The Washington Independent publishes story after story about victory over Al Qaeda, same as most corporate journalists. The "Underwear Bomber" is used for their narratives because of his failure. But he was almost successful because US Intelligence Officials allowed him on board without being searched. This covert operation continues to be ignored by Washington Independent, except a Washington Independent reporter did confirm the story. The narrative about "Al Qaeda" is the same one repeated by most reporters but it is neo-con disinformation. The Madrid Bombing has been mistakenly blamed on Al Qaeda.
The success of Al Qaeda on 9-11 is due to secret assistance from Saudi Arabia and some bizarre coincidences. The 9-11 REPORT contains an incomplete and deceptive history about Al Qaeda. But Adam Arias is a 9-11 hero who deserves recognition. The 9-11 Commission ignored Arias and the 9-11 REPORT is a coverup. The Director of the 9-11 Commission Philip Zelikow now claims to be a victim of a neo-con conspiracy.
On Mar. 19, The Washington Independent declared that there was light at the end of the tunnel, in the great war against Al Qaeda, "Al-Qaeda’s Ambitions Diminish Further?"
If that’s a problem for spy agencies, it’s one of those good problems. Al-Qaeda would not lower its ambitions away from Huge and Simultaneous and Redundant if it had a choice in the matter. If Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is the future — and remember, he came from al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, not the central, Pakistan core that has previously directed U.S.-focused attacks, an indication of pressure on the senior leadership — well, the guy didn’t even detonate correctly. Even if he had, he would have been a vicious murderer of 300 people, an order of magnitude fewer than those al-Qaeda murdered on 9/11.
This good news also refers to an LA Times article, "Al Qaeda’s new tactic is to seize shortcuts"
An examination of recent plots, including the bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, has convinced U.S. counter-terrorism analysts that Al Qaeda is becoming more opportunistic, using fewer operatives and dramatically shrinking the amount of planning and preparation that goes into an attack…
Similarly, the Christmas Day plot showed how quickly Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen was able to devise an operation taking advantage of the arrival in its midst of a Nigerian with a U.S. visa. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab arrived in Yemen in August, and within a matter of months was on a flight to the United States with a bomb sewn into his underwear.
Both of these stories are inaccurate and are from anonymous intelligence officials. Umar came from one of the wealthiest families in Nigeria and was educated in London. Umar was in Yemen during 2005. He also was there for about four months before he became the Underwear bomber. To say he is from the "Yemen affiliate" of AQ is deceiving, unless the Yemeni AQ are financed by Saudi Arabia. Umar may be a patsy, spy, fanatic or mentally ill. But his time in Yemen was brief and he hardly is a typical AQ terrorist.
But AQ is a myth, and both these reports are false. Neither should use Underwear as an example of any type of success. Neither mentions that Umar’s father reported his son’s fanaticism to security officials. Umar had no passport or luggage. He was escorted by an unidentified well dressed man who helped him get through airport security. It was admitted that Umar was allowed to board because US intelligence officials knew he was a terrorist. There is no evidence he was searched or went through any security as other airline passengers are required. Who chose seat 19A?
He was carrying only hand luggage. Even at this late stage, American authorities could have stopped him. Details on every passenger on a US-bound flight, including suspicious ticket purchases and baggage details, are forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security before take-off.
It is not known whether Abdulmutallab chose his seat, 19A, but it was near a fuel tank that would still contain reserves at the end of the flight. David Learmount, an aviation expert, said it was “pretty much the best possible seat in the plane to have the highest chance of bringing it down”.
The explosion would have been similar to a hand grenade and would have probably punctured a hole through the fuselage, rupturing the fuel tank.
Allowing Abdulmuttalab on board risked hundreds of lives. Or to speculate, perhaps it was a False Flag Op to bring down a Democratic President. The story about utterly incompetent intelligence officials, was not reported until Jan. 27, by the Detroit News. Then it mostly disappeared.
Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Abdulmutallab’s visa wasn’t taken away because intelligence officials asked his agency not to deny a visa to the suspected terrorist over concerns that a denial would’ve foiled a larger investigation into al-Qaida threats against the United States.
