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recorder. This was finally allowed on April 18, 2002, provided they’d agree not to reveal anything about what they heard. And, for some reason, the last three minutes weren’t on there. Barry Lichty, the mayor of the nearby town of Indian Lake, says he heard what sounded like a missile fire that morning. The military did admit, some years later, that it was tracking Flight 93 and a Colonel Robert Marr recalled hearing that “we will take lives in the air to preserve lives on the ground.” He then ordered the air controllers to have fighter jets intercept the plane. But supposedly, the commercial flight crashed before that could happen. “Of course we never fired upon the plane,” said Dick Cheney, “we just witnessed an act of heroism.”26 The official story is that, for the first time in history, the black boxes were not recovered. Not from any of the four planes. For the TV pilot I did about 9/11 on truTV, we spoke to a guy who knew about the existence of three black boxes. He physically saw one, and his partner saw two more. He says they were taken away in a black government van. Another thing I find very interesting: Also for the first time in history, no attempt was made to reconstruct the planes with whatever parts they could find. They even did this with TWA Flight 800 that went down in 1996 in the Atlantic, and for that they had to dive down 1,200 feet. After Pearl Harbor, General Martin Short and some admirals were fired because of their alleged negligence. After 9/11, not a single employee at the FAA or NORAD got punished. In fact, all the major military men involved received promotions. They included General Richard Myers, who was named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on October 1. The way I see it, with all the advance warnings about a terrorist attack, a fair number of Bush’s team should have gotten the axe. Except, right up to the president himself, it was all about denial. Here was Bush in 2004: “Had I had any inkling whatsoever that the people were going to fly airplanes into buildings, we would have moved heaven and earth to save the country.” Here was Rumsfeld, testifying before the 9/11 Commission: “I knew of no intelligence during the six-plus months leading up to September 11 to indicate terrorists would hijack commercial airlines, use them as missiles to fly into the Pentagon or the World Trade Center towers.” And here was Condoleezza Rice: “This kind of analysis about the use of airplanes as weapons actually was never briefed to us.”27 Oh really? What about the intelligence briefing Bush received on August 6, 2001, that was headed “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” and even mentioned possible hijackings.28 Or Condi Rice being warned about al-Qaeda’s

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