IG Investigated, But Did Not Pursue Matter
commission investigating the 9/11 attacks were so distrustful of
the military's version of events that, at one point, members
referred the issue to the Pentagon's inspector general, according
to a member of that very commission.
Commission member Tim Roemer told CNN Wednesday there was even
talk about sending the matter to the Justice Department for
criminal prosecution, because, Roemer says, the Pentagon's version
of what happened that terrible day just didn't add up.
"We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were
getting," Roemer told CNN. "We were not sure of the intent, whether
it was to deceive the commission or merely part of the fumbling
The Investigator General did investigate and, while correcting a
number of mistakes in the record of testimony before the 9/11
commission, did not pursue a criminal investigation as "nothing in
the course of their review that indicates testimony by DOD was
knowingly false," a Pentagon spokesman said.
That explanation does not sit well with many... including The
"For more than two years after the attacks, officials with NORAD
[the North American Aerospace Defense Command] and the FAA provided
inaccurate information about the response to the hijackings in
testimony and media appearances," the Post reported Wednesday.
"Authorities suggested that US air defenses had reacted quickly,
that jets had been scrambled in response to the last two hijackings
and that fighters were prepared to shoot down United Airlines
Flight 93 if it threatened Washington."
Since that time, the Post reports, it has become known the
government was not in as firm of control as claimed.
"In fact, the commission reported a year later, audiotapes from
NORAD's Northeast headquarters and other evidence showed clearly
that the military never had any of the hijacked airliners in its
sights and at one point chased a phantom aircraft -- American
Airlines Flight 11 -- long after it had crashed into the World
Trade Center," said the paper.
The commission formally closed its investigation in August