“Revocation action would’ve disclosed what they were doing,” Kennedy said in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Allowing Adbulmutallab to keep the visa increased chances federal investigators would be able to get closer to apprehending the terror network he is accused of working with, “rather than simply knocking out one solider in that effort."
Why do we have no-fly lists if the terrorists are exempt from it? Was this clumsy operation done to embarrass the President? Or was it to have a staged public victory against AQ? Sell X-ray body scanning machines? Blow up an airliner? Will these counter intelligence clowns be promoted to do this again?
In fact this testimony of a State Department official was hardly noticed elsewhere. Except, a WI reporter confirmed it to me. First, the WI reporter tried to disrespect the Detroit News exclusive "bombshell". He confirmed "Pat" Kennedy’s testimony and expanded on it, except for his confusing double negatives. It was an investigation, except Underwear’s underwear was not investigated. The material I presented was evidence of a conspiracy. It just is not clear what the conspiracy actually was. I am not the only person that a Washington Independent reporter has smeared.
The Detroit News didn’t “discover” anything — no disrespect to them — they faithfully reported Pat Kennedy’s January testimony about how the intelligence community didn’t want Abdulmutallab’s visa revoked because it would jeopardize their investigation of Abdulmutallab.
That is not anything conspiratorial, it’s a legitimate intel/law enforcement challenge. It’s not a “false flag” or “inside job” operation. And it’s not “allowing” Abdulmutallab onto the plane with a bomb. It’s a legitimate investigative concern, and the trouble is that Abdulmutallab wasn’t not subsequently placed on a no-fly list where he could have been stopped from boarding a plane.
You simply don’t understand the very material you’re presenting as evidence of a conspiracy theory. Nothing I say or do will ever change your mind, and accordingly, I don’t care. It was a mistake for me to respond to your foolish ranting and the mistake ends this moment.
As the Dee Cee Village Wise Men catapulted the usual AQ narrative, another story was ignored. Kurt Haskell was an accidental witness to official utter incompetence. He deserves thanks for his courage while pressure was put on him to stay silent. His whistleblowing forced Pat Kennedy and Michael Leiter to reveal a little bit of the truth. It seems government "Counter intelligence" operatives even tried some minor intimidation against Haskell. Every detail Haskell stated was denied by the "official authorities". But every statement Haskell made was found to be true.
Now it all becomes apparent. Let me detail everything we know about the "Sharp Dressed Man" (SDM).
1. While being held in Customs on Christmas Day, I first told the story of the SDM.
2. My story has never changed.
3. The FBI visited my office on December 29, 2009, and showed me a series of approximately 10 photographs. None were of the SDM. I asked the FBI if they brought the Amsterdam security video to help me identify the SDM, but they acted as though my request was ridiculous. The FBI asked me what accent the SDM spoke in and I indicated that he had an American accent similar to my own. I further indicated that he wore a tan suit without a tie, was Indian looking, around age 50, 6’0" tall and 250-260 lbs. I further indicated that I did not believe that he was an airline employee and that he was not on our flight.
4. During the first week of January, 2010, Dutch Military Police and the FBI indicated that over "200 Hours" of Amsterdam airport security video had been reviewed and it "Shows Nothing".
5. The mainstream media picked up the "Shows nothing" story, which slanders my story. After visiting my office twice for a flight 253 special, Dateline NBC and Chris Hanson indicated that my story was "Unsubstantiated rumor dispelled as myth" and our story did not air during the tv special.
6. On January 2, 2010, I receive a call from a flight 253 passenger who indicated to me that it may be in my best interest to stop talking publicly about the SDM because he believes I am "wrong" in what I saw. He did not make any claim that he saw the SDM boarding gate incident at all. This call was made out of the blue after he made a "revelation" of this event on January 1, 2010. I later discover that this caller has ties to the U.S. Government.
7. On January 20, 2010, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Michael E. Leiter, made a startling admission. Leiter indicated that: "I will tell you, that when people come to the country and they are on the watch list, it is because we have generally made the choice that we want them here in the country for some reason or another."
