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by Carol A. Valentine
Curator, Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum
February 25, 2002
Copyright, February, 2002
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February 25, 2002 — With so much controversy swirling around NORAD's tardy response on 9-11, have you considered that maybe NORAD did not respond at all?
Have you considered that maybe the American generals who claim to have been in charge that day are lying, and that others were directing events? Many untrue claims are made about "Americans" and "American actions."
Have you considered that maybe the American generals are just the dumb blondes, the pretty faces, sent out to decorate the 9-11 front desk, sent out there for us to ogle?
I've considered those things. Allow me to share my considerations with you.
On September 13, 2001, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard
B. Myers, showed up to the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation as Chairman
of JCS. Yes, the Senate did confirm his appointment. He is now the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Myers was commander of NORAD from August, 1998 to February, 2000 before becoming Vice Chairman of JCS. You can read background on Myers at:
Even though emperors-clothes gives no source URL for its document, I have relied upon
for a record of the question and answer period during Myers September 13 hearing. I have backed the emperors clothes file up at:
The Washington Post reported Myers' appearance in its September 14 article, "Fighter Response After Attacks Questioned." According to the Post, Myers "was deeply involved in the military's [9-11] response this week from the outset …"
Given that Myers was a past commander of NORAD, was Vice Chairman of the JCS on 9-11 and had been "deeply involved" in the military response, and given that the hearings occurred just two days after the attack when people were both outraged and puzzled at NORAD's non-performance, Gen. Myers might have anticipated he would be asked some questions.
Hey, no problem. Just tell the truth, right? Shouldn't be hard, especially because Myers is on speaking terms with NORAD's commander (Ralph E. Eberhart), and was on the phone with him after the New York attacks.
Military people, quite properly, are sticklers for precision. You can't run an army with soldiers who rendezvous "sometime around noon." The military keeps precise military time. Military actions are recorded in meticulous detail, in logs and reports which are reviewed and studied.
So knowing the military's precise ways, and knowing how puzzled and outraged folks were that NORAD didn't show, you'd think Myers would arrange to have NORAD logs faxed over to him so he could give the senators the facts. When was NORAD notified? When did the jets take off? After all, there were just a handful of jets involved in NORAD's response, right? We are not talking about a big deal, just a page from a log.
And even if his fax machine wasn't working, surely Myers could have called over to Eberhart, asked for a few details, and jotted the information down on some index cards. And even if Myers was too busy, we know he has gofers who could have done the job for him.
But guess what? Myers arrived at the hearing without faxes, without logs, without index cards. He came with his memory …
Even so, Myers' memory should be pretty good. You don't get to be Vice Chairman of the JCS if you have Alzheimer's. And the big event happened just two days before.
Sen. Levin made this timid inquiry: "General Myers, just a very brief request. When I asked you what time it was that the FAA or the FBI notified the Defense Department after the first World Trade — the two crashes into the World Trade Center and you indicated you didn't know the time. Could you ask someone on your staff to try to get us that time, so that we will have that either before this session here or for executive session?"
Imagine that. Levin asked Myers when the DoD was notified of events at the WTC, and he didn't know. Well, OK, Levin used the phrase "DoD" rather than "NORAD," but let's not split hairs. We all wanted to know what went wrong with NORAD on September 11, why they did not show up, and here is Levin obviously trying to find out why.
Realize that NORAD is not only a military organization — it is an intelligence organization, commanding sophisticated electronic and satellite surveillance equipment, and even clocks and wristwatches. NORAD knows what time they were called on 9-11, and who called them. It's all in the logs.
Again, Sen. Nelson: "You said earlier in your testimony that we had not scrambled any military aircraft until after the Pentagon was hit. And so, my question would be: Why?"
Myers: "I think I had that right, that it was not until then. I'd have to go back and review the exact timelines."
Right. Myers could not remember this vital piece of information even though he was "deeply involved" with the military's response that day, and even though most anyone would anticipate the Senate might be interested in the details of this huge military catastrophe.
