have demonstrated that normal air safety and
air defense measures were not employed on
September 11th. This is extraordinary because
9-11 was the only day that four airplanes
were hijacked in the U.S., not to mention
the only day that three planes crashed into
key buildings in New York City and Washington,
have argued that this stand-down of the air
protection systems could not have occurred
absent the involvement of top officials. We
have named George Walker Bush, Donald Rumsfeld
and General Richard B. Myers.
these three men?
in the U.S. military stems from a person's
position in the military chain-of-command.
The President and the Secretary of Defense
are the two top positions in the military
chain-of-command. The Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff is part of the communications
chain and can be given specific responsibilities
by the President and/or Secretary of Defense.
On 11 September, George Bush was President.
Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense.
And General Richard B. Myers was Acting Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
three men had critical responsibilities for
the protection of New York and Washington,
DC that day. According to the information
which is publicly available, they shirked
behavior, as described in the media, presents
the appearance of bewilderment, naiveté and
lack of preparedness. But we shall prove this
appearance was contrived.
us begin at the top of the chain-of-command.
9-11 President Bush was in Sarasota, Florida
on the second day of a two-day tour. Bush's
plans for that day were publicly known in
people are confused concerning what President
Bush knew and when he knew it that morning.
reason for this confusion is that, later on,
Ari Fleischer, Bush's press secretary, Richard
Cheney, his Vice President and President Bush
himself issued contradictory accounts of what
Bush did that morning.
newspaper and TV people were with President
Bush in Florida on September 11. Their eyewitness
reports paint a clear picture.
this section of the Summary of Evidence, we
a) establish what Bush and his staff knew
prior to his entering the classroom at the
Booker School and
b) consider some implications.
future sections we will examine Bush's actual
visit to the Booker School and his departure
from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
in Florida later that morning. We will also
examine the cover stories floated, later on,
by Fleischer, Cheney and by President Bush
KNEW ABOUT THE FIRST CRASH BEFORE ENTERING
Press reporter Sonya Ross was one of the journalists
covering Bush's trip to Florida on the morning
of 9-11. Ms. Ross was either on her way to
the Booker School or already there when she
learned of the first WTC crash:
cell phone rang as President Bush's motorcade
coursed toward Emma E. Booker Elementary
School in Sarasota, Fla. A colleague reported
that a plane had crashed into the World
Trade Center in New York. No further information.
called the AP desk in Washington, seeking
details. Same scant information. But I knew
it had to be grim. I searched for a White
House official to question, but none was
on hand until 9:05 a.m. "
Ross 'searched for a White House official'
because she knew Bush's people would be better
informed than the Associated Press.
TRAVELS WITH A POWERFUL STAFF
Bush is not an ordinary person. He travels
with an entire staff. They are responsible
for receiving, filtering and conveying administrative
and military information. Chief of Staff Andrew
Card organizes and coordinates these staff
members and communicates with the President.
In addition, Bush has the Secret Service,
which is responsible for his safety.
members of this support team have the best
communications equipment in the world. They
maintain contact with, or can easily reach,
Bush's cabinet, the National Military Command
Center (NMCC) in the Pentagon, the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), and Secret
Service agents who have stayed behind at the
White House, etc.
the President's information system is far
more extensive and sophisticated than what
is available to a reporter, it seems more
than plausible that by the time Ms. Ross heard
about the first WTC crash - that is, as the
Bush motorcade was speeding to Booker Elementary
School - the president already knew about
this tragic event. Public sources confirm
journalist John Cochran was traveling with
the President. He reported on ABC TV on Tuesday
as you know, the president's down in Florida
talking about education. He 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. His first event is about half an
hour at an elementary school in Sarasota,
'ABC News' Special Report
Bush knew about the first WTC incident before
leaving his hotel.
else did he know?
John Cochran reports that President Bush did
not respond to Andrew Card. It is inconceivable
that a living person could be told that a
plane had just ploughed into the biggest building
in New York and have no response. So Bush
must have known before Card whispered in his
This is confirmed by the fact that shortly
after Card spoke to him, Bush told a reporter
that he would make a statement later. Bush
would not have said that without discussing
the situation with his Chief of Staff and
BUSH KNOW THE WTC CRASH WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK?
question is answered by something Vice President
Richard Cheney revealed, probably unwittingly,
on MEET THE PRESS, Sunday, September 16th.
without John Cochran's report on ABC, Cheney's
comments constitute evidence that before President
Bush went to the Booker School he knew a plane
had been hijacked and then crashed into the
was talking with MEET THE PRESS journalist
Tim Russert about the flight path of American
Flight 77, which struck the Pentagon. Here's
PRES. CHENEY: ...As best we can tell, they
[American Flight 77] came initially at the
White House and...
