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Monday, October 7, 2002

Excerpt from a forthcoming book. For more information, go to www.wireonfire.com or email don@irrerevo.net


Facing Our Fascist State

By Don Paul

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.

– Dr. Joseph M Goebbels, Minister for People's Enlightenment and Propaganda in Germany's National Socialist Government.


There's too many people/ Tellin' too many lies

– The Staples Singers, beginning the song "City In The Sky" by Charlie Chalmers, Sondra Rhodes, and Donna Rhodes, 1974.


The Airliners and Their "'Hijackers '"

Instructors at the school told Bernard that after three times in the air, they still felt he was unable to fly solo and that Hanjour seemed disappointed.

Prince George's Journal, Bowie, Maryland 9/18/01

The Pilot Who Couldn't Fly

Hami Hanjour, age 25 and a citizen of Saudi Arabia, is still identified by Government officials and Corporate media as the pilot of the American Airlines Boeing 757, Flight 77, that struck the Pentagon last September 11.

On April 10, 2002 the Associated Press' John Solomon reported that the manager, Peggy Chevrette, of the flight school in Phoenix, Arizona, JetTech, where Hanjour studied in January and February of 2001, doubted that Hanjour could legitimately possess the commercial pilot's license that he claimed.

Peggy Chevrette said: '"I couldn't believe he had a commercial license of any kind with the skills that he had."'

In early 2001 Peggy Chevrette had told a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, John Anthony, of her concerns about Hanjour, but Anthony, then attending one class at JetTech with the young Arab, declined to flag Hanjour out of training.

The Associated Press' John Solomon continues: '"Chevrette said she contacted Anthony twice more when Hanjour began ground training for Boeing 737 jetliners and it became clear he didn't have the skills for the commercial pilot's license.

"I don't truly believe he should have had it and I questioned that. I questioned that all along," she said.'"

Seven months later, in August 2001, one month before '"9/11,'" Hami Hanjour tried three times to demonstrate to instructors at the Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland that he could be trusted to fly solo in a single-engine plane.

A local Maryland newspaper, the Prince George's Journal, quotes the Airport's Chief Flight Instructor, Marcel Bernard, in its September 18, 2001 edition about Hanjour's attempts to reliably fly a Cessna 172.

"Instructors at the school told Bernard that after three times in the air, they still felt he was unable to fly solo and that Hanjour seemed disappointed."

Now let's look at the acrobatics of American Airlines 77 just before it hit the Pentagon one month later.

The expert handling of this Boeing 757, an airliner with a wing-span of 124 feet and controls much more complex than a Cessna 172's, impressed commentators.

On September 12, CBS News' Bob Orr recounted AA 77' s final maneuvers. "The plane flew several miles south of the restricted airspace around the White House," Orr said. "At 9:33 it crossed the Capital Beltway, flying at more than 400 mph.... The hijacker pilots were then forced to execute a difficult, high-speed, descending turn. Radar shows that Flight 77 did a downward spiral, turning almost a complete circle and dropping the last 7,000 feet in two-and-half-minutes. The steep turn was so smooth, the sources say, it's clear there was no fight for control going on. And the complex maneuver suggests the hijacker had better flying skills than many investigators first believed." Orr continued: "The jetliner disappeared from radar at 9:37 and less than a minute later it clipped the tops of streetlights and plowed into the Pentagon at 480 miles per hour."

Then, as now, U. S. Government and Corporate media name Hami Hanjour – he who could not be trusted to fly a Cessna 172 one month earlier – as the last pilot of AA 77. What about other alleged pilots of hijacked airliners on September II?

The Washington Post of September 19, 2001 reported that Mohammad Atta, Atta the supposed "' ringleader'" of the "'19 terrorists'" and the supposed pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first airliner to fly into a World Trade Center Tower, and Marwanal-AI-Shehhi, Shehhi the supposed pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, the airliner that flew into the WTC's South Tower, did in fact take hundreds of hours of lessons at Huffman Aviation, a flight school in Venice, Florida, and also took lessons at Jones Aviation Flying Service Inc., a business which operates out of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.

However, an instructor at Jones Flying Service said that "neither man was able to pass a Stage I rating test to track and intercept," and that they left their instructors with bitter words.

What about other Arabs supposed to be aboard the American Airlines 757 that struck the Pentagon?

The Washington Post of September 24, 2001 recounts how Nawaq Alhazmi and Khaid Al-Midhar fared at another flight school. This young pair went to Sorbi's Flying Club at Montgomery Field, a community airport nearby San Diego, California. They received two lessons at Sorbi's before instructors there advised them to quit.

One instructor is quoted by the Post. '"Their English was horrible, and their mechanical skills were even worse. It was like they had hardly even ever driven a car. They seemed like nice guys, but in the plane, they were dumb and dumber."'

Home Run and Global Hawk

If the supposed pilots are impossible or unlikely prospects for flying a Boeing 757 or 767 through sharp turns and complex maneuvers, how COULD those airliners otherwise have been flown?

