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GUILTY FOR 9-11: BUSH, RUMSFELD, MYERS
by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 14 November 2001]
Dedicated to the firemen of New York.
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Andrews Air Force Base is a huge military installation just 10 miles from the Pentagon.

On 11 September there were two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews. Their job was to protect the skies over Washington D.C. They failed to do their job. Despite over one hour’s advance warning of a terrorist attack in progress, not a single Andrews fighter tried to protect the city.

The FAA, NORAD and the military have cooperative procedures by which fighter jets automatically intercept commercial aircraft under emergency conditions. These procedures were not followed.

Air Force officials and others have tried to explain away the failures:

“Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski, another Pentagon spokesman, [said]: ‘The Pentagon was simply not aware that this aircraft was coming our way, and I doubt prior to Tuesday’s event, anyone would have expected anything like that here.'”
–‘Newsday,’ 23 September, 2001

Using information from the mass media and official Websites, we will show that this is lie.

Some of what happened on 9-11, such as planes flying into buildings, is unusual. But most of what happened, such as commercial jets flying off-course, transponder failures and possible hijackings, are common emergencies. We will show that these emergencies are routinely handled with expert efficiency based on clear rules.

The crash of the first hijacked jet into the World Trade Center made it clear the United States was faced with an extraordinary situation. This should have intensified the emergency responses of the air safety and defense systems.

The whole country was aware. For example, at 9:06 AM the NY Police broadcast:

” ‘This was a terrorist attack. Notify the Pentagon.'”
–‘Daily News‘ (New York) 12 September 2001 (1)

‘American Forces Press Service’ reported that ordinary people working at the Pentagon worried they could be next:

“‘We were watching the World Trade Center on the television,’ said a Navy officer. ‘When the second plane deliberately dove into the tower, someone said, ‘The World Trade Center is one of the most recognizable symbols of America. We’re sitting in a close second.'”
–‘DEFENSELINK News‘, Sept. 13, 2001 (2)

U.S. air safety and air defense emergency systems are activated in response to problems every day. On 9-11 they failed despite, not because of, the extreme nature of the emergency. This could only happen if individuals in high positions worked in a coordinated way to make them fail.

Such operatives would almost surely have failed if they tried to disrupt and abort routine protection systems without top-level support. The failure of the emergency systems would be noticed immediately. Moreover, given the catastrophic nature of the attacks, the highest military authorities would be alerted. Acting on their own, the operatives could expect that their orders would be countermanded and that they themselves would be arrested.

The sabotage of routine protective systems, controlled by strict hierarchies, would never have been contemplated let alone attempted absent the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command. This includes at least U.S. President George Bush, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers.

In the following summary of evidence we will demonstrate probable cause for charging the above-named persons with treason for complicity in the murders of thousands of people whom they had sworn to protect.

The summary of evidence covers the following areas:

* Andrews Air Force Base and the myth of ‘no available planes;’

* The air safety/air defense systems and the myth that they were not prepared;

* The actions of George Bush on 9-11 that clearly violated his positive legal and constitutional obligations and demonstrated consciousness of guilt;

* The testimony of General Richard B. Myers at Senate hearings on his nomination as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In these hearings, the contents of which were reported accurately by one lone journalist, General Myers attempted to cover up what had happened 9-11 when he was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He offered three mutually contradictory cover stories and demonstrated consciousness of guilt;

The cover story floated by CBS evening news, September 14th.
Until that time, officials reported that no planes had been ‘scrambled’ to intercept the hijacked planes. But following Gen. Myers disastrous Senate testimony, CBS broadcast an improved version of 9-11. In the new script, fighter jets from Otis and Langley Air Force Bases did try, but failed, to intercept the hijacked planes. This is now presented as the official NORAD story and has been repeated uncritically by media and government officials alike. We will demonstrate that this cover story is both weak and incriminating.

SECTION ONE: Why did no fighter jets ‘scramble’ to protect Washington D.C.?

LIE #1: ‘NO COMBAT READY FIGHTERS WERE STATIONED NEAR THE PENTAGON’

As noted, Andrews Air Force base is 10 miles from the Pentagon. The media has mainly avoided talking about Andrews. An exception is ‘USA Today,’ the second-highest circulation newspaper in America. On one day it published two contradictory stories to explain the failure to scramble jets from Andrews prior to the Pentagon crash:

FIRST ‘USA TODAY’ STORY:

“Andrews Air Force Base, home to Air Force One, is only 15 miles [sic!] away from the Pentagon, but it had no fighters assigned to it. Defense officials won’t say whether that has changed.”
–‘USA TODAY,’ 17 September 2001 (3)

SECOND ‘USA TODAY’ STORY:

“The District of Columbia National Guard maintained fighter planes at Andrews Air Force Base, only about 15 miles [sic!] from the Pentagon, but those planes were not on alert and not deployed.”
–‘USA TODAY‘ September 17, 2001 (4)

Both stories are false.

Only one newspaper told the truth. That was the ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’:

“Air defense around Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia border. The D.C. Air National Guard is also based there and equipped with F-16 fighter planes, a National Guard spokesman said.

“But the fighters took to the skies over Washington only after the devastating attack on the Pentagon…”
–‘San Diego Union-Tribune‘ 12 September 2001. (5)

Andrews Air Force Base is a huge installation. It hosts two ‘combat-ready’ squadrons:

* the 121st Fighter Squadron (FS-121) of the 113th Fighter Wing (FW-113), equipped with F-16 fighters;

* the 321st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-321) of the 49th Marine Air Group, Detachment A (MAG-49 Det-A), equipped F/A-18 fighters.

These squadrons are served by hundreds of full-time personnel.

THE 121st FIGHTER SQUADRON, 113th FIGHTER WING

“…as part of its dual mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces for the District of Columbia in the event of a natural disaster or civil emergency. Members also assist local and federal law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking in the District of Colombia. [They] are full partners with the active Air Force”
DC Military (6)

THE 321st MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON (VMFA-321)

“In the best tradition of the Marine Corps, a ‘few good men and women’ support two combat-ready reserve units at Andrews AFB.

“Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron, flies the sophisticated F/A-18 Hornet. Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49, Detachment A, provides maintenance and supply functions necessary to maintain a force in readiness. ”
DC Military (6)

So Andrews AFB had at least two ‘combat-ready’ squadrons.

The above quotes are from www.dcmilitary.com, a private Website authorized by the military to provide information for members of the armed forces. We discovered it 24 September. A month later we found that the address had been changed and the Andrews information posted in the smallest type size. Similarly, the official Andrews AFB Website has been ‘down’ since mid-September. Fortunately, it can be accessed by going to www.archive.org and entering www.andrews.af.mil .

