Perfect 9/11 analogy: Military intercepted Payne Stewart's jet but not 4 jumbo jets
Saw this posted by William Rivers Pitt on another site. This is the speech he gave to 10,000 people in Seattle last week at the peace rally.
It puts a lot in perspective and is suitable material for sleeping Americans
Let me tell you a story, just one of a hundred stories, about that dark day we know as September 11.
First, though, let me tell you about Payne Stewart. Payne Stewart was a professional golfer, much admired and respected in his sport. One day, Stewart boarded a chartered jet and took off into the skies. He took off, in fact, at 9:19 in the morning. This fact is important, because not long after, the air traffic controllers stopped getting responses to their radio contacts with his plane. As a matter of common policy, and without consulting the President of the United States, the air traffic controller called the US military to tell them something had gone wrong with a plane in the air.
21 minutes after Stewart's plane first lost contact, an F-16 fighter aircraft came up behind it and did a visual inspection. As we now know, everyone aboard that plane, sadly, died because the cabin suffered explosive decompression. The plane, still on auto-pilot, flew on until it crashed. The fighter was there so quickly in case the plane started to dive into residential or urban areas, at which point the fighter would have shot it down.
Why is this important?
Because the first hijacked aircraft on September 11 took off at 7:45am from Boston, followed quickly by the second. They were soon joined by two more rogue aircraft. It was a full hour before that first plane struck the World Trade Center, and another 20 minutes after that before the second plane struck. The third and fourth planes continued to fly on. One struck the Pentagon, and another augered into the ground in Pennsylvania.
For nearly two hours, these planes cut the skies above America, and in those nearly two hours, not one fighter aircraft engaged them in any way. Andrews Air Force Base is 12 miles from the White House, and on 9/11 played host to a fighter squadron of F-16s as well as a fighter squadron of FA-18s. Andrews is one of many, many fighter bases along the Eastern seaboard. Not one fighter, not one, turned a wheel until the catastrophe had already run its course, after the entire world knew we were the victims of 'terrorism.'
Payne Stewart merited a fighter escort in 21 minutes. Four massive commercial planes filled with humanity, seeking to strike against more humanity, got nothing in the way of military attention for almost 120 minutes. A miracle. The terrorists were so clever that they managed to ghost, for almost two hours, through the most formidable air defense system in the history of the universe.
The official narrative on this chalks this dizzying failure up to incompetence, and nothing of it has ever been discussed in the mainstream media. Now, when I screw up so badly that thousands of people get killed, I'd expect to be fired or demoted or at least reprimanded. No one has been fired for this incompetence. No one has been demoted. No one has been reprimanded.
No one, but no one, but no one, as asked in public how this could have happened. We've been talking about fear. I think you should fear the answer to that question, one of dozens of unanswered questions regarding that day. Fear that answer, because if and when you get it, you will come face to face with an American darkness as empty as George Bush's face the moment he was 'told' what was happening.
By William Rivers Pitt
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