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Why the late reaction September 11?

Dear Editor,

Between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 eastern daylight time on Sept. 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked and taken off course. For an alarming number of minutes, after air traffic control had become aware of these hijackings, nothing occurred. These unprecedented hijackings were immediately followed by total inaction. What was going on?

Around 8:45 a.m. American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center. Where was President Bush? He was sitting with school children in Florida listening to them read. By 9:03 a.m. a second airliner, flight 175, had smashed into the second World Trade Center tower. A few minutes later American Airlines flight 77 conducts an unscheduled point turn over Ohio and heads towards Washington. Where’s Bush? He’s still with the children. More importantly, where are the fighter planes that should have been airborne within minutes to intercept the hijacked aircraft? Not until 9:30 a.m. were any aircraft scrambled to intercept these planes; however, by then it was too late. This means that the National Command Authority waited for 75 minutes to scramble any fighter jets.

Do you remember Payne Stewart? He’s the golfer that died in that tragic airplane crash. When his plane went off course unexpectedly it took no longer than 15 minutes for fighter jets to reach him in the sky. It is routine policy of the FAA to notify the military in a case where an airplane veers off course, just like Payne Stewart. And it is routine for military fighter jets to be sent immediately to intercept such planes.

What does this mean? Something is very wrong with this picture. In light of what we know about the many warnings and clues that were available prior to Sept. 11, this inaction suggests that a higher level government agency knew something was coming and did not try to stop it!

Unless someone can satisfactorily prove that this is not the case the only sensible conclusion remains that someone on “our side” wanted these attacks to occur. At this point it is impossible to imagine that the delayed response was anything other than intentional, and this letter is only the tip of the iceberg, and we need to find out a lot more.

J.T. Hamel, 17

Yampah Mountain High School

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