FAA Failure on 9/11: The Wall Street Lawyer and the JSOC Hijack Coordinator

Of the many unanswered questions about the attacks of September 11, one of the most important is: Why were none of the four planes intercepted?  A rough answer is that the failure of the US air defenses can be traced to a number of factors and people.  There were policy changes, facility changes, and personnel changes that had recently been made, and there were highly coincidental military exercises that were occurring on that day.  But some of the most startling facts about the air defense failures have to do with the utter failure of communications between the agencies responsible for protecting the nation.  At the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), two people stood out in this failed chain of communications.  One was a lawyer on his first day at the job, and another was a Special Operations Commander who was never held responsible for his critical role, or even questioned about it.

The 9/11 Commission wrote in its report that – “On 9/11, the defense of U.S. airspace depended on close interaction between two federal agencies: the FAA and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).”[1]

According to the Commission, this interaction began with air traffic controllers (ATCs) at the relevant regional FAA control centers, which on 9/11 included Boston, New York, Cleveland, and Indianapolis.  In the event of a hijacking, these ATCs were expected to “notify their supervisors, who in turn would inform management all the way up to FAA headquarters.  Headquarters had a hijack coordinator, who was the director of the FAA Office of Civil Aviation Security or his or her designate.”

The hijack coordinator would then “contact the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center (NMCC)” and “the NMCC would then seek approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide military assistance.  If approval was given, the orders would be transmitted down NORAD’s chain of command [to the interceptor pilots].”[2]

The 9/11 Commission Report (The Report) indicated that the military was eventually notified about all the hijackings but none of those notifications were made in time to intercept the hijacked aircraft.  The Report also contradicted a good deal of testimony given on the subject by suggesting that earlier statements made by military leaders, in testimony to the Commission, were “incorrect.”  The corrections to these statements led to a reassessment of how much time the military actually had to respond to requests for interception from the FAA.  Ultimately, The Report stated that, “NEADS air defenders had nine minutes’ notice on the first hijacked plane, no advance notice on the second, no advance notice on the third, and no advance notice on the fourth.”[3]

The Report does not place blame for the failure to intercept on any specific people in the chain of communications, but it specifically exonerates “NEADS commanders and officers” and “individual FAA controllers, facility managers and Command Center managers.”  In fact, The Report goes so far as to praise these people for how well they did.[4]  Curiously, the hijack coordinator at FAA headquarters was not mentioned in the list of those who were exonerated.

The ATCs did notify their management as required, but further notification to FAA headquarters (FAA HQ) was apparently riddled with delays.  FAA HQ got plenty of notice of the four hijacked planes but failed to do its job.  One of the most glaring examples was demonstrated by the failure of FAA HQ to request military assistance for the fourth hijacking, that of Flight 93.

On page 28, The Report says: “By 9:34, word of the hijacking had reached FAA headquarters.” Despite this advance notice, Flight 93 “crashed” in Pennsylvania sometime between 10:03 and 10:07.

To put this in perspective, at 9:34 it had been over 30 minutes since a second airliner had crashed in the World Trade Center (WTC).  It was known that a third plane was hijacked and it was about to crash into the Pentagon.  Everyone in the country knew we were under a coordinated terrorist attack via hijacked aircraft because, as of 9:03, mainstream news stations including CNN had already been televising it.

That was the situation when FAA HQ was notified about a fourth hijacking.  Given those circumstances, an objective observer would expect the highest level of urgency throughout all levels of government in response to that fourth hijacking.  But FAA management did not follow the protocol to ask for military assistance.  The 9/11 Commission contends that FAA HQ gave air defenders no notice whatsoever of the hijacking of Flight 93 until after the plane had been destroyed.  For whatever reasons, the FAA’s Command Center (located in Herndon, VA) did not request military assistance either.  In fact, neither the Command Center nor FAA HQ contacted NMCC to request military assistance for any of the hijacked planes.

Therefore it seems reasonable to look at the people whose roles were most important in this failed chain of communications.  Once the entire country was aware that we were under attack and that planes were being hijacked and used as weapons, the two people who were most important to the FAA’s response were 1) the person running the FAA’s national Command Center and 2) the hijack coordinator at FAA headquarters.

It turns out that these two people were both new to their jobs.  In fact, it was the first day on the job for Benedict Leo Sliney, the national operations manager at FAA’s Command Center.

Benedict Sliney

Benedict Sliney was an ATC in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War and, after that, worked at the FAA for the first half of his professional career.  In the 1980s, Sliney went on from the FAA to work as an attorney and continued in that career throughout the 1990s.  He worked for several law firms during this time, handling various kinds of cases, and he was a partner in some of those firms.

Sliney’s clients included financial investors who were accused of Securities and Exchange violations.  In one 1998 case, he represented Steven K. Gourlay, Jr., an employee of Sterling Foster.  It was reported that Sterling Foster was “secretly controlled” by Randolph Pace and was at the center of “one of the most notorious scams ever.”[5]  Sliney got Gourlay’s charges dropped in 1998 but, in a related 2002 case, Gourlay pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud, and was sentenced to six months in prison.[6,7]

In the summer of 2000, Sliney represented Merrill Lynch in a case in which the delay of the transfer of clients’ funds to Smith Barney was said to have “caused their investments with Merrill, Lynch to lose some $638,000 in value.”  Sliney was able to get Merrill Lynch off the hook.[8]

For whatever reasons, Sliney decided to leave his lucrative law career behind just months before 9/11 in order to return to the FAA.  It was reported that Jack Kies, FAA’s manager of tactical operations, offered Sliney the job of Command Center national operations manager.  Instead, Sliney asked to work as a specialist and he started in that role.  Kies offered Sliney the national operations manager position again six months later and Sliney accepted.[9] His first day on the job was 9/11/01.

On 9/11, others present at the FAA’s Command Center outranked Sliney.  Interviews of those others, however, including Linda Schuessler and John White, confirm that Ben Sliney was given the lead in the Command Center’s response to the hijackings that day.  Despite that critical role, Sliney is mentioned only one time in the narrative of the 9/11 Commission report.

According to the summary of his interview for the investigation, Sliney was first notified of “a hijack in progress” sometime between 8:15 and 8:20 EDT.  This was about the same time as communications were lost with American Airlines Flight 11, the first of the planes to be hijacked, and it was about 30 minutes before that plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC).  It was nearly two hours before Flight 93 was destroyed in Pennsylvania.  Incredibly, according to Sliney’s interview, it was not until after a second confirmed hijacking occurred and two planes had crashed in the WTC (nearly an hour after he learned about the first hijacking) that Sliney “realized that the hijackers were piloting the aircraft.”[10]

After the second tower was hit, Sliney responded by asking for a military response via the special military outfit assigned to the FAA’s Command Center,  the Air Traffic Services Cell (ATSC).  This was at approximately 9:06 am.  At the time, one of the three military officers in the ATSC called the NMCC and that officer was told that “senior leaders” at the NMCC are “in a meeting to determine their response” to the attacks, and will call back.[11] As this example shows, there are at least as many unanswered questions about what went on at the NMCC that morning as there are about what happened at the FAA.[12]

