9/11 Truth, Part 5- The Bush Administration on the Day of 9/11: Incompetence or Intent?

9/11 Truth, Part 5- The Bush Administration on the Day of 9/11: Incompetence or Intent?

Click here for all the articles in the: 9/11 Truth Overview Series

This article is a brief overview of some of the chain of events on the morning of 9/11, and the actions and inactions on the part of Bush Administration officials.

September 11, 2001 came after a “summer of threat” in which George W. Bush (and Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush Administration principals), the FBI, CIA and Secret Service received increasingly dire warnings from counterterrorism experts. These included the August 6 PDB, which warned of “patterns of suspicious activity in [the US] consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”

The Secret Service necessarily has the best communications systems and most up to date information, given that they are tasked with the security of the President of the USA. As documented in “Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael Ruppert and summarized in the linked article by Michael Kane, “It is the Secret Service who has the legal mandate to take supreme command in case of a scheduled major event - or an unplanned major emergency - on American soil; these are designated "National Special Security Events." The Atlanta Olympic Games and the Republican & Democratic National Conventions are notable examples of NSSE's. In preparation, the Secret Service runs training initiatives of simulated attacks and field exercises for such events. The Secret Service works with state and local authorities as well as the military to coordinate security efforts; it has the best communication system of any agency in the country; and its personnel are always present with both the President and Vice President - making it the perfect agency to take supreme command in case of a major emergency on American soil. When 9/11 occurred, the legal framework was in place to allow the Secret Service to take supreme command over any and all American agencies, including the Air Force.”

According to former Counterterrorism Tsar Richard Clarke in his book Against All Enemies, "Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA's radar was seeing." Also, Cheney admitted the Secret Service was in the loop to Tim Russert on Meet The Press September 16; “The Secret Service has an arrangement with the F.A.A. They had open lines after the World Trade Center was...”. When DCI George Tenet was informed about the first tower being hit at 8:50 am, he immediately connected it to Bin Laden, and speculated “I wonder if this has something to do with [Zacharias Moussaoui] who trained for a pilot’s license”. The 9/11 Commission Report doesn’t address these reports, or Tenet’s actions that morning.

The claim that the Secret Service was unaware that a plane had crashed into World Trade Center 1 is simply not credible. Even so, they allowed Bush to continue on to his heavily publicized photo op in support of the “No Child Left Behind Act”; reading “My Pet Goat” with an elementary school class. He sat in the classroom for 7 minutes after Andrew Card whispered in his ear about 9:05 am, “The nation is under attack”. After leaving the classroom, they still didn’t leave; he gave his first post-attack press conference at the school. The Secret Service allowed the President of the United States to remain at his publicized location for half an hour after the 2nd tower was hit, exposing himself and the children to danger; did they know he wasn’t a target? They didn’t leave until about 9:35 am, at which time they made a mad dash for the airport 4 miles away, and took off in Air Force One- without fighter escort. The 9/11 Commission Report explained this half-hour delay after Bush and the Secret Service had admitted they knew they nation was under attack by saying, “The President told us his instinct was to project calm, not to have the country see an excited reaction at a moment of crisis," and that the Secret service "told us they were anxious to move the President to a safer location, but did not think it imperative for him to run out the door." (for half an hour after they knew the nation was under attack)

An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11 by Allan Wood & Paul Thompson

George Bush: Cover Stories of the People in Charge – 911Research.WTC7.net

Bush’s Actions on 9/11 Timeline

Key Day of 9/11 Events Timeline

All Day of 9/11 Events Timeline

According to the 9/11 Commission, the Secret Service grabbed Cheney by his belt and forcibly removed him to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) “just before 9:36”; he said his feet weren’t touching the ground they were moving so fast. According to White House photographer David Bohrer, the White House was evacuated shortly after 9 am. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission also contradicts the Commission Report’s timeline (his testimony about this was left out of the Report, but the hearing transcript is archived on their website); he says when he arrived at the PEOC it was before 9:30 am and Dick Cheney was already there and in charge. Mineta also remembered, “There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, ’The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.’ And when it got down to, ‘The plane is 10 miles out,’ the young man also said to the vice president, ‘Do the orders still stand?’ And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, ‘Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?’” The Pentagon was hit shortly after that, at 9:38 am, according to the official story.

Dick Cheney: Cover Stories of the People in Charge – 911Research.WTC7.net

Dick Cheney’s Actions on 9/11 Timeline

June 1, 2001 standard procedures for intercepting flights was changed to require the Secretary of Defense’s approval when “potentially lethal” support was requested, i.e. in the case of a hijacked airliner that might need to be shot down in order to protect lives. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was informed by staff of the first and second attacks on the Twin Towers shortly after each one happened, but continued with his normal daily routine, even though others at the Pentagon were going into emergency mode. It’s not clear what he did between the time WTC 2 was hit and when the Pentagon was hit; he’d told staff he “wanted to make a few phone calls,” before he got his daily intelligence briefing scheduled for 9:30 am, so he “stayed in his office.”

Donald Rumsfeld: Cover Stories of the People in Charge – 911Research.WTC7.net

Donald Rumsfeld on 9/11: An Enemy Within by Matthew Everett

Donald Rumsfeld’s Actions on 9/11 Timeline

On 9/11, General Richard Myers was acting Chairman of the US Military Joint Chiefs of Staff; he had the highest position of responsibility for the nation’s defense response that day. Despite being informed that the first WTC tower had been hit, after a “summer of threat”, he went in to his meeting with Senator Max Cleland, regarding his upcoming confirmation hearings. He later claimed no one had informed them of the 2nd tower being hit until they came out of the meeting, and around that time the Pentagon was hit as well. Two days later, he was confirmed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

General Myers: Cover Stories of the People in Charge – 911Research.WTC7.net

CHAIN OF COMMAND: Top officials in the U.S. military chain of command consistently failed to exercise authority during the period of the actual attacks from 8:20 a.m. to 10:06 a.m. on September 11, 2001 – JusticeFor911.org

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and 9/11 by Matt Everett

Against All Enemies- book by Richard Clarke, Counterterrorism Tsar

Richard Clarke’s Actions on 9/11 Timeline

FBI Raids Surround Attack: Agents Yank Muslim Websites, Confiscate Videos – 911Research.WTC7.net

Inspirational Article by George Washington: Courage

Click here for all the articles in the: 9/11 Truth Overview Series