The 9/11 Evidence that May Hang George W. Bush
02 June 2002
The Case Against G.W. Bush: a Preliminary "Hearing" in
the Court of Common Sense
At the very least Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. But the evidence
indicates his guilt involves more than just a huge intentional
sin of omission –this now seems certain. So it is ulcer-fomenting
to watch him, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and their PR army try
to sell America yet another Big Lie –that they had
no idea such a thing as 9/11 could happen...they could never
have imagined it in their wildest dreams...they had no specific
warnings...there was nothing unusual about the summer 2001
warnings, etc, etc, ad nauseam. I have compiled some material
that clearly shows that the above litany is blatantly, arrogantly
false. But first, let's hold a preliminary hearing in the "Court
of Common sense".
To see through a wall of propaganda
and determine what's really going on, one must tune out the
spin completely and
take a good, objective look at what has been DONE and what
the parties involved have to GAIN by their actions. Let's
look at the well-documented facts:
First, when Bush, Rice
and the other top Reichmeisters discarded the warning on
August 6, Bush's approval ratings had sunk
to just 49% – this is the red zone for a president.
As any political expert or presidential historian: Hit 45%,
and impeachment may soon loom on the horizon (according to
a political scientist who spent eight years in the White
House and a prominent professional political campaign manager
based in New York).
Second, Bush's actions throughout his
entire life show a clear and consistent pattern: without
exception, he has always
chosen the path that will benefit himself and his corporate
friends the most and will do so in the face of even the most
Third, the stolen election of 2000 proves
that Bush was willing to participate in a very daring,
very large scale crime in
pursuit of power.
Fourth, Bush's father's approval ratings
went from shaky to astronomical within a month of declaring
war on an "evil
terrorist" leader back in 1991. This lesson could hardly
have been lost on Bush, Jr.: Start a war and the emotions
of the public can be whipped up to a point that will push
presidential approval ratings way, way up.
So, given the above
facts as "evidence," what do
you imagine a self-serving man who has faced no serious opposition
from Congress, the press, or the American public would be
likely to do? A bookie would most certainly lay odds that
Bush would stand aside and allow an event like 9/11 to happen.
action that must be considered in the cold hard light of
day is Bush's behavior after 9/11. He seized upon national
fears, worked at intensifying them, and immediately, without
waiting for Congress or serious discussions with other
nations, called for an attack on Afghanistan and a global
war on terrorism.
At the same time, he worked through John Ashcroft with
stunning swiftness to dismantle civil liberties. These are
actions of a leader who wants to keep his nation calm,
reassured, and standing tall in its principles in the wake
They are the actions of an opportunist who knows, from
watching his father's presidency, that the window of opportunity
consolidating his power will be narrow: Bush Sr.'s approval
rating high lasted only a few months.
Last, why would Bush
admit to having been warned about 9/11 in the first place?
In the corporate and political world,
this admission is a strategy that has been used over and
over by creeps who are guilty of huge crimes and know the
heat is on. By confessing to a lesser charge, they try to
draw the heat away from the main, more dangerous issue. Ken
Lay, the head of Anderson, and every criminal who has ever
copped or tried to cop a plea bargain have used this ploy.
If Bush were innocent of any complicity in 9/11, why should
he make ANY statement? It is always the guilty who feel the
need to make statements: "I am not a crook!", "I
never had sex with that woman!" Or how about that row
of tobacco industry CEO's who all swore that none of them
knew their product was harmful or addictive?
on the evidence, I would say we have a phony president who
is as guilty as hell, who knows that someone
has the goods on him and is breathing down his neck. He is
gambling that by making a preemptive strike while he still
has control of the media, he can spin a protective wall around
himself. Thus, we have Dick Cheney appearing on 5/19 on Meet
the Press, being "interviewed" about the 9/11 flap
by his friend and neighbor Russert. Yep, that's right –both
interviewer and interviewee live in the feudally exclusive
Kalorama suburb of D.C., where houses START at around $1
million. In fact, on the same program, Russert had the arrogance
to even mention how he'd seen his buddy out taking the air
on his new "It" scooter. How cozy! And this is
what is being served to America in the name of a free and
honest press. Ya got a problem? Just pick a pal in the press
corps and tell him what questions you want him/her to ask
you so you can spin them in just the way you want.
asked Cheney how he responded to charges that the information
existed in several reports which showed that
a WTC-type attack was a possibility. Cheney responded –incredibly!– that
reading all those reports weren't his concern. There's just
too darn many of them. Russert let this ridiculous response
go totally unchallenged and unqualified.
Here are the questions
that are missing –the questions
a real journalist would have asked: "So then, Mr. Cheney,
just what are your criteria for a report that is important
enough for you to read? How do you prioritize what you read
or what those under you are directed to call to your attention?
What reports on this matter DID you read?"
It is insulting
to America's intelligence that such questions are not being
asked. It's like a grand jury that refuses
to ask a murder suspect questions like "Where were you
on the night of such and such? What was your relationship
to the victim?" but instead says, "Well, here's
what we heard from the police that someone thinks you may
have killed someone. Go ahead and explain yourself. Don't
worry –we won't interrupt you or ask you any uncomfortable
questions. And, by the way, your good pal who lives down
the block volunteered to serve as jury foreman!"
one last FACT to consider. The GOP spent $40 million to pursue
an ultimately merit-less case against Clinton that
involved diddling an intern and some questionable real estate
deals. Since Bush took office, not one dime has been spent
by Congress to investigate Cheney and his secret energy dealings,
Bush's stolen election, Tom Delay's boiler room scams that
have bilked doctors out of millions, the mysterious wild
trading of American and United Airlines stock the week before
9/11 or any of the other crimes that were far more serious
than Clinton's offenses. Meanwhile, the GOP –so eager
to spend millions to investigate an office romance– has
worked overtime to block the initiation of any serious investigation
into the biggest crime to have ever been perpetrated on American
soil that claimed nearly 3,000 lives. WAKE UP AMERICA!! "
Vague Warning" or Blueprint for Disaster?
The story Bush
wants the world to buy is that the warnings he received were
vague, routine, too general to act upon.
Condi Rice wants us to believe that no one in the administration
could have dreamed the hijackers would fly into a landmark
building. But, as they say in show biz, this is "lies,
lies, and damn lies."
Since 1993, scores of people, collectively, in the White
House, Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and CIA have know
that an attack like 9/11 was not only a possibility –but
an increasingly likely probability. Because I am not writing
a book here, I will confine myself to summarizing the most
obvious pieces of evidence that Bush and his team had to
work with. However, they are enough to convict him in any
court of opinion.
Terrorism 2000 Report
Don't confuse this 1993 study with the
report turned out by the Bush administration in April 2001
under the same title.
The 2001 release, a summary of terrorist activity in 2000,
lifted the title of the original document, no doubt as
a smokescreen to confuse anyone who might be seeking the
document through a search engine or library archives.
the Pentagon commissioned, via the Department of Defense's
office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity
Conflict, a think tank-style study of the ways terrorists
could execute large-scale acts of terrorism on the US.
Participants in the $150,000 study consisted of a panel of
experts that included former ranking CIA, FBI, State Department
and Rand Corporation officials, as well as an ex-KGB general
and Israeli intelligence agent.
One of the problems the team
brainstormed over was the various ways an airplane could
be used to destroy national landmarks –in
fact, the WTC was most certainly on the panel's list of possible
targets. One conclusion reached by the team as a future trend
in terrorist activity was that extremists would seek to maximize
their impact by escalating their attacks from one-at-a-time
truck bomb/suicide bomber events to multiple, simultaneous
targeting, thereby touting their power and stretching the
victim governments' ability to respond.