Several of the FAA’s top people confirmed that the military was engaged and knew about the hijackings early on.  This included Jeff Griffith at the Command Center and Monte Belger, the FAA’s acting Deputy Administrator, who was present at FAA Headquarters.  Belger stated that — “There were military people on duty at the FAA Command Center, as Mr. Sliney said. They were participating in what was going on. There were military people in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization in a situation room. They were participating in what was going on.”[13]

Sliney’s interview summary is full of phrases like he “did not recall” and “was not aware,” although he did recall “being informed” that interceptors were eventually launched (too late).  Apparently, Sliney didn’t even know what the fighters would do if they were launched.  He recalled thinking: “Well, what are they going to do?”  Additionally, in an apparent defensive posture, Sliney claimed, “definitively that he did not receive a request to authorize a request to the military for assistance.”[14]

One might think that the national operations manager for the FAA’s Command Center would not need a “request to authorize a request for military assistance” and that he might know what military assistance would entail.  But Sliney’s interview summary suggests that he did not even know what the protocol was for requesting military assistance in the event of a hijacking.  Sliney’s understanding on 9/11 “and today” (two years later, when the interview was conducted) was that an FAA request for military assistance “emanates from the effected Center…directly to the military.”  That is, Sliney supposedly was not aware of any role that the FAAs’ Command Center or FAA HQ might have had in the request for interception of hijacked aircraft.  This appears to be in contradiction to the protocol given by the 9/11 Commission report and it is definitely in contradiction to the concept of a “hijack coordinator.”

In addition to the confusion about the Command Center’s role in requesting military assistance, it seems there was only one person at FAA headquarters who was authorized to request military assistance.  On 9/11, Ben Sliney was told that no one could find that one person.  Sliney later recounted his experience learning of that fact in this way.

“I said something like, ‘That’s incredible. There’s only one person. There must be someone designated or someone who will assume the responsibility of issuing an order, you know.’ We were becoming frustrated in our attempts to get some information. What was the military response?”[15]

Michael Canavan

The hijack coordinator at FAA headquarters, Lt. Gen. Michael A. Canavan, had been in his position for only nine months and would leave the job within a month of 9/11.  Surprisingly, although Mike Canavan was mentioned in the 9/11 Commission report, he was not cited for his role as the FAA’s hijack coordinator, a role that was at the center of the failure to intercept the planes on 9/11.

Instead of being mentioned as the hijack coordinator, Canavan was in The Report because he had been the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which ran the military’s counterterrorism operations and covert missions.  The Report described Canavan’s part in the the failure to follow-through on a carefully laid-out 1998 CIA plan to capture Osama bin Laden (OBL) in Afghanistan.  Canavan was quoted as saying that the plan put tribal Afghanis at too much risk and that the “operation was too complicated for the CIA.”[16]

Nearly the entirety of Canavan’s career was in military special operations.  He was a Special Forces soldier for many years and before he was JSOC Commander he was Special Operations Commander for the US European Command (SOCEUR), which included operations throughout Africa as well.  Canavan was SOCEUR from 1994 to 1996 and JSOC Commander from 1996 to 1998.

JSOC is a successor organization to the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), which was a secret government-funded organization authorized by the National Security Council in 1948. The OPC was led by CIA director Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner, a State Department official who wielded unprecedented power due to his position in New York law and financial circles.  The JSOC was created in 1980 by the Pentagon and run by Ted Shackley’s OPC colleague, Richard Stillwell.  According to author Joseph Trento, JSOC quickly became “one of the most secret operations of the US government.”[17]

Creation of the JSOC was, ostensibly, a response to the failed 1980 hostage rescue attempt in Iran called Operation Eagle Claw.  JSOC immediately went on to engage in an “array of highly covert activities” by way of “black budgets.”[18] This included operations in Honduras and El Salvador which supported the illegal wars associated with the Nicaraguan rebels called the Contras.

In 1987, JSOC was assigned to a new military command called the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that came about through the work of Senator William S. Cohen.  Senator Cohen went on to become the Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001 and it was he who led the Quadrennial Defense Review of 1997 that reduced the number of fighters actively protecting the continental US from 100 to 14.[19] Cohen is now chairman of The Cohen group, where he works with his Vice Chairman, Marc Grossman, whom FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds says figures prominently in the information she has been trying to provide.

Interestingly, Hugh Shelton was the commander of SOCOM during the same years that Canavan was the commander of JSOC.  Shelton went on to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), which is the highest position in the US military.  He was in that position on September 11th and was, like Canavan, curiously absent for just the morning hours on that day.[20]

In any case, it seems odd that Michael Canavan occupied what turned out to be the most important position relative to the failure to intercept the hijacked planes on 9/11 and was also involved in evaluating plans to capture OBL just three years earlier.  Apart from the coincidence that he was selected as the most qualified person for both of those very different positions, he was also a central figure in these two different reasons why the 9/11 attacks were said to have succeeded.

When he first started the job as FAA’s hijack coordinator, just nine months before the attacks, Canavan was in charge of running training exercises that were “pretty damn close to [the] 9/11 plot,” according to John Hawley, an employee in the FAA’s intelligence division.[21] In his comments to the 9/11 Commission, Canavan denied having participated in any such exercises and the Commission apparently didn’t think to reconcile the conflicting comments it had received from Hawley and Canavan on this important issue.

That’s not surprising in light of the fact that Canavan’s treatment by the 9/11 Commission was one of uncritical deference.  Reading through the transcript of the related hearing gives the impression that the Commission members were not only trying to avoid asking the General any difficult questions, but they were fawning over him.

Lee Hamilton began his questioning of Canavan by saying “You’re pretty tough on the airlines, aren’t you?”[22] As with many of the statements and reports made by Hamilton, however, the evidence suggests that the opposite is true.

In May 2001, Canavan wrote an internal FAA memorandum that initiated a new policy of more lax fines for airlines and airports that had security problems.  The memo suggested that, if the airlines or airports had a written plan to fix the problem, fines were not needed.  For whatever reason, the memo was also taken to mean that FAA agents didn’t even have to enforce corrections as long as the airline or airport said they were working on it.  Canavan’s memo was repeatedly cited as a cause of failure to fix security problems in the months leading up to 9/11.[23,24]

Canavan’s job as hijack coordinator was clearly the most important link in the communications chain between the FAA and the military.  But the 9/11 Commission did not address this hijack coordinator position in terms of how it was fulfilled on 9/11, and did not mention the alarming fact that we don’t know who actually handled the job of hijack coordinator on the day of 9/11.  We don’t know because Canavan said he was in Puerto Rico that morning and claimed to have missed out on “everything that happened that day.”[25]

Here is Canavan’s exact statement to the Commission, in response to a question from Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, whose questions were, like Hamilton’s, rather submissive.

