Statements of Monte Belger, Mike Weikert (both FAA) in regard to the Mineta-testimony

The testimony of Norman Mineta is widely discussed and known at 911blogger. For example "Mineta's Testimony CONFIRMED".

Nevertheless there are important statements made by important FAA-personal, which need to be contributed to the discussion:

Mike Weikert was in charge in the FAA-Headquarter for the "primary net" (hijack-net). In his statement to the 911 commission, he describes, what happened shortly before the Pentagon attack. He says, that the FAA-Headquarter tried to "raise" the White House, Defense Department, and that Belger was monotoring "both nets":

"We were trying to raise them when we were tracking the plane that crashed in the Pentagon. Belger was in the room at the time. He was monitoring both nets." source

Monte Belger Acting (FAA Deputy Administrator) cannot remember speaking with Mineta, but can recall reports of a "high speed VFR", which flow eastward in this time:

"Belger clearly recalled reports of a "high speed VFR" headed eastward, though Belger does not recall speaking with the Secretary about this. The aircraft was characterized as an unidentified primary radar track that airtraffic had identified east of Dulles. From Belger 's perspective, he "obviously" knew there was a threat to DC when AAL77 crashed into the Pentagon." source

Nevertheless Belger confirms, that Mineta was with Cheney, and that Mineta gave Belger the command to ground all planes shortly after the attack.

"Belger does believe he knew that the Secretary was in the bunker of the White House, or that the Secretary was with Vice-POTUS  (...) He and Garvey got on the phone with Norm Mineta who decided to bring everything down (around 9:45) which was implemented." source




Sorry Monte. Wrong Direction

Monte Belger, speaking to Mineta by phone, is not describing the east bound target that we are told is AA77. Rosslyn and the USA Today Building are north of the Pentagon. Great Falls is north of the Pentagon. The "AA77" never goes North of the Pentagon, but does its loop south and west.

Here is another blog post about the Mineta/Belger exchange from FEB 2009

I would like to know which radar Monte Belger was accessing. Was it DCA or IAD or BWI or some other system? Was it a 12 second sweep or 4-1/2 second sweep?

Is it possible their ATC guy was focused on some other northern activity?