On the Andrews main page, front and center there is a direct link to DC Military. The information on the Andrews Website confirms the information on DC military. We urge everyone to check these links and download the pages as soon as possible because they may be moved or removed yet again. For Andrews, go to www.archive.organd then enter www.andrews.af.mil

Our research has been carried out mainly by volunteers. Newspapers and TV news departments have full-time research staffs. The important media have bureaus in Washington DC, just a few miles from the Andrews airbase. Why haven’t newspapers and TV news programs reported the truth: that Andrews job was to protect DC?

This failure is especially striking because some media did report that fighters scrambled from Andrews, but only after the Pentagon was hit. Thus they were aware that Andrews was supposed to defend D.C.:

For example:

” Within minutes of the attack American forces around the world were put on one of their highest states of alert – Defcon 3, just two notches short of all-out war – and F-16s from Andrews Air Force Base were in the air over Washington DC.”
–‘Sunday Telegraph,’ (London), 14 September 2001 (7)

And:

“WASHINGTON – …an audible gasp went up from the rear of the audience as a large black plume of smoke arose from the Pentagon. Terrorism suddenly was at the doorstep and clearly visible through the big glass windows overlooking the Potomac River. Overhead, fighter jets scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base and other installations and cross-crossed the skies…

“A thick plume of smoke was climbing out of the hollow center of the Pentagon. Everyone on the train understood what had happened moments before.”
–‘Denver Post,’ 11 September 2001 (8)

And:

“It was after the attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to scramble F-16s out of the DC National Guard Andrews Air Force Base to fly cover, a–a protective cover over Washington, DC.”
–NBC Nightly News, (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 11 2001 (9)

The media should have demanded to know the truth about why fighter jets assigned to protect Washington didn’t scramble an hour BEFORE the Pentagon was hit.

Besides fighters, tanker planes and AWACS were also readily available.(An AWACS is a flying communication center equipped with radar which can scan at least 250 miles. This is almost the full distance from the West-Virginia/Ohio/Kentucky border, where American Air Flight 77 turned around before flying back to DC.) Both General Myers and Vice President Cheney admit that these planes did not go into the air over Washington until after the Pentagon was hit.

Here is General Myers, testifying 13th September:

“When it became clear what the threat was, we did scramble fighter aircraft, AWACS, radar aircraft and tanker aircraft to begin to establish orbits in case other aircraft showed up in the FAA system that were hijacked.”
–Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001 (10)

And Richard Cheney on ‘Meet the Press:

“VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, the–I suppose the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft.

“MR. RUSSERT: And you decided?’

“VICE PRES. CHENEY: We decided to do it. We’d, in effect, put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they could stay up a long time.” –NBC, ‘Meet the Press‘ (10:00 AM ET) 16 September 2001 (11)

As we shall see, Mr. Cheney’s statement that “the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft” is a lie. Publicly available FAA documents prove that fighter jets routinely intercept commercial aircraft under certain designated circumstances without requiring or asking for approval from the White House.

Summary of evidence is CONTINUED IN PART II

FOOTNOTES:

(1) ‘Daily News’ (New York), 12 September 2001, Wednesday, NEWS SECTION; Pg. 24: ‘THE TRAGIC TIMELINE The sad events of the day.’
the full text is available at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/dn912.htm

(2) ‘DEFENSELINK News,’ “It Was Business as Usual, Then ‘Boom'” By Jim Garamone, ‘American Forces Press Service,’ Sept. 13, 2001
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2001/n09132001_200109132.html
Backup at 
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/def.htm

(3) ‘USA TODAY,’ 17 September 2001, Pg. 5A, “Military now a presence on home front,” by Andrea Stone. Web version is at:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/16/military-home-front.htm
Backup at:
http:/.emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/usa-1.htm

(4) ‘USA TODAY,’ September 17, 2001 Monday, FINAL EDITION, Pg. 5A, “Shoot-down order issued on morning of chaos,” by Jonathan Weisman, WASHINGTON
Web version is at:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/16/pentagon-timeline.htm
Backup at http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/usa2.htm

(5) ‘San Diego Union-Tribune,’ 12 September 2001. Homepage at: http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Article at: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sandiego/main/document.html?QDesc=&FMTS=FT&QVPID=&FrameName=&QCPP=&QIID=000000080620146&FMT=FT
Backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/sd.htm

(6) Current link is:
http://www.dcmilitary.com/baseguides/airforce/andrews/partnerunits.html:
Backup at : http://www.emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/dcmil.htm

(7) ‘Sunday Telegraph,’ (London), 14 September 2001
Article at:
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/09/16/wcia16.xml
Backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/tel16.htm

(8) ‘Denver Post,’ 11 September 2001
To view this article on the Web, search for Article ID: 1075896 on:
http://www.denverpost.com
Or look at backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/dp11.htm

(9) ‘NBC Nightly News,’ “Attack on America,” (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 11 2001, “Tuesday President Bush returns to White House on Marine One,” Anchor: Tom Brokaw, Jim Miklaszewski reporting.
See transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nbc911cover.htm

(10) Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001
Full text at:
 http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/mycon.htm
This particular quotation was also reprinted by many mainstream media sources.

(11) ‘NBC, Meet the Press’ (10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/629714.asp?cp1=1
Backup transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nbcmp.htm

MR. CHENEY’S COVER STORY
Part 1, Section 2 of ‘GUILTY FOR 9-11: BUSH, RUMSFELD, MYERS’
by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 20 November 2001]
[Updated 21 November 2001]

Dedicated to the firemen of New York.

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In Part 1, Section 1 we demonstrated that Andrews Air Force base, 10 miles from the Pentagon, had combat-ready fighter squadrons on September 11th. Why didn’t jets scramble from Andrews until after the Pentagon was hit?
(To read Part 1, Section 1, go to:
http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/indict-1.htm )

LIE # 2: PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORIZATION WAS NEEDED TO SCRAMBLE JETS TO INTERCEPT FLIGHT 77

On Sunday, September 16th, Vice-President Richard Cheney was interviewed on NBC TV’s ‘MEET THE PRESS.’ During that interview he created the impression that the military would have needed presidential authorization to scramble fighter jets to intercept American Airlines Flight 77 before it hit the Pentagon.

Mr. Cheney did not present this lie in a straightforward manner.

Instead he did two things. First, he avoided discussing the failure to intercept Flight 77. Instead he talked only about the choices Mr. Bush supposedly made after the Pentagon was hit.

Second, he took it for granted that presidential approval was required to intercept a commercial jet, as if this were an accepted fact. Then based on this false foundation, he emitted a fog of emotional misinformation to confuse the millions of Americans who wanted to know: why didn’t jet fighters scramble to intercept Flight 77 before it crashed into the Pentagon? Doesn’t the U.S. have radar and an Air Force anymore?