“Here’s my answer — and it’s not to duck the question. Number one, I was visiting the airport in San Juan that day when this happened. That was a CADEX airport, and I was down there also to remove someone down there that was in a key position. So when 9/11 happened, that’s where I was. I was able to get back to Washington that evening on a special flight from the Army back from San Juan, back to Washington.  So everything that transpired that day in terms of times, I have to — and I have no information on that now, because when I got back we weren’t — that wasn’t the issue at the time. We were — when I got back it was, What are we going to do over the next 48 hours to strengthen what just happened?”[26]

One might think that the Commissioners would have expressed surprise at Canavan’s rambling, somewhat incoherent claim that he was just not available during the events of 9/11.  We would certainly expect the Commissioners to have followed up with detailed questions about who was in charge that day with respect to the most important role related to the failed national response.  But that was not the case.  Instead, Ben-Veniste redirected the discussion while “putting aside the issue.”  None of the other Commissioners said a word about Canavan being missing that day or even asked who was filling in for him as the primary contact between the FAA and the military with regard to hijackings.  And, of course, the 9/11 Commission report did not mention any of it at all.

In the interest of finding out what happened we should return to the failure of FAA HQ to request military assistance for Flight 93.  We should ask — what was FAA HQ doing with this information for those 30 minutes in the absence of the one person who was charged to do something about it?  Apparently, for fifteen minutes nothing was done.  But after fifteen minutes, according to the 9/11 Commission report, the conversations were going nowhere.

At 9:49, according to The Report, this was the exchange between the FAA Command Center and FAA HQ.

Command Center:  Uh, do we want to think, uh, about scrambling aircraft?

FAA Headquarters:  Oh, God, I don’t know.

Command Center:  Uh, that’s a decision somebody’s gonna have to make probably in the next ten minutes.

FAA Headquarters:  Uh, ya know everybody just left the room.

The Commission report says that ineffectual discussions about scrambling aircraft were still occurring at FAA HQ twenty minutes after it had received notification of the fourth hijacking.

At 9:53 am, “FAA headquarters informed the Command Center that the deputy director for air traffic services was talking to Monte Belger about scrambling aircraft.”

Apart from contradicting Benedict Sliney’s testimony that an FAA request for military assistance “emanates from the effected Center…directly to the military,” this part of the 9/11 Commission report never mentions who the “deputy director for air traffic services” was.  Tape recordings suggest that it was someone named Peter.  This might have been Peter  H. Challan, an engineer who had worked for the FAA since 1969 and had been Deputy Associate Administrator for Air Traffic Services since July 1999.  But the Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services that day was Jeff Griffith.  Monte Belger was the Deputy Administrator for the FAA, second in command to the FAA Administrator, Jane Garvey.  Belger and Griffith later denied they ever had a conversation about scrambling aircraft, despite the 9/11 Commission stating this as fact.

Jane Garvey was also present during the failed response at FAA HQ.  She was the FAA Administrator from 1997 to 2002 and coincidentally, in the years before that, had been the director of Logan International Airport in Boston, where two of the flights took off on 9/11.  Apparently Garvey’s record as director for the Logan airport, which had for many years the worst security record of any major airport, was not a problem for her nomination to the top job at FAA.  It was Garvey who appointed Canavan to his role as Associate Administrator for Civil Aviation Security and, therefore, hijack coordinator.

In any case, in the absence of the hijack coordinator the FAA was completely incompetent in terms of communicating the need to intercept the hijacked planes on 9/11.  Officially, the only notice of the hijackings to the military came directly from the FAA centers, bypassing both the Command Center and FAA HQ.   Boston Center reached the North East Air Defense Sector (NEADS) at 8:37 to request help with the first hijacking, and New York Center notified the military of the second hijacking at 9:03.  NEADS only found about the third hijacking at 9:34 by calling the Washington center to ask about Flight 11, and the military was said to have first learned about the hijacking of Flight 93 from Cleveland Center at 10:07.   Still, none of the planes were intercepted.

9/11 and Special Operations

Although Michael Canavan was unavailable to perform his critical job function on 9/11, he was fully involved in the response to the attacks.  Just two days later, he attended a “Principals Committee Meeting” chaired by Condoleezza Rice that included all of Bush’s “war cabinet.”[27] This meeting set the stage for how the new War on Terror would be conducted.

Canavan later cashed in on the windfalls of the resulting wars and the privatization of military operations when he hired on at Anteon International Corporation as president of its Information Systems Group.  In doing so he joined a number of prominent defense department alumni, including his former special operations colleague, SOCOM commander and JCS chairman Hugh Shelton, who was on the board of directors at Anteon.

Since 9/11, covert activities have been encouraged at a much higher level but, prior to 9/11, SOCOM was not supposed to conduct covert operations.  Therefore, JSOC worked intimately with the CIA’s clandestine division called the Special Activities Division (SAD).  Canavan led those kinds of operations in northern Iraq, Liberia and Bosnia.  He ran special operations in Croatia in 1996 and, according to President Clinton, was the one who identified Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown’s body after Brown’s plane crashed there.[28]

JSOC regularly works with foreign intelligence agencies, including the Mossad.[29] It has been involved with hijackings, for example that of the Achille Lauro and TWA Flight 847.  It has also operated from bases in foreign countries, such as Saudi Arabia, for many years.[30] Presidential Decision Directive, PDD-25, gave JSOC one of the rare exemptions from the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which means that JSOC can legally conduct its missions within the US.[31]

In the “War on Terror”, the special mission units of JSOC have been given the authority to pursue secret operations around the world.  JSOC effectively operates outside the law, capturing and killing people with or without the knowledge of the host countries in which it operates.  JSOC missions are always low-profile and the US government will not acknowledge any specifics about them.

Reporter Seymour Hersh has reported that the JSOC was under the command of Vice President Dick Cheney after the attacks.[32] Hersh also claimed that the leaders of JSOC “are all members of, or at least supporters of, the Knights of Malta” and that “many of them are members of Opus Dei.”[33] The ties between the Knights of Malta and high-level US intelligence personnel, including William Casey and William Donovan, have been well-documented.[34] Such accusations have also been made of Louis Freeh, who headed the FBI from 1993 to June 2001 and would have worked closely with Canavan and Shelton in the pursuit of special operations targets.

Other special operations leaders who were involved in the lack of response on 9/11 included Richard Armitage, who was present on the Secure Video Teleconference (SVTS) during the attacks.[35] This was the White House meeting chaired by Richard Clarke, which the 9/11 Commission said convened at 9:25 and included leaders of the CIA, the FBI, the FAA, as well as the departments of State, Defense and Justice.   Even with all those leaders in on the call, nothing was done to stop Flight 93 from “crashing” that morning, approximately 40 minutes after the call began.  Instead, we were left completely undefended.

Like Canavan and Shelton, Armitage was involved in special operations in Vietnam and later was reportedly involved in several of the most well-known covert operations in US history, including the Phoenix Program and the Iran-Contra crimes.[36] Although he had spent many years in the Defense department, he was Deputy Secretary of State on 9/11.  After the invasion of Iraq, he was identified as the one who betrayed CIA agent Valerie Plame by revealing her identity, apparently in retaliation for her husband’s attempt to set the record straight on weapons of mass destruction.  Armitage admitted he revealed Plame’s identity but claimed it was done inadvertently.[37]

Another special operations soldier who testified to the 9/11 Commission and played a significant role with regard to the airlines and facilities prior to 9/11 was Brian Michael Jenkins.  While Shelton and Canavan were running SOCOM and JSOC, Jenkins was the deputy chairman of Kroll when that company was designing the security system for the World Trade Center (WTC) complex.[38]

Jenkins was appointed by President Clinton to be a member of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, where he collaborated with James Abrahamson of WTC security company Stratesec, and FBI director (and alleged Opus Dei member) Louis Freeh.  In 1999 and 2000, Jenkins served as an advisor to the National Commission on Terrorism, led by L. Paul Bremer, who went on to be an executive of WTC impact zone tenant, Marsh & McLennan, and then the Iraq occupation governor.  Jenkins returned to the RAND Corporation where he had previously worked with Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Frank Carlucci of The Carlyle Group, and Paul Kaminski of Anteon.