The possible terrorist
scenarios the team outlined scared the socks off folks in
the government. One high-level official
described it as "too outrageous." As a result,
the team's report, Terrorism 2000 (a reference to terrorism
in the new millennia) was blocked from public release. Even
a toned down version that had been proposed as a way to raise
public awareness and improve national preparedness was killed!
A draft of the report was nonetheless passed on through the
Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. There is absolutely no doubt that this
information was available to everyone in the Bush Administration,
including Ms. Rice. It should have been required reading –especially
since many of the predictions made by the report had already
come true before 9/11.
Four instances of planes used as weapons
A Federal Express Flight engineer was apprehended as he tried
to storm the cockpit of a DC-10. The engineer, despondent
over his impending firing, had planned to crash the plane
into a Fed Ex building in Memphis.
1994: A pilot stole a Cessna and tried to crash it into the
White House. He instead hit a tree on the White House grounds,
not far from Clinton's bedroom.
1995: An Islamic fundamentalist group hijacked an Air France
flight and loaded the plane with 27 tons of fuel in Marseilles
as a way to turn it into an incendiary bomb when they crashed
it into the Eiffel tower. This plan was thwarted when Special
Forces stormed the craft before it could leave Marseilles.
1995: Abdul Hakim Murad confessed to planting timed explosive
devices on eleven US airline flights in an attempt to create
a "multiple attack" event (as outlined in the "too
outrageous" Terrorism 2000 report). The same terrorist
group also planned to crash on airplane into CIA headquarters
in Langley, Virginia, and another into the Pentagon (but
Condi didn't dream anyone would ever try such a thing in
2001?). This scheme was not a wild and fevered plot. It was
in the advanced planning stages –to the point where
specific flights had already been selected. Murad himself
was going to be the suicide pilot who hit the CIA headquarters.
Where did he get his pilot training? In a US flight school.
specifics of the "vague warning"
The most glaring
lie Bush is using in his current spin is his claim that the
warnings he received were too vague to
act upon. However, the facts all by themselves scream "liar!"
April, 2001 right up to the day the WTC and Pentagon were
slammed, urgent warnings of impending large-scale attacks
by terrorists had been issued to the Bush administration
from multiple sources. Germany, Egypt, Russia and Israel
all delivered alerts that accurately foretold the scale
of the attack and that it would involve a prominent landmark
of some type. This would automatically put the WTC and
on the short list, especially as both landmarks had been
targeted before (as mentioned above, the Pentagon attack
The German intelligence agency BND warned the
US and Israel both in June that Middle Eastern terrorists
to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack
important symbols of American and Israeli culture." This
is hardly vague, and hardly refers to an "overseas danger" to
Americans (which of our prominent landmarks is in Europe
or Asia, pray tell?).
On June 13, Egypt sent an urgent warning
that a plane stuffed with explosives could be used as a
weapon against George
Bush. It was assumed, incorrectly at that time that the
target could be the G-8 summit in Genoa, held in June 2001.
Putin was so certain of the information he received in the
summer of 2001 of an impending attack that he personally
instructed Russian intelligence to tell Bush "in the
strongest possible terms" (his own words on September.
15, 2001) of an impending attack involving airports and government.
The Russians told the CIA that 25 terrorist pilots had been
specially trained to execute suicide missions. It was around
the same time that the FBI was receiving tips about suspicious
Arabic men in US flight schools.
In August, 2001, the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad warned
the CIA and FBI that as many as 200 al Qaeda members were
infiltrating the US and planning "a major assault on
the US" against "a large-scale target" in
a setting where Americans would be "very vulnerable."
The NSA cracked bin Laden's encryption code by February 2001
before April, the Bush administration HAD TO KNOW something
was up and probably had info that was even more specific
than the warnings given above. According to UPI correspondent
Richard Sale, by February 2001, the National Security Agency
had broken Osama bin Laden's communications encryption system.
We know that the encryption was broken because the Bush administration
reported AFTER 9/11 that it had intercepted encrypted calls
bin Laden made to his mother two days before the attack,
saying "In two days, you're going to hear big news,
and you're not going to hear from me for a while." If
this message was intercepted before the attack, what others
were intercepted as well that the Bush administration did
NOT reveal? Most likely six-months'-worth of terrorist planning.
CIA knew of suspicious airline stock trades by September
Last but not least, the CIA knew a week before
the attack WHICH airlines were most likely to be hijacked.
maintains an advanced program called Promis, which monitors
unusual stock market activity, SPECIFICALLY as a way to
anticipate potential terrorist attacks. Promis provides 24-hour
real-time data on stock market activity and the FBI and
Justice Department have both admitted that Promis was up
all through the summer and fall of 2001. So there is no
doubt whatsoever that as early as September. 7, the CIA knew
something was going down and knew which airlines were being
targeted. Even a third-grader could have put this information
together with the long litany of warnings above from foreign
sources and come up with the conclusion that an American
or United Airlines craft was going to be hijacked in the
near future and most likely used to crash into a landmark,
quite possibly the World Trade Center.
More smoking facts
According to the official government web
site of the Military District of Washington the Pentagon
ITSELF planned in detail
how it would respond to just such a scenario from October
24-26 2000. And this was no low-level exercise, since it
took place in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference
room. This story was run in Unknown News and picked up the
same day by Democrats.com which fortunately, kept a copy
because within 24 hours, the story –along with the
entire Military District website– was scrubbed by the
The model used in this simulation and the response
plan was developed by Don Abbott, who is the founder of FieldSoft,
a company that makes emergency-response software programs
and systems, including FdonScene. This program, according
to the FieldSoft site, "is the first –and only– fire
service, software application specifically designed for incident
commanders and their staff in-the-field. The commercial off-the-shelf
software (COTS) product is designed to support in field operations
for any type of emergency response. Basically, FDonScene
is an automated COTS tool that actively facilitates control
and coordination of people, procedures, events, and other
resources with the touch of a finger.The application is specifically
designed for fast, simple and easy use by the incident commander,
as well as members of the command staff."
Bush was without
doubt very familiar with FdonScene because it was first endorsed
by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association
while he was governor (1998). And, as the FieldSoft brochure
mentions, "FieldSoft has engineered software necessary
to integrate FDonScene with a consequence management system
under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA)." So this is definitely a program well
known to and used by the military.
Now, in light of this,
consider this fact: By a "miracle" of
coincidence, the FdonScene program had been set up and made
ready to go for use by the emergency response teams at the
WTC disaster just a few days before the disaster, as if in
anticipation. The brochure boasts: "Over 700 victims
passed through the Atlantic Highlands Ferry Port in New Jersey
following the September 11, 2001 WTC attack. Two fire departments,
three local police departments, as well as representatives
from county, state, and federal agencies were on hand to
assess and assist the victims as they embarked. Emergency
units on the scene included 40 ambulances, an FD communications
unit, a decontamination unit, and 10 pieces of fire apparatus.
A communications unit member on scene at the Port, who had
seen a ninety minute demonstration of the software a few
days earlier, brought a trial copy of FDonScene on line and
used it to track people, resources, and events. A second
person watched how the software was being used, and took
over operation of it a few hours later. Overall, the software
was operated successfully for 14 hours." Nowhere can
any reference to WHO the "unit member" was, or
who the "second person" was.
