Sunday, May 27, 2007

Infallible Norm Mineta?

It's clear that Loose Change Final Cut is going to highlight Norm Mineta's testimony before the 9-11 Commission as a "smoking gun" of the standdown order they believe the US Air Force was given that day. Of course, just about everybody who's looked at Mineta's testimony has realized that the guy was just about an hour off on his timeframes; once you adjust for that his testimony fits. And it's not like there isn't abundant evidence in his account that he gets times wrong. Check out this interview from 2006:

You mean ground all the planes?

Norman Mineta: Ground all the planes. We already had a ground hold on planes going into New York. Any plane that was going to leave from Atlanta heading to New York, those planes were left on the ground in Atlanta. That happened maybe about 8:30 or 8:40 in the morning. Now this is about 9:27.

Mmmkay, so Norm Mineta thinks there was a groundhold on NY-bound flights at 8:30 or 8:40 AM, before even the first crash? And of course Mineta's way off on his 9:27 estimate as well. For example, he's already described that when he arrived at the White House:

As we went in West Executive Drive, people pouring out of the Executive Office building, people running out of the White House, and I said to my driver and security guy, "Is there something wrong with this picture? We are driving in, and everybody else is running away."

But people were not running away from the White House before the Pentagon strike; that just shows how confused Mineta is on his timeline.