911 COVERUP PANEL TAKES A DIVE
Sat Jun 19, 2004 17:03
911 COVERUP PANEL TAKES A DIVE
In an ignominious capitulation to the White House the leaders of the 9/11
Commission traded two and a half hours of testimony by Condoleeza Rice in public
under oath in exchange for a written promise not to ask anymore White House
persons to testify in public or under oath. It is not clear who this includes
but no doubt comprises all cabinet level officials.
There are a number of questions which either have not been asked or to which
answers have not been forthcoming or what answers have been provided are
contradictory and confusing.
Rice is not likely to shed any light on the situation. Given her previous public
pronouncements. She is either a not too accomplished liar, stupid, completely
out of any loop on terrorist information or all of the above.
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld needs to be recalled to clear up the confusion about
the scrambling of jets. Most researchers, including this one, had assumed the
longstanding procedure for scrambling jets whenever air traffic control reported
a suspected or actual hijacking or lost contact with a plane was still in place
on 9/11. Conflicting timelines provided by the FAA, NORAD and DOD did not agree
on when the FAA reported the hijackings or when the jets were actually scrambled
(too late to have done any good even if they could have found and identified the
This led researchers to reason that someone must have given an order not to
follow the longstanding procedure. Thus the hunt began for the person who gave
the order for the jets to “stand down.” In the June 2002 issue of Aviation Now,
it was finally disclosed that the longstanding procedure was not in place on
9/11! It had been superseded by an instruction from the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff issued on June 1, 2001. The new procedure called for the FAA
administrator (at that time Jane Garvey), not air traffic control, to contact
NORAD and request military assistance. NORAD then was to determine what
resources (jets) were available and then contact the National Military Command
Center (NMCC) which in turn would get the personal approval of the Secretary of
Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) for authority to scramble the jets.
Rumsfeld says he was at his desk in the Pentagon and had no knowledge of any
hijackings until the Pentagon was hit. (Did he have his phone off the hook?)
Finally Maj. Gen. Larry Arnold, commander of the Continental U.S. Norad Region (Conar),
at Tyndall AFB, Fla. issued the order to scramble two jets from Otis Air
ForceBase saying he would get the required approval (from Rumsfeld) later. The
jets arrived in the New York area after a hijacked plane hit the second tower.
Rumsfeld and others need to explain why such a cumbersome and time-consuming
procedure, with all its built-in delays, was instituted. Especially since the
knowledge was wide spread that Islamic terrorists had plans (including Project
Bojinka) to hijack commercial jets and crash them into the Pentagon, WTC, Sears
Tower and other targets.
In recent days, news reports have disclosed a number of warnings US intelligence
received about hijacked commercial planes. This is what the spooks call a
limited hangout. By the time these warnings are acknowledged officially (perhaps
in the 9/11 commission report) they will be dismissed as “old news.” See this
author’s June 18, 2002 archived article (available at the URL below), “Bojinka,
The Dog That Didn’t Bark.”
Over the period of five years, from 1996 to 2001, the FBI made numerous
inquiries about suspected bin Laden associates taking pilot training in at least
four flight schools in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. The last inquiry
took place at the Airman Flight School in Norman Oklahoma just three weeks
before the Sept. 11 disaster.
The next scheduled public hearings that will focus on “failures in intelligence”
and law enforcement will be April 13-14.
Scheduled witnesses include Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Attorney
General Janet Reno, CIA Director George Tenet, FBI Director Robert Mueller and
former FBI Director Louis Freeh If the White House allows them to testify in
public and the right questions are asked (don’t count on either) we may learn
As for Condoleeza Rice, her performance tomorrow may determine how soon she
The 9/11 disaster did not result from an intelligence failure. It was caused by
refusal of high government officials in both the Clinton and Bush
administrations to act on the knowledge they had, for whatever reason
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