by Barbara Honegger
From the start, the Bush Administration has insisted
that anything like
the 'planes-as-weapons' scenario of 9-11 was 'unthinkable'
before 9-11. That's a Huge Lie. On Sept. 11, 2001
they had a brand new counter-terror emergency
response plan in place at the Pentagon for exactly
that scenario, and had a counter-terror 'wargame'
set to begin on exactly that scenario
that very morning in the nation's capitol.
This brief sets forth the growing reasons to believe
that the date for the attack was
not 'chosen' by the hijackers at all, but that one
of them learned that a counter-terror wargame/exercise
simulating a scenario like the one that actually
took place on 9-11
was planned for that morning, and then 'piggybacked'
the "real thing" on top of it.
Here are some of the critical 'burning data points':
1) Military aircraft had more than enough time
- nearly three
quarters of an hour -- to respond to and intercept
Pentagon plane after all key decision makers were
the Twin Tower hits had been terrorist attacks and
that Flight 77
had also been hijacked, but didn't do so 'in time'.
This is beyond comprehension over the nation's capital
unless some previous
piece of information or mental set led them to assume
the Pentagon plane could not be a terrorist vehicle,
or at least confuse them
as to whether it was or not. If those looking on
inside the Pentagon as 9-11 unfolded believed flight
was, or might be, part of a "Red Team"
set for that very morning, it would explain the
hensible delay, almost to the point of paralysis,
2) For the above to be the case, an actual counter-terrorist
simulation/wargame/exercise had to have been planned
for that very morning, 9-11. More specifically,
have had to have been a counter-terrorist wargame
the same or a very similar scenario as what actually
to take place - i.e. a plane or planes crashing
into a building
or buildings in the Washington, D.C. area.
3) The above, in fact, did happen. On Aug. 22,
Press ran the following story (version carried in
"Top US Intelligence Agency was to simulate
plane crash into gov't bldg.
on September 11, 2001. U.S. intgelli- gence agency
was planning an exercise
last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would
crash into one of
Full story at: http://www.airdisaster.com/news/0802/22/news.shtml
4) After reading the above article about NRO's
planned 9-11 exercise
on a scenario similar to what actually happened
that morning, I was
certain that the 'revelation' was a 'partial hangout'
- i.e. that other federal agencies in the D.C. area,
both military and civilian, also had 'wargames'
on the plane-into-building scenario scheduled for
the morning of 9-11.
5) A search of the Washington Post and New York
Times for the week
after 9-11 revealed the following amazing facts,
which require the
context provided by 3) and 4) above to be meaningful:
The Washington Post reported on 9/16/01 that the
original pilot of Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon,
former F-4 fighter pilot Charles Burlingame had,
in his last Navy job developing anti-terror strategies
for the Navy before retiring to fly for American
Airlines, drafted the Pentagon's emergency response
plan in case it was hit by a civilian airliner.
Also that, on the morning of 9-11, Pentagon medic
Matt Rosenberg was in the health clinic on Corridor
8 "grateful for an uninterrupted hour
in which he could study a new medical emergency
disaster plan based on the unlikely scenario of
an airplane crashing into the Pentagon." Clearly,
the disaster plan Rosenberg was reading just before
Burlingame's plane hit the Navy Command Center was
part of the very plan Burlingame himself had put
Precisely what the above means in the context
of the counter-
terror 'wargame' planned for that very morning with
the full knowledge of key personnel in the military
and CIA (NRO, the one agency which,
so far, has acknowledged having a plane-into-bldg.
simulation on 9-11
is staffed by military and CIA personnel) is not
yet clear, but one thing
is certain. It is absolutely and completely beyond
6) With this new context, we can now see why the
leak of the exact wording (not the fact of, which
had already been reported in the Washington Times
two weeks after 9-11) of a Sept. 10, 2001 NSA intercept
so worried and infuriated Vice President Cheney
that he demanded
an FBI investigation of members of the House and
Senate Intel Committee Joint 9-11 investigation
to determine who might have leaked it. That
key intercept between the leader of the the
9-11 hijackers, Mohammad Atta, and the 'mastermind'
of the 9-11 plot, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, said:
"The Match is about to begin. Tomorrow (i.e.
9-11) is zero hour."
"Match", of course, is what you would
expect if the speaker were referring to his discovery
of the date that the U.S. Gov't had
selected to conduct its counter-terror simulation/exercise
on the scenario of plane(s) crashing into gov't
buildings - one that
was about to turn very real when the terrorists
their long-planned plot onto it.
On 9-10-02, Knight Ridder reported that U.S. intelligence
officials now believe that in that critical "Match"
call, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed gave Atta coded approval
for the four teams of hijackers to proceed.
On the contrary, given the new context in which
this all finally begins
to make sense, Atta was merely communicating to
his boss, or visa versa, the date that the U.S.
gov't exercise was to take place. Bin al Shibh,
Atta, and Mohammad didn't 'choose the date'. The
U.S. Government did.
