Steve Alten's New Book, The Shell Game, Threatens to Expose the Next 9/11

Steve Alten's New Book, The Shell Game, Threatens to Expose the Next 9/11

The author, who has had several novels appear on best-seller lists, believes the topic is timely, especially with oil reaching the $100 a barrel mark.

Houston, TX,March 20, 2008 -- Why were there no jet-fighters dispatched on 9/11? Why was NORAD engaged in upwards of five separate military exercises dealing with fake hijackings on the day of the worst attack in U.S. history? Why were false blips allowed to be projected onto FAA screens, confusing air flight controllers? Why was Dick Cheney in-charge of NORAD on 9/11? Did the Vice President order a stand-down so that the attacks would succeed?

These probing questions, ignored by the 9/11 commission, have been posed over and again by frustrated 9/11 Truth organizations who have demanded answers yet receive scant media attention. That could all change with the The Shell Game, by NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten. Written in the guise of a fictional thriller, this cautionary tale exposes the deceptions of the Bush Administration to a mainstream audience while detailing the next 9/11 event, already in the planning stages, that will make the case for an invasion of Iran.

The author, who has had several novels appear on best-seller lists, believes the topic is timely, especially with oil reaching the $100 a barrel mark. "I first began researching The Shell Game in 2003 because I was interested in Peak Oil and the implications of what happens when we run out. What the public fails to realize is that, without oil, we can't feed our population, bring goods to market, or function as a society.

Everything the Bush Administration has done, from secret energy meetings to their quashing of 9/11 investigations, to the invasion of Iraq and now the threats surrounding Iran have to do with the world running out of oil. What The Shell Game does is disseminate the information in an entertaining, often shocking storyline. The hero of the novel goes on an odyssey into the dark heart of where America has been headed for the last half decade. The Patriot Act, false flag terrorism, the deceptions and lies that lead nations to wars -- all the things activists have begged people to look at for these long years -- are revealed in the storyline."

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Alex and others...

Do we know for a fact that blips were appearing on FAA screens?

I know that Robin Hordon has argued strenuously that the "injects" were on NEADS screens, not FAA screens. Any corroboration handy?

9/11 Timeline says

(9:00 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Northern Vigilance Operation Canceled; False Blips Purged from Radar Screens
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A soldier monitors a NORAD radar screen.A soldier monitors a NORAD radar screen. [Source: National War College]For the past two days, NORAD has had fighters deployed to Alaska and Northern Canada. They are there for a real-world maneuver called Operation Northern Vigilance, tasked with monitoring a Russian air force exercise being conducted in the Russian Arctic all this week (see September 9-11, 2001). [NORAD, 9/9/2001] At its operations center deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, NORAD is also reportedly at “full ‘battle staff’ levels for a major annual exercise that tests every facet of the organization.” Canadian Captain Mike Jellinek is one hour into his shift, overseeing the operations center, when he is contacted by NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), based in Rome, NY: The FAA believes there is a hijacking in progress and is asking NORAD for support. As the Toronto Star reports, “In a flash, Operation Northern Vigilance is called off. Any simulated information, what’s known as an ‘inject,’ is purged from the screens.” [Toronto Star, 12/9/2001] NORAD has the capacity to inject simulated material, including mass attacks, during exercises, “as though it was being sensed for the first time by a radar site.” [US Department of Defense, 1/14/1999] However, Northern Vigilance is a military operation, not a training exercise. [NORAD, 9/9/2001; US Congress, 3/11/2005] So presumably the “simulated information” is part of a NORAD exercise currently taking place, such as Vigilant Guardian (see (6:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001). Therefore, many minutes into the real 9/11 attacks, there may have been false radar blips causing confusion among NORAD personnel. Additional details, such as whose radar screens have false blips and over what duration, are unknown. The Russians, after seeing the attacks on New York and Washington on television, will quickly communicate that they are canceling their Russian Arctic exercise. [Toronto Star, 12/9/2001; National Post, 10/19/2002]

Mike Ruppert says yes

Ruppert says yes FAA had injects in crossing the rubicon, page 336.


Does Ruppert cite a source for his claim?

he writes

"as a result of going back to the files and starting over", "it turns out....NORAD, FAA, canadian air force, NRO and possibly the pentagon some cases involving hijacked airlines, in some cases involving blips deliberately inserted onto FAA and military radars"

quick search reveals

no evidence that blips were injected on FAA screens . . . i'll keep looking . . . i'm sending trish an email asking for her source.

I think she might just be mixed up.

If this is a press release it should be corrected.

i queried her . . . asked her to reply or post at this thread

should be corrected if its a mistake . . . i agree

Trish (press release contact) responded

She stated that Michael Ruppert is the source for the FAA blip report.

not so fast people....

Jane Garvey FAA administrator told richard clarke "reports of 11 aircraft off course or out of communication, maybe hijacked" - clarkes book "Against all Enemies"

9:01-9:02 Manager FAA New York centre "we have several situation going on here...we have other aircraft that may have similar situation going on here".

....implies the FAA were viewing several injects.