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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Geordie Zapalac writing in 9/11 attacks invited, September 30, 2004.
“These 9/11 attacks were arguably invited to happen by President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld when they dismantled standard protocol to intercept hijacked planes on June 1, 2001."
I believe that Mr. Zapalac is spending too much time on the multiple 9/11 conspiracy web sites. The terrorist planned this attack years before NORAD and Mr Rumsfeild made any changes in the protocol.

The protocol in place at the time required fighters to escort highjacked aircraft not shoot them down, which required authorization at the highest level. As a regular flyer, I do not want some 2/Lt. fresh out of pilot school deciding to shoot me down when the airliner radio and transponder fails. I hope it is a higher authority.

Check out House Subcommittee on Aviation, 9/11 Commission Report: Review of Aviation Security Recommendations

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