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In a message dated 1/6/2002 7:56:33 AM Central Standard Time, Paul Marsden
ABC news here in the USA reported this evening (1/6/2002) that the boy had
left a 4 paragraph note applauding the September 11 attacks and expressing
support for Osama Bin Laden. The target building was also a financial office
tower. The evidence strongly indicates that the idea of flying a plane into a
building had propagated as a result of previous ideologically-motivated
crashes, and not as a result of some prior accidental crash or a prior crash
whose cause remains unknown. I don't think anyone would suggest that this
Florida crash would have happened without the prior ideologically-based
crashes of September 11, and without the immense publicity that those crashes
gave to the ideologies involved and to the idea of deliberately crashing
planes into buildings for ideological reasons.
> Kas Graham of www.memetics.co.uk kindly forwarded a link to today's BBC
> news report of what appears to be an example of contagion (thank you Kas).
> I wonder if anyone seriously thinks that this would have happened had 9-11
> not occurred?
> from BBC; Jan 6, 2002
> BOY, 15, CRASHES PLANE INTO BUILDING
> A 15-year-old boy has died after the small private plane he was flying
> crashed into the side of a skyscraper in Florida.
> The teenager was supposed to be having a practice flight, but took off in
> the single engine Cessna without permission, crashing into the 28th floor
> the Bank of America building.
> As the young pilot, Charles Bishop, started his usual flying lesson, his
> instructor told him to do a pre-flight check and walked away: but instead
> the boy took off.
> Under-16s are not allowed to fly alone on the US, so the coastguard sent a
> helicopter to stop the plane.
> The teenager ignored the coastguard's signals to land, but it's not yet
> known whether he flew into the building on purpose or couldn't avoid
> The FBI say the crash is nothing to do with terrorism, but it's a reminder
> of the 11 September attacks when two hijacked planes slammed into the side
> of the World Trade Center.
> Luckily there were very few people in the building at the time and no
> were hurt.
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