- Except for Ellen Mariani, whose husband was reported
on Flight 175, others who lost relatives on the airplanes have kept quiet
in stark contrast to those who lost loved ones at Ground Zero. But when
those from the 'airplane community' talk like Linda Gay and Frank Calley,
who respectively had family members on Flight 11 and 77, they accept the
government 9/11 story hook, line and sinker.
- By Greg Szymanski
- Linda Gay believes her husband died in the fiery crash
on Flight 11, believes the government conducted a fair investigation and
blames the entire event on President Clinton who had eight years to catch
Osama bin laden but failed.
- Gay lost her husband, Peter, 54, a vice president of
Raytheon Co. on 9/11. Four years later, she still lives in Tewksbury, Mass.,
claiming as she did right after the tragic event, she is satisfied with
her government's efforts at getting at the truth behind 9/11, satisfied
with the money she received from the victim's compensation fund and satisfied
with not pursuing her husband's death any further.
- "I guess I am different than most people, but I
just don't believe in suing the airlines or the government over something
they couldn't control," said Gay this week in a rare conversation
this week from her home in Tewksbury, as she reflected back about the death
of her husband, a top executive with a defense technology company doing
business with the Pentagon.
- "Looking back, one thing strange was that the night
before the flight and the early morning on 9/11, Peter seemed more reluctant
than usual to leave for California on business like he did every Tuesday
for the last year.
- "He was the type that didn't like to be away from
home, but on 9/11 he seemed more apprehensive about leaving than usual.
The last thing we said was the normal goodbyes before he took the limousine
and that was it. I never saw him again and had it confirmed he was on Flight
11 late in the afternoon at 2p.m. when American Airlines called."
- Giving a rare interview, Gay's belief in the official
9/11 story and her reluctance to speak out is a pattern seen among many
of the families of those who died on the four doomed airliners.
- In fact, save Ellen Mariani, who lost her husband on
Flight 175, the rest of the jetliner family community has never publicly
questioned the government's official 9/11 story and has pretty much stayed
quiet in the background, out of the public eye.
- What makes this surprising, if not downright suspicious,
is that it is in stark contrast to the majority of family members who lost
loved ones at Ground Zero, a group that has hundreds of outspoken critics
of the government's official story, a group unafraid to publicly blame
the Bush administration for being the real culprits behind 9/11.
- For example, there are literally hundreds of survivors
and family members from Ground Zero who protest the government regularly,
saying Bush and the neo-cons are hiding the truth about 9/11 to protect
their own skin.
- But in stark contrast only Mariani has gone public with
her disgust of the government from the airline group, a fact that shouldn't
be ignored when trying to unweave the complex web of deceit woven by the
neo-con culprits behind 9/11.
- Take, for example, the across the board silence from
the airline family community who has never really spoken out about obvious
irregularities in the flights themselves, NORAD's slow response, flight
manifest irregularities and, basically, the total lack of a serious investigation
regarding their missing relative.
- If we want to believe Gay, the answer is simple: total
trust in the government and the system. But if we want to look farther,
we may find the silence among the flight family community as the tip of
the iceberg behind the entire 9/11 mystery.
- Take, for example, the simple law of averages. Doesn't
it make sense that at least a handful out of the approximately 261 who
died on the planes would have had a few family members as outspoken critics?
- But besides this strange veil of silence blanketing the
entire group, there are many other stranger things concerning the airline
families, a series of unexplainable facts and occurrences that draws attention
to what may be the 'Achilles heel' of the 9/11 mystery if, that is, investigators
dig deep enough.
- First, the Arctic Beacon has tried to contact at least
10 airline family members besides Gay, all who have repeatedly refused
to answer the telephone or return emails. Julie Sweeney, whose husband,
Brian, a former Navy F-14 pilot on Flight 175 who made two calls prior
to the plane supposedly hitting the South Tower, said she was too busy
to talk, acting apprehensive and wondering how the Arctic Beacon got her
- After making an phone appointment the next day, Sweeney
at the time of this publication failed to answer the phone at least 10
times, a sign she no longer wanted to speak after having time to reflect
on the situation.
- In contrast, family members who experienced Ground Zero
losses have been more than happy to speak, as over a hundred family members
of Ground Zero victims have been contacted by the Arctic Beacon, and even
more by pother publications, with an overwhelming majority having no problem
to talk openly about their loss and their feelings about the 9/11 investigation.
- Why the difference? There are no polls or experts to
figure this out, but one simple explanation is the flight families are
hiding something. Although this may be jumping to conclusions, what other
conclusion can be drawn when nobody wants to talk?
- Besides these speculations, it also should be noted that
several psychologists and psychiatrists contacted said the typical reaction
to a loss of a loved one in a situation like 9/11 is to strip all allegiance
to state, country and employer, as the only motivation left for those who
have paid the ultimate price is getting at the truth and nothing but the
- However, strangely, the reaction by the 9/11 airline
community, less Mariani, is just the opposite. Let's look at some of the
glaring oddities about the airplane family members and why the government's
story should have at least sparked some doubt among them:
- Remember Gay and those who remained silent, as the law
construes silence as consent, believe or give the appearance to believe
the official government story hook, line and sinker, despite the existence
of credible evidence Flight 11 and 77 never even existed and, for all intents
and purposes, may very well have been only 'phantom flights.'
