As to targets, Atta understood Bib Ladin’s interest in striking the White House. Atta said he thought this target was too difficult, but had tasked Hamzi and Hanjour to evaluate its feasibility and was awaiting their answer. Atta said that those two operatives had rented small aircraft and flown reconnaissance flights near the Pentagon. Atta explained that Hanjour was assigned to attack the Pentagon, Jarrah the Capitol, and that both Atta and Shehhi would hit the World Trade Center. If any pilot could not reach his intended target, he was to crash the plane. If Atta could not strike the World Trade Center, he planned to crash his aircraft directly into the streets of New York.
They discussed targets in coded language, pretending to be students discussing various field of study” “architecture” referred to the World Trade Center, “arts” the Pentagon, “law” the Capitol, and “politics” the White House.
Binalshibh reminded Atta that Bin Ladin wanted to target the White House. Atta again cautioned that this would be difficult. When Binalshibh persisted, Atta agreed to include the White House but suggested they keep the Capitol as an alternate target in case the White House proved too difficult
If terrorist were really behind this and wanted to do the most damage, they would have aimed their planes for high traffic areas such as the streets of NY. Many more would have died. The towers were destroyed because they had just been insured 1 month prior to the attacks by larry silverstein for 3.8 billion. He made money by lending his towers for destruction, in one of the biggest insurance frauds of all time
Originally posted by thedman
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Try reading Lawrence Wright's THE LOOMING TOWERS
Bin Laden had designated 4 targets - WTC 1 & 2 in NYC, These were named the TOWERS OF THE JEWS
symbolizing finance Targets of American 11 and United 175
The Pentagon named as the TOWER OF WAR, symbolizing American military power target of American 77
The Capitol named the TOWER oF LAWS symbolizing the American government - this was target of United 93
which crashed at Shanksville
All these buildings in addition to their symbolic value had several other salient facts all were very large buildings
easily identifiable from the air and easy to hit
The White House on other hand is fairly small (compared to other targets) , ringed by trees and perimeter fence
Also many "truthers" declare that hijackers were poor pilots (despite having pilots licenses with commerical
ratings and time in jet simulators) yet state that were capable of finding and hitting the White House
Originally posted by buster2010
Remember a couple of trillion dollars was reported missing just a couple of days before 9/11.
In reality, we're a bit over weight, kind of slow on the uptake, and we don't like to be pushed around (but we do tend to be a bit on the arrogant side). But anyone that has paid attention to US history, should know that we get pissed off, and when we do, we don't just make faces and noises.
So again, either they really didn't understand us...........or (and this is for the conspiracy people, as I know you'll love this part), you could go down the road thinking that "they" (whomever "they" were), knew EXACTLY that's what it would do.
Originally posted by hanyak69
No you are wrong it was just a few days before
In fiscal 1999, a defense audit found that about $2.3 trillion of balances, transactions and adjustments were inadequately documented. These "unsupported" transactions do not mean the department ultimately cannot account for them, she advised, but that tracking down needed documents would take a long time. Auditors, she said, might have to go to different computer systems, to different locations or access different databases to get information.
How did a airplane penetrate 4 6ft reinforced concrete walls?
Originally posted by DeadSeraph
reply to post by elitegamer23
The official story is that the Plane that crashed over Pennsylvania was headed for the White House. What I'd like to know is why the countless missile batteries that guard the airspace over the Pentagon didn't seem to notice the airliner headed right for the building.
Originally posted by Zcustosmorum
No mate, the biggest mystery is why video of the plane actually hitting the building (from the 80 plus security cameras) hasn't been released
Originally posted by Pervius
On September 10th, 2001 the Secretary of Defense testified before Congress that he lost $2.3 Trillion.
Problem is DOD was only budgeted something around $300 Billion per year.....how could they lose $2.3 Trillion?