8. On January 22, 2010, CongressDaily reported that intelligence officials "have acknowledged the government knowingly allows foreigners whose names are on terrorist watch lists to enter the country in order to track their movement and activities."
Haskell suggests that that Underwear was escorted by a US official, because of the comment he overheard, "He is from Sudan, we do this all the time". But Underwear is not from Sudan. This is one more reason to have an investigation of this counter-intelligence failure. But we will get *crickets*.
The SDM could not be from Al Qaeda. When speaking at the counter in Amsterdam, the SDM said the following "He is from Sudan, we do this all the time". Who is "we"? If it is Al Qaeda, you surely don’t make such a statement to an airport security official.
To be fair, WI has done some decent reporting. But its reporting of AQ is same old same old. For instance, from six months ago (one Friedman Unit), "Al-Qaeda Is (Almost) Finished".
AQ will never be finished unless we terminate with extreme prejudice the Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs that attacked America on 9-11. These depraved murderers are the leaders of Al Qaeda.
Al Qaeda is a small, deadly group of mercenaries and psychopaths. Bin Laden seems to be, or was its financier and banker. The Bin Laden family fortune is rumored to be in the billions of dollars, and family members have channeled some of that money to AQ. Of course, the close relation between the Bush and Bin Laden families is never questioned by Bin Laden experts, such as Patrick Fitzgerald. Probably no more than a few hundred terrorists have been mythologized to provide a pretext for perpetual mideast wars. But the public record shows the successes of AQ has been due to covert support from other governments, especially Saudi Arabia. This small army of killers was created as a secret army to fight Russia’s occupation of Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda, meaning "the base", was created in 1989 as Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden and his colleagues began looking for new jihads.
The organisation grew out of the network of Arab volunteers who had gone to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight under the banner of Islam against Soviet Communism.
During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighters received American and Saudi funding. Some analysts believe Bin Laden himself had security training from the CIA.
The "Arab Afghans", as they became known, were battle-hardened and highly motivated…
Some analysts have suggested that the word al-Qaeda is now used to refer to a variety of groups connected by little more than shared aims, ideals and methods.
The anonymous sources have set the narrative, exaggerating the power and capabilities of AQ, while concealing AQ’s ties to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The latest story to be censored is the Underwear Bomber. Although, comical, this terrorist almost destroyed a jet airliner with a bomb. But what is censored is that he was allowed aboard the airliner by US intelligence officials. If he had succeeded the President would be blamed for a terrorist strike and hundreds of deaths. The utter incompetent intelligence officials who were part of this conspiracy would have never revealed their blunder, assuming it was a blunder.
Al Qaeda has been lucky with their attacks, helped by chaos, confusion and utter incompetence from our Government officials. Some of these failures have been kept secret also. The incompetent officials have frequently been rewarded and promoted. Jamie Gorelick invented a imaginary "legal" wall to stop investigations of AQ. As a member of the 9-11 Commission, she concealed her conflicts of interest. Dietrich Snell was an assistant to Patrick Fitzgerald. Snell, was on the 9-11 Commission and wrote much of the 9-11 Report. He was responsible for the false claims that Saudi Arabia did not help finance the attacks. It is not clear who wrote the following in the REPORT, but I am guessing Snell.
To date, the U.S. government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance. Al Qaeda had many avenues of funding. If a particular funding source had dried up, al Qaeda could have easily tapped a different source or diverted funds from another project to fund an operation that cost $400,000–$500,000 over nearly two years.
This is a lie and a coverup. The question is critically significant, finding the puppet masters who financed murder. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar was financing at least some of the 9-11 terrorists using the CIA front, the Rigg’s Bank owned by the neo-con Allbritton family.
Snell also protected the AQ double agent, Ali Mohamed. Ali was part of the first WTC attack in 1993, and the African Embassy Bombings. For years he trained AQ terrorists, and helped move Bin Laden around from country to country. Ali did this while working for the Green Berets and FBI.