- According to Bureau of Traffic Safety (BTS) statistics
both flights officially never took- off on 9/11, as well as showing no
elapsed run-way time, wheels-off time and taxi-out time. However, Flights
11 and 77 on both 9/10 and 9/12 had all the recorded data properly logged.
- Why the discrepancy? No one has ever given an official
explanation for the BTS missing flight data, even though it is well known
that airports are extremely meticulous about recording accurate BTS data
for each and every flight in and out of its airport for liability purposes.
- But, more importantly, if this is a clear indication
Flight 11 and 77 were only 'phantom flights" and never existed, why
then wouldn't some of the family members publicly voice their concerns?
- Four years after 9/11, the answer still remains a guarded
mystery, but then there is a lot of mysterious evidence regarding the flights,
or the absence thereof, which has never been answered.
- For example, why hasn't the government turned over airport
surveillance tapes, readily available for all flights, but suspiciously
unavailable for all of the four doomed flights on 9/11? Again, why hasn't
there been a public outcry by the 9/11 family airplane community when obvious
information regarding their loved ones is being withheld?
- This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg: Start
with the obvious "pod" hanging from the underbelly of the airplane
that struck the South Tower, the airplane purported by the government to
be Flight 175.
- However, after looking at the video footage taken by
CNN, pictures on Newsweek magazine and other video tapes, it's obvious
what hit the South Tower wasn't Flight 175, but actually a military "drone"
made to look like it. And it should be noted that when United Airlines
was asked to respond about the strange existence of the "pod"
on the airliner's underbelly, officials didn't deny its existence but simply
refused to answer, citing national security as an excuse.
- But, again a major question is why with this glaring
evidence staring the whole world in the face, hasn't the real people with
a vested interest and loss - the airline family members -- demanded a public
- Why? For the same reason they haven't, excluding perhaps
Mariani, demanded an investigation into the BTS records, the missing surveillance
tapes, NORAD's pitiful response time, unsubstantiated autopsy reports,
miraculous evidence and personal belongings recovered from the wreckage
and glaring inconsistencies concerning the actual flight lists, not to
mention the fact that seven of the 19 hijackers are reportedly alive, well
and living abroad.
- However, specifically concerning the recovery of 'miraculous
evidence' and discrepancies in the flight lists, one of the most interesting
cases is that of Waleed Iskandar, purported to be a passenger on Flight
- As unbelievable as it sounds, Iskandar's parents were
notified by the Ground Zero Recovery Team a year after 9/11 that they found
the unscathed Wells Fargo ATM card of their son, who allegedly perished
on the doomed flight.
- After being notified of the miraculous find, Joseph and
Samia Iskandar were sent their son's bank card within days, noting it was
in "perfect condition," but never really publicly questioned
the late timing of the incredible find or the suspicious nature of a flimsy
ATM card surviving such a towering inferno.
- What's even more suspicious is that their son, a 34-year-old
Harvard graduate, was never even listed as a passenger on Flight 11, either
on the original manifest or on the official list provided by American Airlines,
even though every reference to him afterwards on internet memorials or
in newspaper accounts lists him as a Flight 11 passenger.
- One would think, Iskandar's family would have publicly
questioned the numerous errors and discrepancies concerning Flight 11 and,
of course, the official passenger list which never listed their son. But
instead they have remained silent, his parents even failing to return over
25 messages left and emails sent over a two-week period concerning these
very important issues.
- "It's only my opinion but if that was my son, I'd
be raising holy hell about the crazy government investigation and the information
withheld about Flight 11," said one 9/11 family member who lost a
loved one, but wanted to remain anonymous.
- Besides the strange silence from the Iskandar's, the
miraculous recovery of Flight 77 passenger, Suzanne Calley's, California
ID card, driver's license and wedding ring, all found in perfect condition
at the Pentagon, has also been accepted without questions asked by her
surviving husband, Frank. Despite numerous questions regarding Flight 77
and the Pentagon crash, Calley's husband believes the government has done
its level best when it came to the handling of his wife's case, his wife's
military autopsy and subsequent government investigation into the Pentagon
- And it's hard to believe Calley and the other Flight
77 family members haven't been screaming from the rafters, demanding justice
after looking at the facts of the secret investigation and the glaring
inconsistencies concerning the military autopsy performed under the cloak
- But, again, Calley and the others seem to be in 100 percent
agreement with the Pentagon since none of them have so much as whispered
criticism against a government investigation lacking obvious credibility.
- To make the point clear, here is exactly what Calley
had to say about the Pentagon investigation and a run-down of the discrepancies
in the Pentagon autopsy of the alleged Flight 77 victims as reported last
week in the Arctic Beacon:
- As told to another family member who lost a loved one
in 9/11, Calley said:
- "They told me they found her remains, but I decided
not to look. The Pentagon officials also said the remains of at least 19
others on board the plane were also identified by a military medical group.
