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Old 07-15-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Sirius/XM played the broadcast of Howard Stern from 9/11 and something gnawed at me. Howard was turning up the sound on live news reports and several stated that the White House at the time was being evacuated along with the Capitol building. Now growing up, it was public myth (?) that the White House had SAM's on the roof, as did the Pentagon and other "important" buildings in DC. Not saying they had/have them as a fact, but if they did at the time, why.......
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Sirius/XM played the broadcast of Howard Stern from 9/11 and something gnawed at me. Howard was turning up the sound on live news reports and several stated that the White House at the time was being evacuated along with the Capitol building. Now growing up, it was public myth (?) that the White House had SAM's on the roof, as did the Pentagon and other "important" buildings in DC. Not saying they had/have them as a fact, but if they did at the time, why.......

Kinda hard to have that kind of "defense" system with Regan International Airport only a stone's throw from the WH and the Pentagon.

Its a myth, one born of science fiction.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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Kinda hard to have that kind of "defense" system with Regan International Airport only a stone's throw from the WH and the Pentagon.

Its a myth, one born of science fiction.

Oh, so this can happen again just as easily?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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Well if they did they surely were awaiting orders to fire on anything. Everybody caught with pants down. I sure wouldn't want to be the guy up there waiting to pull the trigger on an airliner without direct orders. If like you say there were even there.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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A 737 flies at 500+ mph, even if someone were quick enough to fire a SAM at something traveling towards them at 500mph the pieces are still going to destroy whatever it hits.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Dont know if there was SAMs on 9/11, but this was reported in Time Magazing 9/26/1994

“During the Gulf War, uniformed air-defense teams could be seen patrolling the top floor [of the White House] with automatic rifles or shoulder-mounted ground-to-air missiles.”

Dont know if they remained, but I do know when I was at the White house 8/14/2007, there was armed security on the roof. Whether SAMS were present or not, I couldnt tell.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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Oh, so this can happen again just as easily?

Yup. You know how many "close" calls by airplanes happen in DC each year?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Whether SAMS were present or not, I couldnt tell.

Yu'd know if there SAMS on the roof.

guys, there are no "missiles" bunkers in DC. That is the stuff of hollywood.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:43 PM
 
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Yu'd know if there SAMS on the roof.

guys, there are no "missiles" bunkers in DC. That is the stuff of hollywood.
Not sure if I should be happy or worried that it's the stuff of Hollywood. Maybe they could use firepower.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Anyway, I better stop questioning things and be a good little soldier and believe what I have been told in the media.
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