"Die Aussage, dass die Militärflieger (angeblich oder nicht) zu spät zur Stelle waren, impliziert deren direkten Eingriff mit Waffengewalt. Nur hätte der auch tatsächlich stattgefunden?"
nein - es war soweit ich die quellen verstehe, nur das "scrambling" erlaubt. zum abschießen brauchte man die zustimmung entweder von bush oder rumsfeld.
rumsfeld war vom militär (als es endlich anfing, ihren job zu machen) von 9:39 bis 10:30 nicht erreichbar (!). Die Befehlskette war unterbrochen, weil Rumsfeld den Schaden am Pentagon besichtigen wollte. Vorher bis 9:37 war Rumsfeld auch nicht in der Kommandozentrale des Pentagon (!), sondern er war in seinem Büro und a) nahm an einer Videokonferenz des Antiterrorbeauftragten Clarke teil oder b) wurde von einem CIA-Agenten über die Lage unterrichtet. So genau weiß das niemand.
Rumsfeld hat ALLES gemacht, nur nicht seinen Job.
9:39 a.m. September 11, 2001: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Is Wanted at Pentagon Teleconference but Cannot Be Reached
“Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld returns to Pentagon inner offices Tuesday morning after surveying the damage from the hijacked plane which crashed into the building moments before.” This contradicts his claim that he was helping victims for nearly an hour after the attack. However, there is video footage of Rumsfeld helping a person on a stretcher and it is not known when this picture is taken exactly.This picture of Rumsfeld (center), taken from the US Army website, is captioned, “Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld returns to Pentagon inner offices Tuesday morning after surveying the damage from the hijacked plane which crashed into the building moments before.” This contradicts his claim that he was helping victims for nearly an hour after the attack. However, there is video footage of Rumsfeld helping a person on a stretcher and it is not known when this picture is taken exactly. [Source: US Army]
Captain Charles Leidig, a deputy who is temporarily in charge of the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center (NMCC), is handling the NMCC’s crisis teleconference. He opens the call saying, “An air attack against North America may be in progress.” He mentions reports of a crash into the opposite side of the Pentagon, and requests that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld be added to the conference. [9/11 Commission, 6/17/2004; 9/11 Commission, 6/17/2004 pdf file] Rumsfeld has a crucial role to play in coordinating the military response to an attack on the US. According to journalist and author Andrew Cockburn, since the Cold War, “In an age when an enemy attack might allow only a few minutes for detection and reaction, control of American military power became vested in the National Command Authority, which consists of the president and the secretary of defense. Collectively, the NCA is the ultimate source of military orders, uniquely empowered, among other things, to order the use of nuclear weapons. In time of war, therefore, Rumsfeld was effectively the president’s partner, the direct link to the fighting forces, and all orders had to go through him. Such orders were supposed to be transmitted from… the National Military Command Center.” Cockburn adds that the NMCC is “the operational center for any and every crisis, from nuclear war to hijacked airliners.” Yet, rather than join the NMCC conference, Rumsfeld has already gone out of the Pentagon to see the crash site, without telling any of his command staff where he was going, and remains out of contact for some time (see Between 9:38 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. September 11, 2001). Therefore, a few minutes after Leidig makes his request, Rumsfeld’s office will report back that he is nowhere to be found. Cockburn concludes, “The chain of command was broken.” [Cockburn, 2007, pp. 4-5; Democracy Now!, 3/7/2007] It is unknown whether Rumsfeld has a cell phone or pager on him, and if so, why he cannot be reached.http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/context.jsp?item=a939rumsfeldwanted#a939rumsfeldwanted