Official Bungling Claimed in 9-11 Intelligence

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Were America’s leaders negligent in defending the country after the first attack on Sept. 11?

By the Staff of American Free Press

Serious questions have been raised about the re sponse of this nation’s leaders to the first attack on the Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, all from the public record.

Why did the military fail to scramble planes over Wash ington when the second explosion at the World Trade Center made it obvious that that a terrorist attack was under way?

Any why are there so many conflicting “official explanations” of the failure?
At 9:06 a.m. on that fateful day, New York police broad cast that “this was a terrorist attack—notify the Pentagon,” the New York Daily News reported.”

American Forces Press Service quoted a Navy officer inside the Pentagon:

“We were watching the World Trade Center on television. When the second plane deliberately dove into the tower, someone said, ‘the World Trade Center is one of the most recognizable symbols of America. We’re sitting in a close second.’ ”

Nearly an hour after the New York attack, terrorists crashed their plane into the Pentagon as military planes that were supposed to protect D.C. idled at Andrews Air Force Base—10 miles from the nation’s capital.

Despite the warning from New York, Newsday quoted Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski, a Pentagon spokes man: “The Pentagon was simply not aware that this aircraft was coming our way, and I doubt prior to Tuesday’s event anyone would have expected anything like that here.”

How could the Pentagon be “not aware?” The London Sunday Telegraph reported on Sept. 14: “Within minutes of the attack American forces around the world were put on one of their highest states of alert—Defcon 3, just two notches short of all-out war—and F-16s from Andrews Air Force Base were in the air over Washington, D.C.”

Many in the mainstream media reported that An drews has no fighter planes or role in protecting Wash ington but The San Diego Union-Tribune got it right on Sept. 12: “Air defense around Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia border. The D.C. Air National Guard is also based there and equipped with F-16 fighter planes. . . . But the fighters took to the skies over Washington only after the devastating attack on the Pentagon.”

NBC Nightly News reported on Sept. 11: “It was after the attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to scramble F-16s out of the D.C. National Guard Andrews Air Force Base to fly cover, a—a protective cover over Washington.”

While the mainstream media mostly ignored the fact that Andrews Air Force Base is supposed to protect Washington, USA Today gave conflicting reports on Sept. 17: “Andrews Air Force Base, home to Air Force One . . . had no fighters assigned to it.” And in a later edition: “The District of Columbia National Guard maintained fighter planes at Andrews Air Force base . . . but those planes were not on alert and not deployed.”
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