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9-11-2001 a Shot in the Dark, or Was it Known Before it Happen?

October 11, 2006

On the morning of 9-11-2001, was on hold with the Doctors office and the local station was playing on the phone, when the first plane had hit. The music went silent and a newscaster broke in. “A large jet plane has hit the World Trade Center in New York.” With that, I called out to my wife to turn on the Television. As I watched, the pictures were shocking to say the least.

  The set was tuned into ABC, and Peter Jennings was in the anchor chair. As he was trying to make sense of what had just taken place, the tower fell right behind him. I shouted out to my wife, “Oh my God, the building fell!” I really don’t remember where I was, or what I was doing when the second tower came down. But I do know that I was on my way into Washington PA. later that day and it was a ghost town, it was a very disturbing feeling driving down the streets and no one, and I mean no one was out. As I reached my destination there was a note on the door that all Government offices were closed due to the events of that day.

As I traveled home, I was listening to KDKA, an AM radio station out of Pittsburgh, and they had switched to CNN coverage. Not much more had happened, though I did learn that all flights were being grounded, and that no one knew where George W. Bush, or Cheney where. I did turnout later that we were told that Cheney was in an undisclosed location, and Bush was well I really don’t know where. It was said that he was in the air, and then they said he was in an Air Force base in Wyoming. The thing is I do know where he wasn’t in time when the country needed a leader that could instill confidence, and reassure that it was being handled. He was nowhere to be found by the people that he swore the help protect.

Fast forward to the present, There have been many unanswered questions the have lead to many differing views on exactly what happen on that day, and the role the George W. Bush administration played in it.

There are about 30 to 45 percent that feel the administration is complicit in letting the attacks of 9-11-2001 happen. Then there are a few less that feel it was an inside job. I fall somewhere in between, if that is possible? For the sake of this diary, I will stay with them knowing about the attacks and the inconsistencies of their stories, and denials of having any idea that this was going to happen.

“We Did not Know”

The white House has been saying and sticking to it, I should say no matter what evidence shows they should have known.

For example Condoleezza Rice, said that the administration had no idea that this would happen. Besides who could conceive of anyone doing such a thing. Ms. Rice should have read the reports all that taxpayer money was spent on, and some actual events that happen earlier.

According to this official version of events, no one in the Bush administration had the slightest idea of the identities of those who orchestrated the 11th September attacks, the nature of their plans, or their targets. However, with in matter of hours the administration wanted us to believe that they found the flight school, in which some of the High-jackers.

The Pentagon commissioned an expert panel in 1993 to investigate the possibility of an airplane being used to bomb national landmarks. Retired Air Force Col. Doug Menarchik, who organized the $150,000 study for the Defense Department’s Office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, recalled: “It was considered radical thinking, a little too scary for the times. After I left, it met a quiet death.” Other participants have noted that the decision not to publish detailed scenarios issued to some extent from fear that this may give terrorists ideas. Nevertheless, a draft document detailing the results of the investigation was circulated through the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Senior agency officials decided against a public release.

I understand that Bush does not like to read, but come-on Condi surely you can read. May be a gigantic mistake was made not to let it go public, but that is not on the Bush administration. One thing we need to remember, there is a lot of truth to the saying, “there is enough blame to go around.”

 One thing I find very disturbing is, Canada took the Bin Laden warnings more serious than the White House, or that is that what this administration would like us to believe?

“We’ve been focusing on this perpetrator Osama bin Laden for 3 years, and yet we didn’t see this one coming,” said Vincent Cannistraro, former chief of CIA counter-terrorism operations. A U.S. Air Force General described the attack as “something we had never seen before, something we had never even thought of.” FBI Director Robert Mueller further declared, “There were no warning signs that I’m aware of.” Senior FBI officials insisted that in terms of intelligence warnings received prior to 11th September: “The notion of flying a plane into a building or using it as a bomb never came up. “

Back to the warnings that the administration had received,

The Bush administration received what Secretary of State Colin Powell describes as a ‘lot of signs’ throughout the summer that terrorists were plotting U.S. attacks. Among them: al-Qa’eda mentions of an impending ‘Hiroshima’ on U.S. soil.

Israeli intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent…

You Get the Point

So you understand that by all mean necessary, this administration knew something big was coming in September 2001. Just incase you don’t think they knew, here is a few more points of evidence.

1.The San Francisco Chronicle reported one day after the attacks that Mayor Willie Brown received a phone call eight hours before the hijackings from what he described as his air security staff, warning him not to travel by air:

2. Newsweek reported that on 10th September 2001, “a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns. They went into more detail 2 days after the attacks.“… The state of alert had been high during the past two weeks, and a particularly urgent warning may have been received the night before the attacks, causing some top Pentagon brass to cancel a trip. Why that same information was not available to the 266 people who died aboard the four hijacked commercial aircraft may become a hot topic on the Hill.”

As we know it was not even mentioned.

Ok, the Here and Now

As soon as the new Bob Woodward book hit the shelves there was a number of blogs that started poising the Question, “Did Bush know that 9-11 was going to happen?” But what happen? The news media started pushing the Mark Foley scandal even harder, and the things that could connect this administration to covering up the fact that they more or less allowed the attacks on 9-11-2001 happen are now about to be pushed down the “Memory Hole”.

That is the reason I have wrote this diary, to try and keep it in the foreground and not to let this administration push it away again.

ABA

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