Lieutenant Colonel John Blitch was yet another special operations soldier who played a big part in the events immediately following 9/11.  Blitch spent his career in the US Army’s Special Forces and was said to have retired just the day before 9/11 to become an employee of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).   Immediately following the attacks, he was put in charge of the team of robotic machine operators that explored the pile at Ground Zero, using devices that had previously been used for elimination of unexploded ordnance.


Despite being given plenty of notice about the four planes hijacked on 9/11, FAA management did not request military assistance to ensure the planes were intercepted before they crashed.  The 9/11 Commission attributes this to a string of gross failures in communication between the FAA and the military on 9/11.  However, The Report places no blame on any of the people who were involved and doesn’t even mention the one person who was most important to this chain of communications.

One of the most important people involved was Benedict Sliney, who had, just before 9/11, left a lucrative law career defending Wall Street financiers to return to work as a specialist at the FAA.  It was his first day on the job.  With regard to ensuring military interception of the hijacked planes, he said he did not receive a “request to authorize a request.”  Sliney also claimed to not know that FAA management at the Command Center, where he was in charge, or FAA HQ, had any role in requests for military assistance.   This is in contradiction to the stated protocol in the 9/11 Commission report and also the idea of an FAA “hijack coordinator.”

The FAA hijack coordinator was Michael Canavan, a career special operations commander who had come to the civilian FAA job only nine months before 9/11.  According to an FAA intelligence agent, one of the first things Canavan did in that job was lead and participate in exercises that were “pretty damn close to the 9/11 plot.”  He was also known within the FAA for writing a memo just a few months before 9/11 that instituted a new leniency with regard to airport and airline security.

With regard to the communication failures, Canavan offered the unsolicited excuse that he was absent during the morning hours of 9/11, in Puerto Rico.  The 9/11 Commission did not pursue this excuse nor did it ask who was filling the critical hijack coordinator role in Canavan’s absence.  In fact, the 9/11 Commission report didn’t address the hijack coordinator role at all.  The Report mentioned Sliney only once in the entire narrative and did not refer to Canavan in his role as hijack coordinator.

When a new, honest investigation is finally convened, it should look into why a lawyer, who knew how to handle evidence and get financiers off the hook, was experiencing his first day on the job as national operation manager at the FAA.  And If 9/11 was a “special operation” as many people now suspect, that investigation might consider that a number of special operations specialists were in place to ensure that the operation went off without a hitch and was not discovered.  Long-time special operations leaders like Michael Canavan, Hugh Shelton, Brian Michael Jenkins, and Richard Armitage played critical parts with respect to the facilities, events, and official story of 9/11.  These facts seem worth investigating.


[1] The 9/11 Commission Report, page 14

[2] The 9/11 Commission report, pages 17 to 18

[3] The 9/11 Commission report, page 34

[4] Ibid

[5] Matthew Goldstein, When Bad Scams Go Good, The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2001, http://www.smartmoney.com/investing/stocks/when-bad-scams-go-good-10573/

[6] NASD Regulation, Inc. Office of Dispute Resolution, Arbitration No. 9644952

[7] Westlaw citation WL 31426028, United States District Court, S.D. New York, No. 00 CR 91-11 RWS, Oct. 28, 2002

[8] United States District Court, E.D. New York, 103 F.Supp.2d 579, Downes v. O’Connell, 103 F.Supp.2d 579 (2000)

[9]  Lynn Spencer, Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11, Free Press, 2008, page 2

[10]  9/11 Commisison memorandum for the record, Interview with Benedict Sliney, May 21, 2004

[11]  History Commons 9/11 Timeline page for John Czabaranek, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=john_czabaranek_1

[12]  Matthew Everett, The Repeatedly Delayed Responses of the Pentagon Command Center on 9/11, 911blogger.com, November 7, 2010, http://911blogger.com/news/2010-11-07/repeatedly-delayed-responses-pentagon-command-center-911

[13]  History Commons 9/11 Timeline page for Monty Belger, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=monty_belger

[14]  9/11 Commisison memorandum for the record, Interview with Benedict Sliney, May 21, 2004

[15]  History Commons 9/11 Timeline page for Ben Sliney, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=ben_sliney

[16] The 9/11 Commission report, page 113

[17] Peter Dale Scott, American War Machine, Rowan & Littlefield, 2010

[18] Harvey M. Sapolsky, Benjamin H. Friedman, Brendan Rittenhouse Green, US military innovation since the Cold War: creation without destruction, Taylor & Francis Publishers, 2009

[19] History Commons 9/11 Timeline profile for William S. Cohen, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=william_s._cohen

[20] History Commons 9/11 Timeline profile for Henry Hugh Shelton, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=henry_h._shelton

[21] 9/11 Commission Memorandum for the Record (MFR) on John Hawley interview, October 8, 2003, http://media.nara.gov/9-11/MFR/t-0148-911MFR-00608.pdf

[22] Transcript of 9/11 Commission public hearing of May 23, 2003, 9/11 Commission Archive, http://www.9-11commission.gov/archive/hearing2/9-11Commission_Hearing_2003-05-23.htm

[23] Andrew R. Thomas, Aviation Security Management: Volume 1, Greenwood Publishing Group, page 78, http://terrortalk.org/myfiles/Terrorism%20Books/Aviation%20Security%20Management.pdf

[24] Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, FAA Culture of Bureaucracy Stymies Security Reform Efforts, Critics Say, Los Angeles

[25] History Commons 9/11 Timeline profile for Mike Canavan, http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=mike_canavan#a830faahijackcoordinator

[26] Interview of Michael Canavan, 9/11 Commission Public Hearing, May 23, 2003, http://www.9-11commission.gov/archive/hearing2/9-11Commission_Hearing_2003-05-23.htm

[27] 9/11 Commission Report, footnote 36 to Chapter 10

[28] White House press briefing by Leon Panetta, January 10, 1996

[29] Gordon Thomas, Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Thomas Dunne Books, 1995, pp 309-310

[30] John T. Carney, Benjamin F. Schemmer, No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit, Presido Press, 2002, p 232

[31] Graeme C. S. Steven, Rohan Gunaratna, Counterterrorism: a reference handbook, ABC-CLIO, 2004, p 230

[32] Abbas Al Lawati, ‘You can’t authorise murder’: Hersh, Gulf News, May 12, 2009, http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/you-can-t-authorise-murder-hersh-1.68504

[33] Blake Hounshell, Seymour Hersh unleashed, Foreign Policy, January 18, 2011, http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/18/seymour_hersh_unleashed

[34] Matthew Phelan, Pulitzer Prize Winner Seymour Hersh And The Men Who Want Him Committed, WhoWhatWhy.com, Feb 23, 2011, http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/02/23/pulitzer-prize-winner-seymour-hersh-and-the-men-who-want-him-committed/

[35] Summary of 9/11 Commission interview with John Flaherty, Chief of Staff for Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta, April 2004

[36] Spartacus Educational webpage for Richard Armitage, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKarmitage.htm

[37] CNN Politics, Armitage admits leaking Plame’s identity, September 08, 2006, http://articles.cnn.com/2006-09-08/politics/leak.armitage_1_novak-and-other-journalists-cia-officer-valerie-plame-patrick-fitzgerald?_s=PM:POLITICS

[38] Kevin R. Ryan, Demolition Access To The WTC Towers: Part Two – Security, 911Review.com, August 22, 2009, http://911review.com/articles/ryan/demolition_access_p2.html


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45 Responses to FAA Failure on 9/11: The Wall Street Lawyer and the JSOC Hijack Coordinator

  1. nbiolens says:

    Great article Kevin, thank you so much.

