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

2005: FAMILY DEMANDS THE TRUTH

New inquiry may expose events that led to Pat Tillman’s death – Robert Collier, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, September 25, 2005 The battle between a grieving family and the U.S. military justice system is on display in thousands of pages of documents strewn across Mary Tillman’s dining room table in suburban San Jose. As she pores through testimony from three previous Army investigations into the killing of her son, former football star Pat Tillman, by his fellow Army Rangers last year in Afghanistan, she hopes that a new inquiry launched in August by the Pentagon’s inspector general finally will answer the family’s questions: Were witnesses allowed to change their testimony on key details, as alleged by one investigator? Why did internal documents on the case, such as the initial casualty report, include false information? When did top Pentagon officials know that Tillman’s death was caused by friendly fire, and why did they delay for five weeks […] Read More