A Thailand-based businessman wants to raise $1.5 million so that he can buy a skyscraper and a Boeing plane to recreate 9/11. The purpose is to test the conspiracy theories that surround the event. California-born Paul Salo first announced his plans in the above video, which was released on May 10. Salo is now based in Thailand and has worked in Southeast Asia for the past 20 years, according to his LinkedIn page.
Here’s what you need to know about Salo and his outrageous plan:
1. Front-Row Seats to the Recreation Will Cost You $5,000
In the video, Salo explains how he plans to sell tickets to his event to help fund it. Front row seats will cost you $5,000. He adds, “If you doubt anything about 9/11 we want to blast this to smithereens or we want to prove you completely right.” Salo’s plan consists of buying a Boeing 747 and smashing it into an empty building. He says:
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… and we’re going to crash it at 500 miles per hour into that building.
If there’s just a smoking hole in the building and nothing happens, you pretty much know it was a hoax, right? Cos it’s obvious, right?
Sure, some people might be upset, but we deserve to find out what happened.
On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people were killed when terrorists slammed two planes into the World Trade Center buildings in downtown Manhattan. Since then, the events that transpired have been mired in conspiracy theories, rumor and conjecture.
Back in April, Salo appeared to first moot the idea of the recreation. In the comments on the above status, Salo wrote that this plan has been “something [he has] thought about for years.”
2. Salo Specializes in Selling & Renting Homes to Ex-Pats in Southeast Asia
According to his Facebook page, Salo has lived in Southeast Asia since 1989. He writes, “An American entrepreneur in Asia. Started in 1989 with $500 and a credit card: Founded several firms in Asia: Speak fluent Japanese and Chinese and will teach you how to Have a Bigger Life!”
He’s a native of San Clemente, California, and is a graduate of California State University in Fullerton. Salo previously worked for Remax before he founded Salo Homes, where he rents homes and office space to ex-pats in Asia, particularly Shanghai.
3. He Was Featured in an HGTV Documentary Titled ‘Americans Living the High Life in Shanghai’
In addition to his business work, Salo also has a media career. On his LinkedIn page, he says he does public speaking tours and that he wrote a book titled, “Cracking the China Market.” Also, in October 2012, Salo was featured in the HGTV series Americans Living the High Life in Shanghai.
4. He’s in Support of the Dismantling of the U.S. Political System & Wants Jeff Bezos & Elon Musk to Lead the Revolution
Salo frequently updates his website, PaulSalo.com, with extensive blog posts. Many deal with real estate issues as well as the motor industry, while some are dedicated to politics. In April 2016 article, Salo wrote about a desire to dismantle the American political system and to appoint either Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos or Space X’s Elon Musk to come up with a replacement.
5. News of This Recreation Comes as the Senate Passed a Bill That Will Allow Victim’s Families to Sue Saudi Arabia
As news of Salo’s recreation goes viral, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to take lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the attacks. Although President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it passes through the house.