  2. see you in September 11 in NYC Kevin
    and thanks for your continuing work.

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  11. paul franks says:

    this is a great piece. I have always thought that Canavan was one of the insiders who helped facilitate 9/11. Also the Laura Brown submission and Jane Garvey’s evidence to the commission also provide more cast-iron evidence that something was very wrong in the higher FAA echelons that day. Paul Franks, England

  12. joseph p bell says:

    Mike Canavan was out of town ; I believe PEURTO RICO ; and AT-1 Bill Peacock , from WOC ,was in New Orleans ; Jack Kies ,the listed manager at Herndon , Va. (hired Sliney )was out of town . Belger was at WOC with Garvey ; see pages 69 and 88 ,of Touching History ,by Lynn Spencer , FOR Ben Sliney 9the movie actor and consultant in Flight 93 .
    14 government officials committed perjury at the least ; and /or Treason

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    this weblog, Keep up the pleasant work.

    • joseph p bell says:

      Dear Mr. Kevin Ryan : if i may be so bold to recommend your good work ,which i did to Dr. Morgan Reynolds , so i suggest you contact him ,and ask him why i referred to you in my discussions with him . I am not william Shakespeare , nor am i a speaker . With your info and what i gave Dr. Reynolds ,along with your work . I would really appreciate your taking this lead .
      I am 78 , Navy Vet . Have been a 911 Truther since 9/12/ 2001 / Thank you very much . ( nomoregames.net )Morgan Reynolds blog .

  18. Peter Duveen says:

    New York Times, Sep. 12, p A 10, “For the first time, the nation’s entire air space is shut down,” by Laurence Zuckerman: “Minutes after two commercial jets slammed into the World Trace Center towers yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration shut down the airspace over the United States to commercial traffic, the first time the government has taken such a drastic step.” So although jets were not scrambled, some action was taken that was, one surmises from this article, virtually immediate.

  19. marvinsannes says:

    I have read very many articles like this that discuss the communication failure on 9/11, every book discusses it but only two authors have written about Mitre and Ptech software companies that supported the FAA, NEADS, A F, DOD, IRS, Marines, SS and a dozen or so more Federal Agencies. I think this software is how the code for Air Force One and the “Angel is next” message and the turn down the freeway away from the airport in Florida that morning. This software and its designers/owners seem central to the communications breakdown; the rarity of being discussed seems to me, obvious. Why?

    • joseph p bell says:

      Ladies and gentlemen ; start your engines . Read “Touching History “, by Spencer , aka Sliney.
      Sliney was paid enough money that he would not work for the rest of his life . Hired by Jack Kies , who was at the Boston Center , Nashua , N. H. Colin Scoggins ( Treasonous acts ), told NORAD that flight 11 , was on its way to Washington . It had not been verified as a Crashed Plane ;. ( good english , joe . )He gave Dawn Deskins at NORAD , 5 different sectors to look for it , she never found it . HE was the only FAA employee to talk to NORAD all day . See NORAD tapes . He made a mistake , not his words ,but NORADS . Nasypanny , NORAD commander was promoted to General ; Heidig at NMCC ,was made Admiral before he went to testify to the 911 Commission .

      Linda Schuessler or John White would normally be appointed that position ( NOM , National Operations Manager ) . Schuessler was very suspicious of Sliney ; she had her secretary follow him all day and take notes . When Sliney asked to see the notes , Lorraine Vonarka told him , to see Schuesller , she refused to let him see them . ( he told the 911 staff about this ) . To this day no one has ever seen the notes . The FBI never investigated the FAA .

      June 17 , 2004 , 12 Hearing ( meeting ) ( video may be available at C=Span , DOD & FAA . They lied and the commission was complicit in their lies . 5 lawyers , did not know how to question witnesses. ( Not one real witness in the first 11 meetings . )

      At the FAA hearing , Monte Belger , Asst. Director of FAA ; Ben Sliney , NOM at Herndon , Va. FAA HQ. ( 25 miles from the Washington HQ. , where Jane Garvey should have been ); John White , Herndon , Va. Facility Mgr, ; and Jeff Griffeth , ATC manager , at D.C. HQ. 10th Floor .
      These four witnesses , and Garvey;s testimony , at the 2nd , and 7th Hearings , gave proof through the night , that our flag was not flying .

      Steven Brill , testified at the first hearing , ‘told the commission that on the eve of 911 , the no -fly list ,( known as the TIP OFF SHEET , was supposed to go out to the airlines . ) A “snafu ” occurred so they did not get it until too late on 911 . ) He was brushed off , NO RESPONSE by commissioner .

      Here in” lies ” the answer : 2002 Congressional Hearings ( all herrings ) the manager of the TIPOFF sheet , was none other than Iran / Contra investigator , for Cheney and Hamilton . His name , should go down in flames ,(with Zeli COW . ) This is one of the biggest ? Conflict of Interest ;all three were the leaders of the Iran / Contra hearings , 1986? They cleared Bush 41 , of any wrongdoing . ( memory lapse on the name , but he was placed second in charge with Zelikow ,911 staff .)
      The Congressional Hearings was a test for the Intelligence Departments for the 911 Commission .

      Tenet committed Treason , lying about seeing Bush before 911 . Michael Hayden verified this when the CIA released their internal investigation , . ( Harriet Miers got away clean . ) She was with Bush at the ranch reading the Aug. 6,PDB . Belger and Sliney lied about the military hijack coordinators . The only one available was Cheryl Atkins , in Washington . She was watching TV on the 3rd or 4th floor . Did not go to her station on the 10th floor until the Pentagon was ” HIT “. ( see History Commons ; for facts on anyone , check their site out ) I was banished for making snide remarks ;can’t apologize , have no way of contacting them .

      Garvey went to work for MITRE CORP. IN BEDFORD , MA . Schesslinger ?is the CEO . He testified also . Admiral Giambastini ? is also at Mitre. Served GHWB faithfully .

      Back to Sliney and Belger : Belger testified that he was in charge on 911 . BUTT , his secretary , Shirley Miller ( See Scribd ) told the staff , that in/ on the morning of 911 ,as he was with Griffeth at the Washington Operations Center , ( WOC ) . SHE WAS WATCHING THE FIRST Hijacked plane : She ran to get Belger getting his coffee ( and morning constitution ) . When they to back to WOC , the first plane had crashed , and the 2nd one wa hijacked . Belger called Garvey , who was at a meeting with Mineta . She ran over ( again see History Commons for Belger’s statement about the Military taking charge.
      There is so much more : My typing fingers are numb , i am hitting two keys at once .

