By Hugh Turley
It would take someone like the
famous fictional Chinese-American detective, Charlie Chan, to unravel the story
of Air Force Lieutenant Anthony Kuczynski.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Kuczynski’s E-3
Sentry was flying toward Pittsburgh with two F-16
fighter jets to intercept United Flight 93 according to the Aquin,
the University of St. Thomas (MN) newspaper (April 12, 2002) and a companion
article in the university’s alumni magazine.
“I was given direct orders to
shoot down an airliner,” Kuczynski, a 1998 ROTC graduate of the university
said. “It was one of those things where it was an absolutely surreal
experience.” Kuczynski and his
crew, deployed in defense of U.S. airspace, were about to intercept United 93
when it crashed.
The Boeing E-3 is the military’s
airborne warning and control system called AWACS. It provides surveillance, command, control and communications
to air defense forces. F-16 fighter
jets under the E-3’s control would have done the actual shooting.
The Air Force’s official history
of the day, “Air War Over America,” published by Tyndall Air Force Base,
supports Kuczynski’s story. NEADS
(North East Air Defense Sector) Commander Robert Marr reported that around 9:36,
when it changed direction, while it is still flying west, United 93 was being
monitored. NORAD Commander Major
General Larry Arnold agreed, saying, “We watched the 93 track as it meandered
around the Ohio-Pennsylvania area.”
Furthermore, Arnold, testified to
the 9/11 Commission that he placed fighters over DC, “to put them in position
in case United 93 were to head that way.”
On the first anniversary of the
crash, Brigadier General Montague Winfield told ABC News that the Pentagon’s
National Military Command Center “received the report from the FAA that Flight
93 had turned off its transponder, had turned, and was now heading towards
Washington,” adding, “The decision was made to try to go intercept Flight
The 9/11 Commission Report,
however, says flatly that the military was not aware of United 93 until it
crashed. The official timeline has
FAA headquarters knowing that United 93 was hijacked by 9:34, but not telling
NEADS of the hijacking until 10:07, after the plane had crashed at 10:03 in
The Report clearly states, “…[n]o
one from FAA headquarters requested military assistance regarding United 93.
Nor did any manager at FAA headquarters pass any of the information it
had about United 93 to the military.”
The first NEADS knew about it, according to the report, was at
10:07 a.m., when a call came in from the military liaison at Cleveland Center.
“The NEADS air defenders never located the flight or followed it on
their radar scopes,” it goes on. “The
flight had already crashed by the time the military learned it was hijacked.”
Kuczynski’s E-3 Sentry aircraft
was never mentioned in the official 9/11 Report.
The Hyattsville Life and Times has been unable to reach Kuczynski for
comment, but without Kuczynski’s story America’s true history is suppressed.
“Contradiction, please! Case still open like swinging gate,” Detective Chan might say in such an instance.
Hyattsville Life and Times, September 2009.