One of the most sacred beliefs about the four jumbo jets hijacked on
September 11th, 2001, was that terrified passengers tried to communicate with
those safe on the earth. The recent movie, "Flight 93," elevates this
belief to a sacrament.
In order to verify that cell phones would have functioned, a test would have had
to be performed in 2001, from a Boeing 757-767, moving erratically through the
sky, often at low elevation. To my recollection, none were ever performed by any
researcher, and certainly no reporter in the mainstream media.
Because NORAD fighter pilots never VISUALLY verified what happened aboard those
four Boeings on 9-11, we will never know what occurred in the most crucial part
of the plane, the cockpit. Instead we have been given play-by-play cell phone
accounts of what occurred. Some of the accounts remain perplexing to say the least.
NORAD: Malice Aforethought?
There are three reasons why NORAD fighters did not intercept and visually inspect
any of the hijacked Boeings. Being confused and unable to locate the hijacked
planes appears suspicious, to say the least. Because imagine what those NORAD
pilots might have seen. (1) Arab hijackers-or pilots posing
as Arabs. (2) Professional pilots frantically waving and holding
signs indicating the plane was remote controlled. (3) No pilots
How, you ask, could no pilots be at the controls? Recall the flight of Pro golfer
Payne Stewart. The private jet flew, maintaining a steady airspeed and course---but
everyone aboard was dead. What the NORAD interceptors saw was frosted windows
and no sign of life.
Now ask yourself: With four slow-moving jets to choose from, why couldn't
NORAD intercept and make visual contact with even ONE? Perhaps, if that visual
inspection had occurred, the USAF pilot might have reported something highly
suspicious. And I don't mean sullen suicide pilots who forgot to pack their
They might have witnessed no visible sign of life. Or they would have radioed
that the pilots were gesturing to them, signaling the plane was somehow flying
itself. Without the poignant cell phone conversations, the entire "terrorist
hijacking" would have been as fictitious as a Harry Potter fantasy novel.
No hijackers, no war on terror. No war on terror, no billions for defense and
security upgrades. No cell phone calls about Arab terrorists, no religious war
to, ostensibly smash Islamic countries and steal their oil.
Now suppose those NORAD pilots had made visual contact and saw-gasp---professional
pilots frantically trying to regain control of their Boeing aircraft. The fighter
pilots might have relayed the ominous message: "Cockpit pilots signaling
they have NO control. Pilots holding sign: cannot regain manual control of stick!"
Recall that not ONE Boeing pilot pressed a four digit signal indicating their
planes were being hijacked. You would think at least one pilot would have gotten
off a quick message.
Equally suspicious, NORAD fighter pilots were either rerouted AWAY from the Boeings,
or commanded to fly at such slow speeds they could not intercept a commercial
plane, even if given a week to do so. Why? Because fighter pilots could NOT be
allowed to see into the cockpit.
Whatever was visible inside the four cockpits was too terrible to see. Not frantic
fighting, but perhaps the opposite: an absence of any life.
Was NORAD a criminal conspirator on 9-11? Emphatically. Consider the long list
of criminal derelictions that would convict them. These accusations are from 9-11
Failures to scramble: NORAD, once notified of the off-course aircraft, failed
to scramble jets from the nearest bases.
Failures to intercept: Once airborne, interceptors failed to reach their
targets because they flew at small fractions of their top speeds.
Failures to redeploy: Fighters that were airborne and within interception
range of the deviating aircraft were not redeployed to pursue them.
Indeed, once airborne, NORAD F-15s were flying slower than 450 MPH---slower than
World War II fighter planes! The top speed of an F-15 in pursuit is 1875 MPH.
Perhaps the only NORAD interceptor to actually intercept an alleged hijacked airliner,
occurred with Flight 93, over Shanksville, Pennsylvania. However, the US government
denied the Boeing was shot down although evidence indicates otherwise.
NORAD: many unanswered questions remain about September 11th,
2001. As a former Air Force serviceman, I am ashamed and angered by the evident
fraud and intentional failure that indicate---almost without a doubt---a military
Footnote: One of the many incongruous scenes in the movie,
United 93, occured when the terrorist pilot props a postcard of the Capitol
Building on the steering yoke. As if one could just hijack a jumbo jet, head
east to the ocean and fly around until seeing the dome.
Amateur historian and USAF veteran, Douglas Herman
writes regularly for Rense and is the author of The Guns of Dallas. Read the
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