- "Immediately after the crash, I was assigned a personal
liaison who handled my case. He was cooperative and helpful and I decided
I didn't want to see Suzanne's remains."
- What's strange about the autopsy investigation is that
none of the family members, including Calley, have demanded an independent
investigation, relying solely on government medical reporting as advised
by the Pentagon liaisons, a personal military attaché conveniently
provided for each individual family.
- The question has to be asked why would the military go
to such extremes as to provide personal attachés unless they wanted
to hide manipulate and control what should have been an independent crime
- And, even stranger, questions like this should have been
asked and independent investigations demanded by family members, all collectively
as a group remaining strangely silent when it is the natural reaction of
someone who loses a loved one, to travel to the ends of the earth to get
at the truth.
- Although the government medical team played up the fact
it undertook the most comprehensive autopsy in medical history, utilizing
DNA and dental records, none of the family members of those who allegedly
died on 9/11, like Calley, can now ever be 100 percent sure of the results
since the government controlled the autopsy, an independent investigation
never being allowed and in the case of Calley, the remains of his wife's
body has subsequently been cremated.
- "Even though it's four years after 9/11, I still
understand that family members can still be grieving. But wouldn't they
want positive independent DNA testing done to prove their loved ones actually
died in the crash," said on family member who lost a loved one 9/11
but wanted to remain anonymous.
- "I never received any remains or evidence of the
person I lost on 9/11, but if there were any remains, I surely would have
had them independently tested instead of relying on the word of the government.
- And that's exactly what transpired in the strange and
unexplainable autopsy investigation of the Flight 77 passengers, conducted
essentially in the cover of darkness by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
- And after reading the report, it is filled with so many
inconsistencies and generalities that it makes one wonder why Calley and
the other family members - not a single one of them - ever insisted on
independent DNA proof, matching the remains held by the government with
that of their loved ones.
- In fact, the AFIP in its report dated November 16, 2001,
incredibly said it positively identified nearly all the bodies, including
the Flight 77 passengers, a medical feat which several medical experts
considered miraculous if not, impossible, considering the short amount
of time and the amount of devastation at the crime scene.
- Remember that Calley was told by his private Pentagon
attaché that 19 passengers were positively identified from Flight
77, but the AFIP reports that184 of the 189 who died at the scene, including
all but one of the airplane passengers, were positively identified within
about two months.
- But, to make matters worse, even these numbers have been
seriously questioned by an independent medical investigator named Thomas
R. Olmsted, M.D., who made a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
in order to get to the bottom of what he calls a staged and phony government
autopsy report in order to cover up for "monsters who planned this
- Dr. Olmsted said about the AFIP autopsy:
- "A list of names on a piece of paper is not evidence,
but an autopsy by a pathologist, is. I undertook by FOIA request to get
the autopsy list. Guess what? Still no Arabs on the list. It is my opinion
that the monsters who planned this crime made a mistake by not including
Arabic names on the original list to make the ruse seem more believable.
- "When airline disasters occur, airlines will routinely
provide a manifest list for anxious families. You may have noticed that
even before Sep 11th, that airlines are pretty meticulous about getting
an accurate headcount before takeoff. It seems very unlikely to me, that
five Arabs sneaked onto a flight with weapons."
- Dr. Olmsted then calls attention to the blatant discrepancy
of the names on the airline passenger manifest and the names provided by
the official Pentagon autopsy report, showing also that three names were
on the autopsy that never even were listed as passengers on the airplane,
an obvious indication of foul play never explained by the Pentagon.
- Further Dr.Olmsted found through his FOIA request that
although the medical examiners positively all of the passengers, they did
not identify any of the Arab hijackers onboard, who were also not listed
on the original flight manifest.
- "The AFIP suggest these numbers; 189 killed, 125
worked at the Pentagon and 64 were passengers on the plane. The AA list
only had 56 and the list just obtained has 58. They did not explain how
they were able to tell "victims" bodies from "hijacker"
bodies," said Dr. Olmsted. "In fact, from the beginning no explanation
has been given for the extra five suggested in news reports except that
the FBI showed us the pictures to make up the difference, and that makes
- "No Arabs wound up on the morgue slab; however,
three additional people not listed by American Airline sneaked in. I have
seen no explanation for these extras (on the autopsy list but not listed
as passengers.) I did give American the opportunity to "revise"
their original list, but they have not responded. The new names are: Robert
Ploger, Zandra Ploger, and Sandra Teague.
- "The AFIP claims that the only "passenger"
body that they were not able to identify is the toddler, Dana Falkenberg,
whose parents and young sister are on the list of those identified. The
satanic masterminds behind this caper may be feeling pretty smug about
the perfect crime, but they have left a raft of clues tying these unfortunates
- Editor's Note: Of course, not all family members of the
airline victims have been contacted. If there exists anyone who disagrees
with the official 9/11story or wants to comment about this article, the
Arctic Beacon requests you contact our office so that your story and opinions
can be heard.
- Greg Szymanski is an independent investigative journalist.
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