[Posted 14 November 2001] Dedicated to the firemen of New
Andrews Air Force Base
is a huge military installation just 10 miles from the Pentagon.
On 11 September there were
two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews.
Their job was to protect the skies over WashingtonD.C. They failed to do
their job. Despite over one hour's advance warning of a
terrorist attack in progress, not a single Andrews fighter
tried to protect the city.
The FAA, NORAD and the
military have cooperative procedures by which fighter jets
automatically intercept commercial aircraft under emergency
conditions. These procedures were not followed.
Air Force officials and
others have tried to explain away the failures:
"Air Force Lt. Col.
Vic Warzinski, another Pentagon spokesman, [said]: 'The
Pentagon was simply not aware that this aircraft was coming
our way, and I doubt prior to Tuesday's event, anyone would
have expected anything like that here.'"
Using information from
the mass media and official Websites, we will show that
this is lie.
Some of what happened on
9-11, such as planes flying into buildings, is unusual.
But most of what happened, such as commercial jets flying
off-course, transponder failures and possible hijackings,
are common emergencies. We will show that these emergencies
are routinely handled with expert efficiency based on clear
The crash of the first
hijacked jet into the WorldTradeCenter
made it clear the United
States was faced with an
extraordinary situation. This should have intensified the
emergency responses of the air safety and defense systems.
The whole country was aware.
For example, at the NY Police broadcast:
" 'This was a terrorist
attack. Notify the Pentagon.'"
News' (New York)
12 September 2001 (1)
'American Forces Press
Service' reported that ordinary people working at the Pentagon
worried they could be next:
"'We were watching
the WorldTradeCenter on the
television,' said a Navy officer. 'When the second plane
deliberately dove into the tower, someone said, 'The World
Trade Center is one of the most recognizable symbols of
We're sitting in a close second.'"
13, 2001 (2)
air safety and air defense emergency systems are activated
in response to problems every day. On 9-11 they failed despite,
not because of, the extreme nature of the emergency. This
could only happen if individuals in high positions worked
in a coordinated way to make them fail.
Such operatives would almost
surely have failed if they tried to disrupt and abort routine
protection systems without top-level support. The failure
of the emergency systems would be noticed immediately. Moreover,
given the catastrophic nature of the attacks, the highest
military authorities would be alerted. Acting on their own,
the operatives could expect that their orders would be countermanded
and that they themselves would be arrested.
The sabotage of routine
protective systems, controlled by strict hierarchies, would
never have been contemplated let alone attempted absent
the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command. This
includes at least U.S. President George Bush, U.S. Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the then-Acting Head of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers.
In the following summary
of evidence we will demonstrate probable cause for charging
the above-named persons with treason for complicity in the
murders of thousands of people whom they had sworn to protect.
The summary of evidence
covers the following areas:
* Andrews Air Force Base
and the myth of 'no available planes;'
* The air safety/air defense
systems and the myth that they were not prepared;
* The actions of George
Bush on 9-11 that clearly violated his positive legal and
constitutional obligations and demonstrated consciousness
* The testimony of General
Richard B. Myers at Senate hearings on his nomination as
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In these hearings,
the contents of which were reported accurately by one lone
journalist, General Myers attempted to cover up what had
happened 9-11 when he was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
He offered three mutually contradictory cover stories and
demonstrated consciousness of guilt;
* The cover story floated
by CBS evening news, September 14th.
Until that time, officials reported that no planes had been
'scrambled' to intercept the hijacked planes. But following
Gen. Myers disastrous Senate testimony, CBS broadcast an
improved version of 9-11. In the new script, fighter jets
from Otis and Langley Air Force Bases did try, but failed,
to intercept the hijacked planes. This is now presented
as the official NORAD story and has been repeated uncritically
by media and government officials alike. We will demonstrate
that this cover story is both weak and incriminating.
SECTION ONE: Why did
no fighter jets 'scramble' to protect Washington D.C.?
LIE #1: 'NO COMBAT
READY FIGHTERS WERE STATIONED NEAR THE PENTAGON'
As noted, Andrews Air Force base is 10
miles from the Pentagon. The media has mainly avoided talking
about Andrews. An exception is 'USA Today,' the second-highest
circulation newspaper in America. On one day it published
two contradictory stories to explain the failure to scramble
jets from Andrews prior to the Pentagon crash:
FIRST 'USA TODAY' STORY:
"Andrews Air Force Base, home to Air
Force One, is only 15 miles [sic!] away from the Pentagon,
but it had no fighters assigned to it. Defense officials
won't say whether that has changed."
TODAY,' 17 September 2001 (3)
SECOND 'USA TODAY'
"The District of Columbia National
Guard maintained fighter planes at Andrews Air Force Base,
only about 15 miles [sic!] from the Pentagon, but those
planes were not on alert and not deployed."
TODAY' September 17, 2001 (4)
Both stories are false.
