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Af guilty 911 { November 14 2001 }

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Introduction & Section 1, Part 1
by Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel
[Posted 14 November 2001]
Dedicated to the firemen of New York.


Andrews Air Force Base is a huge military installation just 10 miles from the Pentagon.

On 11 September there were two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews. Their job
was to protect the skies over Washington D.C. They failed to do their job. Despite over one hour's
advance warning of a terrorist attack in progress, not a single Andrews fighter tried to protect the city.

The FAA, NORAD and the military have cooperative procedures by which fighter jets automatically
intercept commercial aircraft under emergency conditions. These procedures were not followed.

Air Force officials and others have tried to explain away the failures:

"Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski, another Pentagon spokesman, [said]: 'The Pentagon was
simply not aware that this aircraft was coming our way, and I doubt prior to Tuesday's
event, anyone would have expected anything like that here.'"
--'Newsday,' 23 September 2001 (1)

Using information from the mass media and official Websites, we will show that this is a lie.

Some of what happened on 9-11, such as planes flying into buildings, is unusual. But most of what
happened, such as commercial jets flying off-course, transponder failures and possible hijackings, are
common emergencies. We will show that these emergencies are routinely handled with expert efficiency
based on clear rules.

The crash of the first hijacked jet into the World Trade Center made it clear the United States was faced
with an extraordinary situation. This should have intensified the emergency responses of the air safety and
defense systems.

The whole country was aware. For example, at 9:06 AM the NY Police broadcast:

" 'This was a terrorist attack. Notify the Pentagon.'"
--'Daily News' (New York) 12 September 2001 (2)

'American Forces Press Service' reported that ordinary people working at the Pentagon worried they
could be next:

"'We were watching the World Trade Center on the television,' said a Navy officer. 'When
the second plane deliberately dove into the tower, someone said, 'The World Trade Center
is one of the most recognizable symbols of America. We're sitting in a close second.'"
--'DEFENSELINK News', Sept. 13, 2001 (3)

U.S. air safety and air defense emergency systems are activated in response to problems every day. On
9-11 they failed despite, not because of, the extreme nature of the emergency. This could only happen if
individuals in high positions worked in a coordinated way to make them fail.

Such operatives would almost surely have failed if they tried to disrupt and abort routine protection
systems without top-level support. The failure of the emergency systems would be noticed immediately.
Moreover, given the catastrophic nature of the attacks, the highest military authorities would be alerted.
Acting on their own, the operatives could expect that their orders would be countermanded and that they
themselves would be arrested.

The sabotage of routine protective systems, controlled by strict hierarchies, would never have been
contemplated let alone attempted absent the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command. This
includes at least U.S. President George Bush, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the
then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers.

In the following summary of evidence we will demonstrate probable cause for charging the above-named
persons with treason for complicity in the murders of thousands of people whom they had sworn to

The summary of evidence covers the following areas:

* Andrews Air Force Base and the myth of 'no available planes;'

* The air safety/air defense systems and the myth that they were not prepared;

* The actions of George Bush on 9-11 that clearly violated his positive legal and
constitutional obligations and demonstrated consciousness of guilt;

* The testimony of General Richard B. Myers at Senate hearings on his nomination as
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In these hearings, the contents of which were reported
accurately by one lone journalist, General Myers attempted to cover up what had happened 9-11 when
he was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He offered three mutually contradictory cover stories and
demonstrated consciousness of guilt;

* The cover story floated by CBS evening news, September 14th.
Until that time, officials reported that no planes had been 'scrambled' to intercept the hijacked planes. But
following Gen. Myers disastrous Senate testimony, CBS broadcast an improved version of 9-11. In the
new script, fighter jets from Otis and Langley Air Force Bases did try, but failed, to intercept the hijacked
planes. This is now presented as the official NORAD story and has been repeated uncritically by media
and government officials alike. We will demonstrate that this cover story is both weak and incriminating.

SECTION 1, PART 1: Why did no fighter jets
'scramble' to protect Washington D.C.?


