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  • There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, "The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to, "The plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the vice president, "Do the orders still stand?" And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?" - Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta; National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Public Hearing, Friday May 23, 2003.

    That testimony was NOT included in the final 9/11 Commission report.

    Mineta estimates that he heard that conversation between the “young man” and Vice President Dick Cheney in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) at about 9:26 am EDT. Twelve minutes before American Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. Dick Cheney says that he did not reach the PEOC until 10 am, AFTER flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

    The official 9/11 Report says that there was never an order given to shoot down suspected hijacked commercial aircraft on September 11, 2001.

    The commission made no effort to track down the mysterious “young man”.

    The Vice President and the President agreed to testify under certain conditions; behind close doors and not open to the public, that they testify together, that they are not sworn in.

    If Secretary Mineta was right about the time and accurate in his report of the conversation, then there is only one reasonable conclusion...

    At that time no one knew where Flight 77 was. Radar contact was lost. The other hijacked plane, United Flight 93 was near Ohio making its turn towards Washington. The first 2 planes had already crashed into the Towers.

    There was 4500 aircraft in the skies before Mineta gave the order to ground all aircraft.

    What plane was the “young man” referring to? And what order was still standing?

    Check it out for yourself... Go to the 9/11 online archive

    And check out the C-Span video of Mineta's testimony.

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