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September 11, 2001
"The tragedy of September 11, 2001 changed America, if not the world. What do you really know about it?"
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Who has the authority to order commercial aircraft to be intercepted by military jets?
No one, it is an automatic response which is always in effect and adhered to
The President and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces
Only the President
The President and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces and the Commander of NORAD
How many of the 19 hijackers' names appeared on the published passenger lists of the 4 aircraft?
How did the FBI distinguish between "regular," "innocent" Muslim passengers and Muslim hijackers on those flights?
The hijackers' leader, Mohamed Atta, addressed a note to all the others by name when he wrote "The time of fun and waste is gone" and other such un-Muslim-like phrases.
Anyone with a Muslim-sounding name obviously was not an "innocent passenger".
The FBI has never explained this.
The FBI had their names all along and had been keeping track of them; that is how they could announce the names so quickly (with pictures).
What was the passport the FBI claimed it found some blocks from the World Trade Center, "a few" days after the disaster, and which it claimed belonged to one of the hijackers?
It was burned around the edges and the name obscured; a photo appeared on the front page of the NY Times the next week.
That belonged to Atta's right-hand man, Ziad Jarrahi.
When asked, the FBI has only responded that that information is "part of the investigation" and cannot be released "yet".
That was just a rumor; the FBI never made such a claim.
What information was learned from the 8 nearly-indestructible Black Boxes from the 3 crash centers?
It is not clear how many were recovered reasonably intact, but no data (except voice transcripts from flight 93) obtained has been released for "security" reasons
3 boxes survived, but most data was lost in the Pentagon recorder and the Pennsylvania ones had only what was already known (telemetry) and the sound of scuffling in the cabin (voice).
The WTC boxes were melted in the 800C degree heat and the Pentagon boxes were vaporized just like the plane itself (almost no wreckage) and the ones in Pennsylvania must have been destroyed by the steep angle of the crash.
4 black boxes survived (Pentagon and Pennsylvania) but no data has been released as was done in every other previous crash.
When asked if he "knew about New York" after the first crash, this man replied he would have a statement about it later. He also claimed, after the fact, to have seen the first crash happen "live" on TV, although no one saw the first crash live.
George W. Bush, President of the United States
Secretary of State Colin Powell
Vice President Dick Cheney
George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States. (at the White House)
Who signed an Executive Order (No. 01-261) declaring a "state of emergency" (illegally naming the National Guard as the arm of enforcement) provisionally until the end of June of 2003 on September 7th of 2001?
Gray Davis, Governor of California
Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida
Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of NYC
Flight 77 hit the Pentagon at 9:39 am, some 40 minutes after it was known positively to be "off course" and headed back toward the restricted airspace of Washington D. C., which is protected at all times as Standard Operating Procedure by fighters from Andrews Air Force Base. How far from the Pentagon is Andrews AFB 'as the jet flies'?
The second WTC tower was struck 20 minutes after the first. Planes from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey could have supposedly intercepted the second plane, needing only 7 minutes to reach lower Manhatten. What reason did Major General Richard A. Mentemeyer, Commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing, give for the fatal delay in following this normal procedure?
They didn't expect another plane, so no planes were sent as it was already too late.
They were not informed by either the Pentagon, the FAA or NORAD --- all of whom monitor everything in the air at all times --- that any planes had been hijacked or were off course.
They had no planes standing by, as they normally would have, but the reason for this is not clear.
No reason was given.
Much of the WTC steel (about 180,000 tons) was sold as scrap. Do you know where the steel went?
Afghanistan and Turkey
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Waco, Texas
Florida and California
India and China
Which building, damaged but still standing, stood between the collapsed towers and WTC 7, which was 47 stories tall and collapsed mysteriously long after the towers?
Steel melts at 1538 degrees Celsius (2800 F). If a jet fuel fire could reach this temperature within a highrise structure such as the WTC towers, it would consume itself in a very few minutes. The first tower to be hit collapsed after 104 minutes, although flames had been reduced only to a smudgy smoke after the first 20 minutes. How long before the 2nd tower collapsed after it was hit (at an oblique angle, spilling much of its fuel outside as a fireball in the air)?
An "FBI supervisor said in a pre-Sept. 11 conversation with headquarters that he wanted to prevent suspicious student pilot Zacarias Moussaoui from flying a plane into the World Trade Center, a congressional investigator testified Tuesday." - Washington (AP) 9/26/02 Where was this supervisor based?
