Can you ever believe that the U.S. armed forces lacked the 'armed planes' during the 9/11 crash into the WTC by 2 hijacked air-buses which were taken over by Osama Bin Laden??? If not, you'd better believe it. That is the output of an investigation conducted by BBC.!!
US Air Force commanders considered crashing fighter jets into hijacked planes on 11 September because of a lack of armed planes, a BBC investigation reveals. In the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks US fighter planes took to the skies to defend America from any further attacks.
Their mission was to protect President George W Bush and to intercept any hijacked aircraft heading to other targets in the US.
But, as a new BBC programme Clear The Skies reveals, the threat of an attack from within America had been considered so small that the entire US mainland was being defended by only 14 planes. As a result unarmed planes were diverted from training missions in a desperate bid to increase the number of fighter planes patrolling American airspace.
Colonel Robert Marr was Commander of the North East Defence Sector and remembers the words that came over the secure phone "we will take lives in the air to preserve lives on the ground".
US military unprepared
However, at the time of the attacks the US had just four fighter pilots on alert covering the north eastern United States. US pilots were forced to take to the skies without any weapons and might have had to deliberately crash into a hijacked plane to prevent casualties on the ground.
"I had determined, of course, that with only four aircraft we cannot defend the whole north eastern United States," he said. "Some of them would have just gotten in the air possibly without any armament onboard. "If you had to stop an aircraft sometimes the only way to stop an aircraft is with your own aircraft if you don't have any weapons. "It was very possible that they [the pilots] would have been asked to give their lives themselves to try to prevent further attacks if need be."
Colonel Marr said: "That was the sense of frustration, of I don't have the forces available to do anything about this, we've got everything up that we can get up and still can't do anything." Two of the pilots patrolling north east America told the programme how they struggled to get to New York as fast as possible after the first plane had hit the World Trade Center.
This not only shows how over-confident the US security division was that no attack can occur from withing the US, but also how they are only solid eternally and weak internally. This can be considered more sort of a war between two businessmen who always start thinking from the area where the other stops thinking or is weak.
Courtesy: BBC, Sep.1 2002, Clear the Skies
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