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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 02:21 PM
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9/11: Hijackers were ID'd while * sat in the classroom
This may be old news to some but this article relating to testimony before the 9/11 commission -

points out that there were people on the ground who knew who hijacked the planes before they even hit the towers.

Kinda makes * sitting there for 7 minutes worse.

here is an excerpt:

Sweeney's first call from the plane was at 7:11 a.m. on Sept. 11 -- the only call in which she displayed emotional upset. Flight 11 was delayed, and she seized the few moments to call home in hopes of talking to her 5-year-old daughter, Anna, to say how sorry she was not to be there to put her on the bus to kindergarten. Ms. Sweeney's son Jack had been born several months premature, and she had taken the maximum time off over the previous summer to be with her children. "But she had to go back that fall, to hold the Boston-to-L.A. trip," explained her husband.

American's Flight 11 took off from Logan Airport in Boston at 7:59 a.m. By 8:14 a.m., the F.A.A. controller following that flight from a facility in Nashua, N.H., already knew it was missing; its transponder had been turned off, and the controller couldn't get a response from the pilots. The air-traffic controller contacted the pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, which at 8:14 also left Boston's Logan bound for California, and asked for his help in locating Flight 11.

Sweeney slid into a passenger seat in the next-to-last row of coach and used an Airfone to call American Airlines Flight Service at Boston's Logan airport. "This is Amy Sweeney," she reported. "I'm on Flight 11 -- this plane has been hijacked." She was disconnected. She called back: "Listen to me, and listen to me very carefully." Within seconds, her befuddled respondent was replaced by a voice she knew.

"Amy, this is Michael Woodward." The American Airlines flight service manager had been friends with Sweeney for a decade, so he didnt have to waste any time verifying that this wasn't a hoax. "Michael, this plane has been hijacked," Ms. Sweeney repeated. Calmly, she gave him the seat locations of three of the hijackers: 9D, 9G and 10B. She said they were all of Middle Eastern descent, and one spoke English very well.

Mr. Woodward ordered a colleague to punch up those seat locations on the computer. At least 20 minutes before the plane crashed, the airline had the names, addresses, phone numbers and credit cards of three of the five hijackers. They knew that 9G was Abdulaziz al-Omari, 10B was Satam al-Suqami, and 9D was Mohamed Atta -- the ringleader of the 9/11 terrorists.

"The nightmare began before the first plane crashed," said Mike Sweeney, "because once my wife gave the seat numbers of the hijackers and Michael Woodward pulled up the passenger information, Mohamed Atta's name was out there. They had to know what they were up against."

Sorry - I know that is 6 paragraphs but I thought they were all important.
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Racenut20 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 02:30 PM
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1. Has it ever been determined
Did American Airlines then notify the FAA?

Did they, or do they have the means to notify NORAD?

Do we know who exercised all the stock transactions in the two or three days prior to 9/11?

Did the person she was talking to on the ground testify before the 9/11 Commission?

Did the Agent in Charge in Sarasota testify before the Commission?

Has there been an explaination given by Secret Service about not moving the President immediately?

Has NORAD or the Air Force given an explaination as to why they did not pickup and cover Air Force One in Sarasota?
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bagnana Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 02:38 PM
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2. thanks for posting. Did not know this
It is heartbreaking to read this and know what might/should/could have happened had we been prepared and had that idiot, that moron, that befuddled incurious loser not been the commander in chief on 9/11.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 02:41 PM
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3. I suggest you read the whole article
I only posted a small part here.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:04 PM
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4. That's a job for the 9/11 investigation
Unfortunately, they were all too busy brown-nosing the administration and pandering to Bush & Cheney to waste any time on a real investigation.

Drop Bush Not Bombs - Fuck Bush - Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:05 PM
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5. this article is about testimony from the 9/11 commission
I suggest reading the whole thing. It's long but worth it.
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