The Military Drills of September 11th: Why a New Investigation is Needed

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The Military Drills of September 11th: Why a New Investigation is Needed

by Elizabeth Woodworth - 9/27/2007

Information regarding military exercises is classified and difficult to research. Though there was unusually high and confusing drill activity on 9/11, this strange coincidence has not gained much public notice. This essay quotes military officials from their own magazines, and compares their statements to what the 9/11 Commission wrote about the so-called surprise factor, and also to the Commission's position that the drills aided the response.

Though both the 9/11 Commission Report and members of the Bush Administration repeatedly stated that the use of planes as weapons could not have been predicted, other official sources indicate that military exercises had been underway to counteract this very possibility.

1. Was it a Surprise that Hijacked Planes Were Used as Weapons on 9/11?

The element of surprise has been widely given (and quoted) as the reason why the 9/11 attacks were so successful against the world’s greatest military power.

Before proceeding to the statements on both sides of the issue, the context for these attacks should be understood in light of three defense procedures which were unusually and significantly changed in the months preceding 9/11:

1. A May 8th 2001 Statement by the President gave responsibility for coordinating, training and planning all national defense programs related to weapons of mass destruction to Vice President Cheney, whose office was not part of the National Command Authority. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified before the 9/11 Commission that he was present and observed Dick Cheney in the Presidential Emergency Operating Center tracking the position of Flight 77 for many miles as it approached the Pentagon. “Based on Norm Minetta's testimony and other information, it appears that the military have regarded Cheney as a ‘Deputy Commander-in-Chief’. They also understand that he is the real power behind the throne...It appears that Vice President Dick Cheney was in charge of all the many air defense exercises that took place on the morning of September 11, 2001."

2. The 1997 hijacking scramble protocol CJCSI 3610, which distinguished emergent situations (requiring immediate action between the FAA and the military) from non-emergent situations (requiring decision input from the highest levels of the DoD) was rewritten June 1, 2001, as ordered by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As a result, the number of fighter-interceptor scrambles fell from the usual average of 7-8 per month before the rewrite, to zero during the 3.3 months before September 11th, and to zero on September 11th itself.

3. Changes in the dates of annual and semi-annual military air defense exercises resulted in an unprecedented concentration of air drills on September 11th, and included hijackings and drills in which planes hit buildings. These will be explored later.

The transfer of two line defense roles to senior members of the Bush-Cheney Administration, paired with the concentration of air drills on the day itself, raise serious questions regarding the success of the attacks.


Off Topic somewhat but

For those of us doing street actions and protests etc., don't carry banners reading "Google 911 Truth".

That's a bad move now.

Googling "911 Truth" now produces disinfo sites in the 1 , 2 and 3 positions in the Google search results.

There's no way Google could be making a mistake.

Googling 911 Truth should yield in the number 1 position. is number 1 on MSN, Yahoo! and when you search for 911 Truth.
In addition, the search results following the number 1 result are mostly legit 911 Truth sites.

I recommend everyone go to the bottom of the Google search results page and click on the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link and tell Google you don't appreciate their bogus search results. Ask them how their famous algorithms can fail so egregiously as to produce the exact opposite of the search term you enter in their search box.

It's not that difficult to produce accurate, relevant results in response to a simple search request. How hard can it be to return in response to a 911 Truth request?
911 Truth is a recognized, well known term. It's a massive, growing movement.
A 911 Truth search should produce 911 Truth sites. It's not that hard really.

Ask them why, in all your years of Googling and using other search engines, you have never seen a search engine fail so miserably in such a basic task as producing straightforward search results for a straightforward search term.

Good Point

How About Yahoo! ?

I use it and get listed first.

But I am searching from Malaysia so the filters / controls may be different.

I suggested this before in another post. How about developing our own search engine / link resource for the Genuine 911 Truth Movement?

I am sure we can pool the technical expertise and consolidate a list of GOOD SOLID LINKS TO WEB RESOURCES on 911 TRUTH.

