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Pre-9/11 Upgraded GPS Service Provided 243 Foot Wide Aerial Navigation Corridors

Amended Version of Journal of 9/11 Studies Paper

Enhanced GPS service (WAAS) now in use by the U.S. commercial aviation industry and activated 13 months prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, provided virtual aerial navigation corridors only 243 wide and a 95% confidence that an aircraft's true position will fall within such a corridor . Such corridors can be navigated entirely by autopilot and flight management systems scheduled in 1996 and 1998 to be contained by United and American airlines Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft like those used during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Port Authority of NY/NJ: Records For Reported WTC Renovation Work Destroyed On 9/11

Turner Construction, who supervised the 2000 demolition of the Seattle Kingdome, participated in the post-9/11 Ground Zero clean-up and performed extensive renovations within the World Trade Center towers just prior to 9/11, was in fact performing unspecified renovation work throughout the WTC complex until the very morning of September 11, 2001. The Port Authority of NY/NJ now claims that records describing such work or other projects were destroyed on September 11, 2001. A December 2000 WTC property assessment described required renovation work to be completed within one year, upon steel columns within elevator shafts of both WTC towers that was immediately pending or already underway.

Terror devastates A/E/C firms

12 employees of Turner Construction were located in an office in the third subbasement of Tower 1, the north tower. Turner had been performing renovation work in various parts of the center and had occupied various office spaces.

In 1997 Turner Construction also constructed the new headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, a laboratory managed by NAVSEA was described during the 1990s as the "National Center for Energetics", the "Pentagon's jargon to broadly describe explosive materials, propellants and pyrotechnics" and as the "only reliable source of aluminum nanopowders in the United States".

Pre-9/11 WTC Steel Fireproofing/Post-9/11 Ground Zero Clean-Up Contractor, Planned 2000 Seattle Kingdome Demolition

Turner Construction Company, assigned to re-fireproof the steel frames of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers during the late 1990s, who also occupied space on the 38th floor of WTC 1 and was later assigned to quickly collect and remove the wreckage of the WTC towers destroyed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, also supervised the 2000 implosion of Seattle Kingdome during this same period.

Is Dome's demise a date with fate?

Saturday, March 4, 2000


Mark your calendar. The day of the Kingdome's demise -- March 26 -- is drawing near.

"The roof will look like choreography (as it collapses)," explained Thomas Gerlach of Turner Construction, the company overseeing the demolition.

9/11 Aircraft Records Case: Federal Judge Grants FBI Motion For Summary Judgment

The following is a February 12, 2009 order of Nevada District judge Robert C. Jones, granting a Federal Bureau of Investigation motion for Summary Judgment, regarding a Freedom of Information Act civil complaint seeking records pertaining to the recovery and identification of wreckage generated by the four aircraft destroyed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Port Authority Of NY/NJ: No Records For WTC Security Company Linked To Bush Family

The following is a February 5, 2009 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Freedom of Information response indicating that no records were located regarding the pre-September 11, 2001 World Trade Center security companies tied to Marvin Bush, brother of former U.S. president George W. Bush.

SEC: No Records Whatsoever Regarding Destroyed WTC 7 Investigation Files

The following is a January 28, 2009 Freedom of Information Act reply from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, within which they indicate that no responsive records were located pertaining to thousands of SEC investigative files reportedly destroyed on September 11, 2001 following the collapse of World Trade Center building 7.

Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology: Pentagon & Shanksville 9/11 Records Exempt From Disclosure

The following is a September 10, 2008 Freedom of Information Act response from the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), regarding a request for records establishing the process of recovery and identification of forensic evidence from the crash scenes of American Airlines flight 77 in Arlington, VA and United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001. The records were deemed exempt from disclosure under U.S.C. § 552 (b)(7)(a) and (b)(7)(c) regarding law enforcement proceedings and privacy.

