Skip to comments.TWO YEARS AGO TODAY: THE HEROES OF FLIGHT 93
Posted on 09/11/2003 6:07:06 AM PDT by Jeff Head
Two years ago our nation was maliciously and horribly attacked. We lost over 3000 people that day.
On that same day, we won the first fight in the War on Terror. A unit of the United States militia (to which we all belong) activated itself on Flight 93 as terrorists were flying it towards an intended attack of destruction in the Washington DC area. These everyday people, having talked to loved ones about what was happening, knowing their lives were forfeit, rose up as defenders of life and liberty and defeated the insane evil aims of their captors.
Here is the peraphrased transcript of one of the cell phone calls made by Jeremy Glick, who was traveling on Flight 93, to his wife. Jeremy was 6'-2" tall and weighed 220 pounds, he was former college Rugby player and excelled in Judo. Here is what he told his wife:
"Honey, its bad news."For the rest of their story and more transcripts from these American Hereos, please click on the pictures of some of these heroes to read it in full:
"There are some very bad men on the plane. The men have a bomb and they have a knife. They are Arabic-looking men. They are wearing red headbands and there are three of them.".
"We've had no contact with the pilots, but the men have taken over the plane and have moved everyone to the back of the plane and left us here."
"Lyz I need to know something. One of the other passengers has talked to their spouse, and he said that they were crashing other planes into the World Trade Center. Is that true."
[His wife pauses, not knowing what to say, but finally tells him it is true. There is a pause of a few minutes after hearing this.]
"I love Emmy, take care of her. Whatever decisions you make in your life, I need you to be happy, and I will respect any decisions that you make. Now, I need some advice - what to do? Should we, you know, were talking about attacking these men, what should I do?"
[His wife pauses for a long while, but finally tells him she thinks he needs to do it, after which there is another puase for a couple of minutes.]
OK, The others and myself have voted to attack the terrorists. I have my butter knife from breakfast.. You know, Im going to leave the phone here. Stay on the line, Ill be back."
[The father in law takes the phone as Jeremy's wife could not bear to listen. There was a few seconds of silence folowed by a scream. More silence followed by another scream ... then ... nothing. Jeremy never came back to the phone.]
In the words of another of those hereoes...LET'S ROLL!
And let's continue to roll over these enemies as we have done in Afghanistan, Iraq, right here in the US and in other places around the world. Let us not waver, let us not rest, let us NEVER FORGET!
As to these heroes? It's been two years. Congress and Mr. President, PLEASE CREATE THE NATIONAL MONUMENT TO THESE FALLEN HEROES!
They were our first warriors in this battle, and they won that fight and showed that everyday, common Americans, who do nothing more than go about their everyday lives with a love for freedom in their hearts, absolutely trump the life long indoctrination of hate and tyranny possesed by our enemies.
God rest their souls and bless them and their families and loved ones.
John, if you are so disposed, please consider a JH2 mega-ping.
Amen to that.
I believe one of the apostles also said this...
"If any man saith that he love me, and hateth his brother, the same is a liar."...or words to that effect.
It's a solemn day...and the loss of so many, and the brave actions of so many on that day two years ago should give us all pause, and allow feelings and tears to well up inside us...and fuel our absolute commitment to see this fight through, to find and destroy all of those animals who did this and those who abetted tham and continue to do so.
I'd be honored to, friend.
You have led by example in that regard my friend.
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
- Isaiah 40:28-31
Our enemies will try every possible way to do us harm...they are not sleeping on this...and neither are we.
They'd best keep hunting their holes.
I believe most will.
"We, the American People find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them--they are a legacy bequeathed us, by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed race of ancestors. Theirs was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves, us, of this goodly land; and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys, a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; 'tis ours only, to transmit these, the former, unprofaned by the foot of an invader to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform."
"How then shall we perform it?--At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." -- Abraham Lincoln
Man, you said it. The only reason that these scum think/thought that it was mush was because, for 8 years, we had a crew whose brains were mush on terrorism.
Well done Jeff; the writer in you is showing. I recall the lame words of one very lame Canadian broadcaster at ABC: "Let us roll". The other side seems to still be mostly clueless!
That Isaiah 40 quote is one of my favorites! Whenever I, or my dear wife or kids get down...that's one of the ones I quote, another is Romans 8:16-18.
Michael Smerconish | SMEARING THE HEROES OF FLIGHT 93 By Michael Smerconish www.mastalk.com
THE Associated Press sullied the memory of the heroic passengers of Flight 93 last week by blowing out of proportion one paragraph in the 900-page congressional report about 9/11.
Perhaps desperate to find a new angle, the AP misconstrued seven sentences and promoted the idea that the plane crashed because the hijackers ditched it rather than be overtaken by the passengers.
The victims of Flight 93 and their families deserved better.
Here is what the congressional report says on Page 143:
"Telephone calls from passengers and crew to family and friends described attempts by passengers and crew to retake the plane prior to the crash. One call described three hijackers wearing bandanas and armed with knives, with one hijacker claiming to have a bomb strapped to his waist. Two hijackers entered the cockpit and closed the door behind them.
