2004: FAA Managers Destroyed 9/11 Tape

Recording Contained Accounts of Communications With Hijacked Planes By Sara Kehaulani Goo Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, May 6, 2004; 6:16 PM Six air traffic controllers provided accounts of their communications with hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, on a tape recording that was later destroyed by Federal Aviation Administration managers, according to a government investigative report issued today. It is unclear what information was on the tape because no one ever listened to, transcribed or duplicated it, the report by the Department of Transportation inspector general said. The report concluded that the FAA generally cooperated with the independent panel investigating the terrorist attacks by providing documents about its activities on Sept. 11, but the actions of two FAA managers “did not, in our view, serve the interests of the FAA, the Department [of Transportation] or the public.” The report was conducted at the request of Sen. John McCain […] Read More

2007: The First Fifteen Minutes of September 11th

Former Air Traffic Controller Robin Hordon speaks out on 9/11, NORAD and what should have happened on 9/11. By Jeremy Baker Former Air Traffic Controller Robin Hordon Within three hours of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Robin Hordon knew it was an inside job. He had been an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for eleven years before Reagan fired him and hundreds of his colleagues after they went on strike in the eighties. Having handled in-flight emergencies and two actual hijackings in his career, he is well qualified to comment on what NORAD should have been able to achieve in its response to the near simultaneous hijacking of four domestic passenger carriers on the morning of September 11th, 2001. North American Aerospace Defense Command) monitors monitoring our skies twenty-four-seven. We have a lot of human beings, civilian and military, who care about doing their jobs.??? I […] Read More

2006: Ex-employee says FAA warned before 911

Immediately (after 9/11), numerous government officials from FAA as well as other government agencies made defensive statements such as, ‘How could we have known this was going to happen?’ ” Bogdan Dzakovic testified later before the 9/11 Commission. “The truth is, they did know.” By Catherine Rampell, USA TODAY From 1995 to 2001, Bogdan Dzakovic served as a team leader on the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA think like terrorists, the elite squad tested airport security systems. In the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Dzakovic says, the team was able to breach security about 90% of the time, sneaking bombs and submachine guns past airport screeners. Expensive new bomb detection machines consistently failed, he says. The team repeatedly warned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its […] Read More

2007: Did Cheney Allow Or Order 9/11 Plane To Strike Pentagon?

  Sherwood Ross Friday, March 2, 2007 Although the official 9/11 Commission Report(CR) said Vice President Richard Cheney did not arrive at the Presidential Emergency Operations Center(PEOC) under the White House until “shortly before 10 a.m.” that tragic day, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified when he arrived in the room at 9:20 a.m. Cheney was already there. (CR published no testimony from Mineta.) The timeline is important because if Cheney arrived at 10 a.m. it would have been about 20 minutes after the Pentagon was allegedly struck by a hijacked airplane at 9:38 a.m., too late for him to authorize the Air Force to shoot it down. Some 125 Pentagon employees perished in the attack. Mineta testified “during the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, ‘the plane is 50 miles […] Read More