In another FieldSoft "success
story" for a different
product, the same ominous vagueness is found: "The Organization
of American States (OAS) planned a major meeting in a North
American city. Intelligence gathering operations revealed
that anarchists planned to disrupt the meeting. The local
police service evaluated a number of software systems that
could be used to help manage law enforcement activities from
the joint operations center (JOC). PDonScene was elected
3 weeks prior to the opening ceremonies." The software
was configured and in place at the JOC as delegates commenced
OAS activities. PDonScene was used throughout the 4 day event
to manage hundreds of local, provincial, and federal law
enforcement officers. The software helped law enforcement
managers successfully manage peaceful labor –and not
so peaceful anarchist– demonstrations by thousands
of people, at several different venues throughout the community. "We
[the agency] purchased the software because operation of
it looked simple," stated a JOC Staff Sergeant. That
Sergeant went on to say that "we found it [PDonScene]
exceptional in that it showed the situation in real time
with both [officer] names and call signs".
after the Bay of Pigs crisis, the Kennedy administration
allowed the FAA to pass a rule that permitted commercial
airline pilots to be armed. The rule was passed to protect
flights from possible hijacking by Cubans. Although no
airline ever availed themselves of this right, it seems very
that the rule was rescinded in July 2001, right at the
HEIGHT of the most serious terrorist warnings to be issued
sources in decades. It seems, instead, that this should
have been the time for the Bush administration to insist
pilots be armed! Just like the timing of everything that
happened in the second half of 2001, we sniff something
a lot more foul than politics
Mid-August: A flight school in
Minnesota flight reported Zacharias Missouri to the local
FBI office after Missouri
requested training in how to fly a jet, but not in how
to land or take off. Although Moussaoui was arrested, agents
did not search his computer and thus missed vital clues.
September: (from a letter from a reader): I was listening
to "The Connection" on PBS this morning. The subject
was terrorism (of course). During the show, a man called
in who said his wife was a VP at an all-girls college. Just
before 9/11, a Saudi prince called up and said to cancel
his daughter's registration for the fall and send him a refund.
On 9/11, at 9:30, Saudi security was there to pick up 3 princesses
from the school. The man said his wife called the FBI, but
they didn't pay any heed to her. Hopefully, you will hear
that from this link.
This incident most certainly was reported
to the FBI after September 11 and most clearly indicated
there could be a
Saudi connection. Yet the Bush administration has refused
to pursue an active investigation of Saudi ties to September
11 and instead focused entirely on Afghanistan –though
NONE of those responsible for September 11 came from Afghanistan,
and, as it turns out, none trained there, they all trained
in Europe or the US. However, there was nothing in it for
Bush to bomb Saudi Arabia –we already get their oil!
Laden's hunter O'Neill was killed at WTC: Was he also a casualty
of the Bush administration?
Until he resigned, in August of 2001, John O'Neill was the
director of antiterrorism for the FBI's New York office.
O'Neill had worked on the investigations of the first WTC
bombing in 1993 and the attacks on the American embassies
in Africa in 1998. He became one of the world's top experts
on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. O'Neill believed that "All
the answers, everything needed to dismantle Osama bin Laden's
organization can be found in Saudi Arabia." Yet the
Bush administration blocked O'Neill's efforts to investigate
the Saudi ties to bin Laden. The main obstacles to investigating
Islamic terrorism, asserted O'Neill, were US oil corporate
interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.
Bush blocked an FBI investigation of the bin Laden family
and kept his family's business ties to the bin
Ladens as secret as possible. Among these business dealings
were bin Laden investments in the Carlyle Group and connections
between bin Laden and George W. Bush's first oil companies.
It must have truly enraged O'Neill if he knew that Osama
bin Laden had flown to Dubai for 10 days for treatment
at the American hospital, where he was visited by local CIA
agent Larry Mitchell on July 12.
O'Neill was very well aware
of the warnings that came out in the summer of 2001. But
it was obvious that he was considered
more of a liability than an asset to the oil-obsessed Bush
administration. Back in 2000, O'Neill had been investigating
the bombing of the SS Cole, for which he was sure bin Laden
was responsible. However, the US ambassador to Yemen, one
Barbara Bodine, hamstrung FBI efforts at every turn, publicly
calling O'Neill a liar, refusing to allow his men to be
armed with more than small handguns and, in general, crippling
the investigation. Although Bodine claims she was trying
to keep diplomatic relations running smoothly, her history
Barbara Bodine has served primarily under
rightwing old boys and in areas where their oil interests
are being served.
Under Reagan she served as Deputy Principle Officer in
Baghdad, Iraq. Under Bush, Sr., she served as Deputy Chief
in Kuwait and was there during the Gulf War. She has also
worked for Bob Dole, and far more ominously, for Henry
Kissinger. Now, under Bush, Jr., she is in Yemen impeding
an FBI investigation
that focused on the son of a Bush family business associate.
makes Bodine's actions toward O'Neill particularly despicable
is that she was said to be in part to blame for the Cole
disaster. Even though she had been warned that the risk
of attacks on Americans in the Yemen area were extremely
at that time, the Cole entered port under the lowest grade
of security permitted in the Middle East with no warning
to the destroyer. A top military analyst for the Pentagon's
Defense Intelligence Agency quit in protest the day after
the bombing because of Bodine and General Anthony Zinn's
decision to allow the Cole to come into the port.
Bodine had O'Neill and the FBI barred from Yemen. About
that time, O'Neill's name had been proposed by Richard
Clarke as Clarke's successor as terrorism czar at the National
Security Council. But a very mysterious incident that had
happened nearly a year before was dredged up and used to
blow that possibility out of the water. In November of
2000, at a retirement seminar in Tampa, O'Neill left his
for a few moments in the convention room to go around the
corner to use the phone. When he returned in a few minutes,
the brief case, containing some papers considered classified,
was gone. It soon turned up, but the incident was seized
upon as an excuse to guarantee O'Neill would not get promoted.
Was it a real theft? Or a set up to squeeze out the man
who asked too many questions about Saudis and oil? O'Neill
finally had enough and quit.
Meanwhile, from February through
August, the entire time that the danger from bin Laden was
the greatest, Bush was
focusing most of his efforts on persuading the Taliban to
allow him and his oil pals put a pipeline through Afghanistan.
Bush wanted to swipe the oil-rich Caspian region from Russian
control. Back when Bush thought he could cut a deal with
the Taliban, he did not consider them "evil." In
fact, back when he smelled an easy deal in the wind, Bush
described the Taliban's repressive regime as "a source
of stability in Central Asia" that would enable the
construction of an oil pipeline. So, in Spring of 2001, in
Texas oil wheeling-dealing style, Bush handed $43 million
in taxpayer dollars over to the Taliban to sweeten the pot.
Still, however, there was no deal.
Laila Helms, the niece
of former CIA director Richard Helms, worked as a public
relations coordinator for the Taliban
at this time. According to Helms, the Taliban offered to
turn over bin Laden or provide the coordinates of his whereabouts.
However, apparently under Bush's orders, the State Department
refused this deal –a deal that would have removed Bush's
best trump terrorist card from his stacked deck. Instead,
on August 2, State Department officials met with Taliban
reps in Islamabad and there delivered this ultimatum: give
us what we want for the oil companies and we will "carpet
your with gold." If you don't, "we will bury you
beneath a carpet of bombs." The Taliban still held out.
days later, Bush was given the warning that could have,
if acted upon, saved 3,000 American lives and the thousands
of civilian lives lost in Afghanistan since October. Instead,
he chose to ignore it.
