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:: Thursday, December 05, 2002 ::

The Return of Barbara Honegger

Another flagrant lie about military preparedness to deal with "hijacked planes being flown into buildings" is making the rounds, this one by the former Reagan staffer who is no stranger to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. Honegger, whose book October Surprise borrowed liberally from LaRouche sources, argues at the Idiots' Investigation of 9/11 Web site that it was the U.S. government, not the hijackers, who "chose the date of 9-11."
On Sept. 11, 2001 they had a brand new counter-terror emergency response plan in place at the Pentagon for exactly that scenario, and had a counter-terror 'wargame' set to begin on exactly that scenario that very morning in the nation's capitol.

Honegger cites a single source to support this allegation -- a news story that so flagrantly contradicts her theory that one must conclude that she is either illiterate, a pathological liar, or both:
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism ? it was to be a simulated accident.

Officials at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet would crash into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure.

The agency is about four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport.

Agency chiefs came up with the scenario to test employees' ability to respond to a disaster, said spokesman Art Haubold. No actual plane was to be involved ? to simulate the damage from the crash, some stairwells and exits were to be closed off, forcing employees to find other ways to evacuate the building.

"It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility," Haubold said. "As soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise."

Terrorism was to play no role in the exercise, which had been planned for several months, he said.

The NRO exercise also did not involve any aircraft intercept procedures -- it was designed to ensure officials could respond after the crash, much like the mass casualty exercise cited by other conspiracy idiots.



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