Are the Hijackers-- the Real Ones-- Still Alive and With Us Today?
We are all aware of the "still-alive" hijackers. This of course is a facetious term referring to completely innocent men who may have had their identities stolen and used by the real culprits on 9/11. But what about the real hijackers, the men who actually commandeered the planes? Is it possible they could have escaped the planes before the crashes?
Some contend that there were no hijackers at all, that the planes were diverted solely by remote control. Several credible phone calls from the flights, however, such as those from Betty Ong (AAL11) and Tom Burnett (UAL93), provide pretty good evidence that there were indeed real hijackers on the planes for at least some period of time.
That the attacks were carried out by men intent on suicide has always been an assumption on the part of just about everybody. Such as assumption has naturally led to the blaming of the al-Qaeda Arabs, who are from a culture where suicide attacks are supposedly a regular practice. The theory that the hijackers may not have been Arabs at all, but men portraying themselves as Arabs, for the purpose of framing Arabs, has to contend with the argument that while some Arabs have been known to carry out suicide attacks, the professional agents employed by state intelligence agencies have no such history.
But is it possible that the hijackers were indeed professional agents, disguised as Arabs, who had no intention of dying when the planes crashed? There is only one way to escape a moving airplane, and that is with a parachute. Could the agents have hijacked the planes, then rigged the cockpits for remote navigation to their targets-- then, with the passengers herded to the backs of the planes, have bailed out to safety from the cargo holds of the planes?
Such a scenario seems like something from a James Bond film. But the distinct possibility of its occurrence was brought to my attention when I read a few excerpts from a book written by ex- Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer.
Before I write one more word I want to make one thing clear. In no way am I suggesting that the Navy SEALS or any other branch of the US military participated in the hijackings of 9/11. The following quotes on show that such a maneuver as I am suggesting is possible, and is a regular procedure with the SEALS, and therefore may also be a procedure in other para-military organizations around the world, including those of Israel.
[from Warrior Soul: Memoir of a Navy Seal by Chuck Pfarrer page 5. (Random House 2004):]
"Jumping out of commercial airliners is an operation, or op, we call a "D. B. Cooper." Using scheduled air traffic to insert into a hostile country, or a denied area, is a SEAL specialty.
Most people do not parachute on purpose from jet aircraft. The planes are too fast, and the turbulent air dragging in their wake can snap your spine and pop your hips from your pelvis. We were trained to jump from commercial airliners because they are ubiquitous and nonattributable. It is one thing to prohibit American military aircraft from flying over your country. It is quite another to close down your airspace to all commercial traffic. Libya, Syria, Cuba, and a host of other thug nations allow commercial flights to fly through their airspace. This is all the opening a SEAL Team needs. Unknown and unseen, a SEAL element can parachute into any place on earth. One might insert: that is, provided one survives the jump. The trick is to exit in correct body position and deploy your parachute after the appropriate delay. There are two principal types of SEAL parachute operations: HALO, or high altitude, low opening; and HAHO, high altitude, high opening.
In a HALO drop, you exit the aircraft at 35,000 feet on oxygen and open your parachute low, at 2,000 feet, to avoid detection. A jumper falling at terminal velocity, roughly 120 miles an hour, would scream in for a full three minutes before opening his parachute.
In a HAHO drop, jumpers exit the aircraft above 35,000 feet, but their parachutes are deployed after a brief delay, maybe three seconds, opening high instead of low-sometimes literally in the jet stream. The team floats under canopy at 33,000 feet, then groups together and glides in formation toward the target.
At six and a half miles up, the MT-1-X parachute has a thirty-knot forward airspeed, and you can cover a lot of miles before you ever see any dirt. Depending on the winds aloft, a jumper can touch down twenty or thirty miles from where he exited the aircraft. It's a good way to drop into a place where you are neither expected nor welcome."
Pfarrer also tells an anecdote about his last jump, including this:
"As the flight attendants closed the doors and made ready for departure, I found my seat and managed to push my duffel into the overhead rack. I had definitely exceeded the recommended dimensions for carry-on luggage. Concealed in my bag was an MT-1-X military parachute."
As a final note, according to my research we have only two pieces of evidence showing the hijackers still on the planes in the last 10-15 minutes of flight. They are:
1.) The Cockpit Voice Recorder from UAL93, the one where the hijacker yells "Allah o Akbar," and in which the noises made by people outside the cockpit door were miraculously recorded. This recording was played only for a few members of the victims' families, many of whom felt it was tampered with.
2.) The phone call allegedly from Todd Beumer, who supposedly called a Verizon phone operator (instead of his pregnant wife) and chatted with her for 45 minutes-- a conversation in which he recited a prayer which his wife had never heard from him before.
In sum, we don't know if the hijackers parachuted to safety on 9/11. But based on the information provided by the above quotes, we must consider it as a possibility.