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FullCountNotRecount Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:40 PM
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Did Ashcroft use air marshalls when he flew commercial pre 9/11?
Did the 9/11 comission ask him that? Did MM's movie address this? I know it was thought that Ashcroft ONLY took private flights after July but was later disproven. I never heard about this other part of the equation.
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:42 PM
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1. How was that disproven?
I thought it was verified that Ashcroft only took private flights before 9/11?
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FullCountNotRecount Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:42 PM
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2. 9/11 commission disproved it
if that is correct grammar.
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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:46 PM
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3. all but 2 flights as i recall
i think MM dropped this from F9-11 because it was discovered that Ashcroft flew on commercial airliners twice during this time. However, most of his travel was private due to "threat".
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FullCountNotRecount Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:48 PM
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4. Finding out if he had personal Air marshalls when the rest of US didn't
certainly would have been interesting to know.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:49 PM
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5. It was announced that he was flying chartered jets exclusively.
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 12:52 PM by Bridget Burke
Back in July 2001--because of FBI warnings.

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/07/26/national/main303601....

Apparently he was later able to prove that he did fly commercial, as well. Not sure of the timeframe, though. After 9/11, when he knew that threat was over?

Edited to add: July 2001 was also when pilots were forbidden to arm themselves. This permission dated from the days of "traditional" hijacking & had apparently not been used much. Just another instance of odd timing.
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