NORAD Exercises (and Other) 9/11 Questions for Kara [UPDATED]
June 2009, 9/11 Commission Team 8 staff member Miles Kara launched a blog- 9/11 Revisited- and has been taking questions from the public, as well posting articles expanding on the 9/11 Commission's work. In this open letter to Miles Kara I pose a set of questions that have been raised in various forms since 9/11, and since the release of the 9/11 Commission Report. In addition, there are new questions based on 9/11 Commission records released to the National Archives, January 2009. Hopefully, Miles Kara will fill in the details.
Greetings Miles Kara, and welcome to the blogosphere!
As the History Commons contributor ‘paxvector’ who’s been scanning and uploading NARA’s 9/11 Commission records to Scribd.com/HistoryCommons (including many of yours), your public expression of gratitude for the project is appreciated.
I am very interested in your blog, 9/11 Revisited, and that you’re responding to questions from the public. With your knowledge from having served on the Commission’s staff as a member of Team 8, you may be able to settle some of the unanswered questions and speculation regarding 9/11.
I’ve compiled a list of questions and posted this as an open letter to you at my blog, 911Reports.com; Questions for Miles Kara on NORAD (and Other) Exercises. Your responses are up to you, of course, but as a courtesy to readers please include the questions with your responses, or provide a link to the questions and number your answers to correspond.
Thanks for your time- I look forward to your response, and any additional information you may provide.
1. What were the name(s) and scenario(s) of the hijack exercise(s) that NORAD conducted or planned to conduct on September 11, 2001?
At least one hijack exercise is documented by the NEADS tapes, and was reported on by Michael Bronner for Vanity Fair in 2006. Bronner provides some details of the exercise, and quotes Major Kevin Nasypany, who helped design the exercise:
”When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was ‘Somebody started the exercise early,’” Nasypany later told me. The day’s exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a “traditional” simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island, and seek asylum. “I actually said out loud, ‘The hijack’s not supposed to be for another hour,’” Nasypany recalled.
I submitted this to Miles Kara thru the comment field on his article: 9-11: Training, Exercises, and War Games; some collected thoughts Kara, so far, has not permitted comments to be posted, but is responding to members of the public who post questions and comments. To mine, he's posted 4 replies in total; his first appears here The first 2 were in response to my letting him know about the open letter of questions, and the last 2 were in response to 2 sets of follow up questions and comments I posted thru his blog. The total dialogue can be viewed at my blog, 911Reports.com (scroll down to the end of the list of questions)
NOTE TO COMMENTERS:
Thanks for the comments, but for some reason (may be a Mac thing), I am STILL unable to post replies; to STJ:
I agree- the excuse of "couldn't connect the dots" seems absurd when the defense establishment was doing its job and connecting the dots well in advance- many more examples at The Complete 9/11 Timeline
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