The president of the organization that sued for the video footage,
also made an appearance on Fox on the same day of the government-released video
clips. He appeared for a few minutes on Mr. O'Reilly's show, on which the new
footage was also aired. On that show, the JW president made the absurd statement
"this definitely proves a plane was present." Even O'Reilly, well
known as a staunch supporter of the administration was forced to state "I
can't see a plane there."
Yet the very next day, I heard the same Judicial Watch president live on a radio
show sing a completely different tune about what could be seen, and that "more
footage is to be released soon." The reason for his flip-flop opinion will
probably never be known, unless his bank account (or JW) had a mysterious large
deposit of untraceable origin that day. Supposedly more footage is to be released,
but has not as of this writing. One can imagine the bickering going on inside
the pentagon over this matter. After all, this isn't like doing post-production
work on a motion picture that can take months. All an un-named employee must do
is to take 5 minutes and make a copy of good RAW video footage and release it.
No credits, no music, no editing. Period.
Unfortunately, with professional video editing workstations used in
motion pictures today, the next footage that shows a plane will be perfect and
undetectable as a fake. And it will appear near election time or about the time
Iran is to be invaded, when voters at the polls will remember it and think the
"war on terror" is justified. Even though no jumbo-jet was ever there.
The biggest problem the government has? There never was a plane.
WHERE ARE THE OTHER CAMERA TAPES?
The current video footage recently released has a very slow frame rate of about
frame per second, which could never be used to conclusively prove a plane was
actually present that never touched the lawn or the giant wooden cable spools
in the way. But what of the other 80+ video cameras from various businesses all
around that side of the pentagon? Why are these videos still missing? We know
that at the hotel across the road from the building, the staff were rewinding
and watching the surveillance camera video tape over and over when the feds came
in and took it. What was it they saw, and why haven't any of them come forward
to testify what they saw? In the following analysis, we will look at whether or
not a standard, real-time video camera such as those commonly used will actually
be able to capture the image of an aircraft. For worse-case speed in the following
analysis, we will assume that the fictional aircraft has an average airspeed just
before impact of 500MPH.
A SHORT PRIMER ON NTSC VIDEO
This is by far the most common surveillance camera video standard still used in
the United States and Canada. NTSC is an acronym for the National Television Systems
Committee. Use of this standard  insures low cost recording on almost any standard
American VCR. The NTSC video specification defines a fixed video field rate of
59.94 FIELDS (not completed images) per second. There are TWO randomly interlaced
FIELDS of video in each video FRAME. Each field has 262.5 scan lines, for a total
of 525 scan lines required to form the completed image. (In actual use, about
486 scan lines are usable, since many scan lines are reserved for sync, retrace
and other network signals such as color control, data, closed captioning, timing,
etc...) With LCD televisions, almost all of the 486 scan lines are visible. About
400 lines are visible with CRT-based televisions, as a result of intentional overscanning
off the screen at the top and bottom. The missing scan lines are used to compensate
for power line and television circuitry fluctuations which may cause a reduction
in vertical picture size, producing a black bar(s) at the top and/or bottom of
On older televisions when the picture shrank vertically from a defective electronic
component, one could see a fat black arrow in the middle of a thick black bar
at the top of the screen. That was just the appearance of the video sync.embedded
in the video scanning. However, it is not what the sync. signal actually looks
like. (Normally these lines are never visible.)
The actual NTSC video frame rate is 59.97/2, giving us 29.98 completed frames
of video/second. This is why when you look at something off to the side of a CRT-based
television screen you can perceive a slight flicker. The peripheral vision of
the retina in your eye has a higher frequency response than at the center of the
retina. Therefore, you can perceive the video frame rate.
PROOF WHY A PLANE WILL BE SEEN ON VIDEO IF PRESENT
No one that I know of has attempted to analyze this issue purely from a video
frame rate perspective. A video camera can be thought of as a crude stroboscopic
still camera capturing 60 individual still fields (NOT frames) per second when
played back on a recorder or computer, with a pause or still frame capability
that can display the individual fields. We will be concentrating on the camera's
horizontal viewing distance, since this is the expected path of the plane at ground
Standard NTSC video is still used in many low cost surveillance cameras. It does
not create the jerky, slow motion video one sees from a web or computer network
camera running at 1 to 5 frames/sec. using considerable compression. With NTSC
video, no compression is involved. (The actual NTSC spec. predates all forms of
computer video compression by many decades.)
With two interlaced fields per NTSC image frame, each complete frame requires
0.0333 seconds (33 milliseconds) for a complete video frame. For our point of
reference, let's consider an outdoor camera that could easily cover approximately
500ft. or more of horizontal distance. This could easily be the situation with
a camera at the gas station across the street from the pentagon. It will probably
cover an even wider field, since any camera's field of view is an infinitely widening
cone (although the focus of the camera's lens and resolution drop off with distance.)
With all that said, let's do some numbers to see if the plane will be captured
by an ordinary NTSC video camera. Some readers may see this as the long way to
calculate it, but this will clearly illustrate my point:
1. First, let's convert the plane's distance it travels into
feet so it can be compared to the horizontal view of a video camera. A plane
traveling at 500MPH (500MPH x 5,280ft (or 1 mile) travels 2,640,000 ft. in one
2. There are 3600 seconds in one hour. 2,640,000ft. per hour/3600
seconds = 733.333. Therefore, our missing plane travels at 733.333ft. per second,
which is slightly more than twice as fast as a Formula 1 race car. Although
this is fast it won't be invisible.
3. As stated eariler, we will assume that a typical surveillance
camera conservatively covers about 500ft on the horizontal axis (from left to
right.) This will equate to 68% of the 733ft. our plane travels in one second.
Of course, this would require an unobstructed field of view. Many outdoor cameras
have the focus set to infinity (or near infinity) to capture everything in the
camera's field of view. Therefore, the length of time that the camera will capture
images of the plane will be considerable longer.
4. Let's return to our video calculations above. Every 33
THOUSANDTHS OF A SECOND we have a completed, interlaced video field which covers
about 500ft. of horizontal space. If we take 68% (from step 3 above) of 29.98
complete frames/second, we are left with 20.386 usable frames/sec.
Conservatively, this means that some or all of an aircraft will be visible in
AT LEAST 20 FRAMES (or 40 FIELDS) OF VIDEO.
And even though it will be blurred, an aircraft will be visible. We will NOT see
any background buildings or trees in the distance wherever the body of the plane
is in any video frame.
Consider a race car at the track covered by today's NTSC video cameras. Even when
the car zips past a fixed track-side camera only a dozen or so feet away from
the lens at more than 200MPH, one can still see something in the video image.
If the same car was moving at 500MPH twice the distance away from the same camera,
the effect would be about the same. The farther an object is from a camera, the
slower it will appear to move. When you look up in the sky at a jet traveling
at 550MPH just a few miles above you, it appears to move very slowly simply because
of the distance. When watching planes land at a nearby airport, one may not imagine
that the aircraft land at speeds around 100MPH.
From this analysis we have been able to prove that not just one frame, but
that 20 frames or more will show any aircraft in the distance. And if the camera
ran at a slower video rate, such as 15 full frames per second? Then we would
see the image of the plane in at least 10.2 frames.
Now all we need is just ONE of the missing 80+ tapes that shows an aircraft.
That is - if any of these recordings still exist.
VIDEO STANDARD REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC
(Note: The above cited video standard does have one small error regarding
frame rate, which I corrected above.)