However, the process of collection and identification of forensic evidence from the Ground Zero site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was described in detail by the then head of the New York City medical examiners office, Robert Shaler, in the 2005 book "Who They Were: Inside the World Trade Center DNA Story: The Unprecedented Effort to Identify the Missing".

NTSB: All Available NTSB 9/11 Records Released

The following is a Freedom of Information Act Reply for NTSB records that indicate what percentage of the wreckage of American Airlines flight 77 and United Airlines flight 93 was recovered from each respective crash scene and for the serial number for the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) recovered from United Airlines flight 93. Previous NTSB factual reports have described what percentage of a destroyed aircraft has been recovered from a crash scene. Within its answer, the NTSB indicates that all NTSB records pertaining to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have been released.

WTC 7 CIA Field Office Records Exempt From Disclosure

The following is a Freedom of Information Act response from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding a request for records pertaining to a description of the functions of the CIA field office once located on the 25th floor of World Trade Center Building 7.

The CIA will neither confirm or deny the existence of such records per Executive Order 12958.

FBI: No Records Pertaining To 2002 NORAD/FBI Aircraft Hijack Exercise Planned Before 9/11

The following is a Freedom of Information Act response from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a request for records for the June 4, 2002 NORAD Amalgam Virgo II exercise. Planned prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, this exercise simulated the hijacking of a Boeing 757, like two of the aircraft hijacked on September 11, 2001.

Because NORAD is a binational agency of Canada and the United States, NORAD is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

NTSB Affirms Dubious Explanation For Pentagon "Black Box" Data File Time Stamp Discrepancy

NTSB Answer To Request For Correction Appeal

Within a Request for Correction appeal response, the NTSB affirms its prior position regarding a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) download file attributed to the FDR recovered from the crash scene of American Airlines flight 77, containing a creation time-stamp preceding the discovery of the said FDR by over four hours.

NTSB General Counsel Gary L. Halbert:

"Finally, you state that "the 'FDR' file 'American 77' contains a 'Modified' time and date stamp of 'Thursday, September 13, 2001, 11:45:38 PM,' indicating that edits and modifications to this file were completed 4 hours and 15 minutes before the FDR reportedly belonging to American Airlines flight 77 was actually recovered," and that, "[t]herefore, the use by the NTSB of information obtained from the 'FDR' file' American 77' ... is obviously in error." This also, as previously indicated, is not an error."

U.S. DOT "On-Time" Records Of Final Flights Performed By 9/11 Aircraft Apparently Unavailable

The following is correspondence received from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Office of Airline Information regarding requested information of the final flights of the 4 aircraft reportedly involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Of particular interest is the final "on-time" information for American Airlines flight 77 (N644AA) and United Airlines flight 93 (N591UA). Final "on-time" information for each aircraft could eventually be compared with similar information contained by the Flight Data Recorders (FDRs) for each aircraft in order to better determine the authenticity of the information attributed to each FDR. The NTSB refuses to provide unencrypted information from these FDRs, which would also include final "on-time" information for each aircraft for flights performed before September 11, 2001.

NIST FOIA Response: Names Of Rights Holders Of Images Used During WTC Collapse Investigations

The following September 15, 2008 Freedom of Information Act response from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) contains the names of the rights holders of images and videos used by NIST during its investigation of the World Trade Center tower collapses.

NTSB Explains 9/11 Pentagon Flight "Black Box" File Time Stamp Discrepancy

The following is a response from the National Transportation Safety Board regarding a June 2008 Request for Correction of factual reports pertaining to American Airlines flight 77 and United Airlines flight 93.

Included is the NTSB's explanation for the flight data recorder (FDR) file for American Airlines flight 77 being completed before the FDR in question was actually recovered and comments regarding statements of interest contained within the NTSB reply.

Air Force FOIA Records For Alleged Pre-9/11 Pilotless, Remotely Controlled Boeing Test Flight

The following Air Force FOIA records pertain to Air Force and Raytheon test flights reported by the Associated Press and Germany's Der Spiegel, that took place during the weeks before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and that allegedly were performed without an onboard pilot.