PETER LANCE: Because he is a one-man 9/11 commission. Ali Mohamed, if he ever told the full truth under oath, would expose all the years of negligence by the Southern District. Amy, look, Patrick Fitzgerald and the Southern District prosecutors have had an almost unblemished reputation for years as being the primary, you know, terror-busters. You know, Vanity Fair did this glowing article on him, in which they described him as the bin Laden brain, scary smart intelligence.
No one has ever, ever gone back and audited Patrick Fitzgerald in the Southern District. The 9/11 Commission didn’t, because Dietrich Snell was a co-prosecutor with Fitzgerald, is the one who wrote Staff Statement 16 on the origin of the plot. And he literally pushed the plot, the 9/11 plot forward from Manila, the Philippines, with Yousef and Khalid Shaikh. He moved it to 1996, claiming that Khalid Shaikh wasn’t even a member of al-Qaeda at the time.
Fast forward to Christmas, 2009. Underwear sets his pants on fire, but other passengers heroically save Flight 253 from sabotage. Immediately, President Obama was called soft on terrorism, and accused of almost murdering hundreds of people. There was outrage that Underwear be tortured instead of being treated as a mere criminal. But it is reported that Underwear immediately started singing like Fiona Apple, without being tortured.
The suspect in the Northwest Airlines attack told FBI agents he lived with the al Qaeda leader in Yemen for about a month and was not allowed to leave as he was trained in what to do and how to do it, authorities said.
At some point, according to the account, Abdulmutallab said he was joined by a Saudi citizen whom he described as an al Qaeda bomb maker.
The device intended to blow up the Northwest flight was made at the location in Yemen, according to Abdulmutallab, and consisted of a six-inch packet of powder and a syringe with a liquid. Both were sewn into the student’s underwear so they would be near his testicles and unlikely to be detected, he told agents.
Was the handler who took Underwear to airport security, the Saudi Arabian bombmaker who made the underwear bomb?
WI’s national security reporter may correctly claim AQ is redundant and simultaneous. But it is incorrect to say Madrid was an AQ operation. The narrative of WI about Madrid is not valid but most other news sources repeat the same propaganda. The Christmas Bombing did not occur as it was planned because witnesses objected and told the truth. Underwear did not act alone. He was assisted by US intelligence officials.
First, al-Qaeda’s signatures are redundance and simultaneity. Think 9/11, Madrid, London: all used multiple operatives focused on multiple targets, acting in unison. That’s to ensure something blows up if and when something goes wrong. But here Abdulmutallab acted alone.
The Madrid Train bombing was not part of AQ signatures because it was not AQ. The bombings were carried out by Islamic extremists, INSPIRED by AQ.
Not assisted or directed or instructed. It was also a False Flag Operation, although it is not obvious who the Spanish secret services were trying to blame. Hundreds of pounds of explosives were provided to the bombers by a Spanish police informer. The informer had the telephone number of a high ranking officer, in charge of investigating bombings. The informer and several Islamic "extremists" were convicted. Many of the bombers were also police informers, and had been under surveillance.
Speaking of False Flag Ops, Dr. Philip Zelikow is an expert in terrorism, secret intelligence, the State Department, propaganda, government coverups, pre-emptive war against Irak, and also torture. But his leadership of the 9-11 Commission and 9-11 REPORT was a very incompetent coverup. He did have to take orders from Karl Rove. The WI cheered the bipartisan, authoritative history by wise men.
The 9/11 Commission was not without its flaws, but it demonstrated that a group of wise men can avoid rancor, maintain the good faith of both political parties, display independence, yield an authoritative history of an American trauma and do this all in an election year.
There is a story about a 9-11 hero, not in the REPORT. It should be but it conflicts with Zelikow’s false narrative. The story of Adam Arias does not seem to be widely know. His sister, Lorraine Arias-Beliveau, has campaigned against a civilian trial for the terrorist KSM who was the supposed mastermind of Planes-as-missiles. She described Adam Arias heroic actions in the South Tower that saved lives before WTC 2 was hit at 9:03 am on 9-11-2001. Flight 175 struck the floors 77 through 85. Arias’ office was on the 84th floor.
I heard over the radio about the second tower being hit. I had that terrible feeling because my brother worked in that building! The phone lines were down, I could not call anyone, so I drove to my parent’s house a few blocks away to tell them not to go out.
