Sunday, March 10, 2002

There is a problem with air defence at the Pentagon on September 11. Before 9:00 a. m., the air traffic controllers lost communication with Flight 77, and at least by 9:25 they knew that Flight 77 had turned and was headed back to Washington (and all this took place in the context of the first New York crash at 8:45 and the second at 9:08, a time when everyone should have been on notice that other attacks were possible). The explosion at the Pentagon took place at 9:38. We're supposed to believe that the most powerful empire in the world was unable, in about 40 minutes, to scramble jets to intercept this plane, which could have been headed for the White House or Congress. We're also supposed to believe that the Pentagon is completely undefended by anti-aircraft weapons. A C130 military transport aircraft, a huge slow unarmed lumbering plane, was diverted to do, well, whatever it could to stop Flight 77. Perhaps they could have flown alongside, opened a window, and thrown something at it (the C130 may figure in some of the witness statements). There are only two stark choices: either the U. S. military, which receives a budget that is beyond rational belief and is being radically raised, is so utterly incompetent that it cannot defend the seats of government of the United States, or the guard planes were stood down, an act of pure treason. Actually, there is a third possibility: Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon and the explosion was caused by a missile fired at the Pentagon or bombs placed within the building. If it was known that Flight 77 was not headed for Washington, it would have been unnecessary to attempt to intercept it.