It is common for officials attempting to cover-up a capital crime to put the blame on a subordinate. However Mr. Cheney used a different approach on ‘MEET THE PRESS.’ Relying on his skills in public deception, Cheney tried to create the impression that nothing improper had occurred, that faced with horrendous choices a brave President had done the right thing.

But as soon as one sees through this verbiage, one realizes Mr. Cheney has actually placed the responsibility for the failure to intercept American Flight 77 on George W. Bush.

Here is the relevant excerpt from ‘MEET THE PRESS’:

“MR. RUSSERT: What’s the most important decision you think he made during the course of the day?

“VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, the–I suppose the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft.

“MR. RUSSERT: And you decided?

“VICE PRES. CHENEY: We decided to do it. We’d, in effect, put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they could stay up a long time…

“It doesn’t do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don’t give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it’s appropriate.

“MR. RUSSERT: So if the United States government became aware that a hijacked commercial airline[r] was destined for the White House or the Capitol, we would take the plane down?

“VICE PRES. CHENEY: Yes. The president made the decision…that if the plane would not divert…as a last resort, our pilots were authorized to take them out. Now, people say, you know, that’s a horrendous decision to make. Well, it is. You’ve got an airplane full of American citizens, civilians, captured by…terrorists, headed and are you going to, in fact, shoot it down, obviously, and kill all those Americans on board?

“…It’s a presidential-level decision, and the president made, I think, exactly the right call in this case, to say, “I wished we’d had combat air patrol up over New York.”
–NBC, ‘Meet the Press‘ 16 September 2001 (1)

* * *

Note that Mr. Cheney has performed a sleight of hand here.

First he says, “the toughest decision was…whether we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft.”

Later he says, “The president made the decision… that if the plane would not divert as a last resort, our pilots were authorized to take them out…” that is, “shoot it down.”

But “intercept”: and “shoot it down” do not mean the same thing.

“in·ter·cept

  • “in·ter·cept (în´ter-sèpt¹verbtransitive
    in·ter·cept·edin·ter·cept·ingin·ter·cepts

“1. a. To stop, deflect, or interrupt the progress or intended course of”
–‘American Heritage Dictionary

“shoot·down

  • “shoot·down (sh¡t¹doun´noun 

    “Destruction of a flying aircraft by a missile attack or gunfire.”
    –‘
    American Heritage Dictionary

Mr. Cheney deliberately confused these terms to stop people from asking: why weren’t any of the hijacked planes intercepted?

Since “stopping, deflecting, or interrupting the progress or intended course of” a hijacked airplane does not necessarily involve violence, there could be no moral obstacle to scrambling fighter jets to intercept Flight 77. Therefore Mr. Cheney shifted quickly to the morally charged question of whether to shoot down “an airplane full of American citizens”. By creating this emotional link between interception (not necessarily violent) and shooting down a commercial jet (very violent), Cheney hoped to create sympathy for a President forced to make this “horrendous” choice: to intercept or not to intercept.

Note that Cheney is speaking only of the period after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. By confusing the issues of “intercepting” vs. “shooting down” AFTER the Pentagon was hit, Cheney was trying to get his listeners to forget the real issue: that nothing had been done BEFORE the Pentagon was hit.

Mr. Cheney attempted to hide the jump from “intercept” to “shoot down” by means of the following connecting sentence:

“It doesn’t do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don’t give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it’s appropriate.”

This is disinformation. Mr. Cheney was treating his viewers like fools.

First, as anyone with a computer and basic knowledge of the Internet can find out, Air Traffic Controllers request military jets to intercept commercial aircraft on a routine basis. Sometimes the purpose is to tell a commercial pilot that his plane has gone off course; other times the interceptor goes up in order to observe the situation directly – for instance, to see who is flying the plane. None of this requires presidential approval.

Second, military interceptors (or ‘escorts’) already have clear “instructions to act.” These instructions can be read online in detailed manuals from the FAA and the Department of Defense. The instructions cover everything from minor emergencies to hijackings. If a problem is serious, high-ranking military officers from the National Military Command Center (NMCC) in the Pentagon can take charge.

Let us consider the procedures used in intercepting commercial aircraft.

An Air Traffic Controller (ATC) may request military jets to intercept (or ‘escort’) a commercial aircraft in response to any serious problem which the Air Traffic Controller cannot solve through radio contact. Perhaps the most common problem is that a commercial jet has deviated from its authorized flight path.

Every commercial jet is required to follow IFR, or Instrument Flight Rules. IFR requires pilots to file a flight plan with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before takeoff.
(FAA Order 7400.2E 14-1-2(2)

“Commercial flights fly according to predefined flight plans. These flight plans are intended to provide quick routes that take advantage of favorable winds while avoiding the routes traveled by other aircraft. The usual flight plan is a series of three connected routes: a standard instrument departure (SID) route, an en route path, and a standard instrument arrival (STAR). Each route consists of a sequence of geographic points, or fixes, which, when connected, form a trajectory from the point of departure to the point of arrival.”
–‘Direct-To Requirements‘ by G. Dennis & E. Torlak (3)

If a plane deviates from its flight plan, for example if it makes the wrong turn at one of its ‘fixes,’ an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) contacts the pilot. If the ATC cannot make contact, he or she will request an escort – that is, a military jet – to scramble and check out the situation. This is called ‘interception.’

As you can see, interception is not necessarily an aggressive act. Usually it is requested because routine communication has become impossible.

For example, when the Lear jet chartered by Payne Stewart, the famous golf pro, went off course, and the pilot did not respond by radio, the FAA immediately contacted the military:

“Several Air Force and Air National Guard fighter jets, plus an AWACS radar control plane, helped the Federal Aviation Administration track the runaway Learjet and estimate when it would run out of fuel.”
–‘CNN,’ 26 October 1999 (4)

The FAA online manual describes how an escort (i.e., a fighter jet) might communicate with a commercial airliner which fails to respond to radio contact. The FAA has a chart entitled:

INTERCEPTING SIGNALS
“Signals initiated by intercepting aircraft and responses by intercepted aircraft.”

According to the chart, which is available on-line, if a commercial jet is intercepted in daytime, the escort fighter jet may communicate by:

“…Rocking wings from a position slightly above and ahead of, and normally to the left of, the intercepted aircraft…”

This conveys the message, “You have been intercepted.” The commercial jet should respond by rocking its wings, indicating it will comply.

The escort then makes a

“slow level turn, normally to the left, on to the desired heading [direction].”