I heard later that Adam had been seen running all over his office urging and pleading his co-workers to get out of the building and get as far away as possible. Our other brother, Lt. Col Don Arias who worked for the Air Force, had called Adam, VP of Operations for Euro Brokers on the 84th floor, and told him “get out, it is a hijacking!”
There were reports that he even forced some people out to safety, and many people today credit Adam with saving their lives. Reports say he was last seen outside the towers helping the firefighters leading people to safety. Adam stayed to the very last minute, trying to get as many people out as he could, but he did not make it away from the towers before they collapsed. We were notified on the 8th day that Adam’s remains had been found.
After AA Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46, New York City Fire Fighters were heroically fighting the fire and saving lives. Adam Arias was saving lives in the South Tower before and after 9:03 and was killed when the South Tower collapsed.
This story was reported a few weeks later. Donald Arias was Air Force information officer whose job was to make a public statement about hijacked Flight 77. Maj. Arias was informed about 8:46 about the first hijacking, and was watching CNN. He may or may not have been told about the second hijacking. This call to his brother, is estimated about 8:52.
Don Arias, public affairs officer for the 1st Air Force, was in his Tyndall office when hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.
"I have CNN on all the time in the office," he said, so he saw that a plane had hit Tower 1.
Don Arias had been notified that a hijacked plane was heading for New York.
"I knew my brother was working in Tower 2, so I called right away.
Was Adam told about a second hijacking?
"He said, ‘You wouldn’t believe what we’re seeing: people falling out of the building next door, bodies flying through the air.’ ?"I said, ‘That’s no accident. Get out of there. Go home.’?"He said, ‘I gotta go. I’ll see ya.’ That was the last I talked to him."
The reports indicate that Adam Arias got out and then returned to help others escape.
"He chased everyone out," his brother said, "and then he went back in when he heard there were people still in the office."?Some of the survivors reported seeing him on the 50th floor, heading down. Others saw him on the street, helping firefighters direct people away from the buildings.
Much later, there were more details to this story.
Maj. Don Arias of the First Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was on the phone to his brother, who worked on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center, Tower 2. He was learning about a commercial jetliner that had just flown into Tower 1 and of the smoke and horror and people jumping to their deaths…
This account says Maj. Arias did not know the South Tower might be hit by the second hijacked plane, United Flight 175. But he did warn his brother to leave.
Arias, a New York Air Guardsman in public affairs with the First Air Force in Florida and NORAD’s U.S. region that oversees the western sector, had an inkling that a hijacked jet report out of Boston that morning was the jet his brother could see had rammed the adjoining tower.
"My last words to him were ‘Go home,’ " Arias recalls.
Arias, who sports a metal wristband to the memory of his brother, Adam, had no such sense that another jet was about to ram the second tower. Adam Arias, vice president of operations for Eurobank, already was getting people out of the office. He made it out of the tower but died in the building’s collapse.
Major Arias, who was a member of New York Fire Department Ladder Company 36 and Engine Company 239 before going on active duty, recalls those unit’s losses and notes: "I lost 343 colleagues (from the fire companies) that day as well as my brother."
NEADS, Northeast Air Defense Sector, was at the center of the action. NEADS’s job was to alert everyone who should know and even "scramble" jet fighters when commercial airliners are hijacked. Minutes counted for them and NEADS reacted quickly. But there was an unusual amount of confusion that day.
Sept. 11 was Day II of "Vigilant Guardian," an exercise that would pose an imaginary crisis to North American Air Defense outposts nationwide. The simulation would run all week, and Deskins, starting her 12-hour shift in the Operations Center as the NORAD unit’s airborne control and warning officer, might find herself on the spot.
Day I of the simulation had moved slowly. She hoped the exercise gathered steam. It made a long day go faster.
Who could have anticipated that AQ would simultaneously hijack four airliners. Who could have guessed they would choose a day, when the Air Force "exercise", or war game, "Vigilant Guardian" was planned. This was a simulation of terrorists hijacking airliners. At times no one knew which was which.