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (as of Oct. 1, 2001), Richard Myers stated September 13th in a Congressional hearing that no planes were scrambled for the first 95 minutes after it was known that planes were deviating from their flight paths, in contravention to all standard procedure previous to that day. How many times in the year prior to September 11, 2001 had fighter planes been scrambled in response to a straying aircraft?
Which of these men was a paid consultant to Unocal, which is now once again under contract to construct a pipeline worth billions across newly 'pacified' Afghanistan?
Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister of Afghanistan
Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Envoy to Afghanistan
James Baker III, former Bush campaign manager
Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister of Afghanistan
What document was "sitting on President Bush's desk" one day prior to 9/11?
A Tom Clancy novel detailing a terrorist plane crash attempt on the White House
A plan to invade Afghanistan in October, 2001, just as was done.
An FBI memo requesting a lifting of restrictions on investigations of Saudi terrorist activity
A secret offer from bin Laden to make peace or "suffer the wrath of Allah as my family has suffered"
On September 24, 2001 NEWSWEEK reported that on September 10 a group suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns. What group?
a group of WTC business leaders
a Knights of Columbus convention in Miami
the bin Laden family members present in the U.S.
a group of top Pentagon officials
All aircraft were grounded in a total ban on non-military flight (and non-official) flights across the United States right after the attacks, remember? But do you know that one --- and only one --- aircraft was allowed to fly during that ban? Who was on that plane?
George Bush Sr. flies from the White House in Washington D.C. to St. Paul, Minnesota
11 members of the bin Laden family depart the U. S. for overseas
Attorney General John Ashcroft, flying back to Washington D.C.
George Clooney receives clearance returning from filming in Alaska on September 13
Which person, devoutly dedicated to his belief system, unaccountably wore the uniform of his sworn enemy while appearing before a world-wide audience?
Osama bin Laden appears on video exhorting his followers to jihad against the U.S. while wearing an oh-so-fashionable-with-the-Mujahadeen United States Army jacket
Pope John-Paul XXIII, during a televised mass in South Africa, donned a ceremonial shaman's (witch doctor's) mask as a token of ecumenical outreach.
Winston Churchill made his "finest hour" speech recorded before Parliment while wearing a Nazi armband.
Ariel Sharon demanded Yassar Arafat "reign in the suicide bombers" in a TV address while sporting a checkered kaffiyeh headdress nearly identical to that of his nemesis.
What is the 'Condoleezza Rice'?
George Bush's National Security Advisor
an oil tanker
Condoleezza Rice (pronounced "Ree-say") is a French side dish
Bush Administration Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs
Quite soon after the attacks we got our first look at the hijackers in action as Atta and Abdul Aziz Al-Omari are shown rushing through a Maine airport to catch their flight so that they won't miss their Logan flight in Boston so they can hit the WTC. Every airport, of course, has cameras from the parking lots to the boarding gates. How many of the dozens and dozens of other shots that must exist of the other hijackers have been shown to the public?
LIFE Magazine did a spead of pictures in its November 31st issue featuring 14 of the hijackers as they moved through the various airports on their way to their infamous destinies.
The hijackers planned this attack for years and knew how to avoid appearing in any recognizable way on those cameras,plus it is known that they had some inside help among the airports' security staffs.
The government (FBI) had some pictures up on their web site for a time before mid-2002, but they were withdrawn because some appear to conflict with the pictures shown on the 19 passport photos, and 5 or 6 of those photos are supposedly of Saudi airline p
Estimates of the death toll at the WTC the day after the attack ranged to upwards of 30,000 (50,000 people worked there, and at that time of the morning there should have been about 40,000 inside, including visitors). The final official toll is listed as what?
Most people don't know that (at least) one member of the present administration is psychic, having predicted a terrorist attack on the United States 2 minutes before the first WTC crash and then again --- specifying the Pentagon --- about 1 minute before that crash. Who had such amazing prescience that day?
Presidential Spokesman Ari Fleischer
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Information Awareness Office Director John Poindexter
Congressional Chaplain Edgar Cayce
The Pentagon was on fire. Classified documents were scattered all over the grounds. What was the response?
Department of Defense fire services raced to the scene and sprayed the fire with foam while military command personnel gathered up the sensitive documentation.
Local firefighters sprayed the jet-fuel-based fire with water while the FBI picked up and confiscated all the Classified information.
The Pentagon's own fire prevention squads fought the fire while a U.s. Marine contingent was assigned the task of securing the documents.
The fire was allowed to burn itself out over the next 60 hours, and local police turned the documents over to the military.
How does the Constitution of the United States, Art. III, define "treason against the United States"?
Criticizing the government
Criticizing true conservatives
Making war against the people of the United States, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort
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