RUSSERT: The plane actually circled the
PRES. CHENEY: Didn't circle it, but was
headed on a track into it. The Secret Service
has an arrangement with the F.A.A. They
had open lines after the World Trade Center
RUSSERT: Tracking it by radar.
PRES. CHENEY: And when it entered the danger
zone and looked like it was headed for the
White House was when they grabbed me and
evacuated me to the basement... (Etc.)"
MEET THE PRESS Transcript
stopped before completing his sentence. But
it is obvious that the sentence should have
ended with the word 'hit' or something similar.
Secret Service has an arrangement with the
F.A.A. They had open lines after the World
Trade Center was hit."
Secret Service had a special connection with
the FAA so that it could rapidly access information
relevant to the President's safety. After
the first WTC attack, the connection between
the FAA and the Secret Service was elevated
to the level of open lines.
a similar fashion, orders issued by the FAA
and the Joint Chiefs of Staff require heightened
contact between the FAA and the National Military
Command Center (NMCC) during hijackings. See
'Guilty for 9-11.
by the time American Flight 11 crashed into
the World Trade Center, around 8:46, and most
likely before that happened, the Secret Service
knew what the FAA knew.
what did the FAA know?
FAA admits that at 8:20 it 'suspected' that
American Flight 11 had been hijacked. And according to the official story released
[the] FAA notifie[s] NEADS (the Northeast
Air Defense Sector) of NORAD, the military's
civil defense system, about Flight 11, [i.e.,
that it had been hijacked.]" Newsday
23 September 2001
based on the official story, the Secret Service
knew by 8:40 or before that Flight 11 had
been hijacked. And since the FAA was tracking
Flight 11, as was the National Military Command
Center, which is notified of hijackings and
has access to radar from all over the country,
it is definite that at 8:46 the Secret
Service knew a hijacked plane had crashed
into the World Trade Center.
according to the official story, before the
President entered the Booker School, indeed,
apparently before he left his hotel, the Secret
Service knew that, for the first time in US
history, the country had been attacked by
terrorists from the air.
Secret Service, which employs more than 4,000
people, has several responsibilities. The
most important is protecting the President.
And surely, this means first of all keeping
him out of unnecessary danger because prevention
is better than cure. This is especially true
in regard to certain dangers:
the cold war, when security agents used
to play war games involving terrorist threats
to the White House, the one unsolvable problem
was a commercial airliner loaded with explosives
working its way into the landing pattern
at Washington National Airport, then veering
off for a suicide plunge into the White
House." (TIME Magazine)
Secret Service has long been aware that one
of the trickiest security dangers is posed
by a suicide attack from a hijacked commercial
airplane from a nearby airport. On a day when
planes were being hijacked from different
airports and crashing into buildings, a top
security precaution would be to keep the President
away from a publicly announced appointment
at a building near an airport.
Booker School is fewer than 5 miles from the
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
Before President Bush left his hotel, the
Secret Service knew a hijacked plane had ploughed
into the World Trade Center, a building that
symbolized US power.
The President is the most obvious individual
target for a terrorist attack.
The President was scheduled to visit the Booker
School that morning. The visit was of no importance
- that is, he could easily cancel it. His
schedule was publicly known, down to the minute
he would give a televised talk on education
Assuming the official story was entirely true,
there was every reason to believe that a terrorist
had flown a plane into the WTC. Therefore
a terrorist might fly a plane into the Booker
School to kill Bush - arguably a bigger victory
than ramming the WTC. This danger was increased
by the proximity of Sarasota-Bradenton International
the WTC attack might signal the start of a
broader terrorist attack, In that case it
was certainly possible that heavily armed
terrorists would attack the Booker School
on the ground.
IS THE BURNING QUESTION:
the Secret Service's obligation to protect
the Secret Service's open line to the FAA
and therefore its knowledge that a plane had
been hijacked and subsequently ploughed into
the World Trade Center;
the potentially deadly threat to President
Bush if he proceeded to a public place, on
schedule, as announced the day before and
known to everyone in the region;
is only one explanation for the Secret Service
allowing President Bush to take the deadly
risk of going to the Booker School on the
morning of September 11th.
Walker Bush knew the plans for 9-11. And because
he knew those plans, he knew that nobody was
going to attack the Booker School.
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