  20. joseph p bell says:

    C-SPAN tried to blur the line of command on 911 ;( see their video , 2002 ) . they put Linda Schuessler ,” nearby”, never mentioning SLINEY . BILL PEACOCK is the spokesman , he was at the Peacock Ranch on 911 , in Texas . Canoles is also in the video ,;he was telecom monitor on 911 . WE /YOU want to put Colin Scoggins , Dan Creedon , and the leader of the gang ,Rumsfeld ‘s assistant on 911 , Victoria ” Torie ” Clark , AWOL . Squeaky clean but “dirty beyond ” any human interaction .

    • Colin Scoggins says:

      Perhaps you should just ask Colin Scoggins himself if you have questions regarding 9-11 I can be found fairly easily on the internet. I have discussed 9-11 in detail on what happened that day. From the jist of your comment above I believe you are insinuating that I did not do what I should have done that day, or that I had something to do with the actual event. Which would be treasonous. A charge that I do not take lightly. Some people considered me a hero that day. I don’t I save that for the first responders, but I do believe I did my job on that day, better than most involved only because of the knowledge I had achieved through my years of experience in my position.

      • joseph p bell says:

        Mr.Scoggins : Your trip to Dallas , Texas , with Lynne Spencer , Sliney, Creedon ; was not only distasteful , you never provided the audience (zombies ) to understand what happened .
        Number one ; all over the staff statements are lines like FAA contacted such and such , when in truth , you were the only one to contact NORADS / NEADS . Giving the ATC the wrong info about Flight 11 : ” It wasn’t verified down , but it is still hijacked ,” You gave someone 5 different locations for the plane ? but they could never find it .
        NORAD tapes give that story , and then later it says , ” you made a mistake “.
        June 17 , 2004 , Ben Veniste asks Arnold , ” why did they not tell them about this mistake ?”
        I think it was a meeting sometime in March . Then , Ben Veniste says “, ” well it could have caused trouble since it was posted in “WAR OVER AMERICA “. ( a terrible book , making the Air Force look like they were heroes ) It was not their fault , and they did fill the skies after all was done .
        Now , in the book “Touching History ” , ( Lynn Spencer ) did a great job . Towards the end of the book , she mentions how Trey Murphy recalls the AWACS ; Dick Cheney also mentioned the AWACS on Russert’s show . On 911 Peter Jennings was told by several reporters about the AWACS ; One of the first reporters ,that saw the “the Plane “. and now i can’t recall his name , when i find it , i will insert it in another post.
        The question begs ,How were you the only one ( listening to Slimey ) and passing information on . ?
        You did not testify at any hearings between , March 31 to June 17th ( the last formal meeting ) .? Are you familiar with the six ( 6 ) charges filed by the Commission in August , against the FAA and the DOD .
        Ken Mead FAA ,and Joseph Schmitz ,DOD , were supposed to investigate ;they were the OIG’s in the two entities to be investigated :Schmitz resigned because Senator Grassley was a little ticked at him for not moving Sybel Edmonds case forward . He went to work for Blackwater , where Cofer Black went after 911 . Black , as you all know was the Counter terrorist Chief under ,( perjured )G.Tenet . )
        The video of June 17th , 2004 ( see C-SPAN for a good look ) /. Belger tells the Commission that he was in his office , and in charge ?( of the toilets ) Mean while Sliney is sitting at the end of the table , spinning a pen in his hand the entire time . (perfect example of someone not wanting to be there . ) He is the MAN that brought all the planes down on 911 ,and saved the world. John White ,Facility Manager , was sitting to Sliney’s right, and Jeff Griffeth , Assistant Director , and Chief ATC ( Peacock was on his ranch in Texas ( one of the many out of towners that day . )
        Shirley Miller , Belger’s Secretary was with Griffeth ,when the first plane was hijacked , ;she ran out to find Belger ( casually walking back with his coffee ) . She told him go the WOC . Washington Operations Center . When they arrived , 11 had crashed and 175 was hijacked .
        If you go to the 911 Report ,look under Flight 175 ;the pilot ? tells NY ATC ,that they are not entering their Air Space , because of something strange they heard on their radio. Now the are hijacked 5 minutes later . Come on Folks , when does a pilot tell ATC what they are going to do ? DO DO.

        Back to the video , Griffeths and White are there because ether have a gun to their heads . No one speaks unless the get a question ? Belger will pass off many questions to others . ( The AWACS were photographed by Mark ? Gaffney . Find him on line . )

        Linda Schuessler did not testify , but here’s what she told the staff . ( the staff then went blind and deaf ) She had her Secretary follow Sliney all day and write every thing he did . She was very suspicious as to why Jack Kies ( another rat , Belger and Kies end up in management of Metron , inc. ) Kies was listed as the NOM on 911 , but went to Boston Center , where Scoggins is hiding ( Nashua , NH. ) Sorry Colin , but you should turn yourself in now , Do your country a huge favor . We will back you up . ……. Now if anyone thinks i am making stuff up .?
        Ask Newsweek , Zuckerman ? i think . November 2001 ; The story of Flighjt 93 is printed ;No name given for writing , no other info , but matches the 911 Report . Insider information they claim on many of the details . Sliney plays the hero in a movie with that title ? I am not sure exactly what movie . Touching History is written by a very Naive Pilot , Spencer . Every Air Force Officer endorses the book , even scum bag Richard Myers . ( Myers , Whitman and Gorelick are on the board of United Technologies . They make “carrying bags ” for all the commissioners and their staff to carry their money in .
        Go to this Website and see how Gorelick runs this country . See Jack Cashill about her background . I could on and on . We haven’t even touched the wrong doings of all the Commission and Staff . Thank you , When i have more time , i will fill in more details about the Commissioners (.I have filed charges against Gorelick with the Office Of Bar Counsel , in D.C. They are the Disciplinary board of lawyers in and around D.C, Not very impressive . They have turned me down twice already . I am not a good writer .

      • joseph p bell says:

        To Ben Sliney and Monte Belger : The Military presence at Herndon were not Hijack Coordinators ; they were there has part of an exchange program between FAA and DOD. Three Officers , were notified by someone from the FAA that a plane had been hijacked and crashed , and another was hijacked , They should turn on CNN.
        Why weren’t CNN Official made to testify .

        Fast Forward to the Pentagon .Naval Command Center , and Army Accounting offices were targeted , because on 9/10 /01 . Rumsfeld made a public announcement that they were short 2.3Trillion Dollars in their budget . 911 , wham bam , thank you mam. Dov Zakheim is gone with a similar amount .
        NCC , had one survivor , Lt Kevin Shaeffer . He later told the Navy in an interview in CHIPS , A NAVY QUARTERLY magazine . If they had NOT been hit , they would have been able to tell everyone what was happening at WTC . They were watching and recording it ;then they were told to TURN on CNN , and BOOM town . Shaeffer was allowed to serve on the 911 Commission Staff , so Zelikow , Kean , and Hamilton could keep an eye on him . Before the end of the Commission , Shaeffer was being sent to Naval Facilities to speak on the anniversary of 911 . Brainwashed . Now he is managing his own business , in form only , not actual . NO one , NO where discusses Shaeffer , he is a non- entity . God only knows what happened to his wife , also a Navy Officer , and their little boy.

