A Pentagon spokesman insisted that Rumsfeld simply misspoke, but Internet conspiracy theorists seized on the reference to the plane having been shot down.
“Was it a slip of the tongue? Was it an error? Or was it the truth, finally being dropped on the public more than three years after the tragedy” asked a posting on the Web site WorldNetDaily.com.
Some people remain skeptical of U.S. government statements that, despite a presidential authorization, no planes were shot down September 11, and rumors still circulate that a U.S. military plane shot the airliner down over Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A Pentagon spokesman insists Rumsfeld has not changed his opinion that the plane crashed as the result of an onboard struggle between passengers and terrorists.
Well, if a nameless Pentagon spokesman tells us that he knows what Donald Rumsfeld is really thinking, I see no reason to doubt the official story…. Seriously, considering that George Stephanopolous, John Kerry and Donald Rumsfeld have all made public statements blatantly at odds with the official version of US aviation history over the past nine years, I don’t see why everyone isn’t skeptical.
I don’t pretend to know what the truth is regarding Waco, Oklahoma City, TWA 800 and 9/11. But I am sure of one thing. The government is lying. Why? Because it ALWAYS does, as even the best and most honest government officials believe they have a responsibility to avoid panicking the public.