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June 14, 2009

Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijack Targeting New York

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 7:19 am

The US military conducted a training exercise in the five days before the September 11 attacks that included simulated aircraft hijackings by terrorists, according to a 9/11 Commission document recently found in the US National Archives. In one of the scenarios, implemented on September 9, terrorists hijacked a London to New York flight, planning to blow it up with explosives over New York.

The undated document, entitled “NORAD EXERCISES Hijack Summary,” was part of a series of 9/11 Commission records moved to the National Archives at the start of the year. It was found there, and posted to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd, by History Commons contributor paxvector, in the files of the commission’s Team 8, which focused on the failed emergency response on the day of the attacks. The summary appears to have been drafted by one of the commission’s staffers, possibly Miles Kara, based on documents submitted by NORAD.

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An excerpt from page 4 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

In the September 9 scenario, the fictitious terrorists’ goal seems to have been to kill New Yorkers with the rain of debris following the plane’s explosion. However, in the exercise, the military intercepted the plane and forced it away from the city. When the terrorists realized they were not near New York, they blew the plane up “over land near the divert location,” leaving no survivors. The military unit most involved in this scenario was NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), which also played a key role in the air defense response to the 9/11 attacks, two days later.

Numerous Hijacks Listed

Three days earlier, on September 6, NORAD simulated two hijackings as part of the same exercise, which was called “Vigilant Guardian.” In one scenario, a fictitious terrorist organization called Mum Hykro hijacked a Boeing 747 from Tokyo to the US and made a “threat of harm to passengers and possibly large population within US or Canada.” The terrorists intended to “rain terror from the skies onto a major US city unless the US declares withdrawal from Asian conflict.” The plane is listed as being bound for Anchorage, Alaska, although the hijackers changed course for Vancouver in Canada, and then for San Francisco, California. Liaising with the FAA, NORAD provided “covert shadowing” of the hijacked plane.

In a second hijack scenario on the same day, ten members of another fictitious terrorist group, called Lin Po, hijacked another 747 to Anchorage, this time out of Seoul, South Korea. The hijackers were armed, their weapons having been smuggled onto the plane by ground crews before takeoff. They also had gas containers that could be detonated. Two of the plane’s passengers were killed, and the CIA and NSA warned that the group had the means to pull off an attack with chemical and biological weapons. In response, NORAD’s commander in chief ordered fighters from the Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR) to intercept and shadow the hijacked plane, and get into “position to shoot down aircraft.”

An excerpt from page 3 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

An excerpt from page 3 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

Another scenario included in the Vigilant Guardian exercise was run the day before 9/11, although this followed the more traditional scenario of Cubans hijacking a flight from Havana and demanding to be taken to New York for political asylum in the US. This scenario involved the participation of NORAD’s Southeast Air Defense Sector (SEADS), and the plane eventually landed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia.

The document lists hijack exercises going back to 1998, several of which had involved internal flights, originating in the US. For example, a January 1999 exercise included the simulated takeover of a Miami to Oklahoma City flight and the hijacking of a San Diego to Anchorage flight the next day.

At the release of the 9/11 Commission Report in July 2004, the panel’s chairman Tom Kean famously said that the main reason the 9/11 attacks were not prevented was that there had been a “failure of imagination.” However, the hijack simulation planners were really quite imaginative and in several of the scenarios the hijackers had WMD actually on board the aircraft. For example, in a September 1999 exercise, hijackers on a 747 bound from Hong Kong to Canada had sarin gas on board, and threatened to blow up the plane. An exercise the following month included the simulation of a terrorist group hijacking a plane with American and Canadian citizens on board. The plane was bound from France to Canada, and the terrorist group was said to have the “will and means to strike North America with WMD.” Communications with the plane were lost following the hijacking, but the crew overpowered the terrorists and regained control of the plane at the last second.

An exercise in October 1998 included terrorists hijacking a 747 with the intent of committing a “suicide run into [a] metropolitan area of” San Francisco. And an October 2000 exercise included the simulated hijacking of a plane bound from London to Cairo. The scenario was that “100 religious fanatics will take over the aircraft,” but the “aircraft will land at JFK [airport in New York] without incident and [the] FBI will escort [the] hijackers.”

