NORAD Questions


March 18, 2004

  1. Was NORAD aware of the four hijacked planes veering off course even before being reported by the FAA? If not, please explain why NORAD which monitors 7000 flights a day, was unable to track the four aberrant flights.

Linda Slobodian writes in “Norad on Heightened Alert: Role of air defence agency rapidly transformed in wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks”

“Where was Norad, the multimillion-dollar, 24-hour eyes and ears of North American skies, when the hijacked planes embarked on their sinister missions?

Ironically, Norad was doing its job: peering 300 kilometres out into the Air Defence Identification Zone encircling North America. Its task: to help assess, within two minutes, if each of the 7,000 incoming aircraft every day is friend or foe….

When the second plane hit the other World Trade Center tower, Norad swiftly shifted its attention to help prevent possible further attacks.

Norad was instrumental in getting fighter jets — normally on 15-minute alert — airborne within eight minutes. ”

  1. Why weren’t the jets able to intercept the hijacked planes if they were airborne within eight minutes of notification?
  2. Why did NORAD wait until after the second plane hit the WTC to try and prevent possible further attacks?
  3. Why weren’t the fighter jets that tailed flights 11 and 175 as they crashed into New York’s WTC, rerouted to intercept flights 77 or 93, before they crashed into the Pentagon and Pennsylvania?
  4. Where surveillance satellites orbiting North American airspace on 9/11? • What exactly does the satellite imaging reveal?
    • What companies own these satellites?
    • Where are the records and logs for these orbits?

Recommendation: Examine the records and logs of surveillance satellites.