Robin Hordon: All Four Planes Should Have Been Shot Down
A more classic example of believing that everybody on 9-11 should have reacted the way they would have on 9-12 is hard to imagine.
Interceptor pilots are highly skilled, very well refined, incredibly disciplined, and highly patriotic defenders of this country who have had training in air-to-air combat. These folks are the top of the top. Perhaps some have had actual experiences in dog fights in the first Gulf War. They are professional killers who who have received training about when to shoot, and when not to shoot. As this treacherous formation flight was headed straight towards NYC, and continued its descent to unreasonably low altitudes as the formation approached Manhattan, the interceptor pilots KNEW what may be in store for them. A possile shootdown of an airliner was in the cards...whether or not they had approvals from higher authorities.
Whether its a hijack, an IN FLIGHT EMERGENCY, a lost or disoriented aircraft, or for an aircraft with ANY other reason for NOT following the orders of a US interceptor flying alongside the cockpit, the interceptor pilots have one basic responsibility...to protect the persons, property and security of the USofA. Please do not be fooled by any other rhetoric or cover-up.
Just as a policeman has bullets and strict protocols as when and why to pull the trigger WITHOUT immediate and direct consultation and approval from higher authorities, so do the interceptor pilots have missles and strict protocols as to when and why to fire those missles WITHOUT immediate and direct approval from higher authorities. When the US Military tells you otherwise, they are lying to cover up their failures. An interceptor pilot knows what to do...a policeman knows what to do...its their chosen professions.
Horden focuses on the supposed changed military policy in mid-2001.
In Bob's statement he points out that existing NORAD scramble protocol "preferences" that were in place BEFORE the subtle "reference and reorganizational" change made in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction CJCSI 3610.01A organizational made in June, 2001, would have served to have the airliners intercepted and shot down BEFORE they reached their targets.
But this is wrong. CJCSI 3610.01A replaced CJCSI 3610.01. You can see the old order here. And the idea that the planes could have been shot down is wrong, as this snippet shows:
a. General. Military personnel will provide the following types of
support: intercept, surveillance, lift, equipment, and communications. personnel may not participate in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity. This restriction would include the apprehension of aircraft hijackers or use of military
aircraft (fixed-wing or helicopter) or other vehicles as platforms for gunfire or the use of other weapons against suspected hijackers.