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Old 11th February 2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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Unanswered Questions about 9/11

CTers often cite the series of questions presented by families of 9/11 victims, which were to be used as a roadmap by the 9/11 Commission.

CTers claim that over half of these questions were never answered, and use this as a basis for dismissing the commission as a joke.

Until recently I wasn't really aware of what the questions were.

They're listed here, and frankly most of them are stupid. I'm not surprised they weren't answered.

Gems like:

1. Was NORAD aware of the four hijacked planes veering off course even before being reported by the FAA? If not, please explain why NORAD which monitors 7000 flights a day, was unable to track the four aberrant flights.

2. Why weren’t the jets able to intercept the hijacked planes if they were airborne within eight minutes of notification?

3. Why did NORAD wait until after the second plane hit the WTC to try and prevent possible further attacks?

4. Why weren’t the fighter jets that tailed flights 11 and 175 as they crashed into New York’s WTC, rerouted to intercept flights 77 or 93, before they crashed into the Pentagon and Pennsylvania?

1) No. NORAD does not monitor flights. The FAA monitors flights. NORAD intercepts inside the ADIZ are activated only at the request of the FAA. The reason the FAA could not track the flights was because the terrorists disabled the transponders.

2) The longest duration between NORAD being notified of a hijacking, and the hijacked aircraft crashing, was 9 minutes for AA11. Even assuming the precise location of AA11 was known (it wasn't), using your "8 minute" number, that allows the NORAD fighters 1 minute to get from their airfield to Manhattan, intercept AA11, and shoot it down. Need I point out the impossibility of this task?

3) NORAD did not know there WERE any attacks until after UA175 hit WTC2. NORAD and everyone else initially thought the first impact was a small aircraft, and an accident.

4) No aircraft tailed AA11 or UA175. The first fighters launched by NORAD were still on the ground, at Otis, when AA11 hit, and they were aproximately 70mi from Manhattan when UA175 hit. At the time, it was not known that AA11 had hit WTC1, and as a result the Otis fighters continued with their task, tracking down AA11 based on its projected flight path. When NORAD were notified of AA77's hijacking - 2 minutes before it hit The Pentagon - they directed another pair of fighters from Langley to intercept it, however the also were too far away to do anything. NORAD did not find out about UA93 until after it had crashed, thus directing any aircraft to intercept it was not an option (they found out it had crashed 8 minutes later, and in those 8 minutes they had numerous other suspected hijackings to deal with).

One thing that pisses me off about some of the relatives victims is they use emotion to establish a moral high ground, and yet they're guilty of the same gross ignorance in many cases as the rest of the CT crowd. Half their questions can be answered by basic common sense alone.

For example:

(To Bush) As Commander-in-Chief on the morning of 9/11, why didn’t you return immediately to Washington, D.C. or the National Military Command Center once you became aware that America was under attack?
Er... maybe because the USSS determined it wasn't safe?


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