September 11; a definitive article

I just read a newspaper article by Gail Sheehy that had me so transfixed I forgot where I was. It was so gripping, I kept wanting to jump ahead to see what would happen next. If you think you’ve read all you ever need to about Septemeber 11th and what went on in those planes as they raced to their doom, you have to go read this article. I can guarantee, you will feel almost as though you were on-board those flights.

This article raises some terrible questions about the current investigation of the tragedy. Can we really allow politics to stand in the way of understanding something as monumental as 911? Can people really be suppressing such vital information as flight attendant Amy Sweeney’s incredible phone calls to American Airlines? If so, why?

Some of the discrepancies and holes in the story of what happened on September 11 are astonishing. I have not yet read an article that so convincingly illustrates how far the government is going to cover up aspects of what went on that day, mainly to protect its own. Absolutely, totally a must-read. Don’t wait.

The Discussion: 8 Comments

Of course, the Bush apologists will simply conflate these very real and valid concerns with the various stupid conspiracy theories that have been floating around.

Besides, what happened in 2001 isn’t nearly as newsworthy as what John Kerry did with Jane Fonda in 1973!

February 12, 2004 @ 5:56 pm | Comment

This is incredible. Why haven’t we heard about Sweeney’s phone calls before? How much more of this story do we not know?

February 12, 2004 @ 8:15 pm | Comment

Why haven’t you heard about it?
Gee, I dunno.
Google it.
Sheehy did not blow the lid off of this one.

March 2, 2004 @ 3:19 am | Comment

Ptitza, here in Asia this story has received little or no play, at least not the story as Sheehy tells it. I, too, never heard of Amy Sweeney prior to reading this article.

March 2, 2004 @ 8:45 am | Comment

Richard, I understand. I think I need to be a little clearer- Gail Sheehy is in the United States and while *you* may not have heard about Amy Sweeney, Sheehy can claim no such thing. She was the one who was initially saying “oh gosh, why haven’t I heard of Amy Sweeney? It must be a big conspiracy!!!”

She has access to a lot of things you don’t, I’m guessing, in terms of resources of American media. It would have been 30 seconds work for her to find the articles and media pieces on Sweeney. I didn’t mean to imply that it was your job. I’m just disgusted by her lack of drive to get the real story, being so blinded by the drive to get the story she wanted to write.

Again, I didn’t mean any offense to you at all. She’s the one who didn’t do her homework.

March 17, 2004 @ 1:32 am | Comment

Amy Sweeney’s story came out shortly after that tragic day so there really is nothing that no one ever heard before. Amy made a call to her friend Mike at Boston base but their conversation was not recorded. Mike was taking notes while he was speaking with Amy on the phone.

May 8, 2004 @ 6:44 pm | Comment

Read what the article says:

February 14, 2004-Hearing the taped voice of a courageous flight attendant as she calmly narrated the doomed course of American Airlines Flight 11 brought it all back. The frozen horror of that September morning two and a half years ago. The unanswered questions. Betty Ong narrated that first hijacking right up to the moment that Mohamed Atta drove the Boeing 767 into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Twenty-three minutes into her blow-by-blow account, Ong’s voice abruptly ceased. “What’s going on, Betty?” asked her ground contact, Nydia Gonzalez. “Betty, talk to me. I think we might have lost her.”

Emotional catharsis, yes. There was scarcely a dry eye in the Senate hearing room where 10 commissioners are probing the myriad failures of our nation’s defenses and response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. But answers? Not many. The most shocking evidence remains hidden in plain sight.

The politically divided 9/11 commission was able to agree on a public airing of four and a half minutes from the Betty Ong tape, which the American public and most of the victims’ families heard for the first time on the evening news of Jan. 27. But commissioners were unaware of the crucial information given in an even more revealing phone call, made by another heroic flight attendant on the same plane, Madeline (Amy) Sweeney. They were unaware because their chief of staff, Philip Zelikow, chooses which evidence and witnesses to bring to their attention. Mr. Zelikow, as a former adviser to the pre-9/11 Bush administration, has a blatant conflict.

May 8, 2004 @ 7:07 pm | Comment

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