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Yep. What most 9/11 conspiracy theorists call the "stand-down order" was actually the shoot-down order being communicated to the fighters at Andrews Air Force Base through the Secret Service from the PEOC at the White House.
originally posted by: Aleister
Very interesting story, in terms of who ordered the suicide mission. Was this one of the decisions Dick Cheney made in his bunker? There was a lot of talk that he did order that United 93 be downed, and this may confirm that (the orders to do this, to take down a passenger plane, had to come from high up on the political-food chain).
originally posted by: Merinda
Which raises the questions why werent those jets armed? Was it common for interceptor jets to not be armed, was it a novelty introduced a few years ago or even a couple months prior to 911?
The DCANG was not in the Norad or NEADS communication and command loops, so its pilots weren't on the same frequencies as Norad air defense fighters. The Andrews-based F-16s were launched by the Secret Service and someone in the White House command center, not Norad. At the time, there was no standing agreement between the Secret Service and the 113th Wing for the latter to provide fighters in response to an attack on Washington.
"We really didn't know the intricacies of Norad's mission--how it works," Thompson explained. "We've never been an air defense unit. We practice scrambles, we know how to do intercepts and other things, but there's a lot of protocol in the air defense business. We obviously didn't have that expertise, but it worked out fine.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: StratosFear
Now it's a lot more common. On that day it was seven bases, of which three were in the southeast watching for drug smugglers.