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No Stand-Down Order
Claim: No fighter jets were scrambled from any of the 28 Air Force bases within close range of the four hijacked flights. "On 11 September Andrews had two squadrons of fighter jets with the job of protecting the skies over Washington D.C.," says the Web site emperors-clothes.com. "They failed to do their job." "There is only one explanation for this," writes Mark R. Elsis of StandDown.net. "Our Air Force was ordered to Stand Down on 9/11."
FACT: On 9/11 there were only 14 fighter jets on alert in the contiguous 48 states. No computer network or alarm automatically alerted the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) of missing planes. "They [civilian Air Traffic Control, or ATC] had to pick up the phone and literally dial us," says Maj. Douglas Martin, public affairs officer for NORAD. Boston Center, one of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regional ATC facilities, called NORAD's Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) three times: at 8:37 am EST to inform NEADS that Flight 11 was hijacked; at 9:21 am to inform the agency, mistakenly, that Flight 11 was headed for Washington (the plane had hit the North Tower 35 minutes earlier); and at 9:41 am to (erroneously) identify Delta Air Lines Flight 1989 from Boston as a possible hijacking. The New York ATC called NEADS at 9:03 am to report that United Flight 175 had been hijacked—the same time the plane slammed into the South Tower. Within minutes of that first call from Boston Center, NEADS scrambled two F-15s from Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Mass., and three F-16s from Langley Air National Guard Base in Hampton, Va. None of the fighters got anywhere near the pirated planes. Why couldn't ATC find the hijacked flights? When the hijackers turned off the planes' transponders, which broadcast identifying signals, ATC had to search 4500 identical radar blips crisscrossing some of the country's busiest air corridors. And NORAD's sophisticated radar? It ringed the continent, looking outward for threats, not inward. "It was like a doughnut," Martin says. "There was no coverage in the middle." Pre-9/11, flights originating in the States were not seen as threats and NORAD wasn't prepared to track them
originally posted by: TryAndStopTheFuture555
This thread is an attempt to paint the US government as incompetent, because that is way better than the truth. That CIA and Mossad organized the entire 9/11 event from the scratch.
This thread is such a cute package, even has Mossad hailing as heroes trying to warn US government. Of course you never heard of *dancing Israelis issue* nah.. not you. You don't believe or know about that stuff.
Anyway, carry on sir, carry on.
originally posted by: jtrenthacker
I'm going with the morons theory.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: jtrenthacker
Clearly Bush played that role well but I don't believe everyone in charge during the year of 2001 were all complete morons.
It's clear many warnings were blatantly ignored.
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
I pick "C" all of the above. What do you think is gonna happen when this all comes out, and it will? EVIL BASTARDS!
originally posted by: aboutface
Failure to act on information is complicity. So the answer to the title's question has to be both.
originally posted by: Grumble
Are you implying that our born again believer in sky fairies failed to grasp the reality of a situation? Surely not.
originally posted by: NoCorruptionAllowed
Then trillion plus dollars missing and unaccounted which is a categorical IMPOSSIBILITY.
And does gold that is incredibly dense and heavy just walk away with no security?
originally posted by: ColCurious
a reply to: Swills
What do you mean by "ran"?
No offence, but your current government doesn't strike me as much smarter to be honest.
They are still continuing the policies set in motion back in 2001, no?
They are still waging wars in the wrong countries, for the wrong reasons, with the wrong strategy.