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9-11 Unforgotten - Part Four

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9-11 Unforgotten, Part Four

the great karnakThis is the fourth installment in a planned set of ten Raging Pencils comics, each addressing facets of 9-11 I feel have been sadly overlooked. This series will appear daily through the 11th of September.


It used to be when something suspicious was occurring with a commercial aircraft an air-traffic controller could contact NORAD directly and have them look into it. This process worked perfectly for decades. Suddenly, three months before 9-11, it was changed for no reason except to make the process much more difficult or, in the case of 9-11, almost impossible. Funny how that works, huh?

If you're curious here's more on the "Aircraft Piracy and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects" memo.

Here's where you track Mr. Rumfeld's every movement on 9-11.

And if you don't know that Flight 93 was, indeed, shot down, you need to get out more often. Why it was shot down and not the "whatever" that struck the Pentagon can be explained in one word... "witnesses".


So far what I've learned during the creation of these first four cartoons is that there are many, many people out there who are trying VERY hard to make sure no one else reads them. Or, at the very least, try and dismiss the data as irrelevant.

Let me make this clear... all I'm exibiting here are the hard, cold facts. The only time I've visited in the house of conjecture was when I looked into the eyes of George Bush as he sat in that stage-dressed, Sarasota classroom and saw nothing but icy, naked fear emanating back at me. Of course, he could have been calculating pi to 700 places, but I kind of doubt that.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #76 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(76) 9-5-2011: The GOP is on a Labor Day break, which is sort of like atheists enjoying Christmas services with the Pope, so not much in terms of job creation is happening. For now, we'll just have to thank presidential candidate Mitt "Magic Underpants" Romney for hiring all of the workers who will be laboring to quadruple the size of his California beachfront mansion.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm for the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? According to the lads at Fox News America no longer needs an EPA. Yay! We can all go back to polluting!

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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“Sixty-seven times in 2001 there had been air emergencies but there was not an instance where an air emergency went ignored for long periods of time – until 9/11.” - John Judge, researcher
June 1, 2001
A memorandum called "Aircraft Piracy and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects" strips from NORAD the responsibility of handling intercepts of hijacked planes, shifting it into the hands of the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

September 11, 2001
Though four aircraft have been hijacked Donald Rumsfeld continues enjoying a quiet breakfast-meeting at the Pentagon, where he predicts "a shocking world event will occur in the near future".

Later he is informed of the two attacks in New york but takes no action until the Pentagon comes under assault. His response is to abandon his office in order to rush out to survey the damage.

September 11, 2001:
Vice-president Dick Cheney gives the shoot-down order for flight 93 over Pennsylvania.

December, 2001: The Aircraft Piracy and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects is quietly rescinded.”