In early September, O'Neill took a job at the WTC as head
of security there. Right before the disaster, he told friends
he felt sure an attack was imminent and that he feared
that terrorists would try to finish the job they had begun
1993 to destroy the WTC. John O'Neill was in the first
tower when it was hit. He was on his way into the second
to help evacuate people when he was killed.
O'Neill must have
sensed –the best detectives have
that uncanny "sixth sense"– that something
very big, very horrendous might go down and that he might
not survive. In June and July, 2001 he met with French intelligence
analyst Jean-Charles Brisard (in June in Paris and in July
in New York City). O'Neill confided much of what he knew
about the bin Laden situation and Bush to Brisard –a
fellow intelligence officer, but one who was not under the
Bush administration's thumb. Brisard and his associate Guillaume
Dasquié, an intelligence analyst and the editor of
Intelligence Online, dedicated their book "Bin Laden:
the Forbidden Truth" (released in France in November
2001) to O'Neill. The book has been vigorously avoided by
US publishers and everyone in the mainstream US press except
Paula Zahn, who has presented excerpts of it.
History will be kind to John O'Neill. It will not be kind
to George W. Bush.
he Pentagon Tragedy: A Plot that Keeps on Thickening
of the things that has bothered me since the morning of 9/11
is how little attention the Pentagon tragedy received.
All you could hear screamed from the media and White House
for months was WTC! WTC! WTC! Heroes of Flight 93! Heroes
of Flight 93! It was an endless litany –education through
repetition. In fact, 9/11 became synonymous, almost forcibly,
with the WTC. Yet, over 200 people died at the Pentagon,
including the ill-fated passengers on Flight 77, right at
the heart of the city. Why so little focus on this tragedy?
I believe that of all the events of 9/11, the crash of Flight
77 into the Pentagon was the most telling, it was the hottest,
smokiest of the smoking guns. The key to the whole mystery
may well lie in this five-sided building built by FDR's administration.
First, here's a little long-overdue background on the Pentagon.
history of the Pentagon
When war broke out in Europe in
1939, even before the US entered the conflict, our War Department
was gearing up for
the possibility. However, there was no real home for the
Department of Defense –it was scattered across DC in
17 different buildings. Back then, there wasn't a whole lot
of red tape to cut through –when the green light was
given to come up with a place to put the DOD, by God, they
came up with a plan in four days! In this relative blink
of an eye, Brigadier General Brehon B. Somervell developed
a scheme for a three-story humongous complex capable of housing
40,000 workers (it later grew to five floors after WWII broke
out). But, Somervell's plan for a five-sided structure was
not, as one might expect, symbolic, or an effort to create
a stylized giant chevron. Instead, it was the most practical
idea that suggested itself: the 67-acre site chosen (a former
Deptartment of Agriculture Farm on the Potomac) was bound
on five sides by five existing roads. Voila! The Pentagon.
Cost estimates for the original project was $35 million –about
what a couple of out buildings for storing old munitions
might cost now! Believe it or not, the project was considered
highly controversial. Some complained that it took up land
intended for the expansion of Arlington Cemetery. Others
said the DOD shouldn't be housed outside the District of
Columbia, while some (we jaded 21st centurians would have
to laugh at this) complained that the cost was too high.
problem Congress wrangled over was what to do with the building
once WWII was over. Although some wanted to turn
it into a warehouse, most people assumed that the building
would become a veterans' hospital. It is very telling that
no one believed there would be a need for 40,000 defense
department workers after the War. That was because no one
foresaw that war was soon to become a way of life –in
one form or the other– for Americans. This shift to
an all-war (ours or someone else's we supply weapons for)
all the time focus can be traced to the Cold War mentality
that many in high places locked into during the 1950s and
never left (and has never allowed the rest of us to leave).
any case, the classic monster of a building (over 5 million
square feet!) that we call the Pentagon was begun in 1941
a few months before Pearl Harbor (the appropriations bill
was signed by FDR in August 1941). Spurred to heroic efforts
by the declaration of war in December, the construction crews –13,000
men at one point– completed the building in an astounding
16 months. As with all government projects, the final cost
was nearly three times higher than first estimates (it came
in at $83 million). Because a war was on, reinforced concrete
was used instead of steel in most of the building's structure
(in contrast to the WTC, which was a mass of steel beams).
There were no elevators –instead, concrete ramps go
between levels. The finished building consists of five nested
concentric pentagons (called rings), with a 5-acre courtyard
at the heart. The building is really a small town –with
its own shopping concourse, banks, and even its own subway
station. In 1993, the Clinton administration decided to upgrade
the Pentagon, for many reasons, not least of which was the
growing concern over terrorist attacks. In addition to new
plumbing, the upgrade included putting in heavy duty fireproofing
in the walls, reinforcing the walls, and improving security
in general. The final reconstruction strategy called for
the work to be divided into five "wedges," each
wedge encompassing a corner and a rectangle of the Building.
The first wedge to be tackled was the one facing west, covering
1.2 million square feet. By September 2000, work on this
wedge was about 70% complete.
The wedge was supposed to have
been completely done by July 2001, but, as with rebuilding
any old "house," more problems kept being uncovered.
For example, all sorts of interesting goodies were found
in the walls: a secure vault no one knew about, old whiskey
bottles (hmm, wonder who went to such lengths to hide their
booze!), and other items. Then of course, there were supports
that needed more reinforcement, asbestos to be removed, etc.
Among the improvements made to Wedge One: Blast resistant
windows and brick backup walls behind the building's limestone
outer facade. These inner walls contain a metal fabric mesh
similar to the mesh used in vehicle air bags. This mesh was
designed specifically to CONTAIN DEBRIS FRAGMENTS in the
event of a blast.
The bloody morning of September 11.
On the morning of September
11, 2001, about 20,000 people were at work in the Pentagon.
Almost no one was in Wedge
one, except workers who were moving furniture in –the
last step before the wedge was reopened for business. When
the news of the planes hitting the WTC came, Pentagon personnel
were horrified and clustered round radios and television
sets to follow the coverage. One man remembered remarking
to another worker that he feared the Pentagon was vulnerable
to all types of terrorist assaults. Then, at 9:43, there
was a huge explosion and fire and smoke rose from wedge one.
By evening, it would be known that at least 180 people had
been killed, including the 64 passengers on Flight 77.
what is wrong with the whole Pentagon disaster picture? For
starters, here are a few interesting facts:
As mentioned earlier, the Bush administration had PLENTY
of information that would lead them to believe the Pentagon
and other major national landmarks were at high risk of a
terrorist attack, especially in the summer and fall of 2001.
Many warnings had come over the previous 8 years that the
Pentagon could be a target of a terrorist attack, not only
that but part of a multiple-strike terrorist attack. In fact,
this possibility seemed so plausible that in November 2000
a disaster response exercise was held by the Military District
of DC that simulated a plane hitting the Pentagon. So, September
11 finds Bush and several other key administrators safely
removed from DC –Bush, at a Florida elementary school,
is strategically NOWHERE NEAR a national landmark that morning.
John Ashcroft has stopped flying on commercial airliners
and is in the wilds of Missouri, via private jet, fishing.
Cheney is at an "undisclosed location" (his bunker,
probably). Jeb Bush, from September 7, has the Florida National
Guard on standby. A collection of top CEOs of companies based
at the WTC are attending a charity event at Offutt Air Base
in Omaha at 8:00 AM on 9/11 (rather odd time, doncha think?) –the
same base to which Bush flees later in the same day. Rumsfeld
is at the Pentagon –but in the wedge FURTHEST from
what will be the point of impact.
