friends and others,
have in your hands the genuine, US government-signed
and issued smoking gun of 911.
you know how I felt when this NORAD news release
crossed my desk late one night in a blur of too
many late nights. Like an overlooked explosive
device emplaced just a week after Sept. 11, this
little gem blew up as soon as I scanned it. Holy
smokes! Woke me right up: a statement by the Pentagon
saying basically that they had deliberately let
down" is militareze for "put down your weapons".
Which is exactly what happened on a day that traumatized
a nation of somnambulists into welcoming their
own police state.
can't think of a more accurate description for
Patriot 1 and Patriot II, the Guantanamo gulag,
surrogate Syrian torture chambers, airport "watch
lists" - and soon-to-be-introduced by the grandson
of the man who financed Hitler - scanning of mandatory
ID cards (or "more convenient" implanted VeriChips)
for all purchases and police requests.
least, for those they let out of the camps.
I really saying this? Haven't I spent countless
hours on talk radio trying to calm hysterical
Americans who see a NATO tank around every street
corner? After all, I've lived under martial law
in Milwaukee, while the ghetto burned to the nighttime
accompaniment of shotgun blasts and automatic
weapons back in '67.
law is very nuts. Since everyone gets the democratic
choice of staying inside during curfew - or getting
shot - everything stops. Parking all those cars
may be good for global warming. But it's hell
on businesses and wage earners. (Just ask a Palestinian.)
Imposing military law indefinitely basically crashes
the economy. Not to mention - at least in the
Excited States where everyone owns at least 15
guns - risking civil war when all those yahoos,
rednecks, militias, whackos and paranoids are
I hadn't reckoned on is the massive and mounting
desperation tightening like a noose around a gang
of seriously psychotic paranoids watching the
wheels come off their war wagon.
not looking good in "Eyerack". Or Afghanistan.
Or Illinois, for that matter. Pick your state.
The whole country's tanking. Washington's weapons
debt is poking another hole in the stratosphere,
both poles are melting, cheap oil is about to
run out - hell, why not pull the plug on pretenses
and just get down and RULE by naked intimidation
look at me. I'm only a reporter repeating what
General Tommy Franks said a few days ago. Flying
a trial balloon above swiftly gathering darkness,
the Desert Stormtrooper stated that it would take
just one more "big attack" on Americans to "suspend
the Constitution" and bring in "a military government."
a statement heard round the world and hardly at
all in the land of the free, Franks managed to
make martial law sound, if not reasonable, at
snaps NORAD's admission below into even sharper
focus - by confirming the Sept. 11 installment
of a silent coup that took place in Dallas over
Kennedy's dead body, warned would-be resisters
not to resist by murdering a dozen or so children
at Waco, then really got ruthless at Oklahoma
City - before stealing the present presidency
outright and putting all future electronic election
results under direct Washington control.
isn't all that difficult when the media lays down
like a White House whore.
bad all those innocent people had to die. I don't
mean just in Manhattan, DC and Pennsylvania -
but all the children, wives and mothers, sons,
daughters, fathers, husbands, infants and elders
blown to bits in so many more buildings, villages
and suburban homes equally vulnerable to terror
weapons hurled without warning from the sky.
NEWS AND NEW NEWS
following information will be old news to many
Internet junkies. What's new - and so explosive
none of the hundreds of "news" agencies who received
this story dared print or broadcast it - is that
this official confession can't be spun!
know because I called NORAD in Colorado Springs
and asked the spin-doctor on duty about their
own press statement. I wanted to know why on Sept.
11, all the interceptors flew so slow? Maybe there
was some kind of regulation or something, prohibiting
them from flying faster than the airliners they
a brief pause, the Public Disinformation Officer
said he would have to buck this smoking info-grenade
"upstairs". He would get back to me if they could
defuse the damn thing. I said great. I would look
forward to quoting NORAD verbatim in the story
I would be releasing worldwide in five days.
NORAD never got back to me with either confirmation
or correction, it's probably safe to conclude
what is already starkly apparent: namely, that
the "official" airspeeds of the Sept. 11 interceptors
corroborate - and are in turn confirmed by - the
logged flight times of fighters scrambled during
what was the biggest military debacle on US soil
since the Canadians sacked Washington.
another day of deception as treacherous as the
closely tracked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
days later, a shorter version of the story on
your screen went by special, paid news wire to
every major news org in Europe. It also went to
all major media across Canada, as well as the
biggest broadcasters, news magazines and newspapers
in the USA.
somewhere - possibly Newsweek or the NY Times
- must've scanned my memo and bucked it back to
NORAD. Next thing I know, Colorado Springs emails
me my own news release. The accompanying message
is one sentence: "Is this your writing?"
I wrote back, feeling flattered to be asked. Especially
since I'd never sent NORAD a copy.
this was not the time to get into a terseness
contest. Since we were developing such a cozy
relationship, I asked NORAD why the ready alert
jets at Andrews hadn't been scrambled that morning.