The commercial jet is supposed to respond by following the escort.
(FAA ‘AIM’ 5-6-4(5)

When a commercial jet deviates from its approved flight path, it creates a potentially deadly hazard: it could collide with another jet. It is therefore reassuring that the FAA has an exacting standard for what constitutes an emergency:

“Consider that an aircraft emergency exists … when: …There is unexpected loss of radar contact and radio communications with any …aircraft.”
–FAA Order 7110.65M 10-2-5 (6)

And:

“EMERGENCY DETERMINATIONS

“If … you are in doubt that a situation constitutes an emergency or potential emergency, handle it as though it were an emergency.”
–FAA Order 7110.65M 10-1-1-c (7)

A high-ranking FAA official – called an Air Defense Liaison Officer (ADLO) – is stationed in the headquarters of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The purpose: to help the FAA and the military work together to handle emergencies as quickly as possible. (8) Escorts are usually scrambled from NORAD bases, such as the Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or the air base at Langley, Virginia. But not always:

“Normally, NORAD escort aircraft will take the required action. However, for the purpose of these procedures, the term “escort aircraft” applies to any military aircraft assigned to the escort mission. ”
–FAA Order 7610.4J 7-1-2 (9)

Thus when Payne Stewart’s Lear jet went off course:

“First, a fighter jet from Tyndall, Fla., was diverted from a routine training flight to check out the Learjet. Two F-16s from another Florida base then picked up the chase, later handing it over to two Air National Guard F-16s from Oklahoma, which handed it over to two F-16s from Fargo, North Dakota.”
–‘ABC News,’ 25 October 1999 (10)

During a serious emergency, or if there is any possibility that a hijacking has occurred:

“The escort service will be requested by the FAA hijack coordinator by direct contact with the National Military Command Center (NMCC).”
–FAA Order 7610.4J 7-1-2 (9)

A Defense Department manual makes the same point:

“In the event of a hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the most expeditious means by the FAA. The NMCC will, with the exception of immediate responses,…forward requests for DOD [Department of Defense] assistance to the Secretary of Defense for approval.”
–CJCSI 3610.01A, 1 June 2001 (11)

Located in the Pentagon, the NMCC can tap into radar stations and thus monitor dangerous emergencies and hijackings. For example, during the Payne Stewart incident:

“…officers on the Joint Chiefs were monitoring the Learjet on radar screens inside the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center.”
–‘CNN,’ 26 October 1999 (4)

When dealing with potentially hostile situations, escorts can adopt more aggressive behavior:

“Small Private Plane Ordered to Land in Vicinity of Bush Ranch

“A small private plane flying unauthorized in the vicinity of President Bush’s ranch near Crawford was ordered by the military to land Thursday, a sheriff’s deputy said….

“The Federal Aviation Administration declared that the plane was unauthorized and ordered its occupants detained, Plemons said. At that point military officials, flying in two jets beside the plane, got on the pilot’s radio frequency and ordered the Cessna to land…

“The plane landed on a private landing strip near State Highway 6, about eight miles from the Bush ranch near Crawford….

“In [a second incident, in] Wood County, Sheriff’s senior Dispatcher Rodney Mize said a private plane was forced down by two military pilots in A-10 Warthog jets about 11:30 a.m. The jets flew one above and one below until the private plane’s pilot landed at Wisener Field near Mineola.”
–‘AP,’ 13 September 2001 (12)

The ‘Boston Globe’ reported that:

“[Marine Corps Major Mike] Snyder, the NORAD spokesman, said its fighters routinely intercept aircraft.

“When planes are intercepted, they typically are handled with a graduated response. The approaching fighter may rock its wingtips to attract the pilot’s attention, or make a pass in front of the aircraft. Eventually, it can fire tracer rounds in the airplane’s path, or, under certain circumstances, down it with a missile.”
–‘Boston Globe,’ 15 September 2001 (13)

Now, let us return to Mr. Cheney and his interview on ‘MEET THE PRESS.’

As you will recall, he said:

“It doesn’t do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don’t give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it’s appropriate.”

Mr. Cheney is attempting to misinform by pretending that intercept pilots need ‘instructions’ from the President, when he knows perfectly well that clear instructions and a whole organizational network exist to handle intercept emergencies.

Moreover, Mr. Cheney’s implicit argument – that there is no point in sending up an escort unless the pilot has clearance to shoot down a commercial jet – is absurd. Why would such a decision have to be made in advance of scrambling the escort? Even if an airliner has been taken over by a terrorist with a suicide mission, how could Mr. Cheney, Mr. Bush or anyone else other than God Himself possibly predict how the hijacker would respond to an intercept by military jets? Even if a hijacker were ready to die for the glory of crashing into the Pentagon, does that mean he would also be ready to die for the glory of ignoring a military pilot’s order to land?

So even if the military had no authority to shoot down Flight 77, why not send up escorts planes? Isn’t that in fact how police and the military routinely handle hijack situations – by mobilizing a potentially overwhelming force in the hope of getting the hijacker to surrender?

Why, as Mr. Cheney claims, would there have been “no point” in trying this tactic in the case of Flight 77? Weren’t many human lives at stake? Isn’t that “a point”?

A DEFENSE THAT BACKFIRES

What about the rest of Mr. Cheney’s remarks, his contention that only President Bush could authorize the military to actually shoot down a hijacked plane? In all probability this is true. But as we shall see in a later section, this comment, as well as other things Mr. Cheney said on ‘MEET THE PRESS,’ will prove damning to George W. Bush when he goes on trial for treason.

Summary of evidence is CONTINUED IN PART 1, SECTION 3

FOOTNOTES:

For a map of Washington showing the distance from Andrews Air Force base to the Pentagon go to: http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/andrewsmap.htm

(1) ‘NBC, Meet the Press’ (10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/629714.asp?cp1=1
Backup transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nbcmp.htm

(2) Regarding rules governing IFR requirements, see FAA Order 7400.2E ‘Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters,’ Effective Date: December 7, 2000 (Includes Change 1, effective July 7, 2001), Chapter 14-1-2.
Full text posted at:
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/AIR/air1401.html#14-1-2

(3) For a clear and detailed description of flight plans, fixes, and Air Traffic Control, see: ‘Direct-To Requirements’ by Gregory Dennis and Emina Torlak at:
http://sdg.lcs.mit.edu/atc/D2Requirements.htm

(4) ‘CNN,’ 26 October 1999 “Pentagon never considered downing Stewart’s Learjet,” Web posted at: 8:27 p.m. EDT (0027 GMT)
Full text posted at:
http://www.cnn.com/US/9910/26/shootdown/
Backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/cnnlearjet.htm

(5) FAA ‘Aeronautical Information Manual: Official Guide to Basic Flight Information and Air Traffic Control (ATC) Procedures,’ (Includes Change 3 Effective: July 12, 2001) Chapter 5-6-4 “Interception Signals”
Full text posted at:
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0506.html#5-6-4