Newhouse News reported that NEADS learned about the first hijacking at 8:40 and the second about 8:43. NEADS should have been told 27 minutes sooner according to protocols.
At 8:40, Deskins noticed senior technician Jeremy Powell waving his hand. Boston Center was on the line, he said. It had a hijacked airplane.
"It must be part of the exercise," Deskins thought.
At first, everybody did. Then Deskins saw the glowing direct phone line to the Federal Aviation Administration.
On the phone she heard the voice of a military liaison for the FAA’s Boston Center.
"I have a hijacked aircraft," he told her.
American Airlines Flight 11, headed to Los Angeles, had veered off course, apparently toward New York. The liaison said to get "some F-16s or something" airborne.
Forty-one minutes earlier, Flight 11 had left Logan Airport with 81 passengers. For the last 27 minutes, it had not responded to ground control.
NEADS learned about hijacked United Flight 175 at 8:43 heading toward New York by listening to Boston air traffic controllers.
At 8:43 a.m., Dooley’s technicians, their headsets linked to Boston Center, heard of a second plane, United Flight 175, that also was not responding. It, too, was moving to New York.
At about 8:46 two F:15 fighters were launched from Otis Air Base, in Falmouth Mass., and Col. Dawne Deskins made a phone call to Adam Arias’ brother. About this time WTC 1 was hit.
Deskins ran to a nearby office and phoned 1st Air Force Chief Public Affairs Officer Major Don Arias in Florida. She said NEADS had a hijacked plane — no, not the simulation — likely heading for JFK.
Several minutes later, NEADS learned Flight 11 had hit the North Tower. Deskins called Arias again who called his brother. Did Deskins tell Arias about the second hijacked plane? The REPORT says NEADS did not know about the second plane until 9:03. Adam Arias acted as if he knew.
Several minutes passed before Boston Center said Flight 11 had hit the Trade Center.
"I had a feeling of helplessness," Dooley said. "I think everybody did. We were doing everything in our power."
Again, Deskins phoned Maj. Arias in Florida. "We think the aircraft that just hit the World Trade Center was American Airlines Flight 11," she reported.
To this day, Arias says he cannot recall his reply, such was his state of mind.
Deskins can’t forget it.
"Oh, God," he told her. "My brother works in the World Trade Center."
Then Maj. Arias possibly violated military regulations and made a call to his brother. Perhaps, he should have called OEM, the Office of Emergency Management, responsible for New York emergencies, located in WTC 7. But NEADS likely did, certainly if they believed there was a second plane-as-missle heading toward the World Trade Center. There is no record about who told OEM. Somebody did.
After Deskins’ call, Arias phoned his brother in Tower II to say that the crash next door was a hijacking, and he should get out. Adam P. Arias roused people throughout the 84th floor, exhorting them to leave. Several credit him with saving their lives.
His body was one of the first found in the wreckage.
The REPORT says that about 8:49, someone over the South Tower loudspeaker, presumably security, told employees to return to work. Unnamed "security officials" on the ground floor told employees to return to work. About the same time OEM Director Richard Sheirer was evacuating himself along with WTC 7 before the South Tower was hit. Adam Arias may not have known another hijacked plane was heading toward New York, but Sheirer believed hijacked airliners were heading toward the WTC. Sheirer abandoned the OEM emergency center when it was needed most.
Without evidence Zelikow slanders the New York Fire Department. The REPORT claims FDNY made the announcement telling people to return to work. Some employees who did return were killed. The fire safety directors, who were accused by Zelikow of making the announcement, were killed. They did their duty and did not abandon their posts as Sheirer did. If more planes were heading toward the WTC, who did Sheirer warn?
The 9-11 Commission apparently did not question OEM, Securacom or other "security officials" about who made the announcement. Sheirer testified that he ordered WTC 7 evacuated about the same time that WTC 2 employees were told to return to work. But he had been warned about three planes.
"Almost instantly after the South Tower had been hit, I contacted the EOC to confirm that air support was on its way to New York. At that time, the EOC informed me that there were still planes unaccounted for that may have been heading for New York. I relayed this information to the command post in the North Tower lobby. At the same time, OEM evacuated the EOC. The rest of 7 World Center had been evacuated earlier, but after the report of a possible third plane, we had to get our people out of the building."
