Excerpt from a plot summary of the Lone Gunmen pilot, March 4, 2001:
"Byers Sr. finally explains that the people who invented Scenario
12-D are planning to use it on a highly visible flight over Manhattan. The resulting
security frenzy would mean an increase in arms sales. Bertram reminds Byers that
it is a small faction, and that it is not "the whole government," and that he also
knows the flight that the group is planning on targetting.
Byers and his father go to the airport to board the flight from Baltimore to Boston,
armed with portable hydrocarbon sniffers. Midway through the flight, Byers and his
father realize that the plane might not be carrying a bomb, and call Langly and
Frohike to ask them to hack into the plane's navigation system. Under the
"Navradio" field, Langly discovers modem protocols, indicating that the plane is
being controlled remotely, and according to the pre-programmed flight plan, the
plane will be making an unscheduled stop at the corner of Liberty and Washington
Streets in Manhattan: The World Trade Center."
And from http://www.xfiles.stylicious.com/lonegunmen/1aeb79.php
"Byers goes back to his father's home and finds Bert there. Bert slaps him and says he
should not have gotten involved. The 12D plan is for a small group of government operatives
to crash a jetliner into New York City in order to keep tensions high and increase arms
sales. Bert is doing what he can and thinks he knows which flight they have targeted. Back
at the Gunmen's office, Frohike is working on anagrams when Byers returns. Helms is also
there, and Byers tells him he has talked with his father. It was the plan of the government to
flush Bert out of hiding using John. Ray hurries off to find Bert. After he leaves, Bert comes
to the door of the Gunmen's office. The two Byers head for the airport to try to find the
explosives in the aircraft. Both board the plane, but cannot find explosives, using
hydrocarbon "sniffer" devices.
They realize that the airplane will be remote controlled, just like Bert's car was. Talking by
phone to the Gunmen's office, Byers asks Langly and Frohike to hack into the aircraft
controls. They do and discover that the plane is programmed to crash into the World Trade
Center. Bert enters the cockpit and tries to warn the aircrew, but they don't believe him.
Making a lunge, he deactivates the autopilot and the crew realizes that they are not in
control. They have 22 minutes before they hit the building. Langly can't break the encryption
on the aircraft control system --- his computer doesn't have the processing power and the
computer keeps freezing. Frohike slips next door to the firing range and finds Yves there. He
needs the Octium but she is not impressed by the need to save people's lives. Frohike
points out that her name is an anagram for "Lee Harvey Oswald" and says he knows who
she is. She uses the Octium in her laptop to somehow assist Langly break the encryption
and give the pilots control of the aircraft again. The plane barely misses the skyscraper."
Probably just coincidence, but...
You'd think if some guy writing for an X-Files spinoff could think up the scenario,
then so the FBI, CIA, and Bush, Inc.
But, no, we get quotes from Bush to the effect of "who could have ever dreamed it possible
that terrorists would use planes as a bomb?" (not an exact quote)
Moral of the story:
Some television hack did the FBI's job better than they did.