Myers agreement that the NORAD jets were sent aloft "after the Pentagon was hit" does not tell us much. The Pentagon was hit at 9:40 a.m. Did NORAD scramble its jets at 9:41, 9:45, 10:00, or noon?
Allow us to assist
Gen. Myers. The Pentagon was hit at 9:40 a.m. We will express Myers' statement
Story Number One: NORAD jets were (allegedly) sent aloft some time after 9:40 a.m.
Sen. Nelson made another pass and asked why, after the WTC was hit, military aircraft were not scrambled when the two more aircraft (Flights 77 and 93) went off course. After scampering around a little, Myers pulled the same bad memory routine:
"… if my memory serves me — and I'll have to get back to you for the record — my memory says that we had launched on the one that eventually crashed in Pennsylvania. I mean, we had gotten somebody close to it, as I recall. I'll have to check that out. I do not recall if that was the case for the one that had taken off from Dulles."
Very interesting comments: The plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was Flight 93. As you will see, when NORAD issued a press release on September 18, it made no mention of sending a defensive jet to Flight 93. However, witnesses in Pennsylvania on September 11 reported seeing a military jet near Flight 93 and burning debris falling from the sky. During September 11 TV coverage, Flight 93 was reported to have been shot down by a military jet (more below).
Return to Myers' words: "… if my memory serves me …" Nelson and his co-conspirators allowed Myers to get away with it. No one said: "General, are you serious? You turn up at your confirmation hearing after a military disaster like 9-11, and you don't have the basic facts at your fingertips?" But never mind. This is America, we're the greatest nation on earth, and we love dumb blondes.
Still, something had been established: Twice now, Myers
did not dispute Story Number One: No military aircraft were scrambled until after the
Pentagon was hit (9:40 a.m.).
Sen. Nelson then played the tough-guy and expressed incredulity that no jets were scrambled sooner. In response, Myers exhibited his rhetorical skill by changing the subject.
Myers said: "… after the second tower was hit, I spoke to the commander of NORAD, General Eberhart. And at that point, I think the decision was at that point to start launching aircraft."
Again, notice that Myers did not
refer to NORAD records. Again, the senators were not given an exact time the NORAD
aircraft took off. Once again Myers relied on his conveniently unreliable
memory. But let's add this last Myers utterance to Story Number One: NORAD
decided to scramble its jets sometime after 9:03 a.m. but did not get them up until sometime
after 9:40 a.m.
Story Number One Enhanced: NORAD (allegedly) decided to scramble after 9:03 a.m. NORAD jets were (allegedly) scrambled after 9:40 a.m.
Look at more faulty memory by searching for these words, uttered by Myers, in the
text of the hearings: "At the time of the first impact on the World Trade Center, we stood
up our crisis action team. That was done immediately. So we stood it up.
And we started talking to the federal agencies. The time I do not know is when NORAD
responded with fighter aircraft. I don't know that time." About now most of us
would be wondering if Myers was out on the golf course when it all happened, and hadn't had
time to catch up before he dropped in to see Levin and the boys.
Myers made an excuse for NORAD's non-performance this way: "… it's not just a question of launching aircraft, it's launching to do what? You have to have a specific threat. We're pretty good if the threat's coming from outside. We're not so good if the threat's coming from the inside …"
In Part I, we discussed NORAD's interception of hijacked aircraft, but let's revisit the subject. You can read FAA/NORAD regulations (FAA Order 7610.4, Special Military Operations, Effective Date November 3, 1998) at:
(You may want to download for safekeeping, as we did.)
See Chapter 4 (4-8-1, 4-8-2): "NORAD has a requirement to flush/disperse interceptor and E-3 aircraft to initiate early attack against a hostile force …"
want to read Chapter 7 of the above-cited FAA Order, which deals with the escort of hijacked
aircraft. In addition, read the discussion of military interception of civilian
aircraft in "Mr. Cheney's Cover Story," by Bykov & Israel. Look at the discussion
of how NORAD jets force troublesome aircraft to land.
In fact, NORAD tested and practiced its hijacking routines regularly. Six weeks after Gen. Myers claimed NORAD didn't know what to launch, the NORAD commander, Gen. Eberhart appeared before this Committee, and said NORAD practiced its hijacking routines "day in and day out." By the context of the remarks, it is very clear he is talking about NORAD practices prior to September 11, 2001.
I don't know about you, but I just don't buy it. I don't buy that Myers would sincerely show up to his confirmation hearing without records, without faxes, without logs, without index cards, and then claim he could not quite remember. I don't buy that NORAD didn't know what to launch or what to do or which end was up.
But I do suspect no
defensive jets were launched at all that day.
Five days after Myers went to see the Senate, NORAD issued this press release.
Note in that version of events, the FAA notified NORAD about Flight 11 at 8:40
a.m. NORAD order jets to scrambled at 8:46 a.m.. Jets were in the air at
8:52. We now have two stories:
Story Number One: NORAD decided to scramble after 9:03 a.m. NORAD jets were scrambled after 9:40 a.m.
Story Number Two: NORAD was notified at 8:40 a.m. NORAD ordered scramble at 8:46 a.m. NORAD jets were scrambled at 8:52 a.m.
Story Number Two (as contained in the NORAD press release) is almost the exact reverse of Myers' story on September 13. Myers said that a jet was sent to Pennsylvania and reached Flight 93, but no jets were launched until after Flights 11, 175, and 77 had crashed (New York and Pentagon crashes).
Look at the facts/factoids contained in the NORAD press release. Very few, very simple. NORAD got the jets up in about six minutes. Yet it took NORAD a week (September 18) to get the press release out. Wonder why it took so long to be issued? Was the press release sent out by NORAD jets? ;-)
Now let's turn our attention to the testimony of Ralph E. Eberhart, the commander of NORAD on September 11. Gen. Eberhart testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on October 25, 2001, six weeks after Myers appeared. You can find background on Eberhart at:
You can find a transcript of the October 25 question and answer period at:
Now let's see what Eberhart said about the NORAD scramble.
Eberhart did not hand out the NORAD September 18 press release to the gathered senators. Perhaps he did not have it on him, but why not? He should have anticipated he'd be asked about details.
Sen. Allard asked Eberhart, "… And how was the FAA interacting with NORAD in that whole situation, starting with that first plane that you deployed heading toward New York City?"
"Yes, sir, the first flight I think was American flight 11. The FAA, once they notified us and we issued a scramble order almost simultaneously to the first crash, tragically. That flight of two [sic] out of Otis Air Force base, out of Cape Cod …"
This Eberhart account checks out with the NORAD release, or Story Number
Two. But here is Eberhart, ostensibly the commander of NORAD, saying, "The first
flight I think was American Flight 11." Six weeks after this military catastrophe,
Eberhart says "I think" the first plane to hit the WTC was Flight 11? Does that sound
like a commander talking?
The Command, Control, and Communication center of the US is Washington, DC, home of the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon. Washington DC is the most obvious military target in the US. The strategic importance of Washington DC is so obvious that In 1994 and 1996 novelist Tom Clancy published two bestsellers in which malcontents purposely crashed jets into the Capitol building, killing members of Congress and the President.
Once NORAD knew the WTC towers had been attacked, simple prudence demanded the immediate dispatch of protective air cover over Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. The skies should have been filled with fighter jets from nearby Air Force bases, including Andrews Air Force base, just 10 miles away.
did not send protective cover; it left the Washington DC area wide open even though the
country was under attack. Thus Flight 77 had a clear shot at the Pentagon.
How often have you known congress critters to be unconcerned with their own skin? Not often. Yet none of the senators questioning Myers or Eberhart uttered a peep about NORAD treating them like sitting ducks. No senator asked Myers or Eberhart this obvious question:
"General, why didn't you people immediately
send jets from Andrews to protect Washington DC skies as soon as you knew we were under
attack? Don't you care about the safety of your government officials? Don't you
people in the military read Tom Clancy?" These would have been among the first
questions asked — had the Senate hearings been anything more than a charade.
More on Eberhart's casual approach to 9-11. We've already heard him
saying: "The first flight I think was American flight 11." Here are is words
about the Pentagon crash:
"I think it's 77 that crashed into the Pentagon."
Or how about Eberhart's reference to Flight 93:
"Now the last flight was a little bit different. I think it's flight 93 — United Airlines flight 93 in Pennsylvania."
"At that time we were trying to decide, initially, if that flight was going to continue west and if there was some other target for that flight. Was it Chicago? Was it St. Louis? And what might we do to launch an aircraft to intercept it?"
Launching interceptor aircraft is NORAD's job, of course. See earlier discussion.
Sen. Allard asked: "So FAA knew before it deviated its flight pattern that it was hijacked."
"Yes. What we really knew is it was headed west, sir. It dropped off their radar scope. So it was headed west …"
Flight 93 left Newark bound for San Francisco. It should have been headed
west. So it dropped off the radar screens while it was still on course? Note
that Eberhart did not say that the transponder was turned off, he says it dropped off the
radar scope. What would cause Flight 93 to drop from the radar scope while it was
still on course? None of the flight paths shown in
USA Today, Time, or Newsweek depict Flight 93's drop from the radar
And not one senator expressed any curiosity. They were not supposed to ask real questions, and they obviously knew it.
I don't believe Eberhart was truly "in charge" of NORAD on September 11. He does not walk, or talk, or quack like a commander. He can scarcely recall which planes flew into which targets.
Nor do I believe the senators were sincere in their inquiries that day. If the senators sincerely believed Eberhart was sincerely speaking the truth, they should have recommended he be tested for Alzheimer's, retired immediately, and put into a nice nursing home.
The senators don't want truth to come
out. For if it did, the pretext for the war against Israel's enemies would be
undone. That's not what senators are paid to do.
Operation 9-11 was used as a pretext for the War on Islam. The success of Operation9-11 depended on NORAD not showing up on time and leaving the skies wide open for attack. But NORAD's role had to be hidden. It needed plausible denial. NORAD needed a plausible explanation for why it failed to show up that day.
The solution? Blame the FAA. Claim the FAA did not notify NORAD of the hijackings in a timely manner and — pooof!
Therefore it was important to establish that NORAD was totally dependent on the FAA for information on air traffic within the US, that NORAD was blind to internal US airspace, and (2) the FAA failed to notify NORAD of its problems in a timely fashion.
Sen. Allard asked the question that set up the "NORAD can't see in" excuse: "My understanding now (sic) that NORAD has made some effort to get direct access to FAA radar data. In the past, you've not had access to that? What's the status of that?"
Allard thus implied that NORAD did not have radar access of its own and depended on the FAA. Eberhart follows this lead and responds with obfuscation and a tap dance. He says, in part:
"Yes, sir. Again, in the past, we've had access to what we call the Joint Surveillance System, which is that system that rings the United States and looks out. It looks for that foreign threat. It looks for someone coming into our airspace that's not authorized."
Let's stop right there. Eberhart is implying NORAD can't see within US airspace, that NORAD "looks out" only. Lets turn to Chapter 7 of FAA Order 7610.4, Special Military Operations, Effective Date November 3, 1998).
Chapter 7 deals exclusively with hijacking procedures.
Section 7-4-2 s says in part: "When the hijacking activity is within coverage of the NORAD surveillance system …" Obviously the FAA/NORAD surveillance jurisdictions overlap.
Section 7-4-3 says in part "When the hijacking activity takes place outside NORAD radar coverage within the continental United States …" Obviously NORAD does have radar coverage of at least some part of the continental US.
Both sections indicate that NORAD conducts airspace surveillance
within the United States. Yet Eberhart said NORAD just "looks out." So we know
Eberhart is not telling the truth. Consider the following:
Obviously NORAD watched suspicious aircraft flying into US airspace from Mexico and points south. Or are we to believe NORAD programmed its surveillance apparatus to black out signals once the craft entered US airspace and then called upon the FAA for help?
Look at the specifics listed above. From these, a conclusion: Of course NORAD watched US airspace. Of course NORAD looked "inward" over the United States.
Remember, Eberhart is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Members of that committee should have a vague idea of NORAD's capabilities. Yet none spoke up to ask Eberhart any questions. What NORAD could see on September 11 was glossed over.
It had to be. For
if anyone questioned Eberhart's statements about NORAD's vision, the cover story justifying
the War on Islam would begin to unravel.
OK. So now we know NORAD is blind as a bat. Can't see nuttin.' Here is the next element needed in the NORAD plausible denial story: The bungling FAA.
Sen. Levin: "General Eberhart, there's been some confusion about the sequence of events on September 11 that maybe you can clear up for us. The time line that we've been given is that at 8:55 on September 11, American Airlines Flight 77 began turning east, away from its intended course. And at 9:10, Flight 77 was detected by the FAA radar over West Virginia heading east. That was after the two planes had struck the World Trade Center towers."
Levin continues: "Then 15 minutes later, at 9:25, the FAA notified NORAD that flight 77 was headed toward Washington. Was that the first notification — the 9:25 notification — that NORAD or the DOD had that flight 77 was probably being hijacked? And if it was, do you know why it took 15 minutes for the FAA to notify NORAD?"
Look at Levin's last question: "… do you know why it took 15 minutes for the FAA to notify NORAD?" If Eberhart has only a sketchy memory of NORAD's business, what good will it do to ask him about FAA business? Sen. Levin is just doing his part in the cover-up by changing the subject from NORAD to the FAA.
Eberhart replies: "Sir, there is one minor difference. I show it was 9:24 that we were notified, and that's the first notification that we received. I do not know, sir, why it took that amount of time for FAA. I hate to say it, but you'll have to ask FAA."
How interesting. Eberhart cites a specific time — "9:24" for NORAD's notification. Notice that "9:25" — the time cited by Sen. Levin — is not quite precise enough for Eberhart. Compare this precision with Eberhart's trouble in remembering which plane crashed into which target.
Let's say it again.
While our attention is focused on the FAA's dereliction of duty, we fail to think about the
obvious: Washington DC is the hub in the wheel. You don't have to be Tom Clancy
to know that. NORAD should have had complete sky coverage of the Washington DC area
from the first moments we realized we were under attack at 8:45 a.m. NORAD left the
skies open for Flight 77. Had NORAD been doing its job, Flight 77 would not have been
able to get anywhere near the Pentagon.
We just saw that Gen. Eberhart recommended Sen. Levin ask the FAA questions about its (alleged) slow response to the 9-11 emergency. On February 13, this writer called Sen. Levin's office to see if Sen. Levin followed through. I spoke to Levin aide Jeb Stoffel.
Mr. Stoffel told me Sen. Levin had not contacted the
FAA director Jane Garvey, but said he wanted to consult his notes to make sure. Mr.
Stoffel was off the line for a minute or so to come back to confirm what he had already
said: Sen. Levin had not contacted FAA Administrator Jane Garvey concerning events of
Jane Garvey was appointed administrator of the FAA in 1997. Coincidentally, she served a stint as director of Boston's Logan Airport, the origination point of Flights 11 and 175 that ran into the WTC towers. What a coincidence. See:
The press, like Sen. Levin, has apparently not asked Ms. Garvey to answer any potentially
embarrassing questions either. On September 24 Jane Garvey flew from Dulles Airport to
Kennedy in New York. Her trip was the subject of a puff piece published by Time on
September 27 which you can read at:
Garvey, like every other passenger, stood in longer lines, got grilled by newly assertive security guards, and had to show photo identification repeatedly, and was twice 'swept' by a guard with a sensitive metal detector …
And then, that afternoon, as Garvey stood in front of a small group of FAA staff in the New York field office, near walls peppered with the tragic images of the burning World Trade Center Towers and dozens of American flags, she began to explain how grateful she was for the professionalism of the employees …
"I just came to thank you," said Garvey, who is known for being meticulously prepared for official appearances. She is the pubic face of the FAA. Today was no different — despite 20 hour days, Garvey was sharply dressed in a pinstripe suit and her makeup was in order …
… Her voice caught. Tears came to her eyes, "I know those of you have lost friends and family …" Finally, help came from just those Garvey was trying to comfort. "That's okay, it makes us cry too," someone said. A few minutes later, Garvey said simply, "We're all still recovering."
When the going gets rough, those in charge make sure their make-up is perfect. And then they utter platitudes. If 9-11 moves Ms. Jane to tears, why doesn't she open up and tell America what she knows? But no, Ms. Jane keeps her silence, allowing her agency to take the blame for a catastrophe without uttering a peep in its own defense.
Recall that in his October 25 testimony, Gen. Eberhart mentioned that NORAD "moved" 200 personnel to the FAA to operate FAA radars over the years. It is unlikely Garvey knows where any of those NORAD radar people were working on September 11, and whether they played a role in the 9-11 events. It is unlikely Garvey knows the names of the air traffic controllers who directed the jets that day and unlikely she has asked them any questions.
It is likely that Garvey is just an ambitious yuppie, a figurehead who merely serves as the "face" of the FAA: An attractive hood ornament for those who really run the agency.
Another dumb blonde …
Let's go back to the Eberhart Senate testimony again: After a display like
that, most of us would want to have Eberhart tried for treason or dereliction of duty.
Instead, Sen. Allard thanks Gen. Eberhart in this fashion:
"OK. Well, I just want to thank you and your people for, I know, I think a tremendous effort in light of some totally unexpected circumstances. And at least, I, for one, appreciate, you know, the readiness that was displayed."
Can you believe it? This remark is nothing short of IN-YOUR-FACE MOCKERY OF
OUR DEAD. With Allard's simpering obsequiousness, one must wonder: For whom does he
think Eberhart is working? Certain not the people of the United States of America or
the Old Republic.
Now that you have seen the compilation of lies, how much faith are you willing to put in NORAD's report that it sent out any defensive jets on September 11?
There are no media reports that any of the jets NORAD allegedly sent to New York and the Pentagon were ever sighted. On the other hand, NORAD's press release shows it did not send a jet to respond to Flight 93 (Pennsylvania crash):
Yet a military jet was sighted in that area. ("Stories swirl around
Pa. crash; black box found," USA Today, September 14, 2001). "Local residents
said they had been a second plane in the area, possibly an F-16 fighter, and burning debris
falling from the sky."
NORAD is hired to guard the American skies but doesn't watch them. The FAA has all the answers but no one asks them any questions. Congressional oversight senators tip-toe around the subject, praising what is at the very least criminal negligence. Two seventeen-star generals can scarcely remember their own names, and they give different versions of world-shaking events in which they claim to have been decision-makers and on-the-spot witnesses.
But Myers and Eberhart are obviously not decision-makers. They are just pretty faces, dumb blondes, like pretty face Jane Garvey over at the FAA. Myers and Eberhart are the "spokespersons" who dazzle the sycophants with their braid and their ribbons, while the people who really run the show, Wolfowitz and Perle's people, are concealed.
Myers and Eberhart are errand boys, so unimportant that their Israeli bosses didn't even bother to write believable lies for them to tell when they testified.
Put that together
with the following:
See No Suicide Pilots (http://www.holocausts.org/911/robotplane.html)
See No Suicide Pilots (http://www.holocausts.org/911/robotplane.html)
See The Traitors Among Us http://www.holocausts.org/911/chrzion.html
Sen. Levin and other powerful political forces don't want a real investigation of NORAD's role in 9-11. Sen. Levin and other Jewish Supremacists are establishing a Jewish world-wide theocracy, and events of 9-11 are being used to make it all happen.
Put together, the conclusion is unavoidable: NORAD — or more likely Israeli operatives using NORAD as a cover — sent the remote control suicide jets crashing into their targets on 9-11.
All original works copyright 1996-2004 Carol A. Valentine