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Monday, January 24, 2005

A Plug for Nixon 

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."
–-Condoleezza Rice, May 16, 2002

"Bush, Rice, and the Genoa Warning," from 911Truth.org, argues that Ms. Rice should not have required advanced precognitive skills to see what was staring her in the face:
There are attempted kamikaze attacks involving hijacked planes in Israel (1986), Turkey (1993) and France (1994). A suicide Cessna pilot hits the White House on Sept. 12, 1994. Tom Clancy publishes a novel in which the villain crashes an airliner into the Capitol (1994). Pentagon scenario planners bring up the possibility of a kamikaze-hijacking in a variety of reports (twice in 1993; 1999; 2000).
Then there's Ramzi Yussef's "Project Bojinka" from the mid-nineties, and the laundry list of DoD- and NORAD-sponsored simulations and exercises leading up to the July '01 Genoa G-8 summit we mentioned below, when Bush and his entourage bunked on an aircraft carrier because of an al Qaeda plot that Time magazine described in the following jaunty terms:
According to German intelligence sources, the plot involved Bin Laden paying German neo-Nazis to fly remote controlled model aircraft packed with Semtex into the conference hall and blow the leaders of the industrialized world to smithereens. (Paging Jerry Bruckheimer . . .)
But the otherwise excellent 911Truth.org timeline neglects to mention one of the earliest cases of would-be kamikaze terrorism. In 1974 a deranged tire salesman named Samuel Byck concocted an elaborate scheme to hijack a commercial airliner and crash it into the White House in hopes of killing its then-occupant. His story has been fictionalized in the current theatrical release The Assassination of Richard Nixon, but we recommend that you save yourself a tenspot by watching (or taping) (or TiVoing) instead The Plot to Kill Nixon, which premieres on the History Channel this Thursday, January 27, at 8 PM EST/PST (more or less directly across from the third monthly BARBarian bash, goddammit).

This documentary reconstruction is narrated by Byck himself, who before his abortive hijack attempt sent copies of an audiotape elaborating on his hatred of Nixon to various journalists and celebrities. Zemblan patriot P.S., who has seen an advance tape, assures us that The Plot to Kill Nixon is much truer to the facts of the case than its theatrical counterpart, and we are very much inclined to believe him. After all, he wrote it.

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