The 9/11 Mural Van: Rabbit Hole or Memory Hole?
As the 9/11 story has unfolded, it has offered us intrigue after intrigue. The course of the truth movement has taken many turns in the last ten years, with waves of truth and disinformation shaping the debate. Along the way, it’s been interesting to watch which stories stuck around, and which stories faded away.
The story of the 9/11 Mural Van appears to be fading away – or perhaps it is being pushed down the memory hole. It is one of the most intriguing mysteries of that day.
The only official account of the Mural Van is in the Mineta Transportation Institute’s “Saving City Lifelines: Lessons Learned in the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks” document http://transweb.sjsu.edu/mtiportal/research/publications/documents/Sept11.book.htm which says:
“A panel truck with a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center was stopped near the temporary command post. It proved to be rented to a group of ethnic Middle Eastern people who did not speak English. Fearing that it might be a truck bomb, the NYPD immediately evacuated the area, called out the bomb squad, and detained the occupants until a thorough search was made. The vehicle was found to be an innocent delivery truck.”
Note the inherent contradiction in the account; the truck “has a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center” – and this is 9/11 – yet it “was found to be an innocent delivery truck.” It’s also quite stunning, since we now know that the “innocent” van exploded that day. Not only that, but there were “remote control planes” with “explosives” that day as well.
We know this because a man named Robert Stanford, who was the Emergency Coordinator for the New York City District Amateur Radio Emergency Service recorded several hours of police and fire radio transmissions, including this:
Shortly after the 3:00 mark, you can hear the following:
“the plane just exploded in the air”
“explosives on King and 6th Avenue”
“one of those remote controlled planes filled with explosives”
Note that King and 6th Avenue is well away from the unfolding disaster further downtown at the World Trade Center.
After many requests for information about “that remote controlled plane,” at 5:16 the events get even stranger:
“It’s a big truck with a mural painted of an airplane diving into New York City and exploding. Don’t know what’s in the truck. The truck is in between 6th and 7th on King Street.”
“with a mural painted .. .airplane .. diving into New York blowin up .. two men got out of the truck .. ran away from it, we got those two under”
“you got those… you holding those two guys?”
“got them under let’s get some units…”
“…fucking beat the shit out of them…”
“you alright over there?”
“we have both suspects under… we have the suspects who drove in the van, the van exploded, we have both of them under, let’s get some help over here”
“I’m sending you ESU there, I just wanted to make sure you and your guys all right over there”
“we have both of the …driven .. that exploded …”
“King Street between 6th and Seventh”
Surprisingly, this story is rarely brought up in 9/11 truth circles; nor have debunkers succeeded in debunking it. What happened to the two “middle eastern” suspects who were caught in a van which later exploded? What does the van have to do with “remote controlled airplanes filled with explosives?”
Exploring this particular rabbit hole has started to lead to dead ends. Robert Sanford moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and ran a site called bayscan.net, but it is no longer available. His recordings were put up on firehouse.com but have since been taken down, though they are still available on archive.org. The few sites that do mention the story tend to use a graphic (and somewhat ridiculous) representation of the van and present it as a photo of the actual van. The most detailed transcript pointed to was hosted on thememoryhole.org, which ironically was taken down by hackers in 2009, never to return – not even at archive.org.
Starting at around 5:00 you will hear the following…
officer: [inaudible] I got a message on that uh plane,
its a big truck with a mural painted of a of a airplane diving into New York City
and exploding [inaudible] know whats in the truck, the truck is in between 6th and 7th on King Street
officer: [inaudible] 10-5 10-5
officer: with a mural painted uh airplane diving into New York blowing up. Two men got outta the truck
ran away from it, we got those two [inaudible] under.
officer: kay great.
officer: we got both suspects under kay, we have the suspects who drivedrove in the van and that exploded
we have both of them under kay lets get some help over here
officer: now Im sending you [inaudible] I just want to make sure you and your guys all right over there kay, thats all.
officer: whats the location [inaudible]
officer: put em up, put em up
officer: you know we have both the [inaudible] driven that exploded. Is that correct?
officer: what location?
officer: location [inaudible]
officer: [inaudible] location [inaudible]
officer: King Street between 6th and 7th
officer: King Street and 6th and 7th avenue, King Street and 6th and 7th avenue
officer: [inaudible] on the scene King 6 and 7, which unit are you kay?
thanks to xxx for the link..
i had never heard of ths mural van story before..but it happened..and there is evidence..”remote controlled planes filled with explosives”..you cant hide the truth can you?
what do you think? i am not sure of the authenticity of the picture of the van..even had the AA logo..but its a wild story to go alongside the rest of the anomalies of that fateful day..