Guilty For 9-11 (Part 1) – Introduction
Introduction & Part 1, Section 1
by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 14 November 2001]
[Updated 17 November 2001]
Dedicated to the firemen of New York.
INTRODUCTION TO SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE
Andrews Air Force Base is a huge military installation just 10 miles from the Pentagon.
On 11 September there were two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews. Their job was to protect the skies over Washington D.C. They failed to do their job. Despite over one hour's advance warning of a terrorist attack in progress, not a single Andrews fighter tried to protect the city.
The FAA, NORAD and the military have cooperative procedures by which fighter jets automatically intercept commercial aircraft under emergency conditions. These procedures were not followed.
Air Force officials and others have tried to explain away the failures:
Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski, another Pentagon spokesman, [said]:
'The Pentagon was simply not aware that this aircraft was
coming our way, and I doubt prior to Tuesday's event, anyone
would have expected anything like that
--'Newsday,' 23 September 2001 (1)
Using information from the mass media and official Websites, we will show that this is a lie.
Some of what happened on 9-11, such as planes flying into buildings, is unusual. But most of what happened, such as commercial jets flying off-course, transponder failures and possible hijackings, are common emergencies. We will show that these emergencies are routinely handled with expert efficiency based on clear rules.
The crash of the first hijacked jet into the World Trade Center made it clear the United States was faced with an extraordinary situation. This should have intensified the emergency responses of the air safety and defense systems.
The whole country was aware. For example, at 9:06 AM the NY Police broadcast:
" 'This was a terrorist attack.
Notify the Pentagon.'"
--'Daily News' (New York) 12 September 2001 (2)
'American Forces Press Service' reported that ordinary people working at the Pentagon worried they could be next:
"'We were watching the World
Trade Center on the television,' said a Navy officer. 'When
the second plane deliberately dove into the tower, someone
said, 'The World Trade Center is one of the most
recognizable symbols of America. We're sitting in a close
--'DEFENSELINK News', Sept. 13, 2001 (3)
U.S. air safety and air defense emergency systems are activated in response to problems every day. On 9-11 they failed despite, not because of, the extreme nature of the emergency. This could only happen if individuals in high positions worked in a coordinated way to make them fail.
Such operatives would almost surely have failed if they tried to disrupt and abort routine protection systems without top-level support. The failure of the emergency systems would be noticed immediately. Moreover, given the catastrophic nature of the attacks, the highest military authorities would be alerted. Acting on their own, the operatives could expect that their orders would be countermanded and that they themselves would be arrested.
The sabotage of routine protective systems, controlled by strict hierarchies, would never have been contemplated let alone attempted absent the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command. This includes at least U.S. President George Bush, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers.
In the following summary of evidence we will demonstrate probable cause for charging the above-named persons with treason for complicity in the murders of thousands of people whom they had sworn to protect.
The summary of evidence covers the following areas:
* Andrews Air Force Base and the myth of 'no available planes;'
* The air safety/air defense systems and the myth that they were not prepared;
* The actions of George Bush on 9-11 that clearly violated his positive legal and constitutional obligations and demonstrated consciousness of guilt;
* The testimony of General Richard B. Myers at Senate hearings on his nomination as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In these hearings, the contents of which were reported accurately by one lone journalist, General Myers attempted to cover up what had happened 9-11 when he was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He offered three mutually contradictory cover stories and demonstrated consciousness of guilt;
* The cover story floated by CBS
evening news, September 14th.
Until that time, officials reported that no planes had been 'scrambled' to intercept the hijacked planes. But following Gen. Myers disastrous Senate testimony, CBS broadcast an improved version of 9-11. In the new script, fighter jets from Otis and Langley Air Force Bases did try, but failed, to intercept the hijacked planes. This is now presented as the official NORAD story and has been repeated uncritically by media and government officials alike. We will demonstrate that this cover story is both weak and incriminating.
PART 1, SECTION 1: Why did no fighter jets 'scramble' to protect Washington D.C.?
LIE #1: 'NO COMBAT READY FIGHTERS WERE STATIONED NEAR THE PENTAGON'
As noted, Andrews Air Force base is 10 miles from the Pentagon. The media has mainly avoided talking about Andrews. An exception is 'USA Today,' the second-highest circulation newspaper in America. On one day it published two contradictory stories to explain the failure to scramble jets from Andrews prior to the Pentagon crash:
FIRST 'USA TODAY' STORY:
"Andrews Air Force
Base, home to Air Force One, is only 15 miles [sic!] away
from the Pentagon, but it had no fighters assigned to it.