911 Blogger has EXCELLENT LINKS.

Perhaps some new web development is required as a resource for 911 Truth Beginners.

My point is that we should not have to DEPEND on elements of the Military-Industrial Complex -which Google may very well be - to be OUR SEARCH ENGINE.

Let's show them that the 2-3 people with the will, the skills can match the mighty Web 2.0 companies.

It will take Creativity,Time and the Will to Do It.

I am sure we have it.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it.

Great idea, done for ""...

I mentioned that it appears that Google is being "gamed", to remove from the index and replaced by spam sites. Asked them to investigate and verify their index is CORRECT.

thanks and best wishes

About Google...

This is response to the previous post, not the article. Something is definitely fishy about Google right now. I just did a search for 9/11 Truth and 911 Truth and although most of the results were legit, the first result was the Screw Loose Change folks (morons). What's funny is that I looked at their meta tags and 9/11 Truth is not even listed.


Canada Wants The Truth

What's good for China is

What's good for China is good the USA I guess...
The 9/11 Truth B-Team

For future reference...

if you click reply on the post you want to reply to, everyone else knows who you're replying to without having to state it.

Google's algorithm works on how many sites link to a page, with the given keyword in the link text, title, or page headers. The more popular the sites that link there are, plus the greater the number of links to the site, gives the Google PageRank. The META tags are hardly counted by Google because they're so prone to abuse. That said, I find it hard to believe more popular sites link to SLC than or

google and nsa

office together

don't worry, soon the bombing of iran will start, the oil supplies will be disrupted and marshall law with a ronald mcdonald face will be applied.

we will attack iran to disrupt ourselves.

michael ruppert was prophetic

Excellent article

Well researched.

The question I have had for years is this: How unusual is it to have that number of war games exercises overlap? That is, I would like to know from a military person how often they have overlapping exercises, and how often they have this many overlapping exercises.

Of course, on the surface it looks incriminating. I think it's a huge smoking gun. But can we get confirmation from someone that indeed the military often/sometimes/never has this many overlapping scenarios in one place?

Numerous Overlapping War Games

that acually mimic the actual attacks! (Amalgam Virgo, Vigilant Guardian, the NRO drills of planes crashing into buildings, etc.)
This is far and away one of the most bizarre and suspicious aspects of 9/11-- and one of the best lines of attack for truthers to pursue. Our movement has made great strides with awareness of Building 7 this year, and now we should make War Games a second priority.

Has anyone heard the CD of original songs by Thomas Hansen, PhD. called "HIDING 9/11?" His first song is called "Those Lucky Terrorists" and is about War Games. Very cool songs. I highly recommend everyone get a free CD from Thomas by emailing him:
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Off Topic - but needs

Off Topic - but needs attention:
Under Action Items on the left of this website is a link Reach Out to Antiwar Activist which has on it front page a cartoon which charaterizes Cosmos, Mickael Wolsey, Arabesque, Col. Jenny Sparks, as paid troopers under orders from the FBI.

I don't think that is reaching out to the Antiwar activists at all.
The 9/11 Truth B-Team

This is important


I can't believe Tarpley and crowd can actually come out with a cartoon like that.

False accusations on Cosmos / Woosley of being CO-INTEL PRO is just outrageous.

We have to get to the bottom of this. What can we do to sort this mess out?

Why is Tarpley doing this? Doesn't he realize how disruptive and silly this all looks?

Everybody pls read:

The Ford Foundation Attacks the Kennebunkport Warning

He is mixing some truth with a whole lot of falsehood!

What's going on here?

Has 911 Synthethic Terror become 911 Truth Error now?

Has he lost his mind?

Mr Tarpley if you are reading this, please for the good of all come clean and reconsider what you are doing.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it.


Read a response to the cartoon here:

Wolsey comments here:
"Not a bad likeness, although my girlfriend says my chin isn’t as long. One thing for sure, they got my cheap sunglasses! For a background on the ongoing attacks on me, Cosmos, Arabesque, and Col. Jenny Sparks, be sure and read my essay, 9-11 Synthetic Error - The meltdown of Webster G. Tarpley."

