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September 10-10, 2003
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'There is a fighter in the area. Should we engage?'
American Airlines Flight 77 was in the air headed for the Pentagon. United Flight 93 was in the air over Pennsylvania. Cheney gave and confirmed the order to shoot down at least one of these aircraft. Shortly thereafter, 93 hit the ground in Pennsylvania. Hours later, we are told the passengers crashed the plane in a scuffle with the terrorists. What a fortunate turn of events for Cheney.
'[It was] painful, but nonetheless clear-cut. And I didn't agonize over it.' -- Vice President Richard Cheney
'There is a plane 80 miles out,' he said. 'There is a fighter in the area. Should we engage?'
'Yes,' Cheney replied without hesitation.
... the military aide repeated the question ... 'Should we engage?'
'Yes,' [Cheney] replied again.
... the aide repeated the question. Does the order still stand?
'Of course it does,' Cheney snapped.

" Within minutes, there was a report that a plane had crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania-what turned out to be United Flight 93, a Boeing 757 that had been hijacked after leaving Newark International Airport. Many of those in the PEOC feared that Cheney's order had brought down a civilian aircraft. "
• 2003.09.10 • America's Chaotic Road to War / Washington Post, January 27, 2002

Added: 2007.03.12

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Norm Mineta - U.S. Secretary of Transportation 2001 - 2006. U.S. Secretary of Commerce 2000 - 2001. Senior Vice President, Lockheed Martin 1995 - 2000. Former 12-term Congressman from California 1971 - 1995. Currently, Vice Chairman of the Board, Hill & Knowlton.

9/11 Commission testimony 5/23/03:

Lee Hamilton: We thank you for that. I wanted to focus just a moment on the Presidential Emergency Operating Center [PEOC]. You were there for a good part of the day. I think you were there with the vice president. And when you had that order given, I think it was by the president, that authorized the shooting down of commercial aircraft that were suspected to be controlled by terrorists, were you there when that order was given?

Norm Mineta: No, I was not. I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, "The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to, "The plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the vice president, "Do the orders still stand?" And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?" Well, at the time I didn't know what all that meant. And --

Lee Hamilton: The flight you're referring to is the --

Norm Mineta: The flight that came into the Pentagon. ...

Norm Mineta: I didn't know about the order to shoot down. I arrived at the PEOC at about 9:20 a.m. And the president was in Florida, and I believe he was on his way to Louisiana at that point when the conversation that went on between the vice president and the president and the staff that the president had with him.

Tim Roemer: So when you arrived at 9:20 [at the Presidential Emergency Operating Center in the White House], how much longer was it before you overheard the conversation between the young man and the vice president saying, "Does the order still stand?"

Norm Mineta: Probably about five or six minutes.

Tim Roemer: So about 9:25 or 9:26. And your inference was that the vice president snapped his head around and said, "Yes, the order still stands." Why did you infer that that was a shoot-down?

Editor's note: Secretary Mineta's testimony is entirely omitted from the 9/11 Commission Report. His testimony directly contradicts the 9/11 Commission Report in two key points.

1. Mr. Mineta testified he arrived at the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) in the White House at 9:20 a.m. and overheard Vice President Dick Cheney discussing with an aide that the incoming Flight 77 was 50 miles out at 9:25 or 9:26. The 9/11 Commission Report maintains Vice President Cheney did not arrive at the PEOC until 9:58, over one-half hour later. Mr. Mineta's testimony is further supported by the fact that Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37, which is the correct time it would have taken Flight 77 to arrive at the Pentagon, if it had been about 50 miles out at 9:26.

2. The Commission Report maintains the government did not know the whereabouts of Flight 77 prior 9:32, when Dulles Tower air controllers "observed a primary radar target tracking eastbound at a high rate of speed". Mr. Mineta's testimony reveals Vice President Cheney was being informed of the plane's position for several minutes before that, and perhaps considerably longer.

Also of interest, is that the first approximately 15 minutes of Mr. Mineta's testimony before the Commission (Panel 1, Friday, May 23. 2003) during which he discusses the points mentioned above, have been edited out of the official 9/11 Commission video archives. However, his entire testimony does appear in the transcript.


Added: 2007.05.10
"Further evidence that Vice President Cheney’s order on 9/11 regarding Flight 77 was not a shoot-down order, but a standdown order - an order NOT to shoot the plane down."
May 1, 2007
by John C. Ekonomou
Attorney at Law
B.A. Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

Excerpts from 9/11 Commission Testimony, May 23, 2003
NORAD Major General Larry Arnold’s testimony and verbal exchanges with Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton of the 9/11 Commission.