The REPORT says NEADS only discovered that Flight 175 had been hijacked at 9:03. Adam Arias is not mentioned.
We are supposed to believe a half dozen impossible things happened before Flight 175 hit the South Tower. Only two national guard jets were available for protection against planes-as-missiles during an important Air Force exercise practicing defense against planes-as-missiles. That is weird. Further, an hour after the first hijackings, no jets were protecting Washington DC at 9:38, when Flight 77, or something, hit the Pentagon.
One person was not confused, chaotic maybe, and that was Dick Cheney. The highly publicized Norman Mineta testimony definitely shows Cheney was in charge. Mineta said he arrived at the White House War Room, the PEOC about 9:20 or 9:25. The REPORT put Cheney in the PEOC at 9:58. Cheney was directing air traffic control, or at least Flight 77.
During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president “do the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said “Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!?
A distance of 50 miles suggests a time of flight between 5 to 10 minutes. There was some controversy about Cheney, and whether there was a "shoot down" order. As if Cheney would have any trouble shooting something. But the rumors are that Washington DC and the Pentagon have enough anti-aircraft missile defenses to satisfy even Cheney. The anti-air fixed defenses were not used and the Pentagon was hit at 9:38. The REPORT says Flight 77 was not observed heading toward DC until 9:32. But Cheney was observing it.
The REPORT says that NEADS was not aware that Flight 77 had been hijacked. This contradicts the Newhouse News story. Their story says NEADS had identified Flight 77, as hijacked, at the same time Cheney had it in his sights. This is also what NORAD’s press release a week later, confirms.
9:24 A.M.: FLIGHT 77
A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77 from Washington to Los Angeles, changed course and stopped responding.
Instantly, Rome scrambled fighter jets from the nearest air base, Langley in Virginia. Again, Fox dispatched the jets without targets. That would come later.
Now, NEADS was phoning Air Guard commanders across the Northeast, posing questions that hours earlier would have seemed ludicrous. Did the unit have available pilots? Mechanics? Crew chiefs? What could it get airborne in two hours? In 24 hours? In 48?…
Increasingly, attention turned to Flight 77. The FAA’s Washington Center could not find it on radar, the transponder was turned off.
In the Ops Room, radar technicians focused on a blip and watched it closing on Washington.
"NORAD’s Response Times", was a press release from NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND, a week after 9-11. It still seems to be available online.
American Airlines Flight 11 – Boston enroute to Los Angeles
FAA Notification to NEADS 0840*
Fighter Scramble Order (Otis Air National Guard Base, Falmouth, Mass. Two F-15s) 0846**
United Airlines Flight 175 – Boston enroute to Los Angeles
FAA Notification to NEADS 0843
Fighter Scramble Order (Otis ANGB, Falmouth, Mass. Same 2 F-15s as Flight 11) 0846
American Flight 77 –Dulles enroute to Los Angeles
FAA Notification to NEADS 0924
Perhaps we should expect corporate journalists to be timid. The war profiteering from 9-11 hysteria is immense and requires concealment using the secrecy powers of a police state. The National Security Agency has records of everyone and everything and they use their power to protect the neo-con conspiracies. Journalists who investigate 9-11 are put under surveillance by the "Q" Group of NSA.
WI usually deprecates conspiracy theories. But WI found a Bushie insider, who was the victim of a neo-con conspiracy. It was PHILIP ZELIKOW! To his credit Zelikow opposed torture in 2005 and wrote a memo putting it on the record, the secret record. To his discredit, he did not publicly oppose torture which might have stopped it. Incredibly the memos are GONE and somebody has DESTROYED them. It is a "Campaign of Suppression"! So many suspects. Imagine, neo-cons destroying evidence of their criminal villainy! Oh the ironic irony. Who could have predicted Dr. of Conspiracy Theory Debunking getting PUNKED by the Bushies. Laughing Out Loud, as another warmonger ChickenHawk fails to save a reputation and a career.