Originally posted by Gilsch
I could be wrong on this, but didn't Bush find out about the first plane hitting the WTC before arriving at the school? I agree with your post by the way.
5 very bizarre things that require explanation re. Bush at the school in Florida that day:
Bush *said*, on a subsequent meeting (not quite verbatim but fairly close):
"I saw the first plane hit the tower. It was on TV. What a horrible thing to have happened. I used to fly myself, and that must been some lousy pilot."
Now this could be interpreted to mean "I saw that
the plane had hit the tower".
..but he remarks on the circumstances in the same breath. I guess it could be taken either way.
It gets weirder: Why the hell did Andy Card walk over to the president, whisper "the 2nd tower has just been hit. America is under attack", and then instantly walk away, as if the president would have had nothing to say in reply, or make some order. To sit there like that goat in Jurassic Park, probably trying not to crap his pants, isn't exactly a very presidential response.
And also very peculiar: shortly afterwards, Ari Fleischer, then White House Press secretary was stood at the rear of the hall with a placard made of legal paper, and written on it in black marker pen: DON"T SAY ANYTHING YET
. WTF? Since when does the press secretary go ordering the President what and when not to say something, especially during a national crisis?
This last aspect is probably the most troubling: The president's Secret Service detail is trusted (mandated) to protect the president at all times, with their lives if necessary. The president's location on September 11 was public domain
for 48 hours before the event at the school. It should have been assumed, if the attacks were by terrorists, that the President would have been a primary target
. That is criminally obvious. As soon as one member of the president's secret service team learned that the 2nd tower had been hit, he said: "OK we're OUTTA here". He was immediately overruled by his superiors
, and as a result, they all stayed on in the school, including the children and teachers, all in terrible danger of being attacked. This action, or lack of it, was either irresponsibility of the grossest proportions, or someone in charge knew that Bush was in no danger. We all know what happened: the entire presidential gathering stayed put for another half hour
, while other attacks were ongoing, and nobody seemed (on the surface) to have any clue as to how many hijacked planes were running amok in the skies.
And coincidentally, (but also peculiarly) Florida Gov. Jeb Bush inexplicably declared a state 'martial law' executive order on Friday, September 7, 2001.
Florida Executive Order No. 01-261 states, in part:
"I hereby delegate to The Adjutant General of the State of Florida all necessary authority, within approved budgetary appropriations or grants, to order members of the Florida National Guard into active service, as defined by Section 250.27, Florida Statutes, for the purpose of training to support law-enforcement personnel and emergency-management personnel in the event of civil disturbances or natural disasters and to provide training support to law-enforcement personnel and community-based organizations relating to counter drug operations. This Executive Order shall remain in full force and effect until the earlier of its revocation or June 30, 2003."
This Fla. EO places the Florida National Guard (which is not a lawful militia), a unit of the Federal U.S. Army, in control of all Florida law enforcement (State FDLE, County Sheriffs, and local PD's) and the Florida Emergency Management department (Florida's FEMA under federal FEMA control).