(6) FAA Order 7110.65M ‘Air Traffic Control’ (Includes Change 3 Effective: July 12, 2001), Chapter 10-2-5 “Emergency Situations”
Full text posted at:
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/ATC/Chp10/atc1002.html#10-2-5

(7) FAA Order 7110.65M ‘Air Traffic Control’ (Includes Change 3 Effective: July 12, 2001), Chapter 10-1-1 “Emergency Determinations”
Full text posted at:
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/ATC/Chp10/atc1001.html#10-1-1

(8) FAA Order 7610.4J ‘Special Military Operations’ (Effective Date: November 3, 1998; Includes: Change 1, effective July 3, 2000; Change 2, effective July 12, 2001), Chapter 4, Section 5, “Air Defense Liaison Officers (ADLO’s)”
Full text posted at:
http://www.faa.gov/ATpubs/MIL/Ch4/mil0405.html#Section%205

(9) FAA Order 7610.4J ‘Special Military Operations’ (Effective Date: November 3, 1998; Includes: Change 1, effective July 3, 2000; Change 2, effective July 12, 2001), Chapter 7, Section 1-2, “Escort of Hijacked Aircraft: Requests for Service”
Full text posted at:
http://faa.gov/ATpubs/MIL/Ch7/mil0701.html#7-1-2

(10) ‘ABCNews,’ 25 October 1999 “Runaway Plane Crashes in S.D.; Golfer, at Least Four Others Killed,” by Geraldine Sealey
Full text posted at:
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/plane102599.html
Backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/abclearjet.htm

(11) ‘Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3610.01A,’ 1 June 2001, “Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects,” 4.Policy (page 1)
PDF available at:
http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/cjcsd/cjcsi/3610_01a.pdf
Backup at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/3610_01a.pdf

(12) ‘The Associated Press State & Local Wire’ 13 September 2001, Thursday, BC cycle, “Small private plane ordered to land in vicinity of Bush ranch”
Full text posted at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/bushranch.htm

(13) ‘The Boston Globe,’ Saturday 15 September 2001 Third Edition Page A1, “Facing Terror Attack’s Aftermath: Otis Fighter Jets Scrambled Too Late to Halt The Attacks” by Glen Johnson.
Full text posted at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/bg915.htm

9-ll: Nothing Urgent
by George Szamuely
Research & documentation by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 9 January 2002]
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On the morning of September 11, the present Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers, was having a routine meeting on Capitol Hill with Senator Max Cleland. Just before the meeting began,

“While in an outer office, he said, he saw a television report that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. ‘They thought it was a small plane or something like that,’ Myers said. So the two men went ahead with the office call.”
–‘American Forces Press Service‘ 23 October 2001 (1)

The meeting went on for some time. While the two men chatted away, a second hijacked jet plowed into the World Trade Center’s south tower and a third one into the Pentagon. And still they went on with their meeting.

“Meanwhile, the second World Trade Center tower was hit by another jet. ‘Nobody informed us of that,’ Myers said. ‘But when we came out, that was obvious. Then, right at that time, somebody said the Pentagon had been hit.’

“Somebody thrust a cell phone in Myers’ hand. Gen. Ralph Eberhart, commander of U.S. Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command was on the other end of the line ‘talking about what was happening and the actions he was going to take.’
–‘American Forces Press Service‘ 23 October 2001 (1)

Meanwhile, in Florida, it is clear from the public record that by the time President Bush left his hotel he knew about the attack on the first WTC tower. John Cochran, who was covering the President’s trip to Sarasota told , told Peter Jennings on ABC TV:

“He [the President] got out of his hotel suite this morning, was about to leave, reporters saw the White House chief of staff, Andy Card, whisper into his ear. The reporter said to the president, ‘Do you know what’s going on in New York?’ He said he did, and he said he will have something about it later.”
–‘ABC News‘ Special Report 11 September 2001 (2)

And then he went to an elementary school in Sarasota to read to children for half an hour.

No urgency. Why should there be? Who could possibly have realized then the calamitous nature of the events of September 11? Besides in one of the planes, the hijackers had switched the transponders off. So how could anyone know what was going on? Yet September 11 was not so unprecedented. Passenger jet hijackings have happened before, and the US government has prepared detailed plans to handle them. On September 11 these plans were ignored in their entirety.

According to the ‘New York Times,’ air traffic controllers knew at 8:20 a.m.:

“that American Airlines Flight 11, bound from Boston to Los Angeles, had probably been hijacked. When the first news report was made at 8:45 a.m. that a plane might have hit the World Trade Center, they knew it was Flight 11.”(3)

There was little ambiguity on the matter. The pilot had pushed a button on the aircraft yoke that allowed controllers to hear the hijacker giving orders.

Here are the FAA regulations concerning hijackings:

“The FAA hijack coordinator…on duty at Washington headquarters will request the military to provide an escort aircraft for a confirmed hijacked aircraft…The escort service will be requested by the FAA hijack coordinator by direct contact with the National Military Command Center (NMCC).” (4)

Here are the instructions issued by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on June 1, 2001:

“In the event of a hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the most expeditious means by the FAA. The NMCC will…forward requests for DOD assistance to the Secretary of Defense for approval.” (5)

In addition, Vice President Cheney told Meet the Press on Sept. 16 that only the president has the authority to order the shooting down of a civilian airliner. “And you have to ask yourself,” Cheney said, “‘If we had had combat air patrol up over New York and we’d had the opportunity to take out the two aircraft that hit the World Trade Center, would we have been justified in doing that?’ I think absolutely we would have…. It’s a presidential-level decision, and the president made, I think, exactly the right call in this case, to say, ‘I wished we’d had combat air patrol up over New York.’” (6)

The U.S. is supposed to scramble military aircraft the moment a hijacking is confirmed. Yet Myers continues to chat on Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld works undisturbed in his Pentagon office and the president reads to schoolchildren. Myers’ first statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 13, that no fighter planes had been launched until after the Pentagon was hit, was therefore scarcely surprising. Senators were a little incredulous. And the day before, Dan Rather asked on CBS News:

“These hijacked aircraft were in the air for quite a while…Why doesn’t the Pentagon have the kind of protection that they can get a fighter-interceptor aircraft up, and if someone is going to plow an aircraft into the Pentagon, that we have at least some…line of defense?” (7)

Good question. Clearly another, more comforting, story was needed and on the evening of Friday September 14 CBS launched it:

“CBS News has learned the FAA alerted US Air defense units of a possible hijacking at 8:38 Tuesday morning, and six minutes later, at 8:44, two F-15s received a scramble order at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. But two minutes later, at 8:46, American Airlines Flight 11, the first hijacked jet, slammed into the World Trade Center. Six minutes later, at 8:52, the F-15s were airborne and began racing towards New York City, but the fighters were still 70 miles away when the second hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 175, hit the second Trade Center tower. Shortly after that blast, the F-15s reached Manhattan and began flying air cover missions over the city.

