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- Gibt es Hinweise das kein Flugzeug ins Pentagon flog?
"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."
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 Oktober 2000 am Modell geübt. Freilich handelt es sich bei der Übung nicht um einen Terrorakt sondern um das Szenario eines Unfalls.
"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."
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 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
"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."
Auch an Bord von American Airlines 77 kam mit Bryan Jack, dem "director of the programming and fiscal economics division", ein Mitarbeiter des Verteidigungsministeriums um, der mit den Finanzen des Pentagon betraut war.
Mit der Aufklärung der Bilanzfehler wurde Dov S. Zakheim betraut, der von Mai 2001 bis April 2004 Rechnungsprüfer des Pentagon war.
Benedetto, Richard Richard Benedetto, a USA TODAY reporter, was on his way to work, driving on the Highway parrallel to the Pentagon : "It was an American Airlines airplane, I could see it very clearly.(...) I didn't see the impact. (...) The sound itself sounded more like a thud rather than a bomb (...) rather than a loud bomb explosion it sounded muffled, heavy, very deep. I didn't see any flaps, it looked like the plane was just in normal flying mode but heading straight down. It was straight. The only thing we saw on the ground outside there was a piece of a ... the tail of a lamp post. (Video)
Campo It was a passenger plane. I think an American Airways plane, Mr Campo said. "I was cutting the grass and it came in screaming over my head. I felt the impact. The whole ground shook and the whole area was full of fire. I could never imagine I would see anything like that here."
Dobbs, Mike Marine Corps officer Mike Dobbs was standing on one of the upper levels of the outer ring of the Pentagon looking out the window when he saw an American Airlines 737 twin-engine airliner strike the building. "It seemed to be almost coming in slow motion," he said later Tuesday. "I didn't actually feel it hit, but I saw it and then we all started running. They evacuated everybody around us." 
Elgas, Penny In that split second, my brain flooded with adrenaline and I watched everything play out in ultra slow motion, I saw the plane coming in slow motion toward my car and then it banked in the slightest turn in front of me, toward the heliport. In the nano-second that the plane was directly over the cars in front of my car, the plane seemed to be not more than 80 feet off the ground and about 4-5 car lengths in front of me. It was far enough in front of me that I saw the end of the wing closest to me and the underside of the other wing as that other wing rocked slightly toward the ground. I remember recognizing it as an American Airlines plane -- I could see the windows and the color stripes.
Hagos, Asework Asework Hagos, 26, of Arlington, was driving on Columbia Pike on his way to work as a consultant for Nextel. He saw a plane flying very low and close to nearby buildings. "I thought something was coming down on me. I know this plane is going to crash. I've never seen a plane like this so low." He said he looked at it and saw American Airline insignia and when it made impact with the Pentagon initially he saw smoke, then flames. 
Quellen und weiterführende Links
- Pentagon, a Vulnerable Building, Was Hit in Least Vulnerable Spot -- Los Angeles Times, 16.9.2001
- Contingency planning Pentagon MASCAL -- Military Districit of Washington, 3.11.2000
- Donald Rumsfeld, Rede, 10.9.2001
- Army history unit piecing together accounts of Pentagon attack -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16.12.2001
- Remember September 11, 2001 - Bryan Jack
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