NORAD had drills of jets as weapons
By Steven Komarow and Tom Squitieri,
WASHINGTON- “In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties. One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center.”
Agency Was to Crash Plane on 9/11
By JOHN J. LUMPKIN
Associated Press Writer
August 22, 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) 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 accident.
Terrorism was to play no role in the exercise, which had been planned for several months, he said.
Adding to the coincidence, American Airlines Flight 77 -the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon -took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 50 minutes before the exercise was to begin. It struck the Pentagon around 9:40 a.m., killing 64 aboard the plane and 125 on the ground.
911 Panelist May Quit Over Bush Secrecy
By James Gordon Meek and Kenneth R. Bazinet
New York Daily News
WASHINGTON – Frustrated by Bush administration restrictions, a former senator said yesterday he might quit the special commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), now president of New York’s New School University, told the Daily News that resigning is “on my list of possibilities” because the administration continues to block the full panel’s access to top intelligence officials and materials.
“I am no longer… feeling comfortable that I’m going to be able to read and process what I need in order to participate in writing a report about how it was that 19 men defeated every single defensive system the U.S. put up to kill 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11,” said Kerrey."
9/11 Commission Funding Woes
Questions arise concerning the administration’s funding of the congressional investigation into the September 11th attacks
By TIMOTHY J. BURGER
"Is the Bush White House trying to put the brakes on the congressional panel created last fall to investigate the 9/11 attacks? Sources tell TIME that the White House brushed off a request quietly made last week by the 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean, the Republican former governor of New Jersey, to boost his budget by $11 million.
The panel has until the end of May 2004 to complete its work, but it will spend the $3 million it was originally allotted by around August 2003 - if it doesn’t get the supplement.
They’ve never wanted the commission and I feel the White House has always been looking for a way to kill it without having their finger on the murder weapon."
As a side note, the PODIUM at the Republican convention cost $2.5 million.
President Bush Thwarted Our Attempts at Every Turn
By Mary Jacoby
September 15 2004
"The widows known as the “Jersey Girls” changed history by demanding an independent 9/11 investigation. Now they want to change who’s president though some voted for Bush four years ago.
Along the way, the women have learned about coverups, obfuscation, political cowardice, deceptions and the dangers of eschewing international alliances for a go-it-alone foreign policy.
And their conclusion: For the sake of the country’s future, John Kerry must replace George W. Bush. Gathering at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, the widows announced their endorsement of the Massachusetts Democrat for president, a move made “in good conscience and from our hearts,” as former Bush supporter Kristen Breitweiser told the news cameras.
“In the three years since 9/11, I could never have imagined I would be here today, disappointed in the person I voted for, for president,” she said. Added fellow Jersey Girl Patty Casazza: “It was President Bush who thwarted our attempts at every turn.”
“The widows said they endorsed Kerry because three years of studying the facts has convinced them he will do a better job than Bush at protecting the nation.”
Hopefully this audio interveiw won’t be too much of a surprise after that…