So, while the Bush administration
and its pals were maneuvering into the safest possible positions,
the folks at the Pentagon
(and the workers and "expendable" CEOs at the WTC,
of course) were left to their fate, no warning given to them
at all. Given the above info on the administration's awareness
of the threat to the Pentagon, it seems reasonable to expect
that the MINUTE the news was heard about the WTC being hit
that the Pentagon should have been evacuated IMMEDIATELY
as a precaution until further notice. At the very least,
after the SECOND TOWER was hit! At that point, the multiple-strike
scenario should have been so hideously obvious. Yet the workers
were left at their posts like sitting ducks. Was this incompetence,
intent to kill, or was it something else?
Let's try applying
a different hypothesis and see how the pieces fit. HYPOTHESIS:
That person or persons unknown in
the Bush administration were involved in planning the attack
on the Pentagon. Let's examine the likely objectives of
the Perpetrator(s) and their objectives according to this
compared to actual events.
A. Minimize loss of life while creating a terrorist event
of frightening proportions
ACTUAL EVENTS: 1. Published reports
following 9/11 say the number of passengers on all four hijacked
flights was remarkably
light –under half capacity. There were just 64 people
on Flight 77. (Possible modus operandi: One writer has theorized
that a computer hacker could have manipulated the bookings
for these flights in such a way that they would appear to
have been full after a reasonable number of people and thus
no more passengers could be accepted.)
2. The plane struck the almost empty, but newly reinforced,
fire resistant wedge. In fact, the plane underwent an elaborate
maneuver to be able to line its trajectory up with Wedge
One –not only that, but to strike the newly reinforced,
collapse-resistant WALL in wedge one. A suicide pilot would
likely have made a beeline for the building and done a nosedive
into the top, which would have caused more damage.
3. No one in the Pentagon had been put on alert –from
the time of the Bush's receipt of the August 6 memo to the
morning of 9/11, when, for over 40 minutes, it was known
that a hijacked plane-turned-bomb was in the air.
In their own sick way, the perpetrators tried to keep the
loss of life minimized. They kept the number
of passengers on the planes to a minimum, then made sure
the plane would hit Wedge One, a well-reinforced fire-resistant
area where few people would be that day. In addition, they
did not issue alerts because they assumed emergency evacuation
might place workers in greater danger– many may actually
have sought shelter, ironically, in the newly reinforced
Wedge. (In an interesting side note, it has been pointed
out by some observers that the planes that hit the WTC seemed
to aim for the top 1/4 of the towers, as if to avoid destroying
the towers and, again, in a bizarre, perverted way, to minimize
loss of life).
B. Eliminate any trace of the plane –a challenge because
of the special mesh in the new wall designed to capture any
ACTUAL EVENTS: 1. Flight 77 was a Boeing 757,
an aircraft that is about 60 feet long, with a wingspan of
Yet, it appears to have left essentially not a trace of material
inside the building. Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl III,
Air Force, gave this first hand account of the crash site: "No
one could believe the catastrophic damage –it was horrible.
A whole wedge had collapsed; the aircraft had penetrated
about three of the five rings of the building. There wasn't
a single piece of the jet to be seen anywhere".
2. Several accounts and filmed shots of the event suggest
an explosion OUTSIDE the wedge. Construction foreman Joe
Harrington, standing in parking lot near the impact point
said: "It seemed like it made impact just before the
wedge. It was like a Hollywood movie or something."
3. Although there was seismic activity associated with the
WTC event and Flight 93, both of which involved direct impacts
with a solid object, no significant seismic activity was
recorded for the Pentagon explosion (lack of detected waves
was confirmed by forensic seismologists with the US, Geological
CONCLUSION: The plane exploded and was essentially
vaporized the split second before actual impact with the
actually struck and penetrated the Wedge was not the solid
body of the plane but a fireball from the explosion –moving
forward with the combined momentum of the moving plane and
the explosion. Because the actual explosion occurred in the
air and the destruction in the building was due to the fireball
and to implosive forces and not a solid-solid impact, there
was no seismic activity.
3. You do not want this airplane intercepted or shot down,
because your plot would be revealed if too much evidence
becomes accessible (even in the form of plane fragments).
EVENTS: 1. The transponder in this plane was turned off –a
move seen by investigators as a highly sophisticated action
on the part of the hijackers. This renders the plane
untraceable by ground control. (I believe there was another
reason for this –see below).
2. Even though it was known by about 08:55 that Flight 77
had been hijacked and that the Pentagon could be a target,
no defensive moves were made to protect the Pentagon. F-16s
were finally scrambled into the air, but too late. These
planes, by the way, were scrambled out of Langley Airforce
base. While Langley is about 130 miles southwest of the Pentagon,
Bolling AFB just across the Potomac from the Pentagon, is
at most 5 miles southeast while Andrews is 10 miles. The
Langley F-16 left the ground two minutes before the Pentagon
was hit. In any case, I find it extremely hard to believe
that the most important military command structure in the
US is not defended by surface to air missiles! I mean, we
are supposed to believe that there are antiaircraft weapons
atop the White House but NOT deployed anywhere near the Pentagon?
Give us a break!
4. You want to make absolutely sure that this is a precision
hit –nothing left to chance.
ACTUAL EVENTS: 1. Eyewitness
observers say that Flight 77 performed a 180-degree "G" turn
before diving for the center of the long wall of Wedge One.
The plane was estimated
to be rocketing at an estimated speed of 400 mph. Several
experienced pilots have claimed that the final maneuver of
the 757 could not have been performed by a human pilot because
of the tremendous G-forces that would have been exerted,
rending even the simplest movements exceedingly difficult
(picture your arms each suddenly weighing about 100 pounds
and each finger about 10).
2. Eyewitnesses and the evidence of a security camera show
a fiery explosion OUTSIDE the wall.
3. The transponder was OFF.
CONCLUSION: The plane was remotely
controlled by a command transmitter system at least in the
final minutes. There was
an explosive device on board, which was detonated immediately
before impact, probably remotely controlled as well. The
timing, trajectory, etc, may have been generated by a software
program of some sort that could work this out to the millisecond.
The plane's own transponder would have had to have been turned
off so that it's operation would not interfere with a second
transponder placed aboard by the perpetrators –a transponder
designed to pick up the signal of a command system transmitter
operated somewhere in the area. Or, of course, the plane's
own transponder was not actually off –it was just changed
to a new setting. In any case, turning the transponder off
would not have helped the hijackers to hide from the battery
of sophisticated radars encircling DC, so this motivation
(hiding from radars) does not make any sense. Here is a description
of an advanced, "fully mobile" CTS built Systems
Planning Corp, the CEO of whih is Bush's undersecretary of
defense and long time Texas pal Dov Zakheim.
While the workers in the Pentagon who were
to die on 9/11 were putting in their last week, serving their
at the nation's military nerve center, one of the co-perpetrators
of WTC was walking the same halls, escorted as the special
guest of the Bush administration.
September 4: Lt. General
Mahmoud Ahmad, former director of the ISI (the Pakistani
version of the CIA), arrives
In the days leading up to 9/11. Ahmad spent time in
the State Department, at CIA headquarters, and at the Pentagon.
long before arriving in D.C., Ahmad had overseen the
wiring of $100,000 to Mohammad Atta, one of the hijackers
one of the planes striking the WTC. This revelation
made in October, after 9/11 by Indian intelligence
reported in the Times of India. The news was not reported
by US officials or American journalists.
