomplished what you accomplished, only to have your life reach this point: I am going to choose death, either way.  Your brain sees and twists things, your entire life, years, into a few seconds.  The lizard brain rules.  Survival.  Only this time survival equals death.  Either way.  You lose.

Your brain asks: how did I get here?  It doesn’t matter.  You’re here now.

There is an open portal.  The air is rushing past you because of the broken WTC window on this perfect day, this blue sky day, this day without clouds, this day that embraces you and now somehow beckons.  You see momentarily the land and the sea before and below and the seemingly strong winds blow what hair you have left back if it isn’t already burned off.

Some people wished they could have opened a window for fresh ventilation at the WTC.  You may have been one of those.  But now your wish is not to have been anywhere near an open window at this juncture.

Except that: now, the clothing on your back is on fire.

9-11-burnedTurn or go forward.  You go forward.

Ten seconds later.

You were conscious and then you die.

Then billions of pounds collapse upon you.

On Tuesday, September 11th, of 2001.



11 thoughts on “15 years on: 9/11/2001

  1. May they all rest in peace. Watched on TV as the second plan hit. Immediately suspected it was caused by ragheads. Bush should have attacked the Saudi’s as he knew they backed the attackers as well. Had he done so we wouldn’t be having the problems we have today. The only good muslim is a dead one in my opinion.

  2. Zep,
    Great, great article. This is the history most have forgotten over 15 years.
    I’ve read a lot of 9/11 stories and seen a lot of footage from it from those who where there and survived it. This is the only one that I’ve seen that speaks for those who died. Those who had to make the horrifying decision on How to die.

    • Somewhere there is video of people jumping from the WTC and the actual concrete being struck by Americans. We need to see how terrible that is truly. We need to be reminded.


  3. i couldn’t force myself to look at everything or watch the videos. i looked at all that i could. i also linked you to instapundit and sondrakistan with warnings. i hope that was ok.

    • Yes, it was fine. I understand. People still need to recognize the decisions that those Americans had to make in desperation, knowing that either path would result in death.


  4. Gory deaths caused by Arabs. All of the perps were Arabs!
    God damn you Arabs.
    May your Allah be drenched in jet fuel and set afire.
    If there was a way to have Allah thrown out of a burning building, that would be even better.

    • What I still don’t understand is why we still link ourselves to Blood Oil, Conflict Oil. We have natural gas and oil fields of vast expanses directly under our OWN feet yet we cannot take it. We STOP the KeystoneXL pipeline. We CAN be energy-independent but Leftists & Demorats won’t allow us to do so. We CAN make coal have an absolute minimal enviro impact but not allowed to do so under Obama. This makes no sense for our nation.


      • Easy to figure BZ. All our POTUS’s from Clinton to Obama have been getting rich by agreeing to buy arab oil and delaying or trying to stop energy exploration and independence here at home. Its all about greed and accumulating personal wealth over what is good for this country. Reason one why Bush didn’t attack the Saudis after Sept 11, 2001.

  5. In response to the 9/11 Muslim murders of Americans, the Department of Homeland Security was created. Now the head of DHS is a Muslim named Jeh Johnson.

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