Thursday, September 8 2011 - In the Media
The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air; Newly Published Audio Provides Real-Time View of 9/11 Attacks
Cheney Shoot-down Order Confirmed
September 7, 2011
A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission's 2004 report.
Audio files were provided by John J. Farmer Jr., the Dean of Rutgers Law School-Newark
and a senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission. Transcripts were edited from text
provided by Miles L. Kara, Sr., a professional staff member of the 9/11 Commission.
The call from Betty Ong was retrieved from an exhibit presented by the prosecution
in United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui in United States District Court in Alexandria,
Ed: Interactive audio provided at source, The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air NYTimes.com, with this introduction and caution:
10:09 AM1 minute, 57 seconds - The fighter pilots do not know if they have permission to shoot down planes. A commander tells them they do not. (Warning: profanity at the end of the clip)
10:32 AM0 minute, 41 seconds -- Mission Crew Commander (M.C.C.) gives the fighter pilots permission to shoot down civilian planes, an order relayed from Vice President Dick Cheney.
Voice One You need to read this, Region Commander has declared
that we can shoot down tracks if they are not responding to our, uh, directions.
Newly Published Audio Provides Real-Time View of 9/11 Attacks
It was just after 9 a.m., 16 minutes after a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, when a radio transmission came into the New York air traffic control radar center. "Hey, can you look out your window right now?" the caller said.
"Yeah," the radar control manager said.
"Can you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about 5 east of the airport right now, looks like he's ..."
"Yeah, I see him," the manager said.
"Do you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?" the caller asked.
"He's descending really quick too, yeah," the manager said. "Forty-five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep."
"What kind of airplane is that, can you guys tell?"
"I don't know, I'll read it out in a minute," the manager said.
There was no time to read it out.
In the background, people can be heard shouting: "Another one just hit the building. Wow. Another one just hit it hard. Another one just hit the World Trade."
The manager spoke.
"The whole building just came apart," he said.
That moment is part of a newly published chronicle of the civil and military aviation responses to the hijackings that originally had been prepared by investigators for the 9/11 Commission, but never completed or released.
Continue reading at original, NYTimes.com
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