As noted, Andrews Air Force base is 10 miles from the Pentagon. The media has mainly avoided talking
about Andrews. An exception is 'USA Today,' the second-highest circulation newspaper in America. On
one day it published two contradictory stories to explain the failure to scramble jets from Andrews prior
to the Pentagon crash:


"Andrews Air Force Base, home to Air Force One, is only 15 miles [sic!] away from the
Pentagon, but it had no fighters assigned to it. Defense officials won't say whether that has
--'USA TODAY,' 17 September 2001 (4)


"The District of Columbia National Guard maintained fighter planes at Andrews Air Force
Base, only about 15 miles [sic!] from the Pentagon, but those planes were not on alert and
not deployed."
--'USA TODAY' September 17, 2001 (5)

Both stories are false.

Only one newspaper told the truth. That was the 'San Diego Union-Tribune':

"Air defense around Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air
Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia border. The D.C. Air National Guard
is also based there and equipped with F-16 fighter planes, a National Guard spokesman

"But the fighters took to the skies over Washington only after the devastating attack on the
--'San Diego Union-Tribune' 12 September 2001. (6)

Andrews Air Force Base is a huge installation. It hosts two 'combat-ready' squadrons:

* the 121st Fighter Squadron (FS-121) of the 113th Fighter Wing (FW-113), equipped with F-16

* the 321st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-321) of the 49th Marine Air Group, Detachment
A (MAG-49 Det-A), equipped with
F/A-18 fighters.

These squadrons are served by hundreds of full-time personnel.


"…as part of its dual mission, the 113th provides capable and ready response forces for the
District of Columbia in the event of a natural disaster or civil emergency. Members also
assist local and federal law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking in the District
of Colombia. [They] are full partners with the active Air Force"
--DC Military (7)


"In the best tradition of the Marine Corps, a 'few good men and women' support two
combat-ready reserve units at Andrews AFB.

"Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron, flies
the sophisticated F/A-18 Hornet. Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49, Detachment A,
provides maintenance and supply functions necessary to maintain a force in readiness. "
--DC Military (7)

So Andrews AFB had at least two 'combat-ready' squadrons.

The above quotes are from, a private Website authorized by the military to provide
information for members of the armed forces. We discovered it 24 September. A month later we found
that the address had been changed and the Andrews information posted in the smallest type size.
Similarly, the official Andrews AFB Website has been 'down' since mid-September. Fortunately, it can
still be accessed by going to and entering .

On the Andrews main page, front and center there is a direct link to DC Military. The information on the
Andrews Website confirms the information on DC military. We urge everyone to check these links and
download the pages as soon as possible because they may be moved or removed yet again. For
Andrews, go to and then enter
[Note: a few days after this Emperor's Clothes article was posted, the website went back up with
the note: "This Page was last modified September 12, 2001." The new Andrews website no longer links to the most
relevant information regarding 9-11. The most relevant web pages "cannot be found." Fortunately, they are still
available through

The original addresses (now dead) are: and

The direct links to the archives of these pages are:

We also have a backup copies of the pages at: ]

Our research has been carried out mainly by volunteers. Newspapers and TV news departments have
full-time research staffs. The important media have bureaus in Washington DC, just a few miles from the
Andrews airbase. Why haven't newspapers and TV news programs reported the truth: that Andrews job
was to protect DC?

This failure is especially striking because some media did report that fighters scrambled from Andrews,
but only after the Pentagon was hit. Thus they were aware that Andrews was supposed to defend D.C.:

For example:

" Within minutes of the attack American forces around the world were put on one of their
highest states of alert - Defcon 3, just two notches short of all-out war - and F-16s from
Andrews Air Force Base were in the air over Washington DC."
--'Sunday Telegraph,' (London), 14 September 2001 (8)


"WASHINGTON - …an audible gasp went up from the rear of the audience as a large
black plume of smoke arose from the Pentagon. Terrorism suddenly was at the doorstep
and clearly visible through the big glass windows overlooking the Potomac River. Overhead,
fighter jets scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base and other installations and
cross-crossed the skies…