Only one newspaper told
the truth. That was the 'San Diego Union-Tribune':
"Air defense around
Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews
Air Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia
border. The D.C. Air National Guard is also based there
and equipped with F-16 fighter planes, a National Guard
"But the fighters
took to the skies over Washington only after the devastating
attack on the Pentagon..."
Diego Union-Tribune' 12 September 2001. (5)
Andrews Air Force Base
is a huge installation. It hosts two 'combat-ready' squadrons:
* the 121st Fighter Squadron
(FS-121) of the 113th Fighter Wing (FW-113), equipped with
* the 321st Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron (VMFA-321) of the 49th Marine Air Group,
Detachment A (MAG-49 Det-A), equipped F/A-18 fighters.
These squadrons are served
by hundreds of full-time personnel.
THE 121st FIGHTER SQUADRON,
113th FIGHTER WING
"Éas part of its dual
mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces
for the District of Columbia in the event of a natural disaster
or civil emergency. Members also assist local and federal
law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking in
the District of Colombia. [They] are full partners with
the active Air Force"
THE 321st MARINE FIGHTER
ATTACK SQUADRON (VMFA-321)
"In the best tradition
of the Marine Corps, a 'few good men and women' support
two combat-ready reserve units at Andrews AFB.
"Marine Fighter Attack
Squadron (VMFA) 321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron, flies
the sophisticated F/A-18 Hornet. Marine Aviation Logistics
Squadron 49, Detachment A, provides maintenance and supply
functions necessary to maintain a force in readiness. "
So Andrews AFB had at least
two 'combat-ready' squadrons.
The above quotes are from
a private Website authorized by the military to provide
information for members of the armed forces. We discovered
it 24 September. A month later we found that the address
had been changed and the Andrews information posted in the
smallest type size. Similarly, the official Andrews AFB
Website has been 'down' since mid-September. Fortunately,
it can be accessed by going to www.archive.org and entering www.andrews.af.mil .
On the Andrews main page,
front and center there is a direct link to DC Military.
The information on the Andrews Website confirms the information
on DC military. We urge everyone to check these links and
download the pages as soon as possible because they may
be moved or removed yet again. For Andrews, go to www.archive.org
and then enter www.andrews.af.mil
Our research has been carried
out mainly by volunteers. Newspapers and TV news departments
have full-time research staffs. The important media have
bureaus in Washington DC, just a few miles from the Andrews
airbase. Why haven't newspapers and TV news programs reported
the truth: that Andrews job was to protect DC?
This failure is especially
striking because some media did report that fighters scrambled
from Andrews, but only after the Pentagon was hit. Thus
they were aware that Andrews was supposed to defend D.C.:
" Within minutes of
the attack American forces around the world were put on
one of their highest states of alert - Defcon 3, just two
notches short of all-out war - and F-16s from Andrews Air
Force Base were in the air over Washington DC."
Telegraph,' (London), 16 September 2001 (7)
"WASHINGTON - Éan
audible gasp went up from the rear of the audience as a
large black plume of smoke arose from the Pentagon. Terrorism
suddenly was at the doorstep and clearly visible through
the big glass windows overlooking the Potomac River. Overhead,
fighter jets scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base and other
installations and cross-crossed the skiesÉ
"A thick plume of
smoke was climbing out of the hollow center of the Pentagon.
Everyone on the train understood what had happened moments
Post,' 11 September 2001 (8)
"It was after the
attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to
scramble F-16s out of the DC National Guard Andrews Air
Force Base to fly cover, a--a protective cover over Washington,
--NBC Nightly News, (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 11 2001 (9)
The media should have demanded
to know the truth about why fighter jets assigned to protect
Washington didn't scramble an hour BEFORE the Pentagon was
Besides fighters, tanker
planes and AWACS were also readily available.(An AWACS is
a flying communication center equipped with radar which
can scan at least 250 miles. This is almost the full distance
from the West-Virginia/Ohio/Kentucky border, where American
Air Flight 77 turned around before flying back to DC.) Both
General Myers and Vice President Cheney admit that these
planes did not go into the air over Washington until after
the Pentagon was hit.
Here is General Myers,
testifying 13th September:
"When it became clear
what the threat was, we did scramble fighter aircraft, AWACS,
radar aircraft and tanker aircraft to begin to establish
orbits in case other aircraft showed up in the FAA system
that were hijacked."
--Gen. Richard B. Myers
at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001 (10)
And Richard Cheney on 'Meet
"VICE PRES. CHENEY:
Well, the--I suppose the toughest decision was this question
of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial
"MR. RUSSERT: And
"VICE PRES. CHENEY:
We decided to do it. We'd, in effect, put a flying combat
air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which
is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they
could stay up a long time." --NBC, 'Meet
the Press' (10:00 AM ET) 16 September 2001 (11)
As we shall see, Mr. Cheney's
statement that "the toughest decision was this question
of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial
aircraft" is a lie. Publicly available FAA documents
prove that fighter jets routinely intercept commercial aircraft
under certain designated circumstances without requiring
or asking for approval from the White House.