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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: openedeyesandears
a reply to: neutronflux
Well well well, just letting you know, the Air Force was just training on that day exactly for a situation of the same. Everybody knew about 4 hijacked airliners within US air space
and yet no one knew what the protocol was including Cheney? OMG lol get real.
Btw, thank you for a lame excuse and not answering as to why Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded on false pretexts. It just shows what you're about.
I'm done and go push your idiocy on someone else.
Yeah, I noticed your answer about the Air Force. "Pilots calling their girlfriends". Typical to divert a question and … Do you have proof?
What about invading the wrong countries?
as for the phone calls, I answered and give it up because I'm not about to write a whole chapter to explain what is explained in the video.
If you can't view it... who cares.
Keep twisting everything to YOUR narrative and just go along with it.
I'm not buying the commission's version of events and couldn't care less what you say.
You're the only one who knows the truth and we're all idiots. Typical