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Why NORAD Interceptors Couldn't Catch Those 911 Boeings
By Douglas Herman
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One of the most sacred beliefs about the four jumbo jets hijacked on
September 11th, 2001, was that terrified passengers tried to
communicate with those safe on the earth. The recent movie, "Flight
93," elevates this belief to a sacrament.

In order to verify that cell phones would have functioned, a test would
have had to be performed in 2001, from a Boeing 757-767, moving
erratically through the sky, often at low elevation.  To my
recollection, none were ever performed by any researcher, and certainly
no reporter in the mainstream media.

Because NORAD fighter pilots never VISUALLY verified what happened
aboard those four Boeings on 9-11, we will never know what occurred in
the most crucial part of the plane, the cockpit. Instead we have been
given play-by-play cell phone accounts of what occurred. Some of the
accounts remain perplexing to say the least.

NORAD: Malice Aforethought?

There are three reasons why NORAD fighters did not intercept and
visually inspect any of the hijacked Boeings. Being confused and unable
to locate the hijacked planes appears suspicious, to say the least.
Because imagine what those NORAD pilots might have seen.

(1) Arab hijackers-or pilots posing as Arabs.

  (2) Professional pilots frantically waving and holding signs
indicating the plane was remote controlled.

(3) No pilots at all.

How, you ask, could no pilots be at the controls? Recall the flight of
Pro golfer Payne Stewart. The private jet flew, maintaining a steady
airspeed and course---but everyone aboard was dead. What the NORAD
interceptors saw was frosted windows and no sign of life.

Now ask yourself: With four slow-moving jets to choose from, why
couldn't NORAD intercept and make visual contact with even ONE?
Perhaps, if that visual inspection had occurred, the USAF pilot might
have reported something highly suspicious. And I don't mean sullen
suicide pilots who forgot to pack their Korans.

They might have witnessed no visible sign of life. Or they would have
radioed that the pilots were gesturing to them, signaling the plane was
somehow flying itself. Without the poignant cell phone conversations,
the entire "terrorist hijacking" would have been as fictitious as a
Harry Potter fantasy novel.

No hijackers, no war on terror. No war on terror, no billions for
defense and security upgrades. No cell phone calls about Arab
terrorists, no religious war to, ostensibly smash Islamic countries and
steal their oil.

Now suppose those NORAD pilots had made visual contact and
saw-gasp---professional pilots frantically trying to regain control of
their Boeing aircraft. The fighter pilots might have relayed the
ominous message: "Cockpit pilots signaling they have NO control. Pilots
holding sign: cannot regain manual control of stick!"

Recall that not ONE Boeing pilot pressed a four digit signal indicating
their planes were being hijacked. You would think at least one pilot
would have gotten off a quick message.

Equally suspicious, NORAD fighter pilots were either rerouted AWAY from
the Boeings, or commanded to fly at such slow speeds they could not
intercept a commercial plane, even if given a week to do so. Why?
Because fighter pilots could NOT be allowed to see into the cockpit.

Whatever was visible inside the four cockpits was too terrible to see.
Not frantic fighting, but perhaps the opposite: an absence of any life.

Was NORAD a criminal conspirator on 9-11? Emphatically. Consider the
long list of criminal derelictions that would convict them. These
accusations are from 9-11 Research

Failures to scramble: NORAD, once notified of the off-course aircraft,
failed to scramble jets from the nearest bases.

Failures to intercept: Once airborne, interceptors failed to reach
their targets because they flew at small fractions of their top speeds.

Failures to redeploy: Fighters that were airborne and within
interception range of the deviating aircraft were not redeployed to
pursue them.

Indeed, once airborne, NORAD F-15s were flying slower than 450
MPH---slower than World War II fighter planes! The top speed of an F-15
in pursuit is 1875 MPH.

Perhaps the only NORAD interceptor to actually intercept an alleged
hijacked airliner, occurred with Flight 93, over Shanksville,
Pennsylvania. However, the US government denied the Boeing was shot
down although evidence indicates otherwise.

NORAD: many unanswered questions remain about September  11th, 2001. As
a former Air Force serviceman, I am ashamed and angered by the evident
fraud and intentional failure that indicate---almost without a
doubt---a military coup occurred.

  Footnote:  One of the many incongruous scenes in the movie, United 93,
occured when the terrorist pilot props a postcard of the Capitol
Building on the steering yoke. As if one could just hijack a jumbo jet,
head east to the ocean and fly around until seeing the dome.

Amateur historian and USAF veteran, Douglas Herman writes regularly for
Rense and is the author of The Guns of Dallas. Read the reviews on

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