An American expat living in Asia started a fundraising campaign to “recreate” the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in order to dispel — or prove — the various conspiracy theories surrounding the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil.
Paul Salo, 51, posted a video to YouTube earlier this month detailing his plans to purchase a 767 aircraft, fully loaded with fuel, and fly it at 500 miles per hour into a structure “similar” to that of one of the twin towers.
“Many people want to know more about 9-11. We are like a Mythbusters for September 11th,” Salo wrote in a description on his Indiegogo fundraising page. “Many people doubt various details of 9-11. As the world has changed our trust in government and media has declined significantly. We want to see for ourselves. We don't need people to guide our thinking.”
“We're going to purchase a 747 or equivalent aircraft that's about to go out of service, we're going to fill it full of jet fuel, we're going to purchase a building that's about to be torn down in the countryside," Salo says in the video, adding, "and we're going to crash it at 500 miles per hour into that building.”
The goal is to see what happens when the “extreme circumstances” (or alleged circumstances, according to conspiracy theorists) of 9/11 are replicated.
“If there's just a smoking hole in the building and nothing happens, you pretty much know it was a hoax, right? Cause it's obvious, right?” he says.
Salo is determined to carry out his experiment, and he will travel wherever necessary in order to do it. “I’m not sure which country we will purchase the aircraft and building but it doesn't really matter much,” he said on his Indiegogo page. “I’m a globe trotter and will go where we need to go to complete this important project.”
Salo noted that the experiment is not intended “to prove anything either way,” concluding, “We will recreate the event and let the chips fall where they may."