Pentagon Acknowledges Four Wargames on 9/11
"[The wargames] enhanced
our ability to respond, given that NORAD didn't have the overall responsibility
for responding to the attacks that day."
-- Pentagon Joint Chiefs
of Staff Chairman General Richard Myers, 3/11/05 [click here for transcript, video]
McKinney is a brave congresswoman from Georgia who has had knowledge of the
9/11 cover-up almost since that tragic day. She is in close contact with 9/11
researcher and former Los Angeles cop Mike Ruppert. Ruppert's well-researched
the Rubicon goes into great detail about the four wargames which were
in progress on 9/11 and how they hampered the military's ability to respond
to the attacks. You may not have previously known that a significant part
of the US military was involved in wargames at the very time of the 9/11 attacks.
The media to this day has somehow failed to report this "detail."
In a Congressional hearing on March 11, 2005,
Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Richard Myers acknowledged
the wargames, but claims the military did not have overall responsibility
for responding to the attacks. If this is the case, one might ask what responsibility
they did have. Why have these wargames and their impact on the 9/11 response
not been discussed in the media and other public forums? For other key
questions as yet unaddressed regarding 9/11, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg
is the transcript of Congresswoman McKinney's questioning of Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Myers in a recorded House of Representatives
Committee meeting. A link to an eight-minute video clip of this Congressional session on C-SPAN is also provided. The Pentagon's
missing trillions are also acknowledged and discussed in this hearing.
With best wishes,
Fred Burks for PEERS and WantToKnow.info
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton
of Representative Cynthia McKinney's Exchange with Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers, and Under Secretary
of Defense (Comptroller) Tina Jonas, March 11th, 2005
Sec. of Defense
Rumsfeld in House Hearing on FY06 Dept. of Defense Budget
Chairman Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and witnesses Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld and JCS Chairman General Richard Myers hold a House Hearing
on the FY 2006 Budget for the Department of Defense and Military Services.
3/11/2005: WASHINGTON, DC: 2 hr. 5 min.
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
DR: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
RM: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers
TJ: Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Tina Jonas
DH: Chairman Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
CMK: Thank you Mr. Chairman. Mr. Secretary, I watched President Bush deliver
a moving speech at the United Nations in September 2003, in which he mentioned
the crisis of the sex trade. The President called for the punishment of those
involved in this horrible business. But at the very moment of that speech, DynCorp
was exposed for having been involved in the buying and selling of young women
and children. While all of this was going on, DynCorp kept the Pentagon contract
to administer the smallpox and anthrax vaccines, and is now working on a plague
vaccine through the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program. Mr. Secretary, is it
[the] policy of the U.S. Government to reward companies that traffic in women
and little girls?
That's my first
question. My second question, Mr. Secretary: according to the Comptroller
General of the United States, there are serious financial management problems
at the Pentagon, to which Mr. Cooper alluded.
1999: $2.3 trillion missing.
2000, $1.1 trillion missing.
And DoD is
the number one reason why the government can't balance its checkbook. The
Pentagon has claimed year after year that the reason it can't account for the
money is because its computers don't communicate with each other.
My second question, Mr. Secretary, is who has the contracts today, to make
those systems communicate with each other? How long have they had those contracts,
and how much have the taxpayers paid for them?
Secretary, after the last Hearing, I thought that my office was promised
a written response to my question regarding the four wargames on September 11th.
I have not yet received that response, but would like for you to respond to
the questions that I've put to you today. And then I do expect the written
response to my previous question - hopefully by the end of the week.
DR: Thank you, Representative. First, the answer to your first question is,
is, no, absolutely not, the policy of the United States Government is clear,
unambiguous, and opposed to the activities that you described. The second question
CMK: Well how do you explain the fact that DynCorp and its successor companies
have received and continue to receive government contracts?
DR: I would have to go and find the facts, but there are laws and rules and
regulations with respect to government contracts, and there are times that corporations
do things they should not do, in which case they tend to be suspended for some
period; there are times then that the - under the laws and the rules and regulations
for the - passed by the Congress and implemented by the Executive branch - that
corporations can get off of - out of the penalty box if you will, and be permitted
to engage in contracts with the government. They're generally not barred in
CMK: This contract - this company - was never in the penalty box. If you could
proceed to my second question, please.
