THE INCOMPETENCE THAT WAS NINE ELEVEN

Background                                                                                                                      
This article presents the background to the 11 September 2001 attacks on America, showing the total failure of the U.S. government on every level to protect its citizens. It also shows President George W Bush and his Administration as grossly incompetent.

The Headlines
The World Trade Centre, the highest buildings in the USA and the quintessential  symbol of U.S. capitalism, had been attacked in 1993.

The CIA knew in 1994 of a large plot to attack U.S. landmarks with aircraft.

The U.S. Air force had NO armed fighter planes on 24-hour-stand-by at Andrews Air force Base, close to Washington. Why not?

The first ‘hijacked plane’ call came out at 8:19 am. U.S. warplanes arrived in New York at 9:25 am. It is simply incredulous!

Meanwhile, an unarmed U.S. warplane flew over Washington. It’s only form of attack was to ‘ram’ hijacked planes.

The Bush Administration did nothing against al-Qaeda until 9/11. The next day, Bush was ready to go to war. Secretary Rumsfeld, began talking about attacking Iraq, arguing there weren’t many targets to attack in Afghanistan! The fact that 9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq didn’t seem to matter.

If the situation weren’t so serious, we could have the plot for a movie about incompetence on a grand scale. But nobody would believe it!

The Story
1. The World Trade Center was bombed on February 26, 1993 at 12:17 pm by Muslim extremists. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, claimed to the New York Times the bombing was in retaliation for American support of Israel and oppression of the Palestinian people. On 11 December 1994, Yousef planted a bomb on a Philippine Airlines flight on its way to Japan. One passenger died and ten were injured. A month later, a fire broke out in Yousef’s flat in Manila. The police found evidence of a plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II and of a complicated scheme to simultaneously bomb a dozen U.S. airline flights from Asia to the United States in one day. Philippine police captured Yousef’s accomplice, Abdul Hakim Murad, who revealed an even larger plot to attack U.S. landmarks with aircraft. In 1995, the CIA issued a 'National Intelligence Estimate' saying ‘civilian aviation will figure prominently among possible terrorist targets in the United States’.
A connection was made between the World Trade Center attack and a fingerprint of Yousef found in the bombers’ Manila apartment. Now in Pakistan, Yousef was betrayed for a USD 2 million bribe. Taken back to the US, he was sentenced to 240 years in prison. In an interview Yousef warned of a new, international Islamic militant group that would rise up to challenge the United States.
In 1993, Osama bin Laden was suspected to have financed the World Trade Center bombing. In 1996 from Afghanistan, bin Laden called upon the Muslim world to wage war against Americans. The CIA formed a cell to follow him and al-Qaeda.
In May 1998, Bin Laden published an impressive 12-page declaration of war against the United States. On 7th August, truck bombs virtually destroyed the U.S. embassies in Tanzania & Kenya with 224 people dead and over 5000 injured. Investigations lead straight to bin Laden. A U.S. cruise missile attack on bin Laden’s training camp failed to kill him.
Al-Qaeda members, Khalid al Mihdhar and Nawaf al Hazmi were sent to the U.S. for flight training. The CIA had been following them almost two years before 9/11 but had not given their details to the FBI or U.S. Immigration as suspected terrorists. In San Diego, they even took out driver's licences and phone book entries in their own names.

2. World Trade Centre destroyed on 11th September 2001
At 8:19 am, flight attendant Betty Ong phoned American Airlines telling them Flight 11 had been hijacked. The U.S. military did not hear about the hijacking for 18 minutes. Air traffic controllers knew at 8:24 am, when they heard al-Qaeda pilot, Mohamed Atta’s voice.
At 8:46 am, American 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. The fighter jets from Otis Air Force Base, Cape Cod, took off 7 minutes later. It took them 32 minutes to reach New York.  
At 8:55 am, New York Air Traffic Control found out a second aircraft had been hijacked. The military found out when it crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Centre at 9:03 am. The nearest jet fighters were still 60 to 70 miles away. Officers at the Northeast Air Defence Sector had still not heard from FAA headquarters.              
At 9:23 am, a United Airlines flight dispatcher sent out a text warning to his airline crews to stop cockpit intrusions. By 9:30 am United Airlines Flight 93 was in the control of hijackers. Air traffic controllers knew immediately of the hijacking but again, no one advised the military. 
The Federal Aviation Administration was in chaos, the only person at FAA headquarters authorized to call in the military could not be found! United Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania at 10:03 am, brought down by its passengers. The military found out about the hijacked flight after it had already crashed. Apparently FAA headquarters had issued a terrorist hijack alert three months earlier to airlines but not to air traffic control.
The shoot-down order was never relayed to the fighter pilots who might have carried it out. "The idea that the President of the United States can give an order and the Air Force doesn't get it, that's serious stuff," says Kean, chair of the 9/11 Commission. Only one pilot received a shoot-down order. Marc Sasseville flew out of Andrews Air Force Base, a few kilometers from the White House. He got the order directly from the Secret Service in the White House bunker with the Vice President. He took off in the only jet available, which was unarmed. All he could have done was to ram a hijacked aircraft.   It took 140 minutes for 4300 aircraft over the United States to land at the nearest airfield.  

George W Bush
Bush was in Florida at a school when he was told of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Centre. He continued to speak with the children. After he was told the second plane had crashed into the second tower, he continued on for another seven minutes before doing anything. You may recall that after Cyclone Katrina hit, the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history, he flew in the other direction to California. Such ‘leadership’ qualities are unique to George W Bush!!
The afternoon of 9/11, President Bush landed in Nebraska. Incredibly Air Force One had had communications problems and was unable to contact Washington! Late in the day, Bush returned to Washington, found out about the intelligence failure that lead to 9/11 and put the United States on a path to war. That day Bush found out the FBI had known the names of two people in America who were in al-Qaeda, that they had been allowed to get on planes under their own names. Why hadn't the FBI told the transportation department they were looking for them?The Bush Administration did nothing against al-Qaeda until 9/11. The next day, Bush was ready to go to war. Secretary Rumsfeld, began talking about attacking Iraq, because he argued, there weren’t many targets to attack in Afghanistan. Richard Clarke, the White House Counter-terrorism Director, couldn’t believe it, as there was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq. Clarke said attacking Iraq would make it more difficult for the US to get Muslim support, but that didn't seem to bother Rumsfeld and his colleagues. Secretary Powell said Afghanistan was where the attack of September 11th was launched. It was decided to attack Afghanistan, and then Iraq.


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