Perhaps the most imaginative scenario, part of a June 2001 exercise, had a Colombian cartel making a deal with a Haitian AIDS victim to carry out a suicide attack with a private aircraft against a SEADS command and control node. Alerted by the FBI, the military had to “work to keep aircraft from impacting SEADS.” The document ominously states that the “scenario fruition” was “up to Blue Forces,” meaning the group playing the US defenders in the exercise.

Another excerpt from Page 3 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

Another excerpt from Page 3 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

Hijacking Exercise on Day of 9/11

Although it is not listed in the document, there was also a simulated plane hijacking scheduled to take place in the Northeast US on the day of 9/11, and its timing overlapped with the real-world events. According to Vanity Fair, “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.”

When NEADS was informed of the first real-world hijacking, members of its staff initially assumed this was part of the exercise. For example, Master Sergeant Maureen Dooley, the leader of the ID section, told the other members of her team: “We have a hijack going on. Get your checklists. The exercise is on.” Major Kevin Nasypany, the mission crew commander, actually said out loud, “The hijack’s not supposed to be for another hour.” Like the numerous hijacking scenarios described in the “NORAD EXERCISES” document, there was no mention of this simulated hijacking scheduled for the morning of September 11 in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Clearly, further investigation is required to verify the extraordinary details revealed in the “NORAD EXERCISES” document, and in particular find out what else the September 2001 Vigilant Guardian exercise involved. The fact that this exercise included simulations of terrorists hijacking aircraft, and that New York City was central to some of its scenarios, should be a major concern.

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  1. [...] Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijack Targeting New York The US military conducted a training exercise in the five days before the September 11 attacks that included simulated aircraft hijackings by terrorists, according to a 9/11 Commission document recently found in the US National Archives. In one of the scenarios, implemented on September 9, terrorists hijacked a London to New York flight, planning to blow it up with explosives over New York. [...]

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  2. [...] Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijack Targeting New York The US military conducted a training exercise in the five days before the September 11 attacks that included simulated aircraft hijackings by terrorists, according to a 9/11 Commission document recently found in the US National Archives. In one of the scenarios, implemented on September 9, terrorists hijacked a London to New York flight, planning to blow it up with explosives over New York. [...]

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  5. thats scary …

    Comment by san francisco fisherman's wharf — June 15, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  6. very well written
    thank you

    Comment by san francisco history — June 15, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  7. The closest thing to a “smoking gun” yet. Now, we need more information about each exercise, particularly:
    (a) Which ones required radar injects and to which radars;
    )b) Who was in charge of each of the exercises.

    Comment by Wallace Milam — June 15, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  8. [...] what I knew about a recent document posted on Scribd by History Commons. That document, <a href=http://hcgroups.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/two-days-before-911-military-exercise-simulated-suicide-hij…>posted and discussed here</a> is one of many work papers I created during my work on the [...]

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    • This is for the person who wrote in Comment 9. that the NORAD Hijack document is “…one of many work papers I created during my work on the… (9/11 Commission?)”: Please send the entire text of your comment No. 9, which is cut off on this site, and your name and your e-mail address to Barbara Honegger — to both of these e-mails: barhonegger@aol.com and lovedbydanny@gmail.com. I was the first to publish the realization that there had to have been hijack-scenario exercise(s) ON the morning of 9/11, way back in Aug. 2002, for which ‘Holy Grail’ piece of the puzzle Michael Ruppert credited me in his book Crossing the Rubicon in Chapters 19 and 20 as well as in the Acknowledgements. We need to have a direct dialogue. Thank you for e-mailing me to both of the above addresses (sometimes the mailbox of one is full, but not both).
      Barbara Honegger

      Comment by Barbara Honegger — June 17, 2009 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

      • Barbara, that comment is a pingback from this site:

        http://www.oredigger61.org/?p=67

        Hope this helps.

