9/11 - Pure Coincidences?
|The The Pentagon
Mass Casualty Exercise - October 2000
The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise [...] was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room.
"Our role is fire and rescue," Battalion Chief R.W. Cornwell said. "We get to see how each other operates and the roles and responsibilities of each. You have to plan for this. Look at all the air traffic around here."
banned 2 months before 9/11
A 40-year-old Federal Aviation Administration rule that allowed commercial airline pilots to be armed was inexplicably rescinded two months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, leading aviation security experts to lay at least some of the blame for the tragedy at the feet of airlines, none of which took advantage of the privilege while it was in effect.
Ben Fountain, 42, a financial analyst with Fireman's Fund, was coming out of the Chambers Street Station, headed for his office on the 47th floor of the south tower.
"How could they let this happen? They knew this building was a target. Over the past few weeks we'd been evacuated a number of times, which is unusual. I think they had an inkling something was going on."
escaped death thanks to schedule change
President Bush's cousin should have been in the World Trade Centre when it was attacked.
Jim Pierce, managing director of AON Corporations, had arranged a business conference on the 105th floor of the South Tower where its New York offices were based.
But his group was too large so they decided to move across the street to the Millennium Hotel.
|On 9/11, CIA Was
Running Simulation of a Plane Crashing into a Building
at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance
Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a
small corporate jet would crash into one of the four
towers at the agency's headquarters building after
experiencing a mechanical failure.
The National Reconnaissance Office operates many of the nation's spy satellites. It draws its personnel from the military and the CIA.
|Less than an hour
before the WTC attacks Donald Rumsfeld told a
congressional delegation that a "shocking"
event would occur soon.
KING: You were right here when the Pentagon...
|Flight 77 had
fewer engines than the WTC attack aircraft and it hit the
newly reinforced section of the Pentagon.
Michael, the Pentagon was kind of lucky in a sense,
FLOCCO: Correct. Also, the other contributing factors
-- fewer engines -- was the fact that it hit initially on
the newly renovated section that had (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
wire inside of -- able to withstand more of an impact.
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