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9/12/2001 – The Days After the Unthinkable Happened

Apr 252015
 By , April 25, 2015

A serial book excerpt on 9/11

What might have happened had Bush been in Washington on 9/11?


NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (FILE PHOTO) A fiery blasts rocks the south tower of the World Trade Center as the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. Almost two years after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the New York Port Authority is releasing transcripts on August 28, 2003 of emergency calls made from inside the twin towers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The aircraft nosed through the mid morning sky on 9/11/2001. Outside, the fuselage it was a sleek bird jetting its way through the air, its wings leaving contrails over the Midwest landscape far below it. It made for a peaceful picture. Or at least from the outside it did.

The plane wobbled occasionally. Lesser experienced hands were at the helm. Still, it sailed on majestically, the way it was designed to. Inside there had been a disturbance that could have altered all that, but it was settled now.

The plane sailed onward towards its destination, a new one. Shortly it came in sight of the metropolis that it sought and began its long descent. The radar was turned off; eyes alone would be controlling its flight at this point.

The low altitude of the plane gave it a magnificent view of the whole city. One could make out the famous landmarks if one knew what to look for. Obvious was the Potomac. A careful eye could pick out the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument.

Shortly, the pilots saw their destination. They began a controlled dive. And a chant in a language that those within earshot would not have understood, had they still been alive. Their goal was right before them. The words from their mouths were prayerful and hushed. A moment’s breath later the plane tore into the White House which a second before had been such a beautiful, majestic building.

News Update! 9/11/2001 – A fourth passenger airliner has crashed into the White House probably killing President George W. Bush and an as yet unknown number of staff and visitors there. Flight 93, originally flying over the Midwest to San Francisco, veered back east, crashing intentionally into the center of the White House. All on board are assumed dead. Witnesses say they saw the plane veer down, taking a low altitude over central D.C., then crash directly into the Presidential building. A huge explosion rocked the structure moments later and now a thick flume of smoke rises from it.

A few survivors managed to get out of the East and West Wings relatively unharmed, but badly shaken. The President, who was to have gone on a trip to Texas, had to cancel at the last minute and is known to have been in the White House at the time of the horrific crash. It is believed that a terrorist group is responsible for the attack and that it is most likely the same group is responsible for the crashes at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

To the astute security personnel left alive in the vicinity of the White House, it was obvious that their head boss was dead. Security turned the situation over to the Secret Service, those who were left and still functional, to find their new leader and get him to safety.

The search began for Dick Cheney.


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