Page 47-48 of the official 9/11 Commission PDF file transcript

And then, finally, as I understand your testimony, it was not possible to shoot down any of these aircraft before they struck. Is that basically correct?

GEN. ARNOLD: That is correct. In fact, the American Airlines 77, if we were to have arrived overhead at that particular point, I don't think that we would have shot that aircraft down.

MR. HAMILTON: Because?

GEN. ARNOLD: Well, we had not been given authority

. . .

"In addition, Norman Mineta’s testimony before the Commission confirms General Arnold’s statement regarding the shoot down order, as evidenced in this exchange on page 9 of the official transcript:"

MR. HAMILTON: With respect to Flight 93, what type of information were you and the Vice President receiving about that flight?

MR. MINETA: The only information we had at that point was when it crashed.

MR. HAMILTON: I see. You didn't know beforehand about that airplane.

MR. MINETA: I did not.

MR. HAMILTON: And so there was no specific order there to shoot that plane down?

MR. MINETA: No, sir.

MR. HAMILTON: But there were military planes in the air in position to shoot down commercial aircraft.

MR. MINETA: That's right. The planes had been scrambled, I believe, from Otis at that point.

"... this account effectively further points to a shoot down order for Flight 77 not being issued prior to the Pentagon strike at 9:37 a.m., as confirmed by General Arnold of NORAD in his sworn testimony.

"The facts as stated above: the non-existence of a shoot down order until after 10:00 a.m., or in either event not prior to the Pentagon strike at 9:37 a.m. as confirmed by NORAD in sworn testimony, and further confirmed by Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta who was present in the PEOC with Vice President Cheney, further confirm the following:

"That the Vice-President of the United States, Richard Cheney, with full knowledge of the fact that a hijacked passenger jet airliner was hurtling toward Washington D.C., with full knowledge of its distance at regular intervals of a minimum of 50 miles out from the Capitol, in fact not only did not act to intercept or shoot down the airliner despite the two earlier hijacked planes hitting the World Trade Center, but issued a direct order to the U.S. Air Force, either by himself or from the President of the United States, NOT to shoot down Flight 77 prior to it hitting the Pentagon."
-- John C. Ekonomou, Attorney at Law, Further evidence that Vice President Cheney’s order on 9/11 regarding Flight 77 was not a shoot-down order, but a standdown order - an order NOT to shoot the plane down, May 1, 2007 --

"After 4+ years of research since retirement in 2002, I am 100% convinced that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were planned, organized, and committed by treasonous perpetrators that have infiltrated the highest levels of our government."
-- Lt. Col. Guy S. Razer, MS, U.S. Air Force (ret) – Retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot (F-111, F-15E, F-16, B-1, F-18, Mig-29, and Suu-22). Flew combat missions over Iraq. Former instructor at the USAF Fighter Weapons School and NATO’s Tactical Leadership Program. 20-year Air Force career, --

"In my experience as an officer in NORAD as a Tactical Director for the Chicago-Milwaukee Air Defense and as a current private pilot ... there is no way that an aircraft on instrument flight plans would not be intercepted when they deviate from their flight plan, turn off their transponders, or stop communication with Air Traffic Control. No way! With very bad luck, perhaps one could slip by, but no there's no way all four of them could!"
-- Capt. Daniel Davis, U.S. Army – Former U.S. Army Air Defense Officer and NORAD Tac Director. Decorated with the Bronze Star and the Soldiers Medal for bravery under fire and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Vietnam. Also served in the Army Air Defense Command as Nike Missile Battery Control Officer for the Chicago-Milwaukee Defense Area. Former Senior Manager at General Electric Turbine (jet) Engine Division (15 years). Private pilot, --

9-11 Standdown or Criminal Negligence or Dereliction of Duty?
orig: orig:
Relying on "skin-paint" radar returns, Air National Guard troops at Norad's Northeast Air Defense Sector tried to locate hijacked aircraft after terrorists silenced the transponders.
NEADS commander Col. Robert K. Marr, Jr. ordered two F-15 fighters sitting alert at Otis Air National Guard (ANG) Base, MA, to 'battle stations.' 'The fighters were cocked and loaded, and even had extra gas on board,' he recalled.
[Photo: Aviation Week & Space Technology]

Why didn't our national air defense work on the morning of 9-11?
How can our air defense protecting Washington, D.C. remain on the ground AFTER the WTC has been hit by two airplanes and air traffic control is showing two more commercial jets off course with one of them heading towards the nation's capitol?

This one failure of our government, by itself represents criminal negligence, but NO ONE has been held to account for these failures.

Civilians are put into prison for criminal negligence resulting in death when they should have been in control. How can the people who populate our government go scott free for this gross failure to defend our skies?