Perhaps they could get back to me on that? And
then we could discuss the shootdown over Pennsylvania.
no ordnance was expended, and I was not actually
buzzed, I can only conclude that the American
F-15 that flew past my place 20 minutes after
I pressed "Send" was on a routine return mission
from the big Canadian air base nearby. Still,
I took it as a hopeful sign that I had rattled
some cages at Cheyenne Mountain. (My landlord
saw it differently, and began erecting a blast
wall.) Alas, my advances to the not normally shy
NORAD must have been too forward. Because that
was the end of our correspondence.
not the end of this story.
free to clip and post it to your local news mafia.
happens all the time. When a small private plane
recently entered the 23-mile restricted ring around
the U.S. Capitol, two F-16 interceptors were immediately
launched from Andrews Air Force Base, just 10
miles away. In a similar episode, a pair of F-16
"Fighting Falcons" on 15-minute strip alert was
airborne from Andrews just 11 minutes after being
notified by the North American Aerospace Defense
Command (NORAD) of a Cessna straying towards the
White House. [AP Nov11/03; CNN June20/02]
were well-practiced routines. With more than 4,500
aircraft continuously sharing U.S. airspace, between
September 2000 and June 2001 the Pentagon launched
fighters on 67 occasions to escort wayward aircraft.
[FAA news release Aug/9/02; AP Aug13/02]
on Sept 11, 2001, NORAD and the FAA ignored routine
procedures and strict regulations. In response
to a national emergency involving hijacked airliners
as dangerous as cruise missiles, interceptors
launched late from distant bases flew to defend
their nation at a fraction of their top speeds.
[NORAD news release Sept. 18/01]
recently resurfaced NORAD news bulletin released
seven days after Sept. 11 explains that America's
aerial defenders were slow to counter rapidly
developing air attacks because they didn't hear
from the FAA that American Airlines Flight 11
had been hijacked until 8:40 that fateful morning.
[NORAD news release Sept. 18/01]
at the National Military Command Center (NMCC)
in the basement of the Pentagon, Air Force staff
officers monitoring every inch of airspace over
the northeastern seaboard would have caught that
first hijacking when Flight 11's identification
transponder stopped transmitting at 8:20 -- automatically
triggering a radar alarm.
their capability to monitor developing "situations"
by tapping into military and civilian radars,
U.S. military commanders would have also seen
Flight 175 turn abruptly south 25 minutes later
-- just as they had watched on radar in October
1999 when pro golfer Payne Stewart's Learjet abruptly
departed its flight path while enroute to Dallas.
that legendary intercept, a fighter jet out of
Tyndall, Florida was diverted from a training
flight to escort the Lear, whose pilot had become
incapacitated, trapping Stewart in the stratosphere.
An F-16 was reportedly sitting off the left wingtip
of Payne's pilotless business jet within 19 minutes
of the FAA alert. [ABC News Oct25/99]
NORAD had been as quick to scramble or divert
airborne fighters on Sept. 11, two "anti-terrorist"
F-15's on armed alert could have been sent south
from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. Flying at
full afterburners without edging over the Atlantic
to disperse their sonic footprint, two of the
fastest fighters on the planet would have broken
a few windows. But all the glass in the Twin Towers
might have stayed intact had the "fast-movers"
intercepted Flight 11 over the Hudson River at
least six minutes from Manhattan.
HURRY SAYS NORAD
in a stunning admission that received little press
scrutiny at the time, NORAD noted that for all
interceptions flown against the hijackers on Sept.
11, "Flight times are calculated at 9 miles per
minute or .9 Mach." In other words, every interception
flown by the world's hottest air-combat aircraft
was flown at less than a third of the planes'
Defense Department manual insists, "In the event
of a hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the
most expeditious means by the FAA." To make this
happen, the Federal Aviation Administration permanently
posts a liaison officer in the Pentagon air defense
room. [CJCSI 3610.01A, June1/01]
according to NORAD, after air traffic controllers
realized that Flight 11 had been hijacked, 38
vital minutes passed before a pair of F-15's was
scrambled from Otis. As they lifted off, American
Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the
World Trade Center, 153 air miles away as a Falcon
flies. [NORAD Sept. 18/01]
Airlines Flight 175 was still 20 minutes out.
F-15 pilots flew ''like a scalded ape, topping
500 mph but were unable to catch up to the airliner,"
Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver later told reporters. [St.
Augustine Times Sept16/01]
apes? Airliners fly at 500 mph. An F-15 can fly
almost four-times faster.
of the Otis intercept pilots dubbed "Duff", later
lamented: "We've been over the flight a thousand
times in our minds and I don't know what we could
have done to get there any quicker."
starters, he and his wingman could have tried
pushing their twin throttles fully forward. Instead
of flying two-and-a-half times faster than a bullet,
"Nasty" and "Duff" drove their expensive air superiority
fighters at a leisurely 447-mph -- supposedly
to intercept a Boeing 767 flying 43 mph faster!
