2,3 Billionen US-Dollar


Donald Rumsfeld erklärte am Vortag der Anschläge, dass im jahrzehntealten Buchungssystem des Pentagon der Verbleib von schätzungsweise 2,3 Billionen US-Dollar nicht belegt werden könne. Warum veröffentlichte Rumsfeld diese negative Meldung an einem Montag statt wie üblicherweise Freitag spät nachmittags? Man darf vermuten, dass sie ohne die Ereignisse von 9/11 sicherlich für deutlich mehr Aufsehen gesorgt hätte.

"The technology revolution has transformed organizations across the private sector, but not ours, not fully, not yet. We are, as they say, tangled in our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it's stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible."
-- Donald Rumsfeld, 10. September 2001 Quelle

"One Army office in the Pentagon lost 34 of its 65 employees in the attack. Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. They were at their desks when American Airlines Flight 77 struck."
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20. Dezember 2001 Quelle

Pentagon MASCAL


Zumindest im Pentagon war man auf das Szenario eines in das Gebäude stürzenden Flugzeuges schon vor 9/11 eingerichtet. In einer Übung namens Pentagon Mass Casualty project (Pentagon MASCAL) wurde dies bereits im November 2000 am Modell geübt. Freilich handelt es sich bei der Übung nicht um einen Terrorakt sondern um einen Unfall. Merkwürdig ist nur, das die zentrale Lage des Reagan National Airport das Kapitol oder das Weiße Haus nicht zu ähnlichen Übungen bewogen haben.

mascal.jpg"The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas.
Don Abbott, of Command Emergency Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the flames. The Pentagon was a model and the 'plane crash' was a simulated one.
The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room."
-- Military Districit of Washington, 3. November 2000 Quelle

Verstärkter Gebäudeteil


"American Airlines Flight 77 struck a portion of the building that had already been renovated. It was the only area of the Pentagon with a sprinkler system, and it had been reconstructed with a web of steel columns and bars to withstand bomb blasts. [...] The area struck by the plane also had blast-resistant windows - 2 inches thick and 2,500 pounds each - that stayed intact during the crash and fire. It had fire doors that opened automatically and newly built exits that allowed people to get out. [...]
While perhaps 4,500 people normally would have been working in the hardest-hit areas, because of the renovation work only about 800 were there Tuesday, officials said."
-- Los Angeles Times, 16. September 2001 Quelle

Letztes Flugmanöver von AA77


Das NTSB hat mit den Daten des Flugschreibers eine Videoanimation erstellt, die die letzten Flugmanöver von AA77 dokumentiert. Interessant: Die Maschine kann demnach die Straßenlaternen nicht aus ihren Verankerungen gerissen haben. Die Kommentare stammen angeblich von einem erfahrenen Piloten.



Weblinks


Pentagon Research
Sehr umfangreiche und informative Seite mit verschiedenen Theorien zu den Ereignissen.

Pentagon Plane Crash Photos
Full-resolution versions of many of the most important photographs taken of the Pentagon's west block and surroundings after the attack.

In Memory - The Pentagon
Shown here are the military and civilian women working in the Pentagon that day who were killed by this terrorist act.

The Pentagon Attack: What the Physical Evidence Shows
In this essay I look exclusively at the physical evidence of the Pentagon attack -- post-crash photographs and verifiable information about the building, the Boeing 757-200 aircraft, and the physics of aircraft crashes based on case studies.