Thursday, June 17, 2004
Shoulda, Coulda, Oughtta.
Seems to me that's the way the 9/11 commission is viewing its mandate. I understand the events leading up to the actions taken in the early morning hours of September 11th need to be understood. What I don't understand is the consistent nature of the way this panel grills the witnesses.
Yesterday they came out with the supposition (which is truly what it is) that maybe, possibly, if the planets might have aligned properly, and telepathy and clairvoyance been properly used, one of the hijacked jets could have been blown out of the sky prior to crashing.
The jet in question was United Flight 93 - the one Todd Beamer and company crashed nose first into a Pennsylvania field.
In order to understand the inane nature of the aforementioned supposition, you have to place yourself in a September 10th mindset.
Unless your a far out left wing whack job, this should be difficult to do.
Prior to September 11, 2001, hijacked planes weren't thought of as guided missiles. They were flown to some location where the hijackers, passengers, and crew waited until either negotiations or brute force ended the stand off. Pilots were instructed to follow the demands of hijackers, in deference to the lives and safety of those in their charge.
Now ask yourself, prior to September 11, was there any conceivable reason an order would be given to shoot down an unarmed commercial jet with American citizens aboard?
Then why is it we are asking people at NORAD and FAA this question? Do you not think the people standing watch inside Cheyenne Mountain purposely stood idle while thousands of people perished in New York and Washington DC?
Give me a frelling break!
The line of questioning should be the following:
Q: Were there procedures in place to intercept and/or destroy a hijacked commercial airliner prior to its being used as a guided missile against a high value target?
Q: Are there procedures in place today to deal with this possibility?
Then the witness should explain the procedures, be excused and the panel should go home.
The purpose of the past is to learn from it - not to re-live it so you get more face time on CSPAN.
Enough of this endless sniping. Get over yourselves and do your damn job.
Here endeth the lesson.