Defense officials won't say whether that has
--'USA TODAY,' 17 September 2001 (4)
SECOND 'USA TODAY' STORY:
"The District of Columbia National
Guard maintained fighter planes at Andrews Air Force Base,
only about 15 miles [sic!] from the Pentagon, but those
planes were not on alert and not deployed."
--'USA TODAY' September 17, 2001 (5)
Both stories are false.
Only one newspaper told the truth. That was the 'San Diego Union-Tribune':
"Air defense around Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia border. The D.C. Air National Guard is also based there and equipped with F-16 fighter planes, a National Guard spokesman said.
fighters took to the skies over Washington only after the
devastating attack on the Pentagon..."
--'San Diego Union-Tribune' 12 September 2001. (6)
Andrews Air Force Base is a huge installation. It hosts two 'combat-ready' squadrons:
* the 121st Fighter Squadron (FS-121) of the 113th Fighter Wing (FW-113), equipped with F-16 fighters;
* the 321st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-321) of
the 49th Marine Air Group, Detachment A (MAG-49 Det-A),
These squadrons are served by hundreds of full-time personnel.
THE 121st FIGHTER SQUADRON, 113th FIGHTER WING
"…as part of its dual
mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response
forces for the District of Columbia in the event of a
natural disaster or civil emergency. Members also assist
local and federal law enforcement agencies in combating drug
trafficking in the District of Colombia. [They] are full
partners with the active Air Force"
--DC Military (7)
THE 321st MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON (VMFA-321)
"In the best tradition of the Marine Corps, a 'few good men and women' support two combat-ready reserve units at Andrews AFB.
"Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
(VMFA) 321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron, flies the
sophisticated F/A-18 Hornet. Marine Aviation Logistics
Squadron 49, Detachment A, provides maintenance and supply
functions necessary to maintain a force in readiness.
--DC Military (7)
So Andrews AFB had at least two 'combat-ready' squadrons.
The above quotes are from www.dcmilitary.com, a private Website authorized by the military to provide information for members of the armed forces. We discovered it 24 September. A month later we found that the address had been changed and the Andrews information posted in the smallest type size. Similarly, the official Andrews AFB Website has been 'down' since mid-September. Fortunately, it can still be accessed by going to www.archive.org and entering www.andrews.af.mil .
On the Andrews main page, front and center there is a
direct link to DC Military. The information on the Andrews
Website confirms the information on DC military. We urge
everyone to check these links and download the pages as soon
as possible because they may be moved or removed yet again.
For Andrews, go to www.archive.org and then enter
[Note: a few days after this Emperor's Clothes article was posted, the www.andrews.af.mil website went back up with the note: "This Page was last modified September 12, 2001." The new Andrews website no longer links to the most relevant information regarding 9-11. The most relevant web pages "cannot be found." Fortunately, they are still available through www.archive.org.
The original addresses (now dead) are:
direct links to the archives of these pages
also have a backup copies of the pages
Meanwhile, a bit of news: the Andrews Air Force Base Website has gone back online.
A note appearing on the Website says it was last modified September 12th. However it was inaccessible from mid-September until it went back on line one or two days ago.
The website is important because, as we noted in "GUILTY FOR 9-11," it used to link to official US Air Force pages devoted to the 113th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard. Those pages contradicted media and official claims that there were no combat ready fighter jets at Andrews. One page stated:
"Training for air combat and operational airlift for national defense is the 113 this primary mission. However, as part of its dual mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces for the District of Columbia in the event of natural disaster or civil emergency. Members also assist local and federal law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking in the District of Columbia."
The link to this page is broken, and we could not find anything like it on the modified Website. However, you can still access it at archive.org. Just go to: http://web.archive.org/web/20010306223457/ http://www.dcandr.ang.af.mil/113wing/pa/html/wg_units.html and scroll down a bit.
A related page, devoted to the 113th Fighter Wing's parent, the DC Air National Guard (DCANG), also seems to have been modified. We could no longer find the following pre-9-11 mission statement, which also indicates that Andrews had combat-ready airplanes:
To provide combat units in the highest
possible state of readiness."
... the story continues...
