Meyssan and Rumsfeld manufacture the missile hoax
The "no Boeing hit the Pentagon" claim is the most important and widespread 9/11 hoax. It was probably set up before the event since government agents seized surveillance camera videos within minutes of the crash (which is evidence for foreknowledge, but not for “no plane”). It is extremely unlikely that the conspirators who allowed (and assisted) 9/11 would not have taken care to create misdirecting hoaxes before the "attack," since they are very aware that large segments of the population would have suspicions about the events and therefore they would "need" to disrupt skeptical inquiry with red herrings, hoaxes, false dichotomies, etc.
This hoax is based on misrepresentation of photos taken shortly after the crash, ignoring of physical evidence and documented reports from hundreds of eyewitnesses who saw the plane. There is NO credible, verifiable evidence in support of ANY of the many and varied "theories" pretending that a plane did not crash into the Pentagon, and therefore, 9/11 was an inside job. See Pentagon "Missile" Hoax discredits and distracts from real evidence
It was first floated in early October 2001 by French author Thierry Meyssan and US War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Monsieur Meyssan started a webpage that suggested a plane did not hit the Pentagon on October 7, and Rumsfeld gave an interview to Parade magazine on October 12 where he said a "missile" hit the Pentagon. That "missile" quote was then used by many no plane advocates as part of the campaign to draw attention to this claim. Meyssan went on to create the "Hunt the Boeing" website and then published two books "The Horrifying Fraud" (published in English as "9/11 The Big Lie") and Pentagate. These books have been translated into a total of 28 languages, which ensures that they are the dominant version of the claim suggesting complicity or conspiracy that is seen around the world.
On September 4, 2004, two months before the pseudo Presidential election, Parade magazine claimed that this quote was a mis-statement and the sole source for the no plane hoaxes, thus dismissing 9/11 "truth" to an audience of millions of voters.
...The missing Pentagon videos prove complicity, not “no plane”
Perhaps the most intriguing claim for “no plane” is the fact that the Pentagon is hiding footage from the video surveillance cameras that filmed the event.
This suppression of evidence suggests foreknowledge (since FBI agents who seized the film were immediately able to grab the videos), but not "no plane." Hotel workers who watched "their" video before it was seized saw the plane. And the hundreds of commuters and other bystanders who were in the area also saw the plane, and those who cleaned up the damage afterwards saw the plane parts and remains of passengers.The video is being withheld in a form of "reverse psychology" to get the skeptics to think the Pentagon is hiding something when they are not, which is needed to keep this hoax alive.
Some 9/11 activists who disbelieve the "no plane" stuff think the Pentagon is planning to release "newly discovered" video of the plane hitting the building to discredit 9/11 truth. “No plane hit the Pentagon” is the most important 9/11 hoax, and the Pentagon is probably having too much fun watching the conspiracy people sink deeper into discrediting. They probably know if the "no plane" claims are extinguished, many of those focused on the "Pentagate" would shift their attention toward real issues such as how Flight 77 was aimed at the nearly empty part of the Pentagon and why it was not intercepted, even after the second plane hit the WTC. Publishing these videos would also make it difficult for hoaxers to continue to invent wilder and wilder nonsense.
After Thierry Meyssan made his spectacular claims, the Pentagon released five photos taken from a surveillance camera in the parking lot. A reasonable case can be made that the photos supposedly showing the Pentagon attack were deliberately doctored to mire the skeptics movement in endless debates and arguments — which is what has happened. These photos state they were taken on September 12, which is probably a subtle clue. It's a nice trick that the one frame in the video before the plane crashed includes a pylon in the parking lot partially obscuring the approaching plane — making it conveniently difficult to use the video to prove anything about the identity of what hit the building and giving credence to those proclaiming it proved a missile hit the building. It is ironic that there are 9/11 skeptics who distrust everything the Pentagon says but then accept these photos as authentic without evidence that they are.
These images succeeded in creating an endless debate, with various factions arguing for one theory versus another: the Global Hawk theory, the missile theory, the plane plus missile theory, the small plane theory (none of these claims were encumbered by actual evidence).
The debate on what hit the Pentagon is the best possible thing for the perpetrators, since it fuels speculation that makes discerning the truth(s) much more difficult. Few people care about the plane/no plane pseudo-debate, and release of additional photos are not a priority for most US citizens. Furthermore, none of the no-plane promoters offer plausible arguments why “inside job” conspirators would have substituted a missile or drone for Flight 77 . If they had the ability to redirect Flight 77, why not just fly it into the Pentagon?
None of the "no Boeing" theorists have explained why the perpetrators would have risked certain exposure by a bystander capturing video of something that wasn't a Boeing 757. Video footage from nearby surveillance cameras was immediately seized by the FBI. Workers at a nearby hotel did get to see their film (prior to its impoundment) and did not report seeing anything other than a plane hitting the Pentagon. Keeping the film footage secret allows extreme speculation to flourish, which serves the interests of the plotters.