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The History channel is promoting an upcoming special entitled, The Plot to Kill Nixon.  There is also an upcoming film called The Assassination of Richard Nixon, starring Sean Penn.  It's a true story based on Samuel Bicke's attempt to hijack an airliner in 1974 and crash it into the White House.

My point is this - following 9/11, our government repeatedly told us that they never conceived of the idea of someone using an airplane as a weapon (nevermind the nut who tried to crash a single engine plane into Clinton's White House).  But that's obviously not the case - would the CIA or FBI or Secret Service really forget this incident?  Certainly our government didn't need 9/11 to prove that it could be done.  

I'm not promoting any conspiracy or suggesting anything really, other than that 9/11 was the result of negligence and a failure of our leaders to properly safeguard the nation - and that our government was well aware of the possibility of using airplanes as weapons.

Originally posted to jaywillie on Sat Jan 22, 2005 at 08:07 PM PST.

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  •  There was the Tom Clancy novel (none)
    He wrote a novel where a plane hit the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress:  "Executive Orders"

    "Democracy is coming ... to the U - S - A." - Leonard Cohen

    by Gearhead on Sat Jan 22, 2005 at 08:16:40 PM PST

  •  Graham Allsion belies Rice (4.00)
    He has written about all the terrorist activities they thought possible.  The one about which they were mmost worried was of course a group getting a nuclear device, which is part of the reason that the Cooperative Threat Reducation [about which Dean spoke so much} was so important   ---   first you had to secure and account for all of the Soviet nuclear devices [never done], but equally important was to ensure that the Soviet nuclear scientists had jobs so that they did not migrate to those rogue states (such as Libya and Iran) that were trying to build their own weapons.

    But on the list, albeit not at the top of the list, was the idea of hjacking a plane and crashing it into a legacy or high profile building.

    This list, which was generated while Allison was in an important policy position in the Clinton Defense Department, was an official government list.  Of course, we know that the first thing the Bushites did when they came in so whatever the Clintonistas suggested was important they did exactly the opposite.  If Sandy Berger tried to tell them about Al Qaeda they simply assumed the Clintonistas were blowing smoke and ignore it.  Richard Clarke has made clear the dereliction of this administration.

    For Rice to have said no one could conceive means either she was a liar or incompetent.  That no one on the 9-11 panel called her on this, and that no one in the press called her on this particular document, shows how poor a job they did of exposing the dishonesty and incompetence of this administration.  And that no Democratic Senator, not even Boxer, focused on this issue, means that we have now lost the chance to educate the American public.

    Meanwhile you can read in the paper how the administration is using Special Ops military personnel in "anti-terrorist" activities within the states  --  as if you would trust the gang that gave us Alberto Gonzalez to limit their usage to support of law enforecment.  Add in Rumsfeld's having gone beyond the Office of Special Plans to have his own mini-CIA that is not subject apparently to Congressional oversight and the pieces begin to become clear -- this is an administration that will NOT allow oversight, that will do what it damn well pleases, will claim that a narrow popular vote and electoral vote victory is "a mandate" for its extreme views and desires.

    I will not violate Godwin's law -- YET.  But I will note that one of the things that defined the absolute nature of the Nazi state was when the Gestapo was declared to be above the law.  I have a hard time seeing how the actions that Rumsfeld has taken are very far removed from that.

    So, does my writing about this therefore mean I am giving aid and comfort to terrorists?  Will Alberto Gonzalez authorize my being disappeared?  Will Tony Blankley declare that I, like Sy Hersch, am now a traitor and should be prosecuted and executed?  

    Kudoes to those in the Media who still have the cojones  -- or is it just simple moral decency?  -- to expose this administration for what it truly is?

    Those that can, do. Those that can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 05:14:33 AM PST

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