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June 18, 2009

9/11 Commission Staffer Confirms Military Exercises Document

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 2:36 pm

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, 2009, I received an email from author Phil Shenon asking what I knew about a recent document posted on Scribd by History Commons. That document, posted and discussed here, is one of many work papers I created during my work on the 9-11 Commission Staff. I had forgotten about it until Phil jogged my memory. The document was prepared to list what we knew about exercises before we traveled to NORAD Headquarters.

It was certainly good to have confirmation of the document’s authenticity, but I was a little surprised Kara could have forgotten it. Quite frankly, when paxvector found it, we were all a little sceptical of its authenticity–the military practiced responding to a suicide hijack targeting New York just two days before 9/11?! In the end, we saw that the handwriting on the document was similar to the handwriting on other documents found close to it at the National Archives, and the summary quoted from other documents the commission got from NORAD.

I left a comment at Kara’s blog, asking whether the commission got a recording and/or transcript of the White House video conference, which is, I think, my number one question for Team 8, but it seems Kara is not taking comments–there are none for any of his postings but Kara replied that he does not know, so I asked him something else.

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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.
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The Domestic Propaganda Timeline focuses on the back-and-forth of Sonia Sotomayer’s nomination to the US Supreme Court, and Karl Rove instructs readers that the word “empathy” is actually code for “liberal activism.”
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The Economic Crisis Timeline marks the 30th bank failure in the US this year, which was Silverton Bank in Atlanta.
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