In an interview with the German newspaper Tagesspeigel on January 13, 2002, Andreas von Buelow, Minister of Technology for the united Germany in the early 1990s, a person who first worked in West Germany's Secretary of Defense 30 years ago, told about a technology by which airliners can be commanded through remote control.

The former Minister of Technology said: '"The Americans had developed a method in the 1970s, whereby they could rescue hijacked planes by intervening into the computer piloting."'

Andreas von Buelow said that this technology was named Home Run.

The German went on to give his Tagesspeigel interviewer his overall perspective of the 9/11/01 attacks: '"I can state: the planning of the attacks was technically and organizationally a master achievement. To hijack four huge airplanes within a few minutes and within one hour, to drive them into their targets, with complicated flight maneuvers! This is unthinkable, without years-long support from secret apparatuses of the state and industry…. I have real difficulties, however, to imagine that all this all sprang out of the mind of an evil man in his cave"'

Another technology devised by the U.S. military for remote control of huge airplanes is named Global Hawk. On April 24, 2001, four months before "'9/11,'" Britain's International Television News reported: "A robot plane has made aviation history by becoming the first unmanned aircraft to fly across the Pacific Ocean."

Britain's ITN continued: "The Global Hawk, a jet-powered aircraft with a wingspan equivalent to a Boeing 737, flew from Edwards Air Force Base in California and landed late on Monday at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh, in South Australia state…. It flies along a pre-programmed flight path, but a pilot monitors the aircraft during its flight via a sensor suite which provides infra-red and visual images."

According to the Australian Global Hawk manager Rod Smith: '"The aircraft essentially flies itself, right from takeoff, right through to landing, and even taxiing off the runway."'

Now, who or what would you trust for aerial missions as demanding as those of "'9/11'" (or trust to fly an airliner from one airfield in California to another in Australia): The Arab students who are described above, or the Global Hawk or Home Run technologies?

The Indestructible Passport

Just after last September 11, telltales identifying "'the hijackers'" were obvious as Autumn's falling leaves.

Andreas von Buelow said that the supposed culprits left '"tracks behind them like a herd of stampeding elephants."' Von Buelow listed these tracks: '"They made payments with credit cards with their own names; they reported to their flight instructors with their own names. They left behind rented cars with flight manuals in Arabic for jumbo jets. They took with them, on their suicide trip, wills and farewell letters, which fall into the hands of the FBI, because they were stored in the wrong place and wrongly addressed.'"

The FBI found Mohammad Atta' s suitcase in his rental car at Boston's Logan Airport. From said suitcase the FBI also produced a Koran and a "'suicide note'" written in Arabic. A similar "'suicide note'" was also announced as found nearby the curiously scattered wreckage of United Airlines Flight 93 in western Pennsylvania. Said note somehow survived this airliner's crash. Most improbably, a passport identifying one of "'the hijackers'" was declared by New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, then by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, as found a few blocks from the smoldering World Trade Center Towers. Said passport somehow survived fire temperatures in excess of 600 degrees Fahrenheit and the collapse of more than 200,000 tons of steel and concrete.

Here's how the Cable Network News (CNN) reported the finding last September 16: "In New York, several blocks from the ruins of the World Trade Center, a passport authorities said belonged to one of the hijackers was discovered a few days ago, according to City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik."


The incriminating passport was uncovered, but neither of the supposedly indestructible "black-box" flight recorders (bright-orange, shoebox-sized, and pulsing flight recorders) aboard American Airlines 11 and United Airlines 175 have yet been found in Manhattan or elsewhere.

Ted Lopatkiewicz, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, told USA TODAY on September 24, 2001: '"It's extremely rare that we don't get the recorders back. I can't recall another domestic case in which we did not recover the recorders."'

Maybe if those black boxes had passports attached to them…

On April 19, 2002 the Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller III, addressed the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

Robert S. Mueller III said: "In our investigation we have not uncovered a single piece of paper – either here in the United States or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere – that mentioned any aspect of the Sept. 11 plot."

The FBI's Director attributed this total lack of any further finding to the Al Queda network's sophistication and secrecy – a sophistication and secrecy not be seen in the elephantine '"tracks"' that the FBI brought forth in the few weeks after "'9/11.'"

[To be continued.]


In 1971 Don Paul (No. 36 in the picture to the left) was the youngest winner of a Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University, after Ken Kesey, Tillie Olsen and Robert Stone and before Ray Carver, Alice Hoffman and Bill Kitteredge.

Between 1973 and 1980 he was a logger or roughneck in northwest Washington, southeast Alaska, Louisiana and Texas.

He held the World Road Best for running 50 kilometers between 1982-94 and qualified for the U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trial in 1980 and 1988.

In 1988 he began to put poems to music by his brother Kenton. He's subsequently led or produced more than 20 recordings, including the Rebel Poets compilations and albums led by Glenn Spearman, Lisle Ellis, India Cooke, Paul Plimley, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and Ben Goldberg.

Most recently he's released two CDs, 5 Songs For The Bush Reich (available at www.wireonfire.com) and Love Is The Main Flame, and the books of poems
Pulsing and Flares.

He works with the organizations Housing Is a Human Right and From the Ground Up in San Francisco.