I haven't had a chance to read this article yet, but I'm glad to see the military drills highlighted. They need to be taken seriously by the 9/11 truth movement as they are extremely incriminating.

Ha ha - what a derail attempt!!

Haven't you belabored that thing long enough?!

And may I add no Architects and Engineers for 911 truth?

Nothing about them in the Inquiry Sites on the left side of 911 blogger.

No link to at all in fact (granted Architect Richard Gage is in Recent Media, but that links to 911 blogger).


Elizabeth Woodworth's article has errors in it.

She mixes up Vigilant Guardian with Northern Vigilance. V.G. was the domestic air-emergency exercise that included hijack scenarios, which the NEADS people were expecting to start that morning and which therefore initially confused them ("Is it real world or exercise?") V.G. did not involve a North Pole scenario, as she writes. V.G. would be logically paired with the Vigilant Warrior mentioned by Clark (presumably the red team). It is unlikely Clark is making a mistake in the designation, for reasons argued in the following article by myself, which I think gives a superior treatment to the issue:

Northern Vigilance was an Operation (not an exercise) in response to the Russian maneuvers scheduled for that day. This is what sent forces to the North Pole. This is also what the Commission acknowledges in its footnote, without mentioning any of the other exercises.

NORAD announced N.V. days in advance with a press release:

NORAD Maintains Northern Vigilance

Sept. 9, 2001

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AFS, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command shall deploy fighter aircraft as necessary to Forward Operating Locations (FOLS) in Alaska and Northern Canada to monitor a Russian air force exercise in the Russian arctic and North Pacific ocean.

“NORAD is the eyes and ears of North America and it is our mission to ensure that our air sovereignty is maintained,” said Lieutenant-General Ken Pennie, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD. “Although it is highly unlikely that Russian aircraft would purposely violate Canadian or American airspace, our mission of vigilance must be sustained.”

NORAD-allocated forces will remain in place until the end of the Russian exercise.

NORAD conducted operation Northern Denial from December 1 to 14, 2000 in response to a similar, but smaller scale, Russian deployment of long-range bombers at northern Russian air bases. NORAD-allocated forces were deployed to three FOLS, two in Alaska and one in Canada. More than 350 American and Canadian military men and women were in involved in the deployment.


The fact that the Russians were holding their own real-world maneuvers in the Arctic on that day, serving up the pretext for the U.S. to respond by doing the same, raises potentially interesting questions. Perhaps this is what determined the rescheduling of Global Guardian (the umbrella of joint Stratcom/NORAD/Spacecom exercises) for this period, instead of October as originally planned. I suppose it's also possible that the Russians colluded in 9/11 as part of a deal in which the U.S. has done nothing to expose the Moscow 9/99 false-flag apartment bombings engineered by the FSB. ("I have looked into President Putin's eyes, and seen that he is a man with a good soul," GWB said.)

Woodworth altogether missed Timely Alert II and TRIPOD II, both potentially important parts of the picture. Also covered in my article at the link above. Also, she apparently did not track down the Amalgam Virgo documents that have been made public, and which are very revealing about both the June 2001 exercise and the plans for July 2002 (hijack scenario involving a plane flying to the Capitol building). Finally, there is the interesting matter of the primary radar gaps that may have been employed in creating further confusion.

I wonder if she went through the many treatments of this issue. Her article's pretty good on the whole, but could be better.

"Truth is not measured in mass appeal."

Interesting point

'I suppose it's also possible that the Russians colluded in 9/11 as part of a deal in which the U.S. has done nothing to expose the Moscow 9/99 false-flag apartment bombings engineered by the FSB. ("I have looked into President Putin's eyes, and seen that he is a man with a good soul," GWB said.)'

Interesting point--I hadnt thought of that before. Of course, the false-flag op in Moscow has been exposed as such anyway, but a U.S. promise to keep looking the other way might still have been sufficiently of value to Putin et al. to cooperate with 9/11 in some degree.