Utilizing only 27% power, the F-15's were "eight
minutes/71 miles" away, according to NORAD, when
Flight 175 struck the South Tower with 56 souls
and more than ten tons of fuel onboard. [Christian
Science Monitor Mar8/02]
both Trade Towers burning, and hijacked United
Flight 93 shadowed by a circling F-16 over Pennsylvania,
American Airlines Flight 77 was the only threat
left in the sky. When that Boeing 757 silenced
its transponder signal, made a U-turn over Kentucky
and headed directly for the White House and the
Pentagon, one billion viewers riveted to the big
networks knew this was a kamikaze run. [Telegraph
no other bogeys on eastern seaboard scopes, air
combat doctrine dictates that the two unemployed
Otis F-15s already in the area be redirected to
"honor the threat" of an incoming flying bomb,
330 miles out. Even loafing along, the fighters
would have more than 20 minutes to confront Flight
77 before it neared the Pentagon.
Pentagon professionals defending their country's
nerve centers waited more than an hour after watching
Flight 11 go rogue -- including 30 critical minutes
after Flight 77 turned abruptly toward them and
the nearby White House -- before scrambling two
F-16's out of Langley Air Force Base to protect
half-an-hour after receiving the belated order
to scramble, two Falcons coasted in over the burning
Pentagon. Slowed down to just 410 mph, it had
taken the 1,500 mph-capable fighters 19 minutes
to cover the 130 miles from Virginia. It should
have taken just over seven minutes to reach the
Pentagon -- at about the time Flight 77 was making
a predatory circle overhead. [NORAD Sept18/01;
supersonic jets were flown no faster than WWII
prop-driven fighters. But it hardly mattered.
Sitting on the Andrews ramp just 10 miles away,
were two fully armed and fueled supersonic interceptors
tasked with protecting the capitol from airborne
terrorist threats on 15 minutes' notice!
it about time someone asked why those routinely
launched Andrews interceptors were "stood down"
as Flight 77 bored in toward the headquarters
they were supposed to protect? [San Diego Union-Tribune
the most heavily armed nation on Earth, at least
two-dozen air force installations were within
fast flying time of the World Trade Center and
Pentagon. Does anyone else wonder why none of
those aircraft were ordered launched -- or why
none of the armed fighters on training flights
or patrolling Air Defense Intercept Zones just
off the Atlantic Coast were diverted to intercept
four commandeered airliners until after the Pentagon
was struck -- one-hour and 18 minutes after Flight
11 was hijacked? [www.af.mil/sites/alphabetical.shtml#a]
to NORAD, the F-16s from Langley were still "12
minutes/105 miles" away when the big Boeing they
were "chasing" soared past the White House and
the Andrews runways. Allegedly flown by an incompetent
Egyptian flight student who couldn't solo a Cessna,
the 757 peeled off and piled into the Pentagon
after an abrupt dive and pull-up that left veteran
pilots agape. [San Diego Union-Tribune Sept12/01;
NBC Nightly News Sept11/01; All Fall Down]
after the Pentagon was hit, the Andrews alert
jets were launched to guard empty skies. [Mirror
AT THE SWITCH
to questions from a Senate confirmation committee
two days after this suspicious fiasco, the Joint
Chief's acting air defense chief on Sept. 11 said
he was in a meeting while all hell was breaking
loose in his sector.
Force Gen. Richard Myers had not let a TV report
about a small plane hitting the World Trade Center
interrupt his routine. As jumbo jetliners kept
diving into buildings, apparently no one thought
to inform the acting commander of U.S. air defenses
that his country was under attack. Myers said
he came out of his meeting just as the Pentagon
repeatedly when the brass were first informed
of the emergency, and when interceptors were scrambled,
Myers repeated a muddled mantra six times, saying
""I'll have to get back to you on that." [www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2001/n10232001_200110236.html]
of being court-martialed like the luckless commanders
defending Pearl Harbor, or even reprimanded, General
Myers was awarded command of the entire U.S. military
as new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Bush publicly commended the air force general
for his "calm manner, sound judgment, and his
clear strategic thinking." [White House press
this bizarre and possibly treasonous story goes
to press, the FAA has refused to disclose documents
relating to when that agency notified U.S. air
defenses about the four hijacked airliners. A
second subpoena served on the Pentagon by the
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon
the United States has been similarly unsuccessful
in attaining records concerning whether NORAD
responded quickly enough in dispatching interceptors
on Sept. 11. [Washington PoX-Mozilla-Status: 0009
of fingering air traffic controllers for not following
procedures, these documents could show that the
FAA did follow its own Standard Intercept Procedures
and notify NORAD within a few minutes of each
hijacking -- which would leave the Air Force with
even more explaining to do. [AP Oct18/03]
Thomas is the award-winning author of "Scorched
Earth", "Bringing The War Home", "Chemtrails Confirmed"
and "All Fall Down: The Politics of Terror and
Posted: December 10, 2003