What’s in the Queue
Updated Sep 16, 2011
Completed a review of the draft Team 8 “Audio Monograph” recently published by the Rutgers Law Review. My thanks to the Rutgers students who came to my home office to complete the transcription of the embedded audio recordings. I’d forgotten what a near all-nighter meant. The Monograph could not have been published with0ut the help of the students.
Three parts of the story of 9-11 from the perspective of Major Nasypany have been posted. I am working on Part IV beginning with Nasypany hearing for the first time about Delta 1989
Finalizing presentation “9-11; It Was Chaos Out There” for the Air Force Symposium on Nov 17-18 of this year. I am on a panel with John Farmer and General Arnold
Attending a Team 8 reunion, today, to catch up on Team news and activities
Began work on a fine-grained analysis of the Andrews Story to put the recent Washington Post articles about Major Heather Penney in perspective. Hers is a remarkable personal story of heroism in the face of the chaotic unknown. Ths project is a complex undertaking, involving radar analysis, review of NEADS tapes, review of air traffic control tapes, and review of tapes from the Herndon Center. A recently released, staff-derived transcript of the NMCC’s Air Threat Conference will also be considered. United flight 93 is a critical piece of the story and I will review that information in the context of the Andrews Story.
Updated Apr 24, 2011
This update aligns this page with reality. I accomplished three of the four tasks listed in the previous update: Vigilant Guardian, NSA Critic release, and the Herndon open line to FAA Headquarters. I continue to work on chaos theory as an overarching construct.
I have four new tasks on my plate. First, I am supporting other researchers and authors as they accomplish their own work. To that end I’ve created new pages for quotes of interest and for audio clips of interest.
Second, I have been invited to be a panelist at an Air Force-sponsored biennial symposium to be held on November 17-18, 2011. The theme is Air Power and Global Operations: 9/11 and Bey0nd. The working title for my paper and presentation is “9-11: It Was Chaos Out There.” Preparation for that symposium will constitute my primary effort in the days ahead.
Third, I will work on the stories of two intervening variables that need to be put in context. One is the E-3 AWACS story as it affected NEADS. The NEADS MCC/T log is inaccurate when compared to the primary source information and that needs to be clarified. The other is a specific example of disruptive feedback into the system across all echelons in FAA, NEADS, and, likely, the national level. That is the story of the Attorney General, November 4 (also N4 and Nan 4), as he forced the system to accomodate his return to DC under fighter escort.
Fourth, I will again tell the story of 9-11 from yet another perspective. Previously, I have told that story as a battle in a larger war on terror, as reflected in the Moussaoui trial concerning Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and as illustrated using the language of chaos theory. The fourth telling will focus specifically on the voice of the one person through or to whom every aspect of the battle that morning flowed, Major Kevin Nasypany, the Mission Crew Commander, Northeast Air Defense Sector.
Updated Nov 25, 2010
I have four primary tasks. They are:
Vigilant Guardian. I am sifting through the extensive audio files in the .wav DoD delivery to the Commission, one day at a time, beginning with Sep 3, 2010. I have posted articles covering up through Sep 7 and am currently about half way through Sep 8 using Itunes and my Apple laptop. I will finish Sep 8 sometime in early December when I again have access to Adobe Audition to upload the key conversations.
NSA Critic release. I have a first draft of an article completed to put the recent National Security Agency release of its 9-11 CRITICS and ancillary material. The important point is that NSA did not, not, release an original CRITIC, it simply retransmitted what it received from NORAD. What NSA did do was provide its summary of the NOIWON conference. I will correlate the two–CRITIC and NOIWON–in a way that makes sense. (DONE)
National Level Descent into Chaos. I am working on an article that places into perspective the actions at the national level after UA 93 crashed.
Herndon-FAA Open Line. I have the third hour of audio files (1015-1115 EDT). There are multiple items of interest in this file, including primary source evidence that NORAD/NMCC was not of the FAA net. The file identifies three things of interest that FAA passed up the chain-of-command: approach of UA 93; what to do with international flights; and fighter escort support for Air Force One. (DONE)
Other items in the queue. I still need to complete the UA93 and AA77 stories that are partially complete. I will also work on the hunt for AA11 and the UA175 story as I find time.