“But to the south, a new danger and a new response. At 9:30, three F-16s were launched out of Langley Air Force base in Virginia, 150 miles south of Washington. But just seven minutes later, at 9:37, American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The F-16s arrived in Washington just before 10:00 and began flying cover over the nation’s capital.” (8)

This story, which has now, with slight modifications, become the “official” NORAD version, raises more questions than it answers.

F-15s have a cruising speed of 577-mph, (9) while F-16s have a cruising speed of 570-mph. (10) . Both planes can fly much faster, though there is a rapid drop in fuel economy.

According to CBS, three F-16s scrambled from Langley at 9:30 and arrived in Washington at 10:00. The distance from Langley Air Force Base to the Pentagon is 129 miles – not 150, as CBS stated. If these F-16s took half an hour to get to Washington they were flying at 4.4 miles per minute, 258 mph. That’s less than half their cruising speed. It’s a fifth of the maximum speed for these F-16s, 1500-mph.

Talk about a lack of urgency!

And since Washington, D.C. is little more than 200 miles from New York, the two F-15 fighters from Otis would have had time to get to DC, intercept Flight 77 and grab a breakfast on the way.

And then of course, there is the small matter of Andrews Air Force Base. It is, after all, but ten miles from the Pentagon. As Matthew Wald wrote in the New York Times on September 15th:

“During the hour or so that American Airlines Flight 77 was under the control of hijackers, up to the moment it struck the west side of the Pentagon, military officials in a command center on the east side of the building were urgently talking to law enforcement and air traffic control officials about what to do.” (11)

Why didn’t they order planes from Andrews put in the air to protect Washington D.C. and to intercept American Flight 77 long before it reached the U.S. capital?

(1) ‘American Forces Press Service’ 23 October 2001 “Myers and Sept. 11: ‘We Hadn’t Thought About This'” by Sergeant 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA. Full text posted at:
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2001/n10232001_200110236.html
backup at:
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/myersafrts.htm

(2) ‘ABC News’ Special Report: “Planes crash into World Trade Center” (8:53 AM ET) Tuesday 11 September 2001
To see the quotation in the full transcript, go to:
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/abc911.htm#mybust

(3) ‘New York Times’ Saturday 15 September 2001 “AFTER THE ATTACKS: SKY RULES; Pentagon Tracked Deadly Jet But Found No Way to Stop It” by Matthew L. Wald
Full text with quotation is at:
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/nyt915.htm#mybust

(4) FAA Order 7610.4J ‘Special Military Operations’ (Effective Date: November 3, 1998; Includes: Change 1, effective July 3, 2000; Change 2, effective July 12, 2001), Chapter 7, Section 1-2, “Escort of Hijacked Aircraft: Requests for Service”
Full text posted at:
http://faa.gov/ATpubs/MIL/Ch7/mil0701.html#7-1-2

(5) ‘Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3610.01A,’ 1 June 2001, “Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects,” 4.Policy (page 1)
PDF available at:
http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/cjcsd/cjcsi/3610_01a.pdf
Backup at:
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/3610_01a.pdf

(6)’NBC, Meet the Press’ (10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/629714.asp?cp1=1
Backup transcript at:
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/nbcmp.htm

(7) CBS News Special Report (12:00 Noon PM ET) – September 12, 2001 “Aftermath of and investigation into attacks on World Trade Center and the Pentagon at
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/cbs12th.htm

(8) To read the new cover story floated by CBS on 14 September go to
http://emperor.vwh.net/9-11backups/changes.htm#a

(9) Website of the 88th Communications Group, Wright-Patterson AFB OH,
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/fighter/f16a.htm

(10) From ‘Popular Mechanics’ Website, ‘The Weapons Of Enduring Freedom,’ at
http://popularmechanics.com/science/military/2001/9/weapons_of_infinite_justice/

(11) ‘Pentagon Tracked Deadly Jet but Found No Way to Stop It,’ ‘New York Times,’ September 15, 2001, Section A; Page 1; Column 1
http://college4.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2001/09/15/868107.xml

 

FAQ #1: “Wasn’t the government unprepared for 9-11. How could they have responded?”
[Posted 29 December 2001]

Answer:

This argument has been made repeatedly by the media:

“…The coordinated assault on the world’s financial and political capitals caught the United States completely off guard — despite a massive intelligence and law enforcement network devoted to detecting and thwarting such attacks…[This was because efforts were] focused largely on guarding against bomb threats to overseas targets… ” (‘The Washington Post,’ September 12, 2001)

It has been made by top government/military officials:

“We’re pretty good if the threat’s coming from outside. We’re not so good if the threat’s coming from inside.” (General Richard B. Myers in testimony at Senate hearing on is nomination to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, September 13, 2001) (2)

The argument resonates with many Americans because it corresponds to how they experienced 9-11. They were shocked and unsure what to do.

But most Americans are not part of the air traffic control system, which is run by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or the air defense system, run by the military.

Most are unaware that these systems have routine procedures developed over many years. These procedures, practiced in drills and used in day-to-day situations, are meant to ensure that air safety and air defense personnel can function when confronted with unexpected events, even though ordinary people are understandably at a loss.

Consider this, by way of comparison. Imagine that one night a Canadian arsonist slips into Buffalo, New York, and using a new incendiary device, starts fires in four elementary schools.

People pull fire alarms near two of the schools. A neighbor calls the Fire Department when he sees smoke billowing out of the third school. And there is a Fire Station right across the street from the fourth school.

Yet not one fire truck arrives until after the schools have burned to the ground.

When asked why, the Buffalo Fire Chief explains, “We’re good at dealing with Buffalo arsonists but nobody expected some guy to sneak in from Canada!”

The Chief would be laughed out of court. People would say, “When the alarms came in, how could anyone in the Fire Department have known that these fires were started by a Canadian arsonist? And even if they did know, why wouldn’t they just follow their normal procedures – you know, slide down the pole, put on their coats, climb into the fire truck, turn on the siren. Why didn’t they at least show up and try to put out these fires?”

The same holds true for 9-11.

