Guilty for 9-11 Section 3:
Bush in the Open
Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 18 January 2002]
We 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,
We 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.
Why these three men?
Authority 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. (1a) 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.
These 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 their duties.
Their behavior, as described
in the media, presents the appearance of bewilderment,
naiveté and lack of preparedness. But we shall
prove this appearance was contrived.
Let us begin at the top
of the chain-of-command.
GEORGE WALKER BUSH.
On 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 advance.
Many people are confused
concerning what President Bush knew and when he knew it
The 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
Fortunately, newspaper and
TV people were with President Bush in Florida on September
11. Their eyewitness reports paint a clear picture.
In this section of the Summary
of Evidence, we will:
* a) establish what Bush
and his staff knew prior to his entering the classroom
at the Booker School and
* b) consider some implications.
In 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 himself.
BUSH KNEW ABOUT THE
FIRST CRASH BEFORE ENTERING BOOKER SCHOOL
Associated 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:
"My 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.
"I 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. " AP 12 September (3)
Ms. Ross 'searched for a
White House official' because she knew Bush's people would
be better informed than the Associated Press.
BUSH TRAVELS WITH A
President 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.
The 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.
Since 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 this.
ABC journalist John Cochran
was traveling with the President. He reported on ABC TV
on Tuesday morning:
"Peter, 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, Florida."
'ABC News' Special Report (4)
So Bush knew about the first
WTC incident before leaving his hotel.
What else did he know?
1) 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 ear.
2) 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 others.
DID BUSH KNOW THE WTC
CRASH WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK?
This question is answered
by something Vice President Richard Cheney revealed, probably
unwittingly, on MEET THE PRESS, Sunday, September 16th.
Even 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 WTC.
Cheney was talking with
MEET THE PRESS journalist Tim Russert about the flight
path of American Flight 77, which struck the Pentagon.
Here's the exchange:
"VICE PRES. CHENEY:
...As best we can tell, they [American Flight 77] came
initially at the White House and...
"MR. RUSSERT: The plane
actually circled the White House?
"VICE 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 was... "
"MR. RUSSERT: Tracking
it by radar.
"VICE 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 (5)
It appears that Cheney may
have blurted out the crucial fact that the Secret Service
had an open line to the FAA, then realized he was talking
too much and stopped before completing his sentence. But
if he did indeed talk too much, he also stopped talking
too late. It is obvious that the sentence should have
ended with the word 'hit' or something similar. Thus:
"The Secret Service
has an arrangement with the F.A.A. They had open lines
after the World Trade Center was hit."
The 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
(In 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, Section 2: Cheney's Cover Story ') (6)
Therefore, 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.
So, what did the FAA know?
The FAA admits that at 8:20
it 'suspected' that American Flight 11 had been hijacked.
(7) And according to the official story released Sept.
"8:40 [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
Therefore, 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, (8) it is definite
that at 8:46 the Secret Service knew a hijacked plane
had crashed into the World Trade Center.
So 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.
The 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:
"During 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) (9)
The 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.
The Booker School is fewer
than 5 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International
HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW
1) 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.
2) The President is the
most obvious individual target for a terrorist attack.
3) 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 - 9:30. (11)
4) 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
Moreover, 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.
HERE IS THE BURNING
Given the Secret Service's
obligation to protect the President;
Given 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;
Given 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;
There 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.
George 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.
1) The stand-down of U.S. forces
on 9-11 was first documented in Section 1: 'Guilty for
9-11: Bush, Rumsfeld, Myers, Section 1: Why Were None
of the Hijacked Planes Intercepted?'
[Posted 14 November 2001] It can be read at
For links to many Emperor's
Clothes articles on 9-11, please go to: http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/911page.htm
Alternative address is http://emperor.vwh.net/indict/911page.htm
1a) See 'CHAIN OF COMMAND of
the U.S. MILITARY' which can be read at
2) Regarding public knowledge of Bush's plans for 9-11,
See Sarasota Herald-Tribune, September 11, 2001 Tuesday
All Editions - Pg. A10 [HEADLINE:] 'Lessons for the president;
In visit to Sarasota school, he should look beyond the
photo-op' can be read at
3) The Associated Press Wednesday
12 September 2001 "Flying with President Bush on
a day terrorists hit hard" by Sonya Ross. For link
to exact quote, in context, go to:
4) ABC News Special Report
'Planes crash into World Trade Center' (8:53 AM ET) Tuesday
11 September 2001
For link to exact quote, in context, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/abc911.htm#mybust
5) For link to exact quote,
in context, go to 'NBC, Meet the Press' (10:00 AM ET)
Sunday 16 September 2001.
Original transcript of MEET THE PRESS can be read at:
6) To go direct to reference
to FAA, NORAD NMCC communications during hijackings, see
'Guilty for 9-11, Section 2: Mr. Cheney's Cover Story''
[Posted 20 November 2001]
7) Newsday 23 September 2001,
'Air Attack on Pentagon Indicates Weaknesses' by Sylvia
Adcock, Brian Donovan and Craig Gordon
For link to references go to http://emperors-clothes.com/9-11backups/nd923.htm#faa840norad
8) Regarding the NMCC's access
to radar all over the U.S., see 'Guilty for 9-11, Section
2: Mr. Cheney's Cover Story''
[Posted 20 November 2001]
(9) TIME Magazine (Domestic
edition), 'NEVER SAFE ENOUGH,' by Hugh Sidey, November
14, 1994 Volume 144, No. 20 Can be read at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/archive/
(10) Below we link to a map
of Sarasota. Slightly below the middle of the map, on
the left side near the water, is an airplane icon. That's
the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Slightly
South of that point is M.L. King Boulevard. Emma E. Booker
Elementary School is on M. L. King Boulevard, apparently
near Route 41. See http://www.simplysiestakey.com/SarasotaMap.html
(11)FEDERAL NEWS SERVICE ADVANCE
SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 For FNS report
that it will be taping President Bush at 9:30 at the Booker
School, go to