        Comment by Max — June 17, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

      • Barbara. Honeybee…I’ve read your original piece-last week of July 2012 and I agree with Mr Ruppert that in my own phrasing. that its.will equal in impact.that of the Rosetta.stone.Of primary importance in getting the facts & the legitimate and unassailable truth out into the public domain.as accepted genuine fact in terms of importance first would be your work which I described above then Mr Ruppert as author of the Rubicon book and closely followed by this piece here. Keep up the good work all of you and we will soon see success. I hope to be able to stay in contact with all of you -Respectfully,Ray Guiducci SF,Ca

        Comment by Ray Guiducci — July 29, 2012 @ 12:59 am

      • Typo correcttion from Raymond Guiducci SF Ca. My spellcheck-afer i clicked submit on my cell phone – altered Ms Honegger’s name in error to Honeybee. This writer regrets the error -& any others contained therein
        Yours Truly, Raymond Guiducci. San Francisco California

        Comment by Ray Guiducci — July 29, 2012 @ 1:14 am

      • Barbara.I’ve read your original piece-during July 2012 and I agree with Ruppert that in my words it will equal in impact the Rosetta.stone in importance in getting the facts & the legitimate and unassailable truth out into the public domain.as accepted genuine fact in terms of importance first would be your work which I described above then Mr Ruppert as author of the Rubicon book and closely followed by this piece here. Keep up the good work. I hope to be able to stay in contact with all of you -Respectfully,Ray Guiducci SF,Ca

        Comment by Ray Guiducci — July 29, 2012 @ 1:50 am

      • Ray, this comment from Barbara is three years old. I doubt she’ll see your replies. :)

        Comment by Max — July 29, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  9. Great writing! You’re drawing closer to some answers.

    Comment by Sylvia — June 17, 2009 @ 6:48 am | Reply

  10. Lot’s of smoking guns. Physics prove that Building No. 7 was brought down at free fall rate in it’s own footprint only by Controlled Demolition. Math doesn’t lie, Cheney does.

    Comment by Lee Anderson — June 17, 2009 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  11. [...] Perhaps the most interesting thing this week is that an HC contributor found a document in the National Archives showing that, two days before 9/11, the military practiced responding to a simulated hijacking by suicide terrorists targeting New York. The document also mentioned a number of other previously-unknown hijacking-response exercises, and has been written up at the contributors’ blog. Read more. [...]

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  12. [...] Miles Kara, the 9/11 Commission staffer we suspected drafted the NORAD EXERCISES Hijack Summary we posted a few days ago, has confirmed its authenticity. At his own blog, he wrote: Yesterday, June 15, [...]

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  13. very nice stuff, my first time at your blog , i love the way you write
    got yourself a new reader here:)

    Comment by east bay sf ca — June 22, 2009 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  14. So can we stretch our imaginations and speculate that the gov’t was conducting an exercise that went bad? They use robotic drones for target practice all the time. Could drones that should have been shot down by NORAD fighters have hit the Towers? I can see the briefing now… General “you did what?” PFC “sir I put the actual targets in the drones autopilot to make it seem more realistic, is all.” “they were supposed to be shot down, I never thought they would have made it to the target location.” (NYC) General “OK son we will cover it up this time but don’t let it happen again.”

    Comment by Jack O'Heart — June 25, 2009 @ 10:50 am | Reply

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  20. The National Archives has confirmed that the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the April 23, 2004 interview with the FBI informant that housed two of the hijackers is in their possession, but is ‘closed’ to the public. The cover up continues, hiding things in plain sight.

    Comment by Criticalthinker37 — August 25, 2009 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  21. [...] being flown into New York and blown up…just days before such an event actually happened. [Link]. This is in addition to the dozens of other drills we already know were taking place on 9/11 [...]

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  22. [...] JF- Well, you know, I think you have to distinguish between what they actually did that day and what they- and, and what the- the government told people they did, uh, because, uhv, you know, y-y-once you- and what the book does, at a level of detail the Commission couldn’t because the material was still classified at the time the Commission Report came out, and has since been declassified- it lays out exactly who said what to whom, and how the reaction took place, uh, and you basically are left with a lot of empathy for these folks, um, in NORAD, who had to react on the fly- to a situation they were not really trained to react to. [...]

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  23. [...] JF- Well, you know, I think you have to distinguish between what they actually did that day and what they- and, and what the- the government told people they did, uh, because, uhv, you know, y-y-once you- and what the book does, at a level of detail the Commission couldn’t because the material was still classified at the time the Commission Report came out, and has since been declassified- it lays out exactly who said what to whom, and how the reaction took place, uh, and you basically are left with a lot of empathy for these folks, um, in NORAD, who had to react on the fly- to a situation they were not really trained to react to. [...]

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