Washington was 'warned of
THE American government was warned eight years ago
that the Pentagon and White House were vulnerable to attack from
Military adviser Dr Marvin Cetron says he prepared a
250-page report for the US intelligence agencies in 1993 which
detailed his concerns - but it was ignored. "I said ... aircraft
could hit the White House or the Pentagon - making a left turn at
the Washington Monument and running into the White House, or a right
turn and going into the Pentagon," Dr Cetron said.
He added: "They understood and they ignored it, they
took it out of the final draft. I think the reason they didn't want
that published is because they felt they couldn't do anything about
it. It would scare people and the flying public, which it probably
would have, and therefore why worry about it."
Republican Senator Wayne Allard, a member of the US
administration's armed forces committee, said he was part of various
hearings where the suggestion of possible attacks from hijacked jets
were made. He said the warnings were similar to the terror attacks
which saw four planes hijacked to deadly effect, but not exactly the
He added: "Obviously it's hard to evaluate the
likelihood of something like ... I think it's a shock to all of us,
even though we talked about various scenarios that terrorists may
use to cripple the United States."
Asked how clear were the warnings he got while
sitting on the intelligence committee he replied: "They weren't
clear, they were just speculations. They were suggestions of what
could happen. "Then you're faced with what is the likelihood -
what's a reasonable approach to try and defend yourself."