"The passengers were herded to the back of the plane. The captain and co-pilot were seen lying on the floor of the First Class section, possibly dead. At the words 'Let's roll,' passengers rushed forward. As described by the FBI Director, the cockpit tape-recorder indicates that a hijacker, minutes before Flight 93 hit the ground, 'advised Jarrah to crash the plane and end the passengers' attempt to retake the airplane.' "
It is the last sentence that AP writer Ted Bridis twisted into a front-page story across the country with this lead:
"U.S. investigators now believe that a hijacker in the cockpit aboard United Airlines Flight 93 instructed terrorist-pilot Ziad Samir Jarrah to crash the jet into a Pennsylvania field because of a passenger uprising in the cabin.
"This theory, based on the government's analysis of cockpit recordings, discounts the popular perception of insurgent passengers grappling with terrorists to seize the plane's controls."
No wonder the Washington Post gave the story this headline: "Gov't.: Hijacker Crashed Flight 93 on 9/11." What a stretch.
Truth is, the report did not say that Jarrah crashed the plane to thwart the passengers' rebellion. It simply said that another terrorist had advised him to do so.
The report is entirely in sync with the view that the passengers fought back and that their struggle itself resulted in the crash, not that the hijackers crashed the plane because of the rebellion. And there is a distinct difference.
Alice Hoglan is the mother of Mark Bingham, who died in the crash. With other family members of Flight 93 victims, she attended an April 2002 playing of the cockpit recorder in Princeton, N.J. They were requested to keep the bulk of what they'd heard private so as not to jeopardize the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, at whose trial the tape may be played.
But Mrs. Hoglan was fairly forthcoming with me.
She told me that the tape was 31 minutes long and picked up right after the murder of the pilots. She said the first 25 were "routine" but the last 5-6 were "chilling." She said it was badly recorded, the sound of wind rushing over wings creating a roar, with voices shouting in Arabic and English could be heard. It was "very dramatic."
What did she conclude?
"Any reasonable person would come to conclusion that I did, and the other family members, that there was indeed a successful breach of the cockpit door by the passengers." In other words, the jet crashed because the passengers reached the controls, not because the terrorists crashed before they got there.
"They definitely got into the cockpit," she said. Her opinion was "confirmed by the forces she heard, by the things being said and by the things being done that were recorded violently."
Based upon what she heard, she told me that she believes "the terrorists were themselves terrorized." I sure hope so.
She explained that the FBI told her that the terrorists dropped the cruising altitude from 28,000 feet to 1,500 at full cruise speed of 575 mph and that any "little tweak" by the controls could easily have put the airplane in the ground.
The two pilot hijackers "were agonized, they knew two of their crew were killed by passengers. That is my opinion and conclusion based on what I heard."
She knew that the terrorists did indeed discuss the prospect of intentionally crashing the airplane, but that they never did
"There was frantic dialogue between the two pilots, one asking the other, 'Should we put it in ground now, what are we going to do, we are not going to make it to Washington... should we put it in the ground?' "
"The answer consisted of two words and meant we should wait. The question was asked again after the sound of a crashing of a food cart against door. It got the same answer."
She takes issue not with the congressional report, but with the AP interpretation.
"I was not surprised to hear that report because it does corroborate what we heard on the flight cockpit voice recording, however the interpretation that is being put on it is creating the apparent inconsistency."
Here is the bottom line: Two terrorists managed to get themselves behind the controls of Flight 93. Two more terrorists were in the cabin, hopefully killed violently by the heroes who fought back. Regardless of whose fingers gripped the controls, the airplane crashed because Americans confronted the terrorists, not because the terrorists decided to ditch the craft.
"I am very sorry that this misunderstanding has occurred," said Mark Bingham's mom.
That makes at least two of us.
Amen to that...and its the great strength that God in Heaven still recognizes and supports...irrespective of so many politicians and others who forget it and do their best to either walk around it or on it..
It will be our own failings, or own wavering, our own lack of commitment that will allow any enemy to have strength over us. We must remain vigilan and strong.
Best regards my freind, eagles up!
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse."
"A man, who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature, who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-- John Stuart Mill
So would Nathan Hale, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Paul Jones and all of the others.
May be headed that way in the next two weeks. WIll let you know later as I know more.
We can never forget, or allow ourselves to become complacant.
Never forget............the simple average Americans going about their daily lives who stood up and fought their attackers. They stood up then, others have stood up since saving many lives and hopefully others will be agressive as hell when future threats present themselves.
This man was young, strong, trained in the martial arts yet not able to save himself and fellow passengers but his actions and the storys of the others that got out on cell phones have made this nation much stronger IMO.
Inaction these days or turning the other cheek will result in ones death. Liberals would have us die sitting on our ass, like cattle going to the slaughter house, don't anger the terrorist sort of thang........I'll hopefully make the proper decisions if ever placed in such a situtaion.
I know these heros made the right decision that day as they saved countless lives on the ground with their fight on the way to heaven.
Stay Safe Jeff..........
THAT brought tears to my eyes and a warm, good feeling to my soul brother. Beautifully and inspirationally said!
God bless and best Fregards.
My kids appreciate it and a couple of them have let me know they will maintain it later in life.
I pray we can all respond equally couragously in our everyday lives...we sure owe it to them, and to ourselves and families.
Listen to it here.
I can think of nothing better for kids that age to contemplate...sacrificing all for others...loving liberty enough to fight for it, against all odds.
God bless you for sharing with them...it will make a difference. We never know how much a difference it can make when we simply, sincerely try and share such things with those around us.
That is in God's hands...the sharing He leaves in ours.
That link is going up on the site, on the heroes page. Right under Neil Young's "Let's Roll". (Which link I just discovered I need to fix).