Pentagon’s commitment to “rapid response” decimated by 9/11 stand down.
June 18, 2013
On June 17, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs announced a NORAD exercise for the Washington, D.C. area to be held between June 18 and June 19.
The Defense Department press release states:
Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and certify newly assigned command and control personnel at JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Dover Air Force Base Aero Club Piper Seneca III will participate in the exercise.
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability. NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Previous Exercises Did Nothing to Prevent 9/11
Previous “carefully planned and closely controlled” exercises failed to protect the capitol and New York City on September 11, 2001. Because of this, it is reasonable to conclude current and future exercises will also fail to protect American cities.
The Pentagon has longed claimed that the FAA did not inform it that American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked until 8:40 on the morning of September 11. Appearing before the Kean Commission, the FAA disputed the Pentagon’s assertion.
“The FAA claimed that regardless of the official notification times claimed by NORAD, phone bridges were established immediately after the initial attack (at 8:46). NORAD was informed in real time throughout of all developments, including about the plane that ultimately hit the Pentagon, the FAA said,” writes Nicholas Levis.
The Pentagon claim ignores the fact that the National Military Command Center, situated in the basement of the Pentagon, monitors the airspace over the northeastern seaboard and would have detected aircraft deviating from assigned flight patterns.
Additionally, military commanders would have also seen Flight 175 deviating from its flight pattern. It had done this in 1999 when it detected the Lear jet of pro golfer Payne Stewart suddenly depart from its flight path en route to Dallas.
“If NORAD had been as quick to scramble or divert airborne fighters on Sept. 11, two ‘anti-terrorist’ F-15’s on armed alert could have been sent south from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod,” notes William Thomas for 9-11 Visibility Project. “Flying at full afterburners without edging over the Atlantic to disperse their sonic footprint, two of the fastest fighters on the planet would have broken a few windows. But all the glass in the Twin Towers might have stayed intact had the ‘fast-movers’ intercepted Flight 11 over the Hudson River at least six minutes from Manhattan.”
In 2003, a Democrat senator from Minnesota, Mark Dayton, accused NORAD of lying. If the air defense timeline promoted in the Kean Commission book was correct, Dayton said, then the timeline presented by NORAD at the time was wrong.
“When the official story of 9/11 can be changed repeatedly without anyone ever being held accountable, we have no right to ever again expect honest government,” writes Levis.
The Pentagon’s failure to communicate excuse was put in doubt by former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s testimony before the National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States on May 23, 2003. Mineta told the commission then vice president Dick Cheney had issued a stand-down order:
I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand?” And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”
Mineta’s testimony was corroborated by counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke. Reporter Bob Woodward also corroborated Mineta’s testimony and destroyed the government’s claim it could not track the allegedly hijacked plane because it had turned off its radar transponder.
Pentagon Drills: Window Dressing for Martial Law
In is reasonable to conclude that no number of “carefully planned and closely controlled” exercises will prevent another 9/11 attack, as the Pentagon claims, if NORAD is ordered to stand down as it obviously was on September 11, 2001.
Falcon Virgo is another post-9/11 window dressing event designed to make it appear the Pentagon is ready and able to defend America against terrorists. It is one of a large number of similar exercises that have become routine for the Pentagon and post-9/11 planners who harbor an agenda for America.
As an Infowars.com resource page on martial law demonstrates, the Pentagon is far more interested in acclimating the public to the presence of troops on the street and destroying the remnants of Posse Comitatus than defending the nation from phantom terrorists.