DR: The second question - I've forgotten what the second question was.
CMK: I think Ms. Jonas knows it.
TJ: Thank you Ms. McKinney. I appreciate the question and I appreciate your
interest in our Department's financial condition. We are working very hard on
that program. I've just come back, recently -
CMK: I understand that you're working hard on it, but my question was who has
the contract? How long have they had that contract, and how much money have
we spent on it?
TJ: There are
- In general we spend about $20 billion dollars in the Department on information
technology systems. The accounting systems are part of that. I can get you
the exact number for the record, of what we spend on our current, what we call
"legacy systems," and those that we're moving toward.
CMK: And who has the contract?
TJ: That would be a multitude of individuals that have -
CMK: Could you name some, please?
TJ: Well, I think of the top of the, off the top of my head, well, I would
rather not; I'd rather provide that for the record.
CMK: That's not privileged information, is it?
TJ: I'm sure it's not.
CMK: Well, please. We still have time, so, please.
TJ: I would be glad to provide for the record; I don't want to talk from the
top of my head and be incorrect.
DR: On your first question, I'm advised by DR. Chu that it was not the corporation
that was engaged in the activities you characterized but I'm told it was an
employee of the corporation, and it was some years ago in the Balkans that that
CMK: It's my understanding that it continues to take place, and that -
DR: Is that right?
DR: Well if you can give me information to that effect, we will -
CMK: I'm sure you are interested in all of the information that I have and
I'll be more than happy to provide it to you.
DR: Good. Thank you.
CMK: But I would also like to get information from you, for example, the information
that I just requested about who has those contracts.
DH: Let me assure the gentlelady that we'll make sure that this exchange of
information takes place and that, Mr. Secretary if you can get back with us
on the DynCorp -
DR: We will -
DH: - story, we'll get that to the gentlelady.
CMK: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
DR: We'll get back on both of the first two questions but the Congresswoman
has raised the other question twice now, and I'd like to have general Myers
respond, because you mentioned it in the last Hearing and I think it'd be helpful
to get the answer even though we're on red, if you don't mind, Mr. Chairman?
DH: General Myers, go right ahead.
CMK: But I would like to have the answer in writing as well, as I thought my
office was promised.
RM: Okay I don't know about the promise, Congresswoman, but could you repeat
the question to make sure I'm answering the right question; this is a 9/11 question.
CMK: The question was, we had four wargames going on on September 11th, and
the question that I tried to pose before the Secretary had to go to lunch was
whether or not the activities of the four wargames going on on September 11th
actually impaired our ability to respond to the attacks.
RM: The answer
to the question is no, it did not impair our response, in fact General Eberhart
who was in the command of the North American Aerospace Defense Command as he
testified in front of the 9/11 Commission I believe - I believe he told them
that it enhanced our ability to respond, given that NORAD didn't have the
overall responsibility for responding to the attacks that day. That was an FAA
responsibility. But they were two CPXs; there was one Department of Justice
exercise that didn't have anything to do with the other three; and there was
an actual operation ongoing because there was some Russian bomber activity up
near Alaska. So we -
CMK: Let me ask you this, then: who was in charge of managing those wargames?
DH: General, why don't you give the best answer that you can here in a short
a period of time and we'll - the gentlelady wants to get a written answer anyway,
and then we can move on to other folks.
RM: The important
thing to realize is that North American Aerospace Defense Command was responsible.
These are command post exercises; what that means is that all the battle positions
that are normally not filled are indeed filled; so it was an easy transition
from an exercise into a real world situation. It actually enhanced the response;
otherwise, it would take somewhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours
to fill those positions, those battle stations, with the right staff officers.
CMK: Mr. Chairman, begging your indulgence, was September Eleventh declared
a National Security Special Event day?
RM: I have to look back; I do not know. Do you mean after the fact, or
CMK: No. Because of the activities going on that had been scheduled at the
United Nations that day.
RM: I'd have to go back and check. I don't know.
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