Our research has been carried out mainly by volunteers. Newspapers and TV news departments have full-time research staffs. The important media have bureaus in Washington DC, just a few miles from the Andrews airbase. Why haven't newspapers and TV news programs reported the truth: that Andrews job was to protect DC?
This failure is especially striking because some media did report that fighters scrambled from Andrews, but only after the Pentagon was hit. Thus they were aware that Andrews was supposed to defend D.C.:
" Within minutes of the
attack American forces around the world were put on one of
their highest states of alert - Defcon 3, just two notches
short of all-out war - and F-16s from Andrews Air Force Base
were in the air over Washington DC."
--'Sunday Telegraph,' (London), 14 September 2001 (8)
"WASHINGTON - …an audible gasp went up from the rear of the audience as a large black plume of smoke arose from the Pentagon. Terrorism suddenly was at the doorstep and clearly visible through the big glass windows overlooking the Potomac River. Overhead, fighter jets scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base and other installations and cross-crossed the skies…
"A thick plume of smoke was climbing out of the
hollow center of the Pentagon. Everyone on the train
understood what had happened moments before."
--'Denver Post,' 11 September 2001 (9)
"It was after the
attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to
scramble F-16s out of the DC National Guard Andrews Air
Force Base to fly cover, a--a protective cover over
--NBC Nightly News, (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 11 2001 (10)
The media should have demanded to know the truth about why fighter jets assigned to protect Washington didn't scramble an hour BEFORE the Pentagon was hit.
Besides fighters, tanker planes and AWACS were also readily available.(An AWACS is a flying communication center equipped with radar which can scan at least 250 miles. This is almost the full distance from the West-Virginia/Ohio/Kentucky border, where American Air Flight 77 turned around before flying back to DC.) Both General Myers and Vice President Cheney admit that these planes did not go into the air over Washington until after the Pentagon was hit.
Here is General Myers, testifying 13th September:
"When it became clear what the threat was,
we did scramble fighter aircraft, AWACS, radar aircraft and
tanker aircraft to begin to establish orbits in case other
aircraft showed up in the FAA system that were
--Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001 (11)
And Richard Cheney on 'Meet the Press':
"VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, the--I suppose the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft.
"MR. RUSSERT: And you decided?'
"VICE PRES. CHENEY: We decided to do it. We'd, in effect, put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they could stay up a long time." --NBC, 'Meet the Press' (10:00 AM ET) 16 September 2001 (12)
As we shall see, Mr. Cheney's statement that "the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft" is a lie. Publicly available FAA documents prove that fighter jets routinely intercept commercial aircraft under certain designated circumstances without requiring or asking for approval from the White House.
Summary of evidence is CONTINUED IN PART I, SECTION II
For a map of Washington showing the distance from Andrews Air Force base to the Pentagon go to: http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/andrewsmap.htm
'Newsday' 23 September 2001, "Air Attack on Pentagon
Indicates Weaknesses" by Sylvia Adcock, Brian Donovan and
Web version at::
'Daily News' (New York), 12 September 2001, Wednesday, NEWS
SECTION; Pg. 24: 'THE TRAGIC TIMELINE The sad events of the
the full text is available at:
'DEFENSELINK News,' "It Was Business as Usual, Then 'Boom'"
By Jim Garamone, 'American Forces Press Service,' Sept. 13,
'USA TODAY,' 17 September 2001, Pg. 5A, "Military now a
presence on home front," by Andrea Stone.
Web version is at:
'USA TODAY,' September 17, 2001 Monday, FINAL EDITION, Pg.
5A, "Shoot-down order issued on morning of chaos," by
Jonathan Weisman, Washington
Web version is at:
'San Diego Union-Tribune,' 12 September 2001. Homepage at:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Article at:
Current DC Military weblink
Backup of the November 2001 web page at:
Backup of how the page looked on September 2001 at:
'Sunday Telegraph,' (London), 14 September 2001
Web article at:
Backup article at:
'NBC Nightly News,' "Attack on America," (6:30 PM ET) 11
September 2001, "Tuesday President Bush returns to White
House on Marine One," Anchor: Tom Brokaw, Jim Miklaszewski
See transcript at:
Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13
Full transcript at:
This particular quotation was also reprinted by many mainstream media sources.
(12) 'NBC, Meet the Press'
(10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
Backup transcript at:
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