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March 9, 2011

Eerie Simulation on 9/11/01: Plane Slams into National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

By John Greenewald

Nine Eleven. 9-11. 9/11. No matter how you type it -- those two numbers put together invokes an array of emotions. Terror" fear" anxiety" sadness" vengeance and even evil. But these two numbers also bring with it countless conspiracy theories, coincidences, and unanswered questions that remain even a decade later. And the list is growing larger.

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Simulation on 9/11/01: Plane Slams into National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Northridge, Ca. (BlackVault) -- March 08, 2011 --   Nine Eleven. 9-11.   9/11.   No matter how you type it -- those two numbers put together invokes an array of emotions.   Terror" fear" anxiety" sadness" vengeance and even evil.   But these two numbers also bring with it countless conspiracy theories, coincidences, and unanswered questions that remain even a decade later.   And the list is growing larger.

This week, The Black Vault, an online archive with nearly 600,000 pages of declassified government records, obtained a package of documents relating to a seemingly routine emergency preparedness exercise by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) -- the arm of the military that owns and operates all U.S. spy satellites.

The exercise broke down into multiple phases, which began on September 5, 2001. Each phase was to determine the preparedness of the NRO to various emergencies.   The first phase included a NRO employee going into the workplace with a handgun and shooting his supervisor, and another co-worker before dropping the gun and leaving the building.

Simulation personnel along with local police officers overlooked how the NRO structure responded to the scenario.   They looked for response times of security officers, how fast a cordoned off area could be established, and they focused on multiple other key details to help the NRO become a more secure workplace.

Each step of the process was carefully timed out" from the time the gunmen shot his supervisor" to the time he exited the building.   But the next phase of the exercise, which spanned 9 days total, began on September 11th, 2001, and it was nothing short of eerie.

This phase of the simulation, which began on the morning of September 11, 2001, simulated an aircraft plowing into two of their buildings at NRO headquarters.   The simulation had the complete story of the pilots, right down to drinking a "free cup of coffee" before they boarded their flight.

But as this hypothetical tale goes, their flight didn't end so well.   Although it wasn't a story of terrorism, but rather bad luck, it invokes many questions as to why months earlier -- the NRO was beginning to plan a scenario of a plane flying into their buildings to test their response.

Although The Black Vault makes no assertions as to what it really means -- it poses some interesting questions that have remained unanswered.   Did we really know of a plot similar to this simulation?   Did we know when or even how it might be achieved?   And maybe the biggest one of all -- how did the NRO simulation end up on the very day that 9-11 redefined it's meaning?

This article, along with the documents, can be viewed at:

http://www.theblackvault.com/m/articles/view/Eerie-NRO-Simulation-on-9-11-01

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Submitters Bio:

John Greenewald, Jr. - http://www.theblackvault.com


In 1996, John Greenewald, Jr. began researching the secret inner workings of the U.S. Government at the young age of fifteen. With targets like the CIA, FBI, Pentagon, Air Force, Army, Navy, NSA, DIA, and countless others Greenewald utilized the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to gain access to thousands of records.


With a pile of documents on the topics of UFOs, the JFK Assassination, chemical/biological/nuclear weapons, top secret aircraft and more, Greenewald began scanning the documents to the internet for the world to access.


In time, this online archive, known globally as The Black Vault, has grown into the largest private online collection anywhere in the world, totaling more than 460,000 pages.


John Greenewald has been featured on television networks such as The History Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E, FOX, NBC, along with international networks such as the BBC (UK) and NTV (Russia).


In published media, Greenewald has been featured and quoted in more than one hundred articles, in papers such the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Baltimore Sun, and featured on the front page of Yahoo! as one of the top stories for the day.


In broadcast radio, Greenewald has been featured on stations worldwide, including Coast to Coast AM (Premier Radio Network - syndicated), the Adam Carolla Show (CBS Radio - syndicated), the Bob & Sheri show (Greater Media Radio syndicated), and many others.


At the age of twenty-one, Greenewald published his first book Beyond UFO Secrecy in 2002. This book has recently been put into a second expanded edition, and re-published by Galde Press in January, 2008.


Today, his path towards creating The Black Vault led him to a career in television production, as a supervising producer, writer, director and editor. Currently working at Weller/Grossman Productions in North Hollywood, California, his many shows can be seen on The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and Discovery Channel to name a few.

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