HEROS STABBED IN BACK BY USAF LUFTGANSTERS
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93
SHOT DOWN BY
BEARS IN THE AIR
September 11, 2001
"The world wants to be deceived."
—Sebastian Brant, from The Ship of Fools
It was at this point that President Bush is said to have issued his shoot order. F-16s from Langley flew protective patterns over Washington. United Flight 93 crashed outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10.03am. The rumours that this plane was shot down are based on the fact that debris was found up to eight miles from the crash site, that one of the passengers talking on a mobile phone reported hearing an explosion and seeing a plume of white smoke in the cabin, and that eyewitnesses saw a second aircraft in the sky at the time of the crash.
—The Independent, 20 September, 2001
Dick Cheney gives Bush the credit in Meet the Press:
"MR. RUSSERT: What's the most important decision you think
he made during the course of the day?
"VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, the--I suppose the toughest
decision was this question of whether or not we would
intercept incoming commercial aircraft.
"MR. RUSSERT: And you decided?
"VICE PRES. CHENEY: We decided to do it. We'd, in effect,
put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an
AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker
support so they could stay up a long time...
"It doesn't do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don't
give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it's
"MR. RUSSERT: So if the United States government became
aware that a hijacked commercial airline[r] was destined for
the White House or the Capitol, we would take the plane
"VICE PRES. CHENEY: Yes. The president made the
decision...that if the plane would not divert...as a last resort, our
pilots were authorized to take them out. Now, people say, you
know, that's a horrendous decision to make. Well, it is. You've
got an airplane full of American citizens, civilians, captured
by...terrorists, headed and are you going to, in fact, shoot it
down, obviously, and kill all those Americans on board?
"...It's a presidential-level decision, and the president made, I
think, exactly the right call in this case, to say, "I wished we'd
had combat air patrol up over New York."
--NBC, 'Meet the Press' 16 September 2001