As we have documented in ‘Mr. Cheney’s Cover Story,‘ the FAA and the military have routine procedures for intercepting commercial jets. (3)

An Air Traffic Controller can call for an escort (that is, a military jet) to be sent up to find out why a commercial jet has flown off course and guide it to a safe landing place. Or an escort can be used to put pressure on an uncooperative pilot or to intimidate a hijacker with a show of force. (4)

Which brings us to the matter of Andrews Air Force base. Andrews is ten miles from the Pentagon. It is the airport used by the President and other top officials, so of course it has to have escort planes. This was especially true on 9-11 because Air Force One, the President’s jet, was in flight that day.

In fact, Andrews keeps combat units “in the highest possible state of readiness.” (5)

So here is the question that leaders such as George Bush, General Richard Myers and Donald Rumsfeld refuse to answer because they have no acceptable answer:

Why weren’t jet fighters scrambled from Andrew Air Force base to intercept American Flight 77 before it crashed into the Pentagon?

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FOOTNOTES AND FURTHER READING FOR FAQ #1:
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(1) For facts and analysis contradicting the official position on 9-11, see ‘EMPEROR’S CLOTHES ARTICLES ON 9-11 * A GUIDE,’ which can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/911page.htm
Alternative address is http://emperor.vwh.net/indict/911page.htm

(2) Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001
Full transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/mycon.htm
The particular quotation about the U.S. being ill prepared to deal with internal terrorism was reprinted by mainstream media sources.

(3) ‘Mr. Cheney’s Cover Story,‘ which is Part 2 of ‘Guilty for 9-11: Bush, Rumsfeld, Myers.’ Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/indict-2.htm

(4) ‘The Associated Press State & Local Wire’ 13 September 2001, Thursday, BC cycle, “Small private plane ordered to land in vicinity of Bush ranch.” Full text posted at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/bushranch.htm

(5) This quote comes from the DC Air National Guard (DCANG) Webite. The Website was changed around 911, possibly just after it; the quote is gone. The pre-911 DCANG Website can still be read at an archive site. For instructions, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/update630.htm#b

In case the archived Web pages should be altered, you may read it at
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/dcandr2.htm

For our backup site with general information on the 113th Fighter Wing stationed at Andrews, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/dcandr.htm

If you can, please back up these Web pages in case they are modified or become unavailable.

The alteration of the DCANG Website is discussed at http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/indictupdate630.htm .

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FAQ #2: “You charge that the military was made to stand down on 9-11. But didn’t planes in fact scramble? Didn’t they just arrive too late?”
[Posted 3 January 2002]
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Quick Answer:

The new cover story, that “the planes were sent up but they arrived too late” also arrived pretty late: it was first put forth on September 14th on the CBS 6 PM news. Until that time, top officials said that no planes were scrambled to protect Washington, DC until after the Pentagon was hit. Vice President Cheney was giving out the old story as late as September 16th on the NBC TV program, MEET THE PRESS…(1a)

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott.

More Detailed Answer:

This is the CBS cover story we mentioned in Section 1 of our Summary of Evidence. (1)

According to this cover story, jets were scrambled from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod to intercept Flight 11, the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. Also, supposedly, jets were scrambled from Langley Air Force Base to intercept American Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. In both cases, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supposedly called for the interceptors too late. Also, Otis AFB is about 185 miles from New York and Langley AFB is 129 miles from Washington, DC. So the interceptors supposedly had too far to travel.

Dan Rather broadcast this cover story on the CBS 6:00 news, September 14th. This was the first time that anybody said planes were scrambled from Langley AFB on 9-11. We did a little research and found 31 references to Langley in the English-speaking mass media, that is newspapers & TV, worldwide, between September 11th and the CBS News at 6 PM on the 14th.

Not one of these news reports about Langley Air Force Base mentioned Dan Rather’s excellent new fact!

General Richard B. Myers, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9-11, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 13th. He testified at great length. The Senators asked him three times about the failure to scramble planes on 9-11. But Myers said nothing about planes scrambling from Langley Air Force base, where he had been stationed from 1987 to 1990. (3)

Apparently there was a communications problem getting the new cover story to some top officials. For instance, as late as September 16th, Vice President Cheney was telling ‘MEET THE PRESS’ that George Bush personally made the decision to send up interceptors and suggesting he had done so only after the Pentagon was hit. (1a)

And during a CBS News Special on September 12th, Dan Rather asked CBS Military Consultant Major Mitch Mitchell:

“These hijacked aircraft were in the air for quite a while, they made unusual turns, to say the least. Would–why doesn’t the Pentagon have the kind of protection that they can get a fighter–interceptor aircraft up, and if someone is going to plow an aircraft into the Pentagon, that we have at least some–some line of defense?” –CBS News Special Report (12:00 Noon PM ET) – September 12, 2001 “Aftermath of and investigation into attacks on World Trade Center and the Pentagon.” (1b)

Nobody contradicted the Dan Rather of September 12th until the new reality was unveiled by the Dan Rather of September 14th.

How amazing that fighter jets could be scrambled from Langley before the Pentagon was hit without a single top leader of the military or the Bush administration knowing it happened!

What a relief for President Bush, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, Richard B. Myers (who happens to be the most powerful general in the Air Force) and Dan Rather himself to learn the good news from Dan Rather on the six o’clock news, September 14th: the Air Force had indeed sent up interceptors. It was just that nobody knew…

Read the transcript of that CBS news program. You will see that Rather cites no source for his new ‘information.’ He just says, casually, “CBS News has learned…” (2)

Four (4) days later, also without a word of explanation for this rewriting of history, NORAD incorporated the CBS report in its official timeline. The Langley interceptors had become a Fact.

We will explore several problems with the CBS/NORAD cover story in soon-to-be-published sections of the Summary of Evidence.

The following may be of particular interest.

First, the move from “we didn’t put planes up until after the Pentagon was hit,” which was the official story until Sept. 13th, to “we put planes up before the first World Trade Center attack,” was for the most part carried out during General Richard B. Myers’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 13th.

Second, if you read the transcript of that Senate hearing, (3) you can witness the new cover story being constructed right before your eyes.

Under pressure from the Senators to come up with something convincing, Myers twice changed his testimony, putting forward three entirely different versions of what happened September 11th. Myers’ last ‘reality’ was pretty close to what Dan Rather reported at 6 PM the next day. In between, Myers and the Senators went into a closed (i.e., secret) session.

Here is an excerpt from Senator Bill Nelson’s comments at the Armed Services Committee hearing. Note if you will the highly suggestive language, phrases such as, “Perhaps we want to do this in our session, in executive [i.e., secret]  session,” and “I leave it to you as to how you would like to answer it. But we would like an answer.” He doesn’t outright say, “Your cover story stinks.” But he sure suggests it:

BILL NELSON: Perhaps we want to do this in our session, in executive [i.e., secret]  session. But my question is an obvious one for not only this committee, but for the executive branch and the military establishment.  If we knew that there was a general threat on terrorist activity, which we did, and we suddenly have two trade towers in New York being obviously hit by terrorist activity, of commercial airliners taken off course from Boston to Los Angeles, then what happened to the response of the defense establishment once we saw the diversion of the aircraft headed west from Dulles turning around 180 degrees and, likewise, in the aircraft taking off from Newark and, in flight, turning 180 degrees? That’s the question.  I leave it to you as to how you would like to answer it. But we would like an answer.” (4)

The CBS/NORAD cover story did not successfully answer Nelson’s questions.

