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Friday, September 16, 2005

Another aside, Wellstone

A little ass-in-chair sleuthing. Call it a crazed version of connect-the-dots or something much more sinister.

The first partial article is from ABC News, the second is from the World Socialist Website. The bold emphases are mine.

By Paul Eng, ABC News, March 1, 2005 – “The idea of a powerful ray gun has been a staple of science-fiction writing for decades. But a "weapon" that shoots invisible beams of energy could be making its way into law-enforcement hands soon.

The technology isn't exactly something that would replace a police officer's handgun. In fact, the system being developed by Eureka Aerospace in Pasadena, Calif., couldn't even be crammed into a standard pistol holster.

But the developers say their device, which uses technology more closely related to flash cooking than Flash Gordon, may help stop criminals and terrorists in their tracks.
James Tatoian, chief executive of Eureka, says the High Power Electromagnetic System is designed to disable cars — say, those fleeing from police officers — using bursts of microwave energy.
"Basically, since the 1970s, every car is built with some sort of microprocessor-controlled system — like the ignition control and fuel pump control a lot of vital car systems," says Tatoian. "If you introduce a parasitic current into their wires, it leads to a power surge which in turn burns out those microprocessors."

Once the car's chips are disabled, the vehicle will gradually slow to a halt, allowing police or other security forces to safely approach and apprehend the driver.

Tatoian is quick to admit that the company's experimental device isn't the first or only directed energy system designed to attack cars. Others have developed similar concepts and prototypes before. And some, like Eureka, are continuing their work using partial funding from a U.S. military research project that seeks to study the feasibility of "less than lethal" weapons.” For the remainder of text, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/FutureTech/story?id=538452&page=1

and on to Paul Wellstone’s plane crash

“The acting chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Carol Carmody, said there was a slight irregularity in the Eveleth airport’s radio beacon, but it was not yet possible to say whether this contributed to the accident.

The plane’s altimeter and “possibly one other gauge” have been recovered and sent to the NTSB lab in Washington for analysis, Carmody said. The plane was not required to have a cockpit voice recorder and was not equipped with one.

According to air traffic control records, the flight had proceeded without incident until its last moments. Wellstone’s plane took off at 9:37 a.m. from Minneapolis-St. Paul, received permission to climb to 13,000 feet at 9:48 a.m., and received clearance to descend towards Eveleth at 10:01 a.m., at which time the pilot was told there was icing at the 9,000-11,000 foot level. The plane began its descent at 10:10 a.m., passed through the icing altitude without apparent difficulty, and at 10:18 a.m. was cleared for approach to the airport. A minute later, at 3,500 feet, the plane began to drift away from the runway. It was last sighted at 10:21 a.m., flying at 1,800 feet.

Carmody said that the impact area was 300 feet by 190 feet, with evidence of “extreme post-crash fire.” The plane apparently was headed south, away from the Eveleth runway, when it hit the ground. “The angle was steeper than would be expected in a normal stabilized standardized approach,” she said. Some press reports cited eyewitness accounts of a near-vertical plunge."

Interestingly enough, another Democratic senator, Mel Carnahan had been killed in a similarly suspicious manner two years earlier.

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Blogger Olive commented at 7:46 AM~  

I’ll see your Wellstone crash and raise you a 9/11.

Unanswered questions – questions that will never get any play by our neo-con Congress -- have disturbing implications.

The burning question in this case is, did the Bush Administration see 9/11 attacks coming… and let them? Or -- at the very least -- once the events of 9-11 were in motion, do nothing to stop them?

(Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attack. Who knows how many have died in Iraq since then. And now add the Hurrican Katrina deaths that could have been prevented had our National Guard been on hand, rather than off fighting an unwinnable war in the Middle East.)

As we now know, 9-11 was the event around which the neo-cons could organize their invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The unanswered questions:

On the morning of 9-11, even though it knew four planes had been hijacked and taken off course, the National Command Authority waited 75 minutes before scrambling aircraft (providing an Air Force escort to survey the situation) to intercept them. By which time it was too late. Where did this sudden incompetence come from? Was this simply a harbinger of an epidemic of incompetence within the Bush Administration or something more nefarious?

“The undeniable proof lies in the lack of response from NORAD, yet the media refuses to even look at it… F-16 and F-15 warplanes based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia were within easy reach of Washington, and yet it appears it was not until after 9:38 am, when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, that Langley's fighters went aloft.

Ready or not, that was the job of the Air Force, and its domestic defense branches, North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and the Air National Guard. "Regardless of the color of the plane or what flag it had on its tail, NORAD and the Air Force for 50 years have been tasked with the job of going up, intercepting them and making sure they never get close," says Dan Goure, a senior defense official in the Reagan administration and now an NBC News military analyst. "No failure on 9/11 was more complete."—wwwbenfrank.net

Then there’s the missing evidence, including the destroyed FAA cassette. What would this evidence show us about the Federal Government's response to 9-11?

“Of the four flights commandeered on 9/11/01, Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93, there is virtually no evidence in the public domain that can provide definitive answers to their fate. This is because the evidence has either been suppressed or destroyed by those who controlled the response to and investigation of this vast crime.

While most of the incidental evidence, such as recordings of communications with pilots of the doomed aircraft, remains in the category of missing, with no one held to account for it, some such evidence is now known to be destroyed. A report issued on May 6, 2004 at the request of Senator John McCain concluded that an audiotape recording of communications with commandeered planes on 9/11/01 was destroyed by FAA managers.

The tape contained a one-hour interview, taken on the day of the attack, with six controllers who tracked two of the planes on 9/11/01. The controllers gave detailed accounts of what events they recalled just hours earlier. An FAA official described in the report as a quality assurance manager crushed the cassette, then cut up the tape and dropped pieces into multiple trash cans.

On May 6, 2004, an FAA quality-assurance manager destroyed a cassette tape recording by at least six air traffic controllers who handled hijackings on 9/11/01. According to the Transportation Department the tape was destroyed, "without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it."
-- http://911research.wtc7.net/sept11/analysis/evidence.html

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