        Getting back to Belger and Sliney ( why did the Commission wait until their final day to “discuss ” wharf happened in the sky . ) Total 5 hours , Mostly statements by Zelikow . The third and fifth meetings , were totally wasted by any standards . Look it up in the index of 911 Report .What these two told the Commission was not true . No one tried to prove it . No officers at the HQ.”S was allowed to testify . Ask Steve Culbertson at NORAD / NEADS , he could not communicate with anyone . He was the FAA person working with the military . And where is General Nasypany’s testimony ; he was in complete charge of NORAD / NEADS on 911 . SEE the NORAD TAPES for a funny story .

  21. Colin Doran says:

    @There was no chance whatever that AA11 could have been intercepted on 911 and if it had been there was nothing that could or should have been done to prevent it crashing into the WTC. There was little or no chance that UA 175 could have been intercepted and nothing that could have been done to stop it crashing either. With a bit more co-ordination AA77 might have been intercepted but there were no shootdown orders at the time in any case. UA93 crashed with the minimum loss of life in the circumstances. So for the aircraft on 911 there was no chance of intercepting two of them, the two that did the most damage and caused the most loss of life. If the third had been intercepted it would have made no difference and the fourth crashed.
    I’ve always seen Mr. Sliney referred to as ‘Ben’ Sliney up to now. I wonder why he is being called ‘Benedict’ Sliney here. I wonder why that is…
    I also notice the reference to a lawyer defending a client who is found not guilty as ‘getting financiers off the hook’. Guilt by association apparently. I don’t know if you realize this Mr. Ryan but the legal system works by people being accused, a prosecutor presents a prosecution case against them and the accused then has a lawyer to defend them. That’s how it works. Murderers have lawyers to defend them. They can’t be convicted unless they are tried and have a lawyer to defend them. I suppose I should say of some lawyer – ‘He defended notorious serial killer Joe Bloggs who murdered 10 people in the 1990’s’ …. how evil.. he defended a serial killer!
    Quote “When a new, honest investigation is finally convened, it should look into why a lawyer, who knew how to handle evidence and get financiers off the hook, was experiencing his first day on the job as national operation manager at the FAA. ”
    Mr Sliney, I put it to you that this was your first day on the job.. How do plead?

    • joseph p bell says:

      #1 ) There is a website on the NTSB ( RITA ) which gives you destination and time of every plane at every airport . #2) on 9/10-2001, all the five planes were listed with details of their tail numbers . #3 ) on 9-11-2001 ,the same planes are listed , but details are lacking . ( This alone should call for re-opening the Investigation . 5 of the lawyers are / were associated with airlines , at their law firms .
      Lets be honest folks , Lawyers don’t lie ? or do they . ?

      Sliney’s opening remark on 9-11- 2001 ( read it in Touching History ;it will touch your heart . ) It is just as big as NASA ,” wow”, tier after tier of screens . The place is huge , and he is ready to takeover . Where does he go after 11 crashes , to the section of the ATC that has weather screens . There is never any talk of anyone helping him .
      Just too many things for me to cover .

  22. Colin Scoggins says:

    To much to go through at once, but you are way off on a lot of you interpretations. There was no AWACS you are talking about VENUS77 which is an E4B a 747, they can run the country once airborne (NightWatch) An AWACS is an E3A 707 airframe. Jack Kies wasnt in Boston Center on 9-11 not sure where you got that, I don’t know where he was. I found out later that I was basically the only one calling NEADS, I didn’t know that day I assumed everyone was calling them. I passed whatever information was passed to me on the security telcon to NEADS including the information that AAL11 was still airborne. Even though I never testified in front of the 9-11 commission I was interviewed under oathe by the Justice Department by Miles Kara. My statements can be found on the internet. There thechnological reasons why the military could not find AAL11 even after I gave them the locations to look. I found it very frustrating myself. But they could not see through the ground clutter. I would sure like to know what treasonous act I committed.

    • joseph p bell says:

      http://www.c-span.org/video/?182320-1/september-11-commission-hearing This is a must watch to solve 911 ; Keep your eye on Monte Belger , and Star -Hero Benedict Sliney , juggling a pencil or pen in hand the whole time . Very nervous for a big time lawyer ?

      Back to the AWACS; Lynn Spencer in “Touching History “, says that Trey Murphy was told to bring back the AWACS . Some Airfield in Oklahoma ?????? so what can i say , this was endorsed by all the Air Force Officers , including Richard Myers . Myers had to leave the meeting early on June 17 , 2004 , because he had previous engagement in NY . 3000 people die , and he gets to leave a murder trial early . Lehman and Kerrey ,non – lawyers did a creditable job ; while the other 8 goons
      fiddled .
      Here’s Slade Gorton , 7th meeting ,” Jane , you and i have worked together from 1997 to 2000 “.
      He doesn’t recuse himself . Kean , even worse , at the 5th meeting . A business seminar in NJ. Drew U. His own little world .( Large Muslim student body ). He introduces the Vice President of Fiduciary ,( where he is a director ); telling the audience ( 10 people ?) joke ? that Yum was a hero on 911 . Fiduciary had planned a “Drill ” for that morning . WOW , imagine that . CEO Tatlock was visiting Offutt Air Base , with Buffet and Bush landing there . Come on , people , getting the picture .
      Fiduciary worked the entire weekend , getting their records to a secure “””” vault . Kean should have recused himself , instead he give his friend a big buildup . There probably is more circumstantial evidence than real , but it really adds up / .
      It is a crime if you lie about evidence and Zelikow and friends did a great job . The FAA did this and that , no proof to back it up .
      Well , aim done for the night . 10:15PM . at 80 years old , and a lousy typist . Thank you and good night .

    • joseph p bell says:

      TOUCHING HISTORY ;BY LYNN SPENCER ;Remember her , you were a star in the book ; Treey Murphy is called and told to bring back the AWACS ,by any other name a technicality for the lay person . Before Cheney killed Russert and Peter Jennings , he called them AWACS , and said , ” i wished we had some fighter planes up there too . ”
      If you look up page 22 ,in the 911 Report ( may be different in the book ) , and the transcript of June 17 , 2004 ;the FAA , nothing could be clearer than a white wash , by 7 ? lawyers on the commission , and lawyers on the staff ; Lawyers testifying , and you will find a BLEACH JOB . .
      THE TWO CONVENTIONS IN Canada , several years ago , was a case of blow hards spouting their own theory . The guy for the Pentagon , owns a mutual fund , Honneger and Marr , Penatgon experts ? fizzle and play with their diddles . None knew of Lt. Kevin Shaeffer , ( everyone busted my ass about Col. Shaffer ? Able Danger ? Kevin was on the 911 Staff , team 8 ,John Farmer ;. He began to realize that it was not a plane that hit pentagon , so they took him away in a straight jacket ;that;’s how closely he was being watched by Zelikow .

