TRIPOD II AND FEMA
Lack of NORAD Response on 9/11 Explained
Michael C. Ruppert
5, 2004: 1900 PDT (FTW) -- The "Tripod II," joint New York
City-Department of Justice biowarfare exercise, scheduled for Sept 12th
2001 at New York's Pier 29, and revealed in testimony by former New
York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the 9/11 Commission, may become one of the
single most important disclosures of 9/11. I salute the work done by
INN Global Free Press at http://inn.globalfreepress.com. But the "FEMA-Kennedy arrived in NY on Sept. 10th" myth is pure poison and absolutely incorrect.
It originated from a CBS News interview conducted by Dan Rather shortly
after the attacks. That interview, and the claim that it implies prior
knowledge on the part of the Massachusetts FEMA Task Force, has been
linked on multiple web sites and postings with Tripod and other 9/11
wargames. This erroneous story is dangerously useful for the cover-up,
and it's time to give it the axe.
weeks I have been investigating a number of other 9/11 wargames that
link directly to the work done by Global Free Press on Tripod II and
other wargames. I am not exaggerating when I say that we may be close
to the Holy Grail of 9/11.
certain that it will not be too long before these wargames receive
serious coverage in the mainstream press. If they are reported on while
still linked to the FEMA myth, the Bush administration will have a free
shot to discredit the Tripod story (and all of the wargame stories) by
disproving the FEMA part to the press and then asking, "Why should we
even respond to the rest?"
wargames will tie Bush and/or Cheney and Rumsfeld directly into a
complete paralysis of fighter response on 9/11. I have gone directly to
many NORAD, DoD, NRO, and other sources and questioned them. I have
knocked on many doors and I have even obtained some documents. I have
obtained an on-the-record statement from someone in NORAD, which
confirmed that on the day of 9/11 The Joint Chiefs (Myers) and NORAD
were conducting a joint, live-fly, hijack Field
Training Exercise (FTX) which involved at least one (and almost
certainly many more) aircraft under US control that was posing as a
hijacked airliner. That is just the tip of what I have uncovered.
There never was a stand down order issued. That would have been way too
incriminating and risky a piece of evidence. And it also might have
been ignored by eager fighter pilots who had trained their whole lives
to respond to a hostile aircraft killing Americans. There are several
statements that the "new" NORAD procedures transferring scramble
authority to Rumsfeld on June 1, 2001 were ignored by several NORAD commanders on 9/11 including General Larry Arnold. That's exactly what I would have expected.
I am still conducting this investigation and I will disclose everything
in my book The Truth and Lies of 9/11, which we are now certain will be
out this August (finally). I cannot say more while the investigation is
in progress. However, anyone who saw my recent presentation at the
Phase II Citizen's Inquiry in Toronto can verify quickly that I have
nailed the fighter response question.
I investigated both the many wargames and FEMA by doing the routine
things any investigator or journalist is required to do. I went to the
sources and started asking direct questions.
The basis for the FEMA rumor was a CBS News broadcast in which Dan
Rather interviewed a Massachusetts fireman. The story's transcript said
"A member of the Hyannis Fire Department, Tom Kennedy, was interviewed
by Dan Rather after working for nearly 50 hours
at Ground Zero. He said, "We arrived Monday night and started
immediately…" 9/11 was a Tuesday. Try to remember your own phone number
after 50 hours. Dan Rather also mispronounced Kenney's name as Kennedy,
something many untrained 9/11 researchers thought suggestive of a
Honegger, who has aided in my war game research, wrote in an email to a
9/11 discussion list dated June 4, 2002:
Giuliani's revelation to the Kean Commission on May 19 of a planned
Sept. 12 New York City BIO-warfare emergency exercise drill, called
"Tripod" (Part II), which had PIER 92 AS ITS COMMAND CENTER,
validated Tom Kenney's early claim that FEMA emergency personnel
arrived in NY City THE DAY BEFORE the attack, on Sept. 10…
Because FEMA personnel came into NY City from out of state,
including Kenney who came in from Boston; because putting up large
numbers of out-of-state personnel is extremely costly at a time of belt
tightening; and because ALL THESE OTHER wargames/exercises/drills took
place ON Sept. 11,it is highly likely that the BIO-warfare response
exercise Tripod was ALSO scheduled to begin Sept. 11, NOT SEPT. 12; or,
at the very least, that Sept. 11was to have been the first of a
TWO-day, or multiple-day, drill.
This major leap to a conclusion about the FEMA myth was completely
unjustified, nor was it backed up by fact checking. It is a lesson to
us all about the care we must use in reaching conclusions.
Here are the steps I followed in establishing that the FEMA story is
wrong - the same steps I follow with all 9/11 stories:
I got a copy of the tape and watched it. On the screen you could
clearly see the man's name was Kenney over one breast pocket and the
word Hyannis appeared over the other. This was a lead.
I called the Hyannis Fired Department in the summer of 2002 and spoke
to the Chief. He said that Kenney was just exhausted and had misspoken.
The Chief and all the families had been present when Kenney's crew left
in trucks for New York on the night of 9/11.
The Chief offered to let me speak to other FD personnel. Two other
members of the Hyannis Fire Department said exactly the same thing: The
entire Hyannis FD emergency team, which was seconded to FEMA as a
result of the attack, left late on Tuesday night, Sept, 11th, drove
overnight to New York and went immediately to work.
There are also video tapes of the send-off with wives and children
saying "God Bless America," "We Love NY" - all of which were clearly
made after the attacks - and, they said, Kenney was in them.
There are multiple witnesses. For Christ's sake! Kenney had been on a
day off. He gets called up, drives many hours to New York and then
works for fifty hours straight. For him 9/11 was the first day of his
work week and he misspoke. That's it. When the Chief, really pissed off
about the rumors, offered to send me a videotape of the sendoff,
I just said, No Thanks. The Hyannis FD Chief was really grateful that
someone had actually picked up the phone, called and asked.
Even if they are all lying, what kind of a story remains?
This is the way all 9/11 researchers must operate with every claim they
make, every fact they put forth and every story they publish.
If anyone doubts what I am saying here, then I suggest that you do what
I did: Call the Hyannis FD, ask the same questions I did, and have them
send you a copy of the videotape.
A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FROM ALL 9/11 RESEARCHERS
the last six weeks I have called and emailed more than a dozen messages
seeking to answer two questions. I have only partially answered them.
- Prior to 9/11, when various military commands were conducting
multiple simultaneous training exercises across various commands and
services, what office or person at the Department of Defense was
charged with coordinating all of them so that they did not overlap or
interfere with each other, or occupy enough military assets at one time
to jeopardize operational readiness?
- Since the Tripod II biowarfare exercise was a joint New
York-Department of Justice exercise we now must ask: Prior to 9/11,
under US government Executive Branch procedure, what part of the
government or official was responsible for and had the authority to
coordinate and act as liaison between the military, federal agencies
and state and local agencies and private corporations so that they did
not overlap or interfere with each other, or occupy enough essential
assets at one time to jeopardize operational readiness or impair the
national security of the United States? Was it the White House? Was it
the Office of National Preparedness? Was it the National Security
Advisor? Was it the CIA?
Only official documents and records or on-the-record statements from qualified experts will suffice.
ask everyone who reads this - every veteran, every former government
official and all the remaining decent and honest military personnel and
law enforcement officers - to help answer these questions. It is
obvious how important they are.
Please submit any responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.