Acts of Heroism Coming to Light

Source: Filer's Files #38 MUFON Skywatch Investigations George A. Filer,
Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern September 19, 2001, Webmaster Chuck Warren,

AMERICA IS AT WAR -- President Bush stated, "This act will not stand, we will smoke them out of their holes, and hunt them down and bring them to justice." None of us could have predicted this kind of attack. Those who harbor terrorists will be held accountable. This was assault not against the US, but against the world.

I FEAR NO EVIL -- This was an almost prefect terrorist assault on New York and Washington, DC. However, the passengers on United Flight 93 acted to thwart the final attack on the capital. The families of at least four men on the plane were in contact by cell phone with their loved ones and learned that the terrorists had hijacked other planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center. Flight 93 took off 40 minutes late from Newark, and at 9:45 AM the craft made a sudden U turn while over Cleveland heading towards Washington. Jeremy Glick, Tom Burnett, Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer were on cell phones and told about the crashes into the World Trade Center.

Glick, 31, was an Internet executive and judo champion, he told his wife that he and other passengers were going to rush the hijackers. His wife Lyz told Dateline, that she told her husband, "Honey, you need to go for it."

Tom Burnett, 38, was an executive and former high school quarterback was on the phone to California with his wife Denena four times telling her, "We're getting ready to do something."

Mark Bingham, 31, was a rugby player who once disarmed a mugger is also thought to have participated. He called his mother to say good-bye.

Todd Beamer, 32, was an Oracle executive from New Jersey who contacted GTE supervisor Lisa Jefferson and told her that two hijackers had locked themselves in the cockpit, and that Glick and some other passengers were going to jump the hijacker in the rear of the plane holding a bomb. He asked her to pray with him and they recited the 23rd Psalm, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.... and I will dwell in the House of the Lord, forever." Jefferson then heard Beamer say, "Let's Roll!" Very shortly thereafter the plane crashed.

I wish to thank these and the other heroes on Flight 93 and in the buildings who gave their lives so others could live. I send our prayers to those who lost their lives and their loved ones in this national tragedy. These terrorist attacks have changed the world and I doubt if it will ever be the same. Nineteen young terrorists were able to kill over 5,000 Americans and many other nationalities and were able to destroy part of New York and the Pentagon. We are all potential targets and the magnitude of these attacks is extraordinary. This was a cleverly planned conspiracy requiring a sophisticated terrorist group, who quite likely has other plans for subsequent strikes. Apparently, at least some of the terrorists lived in expensive homes while attending flight school in Florida. The terrorists paid the $10,000 entry fee and learned to fly. Most are believed to have come from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Emirates. All three countries are considered friendly to the United States. However, these are not democracies and this apparently breeds resentment. Terrorist leaders such as Osama ben Laden can take this resentment, falsely interpret their religion and turn the people into terrorists willing to commit suicide. None of the terrorists were known to be particularly religious. Terrorists supported by Iraq are likely involved.

To defeat the terrorist we must be careful in how we carry the war to them. Killing the innocent will only breed more terrorism. Killing Osama ben Laden could make him a martyr. There are indications other terrorist teams planned to commandeer at least two more planes and were stopped by the emergency grounding orders. In addition, we must be aware of a possible trap in Afghanistan, and that the terrorist may possess chemical and nuclear weapons.

Terrorists could also board planes in other countries and fly them to the US. We would then have to choose to shoot down the aircraft or let it hit other major targets. Three of four hijacked aircraft hit their targets and succeeded in shutting down America's financial markets and airline system. It is likely that further attacks may be planned and we must all be vigilant and aware of what is going on around them. The 1998, African embassy bombings were followed by others attacks such as the bombing of the USS Destroyer Cole in October 2000. It is likely other teams are in place and awaiting orders. The terrorists probably have limited knowledge of each other and are instructed not to use long distance phones. There is evidence they used the Internet. The real weakness of the terrorists may be financial since most were apparently not working, lived surprisingly well and had no obvious form of income. Our country must cut off all financial aid to the terrorists and freeze their assets.

CNN reported that F-15 fighters were launched from Otis AFB shortly after the first airliner hit New York. The F-15s nearly missed the second airliner before it hit the second tower. Langley AFB, F-16s were scrambled from Langley to intercept the AA-757 before it hit the Pentagon. Its likely the jets were also tracking the UA-757 that crashed near Pittsburgh. President Bush had given orders to shoot down any aircraft entering Washington airspace, but NORAD claims none of its fighters expended weapons. Aggressive attacks against terrorists and countries that harbor will be forthcoming. Last month there was a meeting of Islam terrorist organizations that produced the Jerusalem Project, a plan to destroy Israel and the US.

In the history of America there have been few more trying times than those of September 11th. I thought it would be interesting to determine what action George Washington took in the summer of 1775, when he took command of rag tag Army whose mission was to defeat Britain, then the most powerful nation in the world.

The following first general order was issued to all military forces: "The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness. And in like manner, requires and expects of all officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance at Divine services, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense. On July 20 the order was amended. And it is expected that all those who go to worship do take their arms, ammunition, and accouterments, and are prepared for immediate action, if called upon.

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