What You Won`t See in United 93, the Film
The only people to defend the United States on 911 were the passengers and crews of the 4 hijacked planes.
The President and the Secretary of Defense, the two top officials in the chain of command responsible for defense of the country were out of commission. Dick Cheney, the vice president, who under the constitution has no authority to issue orders, was running the country from the White House bunker. The FAA and the military were nowhere.
On Flight 11, flight attendants Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney were on the phone to American Airlines ground personnel minutes after the hijacking began. Even though both the FAA and the airlines had been warned more than 50 times in the months preceding the attack, officials on the ground reacted with skepticism an annoyance to Betty Ong's desperate call.
According to one account by people who have listened to all the tapes, American Airlines people were anxious to keep what was going on secret. An American Airlines tape, according to Gail Sheehy in the New York Observer, shows the managers were concerned about keeping things secret. People who listened to the tapes said there were statements including the following: "Keep it close," "keep it quiet", "Let's keep this among ourselves."
So in those terrifying minutes before the first hit, two brave women on the phone inside Flight 11 were calmly telling American Airlines ground officials exactly what was happening.
The airline's reaction: Nothing. It did absolutely nothing.
The managers could have picked up a phone and told all their pilots what was going on. Indeed they could have told all pilots in the air what was happening. They could have called officials in New York. There is a real likelihood people at least could have evacuated the second tower.
If someone on the ground had acted, Flight 93, sitting on the Newark airport tarmac, might well have avoided the hijack.
Flight 93 took off at 8:42 that morning, a few minutes before the Flight 11 struck the WTC. It was not hijacked until 9:28. It is simple fact that the FAA, American Airlines and the military knew about the 911 hijacking before Flight 93 took off. Before its cockpit was seized two planes had hit the World Trade Center.
The 911 Commission report states it clearly: "As news of the hijackings filtered through the FAA and the airlines, it does not seem to have occurred to their leadership that they needed to alert other aircraft in the air that they too might be at risk."
The 911 Commission found "no evidence ... that American Airlines ever sent any cockpit warnings to its aircraft on 911." United's first decisive move to inform its pilots occurred at 9:19 when a United Flight dispatcher, on his own initiative, notified the airline's intercontinental flights: "Beware any cockpit intrusion. Two a/c [aircraft] hit World Trade Center."
Flight 93 got this warning at 9:24 a.m. Two minutes later the pilot responded and asked for confirmation. And two minutes later flight controllers in Cleveland heard shouts from the cockpit: "Hey get out of here ... get out of here ... get out of here."
The pilot had heard the warning, but had not had time to react.
The only people who were aware of the earlier hijackings that day and used their knowledge to take decisive and effective action were the passengers on Flight 93.
James Ridgeway (b. 1936) is a prominent American investigative journalist. He served as Washington correspondent for The Village Voice where he worked from the mid-1970s until April 2006.
Topics: Terrorism, Travel
I must agree with Hudd on the dubious nature of the offical 9/11 hypothesis. Too many loop holes.
Thomas, "To defend the West"????? I think that probably summarizes the extent of your 'neutrality' let alone the validity of the statements you make and the sources you retrieve them from. Maybe you wish you were one of those 'brave few' that went around the continental US trying desperately to commit genocide against the indigineous ('original' in case you don't understand the context) population. Remebering of course that they KNEW that they were deliberately trying to exterminate them and then steal their lands only to proclaim a 'brave new world of oppurtunity'. Hmm, I suppose the Libyan pirates said the same thing when they were regularly US cargo ships in the late 19th century.
You may consider brewing a large pot of freshly brewed coffee supplied from Kenya, before postng some more of your sobering, highly intellectual, non-biased commentary.
About the movie, first of all with all due respect to the duped victims, I don't believe that al-Qaidah could pull such a stunt. No way Jose! The technicality of flying such planes is not accessible on the intercave network. A bunch of poorly trained pilots wannebes couldn't fly those Boeings with such 'military' skill! Come on guys, my daughter is a pilot trainee, she flys small planes 'Cessnas' for pleasure and fun while training for airliners, I asked her how possible was to do the 9/11? She said, without tower support? Even with an automated navigational system, to find a target like that without extended pilot experience or auto-pilot pre-destined program is like winning the national lottery. I believe what she says, when she strays too far away she needs the tower's support to get back to the airport. 9/11 is still an assuption.
Hudd, man, boy oh boy you need to get some thicker skin. I make spelling mistakes also, but I don't go around insulting you level of intelligence or anybody else on this site. Since you were attacking my intelligence I thought it was fair game to attack your spelling. Again, get over it! I dont think your spelling mistakes is a sign of low intelligence, it is probably your second language so keep up the good work in English.
I believe that before things can get better sometimes they have to get worse.
To make the West safe it is simple. It is the elimination of all possible threats from the inside and outside of the country. I think most people would agree to make a country safe the elimination of all threats are necessary, and half measures are a prescription to failure.
Hudd, concerning your spelling mistakes if you are going to call people stupid, take a little time so that you don't look stupid with spelling mistakes.
"I also think that it will take a much more serious terrorist event, before what has to be done will be done to make Western civilization safe."
I wonder, "what has to be done to make Western civilization safe?", please, satisfy my insatiable curiosity!
Whats exactly wrong with this article? This and many, many views circulate the web everyday and many documentaries from different point of views regarding this event. Why should anyone trust the general media that cannot even report on 100 % authentic basis. On the same note, many Amercians have an idea that what happened, although wrong in every nature, was a shady event indeed. 11/9, the collapse of Berlin Wall, and 9/11 are the dates that shifted and changed the worlds direction.
It shows a government who thru the commission that has tried to learn from the events. I just don't see the investigative journalism in this article.
I also think that it will take a much more serious terrorist event, before what has to be done will be done to make Western civilization safe.
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