NORAD drills foreshadowed 9-11 attacks.
Four days after Rice's April 8 testimony, the Project on Government Oversight released documents from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) describing exercises that anticipated--in eerie detail--the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
"In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, [NORAD] conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties," reported the April 19 USA Today. "One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center. In another exercise, jets performed a mock shoot down of a jet supposedly laden with chemical poisons headed toward a target in the United States. Ill a third scenario, the target was the Pentagon--but that drill was not run after Defense officials said it was unrealistic...."
"A White House spokesman said ... that the Bush administration was not aware of the NORAD exercises," continued the paper. "But the exercises using real aircraft show that at least one part of the government thought the possibility of such attacks, though unlikely, merited scrutiny."
It's also worth remembering, as this magazine reported two years ago (see "Foreknowledge and Failure" in our June 17, 2002 issue), that Bush administration officials were aware of, took seriously, and moved to prevent a terrorist threat to use hijacked aircraft as missiles in an attack on the June 2001 G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy.
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|Title Annotation:||Insider Report|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||May 17, 2004|
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