"A thick plume of smoke was climbing out of the hollow center of the Pentagon. Everyone
on the train understood what had happened moments before."
--'Denver Post,' 11 September 2001 (9)


"It was after the attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to scramble F-16s
out of the DC National Guard Andrews Air Force Base to fly cover, a--a protective cover
over Washington, DC."
--NBC Nightly News, (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 11 2001 (10)

The media should have demanded to know the truth about why fighter jets assigned to protect
Washington didn't scramble an hour BEFORE the Pentagon was hit.

Besides fighters, tanker planes and AWACS were also readily available.(An AWACS is a flying
communication center equipped with radar which can scan at least 250 miles. This is almost the full
distance from the West-Virginia/Ohio/Kentucky border, where American Air Flight 77 turned around
before flying back to DC.) Both General Myers and Vice President Cheney admit that these planes did
not go into the air over Washington until after the Pentagon was hit.

Here is General Myers, testifying 13th September:

"When it became clear what the threat was, we did scramble fighter aircraft, AWACS,
radar aircraft and tanker aircraft to begin to establish orbits in case other aircraft showed up
in the FAA system that were hijacked."
--Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001 (11)

And Richard Cheney on 'Meet the Press':

"VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, the--I suppose the toughest decision was this question of
whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft.

"MR. RUSSERT: And you decided?'

"VICE PRES. CHENEY: We decided to do it. We'd, in effect, put a flying combat air
patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and
tanker support so they could stay up a long time." --NBC, 'Meet the Press' (10:00 AM ET)
16 September 2001 (12)

As we shall see, Mr. Cheney's statement that "the toughest decision was this question of whether or not
we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft" is a lie. Publicly available FAA documents prove that
fighter jets routinely intercept commercial aircraft under certain designated circumstances without
requiring or asking for approval from the White House.

Summary of evidence is CONTINUED IN SECTION I, PART II


(1) 'Newsday' 23 September 2001, "Air Attack on Pentagon Indicates Weaknesses" by Sylvia Adcock,
Brian Donovan and Craig Gordon
Web version at::
Backup at:

(2) 'Daily News' (New York), 12 September 2001, Wednesday, NEWS SECTION; Pg. 24: 'THE
TRAGIC TIMELINE The sad events of the day.'
the full text is available at:

(3) 'DEFENSELINK News,' "It Was Business as Usual, Then 'Boom'" By Jim Garamone, 'American
Forces Press Service,' Sept. 13, 2001
Backup at

(4) 'USA TODAY,' 17 September 2001, Pg. 5A, "Military now a presence on home front," by Andrea
Web version is at:
Backup at:

(5) 'USA TODAY,' September 17, 2001 Monday, FINAL EDITION, Pg. 5A, "Shoot-down order
issued on morning of chaos," by Jonathan Weisman, WASHINGTON
Web version is at:
Backup at

(6) 'San Diego Union-Tribune,' 12 September 2001. Homepage at: Article at:
Backup at:

(7) Current DC Military weblink is:
Backup of the November 2001 web page at:
Backup of how the page looked on September 2001 at:

(8) 'Sunday Telegraph,' (London), 14 September 2001
Web article at:
Backup article at:

(9) 'Denver Post,' 11 September 2001
To view this article on the Web, search for Article ID: 1075896 on:
Backup article at:

(10) 'NBC Nightly News,' "Attack on America," (6:30 PM ET) 11 September 2001, "Tuesday President
Bush returns to White House on Marine One," Anchor: Tom Brokaw, Jim Miklaszewski reporting.
See transcript at:

(11) Gen. Richard B. Myers at Senate confirmation hearing 13 September 2001
Full transcript at:
This particular quotation was also reprinted by many mainstream media sources.

(12) 'NBC, Meet the Press' (10:00 AM ET) Sunday 16 September 2001.
Full transcript at:
Backup transcript at:

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