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Originally posted by Amethyst
What I don't get is, why were they so bent on hiding it?
So why all the secrecy?
Originally posted by Sauron
Major Rick Gibney did as he was ordered and did nothing criminal. He was merely following orders,
They, the Happy Hooligans, a unit of 3 F-16 aircraft, were ordered to head toward Pennsylvania. At 0957 they spotted their target; After confirmation orders were received, A one Major Rick Gibney fired two sidewinder missiles at the aircraft and destroyed it in mid flight at precisely 0958;
Originally posted by SkipShipman
The problem with lying when you know the truth is information overload, you have to keep two stories in mind, one to tell the people and the other to keep up with policy analysis.
So you can't really blame Rummy too much, after all facts can be so confusing when you have to talk to the public.
Originally posted by Vertu
The flight recorders also proved that the terrorist caring for the "bomb" instructed the pilot to crash the plane immediately because the passengers are planning to take over it.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
I can think of another reason to NOT tell us the plane was shot down:
The story we were told about the passengers taking charge and getting the plane crashed made them heroes and helped take the nation's mind off the 9/1 tragedy, if only briefly.
The PA incident came off as a bit of good done on a deadly day.
Not a bad public relations job at all.
Originally posted by slayerfan
I dont know what to belive but a box cutter is not that scary, I have been cut by them couple of times one time at work on a lath.but up in the air it might be diffrent