That is, since planes were flying into buildings, and since Washington, DC was the city most likely to be the next target, why would planes be scrambled all the way from Langley Air Force Base, 129 miles from Washington, as late as 9:30? Why wouldn’t they be scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base, 10 miles from the Pentagon, at around 8:50, when the military knew that a hijacked plane had hit the World Trade Center? Or at 9:06, when, we are told, the FAA ordered all planes grounded, from Washington, DC to Cleveland! (5)

The irrationality of the CBS/NORAD cover story supports our charge that the military was in fact ordered to stand down on 9-11.

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FOOTNOTES AND FURTHER READING FOR FAQ #2:
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For more facts and analysis contradicting the official position on 9-11, see ‘EMPEROR’S CLOTHES ARTICLES ON 9-11 * A GUIDE,’ which can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/911page.htm
Alternative address is http://emperor.vwh.net/indict/911page.htm

(1) The “planes were scrambled from Langley” cover story was mentioned in Section 1: ‘Why Were None of the Hijacked Planes Intercepted?’
The following link takes you to the place where it is mentioned:
http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/indict-1.htm#faq2-1

(1a) ‘NBC, Meet the Press’ (10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/629714.asp?cp1=1
Backup transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nbcmp.htm

Cheney’s remarks are discussed in ‘Mr. Cheney’s Cover Story.‘ at http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/indict-2.htm

(1b) CBS News Special Report (12:00 Noon PM ET) – September 12, 2001 “Aftermath of and investigation into attacks on World Trade Center and the Pentagon at http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/cbs12th.htm

(2) To read the new cover story floated by CBS on 14 September go to http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/changes.htm#a

(3) Senate confirmation hearing on Gen. Richard B. Myers’ nomination as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 13 September 2001
Full transcript at:
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/mycon.htm

(4) Comments by Bill Nelson at Senate confirmation hearing on Gen. Richard B. Myers’ nomination as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 13 September 2001
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/mycon.htm#faq2-3

(5) ‘Newsday,’ September 23, 2001, ‘AMERICA’S ORDEAL; Where System Failed; Air attack on Pentagon indicates weaknesses,’ by Sylvia Adcock, Brian Donovan and Craig Gordon. The direct link is
http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nd23.htm#1

TAKI’S TOP DRAWER

By George Szamuely

Scrambled Messages

There remains one question to ask about Sept. 11. What happened? We know the story. Terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. At 8:45 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston smashes into the World Trade Center’s north tower. At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston smashes into the south tower. At 9:40 a.m., AA Flight 77 from Dulles hits the Pentagon. At 10:10 a.m., United Flight 93 from Newark crashes in Shanksville, PA.

Yet the most amazing feature of the U.S. government’s response to these events was the almost complete absence of it. Jared Israel on his website http://www.tenc.net has blazed a trail with fascinating and meticulous research.

Initial reports suggested that no aircraft were scrambled to intercept or shoot down the hijacked jets. Two days later Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee: “When it became clear what the threat was, we did scramble fighter aircraft, AWACs, radar aircraft and tanker aircraft to begin to establish orbits in case other aircraft showed up in the FAA system that were hijacked… That order, to the best of my knowledge, was after the Pentagon was struck.” Marine Corps Maj. Mike Snyder, a spokesman for NORAD, echoed Myers in a Sept. 15 Boston Globe story, which stated: “[T]he command did not immediately scramble any fighters even though it was alerted to a hijacking 10 minutes before the first plane…slammed into the first World Trade Center tower… The spokesman said the fighters remained on the ground until after the Pentagon was hit…” U.S. inaction was all the more astonishing because the same story had Snyder admitting that “fighters routinely intercept aircraft.”

So why were no fighters dispatched to intercept planes on an extraordinary day like Sept. 11? Within days the story changed and it turned out that two F-15 fighters had in fact been scrambled from Otis Air National Guard Base in Cape Cod, MA. Whether this took place before or after the first tower was struck is not clear. In any case it was too late to make a difference. When the second tower was hit the fighters were still 70 miles from Manhattan. We also learned that two F-16 fighters had been scrambled from Langley Air Force Base to try to intercept Flight 77, but they also arrived too late. In fact, they only took off from Langley two minutes before the Boeing 757 smashed into the Pentagon.

There are a number of problems with this story. In the first place, 45 minutes had elapsed from the time the air traffic controllers lost contact with Flight 77 and its crash into the Pentagon. On Sept. 15 The New York Times reported: “Flight 77…would have been visible on the F.A.A.’s radar system as it reversed course in the Midwest…to fly back to Washington. The radars would have observed it even though its tracking beacon had been turned off.”

There is an even more troubling question. Why were the fighters dispatched from Langley, more than 130 miles from the Pentagon, rather than Andrews Air Force Base–a mere 10 miles away? Early media reports suggested that there were no available aircraft at Andrews that day.

This is bizarre to say the least. First, if there were no fighter aircraft available that day at Andrews, how did they miraculously make their appearance over the DC sky after the Pentagon was struck? Yet this is what NBC reported on Sept. 11, as did other news outlets. Moreover, Andrews AFB is responsible for air defense around Washington. The DC Air National Guard is based there, which is equipped with F-16s. The 113th Wing is based there. According to the Andrews website: “Training for air combat and operational airlift for national defense is the 113th’s primary mission. However, as part of its dual mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces for the District of Columbia in the event of a natural disaster or civil emergency.” You can’t get more emergency than Sept. 11!

Then there is the mystery of United Flight 93. In the Seattle Times of Sept. 16, Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver, director of the Air National Guard, is quoted as saying that “[n]o Air National Guard or other military planes were scrambled to chase the fourth hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 93.” No military planes were scrambled! Remember, this plane came crashing down in Pennsylvania almost an hour and a half after the first tower was struck.

Damage control was once again in operation. The Boston Herald of Sept. 15 had Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz announcing “that the Air Force was tracking the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Tuesday after other airliners slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center and had been in a position to bring it down if necessary.” So why was it not brought down? Or at the very least intercepted? Three key buildings had been attacked. And there is still no emergency!

Happily, the war against the Taliban managed to push these questions out of the papers. For now.

Volume 14, Issue 50

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