Attack Preparations

Authorities undertook a number of actions in the days and months preceding the attack that appeared to facilitate the attack.

Pilots Disarmed:

Two Months Before Attack, Armed Pilots Banned

For 40 years prior to 9/11/01, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule had allowed commercial airlines pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit. The rule was adopted in in the wake of the 1961 Cuban missile crisis as a measure to prevent hijackings.

Just two months before 9/11/01, the FAA rescinded the rule. According to Jon Dougherty, reporter for, the FAA failed to return numerous calls requesting an explanation for the rule change.

WTC Security Gaps:

Suspicious Security Lapses in the Twin Towers Preceding the Attacks

An article in New York Newsday documented the removal of bomb-sniffing dogs just five days before the attack.

‘September 12, 2001

The World Trade Center was destroyed just days after a heightened security alert was lifted at the landmark 110-story towers, security personnel said yesterday.

Daria Coard, 37, a guard at Tower One, said the security detail had been working 12-hour shifts for the past two weeks because of numerous phone threats. But on Thursday, bomb-sniffing dogs were abruptly removed.

“Today was the first day there was not the extra security,” Coard said. “We were protecting below. We had the ground covered. We didn’t figure they would do it with planes. There is no way anyone could have stopped that.”

Security guard Hermina Jones said officials had recently taken steps to secure the towers against aerial attacks by installing bulletproof windows and fireproof doors in the 22nd-floor computer command center…’

Security Provided by Company Linked to Bush Family

Security for the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 was provided by Stratesec, a company in which George W. Bush’s brother Marvin was a past principal, and which was backed by a Kuwaiti-American investment firm.

FBI Raids Surround Attack:

Agents Yank Muslim Websites, Confiscate Videos

Six days before the attack the FBI and 80-member task force descended on InfoCom Corporation in Richardson, Texas to shut it down, including its webservers, removing 500 websites serving largely Arab and Muslim communities. The FBI occupied the building for days, copying documents.

The FBI also promptly scoured the surroundings of the Pentagon to make sure there would be no public airing of any video of the attack. Agents reportedly seized video from both the nearby Sheraton National Hotel and NexComm/Citgo gas station within minutes of the attack. Helicopter footage not seized by the FBI shows an organized group of well-dressed people combing the Pentagon’s lawn, also within minutes of the attack.