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Originally posted by St Udio
to my thinking, the non-action by the secret service was a prudent response.
after all, the very early event of a airplane that got way off course,
and that airplane being hours & miles away up in NYC
there was at that moment, no real indication there was a multi-pronged attack underway...and that the President might be in danger.
Card whispered: "America is under attack.''
One year ago this week in the United States, the unthinkable became automatic. A band of Muslim zealots from the Middle East turned four American commercial jets into missiles, killing more than 3,000 people, and the specter of terrorism settled over the land. The United States, every American finally understood, has enemies who are not only eager to, but capable of, killing us on our own soil.
First with hijacked planes. Perhaps next with anthrax or poison gas. And later, who can say? Maybe a nuclear bomb in a suitcase.
"I'm sitting in the midst of a classroom with little kids, listening to a children's story, and I realize I'm the commander in chief and the country has just come under attack,'' Bush later recalled. "I made up my mind at that moment we were going to war.''
Originally posted by Ernold Same
Regardless of whether the SS knew of any other planes that were off course or not, they wouldnt know whether or not someone was close by with a gun or possibly bomb to try and kill bush, they should of done either of 2 things IMO;
1) drag him out without making any appologies for scaring the kids, and get him somehwere safe ASAP.
2) inform him that they need to leave ASAP, to make his excuse's to the kids and leave straight away, something like "I'm really sorry kids but something real important has happened that needs me to leave you with you're story, carry on reading and I'll be sure to pay you another visit when we can finish the story" or similar, you get the picture, 30 seconds explaining, nobody gets scared, he gets out ASAP and safe, seems simple to me.
IMO the SS must train for this until they know the procedure backwards, unless they had an order from someone who KNEW 100% he was in no danger, theres no way they wouldnt put into action one of their well rehearsed strategies, leaving him sat there with a bunch of kids would not be one of those I doubt very much! at the very least they should of moved him for the safety of all the kids/civilians at his location.
It screams conspiracy in my eyes, I cant see ANY reason why they would leave him there to carry on reading that damn book.
The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.
Originally posted by esdad71
To me it always showed that it is proof he had no idea what was to happen which I know contradicts alot of theory on here. The first plane hit, and it was thought to be an accident at the time. He starts to read the story, and then he is told that a second plane hit. I mean, what should you do? Storm a classroom with weapons drawn, scare the hell out of the kids and cause a panic.
I would think that it would take that long for them to confirm clear airspace, and make sure that everything is locked down. I mean, SS is under a certain awareness at all times, but I am sure there are extra measures in play for situations such as this. I felt that it was handled in a professional manner. Besides, what could he have done that others were not already doing during those few minutes? Once the second plane hit, we knew that we were under attack, and the ball was rolling to protect ourselves without the president saying 'do it'.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Notice when he said it Anok. After the SECOND plane hit. When the FIRST plane hit, everyone thought "Oh my god, some idiot just flew into the Trade Center!"