What does India know?
September 9: While Ahmad was in DC,
Commander Ahmad Shah Masood, leader of the Afghan Northern
Alliance, was assassinated
by persons connected to the ISI. The 47-year old Masood was
a wildly popular, charismatic leader known to Afghans as
the "Lion of Panjsher." His biggest goal: the true
freedom and independence of Afghans. Fiercely independent
and anti-interventionist, he would most certainly have opposed
the Bush administration's war plans and would not have played
ball with any oil pipeline scheme. The Cold War Clan (as
I call the Bushes, Kissinger, Rumsfeld and the rest of the
power-hungry old fossils in charge) have never had a use
for charismatic leaders –look what happened to Allende...or
Kennedy, for that matter.
From all of the accumulated evidence,
there is little doubt in my mind that Indian intelligence
has the goods on the
Bush administration. It was Indian intelligence that "discovered" the
links between ISI's Mahmoud Ahmad and the WTC attacks. We
suspect this connection was, of course, already known to
the Bush administration, which, for all anyone knows, supplied
the $100,000. But, according to several sources, Indian intelligence
knows far more than this. One Dehli government source told
a reporter with Agence France Press last October: "The
evidence we have supplied to the US [re: the ISI-WTC connection]
is of a much wider range and depth than just one piece of
paper linking a rogue general to some misplaced act of terrorism." So,
if India is the potential source of Bush's downfall, then
what better way to silence India than to threaten her, via
our now totally dependent "ally" Pakistan (complete
with its fraudulently elected president), with nuclear annihilation?
Alternatively, is this latest "global world crisis" merely
yet another Bush-engineered ploy designed to divert attention
away from the real danger –THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION?
By inducing Musharraf to trump up a "confrontation" with
India and convincing the world that nuclear war may be impending,
Rumsfeld and Bush can appear to "ride" to the rescue...it
also affords them a slick way to get US troops out of the
area. In short, whatever this latest scenario is, you can
be sure it isn't what it appears to be. Like everything else
about this administration.
FINAL TIMELINE: The Events, Planes
and Players of September 11. Putting It All Together
Psychologists say during the Vietnam war, soldiers were
more prone to PTSD than their WWII counterparts in large
because of the way post-action reentry was handled. Vietnam
vets were shuffled from the front right back to the states
-usually alone, and expected to jump right into life, but
often in an atmosphere of tension where they were viewed
with suspicion and contempt. There was no time for real
healing. The nation was in turmoil; home was not a peaceful
believe that since 9/11, Americans have been suffering from
a case of collective PTSD. After 9/11, Bush immediately
seized on America's fears - instead of helping the nation
to heal, to be TRULY united, he whipped up anger, fanned
paranoia, created a much deeper divide while forcing people
to feel they must give lip service to the new "brand" of
patriotism. We were wounded casualties with nowhere to go
to lick our wounds, no atmosphere of hope and security to
help soothe our minds and spirits. Instead, we were under
constant attack - just like Vietnam vets on those endless
missions in the jungle that never seemed to gain any real
ground. There was one vague threat after the other; one basic
right after the other stripped away leaving us to feel chronically
Then there was the war against Afghanistan.
This frenzy of revenge forced us to mobilize and to push
aside any misgivings
or (for some of us), to suffer sleepless nights worrying
about the consequences of a war we felt was wrong. The
weeks, then months, following 9/11 were, in short, a period
stress for all Americans. As a result, many people now
say they can't really remember what the specific events were
surrounding 9/11 -some can't even remember seeing the time
line, though timelines were run in nearly every newspaper
and magazine right after the tragedy.
I think this stress-amnesia
syndrome may very well be why George Bush has had such
a cakewalk until recently. He took
advantage of an entire nation that was numbed by shock
and grief and unable to defend itself as it might otherwise
done. In short, we couldn't see the sleight of hand through
the blur of tears.
Now we are coming to, shaking off the fog that has confused
us and seeing the facts clearly -for the first time, really,
Here, presented as clearly as possible for
Americans ready to look with cooler heads and drier eyes
are the events,
players and planes of 9/11.
Who Was Responsible for What on
the Day of September 11, 2001?
The responsibility for protecting America's
skies from terrorist attack falls upon the North American
(NORAD, also simply called the "Space Command.").
Established in 1958, NORAD is a US-Canadian command that
provides warning of missile and air attack against both member
nations, according to the organization's Web site. In the
Eastern US, NORAD has at its disposal, several Air Force
Bases from which F-16s and F-15s can be scrambled at a moment's
notice. Among these bases are Otis AFB in Cape Cod, Mass,
Hancock AFB in Syracuse, NY -home of the 174 Fighter Wing
of F-16's- Andrews AFB just outside DC, and Langley AFB in
Eastern Virginia. NORAD's mission statement on its website
The Northeast Air Defense Air Sector's area of responsibility
covers more than one-half million square miles of airspace
including that over New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago
and other major metropolitan areas."
THE CHAIN OF COMMAND
DURING A TERRORIST ATTACK:
A: The FAA
reports hijackings and other threats to NORAD's First Air
Force Commander, who is based in Tyndall, FLA.
On Sept. 11, this was Gen. Larry K. Arnold.
B: The First Air Force Commander then relays this info to
The Commander in Chief (CINC) of NORAD. On 9/11, this was
Gen. Ralph "Ed" Eberhardt
C: In a grave situation where force seems warranted, the
CINC reports to the Commander in Chief......George Bush.
Also notified are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and
acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard B.
The fact that NORAD was well aware that a major
attack was a possibility is made obvious by the command's
well before Sept. 11, for a major exercise, slated for
June 4, 2002. This is from a NORAD announcement:
On June 4, 2002, the North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD) will sponsor a multi-agency, bi-national exercise,
Amalgam Virgo 02, involving an airborne terrorism scenario
over the United States and Canada. The exercise, which was
planned prior to the events of Sept. 11, is designed to allow
many US and Canadian agencies to test, improve and validate
their coordination and operational procedures."
Regardless of what warnings Bush may have received, NORAD
was well aware of the threat to American skies. The Planes
and Players of 9/11
F-16: (Fighting Falcon) From USAF
Fact Sheet: "The F-16
Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft.
It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air
combat and air-to-surface attack his highly maneuverable
aircraft." The craft can go from zero to 500 mph in
about 2 minutes. It's top speed is about 1,500 mph, while
its typical cruising speed is nearly 600 mph. In other words,
if a plane had been scrambled from Andrews, just 10 miles
away as the crow (or F-16) flies, it would have been able
to engage Flight 77 within 15 minutes from the time the call
came in. To decide to scramble a plane out of Langley seems
to indicate just one thing: help was intentionally delayed
by 10 minutes.
F-15 (Eagle): (from Air Force Fact Sheet): "The F-15
Eagle is an all- weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical
fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain
air superiority in aerial combat." This plane can reach
a maximum astounding speed of 1,875 mph.
The time required from the notification to scramble to one
of these planes being airborne and at top speed is about
The Bush administration had in place, on Sept.
11 in the top five posts relevant to the terrorist attack,
totally support the administration's vision for a "Star
Wars" style military, for the militarization of space
and the merging of the military with domestic law enforcement
agencies into one big "Homeland Security" entity.