    • joseph p bell says:

      One point to consider , the FAA did niot have any hijack coordinators anywhere . Canavan & Osmus , at Herndon , we indisposed . He was in Puerto Rico and she was home sick . Garvey called her , and she later went to the Washington Operations Center . NO ONE FROM THE FAA contacted NEADS / NORAD at any time . Scoggins being the only one , by telephone re: Flight 11 . After that
      he went to ????????? with Kies . My facts are easily accessible in the 911 Report ? and the 911 Commission 12 hearings , and “Touching History ” , by Benedict Sliney .
      Lt. Kevin Shaeffer is now managing a consultant Co. thanks to Bust and his wealthy friends .
      You all should read page 112, 129 , 409 on ; for the celebration party at Cheney’s house . Oh what fun it was .

  23. Marv Sannes says:

    Another person’s behavior I have found so little reading about: Ehud Barak resigns from PM of Israel in 2001 and goes to Texas to work for Electronic Data Systems and a private equity firm in “security issues”. Is that a strange career move? 8 months later he’s in London at noon EDT on 9/11 to spell out the culprits and the “War on Terror”. Electronic Data Systems, Mitre, Ptech, and this X Prime Minister seem central to the event. He returns to Israel politics and has been Defense Minister and a major player in the Gaza crimes and America and Israel’s invasions. An average American goes blank at his name. Like WTC7, his invisibility seems too obvious.

    • joseph p bell says:

      911 and the”law ” her :” NORAD /NEADS were there just as a deterrent , for the people who might inquire , as you have , Benedick was hired specifically for this day .
      Who /whom could act so stupid with 20+ years experience ( supervisor ), a lawyer , a marine , ; no one else would have the “jockstrap ” to fit . He has his own law firm in NY , but is not practicing ;he made enough money from his performance playing Gomer Pyle (butt Benedick does not sing ).
      If you read the transcripts of the nine eleven commission ‘s 12 hearings , Zelikow inserted so many communications between NEADS /DOD that makes your head spiral down into the Pentagon .

      There is NO proof ,anywhere that ANY calls were ever made . During the hearings , General Arnold says ,” FAA was so helpful ( and / or butt ,after we saw the Staff notes we were able to coordinate the times .( according to John Farmer and John Azzerello ,team 8 , Griffeth ( senior ATC supervisor on 911 , and Arnold argued for a long time about setting the times to coordinate the calls

      There are no specific names ( except Scoggins from the Boston Center ; he had a direct line to NEADS ) see the NORAD TAPES ) . HE IS THE ONE that confused ( deliberately ) the Flight 11 , did not crash ,and was on its way to Washington . He gave the military 5 different locations for the plane . No one could find it . SURPRISE,. He was bypassing Sliney’s transmissions ; he was listening to Sliney and not paying attention to the actual goings on .

      Tom Keans “, Without Precedent “, is so full of holes , but who has taken the time to read it , besides me. He says witnesses for the FAA , Monte Belger , only one . Belger told the Commission he was in charge on that day . In his office and in control . Where was he really ? Having coffee , and the inevitable POTTY . His secretary , Shirley Miller , went looking for him . She had been in the Operations Center with Griffiths . When she returned ,FL. 11 had crashed , and FL. 175 was now hijacked .
      If you look at Flight 175 in the 911 Report , this is what you will see .
      Hi.New York Tower ; hee hee , we just heard some strange transmission on our radio , so i think we will wait here before we go into your airspace . WHAT DE F ? You can’t tell the ATC what you will do . Five ( 5 ) minutes later they were hijacked . What > jousay?
      Space ship to Ground : What now ? NO PLANE with the numbers given were in the air on 911 .
      Five planes , 11, 77, 93 , 175, 1989 ; were all listed on the NTSB Statistics , Departures on the 9-10-2001 AND 9-11-2001 . The details for the tenth ( 9-10-) were more specific , and complete information ;the 9-11- 2001 ,statistics were missing much of the info , but especially the Departure Time . There were NO accident reports for 911, 2001 ) .

      Charles Pereira , NTSB , was on the 911 Commission Staff ,. He investigated Flight 800 , ( John O’Neills last days . Paul Wellstone’s crash ; Ron Brown ‘s plane crash /.
      He and his boss at NTSB WORK FOR HALL ASSOCIATES . (JAMES ? HALL ) .
      JACK KIES , hired Sliney , and MONTE BELGER , the ghost charger , went to METRON CORP . and landed the Biggest Government Contract ever for METRON . Both were President , Belger succeeding Kies ( The planner ) never testified ( See Victoria ” Torie ” Clark at the Pentagon . One woman terrorist . and Rumsfeld . Never questioned .
      The 911 Commission was more bogus then the 911 Report ; which does not contain stuff from the Commission Hearings .
      Where are the 6 charges against DOD & FAA ? WHITE” HOUSE “WASHED . WILL POST VIDEO URL FOR FAA HEARINGS .

      IF TIME PERMITS , check out Lower Manhattan Development Corp. ( Rudy G and Pataki and Bloomberg . Roland Betts , Chelsea Piers , Gov . Pataki and Bush were Yalies together
      Check out the COHEN group ;Christine Whitman , Jamie Gorelick ,@ Wilmer Hale . She runs the Govt. From here .
      Myers , Whitman and Gorelick on the Board of Directors @ United Technologies . A major player in Bush Admin .

  24. Adam says:

    I dont know if u know – Canavan had the role of Associate administrator for Civli Aviation. This was the guy in charge of running the FAA’s red team. He took over from Cathal Flynn. I am not clear if this is the same role as the hijack coordinator you reference.

    The FAA’s Red Team is very interesting. I have a concern about it. Where they recruited people to test aviation security from, for example. We don’t actually know, do we. Steve Elson and Bogdan Dzakovic were routinely probing aviation security, including San Juan mentioned above, in the years leading up to 911.

    We know the hijackers successfully infiltrated everything else in US society. Some of the hijacker behaviour could be explained by red teaming, in particular the endless flying back and forth. Lets just hope nothing like that happened.

  25. Miss Canavan says:

    If you are going to attempt to crucify my father, at least get his job title correct. He was the Assistant to the Security Chief. There is no “Hijack Coordinator” position, you dumb fuck. You don’t even know why he resigned; he resigned due to his military honor and what he was asked to do. If you knew *why* he resigned, your opinion would be very different. This is slander. Absolute slander.

    • Kevin Ryan says:

      Hello, Michele,

      A couple of corrections:

      1. The hijack coordinator position was definitely in place. Here is a description of the role.

      2. Your father was definitely in that critical position on 9/11, although he was mysteriously missing. Here’s a letter from the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission to your father inquiring about his “role and actions as Hijack Coordinator for the Federal Aviation Administration on September 11, 2001 and immediately thereafter.” See page 19.

      3. Slander is a verbal crime. I think you mean to suggest that I’ve engaged in libel. However, using facts to call for investigation of a public figure is not libel.

      Finally, I would be glad to add any useful information that you or your father can provide in future writings, if it helps to get to the truth. Please feel free to contribute.

    • Adam says:

      Michael Cananvan shared a post office box in Falls Church with a man/woman named Khaleda Husseini, can you tell me who this person is?

  26. …….Where were SABATINI and Ballough……..

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