The War on Terrorism An Alternative View
Media critic Barrie Zwicker, the host of Canada's VisionTV Insight: Mediafile, is one of the few North American journalists to offer an alternative viewpoint on the Sept. 11 tragedy. In this provocative six-part series of Mediafile commentaries, he challenges the official explanation for the attacks and considers the troubling implications of Americas new war.
really happened on Sept. 11th?
9/11 Part 2.
Next, more troubling questions. Part 2 in my series of commentaries about the events of September 11th.
As youve heard in the panel discussion, a common explanation as to why no U.S. military interceptors took to the skies on September 11th until it was too late, is that it was simple incompetence.
let me deal with the incompetence theory. By first taking
you back to October 26th, 1999. That is the day the chartered Learjet
carrying golfer Payne Stewart crashes, killing all on board. This from
the official National Transportation Safety Board crash report:
So what does this prove? Well, it proves that standing routines exist for dealing with all such emergencies, for instance loss of radio contact. All personnel in the air and on the ground are trained to follow the routines, which have been fine-tuned over decades, as the Learjet incident illustrates.
For large scheduled aircraft, tracked throughout on radar, to depart extravagantly from their flight paths, would trigger numerous calls to the military, especially after two have hit the World Trade Centre and now one is speeding toward Washington, D.C.
It flies over the White House, turns sharply and heads toward the Pentagon. Everyone and I mean everyone now knows these planes are very bad news. Its been reported on all TV networks for more than half an hour that this is a terrorist attack.
Now, Andrews Air Force Base is a huge installation. Its home to Air Force One, the Presidents plane. Its home base for two combat-ready squadrons of jet interceptors mandated to ensure the safety of the U.S. capital. Andrews is only 12 miles from the White House.
September 11th the squadrons there were:
This information was on the website of the base on September 11th. [POSSIBLE (cuts)] On September 12th, Andrews chose to update its website. I find it odd that after the update theres no mention of the F-16 and F-18 fighters. The base becomes, according to the website, home to a transport squadron only.
at 6:30 the evening of September 11th NBC Nightly News, along with many
Throughout the northeastern United States are many air bases. But that morning no interceptors respond in a timely fashion to the highest alert situation. This includes the Andrews squadrons which have the longest lead time and are 12 miles from the White house.
Whatever the explanation for the huge failure, there have been no reports, to my knowledge, of reprimands. This further weakens the Incompetence Theory. Incompetence usually earns reprimands.
This causes me to ask and other media need to ask if there were stand down orders.
week, bin Laden was a longtime close ally of the CIA, according to the
CIA itself. Why did he suddenly turn against them? Or did he?
Report by National Transportation Safety Board
re crash of chartered Learjet 26 October 1999,carrying golfer
commercial aviation flight rules and procedures:
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