The five top players were: Larry K. Arnold, First Air Force
Commander of NORAD, Ralph "Ed" Eberhardt, Commander-in-Chief
of NORAD, Richard B. Myers, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of
Defense, and George W. Bush.
George W. Bush: Guess we don't
need to add much here, except to say that Bush did not make
it plain to the public at any
time since 9/11 that HE was the person that, according to
the established chain of command, called the final shots
Donald Rumsfeld: Of course, we know all about Mr. Rumsfeld's
lust for power. He is a good pal of Ralph Eberhardt and,
in fact, in May of 2001, said Eberhardt was his first choice
for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rumsfeld is one
of the architects of the military-police complex.
Larry K. Arnold: Has, since 9/11, helped in the push toward
the militarization of America. On February 20, 2002, gave
a talk on "Homeland Defense" at the SpaceComm 2002
conference in Colorado that had as its topic: "Shaping
Information Operations and Space Leadership" i.e. -the
extension of the military not just into the "Homeland," but
Ralph "Ed" Eberhardt: Eberhardt is a fanatical
supporter of the Missile defense scheme and the militarization
of space. In fact, in May, 2001, Eberhardt said in a speech
that he believed control of space was America's "destiny"!
Eberhardt is also an enthusiastic supporter of the merging
of law enforcement and the military and making technology
such as military spy satellites available to police.
B. Myers: Less than three weeks after Bush received the now-
famous memo of August 6, Myers was named by Bush
to the top post in the US military: Chairman of Joints Chief
of Staff. This is what a non-American (and thus less spun)
news source (Pravda) had to say about that appointment: "Gen.
Myers was chosen for the job precisely because his views
are shared by both of his bosses, President George W. Bush
and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He is considered
an active advocate of deploying the National Missile Defense
program. He told a news conference that he would be working
on the materialization of the idea "relentlessly" and "with
his sleeves rolled up." Right after 9/11, Myers was
caught in a lie when he claimed that no orders were given
re: launching aircraft until AFTER the Pentagon was hit, "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." However, Marine Corps Maj. Mike Snyder
of NORAD told a Boston Globe reporter that the command had
been told about the hijacking 10 minutes before the first
plane hit the first World Trade Center tower. Snyder said
the fighters remained on the ground until after the Pentagon
was hit, even though "fighters routinely intercept aircraft."
7:59: American airlines flight 11,
a Boeing 767 takes off from Logan Airport in Boston with
92 people, headed for Los
8:01: United Airline Flight 93, a Boeing 757, bound for San
Francisco, is delayed for 40 minutes on run way, with 45
people on Board.
8:13: Boston Ground control loses contact with Flight 11
First red flag for Flight 11.
8:14: United Flight 175, a Boeing 767, takes off from Logan
for Los Angeles with 65 passengers.
8:17: American Airlines Flight 77 (Boeing 757) leaves Dulles
in D.C. headed for Los Angeles with 64 passengers.
8:20: Flight 11 reaches the Hudson River in NY and stops
transmitting its IFF signal. Second Red flag for flight 11.
Had Bush put the airlines on high alert after August 6 when
he received the warning, there is no doubt at all that these
warnings would have evoked at very different response...if,
indeed, the hijackers had even gotten that far (under a high
alert, they very well may have been apprehended at the airports).
8:24: Hijackers on Flight 11 accidentally broadcasts warning
to the passengers over its radio: "Everything will be
OK. If you try to make any moves, you'll endanger yourself
and the airplane. Just stay quiet." Third Red Flag for
8:25: Boston air traffic controllers notify other air traffic
control centers of hijacking. Why wasn't NORAD (North American
Aerospace Defense Command) notified at this time?
8:27: Flight 11 heads south toward Manhattan; flight attendant
Betty Ong calls American Airlines reservations and reports
that two flight attendants had been stabbed and a passenger
had had his throat slashed. She identifies the seat numbers
of the hijackers. Fourth red flag for flight 11 - this one
a BLOODY RED and wildly waving, yet it will be about 10 minutes
AFTER THIS before NORAD is notified.
8:33: Last transmission from Flight 11: Hijacker is heard
telling passengers not to move.
8:38: Boston Air Traffic control notifies NORAD that Flight
11 has been hijacked.
8:42: Flight 175 is hijacked. It begins to make a U-turn
over New Jersey, reading for its northward assault on Manhattan.
8:42: Flight 93 takes off from Newark International Airport,
headed for San Francisco.
8:43: FAA notifies NORAD that Flight 175 has been hijacked.
8:44: Two F-15 eagles are ordered scrambled out of Otis Air
National Guard Base in Cape Cod. If NORAD had been notified
(or was it??) at 8:27, when the plane was obviously hijacked
and heading to NYC, an F-16 from Otis or Griffis would have
been about 10 minutes from Manhattan at this point. In addition,
since the WTC was high on the list of known targets, and
since some of the warnings to Bush indicated airplanes could
be used as "bombs," the WTC should have been given
an alert and the building evacuated. If evacuation had started
at 8:30, there would have been no one in the upper floors
when the first plane hit and the loss of life would have
8:45: Flight 11 strikes WTC's north tower at the 80th floor.
8:46: Flight 175 stops transmitting beacon signal.
8:52: Two F-15 eagles take off from Otis. If F-15s had been
scrambled from Otis at 8:27, they would now be in a position
to engage the hijacked flight 175 headed for the WTC.
8:56: Flight 77's transponder is cut. If F-15s had been scrambled
from Otis at 8:27, they would now be in a position to engage
the hijacked flight 175 headed for the WTC.
9:00: United Airlines learns that Flight 93 flying over western
PA may be in process of being hijacked.
9:00: Flight 77 makes U turn and heads back for Washington.
This is when the FAA should have notified NORAD, and NORAD
should have ordered F-16s into the air FROM ANDREWS. If they
had, by 9:15, F-16s may have been in a position to deflect
Flight 77 AWAY from DC altogether.
9:02: Flight 175 strikes the WTC at the 60th floor.
9:16: FAA informs NORAD that Flight 93 may have been hijacked.
9:17: Federal Aviation Administration closes all airports.
9:24: FAA notifies NORAD that Flight 77 is hijacked.
9:24: NORAD orders three F-16s scrambled from Langley. The
timing here is absolutely diabolical. It is EXACTLY not enough
time for either a jet from Langley, which will be 10 minutes
too late, or one from Andrews, which would have had just
about 3 minutes between reaching the airspace over D.C. and
dealing with the incoming Boeing 757. That Langley was chosen
indicates a FEAR that in that 3 minutes a good pilot from
Andrews just might have succeeded in aborting the disaster,
despite the split second time frame.
9:25: Air traffic controllers notify Secret Service as Flight
77 makes dramatic maneuver just south of the Pentagon.
9:29: Bush, at Booker Elementary school says an "apparent
terrorist attack" under way. No orders are give to evacuate
any buildings in D.C., or to even urge residents and workers
to seek shelter.
9: 40: Three F-16 fighting falcons take off from Langley.
They reach Washington by 9:55, moving at least 550 mph. -
the trip takes 14 minutes. The time from Andrews to D.C.:
under 2 minutes. The time from Bolling: almost instantaneous
Not only is this a tragedy for the victims of the Pentagon,
it was unspeakably cruel to those pilots, who, thanks to
their delayed orders, have to live with the crushing feeling
of having been 15 minutes too late. Here is a description
of Andrews from its 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." Yet Bush chooses Langley.