This also explains the choice of date for the
attack, which was the date chosen for the 'emergency'
preparedness exercise. 9-11 is U.S.
abbreviation for 'emergency', and that's precisely
the kind of code
name the military and intel communities like to
give their 'exercises'. Islamic radicals, rather,
choose significant anniversary dates for their attacks
- such as Aug. 7 for the twin bombings of the U.S.
in Africa. To bin Laden and his followers, Aug.
7 is their "Pearl Harbor" anniversary
- the day U.S. troops, then under orders from first
President Bush's Secretary of Defense Cheney, landed
in Saudi Arabia following Saddam Hussein's Aug.
2, 1990 invasion of Kuwait. I've checked
ten years of back papers: Sept. 11 is not among
the 'anniversary' dates for radical Islamicists.
They didn't choose it. (President Bush is also
keenly aware of Aug. 7 as the key 'anniversary'
date in bin Laden's
mind -- that's why he requested the one brief he
was given before 9-11 on possible terror attacks
on the U.S. mainland, held at his Texas
ranch, the day before -- Aug. 6, 2001).
7) We also now know why it was Vice President Cheney
who was so upset that the content of the "Match"
made public. Now, someone might figure out that
it was he -
having been charged by President Bush on May 8,
(Time magazine) to lead a high-level task force
the US's vulnerabilities to domestic terrorist attack
and figure out
ways to fix them -- who was 'in charge' of the 'plane(s)-into-building(s)'
counter-terror 'exercise' the morning of Sept. 11.
That's why he
was in the White House Sit Room; and why President
Bush kept reading to grammar school kids in Florida
long after he should have instantly broken
it off to perform his emergency duties as Commander-in-Chief.
The reason was that Bush 'knew' - or thought he
knew - that it was 'just a game.'
8) Finally, for all of this to 'work', the bad
guys had to have
at least one person among them who had fooled U.S.
into believing that he was 'one of us.' That person,
is Khalid Shaikh Muhammed -- the only person about
whom all information is still classified, even his
name, even though reams have already been written
about him in the open press. He is also the only
living 9-11 operative still
at large. And for good reason. Vice President Cheney,
President Bush, CIA Director Tenet, CIA officer
and chief of NRO's strategic gaming division for
'plane-into-building' exercise, John Fulton, and
all the others who were so stupid
as to risk thousands of innocent American lives
on the bet that their
star 'informant', Khalid Sheikh Muhammed had really
been 'turned' --
don't want him to talk about what he knows. And
he knows a lot.
On Sept. 10, 2002, Knight Ridder quoted a top U.N.
that Mohammad is probably also the only person who
has all the pieces
to the 9-11 puzzle. Not surprisingly, CIA Director
Tenet has also
classified all information about what President
Bush, Vice President
Cheney, Condolezza Rice, and everyone else at the
White House were
told about Khalid Sheikh Muhammed.
9) It's time for the Joint House/Senate Intelligence
Committee 9-11 investigation, and the future independent
9-11 investigation, to insist
on any time, any where, on demand surprise searches
of all Bush Admin.
files on 9-11. This, after all, is the Administration
that insisted that anything like the 'planes as
weapons' scenario of 9-11 was 'unthinkable' before
9-11. Right. They had a brand new counter-terror
emergency plan in place at the Pentagon for exactly
that scenario, and had a counter-terror 'wargame'
set to begin on exactly that scenario that very
morning. Just couldn't
Because putting together counter-terror exercises
like the one that
was to take place the morning of 9-11 in the nation's
capitol was precisely
the right thing to do, the fact that everyone in
from the President on down has so completely lied
about it shows that
they have something terrible, indeed, to hide. In
this brief, we've begun
to discern its shape.
P.S. Prof. John Arquilla, an information warfare
and Special Operations
expert at the Naval Postgraduate School, told The
Monterey Herald (7/18/02):
"The idea of such an attack (like 9-11) was
well known. It had been wargamed
as a possibility in exercises before Sept. 11, 2001."
|In what the government
describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S.
intelligence agency was planning an exercise
last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft
would crash into one of its buildings.
But the cause wasn't terrorism � it was to
be a simulated
Agency was to simulate plane crash on September
Had 45 minutes to respond AFTER they were
100% certain the Twin Towers were hit and
Flight 77 had been hijacked.
|A military counter-terrorist
wargame was planned for that day. As 9/11
took place, it seemed like a military exercise
Cheney was charged by President Bush
on May 8, 2001 (Time magazine) to lead a high-level
task force identifying
the US's vulnerabilities to domestic terrorist
attack and figure out
ways to fix them.
Who was 'in charge'
of the 'plane(s)-into-building(s)'
counter-terror 'exercise' the morning of Sept.
Dick Cheney. That's why Cheney was
in the White House Sit Room; and why President
Bush kept reading to grammar school kids in
Florida long after he should have instantly
broken it off to perform his emergency duties
The reason was that Bush 'knew' - or thought
he knew - that it was 'just a game.'