The FBI and the Department of Justice have released ten new videos
relating to the events of 9/11, three years after a freedom of
information act request for the footage was submitted.
The newly released videos show footage of the attack
on the twin towers in New York on September 11th 2001.
Some of the videos were originally seized by the
FBI in the hours after the attacks had taken place, others were
handed to 9/11 investigators or discovered throughout the course
of the investigation.
The videos were secured by FOIA attorney Scott Hodes,
under instruction from his client Mr Scott Bingham.
Bingham has uploaded some of the footage to youtube
and has set about writing blogs on the videos at http://www.penttbom.com.
"This is the first bulk release of videos from
investigative file. More will come later. How much later? I don't
know. But we requested 64 of 84 items on the 'menu' and we now
have 10 new items."
Bingham was previously successful in securing the
release of CCTV footage from the Pentagon, Citgo gas station,
and Double Tree hotel, which he documented on his website www.Flight77.info.
However, none of these videos provided clear footage of the impact
of flight 77 into the Pentagon.
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Although it was Bingham's FOIA lawsuit that forced
the release of the only known footage from the Pentagon and the
surrounding area on 9/11, government watchdog group Judicial Watch
took the credit and released it to the mainstream media networks.
During the course of Bingham's FOIA request, he discovered that
the FBI was withholding at least another 84
surveillance tapes pertaining to the attacks, and
subsequently requested the release of all the withheld footage.
The original context of the request for the footage and the revelations
garnered from the FBI suggested that the remaining tapes were
specifically related to the attack on the Pentagon. However, the
bulk of the ten newly released videos show the impact of the second
plane into the World Trade Center from various new angles. Some
of the videos seem to be old footage that has been previously
released, and one video even contains a full ABC News episode
called 'The Survivors', a documentary about the burn victims of
9/11 that was presumably made weeks or months after the events.
It appears that the FBI still maintains that they have no more
footage of the Pentagon attack, despite the fact that the area
is littered with buildings and roads that have their own surveillance
systems, in addition to that of the pentagon itself.
Perhaps the most interesting newly released video is footage
shot by a couple in a hotel adjacent to the WTC. Much like the
previously released "What we saw: Bob and Bri" video
which surfaced two years ago, this video is cut just as the second
plane hits. However the audio is left intact and a large swoosh
followed by two loud thuds can be heard. Bingham, who says he
plans to upload more from this video, also says the video is cut
as the towers collapse. The reason for the cuts is not explained.
Footage from the newly released videos appears below: