A sunny September morning

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was a student pilot hoping to take my checkride within a few weeks. I got up early that morning because I had booked an airplane for solo work. Looking out the window, I could see the clear blue sky and felt a sense of deep satisfaction. The weather was not going to get in the way of my flying.

I turned on the news as I got ready to leave, only to see one of the jets plunge into the twin towers. Shocked, my husband and I stood in front of the television set and watched the horror unfold.

Much of that day is now a blur. I drove to the airport, not realizing that the FAA had shut down the entire National Airspace System when the attacks began. When it became apparent that no flying was taking place, I headed to AOPA headquarters. My colleagues were clustered around the television in the conference room; or they were sprinting down the hallways calling out updates; or they were on the telephones with our members, giving out the latest and most accurate information they had.

In the days and weeks that followed, our nation grieved, raged, and slowly began to heal. I had to look at my logbook to be sure, because my memory is that I stayed on the ground for a very long time following Sept. 11 because the FAA opened back up the airspace in phases–commercial first, private last. But apparently it was just a short two weeks before I had another dual lesson, and by Oct. 2 I was flying solo again. I took my checkride on Nov. 8, 2001.

Did Sept. 11 change everything? For pilots in my neighborhood, it did. The FAA created a huge air defense identification zone around the Baltimore-Washington airports that effectively did away with business as usual. For VFR pilots, getting a clearance into the Class B became almost impossible. The ADIZ was added to sectional and terminal charts in 2004. In 2007, it was altered in size and shape, going from a bulbous Mickey-Mouse-shaped expanse to a 30-nautical-mile circle centered on the DCA VOR-DME. That helped things, but only just a bit. The “temporary” flight restriction became permanent in 2008, and gained a new name: The Baltimore-Washington Special Flight Rules Area, or SFRA. (At least you could spit out “Ay-Diz” and make it sound like a bad word; “Es-Ef-Ar-A” just sounds stilted.)

You can get around the SFRA as a VFR pilot, so long as you file a special flight plan, enter and exit through a series of “gates,” remain in contact with ATC, squawk a special transponder code, and for God’s sake don’t stray off your magenta line. And you must remain clear of Class B. For practical purposes, that means you fly below 2,500 feet msl on some stretches.

It could be worse–much worse. We might not be flying at all.

I think back to Sept. 11 often. I didn’t know anybody who died in the collapse of the twin towers or any of the rescue personnel who died to save them. I didn’t know anybody aboard the aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon, the towers, or the field in Shanksville, Penn. In that sense, I was relatively unscathed.

But a little bit of the joy of flying was taken away on that day, and I’m still working to get it back. I want to not to feel my palms perspire as I navigate through the SFRA and worry that I might stray too far off my magenta line. I want to stop feeling sick to my stomach when I hear fighter jets rumbling around the skies when P-40 is expanded. I want to erase the memory of my then-6-year-old daughter asking if Frederick was going to be attacked by the terrorists because we have a U.S. Army facility (Fort Detrick).

I just want things to be the way they were.

–Jill W. Tallman

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One Response to “A sunny September morning”

  1. John Brundage says:

    Ms. Tallman,

    Many former FBI & CIA officials, military officers, government scientists & engineers, National War College professors & even 9/11 Commission members have found significant parts of the official government story of what happened on 9/11 to be untrue. Many of these people have called for a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks.

    You wrote that, “I just want things to be the way they were.” I want that too, & maybe if we had a new investigation with full subpoena power, things could be the way they were.

    I would like to see an article in the AOPA magazine that lays out what is really known about the 9/11 attacks.

    I have pasted in below the statements of a number of government officials. They cannot be dismissed as confused conspiracy theorists.

    Best regards,

    John Brundage
    AOPA # 568909

    All of the following came from: http://www.patriotsquestion911.com & is just a small sample of what is on the website. If one goes to the end of the website, one will find links to many other related websites.

    Major General Albert Stubblebine, U.S. Army (ret) – Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 1981 – 1984.  Also commanded the U.S. Army’s Electronic Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army’s Intelligence School and Center. Former head of Imagery Interpretation for Scientific and Technical Intelligence. 32-year Army career. Member, Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
    Video interview 6/28/09:

    General Stubblebine: I am Major General Albert Stubblebine. I am retired Army Major-General. In my last assignment — my last command — I was responsible for all of the Army’s strategic intelligence forces around the world. I had responsibility for the Signals Intelligence, Photo Intelligence, Counter Intelligence, Human Intelligence. They all belonged to me, in my last assignment. …

    I was supposed to find out what the enemy was doing, before the enemy did it so that we could take action against the enemy. That’s Intelligence, OK, before the fact. So, we always — always — rely not on a single piece of data, before we make a statement, but on multiple and the more pieces of data that you have that correlate, the better you know exactly what is going on. …

    So I have had a lot of experience looking at photographs. I have looked at many, many different kinds of photographs, from many, many different platforms on many, many different countries, around the world.

    Interviewer: OK. So on September the 11th, in 2001, what hit the Pentagon?

    General Stubblebine:  I don’t know exactly what hit it, but I do know, from the photographs that I have analyzed and looked at very, very carefully, it was not an airplane.

    Interviewer:  What made you believe that?

    General Stubblebine:  Well, for one thing, if you look at the hole that was made in the Pentagon, the nose penetrated far enough so that there should have been wing marks on the walls of the Pentagon. I have been unable to find those wing marks. So where were they? Did this vessel — vehicle, or whatever it was — have wings? Apparently not, because if it had had wings, they would have made marks on the side of the Pentagon.

    One person counteracted my theory, and said, “Oh, you’ve got it all wrong. And the reason that it’s wrong is that as the airplane came across, one wing tipped down and hit the ground and broke off.” I said, “Fine, that’s possible, one wing could have broken off.” But if I understand airplanes correctly, most airplanes have two wings. I haven’t met an airplane with only one wing. So where was the mark for the second wing? OK, one broke off — there should have been a mark for the second wing. I could not find that in any of the photographs that I’ve analyzed. Now I’ve been very careful to not say what went in there. Why? Because you don’t have that evidence. …

    I did — I’ve never believed that it was an airplane since I’ve looked at the photographs. Up until the time I looked at the photographs, I accepted what was being said. After I looked at it — NO WAY! …

    We pride ourselves with the “free press.” I do not believe the “free press” is free any more. It’s very expensive. It’s very expensive. And the press is saying what they have been told to say about this.

    Now, do I have proof of that? No. But I believe that what is being — what certainly the — the stories that were told — all about 9/11 were false. I mean, you take a look at the buildings falling down. They didn’t fall down because airplanes hit them. They fell down because of explosives went off inside. Demolition. Look at Building 7, for God’s sake. It didn’t fall down to its side. It didn’t fall to this direction or that direction; just like the two Towers. …

    When you look at the temperatures that you can create with fuel in a gas tank or a fuel tank of an airplane, and then you investigate the amount of heat that would be required to melt — to melt — the superstructure of the buildings that came tumbling down, when you put all of that together, the one thing that shows; It does not match the facts. What is it they do not want the public to know? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daNr_TrBw6E

    Major Douglas Rokke, PhD, U.S. Army (ret) – Former Director U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project.  30-year Army career.
    Article 8/19/05: Regarding the impact at the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 “When you look at the whole thing, especially the crash site void of airplane parts, the size of the hole left in the building and the fact the projectile’s impact penetrated numerous concrete walls, it looks like the work of a missile.  And when you look at the damage, it was obviously a missile.”   http://www.rense.com/general67/radfdf

    Col. Ronald D. Ray, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran (two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart).  Appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve on the American Battle Monuments Commission (1990 – 1994), and on the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.  Military Historian and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington, D.C. 1990 – 1994.
    Article 7/10/06: “The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and Colonel has gone on the record to voice his doubts about the official story of 9/11 – calling it ‘the dog that doesn’t hunt.’  ‘I’m astounded that the conspiracy theory advanced by the administration could in fact be true and the evidence does not seem to suggest that’s accurate,’ he said.” http://www.knowledgedriven 
    Bio: http://www.firstprinciplespress.org

    Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, PhD, U.S. Air Force (ret) – Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Ford and Carter.  U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions. (PhD in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, Cal Tech).   Former Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and Assistant Dean at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.  22-year Air Force career.  Also taught Mathematics and English at the University of Southern California, the University of Maryland, and Phillips University.
    Member: Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth Association Statement:

    “Scholars and professionals with various kinds of expertise—including architects, engineers, firefighters, intelligence officers, lawyers, medical professionals, military officers, philosophers, religious leaders, physical scientists, and pilots—have spoken out about radical discrepancies between the official account of the 9/11 attacks and what they, as independent researchers, have learned.

    They have established beyond any reasonable doubt that the official account of 9/11 is false and that, therefore, the official “investigations” have really been cover-up operations.

    Thus far, however, there has been no response from political leaders in Washington or, for that matter, in other capitals around the world. Our organization, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, has been formed to help bring about such a response.

    We believe that the truth about 9/11 needs to be exposed now—not in 50 years as a footnote in the history books—so the policies that have been based on the Bush-Cheney administration’s interpretation of the 9/11 attacks can be changed.

    We are, therefore, calling for a new, independent investigation of 9/11 that takes account of evidence that has been documented by independent researchers but thus far ignored by governments and the mainstream media.”
    Video 9/11/04: “A lot of these pieces of information, taken together, prove that the official story, the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash.  It’s impossible. … There’s a second group of facts having to do with the cover up. … Taken together these things prove that high levels of our government don’t want us to know what happened and who’s responsible.…

    Who gained from 9/11?  Who covered up crucial information about 9/11?  And who put out the patently false stories about 9/11 in the first place?  When you take those three things together, I think the case is pretty clear that it’s highly placed individuals in the administration with all roads passing through Dick Cheney.

    I think the very kindest thing that we can say about George W. Bush and all the people in the U.S. Government that have been involved in this massive cover-up, the very kindest thing we can say is that they were aware of impending attacks and let them happen.  Now some people will say that’s much too kind, however even that is high treason and conspiracy to commit murder.” 

    Robert David Steele (Vivas) – U.S. Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer for twenty years.  Second-ranking civilian (GS-14) in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988 – 1992 and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Marine Corps University.   Also former clandestine services case officer with the CIA.  25-year U.S. military and intelligence career.  Currently Founder and CEO of OSS.net and a proponent of Open Source Intelligence.

    Essay 10/7/06: Review of Webster Tarpley’s 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA.  “I am forced to conclude that 9/11 was at a minimum allowed to happen as a pretext for war, and I am forced to conclude that there is sufficient evidence to indict (not necessarily convict) Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and others of a neo-conservative neo-Nazi coup d’etat and kick-off of the clash of civilizations. …

    This is, without question, the most important modern reference on state-sponsored terrorism, and also the reference that most pointedly suggests that select rogue elements within the US Government, most likely led by Dick Cheney with the assistance of George Tenet, Buzzy Kronguard, and others close to the Wall Street gangs, are the most guilty of state-sponsored terrorism….

    I sit here, a 54-year old, liberally educated, two graduate degrees, war college, a life overseas, 150 IQ or so, the number #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, a former Marine Corps infantry officer, a former CIA clandestine case officer, founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, and I have to tell anyone who cares to read this: I believe it. I believe it enough to want a full investigation that passes the smell test of the 9/11 families as well as objective outside observers.” http://www.amazon.com

    Able Danger Data Mining Program
    There are statements below from several people with respect to the Able Danger military intelligence program. Several military officers & a civilian contractor associated with the Able Danger intelligence team testified to Congress that they had identified Mohammed Atta & three other of the 9/11 hijackers as terrorists about a year before the 9/11 attacks, that they were not allowed to pass this information on to the FBI, & that they were ordered to destroy their data about a year prior to 9/11/2001. The 9/11 Commission did not want to hear their testimony. People who ordered their data destroyed could give no good reason for doing so in testimony to Congress. 2.5 terabytes of data were destroyed. If one stored this data on 1.44 Mega Byte floppy disks, about 1.736 million disks would be required. 1.44 MB floppy disks are about 1/8” thick. If you stacked this many disks on top of each other, it would make a stack about 3.4 miles high.

    Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, U.S. Army Reserve – Commander of Special Troops Battalion, 9th Theater Support Command. Former Chief of the Army’s Controlled HUMINT (Human Intelligence) Program, overseeing Army Intelligence and Security Command’s global controlled HUMINT efforts. A former member of the Able Danger data mining program that targeted Al Qaeda’s global structure.  Awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies.  23-year military intelligence career.
    Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee 2/15/06: Regarding the Able Danger project -  “… basic law enforcement investigative techniques, with 21st Century data mining and analytical tools … resulted in the establishment of a new form of intelligence collection – and the identification of Mohammed Atta and several other of the 9-11 terrorists as having links to Al Qaeda leadership a full year in advance of the attacks. …

    After contact by two separate members of the ABLE DANGER team, … the 9-11 [Commission] staff refused to perform any in-depth review or investigation of the issues that were identified to them. … It was their job to do a thorough investigation of these claims – to not simply dismiss them based on what many now believe was a “preconceived” conclusion to the 9-11 story they wished to tell. … I consider this a failure of the 9-11 staff – a failure that the 9-11 Commissioners themselves were victimized by – and continue to have perpetrated on them by the staff as is evidenced by their recent, groundless conclusion that ABLE DANGER’s findings were “urban legend”. http://www.abledan
    Editor’s note: The 9/11 Commission Report asserts that only three of the alleged hijackers were known to U.S. intelligence agencies prior to 9/11; Nawaf al-Hazmi, Salem al-Hazmi, and Khalid al-Mihdar.  There is no mention in the Report that the names and photographs of alleged hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi and alleged ring-leader Mohamed Atta had been identified by the Department of Defense antiterrorist program known as Able Danger more than a year prior to 9/11 and that they were known to be affiliates of al-Qaida. Able Danger also identified Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdar.  http://www.foxnews.com.  See also Rep. Curt Weldon , Louis Freeh, Capt. Scott J. Phillpott , Major Erik Kleinsmith, and James D. Smith.
    Bio: http://www.c4ads.org/anthony.shaffer

    Congressman Curt Weldon – Former 10-term Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania 1987 – 2006.  Former Vice Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.  Former Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
    Speech on the floor of Congress 10/19/05: “I am not a conspiracy theorist, but there is something desperately wrong, Mr. Speaker. There is something outrageous at work here. This is not a third-rate burglary of a political campaign headquarters. This involved what is right now the covering up of information that led to the deaths of 3,000 people, changed the course of history, led to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and has disrupted our country, our economy and people’s lives.” http://frwebgate

    Louis Freeh – Director of the FBI, 1993 – 2001.  Former U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, appointed by President George H.W. Bush.  Former Deputy United States Attorney in NewYork. Former FBI agent. Former officer in the United States Army JAG Corps Reserve.
    Essay An Incomplete Investigation – Why did the 9/11 Commission ignore “Able Danger”? Wall Street Journal 11/17/05: “Even the most junior investigator would immediately know that the name and photo ID of Atta in 2000 is precisely the kind of tactical intelligence the FBI has many times employed to prevent attacks and arrest terrorists. Yet the 9/11 Commission inexplicably concluded that it “was not historically significant.” This astounding conclusion–in combination with the failure to investigate Able Danger and incorporate it into its findings–raises serious challenges to the commission’s credibility and, if the facts prove out, might just render the commission historically insignificant itself. … No wonder the 9/11 families were outraged by these revelations and called for a “new” commission to investigate.” http://www.opin
    Interview Lou Dobbs Tonight CNN 11/30/05: Regarding the Able Danger anti-terrorism data mining program.

    Lou Dobbs: Why is there this reaction to what is called by more than half of our congressmen and women, to open up and to allow our elected representatives to know what happened?

    Louis Freeh: Well, it’s a great question. I mean, the issue here, which was the issue when the 9/11 commission first responded to this, is they obviously missed something. They obviously didn’t consider what at least is a very important allegation.

    Their response to it, it was historically insignificant. Historically insignificant that an intelligence unit may have identified by name and photo, Mohamed Atta a year before the 9/11 hijackings as a member of al Qaeda in the United States.

    Lou Dobbs: Tim Roemer, Slade Gorton, other members of the 9/11 commission have said they just had no hard evidence to deal with here. How do you respond?

    Louis Freeh: I disagree with that. I was a prosecutor and an FBI agent for many, many years. I deal in facts. You have two witnesses. You have United States Naval Academy graduate, Captain Phillpott, you have Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer, an army intelligence officer. These aren’t data loaders, these are intelligence experts who both have said, unequivocally, this unit identified Mohammed Atta by name and possibly photo in mid 2000.

    To say that they don’t have any documents to prove their case, these aren’t informants that we have to verify their credibility. We have testimonial evidence, which, as a prosecutor, that’s more potent sometimes than documentary evidence.

    Lou Dobbs: You were director of the FBI until June of 2001. Were you ever aware of Able Danger? Was the FBI ever given any reason to sense that there was some military intelligence or military intelligence evidence or suggestion that there would be an attack or some relationship to Mohamed Atta?

    Louis Freeh: Absolutely not. Myself, but also my former colleagues and current FBI colleagues, we read about this in the newspapers in August of this year. And what is very significant here Lou — which is a point that has been made, and which I think you made — we had officers at Able Danger who made appointments, actually made appointments to go to the FBI and share this intelligence in 2000 and those appointments were canceled.

    It had to be a very powerful stimulus, this intelligence and information, to make these officers want to really breach the chain of command and go directly to the FBI. We’d like to know why those appointments were canceled.” http://transcripts.cnn.com

    Coleen Rowley – Former Special Agent and Minneapolis Division Counsel, FBI.  24-year FBI career.  Agent Rowley was selected one of Time Magazine’s three 2002 Persons of the Year for revealing FBI headquarters’ efforts to “throw up roadblocks and undermine” FBI field investigations of Al Qaeda operatives in the four weeks prior to 9/11.
    Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller 5/21/02: Regarding FBI headquarters (FBIHQ) obstruction of terrorism investigations. “The fact is that key FBIHQ personnel whose job it was to assist and coordinate with field division agents on terrorism investigations and the obtaining and use of FISA searches (and who theoretically were privy to many more sources of intelligence information than field division agents), continued to, almost inexplicably, throw up roadblocks and undermine Minneapolis’ by-now desperate efforts to obtain a FISA search warrant, long after the French intelligence service provided its information and probable cause became clear. HQ personnel brought up almost ridiculous questions in their apparent efforts to undermine the probable cause. …

    When, in a desperate 11th hour measure to bypass the FBIHQ roadblock, the Minneapolis Division undertook to directly notify the CIA’s Counter Terrorist Center (CTC), FBIHQ personnel actually chastised the Minneapolis agents for making the direct notification without their approval …

    I know I shouldn’t be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBIHQ personnel had to be spies or moles, like Robert Hansen, who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis’ effort.” http://www.time.com
    Interview 9/25/05: “And what I did was, I think, I put the first good dent in the blanket defense that for 8 and a half, 9 months, was holding – that 9/11 could not have been prevented.

    … we were all settling for, ‘9/11 could not have been prevented’, it was ‘hindsight’. Condi Rice, “Well, no one could have ever imagined that someone would fly…” and of course, when she says that, she’s disregarding a whole bunch of things. People are letting her get away with it. She’s disregarding the fact of two or three prior incidents of people trying to fly planes into buildings, attempted takeovers of cockpits…We’re also ignoring the fact that in Minneapolis [FBI office], the acting supervisor, arguing with [FBI] headquarters said, ‘This is a guy [Zacarias Moussaoui] that could fly a plane into the World Trade Center’ on August 22nd!” http://www.nowpubli
    Editor’s note: Despite Agent Rowley’s high-profile revelations and intimate knowledge of FBI headquarter’s efforts to obstruct investigations of Al Qaeda-related terrorist activities in the four weeks prior to 9/11, the 9/11 Commission never interviewed her.  The 9/11 Commission’s “full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.” contains no mention of her allegations that FBI headquarters “continued to, almost inexplicably, throw up roadblocks and undermine” FBI field agent counterterrorism efforts.  The Commission Report only obliquely mentions Agent Rowley in a single footnote.  See also Special Agent Robert Wright and Special Agent Harry Samit.
    Editor’s note: Despite the repeated assertions by many senior members of the Bush administration that no one could have ever imagined terrorists flying airplanes into buildings, it had indeed been anticipated and planned for.  Less than one year prior to 9/11, the Pentagon conducted the Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise (Project MASCAL), in which a passenger airplane crashed into the Pentagon killing over 300 individuals.  See the Nov. 3, 2000 article from the US Army website, which has since been removed, but which is still available on the Internet Wayback Machine.  http://web.archive.org
    Bio: http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/rowley.html

    Thomas H. Kean, Chairman, 9/11 Commission – Former Governor of New Jersey 1982 – 1990.  Also served for 10 years in the New Jersey Assembly.  Currently President of Drew University.

    Without Precedent, a book about the 9/11 Commission authored by Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee Hamilton 8/4/06: “Fog of war could explain why some people were confused on the day of 9/11, but it could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations and public testimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue.” http://www.washingtonpost.com
    Washington Post Article 8/2/06 – “Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon’s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate. …

    “We, to this day, don’t know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us,” said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. “It was just so far from the truth. … It’s one of those loose ends that never got tied.” http://www.washington

    Lee Hamilton, Vice Chairman, 9/11 Commission – Former 17-term Congressman from Indiana.  Former Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Currently President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and serves as a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

    Stonewalled by the CIA by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton New York Times article 1/2/08: “More than five years ago, Congress and President Bush created the 9/11 commission. The goal was to provide the American people with the fullest possible account of the “facts and circumstances relating to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001” — and to offer recommendations to prevent future attacks. Soon after its creation, the president’s chief of staff directed all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the commission.

    The commission’s mandate was sweeping and it explicitly included the intelligence agencies. But the recent revelations that the C.I.A. destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot. Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.

    There could have been absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone at the C.I.A. — or the White House — of the commission’s interest in any and all information related to Qaeda detainees involved in the 9/11 plot. Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations. …

    As a legal matter, it is not up to us to examine the C.I.A.’s failure to disclose the existence of these tapes. That is for others. What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront this country. We call that obstruction.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02

    Timothy J. Roemer, PhD, 9/11 Commissioner – Former 6-term Congressman from Indiana (1991 – 2003).  Former member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Currently President of the Center for National Policy.
    CNN Article 8/2/06 : “A member of the 9/11 commission said Wednesday that panel members so distrusted testimony from Pentagon officials that they referred their concerns to the Pentagon’s inspector general. … “We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting,” Roemer told CNN. “We were not sure of the intent, whether it was to deceive the commission or merely part of the fumbling bureaucracy.” http://www.cnn.com
    New York Times Article 10/1/06: Regarding recent revelations of a July 10, 2001 meeting between Condoleezza Rice, George Tenet, and Cofer Black – “In interviews Saturday and Sunday, commission members said they were never told about the meeting despite hours of public and private questioning with Rice, Tenet and Black, much of it focused specifically on how the White House had dealt with terrorist threats in the summer of 2001.

    “None of this was shared with us in hours of private interviews, including interviews under oath; nor do we have any paper on this,” said Timothy Roemer, a Democratic member of the commission and a former congressman from Indiana. “I’m deeply disturbed by this. I’m furious.” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01

    John J. Farmer, Jr., Senior Counsel, 9/11 Commission – Former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.  Former Chief Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.  Former Commissioner of the State Commission of Investigations. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
    Washington Post Article 8/2/06 – “Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon’s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate. …

    “I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described,” John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry into events on Sept. 11, said in a recent interview. “The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. … This is not spin. This is not true.” http://www.washingtonpost
    Editor’s note: Despite the many public statements by 9/11 Commissioners and staff members acknowledging they were repeatedly lied to, not a single person has ever been charged, tried, or even reprimanded for lying to the 9/11 Commission.
    Bio: http://nj.gov/oag/oag/ag_1999-2002_farmer_bio.htm

    Peter Rundlet, Counsel for the 9/11 Commission – Former Associate Counsel to President Clinton.  Former White House Fellow, serving in the Office of the Chief of Staff to President Clinton.  Former Vice President for National Security and International Affairs, Center for American Progress. Currently Director of Policy and Government Relations for Humanity United, an independent grantmaking organization committed to building a world where modern-day slavery and mass atrocities are no longer possible.
    Essay 9/30/06: “A mixture of shock, anger, and sadness overcame me when I read about revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book about a special surprise visit that George Tenet and his counterterrorism chief Cofer Black made to Condi Rice, also on July 10, 2001 …

    If true, it is shocking that the administration failed to heed such an overwhelming alert from the two officials in the best position to know. Many, many questions need to be asked and answered about this revelation — questions that the 9/11 Commission would have asked, had the Commission been told about this significant meeting. Suspiciously, the Commissioners and the staff investigating the administration’s actions prior to 9/11 were never informed of the meeting.

    The Commission interviewed Condoleezza Rice privately and during public testimony; it interviewed George Tenet three times privately and during public testimony; and Cofer Black was also interviewed privately and publicly. All of them were obligated to tell the truth. Apparently, none of them described this meeting, the purpose of which clearly was central to the Commission’s investigation. Moreover, document requests to both the White House and to the CIA should have revealed the fact that this meeting took place. Now, more than two years after the release of the Commission’s report, we learn of this meeting from Bob Woodward.

    Was it covered up? It is hard to come to a different conclusion. … At a minimum, the withholding of information about this meeting is an outrage. Very possibly, someone committed a crime. And worst of all, they failed to stop the plot.” http://think
    Editor’s note: Despite the many public statements by 9/11 Commissioners and staff members acknowledging they were repeatedly lied to, not a single person has ever been charged, tried, or even reprimanded for lying to the 9/11 Commission.
    Bio: http://www.changemakers.net

    Senator Mark Dayton – Former U.S. Senator from Minnesota 2001 – 2006.  Member, Senate Committee on Armed Services and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Services.
    Senate Hearings on the 9/11 Commission Report 7/31/04:

    “They [NORAD] lied to the American people, they lied to Congress and they lied to your 9/11 Commission. … For almost three years now NORAD officials and FAA officials have been able to hide their critical failures that left this country defenseless during two of the worst hours in our history.” http://www.911truth

    Senator Max Cleland – Former member of the 9/11 Commission, resigned in December 2003.  Currently serves on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  U.S. Senator from Georgia 1997 – 2002.  Secretary of State of Georgia 1982 – 1996.  Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration 1977 – 1981.  Former Captain, U.S. Army.  Awarded Silver Star and Bronze Star for bravery in Viet Nam.  Triple amputee from war injuries.
    Article New York Times 10/26/03: “As each day goes by, we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before Sept. 11 than it has ever admitted.” http://www.commondreams.org
    Article Boston Globe 11/13/03: “If this decision stands [to limit access to White House documents], I, as a member of the [9/11] Commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the Commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised. . . . This is `The Gong Show’; this isn’t protection of national security.” http://www.
    Article Salon 11/21/03: Regarding the 9/11 Commission “It is a national scandal.” http://dir.salon.com

    Interview Democracy Now 3/23/04: “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up.”   http://www.democracynow.org

    William Christison – Former National Intelligence Officer. Former Director of the CIA’s Office of Regional and Political Analysis, a 250-person unit responsible for political analysis of every country and region in the world.  29-year CIA veteran.
    Endorsement of Debunking 9/11 Debunking 3/30/07:  “David Ray Griffin’s Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a superb compendium of the strong body of evidence showing the official U.S. Government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies.  Tragically, the entire course of U.S. foreign and domestic policies since that date has grown out of these almost certain falsehoods.  This single book could (and should) provide the basis for the United Nations‚ International Court of Justice, or some specially constituted global body (independent of the U.S.) to investigate with highest priority, and publicly report its findings about, the charge that unknown elements within the U.S. Government, and possibly some individuals elsewhere closely allied to the U.S., caused or contributed to causing the events of September 11 to happen.” http://www.amazon.com
    Essay Stop Belittling the Theories About September 11  8/14/06: “I now think there is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe. … An airliner almost certainly did not hit The Pentagon. … The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center almost certainly did not collapse and fall to earth because hijacked aircraft hit them.” http://www.dissidentvoice.org

    Melvin A. Goodman, PhD – Former Division Chief and Senior Analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, CIA,1966 – 1990.  Senior Analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department, 1974 – 1976. Professor of International Security at the National War College 1986 – 2004.  42-year Federal government career, primarily with the CIA, Department of Defense and State Department.  Currently Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and Adjunct Professor of Government at Johns Hopkins University. Author and co-author of several books on international relations, including: Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze, Gorbachev’s Retreat: The Third World, and Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk.
    Video of Congressional briefing testimony 7/22/05:

    “This is an important examination of a 9/11 Commission that was an historic opportunity that was missed and a 9/11 Commission study that is terribly flawed. …

    I think the 9/11 Commission has taught me that we need to be extremely rigorous and extremely tenacious in pursuing that truth, because there is a corporate mentality in this country that is working against allowing the truth to surface, even in tragedies, such as the 9/11 tragedy. …

    I want to talk about the Commission itself, about the flawed process of the Commission and finally about the conflict of interest within the Commission that is extremely important to understand the failure of the Commission. …

    The most important individual to me, other than a commissioner, was the staff director, Philip Zelikow. His conflicts of interest were so great that you do have to wonder why this individual was appointed to head this important staff of over 80 people.

    He had very strong ties to the George Herbert Walker Bush Administration. Very strong personal and political and policy ties to Condoleeza Rice.

    More importantly, Philip Zelikow was running the case study program at Harvard, which took millions of dollars from the Central Intelligence Agency over a ten year period to write case studies on the CIA to establish a record that was essentially untrue with the facts about the work of the CIA. …

    The final report is ultimately a coverup.  I don’t know how else to describe the final report.”

    Video segment 1: http://youtube.com
    Video segment 2: http://youtube.com
    Video segment 3: http://youtube.com
    Transcript: http://www.vt911.org
    Signatory: Petition requesting a reinvestigation of 9/11:  
    “We want truthful answers to question. …  As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:
    An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
    Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.
    Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.
    The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.” http://www.911truth.org/article.php

    Bio: http://ciponline.org/biographies

    David L. Griscom, PhD – Research physicist, retired in 2001 from U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC, after 33 years service.  Fellow of the American Physical Society.  Fulbright-García Robles Fellow at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City (1997).  Visiting professorships of research at the Universities of Paris and Saint-Etienne, France, and Tokyo Institute of Technology (2000 – 2003).  Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona (2004 – 2005).  Winner of the 1993 N. F. Mott Award sponsored by the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, the 1995 Otto Schott Award offered by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (Germany), a 1996 Outstanding Graduate School Alumnus Award at Brown University, and the 1997 Sigma Xi Pure Science Award at NRL. Principal author of 109 of his 185 published works, a body of work which is highly cited by his peers.  Officially credited with largest number of papers (5) by any author on list of 100 most cited articles authored at NRL between 1973 and 1988.
    Personal blog 1/5/07: “David Ray Griffin has web-published a splendid, highly footnoted account of The Destruction of the World Trade Center: Why the Official Account Cannot Be True:  This scholarly work, rich in eyewitness accounts, includes 11 separate pieces of evidence that the World Trade Center towers 1, 2 [each 1300+ feet tall, 110 stories], and 7 were brought down by explosives.  [Editor's note: WTC Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories.  It would have been the tallest building in 33 states.  Although it was not hit by an airplane, it completely collapsed into a pile of rubble in less than 7 seconds at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11, seven hours after the collapses of the Twin Towers.  However, no mention of its collapse appears in the 9/11 Commission's "full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."  Watch the collapse video here.  And six years after 9/11, the Federal government has yet to publish its promised final report that explains the cause of its collapse.]

    … I implore my fellow physicists and engineers who may have the time, expertise, and (ideally) supercomputer access to get to work on the physics of the World Trade Center collapses and publish their findings in refereed journals like, say, the Journal of Applied Physics.

    The issue of knowing who was really behind the 9/11 attacks is of paramount importance to the future of our country, because the “official” assumption that it was the work of 19 Arab amateurs (1) does not match the available facts and (2) has led directly to the deplorable Patriot Act, the illegal Iraq war, NSA spying on ordinary Americans, repudiation of the Geneva Conventions, and the repeal of habeas corpus (a fundamental point of law that has been with us since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215).

    Surely these Orwellian consequences of public ignorance constitute more than sufficient motivation for any patriotic American physicist or engineer to join the search for 9/11 Truth!” http://impactglassman
    Member: Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice   Association Statement: “Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice is a non-partisan organization consisting of independent researchers and activists engaged in uncovering the true nature of the September 11, 2001 attacks.”
    Bio: http://www.impactglassresearchinternational.com/index.html

    Dwain Deets, MS Physics, MS Eng – Former Director, Aerospace Projects, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.  Before this appointment, he served as Director, Research Engineering Division at Dryden.  Recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Award and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in the Senior Executive Service (1988).  Selected presenter of the Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics, a distinguished speaking engagement sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (1986).  Included in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” 1993 – 2000.  Former Chairman of the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers.  Former Member, AIAA Committee on Society and Aerospace Technology.  37 year NASA career.
    Statement in support of Architects and Engineers petition:
    “The many visual images (massive structural members being hurled horizontally, huge pyroclastic clouds, etc.) leave no doubt in my mind explosives were involved [in the destruction of the World Trade Center].”  http://www.ae911truth.org
    Signatory: Petition requesting a reinvestigation of 9/11, signed by more than 950 Architects and Engineers:

    “On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and affiliates  hereby petition for, and demand, a truly independent investigation with subpoena power in order to uncover the full truth surrounding the events of 9/11/01 – specifically the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7.  We believe that there is sufficient doubt about the official story and therefore that the 9/11 investigation must be re-opened and must include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that may have been the actual cause behind the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers and WTC Building 7.” http://www.ae911truth.org/joinus.php
    Editor’s note: WTC Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories.  It would have been the tallest building in 33 states.  Although it was not hit by an airplane, it completely collapsed into a pile of rubble in less than 7 seconds at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11, seven hours after the collapses of the Twin Towers.  However, no mention of its collapse appears in the 9/11 Commission’s “full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”  Watch the collapse video here.  And six years after 9/11, the Federal government has yet to publish its promised final report that explains the cause of its collapse.
    Bio: http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov

    Steven Jones, PhD – Former Professor of Physics at Brigham Young University.  Retired in January 2007 to devote more time to 9/11 research.  Principal Investigator for experimental Muon-catalyzed fusion from 1982 to 1991 for the U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Projects.  From 1990 to 1993, Jones researched fusion in condensed matter physics and deuterium, for the U.S. Research conducted at major laboratories in USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan.  Chairperson of several international physics conferences.  Author of over 40 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Contributing author to 9/11 and American Empire (Vol I) – Intellectuals Speak Out (2006).
    Journal of 9/11 Studies peer reviewed paper, Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse? 9/06: “On the basis of photographic and video evidence as well as related data and analyses, I provide thirteen reasons for rejecting the official hypothesis, according to which fire and impact damage caused the collapse of the Twin Towers [each 1300+ feet tall, 110 stories] and WTC 7, in favor of the controlled-demolition hypothesis. The goal of this paper is to promote further scrutiny of the official government-sponsored reports as well as serious investigation of the controlled demolition hypothesis.” http://journalof911studies.com
    Co-author of Journal of 9/11 Studies peer reviewed paper, Extremely high temperatures during the World Trade Center destruction 1/08: “In an effort to better understand the conditions that led to complete collapses of the World Trade Center Towers and WTC 7, we apply scanning-electron- microscope and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy methods to analyze the dust generated, with an emphasis on observed micro-spheres in the WTC dust. The  formation of molten spheres with high iron contents along with other species in the WTC dust required extremely high temperatures. Our results are compared with those of other laboratories. The temperatures required for the molten sphere-formation and evaporation of materials as observed in the WTC dust are significantly higher than temperatures associated with the burning of jet fuel and office materials in the WTC buildings. …

    The temperatures required for the observed spherule-formation and evaporation of materials observed in the WTC dust are significantly higher than temperatures reachable by the burning of jet fuel and office materials in the WTC buildings. The temperatures required to melt iron (1,538 °C) and molybdenum (2,623 °C), and to vaporize lead (1,740 °C) and aluminosilicates (~2,760°C), are completely out of reach of the fires in the WTC buildings (maximum 1,100 °C). We wish to call attention to this discrepancy: the official view implicating fires as the main cause for the ultimate collapses of the WTC Towers and WTC 7 is inadequate to explain this temperature gap and is therefore incomplete at best. …

    Thus, a thorough investigation which considers these data, showing extremely high temperatures and severe fragmentation in the formation of small metal-rich spheres during the WTC Towers destruction, is highly motivated. In particular, the repeatedly- delayed report on the destruction of WTC 7 on 9/11/2001 should address these striking facts.” http://journalof911studies.com
    [Editor's note: WTC Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories.  It would have been the tallest building in 33 states.  Although it was not hit by an airplane, it completely collapsed into a pile of rubble in less than 7 seconds at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11, seven hours after the collapses of the Twin Towers.  However, no mention of its collapse appears in the 9/11 Commission's "full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."  Watch the collapse video here.  Finally, on 11/20/08, more than seven years after 9/11, the Federal government published its final report on the collapse of WTC 7, which "found that the fires on multiple floors in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event." Despite the absence of any visible fire at the time of collapse, the government report alleges WTC Building 7 is the first and only steel-framed high-rise building in the history of mankind to collapse simply as the result of a fire.]

    Terrell (Terry) E. Arnold, MA – Former Deputy Director, Office of Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Planning, U.S. State Department. Former Chairman, Department of International Studies, National War College. Graduate of the National War College. Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State. He has served as a security and crisis management consultant for several Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a crisis management consultant for several Federal agencies, including The State Department, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Customs Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korean conflict. Author, co-author, and editor of Fighting Back: Winning the War Against Terrorism (1986), Beyond the Iran-Contra Crisis : The Shape of U. S. Anti-Terrorism Policy in the Post-Reagan Era (1988), The Violence Formula: Why People Lend Sympathy and Support to Terrorism (1990), Think About Terrorism: The New Warfare (1991), A World Less Safe: Essays on Conflict in the 21st Century (2005).
    Essay It is Vital to Move Beyond 911  7/3/07:

    “More than five years after the fact, Washington leadership keeps the American people fixated on the events of 9/11. They have brought us no closer than we were on September 12, 2001 to resolving how it was executed and by what enemy. They tell us repeatedly that it was the work of al Qaida, but they have yet to show us the proofs. They told us the official version of what happened that day, but their story is laced with contradictions, and the facts visible on the ground at the time belie much of the official account. Our leadership gave us a Sopranos blank screen ending to a terrible tragedy, while working below the radar to avoid our established laws and slowly to destroy our democratic institutions. Every American must look carefully at the pattern of decay that began with 9/11. …

    As an alleged post 9/11 defense, the War on Terrorism is a gigantic fraud. …

    We cannot let a single criminal act, the facts and perpetrators of which are still obscure, destroy our society. With all respect due to those who lost family and friends in the attacks of 9/11, there is no evident search for justice, truth or our future safety in the US government actions outlined in this paper. Instead we are watching the most brutal power games of our times that benefit the few at the expense of the rest of us.”  http://www.rense.com

    Bio: Library of Congress

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