It now appears that PDAS was used by Cheney to implement on the morning of 9/11 a new policy issued on June 1, 2001 that provided for a "stand down" protocol that replaced a long-standing shoot-down order for hijacked and suspected hijacked planes.
U.S. intelligence sources have reported to WMR that a super-classified
with only some 70 terminals in select U.S. government locations handled
parallel command-and-control activities that permitted the 9/11
attacks to be successful.
The "above top secret" network bears the acronym
has not yet discovered what the acronym stands for, however,the
system is limited to only a few hundred people with Sensitive
Compartmented Information (SCI) Special Access Program (SAP)
access, in addition to the president and vice president.
On September 11, 2001, PDAS was used to convey the
information from the Air Force Chief of Staff to the White House, CIA,
other select agencies that the Air Force had successfully intercepted
downed a target over Pennsylvania. It is believed that the "target" in
was United flight 93, although there is no confirmation that the
in fact the one downed by Air Force interceptors.
The Air Force Chief of Staff on 9/11 was General
Jumper, who had become the top Air Force commander on September 6, 2001,
five days before the 9/11 attacks.
There is also reason to believe that the PDAS
the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) at the White House
to coordinate the activities related to the aerial attack on the
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta claimed Vice President Dick
present at the PEOC at 9:25 am on the morning of 9/11, before the
impact of American Airlines flight 77 on the building.
Mineta testified before the 9/11 Commission that
aware of special orders concerning a plane heading toward Washington.
said: "During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon,
was a young man who would come in and say to the vice president . . .
is 50 miles out . . . the plane is 30 miles out. . . . and when it got
the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president
the orders still stand?' And the vice president turned and whipped his
around and said, "Of course the orders still stand, have you heard
PDAS terminals are reportedly located at the White
board Air Force One, the Pentagon, CIA headquarters, the National
Agency, the Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post that was seen
Washington, DC, on 9/11 after the attacks, the Defense Intelligence
Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC, and the Raven Rock Mountain
in Pennsylvania where Cheney hid out after the 9/11 attacks.
Mineta later followed up with reporters and stated,
overheard something about "the orders still stand' and so, what I
was that they had already made the decision to shoot something down."
It now appears that PDAS was used by Cheney to
the morning of 9/11 a new policy issued on June 1, 2001that provided
a"stand down" protocol that replaced a long-standing shoot-down order
hijacked and suspected hijacked planes. The new order transferred the
authority to shoot down aircraft from the Pentagon and NORAD military
commanders to the president, vice president, or secretary of defense.
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