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Evacuation

Analysis of an interview with Doug Cochrane

Christopher F. Aguilar wrote an outstanding article (source) about the events inside the white house from the eyes of the naval aide of Vice-President Cheney, Doug Cochrane. As his interview with the 911 Commission is still not being published, this 911blogger entry is going to highlight three significant points from above article:

1. First Attack in the television?

Cochrane says, that after he "received a call from the White House situation room informing him that an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center's north tower at 8:45 a.m. He ran to the situation room to verify the information, but by then it was already appearing on CNN."

This statement is problematic, because there were no recording of the first attack in the television until hours after the attack happened. Nevertheless President Bush himself confirms Cochranes account! President Bush holded a town hall meeting, which was aired December 4, 2001, where he had this to say: 

9-11 Commission Report misinformation on evacuation drills

9-11 Commission Report misinformation on evacuation drills
By Peter Duveen

When the 9-11 Commission Report came out in 2004, I was not particularly sanguine regarding its prospects in terms of accuracy. I did not bother to wade through the entire work, which was billed as well-written and exciting reading. Nothing bores me more than a perversion of the truth. I did, however, check out a portion of the document that related to a personal experience.

In 1999, I was working at Fuji Bank, on the 79th Floor of World Trade Center 2. During my short tenure there, I participated in a drill in which I along with about fifty other employees descended all 79 floors through the stairwells and exited the building. It was this kind of preparation that I believed was responsible for so many people being able to escape from the Twin Towers on 9-11, and I wanted to see what the 9-11 Commission report said about it. Sure enough, the document devotes some sentences to the type of drill I had experienced.

On pages 280-281, the report states: [1]

Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

From Slashdot:

"A Boeing 747 that serves as an Air Force One backup and two F-16 fighters escorting it caused a brief panic among office workers at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan this morning, as large numbers evacuated the buildings. The incident was also spurred evacuations in Jersey City across the Hudson River from Manhattan."

Two F-16 fighters seems incorrect: the photos and the reports indicate only one. However, who ever thought this "photo op" was a good idea? I can't possibly imagine that the ensuing panic and bad press was unforeseeable. Is this just a cock-up? If it is, it's a real bad one.

Some pictures: (for the bottom one, ripped the link from the WSJ Flash slideshow for your convenience)


Air Force One NYC flyby with F-16

The warnings of a second and third incoming plane

Abstract: Were there warnings of a second and third incoming plane, did they play a role for the decision to evacuate the Towers,
what's the official point of view.

You may know John Schroeders appearance in Loose Change FC.

Firefighter Schroeder made it all the way up to the 23rd floor before barely hearing on the failing radios that another plane was coming in.

http://loosechange911.blogspot.com/2007/08/interview-with-john-schroeder-fdny.html

Now I've had a hard dispute over this with some sort of a debunker, who claims, that there is no hint for such a warning. Nor in the 911CR neither in any other radio transmission records. Here are the links he presented:

http://www.fdnytenhouse.com/911/story01.htm

Manhattan Fire Dispatch 8:46 - 9:34 a.m.:
http://www.radiofirehouse.com/broadcast/wp-content/2005/fdny/FDNY_Tape15.mp3

Fire Brooklyn Dispatch Radio 8:47 - 9:35 a.m.:
http://www.radiofirehouse.com/broadcast/wp-content/2005/fdny/FDNY_Tape9.mp3

All other radios transmissions about 6 hours to 9/11 afternoon
http://cms.firehouse.com/content/section/content.jsp?sectionId=41