The clear bright blue sky this morning looks exactly like it did on this day in 2001. When I switched on the TV I saw once again the actual news feed from that awful morning when life changed in these United States forever. What made me stop and sit down with my coffee cup was the realization that some of what I was hearing in the replays seems to have been swept out of the later reports. One of the commentators said that there had been a “warning about an imminent attack”…but that these warnings were “common”.
I don’t believe that there was any kind of a conspiracy involving our government with the 9-11 attacks. I just don’t buy that on any level. However, I don’t think we’ve ever been told the whole truth about that awful day. There’s always been a lot of talk about George Bush reading ” My Pet Goat ” when the attacks occurred…and what I never understood was why they just let him sit there……evidently all the other cabinet members were quickly whisked away to safety, while the president just sat there….for almost 10 minutes. The Secret Service couldn’t possible have just been confused about what to do…and to allow him to just sit there when the country was being attacked just boggles my mind.
The fact that nineteen Muslim fanatics were able to hijack four planes, bypass our 40 billion dollar defense systems, destroy all four transponders on the planes, avoiding radar. and all this after a few flying lessons is mystifying. Maybe the “war games” that were taking place that morning made everyone wonder if the emergency calls were real…but that seems like a really botched system. The FAA response to any threat of a hijacking seemed very unusual that day. I always thought that suspicious flight patterns were immediately investigated by authorities and that surveillance jets were sent frequently.
I also wonder why ground zero wasn’t treated like a crime scene by the FBI. If all that steel was so vulnerable why was it all hauled away then shipped overseas…especially when building 7 also collapsed into dust and it wasn’t even hit by anything.
How could a couple of FAA controllers do such a bad job on the same day, and NORAD officials also be so incompetent in their response? How could a 757 fly undetected towards the Pentagon for 40 minutes..and how did those huge missles in Washington fail to respond? I also never understood why all the members of the Bin Laden family were flown out of the country…when absolutely no one else was allowed to fly.
Once again…I don’t believe that there was a conspiracy here, but along with the pain of remembering all the death, pain, and horror of that day, I’m aware that none of us ever know all that goes on in the government. I can’t conceive of a level of evil that would have anything to do with that beautiful awful day. Maybe the answers to some of these questions would help all of us understand what happened that day. As for today, may all those innocent people rest in peace.