left biblioblography: FLIGHT 93 AND URBAN LEGENDS

Friday, April 28, 2006

FLIGHT 93 AND URBAN LEGENDS

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060404/ap_en_mo/film_united93


This really, REALLY gets up my nose.

Of all places, WorldNetDaily (a CONSERVATIVE, RIGHT-WING publication no less, who'd be more inclined to foster the opposite) here: - "Echoing reports made immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, several eyewitnesses claim in a report by London's Daily Mirror that they saw a "military-type" plane flying around United Airlines Flight 93 when the hijacked passenger jet crashed in rural Pennsylvania -- prompting the unthinkable question of whether the U.S. military shot down the plane."

Further down:

"On the Sept. 16, 2001, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press," Vice President Dick Cheney, while not addressing Flight 93 specifically, spoke clearly to the administration's clear policy regarding shooting down hijacked jets.
Vice President Cheney: "Well, the -- I suppose the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft."
NBC's Tim Russert: "And you decided?"
Cheney: "We decided to do it. We'd, in effect, put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they could stay up a long time...
"It doesn't do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don't give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it's appropriate."
Russert: "So if the United States government became aware that a hijacked commercial airline[r] was destined for the White House or the Capitol, we would take the plane down?"
Cheney: "Yes. The president made the decision ... that if the plane would not divert ... as a last resort, our pilots were authorized to take them out. Now, people say, you know, that's a horrendous decision to make. Well, it is. You've got an airplane full of American citizens, civilians, captured by ... terrorists, headed and are you going to, in fact, shoot it down, obviously, and kill all those Americans on board?
"... It's a presidential-level decision, and the president made, I think, exactly the right call in this case, to say, I wished we'd had combat air patrol up over New York
.'"

We find this sort of foolishness in our own homes. No matter where we go.
The unwillingness to listen. We hang on doggedly to these asininities, and denounce the purveyors of research, the opposing viewpoint, in case it dislodges our comfort levels.

Please note that I am in no way marginalizing the actions taken by the passengers. It was bravery indeed. But the confirmation was fresh out of the gate, less than a week after Black Tuesday.

I also recall, reading in a local newspaper (some years ago), how one of the widows (A Mrs. Burnett, no less), who had still received absolutely no information from the White House in re: Flight 93.

The more irritating part is that no matter where I'd come up with that info (hey, I could be working for the airlines, or the FCC), Id probably be dismissed out of hand. Why? Because we prefer romance to reality, folklore and fiction to fact.

Honestly? I rather enjoy the fiction.
But I'd rather have the truth, regardless.

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5 comments:

TheJollyNihilist said...

Damn, I'm going to have to read the WND story, because for some reason the Yahoo news link isn't working for me. I generally never trust WND, since Joseph Farah, its editor, is about as conservative as Jesse Helms on crack.

Nevertheless, this is interesting stuff. I'm going to see United 93 tomorrow. Living in NY, I'm really curious to see the audience reaction. Hell, that's half the reason I went to see The Passion.

Krystalline Apostate said...

FTM:
because for some reason the Yahoo news link isn't working for me
D'oh! Sorry about that. I copied it straight outta my yahoo news, didn't check. Gonna have to start using tinyurl.
I generally never trust WND, since Joseph Farah, its editor, is about as conservative as Jesse Helms on crack.
WorldNutDaily? No, normally neither do I. But this piece actually smelled legit, for once. Too fresh to spin, less'n a week out the gate.
I wouldn't trust anything a month after the event, w/them.

PastaLaVista said...

It goes without saying that it's a terrible thing that those people had to lose their lives. Whether they crashed due to incapacitating whoever was piloting the plane or they were blasted out of the sky by our own military fighters. I just hope before they hit the ground that someone choked the last breath out of those sons of bitches and snapped their necks for good measure. At the root of it all was what else: The belief in some ancient holy book. Praise be to allah. Piss be upon him.

udonman said...

shit its a tragedy either way like pasta said and its hard to say if there were more planes with terrorist or not all i know for the truth regarding 9/11 is i live just up river from offut so when bushit flew to an undisclosed this whole area was on lockdown no traffic no air traffic there was mass parnoia so could you imagine what the air traffic controlers and the airforce where going though at the time if we had no known terroist acts happening here and it was going to shit could you imagine flying in an f16 and having to down the plane or watch it go down for the truth will eventually be known be it declassified or be it a leak from one of the pilots its hard to say

Krystalline Apostate said...

PLV:
I just hope before they hit the ground that someone choked the last breath out of those sons of bitches and snapped their necks for good measure
Yeah, agreed. Fucking nobs.
udonman:
the truth will eventually be known be it declassified or be it a leak from one of the pilots its hard to say
Well, that's true, but the article provided shows to some degree, that it was indeed shot down. No direct reference, true, but what do we expect out of this administration? They lie like rugs anyways. Hard to tell the truth, so careful-what-you-say is almost a reflex w/them as is.