Skip to comments.TIA now verifies flight of Saudis
Posted on 06/09/2004 10:38:46 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker
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I thought Richard Clarke admitted that he authorized the flights?
I beleive the flights to which you refer were the flights that occurred between 9-14 and 9-20.
Very interesting. However, I suspect that these passengers knew nothing of the impending attack, or they would have left the country before it occurred.
The "evidence" in this story hinges on an eyewitness who says the people in the Learjet flew out on a 727, then from there they come up with names? While I think this Learjet flight took place, the chain of evidence is weak, at best, in regards to who was on the plane.
Unverifiable tail numbers? Unverifiable airplane type? Unverifiable passenger manifest? Unlocatable law officer? Sounds to me like this is a hit piece for the 9/11 "Commission" on GWB.
Plus, the author does not even know that Tampa International Airport = TPA, not "TIA"? Come on.
That is my recollection as well.
they flew to Lexington KY to hook up with the Saudi owner of the race horse War Emblem - he knew about 9-11 in advance (Gerald Posner's book), and was later found dead of a "heart attack" at age 43.
He did.....the press didn't think it was worth reporting.
Why would the few flights which were allowed to take place first be denied by government officials?
Why would flights with Saudis on board be the few flights that would be allowed?
"Why would the few flights which were allowed to take place first be denied by government officials?
Why would flights with Saudis on board be the few flights that would be allowed?"
"On 9-11, 9-12 and 9-13, many things didn't get any higher than me," he said. "I decided it in consultation with the FBI."
It appears that Clarke is admitting responsibility for a wider range of dates than just 9-14 thru 9-20.
Actually, Tampa International Airport = TIA
I don't think the author was trying to use the FAA airport abbreviation. (TPA) Instead, I think she was just abbreviating "Tampa International Airport". (TIA)
Excuse my ignorance, perhaps I'm not "getting" something here, but this entire story that's been touted by the extreme left AND right seems like nothing more than a red herring to me.
Let's say it was true, that a group of Saudi citizens were flown out of the country shortly after 9/11. Two possibilities are then the explaination:
1. That our government was somehow involved, either actively or passively, in "covering up" some link between themselves and the terrorists. That is to say, this story of Saudis being whisked away shortly after 9/11 is only the TIP of some kind of global conspiracy that would make even Fox Mulder himself shudder.
2. The government, more specifically, President Bush realized that these people probably felt uncomfortable in the US after the worst terrorist attack in our nations history. In his desire (perhaps misplaced, but an HONEST desire) to maintain good relations with SA, he allowed the royal family members to leave. The reports of their early departure were denied, simply because his honest desire to maintain good relations with SA WOULD be twisted into some kind of government conspiracy, or pure incompetence on his part, or both, JUST as it is now.
I think the rational conclusion is #2. Kind of disappointing, that he (Bush) wouldn't put enough faith in his supporters to tell the truth about it, but hardly proof of a national conspiracy (or international), which, (and this is an important point to consider):
IF WE REJECT #2, THEN WE CAN ONLY BE LEFT WITH #1!
So, why believe in something so bizzare, so Orwellian, as option #1, if we don't have to? Why worry about something like that, when a perfectly reasonable explaination exists otherwise?
No reason at all, unless one permits conspiracy theories to substitute for facts.
TPA per this http://help.yahoo.com/help/maps/maps-13.html and this:
TIA - Tirana, Albania - Rinas
Assuming the only choices are the two you presented.
At this point, I think it's too early to conclude anything because we still don't have all the facts.
Again, I don't think the author was specifically referencing the FAA airport designation of TPA, but rather simply abbreviating Tampa International Airport as TIA.
Maybe some Tampa residents will chime in and provide us with the local terminology for the airport.
TPA is the code for the Tampa International Airport just as MCO is the code for Orlando. However, locals refer to the Tampa International Airport by its abbreviation, TIA.
Thanks for the info.
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