9:43: Plane crashes into Pentagon - a full 40 minutes after
being reported hijacked and the likelihood of its being used
as a weapon of mass destruction obvious. You will notice
that now, everything seems to start happening - it seems
as if everything were put on hold until the Pentagon was
9:45: White House Evacuates.
9:57: Bush leaves Florida.
10:05: South Tower of World Trade Center collapses.
10:08: Armed agents deployed around White House.
10:10: Penn plane crashes, part of Pentagon collapses.
10:13-10:45: federal buildings in D.C. evacuated.
10:28: WTC north tower collapses.
10:46: Colin Powell heads for D.C. from Latin America. Again,
notice that Powell is in Latin America, Bush is in Florida,
Ashcroft in Missouri, and Rumsfeld in the part of the Pentagon
most remote from the impact point.
1:04: Bush speaks from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
1:27: State of emergency declared in D.C.
1:44: warships from VA are deployed to protect coastline.
2:00: Bush at Offutt AFB in Omaha NE. - this is not revealed
until almost 4:00 pm. Also at Offutt that day from 8:00 am
on, are several CEOs -at a "charity event" that
just happens to be held at a SECURE AIR FORCE BASE? And it
just happens that several of the CEOs WOULD HAVE BEEN at
the WTC had they not been at Offutt.
6:54: Bush back in White House.
8:30: Bush addresses nation.
ADDITIONAL TIMELINE NOTES
Oct. 1: Richard B. Myers Officially Becomes the Number One
Man in the US Military.
April 2002: Ralph Eberhardt is proposed as "supreme
commander" of Northcom, the mega-military entity pushed
for by the Bush Administration.
Putting It All Together:
Putting It All Together With the
hotlines that exist between these offices, the time that
it would take from the moment
the FAA put in its call to Arnold for Bush to respond (allowing
2 minutes tops per communication) would have been roughly
6 minutes, plus or minus as minute or two. The FAA called
NORAD at 8:38 am about the first hijacking. It was 6 minutes
later - right within the above timing estimates made above
-that two F-15s were ordered - by Bush - to be scrambled
from Otis AFB. The evidence clearly shows that Bush had
decided AHEAD OF TIME how to handle Flight 77. The FAA call
that Flight 77 had been hijacked was made at 9:24 -it was
at 9:24 that the order to scramble planes from LANGLEY
This means this move had already been authorized
by BUSH. How could he have pre-authorized such a response
had 1) been told about the plane some minutes before when
it was obvious to NORAD's radar system that the plane was
headed for DC (NORAD did not require an active transponder
on Flight 77 to track the plane), or 2) Bush knew before
9/11 that a plane would be hitting the Pentagon at around
9:45 am. Bush also had the authority, at all times after
8:44 (when he obviously gave his first orders re: Otis)
to call for an evacuation of the WTC and, at the LATEST,
9:24 to order federal buildings and landmarks in D.C. to
be evacuated. Had he made these orders, hundreds of lives
would have been saved. Even if the order to evacuate the
second tower of the WTC had been made by 8:50, that precious
12 minutes would have made all the difference to hundreds
of WTC workers. The Pentagon workers would have had nearly
15 minutes to evacuate if a call had come in by even 9:30.
he had seen the warnings throughout the summer, and the last,
strongest one on August 6, he should have been
completely prepared for every scenario he had been briefed
on and read to take decisive, urgent action to save lives.
But he didn't. Instead, as Pentagon workers sat at their
desks or moved down the halls, oblivious to the impending
danger, at 9:29, Bush had just finished reading the Hungry,
Hungry Caterpillar and was getting ready to announce that
an "apparent" terrorist attack was underway. Apparent?
let's take a look for a moment at the bigger picture: From
the first, the plan of the Bush administration has been
to extend military power into space while creating a domestic
police state in the name of "Homeland Security. In this
scheme, the line between military and police would be blurred.
Elements of the CIA, which has traditionally worked more
with the military, have now been folded into the FBI, while
yet more restrictions on the power of the agencies over ordinary
citizens have been removed. For a grim picture of where Bush
et al were trying to take America as of August, 2001, see "The
Next Battlefield," by Jack Hitt. Here's an excerpt from
The political attention devoted to national missile defense,
which is an updated version of President Reagan's Strategic
Defensive Initiative, has obscured its larger purpose. According
to the Strategic Master Plan, N.M.D. is but one part of a
triad of technologies -along with improved space surveillance
and anti-satellite offensive weaponry- that, the Air Force
hopes, will lead to total "space control." George
Friedman, an intelligence consultant and the author of "The
Future of War," calls the national missile defense plan
a "Trojan horse" for the real issue: the coming
weaponization of space. The cost of expanding our space assets
is only now beginning to show itself. Many of the specific
systems for space have had their budgets increased in President
(G.W.) Bush's first defense-spending."
The three major
proponents of this "new military":
Richard B. Myers, Ralph Eberhardt, and Donald Rumsfeld.
However, in the summer of 2001, the American public's support
for the Bush administration's schemes, in general, was weak
and waning fast. In August, 2001 Bush's approval rating had
slumped to under 50%. However, within just a few weeks of
9/11, with virtually no opposition from Congress, Myers had
been confirmed as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
By Nov. 2001, Homeland Security had been established, and
the Patriot Act been passed. By April 2002 - Rumsfeld, Myers
and Eberhardt had announced the formation of NORTHCOM, the
mega military complex that consolidated their power Here's
an excerpt from an April 18, 2002 article in the Boston Globe:
Air Force General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, who was responsible for drafting the new
command plan -and who calls the establishment of the new
command the most significant structural change in his 37
years in uniform- said yesterday that the Northern Command
(NORTHCOM) 'takes the various homeland security missions
being performed by various combatant commanders and some
agencies and puts them under one commander [to] bring unity
and focus to the mission.' Air Force General Ralph E. Eberhardt
is slated to head the new command, which will also include
oversight of NORAD and the territorial defense missions of
In short, 9/11 was used as a springboard
for the pre-9/11 Bush scheme. The steps taken in the name
of Homeland security
that were done in the name of 9/11 were actually already
planned well before that event. It was the event that made
it possible to implement them. If you want to get an idea
of where this merger between the military and law enforcement
is headed, how about this statement made by Ralph Eberhardt
at the Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs in early
2002: "Over time we can leverage our space assets to
support homeland security and law enforcement. " So,
for example, does this mean the use of military satellites
to spy on citizens?
Now ponder this point: Since Bush took
office, he has richly rewarded every single person who
helped him substantially,
usually with top posts or the legislation they wanted.
After 9/11, we see Myers and Eberhardt moving up into top
of incredible power. What were they being rewarded for?
back to 9/11. The simple fact is, if Bush had not ignored
the August 6 (and earlier) warnings of terrorist strikes,
and had instead acted decisively and responsibly, the scenario
that unfolded on 9/11 would have been very different. First
of all, on high alert, the airports may have screened passengers
more carefully - some or all of the hijackers may have
failed to get aboard their target aircraft. Secondly, if
succeeded in boarding the craft, the FAA would have been
in a state of readiness for a serious event. At 8:25 AM,
Boston FAA would have immediately called NORAD, who would
have been in readiness, perhaps even with preauthorized
orders from Bush. The WTC would have been on high alert from
6 on and an evacuation could have been undertaken as early
as 8:30 - time enough to save countless lives.
Bush did not warn the public. When called by NORAD, he
failed to respond in a way designed to save lives.
In short, the trail of smoke from the smoking gun leads
ultimately...and unavoidably, back to G. W. Bush.
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