What was going on the morning of 9-11 that might have caused our air defense to STAND DOWN and ALLOW the 9-11 attacks to succeed?

The articles below document a 'drill,' perhaps multiple 'drills,' that were being conducted the morning of 9-11-2001.

One drill consisted of a plane crashing into 'one of the four towers at the [Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office] headquarters building ... four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport.'.

Another drill (?), a 'semiannual exercise known as Vigilant Guardian,' had F-15 fighters 'cocked and loaded, [with] extra gas on board.' On the morning of 9-11-2001, 'Senior officers involved in Vigilant Guardian were manning Norad command centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, available to make immediate decisions.'

Where is the investigation? Where is the accountability? Where is the indignation?

Following these articles is a link to Standdown describes the timeline of all involved aircraft and links to official comments on the failure to defend US airspace on the morning of 9-11.

There is a link to Alex Jones' 9-11 news archive. News from mainstream and independent sources everyone should read and pass around.

There is also a link to the NTSB Accident Report for Payne Stewart's Lear Jet showing quick and coordinated command and control of internal US airspace by the ATC and USAF.

Finally, there is a link to a timeline From The Wilderness. This timeline is of precursor political and economic events, both before and after the event. Compelling reading...
" Unknown to ... every commander being notified at the time, American Flight 11 had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) about the time both F-15s were taking off. " -- Exercise Jump-Starts Response... --
" Military aircraft had more than enough time - nearly three quarters of an hour -- to respond to and intercept the 9-11 Pentagon plane after all key decision makers were 100% certain the Twin Tower hits had been terrorist attacks and that Flight 77 had also been hijacked, but didn't do so 'in time'. " -- Government 'Chose' the Date ... --
• 2003.09.12 •
    • On 9/11, CIA Was Running Simulation of a Plane Crashing into a Building
    • Exercise Jump-Starts Response to Attacks / Aviation Week & Space Technology
    • The U.S. Government, Not the Hijackers, 'Chose' the Date of the 9-11 Attacks
    • U.S. SPY Satellite Agency’s Mock 9/11 Drill Exposes Administration Lies
    • Air Force Response to 9-11 / Part 1
    • Air Force Response to 9-11 / Part 2
    • Accident No.: DCA00MA005 / NTSB Report: Payne Stewart: quick USAF response
    • / 9-11 aircraft timeline and analysis
    • Complete 911 Timeline // Hosted on the History Commons website. The data published as part of this investigation has been collected, organized, and published by members of the public who are registered users of the website.
    • The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11--and America's Response by Paul Thompson
    • / 9-11 news archives by category
    • 'Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta Splainin To Do' / pre and post 9-11 timeline: FTW

Edward Teller Dies
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" Edward Teller, a member of the Manhattan Project that created the first atomic bomb and who later emerged as the foremost champion of the vastly more destructive hydrogen bomb, has died. He was 95. "
• Interviewer: Is there any other type of nuclear reaction other than fission and fusion that you know of?
• Teller: You try to explore the things about which I have already tried to tell you. It is a waste of time. It is, in my opinion, not interesting. I don’t intend to answer it. If you ask me that question on camera, I will shut up. I will sit silent. You are not going to get an answer out of me on that.
• Interviewer: And if I ask you on camera if you know Bob Lazar, can you just say, ‘No’?
• Teller: I will sit silently.

• -- Edward Teller in an interview that may be viewed on the video 'UFO Files: How Do UFOs Fly' being asked to confirm Bob Lazar’s contention that there is another type of gravity (Gravity A) produced from an element not native to earth (element 115) but found in the gravity drive systems of captured UFOs. Of course Teller knew Bob Lazar. Teller helped Lazar get his job at S4. --
UPDATE: The Bob Lazar website has not been responding for the last day. Links to his site will fail. They were working when we posted this article.
• 2003.09.10 • disc image by Bob Lazar
    • Edward Teller dies at 95
    • Edward Teller: My brush with greatness / Rick Sincere
    • If the disc is ours / David Sadler

9-11: Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77
The Big Lie has been so big, but now it's so apparent that we will ignore it at our own peril.
" [The] Armed Forces Institute of Pathology wasn’t ... happy to [release the official autopsy report of the victims of Flight 77], and I really have no idea why they choose now to release it ... No Arabs wound up on the morgue slab; however, three ADDITIONAL people not listed by American Airline sneaked in. "
• 2003.09.10 •
The following autopsy articles were originally published on the now defunct Sierra Times website [Part 1, Part 2]. These articles are now linked to other sites which archived them. The original FOIA request letter links fail from these backups.
    • Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77 (Part 1) By Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D

Part 2 of Dr. Olmsted's series seems to have fallen down the memory hole.
    • Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77 (Part 2) By Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D